Snow White with the Red Hair Anime Review (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime)

Snow White with the Red HairSnow White with the Red Hair is an anime, not American cartoon that created by Disney. Sure, it was inspired by western culture story, but in this anime, the story seems to have a little different, more unique with a vibrant of color. Basically, it’s another shoujo genre series with good-looking characters design and strong female lead character, but as a guy who loves slice-of-life genre, I also do love this anime.

Please note that this Akagami no Shirayuki-hime is filled with slow-paced dialogue and drama. Something that’s really rare in this anime culture today. So, if you are someone who loves something face paced storytelling, this anime won’t fit for you. However, if you already get used to kind of “real Japanese drama”, you will love this anime for sure.

Overview

Snow White with the Red Hair manga
Cover of the first manga volume

Snow White with the Red Hair is the Japanese Drama, Fantasy and Romance anime TV series produced by Studio Bones and directed by Masahiro Andou. The series was broadcast on Tokyo MX and other networks in Japan starting from July 7 to September 22, 2015. While the second season was aired between January 12 and March 29, 2016. Madman Entertainment, Funimation, and Anime Limited licensed the anime series in Australia, North America, and United Kingdom respectively. For more information, you can visit the Akagami no Shirayuki-hime anime official website.

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime is based on the Japanese shoujo manga written and illustrated by Akizuki Sorata. It was first serialized in Hakusensha’s Lala DX on August 10, 2006, and then move to the monthly Lala until today. There are 17 volumes have been released so far by December 9, 2017.

Season 1

Review

Despite her name means “snow white”, Shirayuki is a red-haired cheerful girl woman living in the country of Tanbarun who works hard as an apothecary at her herbal shop. Her life changes greatly when she’s found by the foolish prince of Tanbarun, Prince Raj, who then attempts to force her to be his concubine. Unwilling to give up her freedom, Shirayuki cuts her long red hair and runs away into the neighboring country, where she’s rescued from Raj by Zen Wistalia, the second prince of Clarines Kingdom along with his two aides. Wishing to repay her debt to the trio someday, Shirayuki places her sights on pursuing a career as the court herbalist in Zen’s castle.

Snow White with the Red Hair centers around Shirayuki’s journey toward a new life at the royal palace, along with Zen’s endeavor to turn into a prince worth his title. As loyal friendships are forged and lethal enemies developed, Shirayuki and Zen gradually figure out how to support each other as they walk on their own paths.

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Trailer

Story

Snow White with the Red Hair’s storyline is simple and straightforward, it’s idea and how created is something that is quite typical with the demographic that it resides in. So in that regard, it isn’t something that is not seen before. Despite it being so straightforward and simple, it gives the sensation of being marvelous and soothing. How the incidents situations unfold towards the character is really smooth.

Snow White with the Red Hair is different to your typical cliche romance anime whereby boy meets girl, runs crazy for a boy or is merely there for ecchi bullshit cliches. It targets its calm and much more relaxed nature as shown by its background music even at the very start of the first episode. Its romance aspect is beyond your standard and typical shoujo.

From here, the romance and relationship are really pure and innocent. Our main characters can take proper conversations without any cliche events or ecchi fan-service. The connection between the characters is really relaxing in that sense. The scenes and dialogues are well-crafted and sure are aware exactly when to be intimate as hell when the correct moment arises.

Artwork

The art style is very consistent produced by studio Bones and is the most beautiful looking series in that year. It was as if the staff lent a few of Makoto Shinkai‘s technique like 5 Centimeters per Second when it comes to the soothing hues found in this anime. The background was also in a position to highlight the heartwarming scenes in this series and combined with the standout score, it raised an otherwise common moment.

Characters

The connection between characters is exactly what this anime is focused on. Or well, to be more accurate. It is why is the show very great and special to watch. Shirayuki is a fresh of air from the most common heroines that are generally in this kind of demographic. She is really smart, independent on what she does and keeps the responsibility of what she does and make an effort to repay any favor that she may carry to anyone. She’s not there to be saved and guarded for romantic events, she keeps her on and ties her best to be on the same line as the male protagonist. Her boldness and skill to solve several situations on her own is nothing less than amazing.

Sound

Once again, Bones is not really a stranger in placing the right music at the right event which makes the result of crucial scenes in this anime very strong to those who spent their time in it. Strings were used during climactic ones which raised nondescript scenes to heartwarming situations. It also recognized when to stop during the show’s most important event to highlight something irreversible with Shirayuki and Zen has occurred.

The opening is not my favorite, but the ending is fine – I like it. However, they are not something you can say amazing.

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Overall (7/10)

Snow White with the Red Hair can be an anime that is extremely easy to watch through. It’s warm and light I’ve mentioned above. The connection between the characters are interesting and the dialogue hardly ever leaves the person to be tired or feel that it has been dull. It could have its occasions that feel cheesy in the book, however, the way it’s approached is why is it beautiful and stunning to watch.

Season 2

Review

Shirayuki and Zen Wistalia have finally confirmed their romantic feelings for each other, and everyone has resumed their normal daily lives. Shirayuki remains an apprentice court herbalist at the royal palace of Clarines, and Zen goes on his duties alongside his aides.

However, their daily lives are disrupted when Crown Prince Izana, Zen’s older brother, receives an invitation from Raj Shenazard, the prince of Tanbarun. The herbalist sees herself ordered to visit Tanbarun for a week, to create a new friendship with the formerly selfish and stupid ruler who once ordered Shirayuki to become his concubine. Along the way, Shirayuki will run into trouble once again, as she’s sought by a mysterious boy called Kazuki, someone she has never met.

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Trailer

Story

The simpleness remains, same for the cuteness, the humor, the slice-of-life sense and the lovely romance. What differs in this second season is the incidents, which are more intriguing and interesting. There’s a hint of good action as well. Everything about the storyline really was great. The plot is just great. It doesn’t really have this one big plot but many things from the previous season returned.

Artwork

The artwork remains just like beautiful and lovely as the previous season. A lot of detail and depth are put into the character designs, the background remains to look good, and the colors remain vibrant and smooth and fit the atmosphere of the show. The animation quality appeared to go up a little this time as well, especially during the action scenes. You will surely recognize the Bones style animation in this anime and I really like it. The art still to be the best part of the show.

Characters

The good characters continued to be, and become even better. This time we got a straight better characterization for a few supporting characters and the main cast shone more through the lively events they encountered and due to presenting some backstories unveiled about them. These backstories actually described some things about their current way of living and behaving. Because of that, I would love them, because each one received a unique emotional pallet and a hallmark, and the effect was great.

To begin with, I was glad there’s a background about Obi and little bit of Kiki. I still want some background of Haruka, Zen’s parents and Izana though. So, I was a little disappointed in that. But normally, some new characters shed some light which is fairly cool.

The characters are actually a firm basis for the anime. They are well written and all the themes and storyline revolve around their fate and influence of the story. What sort of anime handles the minor characters and their development for the purpose of the development of story and plot are wonderful done. Each fine detail and aspects are not overlooked and used to enforce the atmosphere and emotional state for the plot and characters. Also, the characters portray a solid meaning for the audience and a motivating one too like going after your dream, relying on someone you trust, hardworking, overcoming the problems, the value of bonds and come across.

The characters are why is this anime so excellent, to be honest. Serious personality, funny, among others. This show has all of them. The development is also excellent.

Sound

The sound still much like the previous season, maybe with a bit more violin tracks within. They fit the feeling and mood of the scenes well and are calming to hear. The opening theme is comparable to the previous season. It was not really memorable, but I didn’t think it was awful. I did like the new ending theme though.

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Overall (8/10)

For the very start to the center to the ending, it does what the writer designed to do. It is a show about love and in a fantasy environment. I thought this was an extremely good second season for a fairly good romance anime. Both first and second seasons are excellent for romance enthusiasts, as it is a straightforward, lovely and light-hearted love tale that shoujo lovers shouldn’t pass up. I would recommend this show to someone who is seeking to relax and enjoy a lovely love story that sticks to what it attempts to do.

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