Shonen anime has a lot of amazing things going for it, but when it comes to well-written female characters, it sometimes falls down on the job. Too many characters adhere to shallow stereotypes or are written less like individual people and more like objects. Luckily, the women of shonen aren't all poorly written. There are plenty of well-written shonen female anime characters too. For this list, we'll be taking a look at a few that are especially awesome.
Some of these great female characters are tough women with interesting pasts and dynamic personalities. Izumi Curtis from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood can bend her enemies into a pretzel, but there's more to her than just strength - she also has a painful past that she's learned from. Others aren't particularly strong but have surprisingly realistic or finely detailed personalities. Haru from Beastars is different from most other anime characters, and it's not because she's a rabbit. It's because she's complex enough that she'd fit right into a literary novel. No matter what they're like, these characters feel like fully realized, complete characters with unique traits.
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Izumi Curtis - 'Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood'Photo: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood / Bones
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Kagura - 'Gintama'Photo: Gintama / Sunrise
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Genkai - 'Yu Yu Hakusho'Photo: Yu Yu Hakusho / Studio Pierrot
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