Akagami no Shirayuki-hime Episode 1 Thoughts – How to Shoujo 101.


BONES is possibly the most solid studio around – they´re not exceptionally good or bad, but they deliver with matching quality and you can almost guarantee that their shows will be alright, some better, some worse, so when I heard that they were going to adapt their first shoujo since Ouran Highschool Host Club, I was carefully hyped, that is, until I read the description and, damn it, what is it about red hair that´s so special in the world of anime? these folks need to head over to the grunge side of Twitter, because that´s full of dyed red hair.

My bitterness over humanity as a whole (or specifically the people on social media) aside, I went in Akagami expecting a goody two shoes quirky romance with zero development and maybe a bit of unintended sexism, basically, I expected the Disney version of Akatsuki no Yona, you might understand that I didn´t really care.

But then episode one rolled around, and since it was either that or Chaos Dragon (Which might be the biggest clusterfuck of an episode I´ve seen in a while) I decided to watch it, and boy, I absolutely fricken´ loved it. The animation is amazing, our heroine actually owns her character and is smart, cool and doesn´t bow down to anyone, or love interest isn´t a jerk, he´s actually quite the gentleman and adorable – my kind of man.

Basically, yes, this is a bit Disney, but in the best kind of, not-sugar-sweet way. I can say that I already prefer this over most recent shoujos I´ve seen, and that´s kind of crazy.

The thing is, Akagami knows what it´s doing – it doesn´t try to be dramatic like Ao Haru Ride, or set up needless plot like Akatsuki no Yona. Shoujo is romance, and that´s exactly what this series is going to focus on, I think, while always being sweet, adorable and completly unrealistic to the point that it seems like a little girls (or boys) dream to have a romance quite like this after binge watching every oldschool disney princess movie ever. Twice.

I loved this, and I will definitely follow it – I need my perfect romance in fiction to make up for my non-existen real life one.


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