Anime Underground
6.6k voters

The 19 Best Anime With Female Protagonists

Updated January 21, 2020 19.3k votes 6.6k voters 272.3k views19 items

List RulesVote up the anime that you're excited to binge.

It can be difficult to find good anime with female protagonists. Maybe it's because the otaku stereotype is still decidedly male, or maybe it's because women are sorely underrepresented in nearly every form of media on the planet. Whatever the reason, there aren't nearly as many female protagonists as there are male ones. For people of all genders who prefer a realistic representation of humanity, this can be pretty annoying. 

Fortunately, there are some excellent anime that focus on women. In some cases, the protagonist is a strong female anime character that any feminist would be proud of. Sometimes, what's great about the character isn't her physical or emotional strength, but her weaknesses and shortcomings. Sometimes, the story is informed by their gender, and sometimes gender is besides the point.

Which shows will you be watching next?

Photo: