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.
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.
Rather tame overall. A few d-mns and b-words, but rare.
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.
We don’t really get much sense of there being any religions in this show.
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
Official streaming: Hulu