Snow White with the Red Hair Review

swr_keyartStory:
Shirayuki’s bright red hair is both a blessing and a curse. When it draws the eye of a spoiled prince intent on forcing her into marriage, she takes it as a sign to run away from her homeland and apply as a court herbalist in a neighboring kingdom.

Violence:
Kidnapping attempts and assassination attempts are often the only ways in which violence comes up in this show. Thankfully it’s not overly common and usually very little blood is shown.

Language:
Rather tame overall. A few d-mns and b-words, but rare.

Nudity:
We’re spared from anything besides some shirtless scenes for the guys and the occasional bath scene with the girls, which is, thankfully, tastefully handled overall.

Theology/mythology:
We don’t really get much sense of there being any religions in this show.

Personal impression:
I actually really enjoyed this show. Despite the fact that the action is quite tame throughout, this series boasts a rather sweet and very healthy couple. Unlike my romances in anime where a girl’s goals seem to become secondary to being with their male counterparts, this show keeps its characters moving towards their own goals continuously. Both leads respect each others personal dreams and don’t let their growing relationship interfere with said dreams. In fact, they often try their best to support one another’s goals. An element that was beyond refreshing to watch, especially when so many romances in anime are heavily problematic if not downright destructive (see Wolf Girl).
As far as music and art goes, the show wasn’t anything special. That said, it was usually steady quality and it fit the tone of the show just fine: clean lines, bright and pastel colors and a style that is neither too cutesy nor overly mature. A good middle ground for a show that seems more than fine taking the longer route with the characters’ relationships.
That said, this show’s biggest failing is perhaps in its reluctance to shake up things too much. After two seasons, some pretty heavy story elements were either glossed over or not handled at all, leaving us in essentially the same spot at the end of season two that we were in at the end of season one. While some progress is made, it’s not as much as there could have been and, often, I felt as if the creators were holding back from rocking the boat too much. A shame as many characters were primed for far more development than they actually got.
Overall, however, this was a great show. Solid characters, healthy relationships and some good messages here and there. If you’re fine with the action being a bit more on the tame side, I’d say give this show a go.

Personal rating: 10+

Episodes: 24 (season 1 & 2)
Languages: Sub and Dub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Action, romance, fantasy
Company: FUNimation
Official streaming: Hulu

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About inrosegalaxy

Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

5 thoughts on “Snow White with the Red Hair Review

  1. I really loved this anime. It was kind of like a Disney fairytale in anime form and with a very engaging protagonist. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • That’s actually a rather good way to describe this one. It was rather “Disney-ish” in that it remained rather sweet and wholesome the whole way. I actually prefer this to many Disney relationships, however, as I felt like they had a better power balance (both saw one another as true equals and respected each other).

      • Definitely agree. This wasn’t a strong female at the expense of the male, or a female relying on the male to save her. It was definitely the forging of a partnership.

      • Yep. I really want to see more of this in anime too. We had a pretty decent thing going for My LOVE Story as well, so maybe these healthy relationships will start popping up more. I sure hope so!

  2. Pingback: RRAR’s Top Shows of 2016 | Risembool Ranger Anime Reviews

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