Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime Final Thoughts

September 22nd, 2015.

Final Impressions:

Akagami no Shirayuki Hime anime Episode 12 - Shirayuki is happy over others' happiness

I’ve actually watched this show! Mostly no notes, as most of my watching was done at work, during my lunchbreak. Anyway, I like shoujo shows. I like shoujo romances, and I like fantasy. This show to me was exactly what I hoped Ore Monogatari!! would be but wasn’t, which is a not great, but very good relationship show. Soothing is somewhat of a fitting word as well. I loved the music that played non-stop and the lush backgrounds. Both put me in mind of Ghibli, and a couple of scenes where Shirayuki’s hair puffed didn’t hurt that impression either.

This is very much a girl fantasy show, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of, from how the couple fell in love with one another at first sight, with how gallant the prince was from when we’ve first met him, to the capable Shirayuki. A moralistic show as well, with “Work hard” being a common refrain, which in the second half of the cour was turned into “Learn to lean on others, and to accept others’ aid” as well. But only after you learn to give it your all.

Was it perhaps a bit too sweet at times? Of course, and I often liked it. I liked the voice actors (many of whom returned from Yamada-kun and the 7 witches), and I liked the character designs, and I liked the interactions. I smiled often as I watched the show, and laughed a couple of times as well. The OP and ED were both pleasant as well, pleasant enough I never really skipped them (except when my lunch break was drawing too long – I actually took screenshots, if not notes, as I watched it :P).

I actually liked how quickly our couple truly became a couple, and while in some ways it was “proficiency porn”, so to speak, I really appreciated the couple being characters who were actors in their own rights, and acted independently even in scenes not involving the other. I did think some of the characters, such as the kidnapper in the 2nd episode, would’ve gotten more screentime, but there’s time to spare in the 2nd cour.

I give this show a very fond 7/10, and would recommend it to people looking for some enjoyable shoujo romantic fantasy shows, of which we’ve been getting quite a few over the past year or so, and I’m glad we are.

Return to the Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime Episodic Notes page.

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