Let’s face it everyone, it can’t be denied that a strong female character is rather hard to come by in anime. Though, this season has been a big exception to this fact. Out of all the series I’m watching, more than half of them have at least one strong female character in it! I’m so glad to see this!
A first example of a character that needs to be mentioned in this post, is Mine from Lupin the Third. I’m sure some people still don’t believe me, but even though she is hardly ever clothed, she still is an extremely strong character. She’s intelligent, and so she knows how to use her sex appeal to her advantage. You could think of her as an Irene Adler from Sherlock Holmes type of character. She’s independent and will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. She’s a total badass. If you haven’t noticed already, she’s definitely my favourite character of the season!
Another strong character from this season is Serika Itou from Space Brothers. Sure, the rest of the characters in the show had some doubts about her, pretty much because she was a woman, but she proved them wrong in seconds. She clearly has one goal in mind, and will do anything to get it; much like Mine.
Along with those two, a different female character who still has some mystery to her, is Koko from Jormungand. She’s an arms dealer…do I really need to say more?! She’s a happy go lucky girl who literally laughs at the face of danger. She also has a song written about her, and I’m sure that must count for something, too!
One trend you can see among these three characters is that, for once, they are not just some high school girls. It’s nice for a change to see a female character above the age of 16, who is not a teacher or a mother. Sure we see some strong female characters in other anime series, but all in one season? Although it’s the second season, you can even add Saber onto this list. I don’t think an explanation to why she’s a badass is necessary. Maybe this will signal a change for some more future older female characters like this? I certainly hope so.
Even moving into the school girl category, we can find some interesting characters this season. There are a few that are the same old type of characters were used to (ie. Upotte, Acchi Kocchi, etc.), but aside from a few, it’s a good bunch of female roles.
In one case, we have Mikoto from Mystererious Girlfriend X, who is such an intriguing character. She obviously doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her. She’s also clearly the one in control with her relationship with Akira. If Akira even tries to hold her hand, she doesn’t hesitate to whip out her pair of panty scissors to try to cut him up. It’s instantly apparent that she has no plans on changing for anyone.
On the mention of female characters having the control in the relationship, Kuroyukihime in Accel World would also fit this criteria. Although, this is partially because Arita is such a weak character. At least she’s trying to help him man up!? Sadly, I can’t say much positive about the rest of the cast…
Though, the list of strong female characters this season actually does go on. In the new Saint Seiya Omega we have Yuna, who decided to defy the rules of the Seiyas by not wearing a mask. There’s also Rea from Sankarea, who through some unconventionally means escaped her father, and now definitely fits the badass category even when she does still have a rather prim and proper type of personality.
Point is, it’s really cool to see a good bunch of female characters this season that are not following the cookie-cutter mould stereotypes that has now simply gotten boring. I’ve learned to accept (to some extent) some of the roles female characters get in anime, but I think this clear change to more interesting roles is good for everyone. After all, who doesn’t want unique and well developed characters?! I hope this spring season isn’t just some fluke, and that we’ll see this happen more and more!