Anime shows with interesting female roles

Although romantic partners are all beautiful and good, it’s important that this Valentine’s Day doesn’t neglect the other important people in our lives – best friends, team, team goals. No matter what they do, these cartoons are about female friendships in all their forms, whether they drive us forward or just drive us crazy in the only way friends can.

Michiko and Hatchin

Hannah Morenos was looking for a way to escape her abusive foster family, but she didn’t expect it to arrive in the form of Michiko Malandro. Michiko comes out of nowhere one day on the coolest motorcycle imaginable, fresh out of prison and determined to save Hannah – quickly dubbed “Hatchin” – as she is the daughter of Michiko’s former lover. Just like that, Hatchin’s life is all about escaping the law, trying to find his so-called father in a crime-ridden land, and also trying to figure out what his feelings are about Michiko.

Michiko and Hatchin aren’t the ideal Bonnie and Clyde couple at first in this 2008 action/adventure anime, but after enough close escapes they realize they’ve actually started to care for one of the other. This fact not only allows Hatchin the most incredible coming-of-age story, but also a journey that will change their lives forever. Michiko and Hatchin is a fast, smart, and stylish show that puts women and their tangled relationships front and center while providing unpredictable twists and emotional fallout to keep any viewer invested in the two renegades.

Michiko and Hatchin can be streamed on Funimation.

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Relaxed camp

The outdoor activity club at a laid-back camp

Relaxed camp is the best example on this list of “cute girls doing cute things,” in this case, the cute thing being camping. Shima Rin has mastered the art of solitude to perfection when it comes to a night out. She cooks for herself, has the perfect gear, knows her location, and makes her solo camping trips a complete success through careful planning and her own quiet nature. One night, another girl stumbles upon her campsite after getting lost. Rin finds that she gets along better than expected with outgoing Kagamihara Nadeshiko, and soon the idea that her camping trips don’t have to be solo expeditions becomes a not-so-odious concept.

Relaxed camp is exactly what it promises in the title, a sweet look at female friendship through the lens of a lonely girl and her chosen hobby that always moves to make more room around the fire. Season 1 premiered in 2018, and since then Relaxed camp produced several sequels and knock0ffs as well as an upcoming movie to continue the camping trip.

Relaxed camp can be streamed on Crunchyroll.

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Don’t Touch Eizouken!

Don't Touch Eizouken

A resounding success in winter 2020, Don’t Touch Eizouken! is the simple story of two high school girls who want to make anime and one who knows she’s the common sense (and occasional creepy presence) that will be needed to make it happen. The dynamic between the girls sells this show through every episode, each with their own particular strengths, shortcomings, and passions that they bring to the table. Asakusa Midori has always been able to find the fantastic in the world around her. She draws incredible alternate universes and designs flying machines, getting lost in her own imagination because, to be fair, having a near-death experience in space is much more fun than being confined to Earth.

Mizusaki Tsubame, on the other hand, doesn’t design worlds but likes to study movement, which she often has to do herself to get away from the bodyguards her parents have around the young model. Lastly, Kanamori Sayaka has no interest in doing anime, but she has experience keeping Asakusa from running into walls and can see how the three together could pool their talents and potentially come up with a pretty project. lucrative… if the sheer force of their creative talent doesn’t crush them immediately.

Don’t Touch Eizouken! can be streamed on Crunchyroll.

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Asobi Asobase: Pleasure workshop

Kasumi defeats Olivia in Asobi Asobase

Asobi Asobase is definitely a show for people who’ve seen a few more tame anime comedies, because when it comes to “cute girls doing cute things,” this anime pushes the envelope as far as they can go. asobi Asobase, released in 2018, is a series of sketches of three girls who start the unofficial “Pastimers Club” to do whatever they feel like doing at the time, which usually turns into complete chaos. The personalities of the three girls are what really bring this anime to life. Olivia has foreign parents, but was born and raised in Japan. Despite this, she pretends to be an outsider, so she has an excuse for sloppy grades.

Nomura Kasumi is a classic BL otaku despite his fear of men. Finally, Honda Hanako comes from a wealthy background and often throws events, like her own Suoh Tamaki. Ouran High School Host Club. Hanako is smart and athletic, though she much prefers spending her time with the Pastimers Club, thinking about new games and the rewards and punishments that come with it. The girls’ contrasting personalities, combined with the general lack of boundaries the show establishes, lead to hilarious situations reminiscent of the more embarrassing games once played at sleepovers once the sugar highs really started.

Asobi Asobase can be streamed on Crunchyroll.

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Aoi and the rest of the cast of Shirobako

Shirobako takes the struggles of Don’t Touch Eizouken! and propels them into the modern workplace, with four now estranged high school friends with different careers who can nonetheless bring them together with the help of the Musashino Animation company. Shirobakowhich aired in 2014, mainly follows the story of Miyamori Aoi and his team at Musashino Animation as they work to create anime in a way that lets Aoi run into old friends again.

From the PA Works studio, which has proven with Aquatope on White Sand set in 2021 that they’re not afraid to crush childhood dreams beneath their feet, this anime is an illustration of how life doesn’t always go to plan. But with the right people by your side, it’s always possible to find a new path. Even when projects like Musashino Animation struggle or fail, maintaining connections and learning to rely on others is essential to not only moving forward in life, but also maturing as a person.

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A place beyond the universe

a place beyond the universe

This 2018 gem chronicles the adventures of high school student Tamaki Mari – better known as Kimari – and her desperate desire for some sort of grand adventure before her precious youth is over. When she meets Kobuchizawa Shirase and learns of her eldest’s intense desire to visit Antarctica and the place where her mother died, Kimari is swept up in this dream as well. Kimari and Shirase are joined by two other girls during their desperate fight to join the civilian expedition to Antarctica. The four head to one of the most dangerous places on Earth, all in search of something new in the vast white landscape, whether it’s an escape, companions, an adventure, or the chance to say goodbye. .

A place beyond the universe is a beautiful spectacle on many levels and the way it captures the still childish side of young girls while simultaneously respecting their feelings of anxiety, loss, loneliness and isolation creates a cathartic and heartwarming anime.

A place beyond the universe can be streamed on Crunchyroll.

Sure, a romance can be great, especially with Valentine’s Day approaching, but sometimes the truly heartwarming stories are those of the best friendships, the ones that don’t really have their own holiday but deserve one. For those looking to celebrate the amazing women in their lives, these six anime definitely have something to offer, from schoolgirl bonding to workplace shenanigans to adventures across the globe.

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