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The 15 Best Shonen Anime With A Female Protagonist, Ranked

Because it's aimed at boys, most shonen anime feature male protagonists. But that's not true of every series - some shonen anime let girls and women take center stage. Whether you're a female shonen fan who wants to see herself represented, or anybody looking for a change of pace, these shonen anime with female protagonists have got you covered.

One of the best-known examples of a shonen with a female lead is The Promised Neverland, a story about a plucky young orphan who realizes that she and her friends are at risk of being fed to demons, and decides to do something about it. There's plenty more where that came from, like Claymore, a series about youma-human hybrids who slay youma. Looking for something a little less terrifying? Try Dr. Slump, a comedy about a super-strong robot girl by the creator of Dragon Ball. 

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    Soul Eater
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    Death Weapon Meister Academy is a school with a singular mission: to create "Death Scythes" and train their Shinigami wielders to collect souls. The scythes are actually human hybrids who can transform into weapons at will, which means that creating a working partnership between scythe and meister is a challenge. Maka Albarn is a level-headed, serious meister-in-training who is paired Soul Eater Evans, who is more concerned with being cool than anything else. The two of them have to put aside their differences in order to succeed. 

  • Okay, so the second season of The Promised Neverland was pretty disappointing, but the first season was incredible so it still deserves a spot on this list. Emma is an orphan who thinks that she's living a wonderful life with her friends and her guardian Isabella. It turns out that her happy orphanage is actually sending kids to be processed as meat for demons. Though she's devastated, Emma isn't going to sit back and let herself be victimized. With help from her friends Norman and Raye, she starts forming a plan to not just escape herself, but to rescue all of the other children too. 

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    JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Part 6

    JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Part 6
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    This highly anticipated season of JoJo stars Jolyne Kujo, Jotaro Kujo's daughter. Imprisoned for crimes she didn't commit, Jolyne's situation seems hopeless until a gift from her father awakens her latent Stand, Stone Free. This gives her the power she needs to survive, but with the grand plot against her family bubbling around her and enemies everywhere she looks, will it be enough?

  • The Ancient Magus' Bride
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    Chise Hatori's life is so bleak that the only option she can think of is putting herself up for auction. The being who buys her is Elias Ainsworth, a mage with a cow skull for a head who sees her extraordinary magical potential and wants to help her realize it. Oh, and he also wants to marry her if she's into it.

    As Chise gets used to living with people who actually care about her, she's also improving her magical prowess. It's a good thing, too, because with the mysterious and terrifying Joseph out committing atrocities, she might be the only one who can stop him. 

  • Toilet-bound Hanako-kun
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    All Nene Yashiro wants is to fall in love, which is why she summons the school spirit Hanako-kun to help her out in her quest for a boyfriend. Instead of romantic success, she ends up getting cursed by a mermaid. In order to keep the curse under control, she strikes up a deal with Hanako to help him keep the school safe from other, more malevolent spirits. She doesn't exactly know what she's doing, but she's going to do her best anyway. 

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    253 VOTES
    Claymore
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    In a world where youma are a massive threat to humanity, the only hope lies in Claymores, artificially created human-youma hybrids with the power to slay youma themselves. Usually, Claymores aren't created willingly, but Clare chose to become one in order to get revenge. As she seeks out her target, she also protects a human boy named Raki whose village was destroyed by youma.