17+ Of The Greatest Female Lead Shonen Anime Worth Watching

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Female lead Shonen anime are in demand, and are good alternatives when you’re in need of something different.

Some of these Shonen have either:

  • The female character as the main protagonist.
  • Or as a duel protagonist with a male character.

One mistake people make when it comes to SHONEN is thinking it’s all about supernatural elements or action.

This isn’t true.

Shonen (or Shounen) also includes many anime in genres like:

  • School
  • Harem
  • Fantasy
  • Romance

And other genres. After all, the genre (and definition) is about who these types of anime are tailored to.

Anime’s mentioned in this post will be from different dates and times. One of which includes anime from 2021 that fits the bill.

Let’s get to it.

 

1. Peach Boy Riverside

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Peach Boy Riverside is an anime I’ve kept my eye on for some months now before it released. I have an eye for anime with potential.

Just releasing this July 2021, It’s a Shonen series with a female lead called Sally.

She runs into a rabbit who turns out to be a demi-human, and they travel together. And she see’s the racism demi-humans experience first-hand.

We also see a darker side to Sally’s character, one involving a hidden power of sorts.

If you’re looking for a violent Shonen with “magic” elements and interesting characters, this is one to watch.

The level of violence is similar to something like Akame Ga Kill.

 

2. Magi: The Labyrinth Of Magic

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Magi is one of the most underrated Shonen in general, regardless of it having a female protagonist (tritagonist).

It’s about a world that’s inspired by South Asian culture by aesthetics, designs, and landscape. And potentially Egypt.

Aladdin and Alibaba are the main 2 male characters, while Morgiana is the female lead who’s also a main character.

They’re usually together throughout the series.

Morgiana is an ex-slave and brings some of the most meaningful moments to the anime, given her backstory and struggle.

She’s also a powerful, but feminine female character.

Related: 22+ Shonen Female Characters Who Break Stereotypes

 

3. Mirai Nikki

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Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) is a classic at this point, more so for the Yandere tendencies of its female protagonist: Yuno Gasai.

The other half is Yuki Amano, who’s forced into a relationship with Yuno Gasai.

Aside from Yuno’s disturbed past and upbringing which messes up her head, the anime is about characters with diaries that can predict the future.

Each diary users ability is a little different, and they all fight to the death. It’s a game being manipulated by the god of their universe.

 

4. The Promised Neverland

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The Promised Neverland might not have been the best series as far as 2nd seasons go, but it’s still respected.

The series has 3 main characters, 2 of which are male, the other female. She’s called Emma.

She’s the emotional one of the group. And the kindest with the most empathy, which is what makes her so convincing.

The other two characters bring surprise, logic, strategy, and even sacrifice to the table.

The plot involves a bunch of kids who are literally being groomed in a human farm to be fed to demons.

 

5. Zetsuen No Tempest

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Zetsuen No Tempest is a mystery series, not just Shonen. So it makes it a bit different and unusual.

It’s about a woman called Kusaribe Hakaze, the strongest mage who’s tricked by one of her followers and is now trapped on an island.

After using her powers to send a message, she’s desperately trying to find a way to make it back and stop the evil plot of a guy called Samon.

I won’t say more because of spoilers and plot points, but the way the plot unfolds is similar to Code Geass.

There are many moments that will surprise and blow you away as far as plot twists.

Post: 25+ Of The Greatest Mystery Anime Series Worth Their Salt

 

6. Demon Slayer

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Kimetsu No Yaiba (Demon Slayer) speaks for itself. It’s now the best selling anime of all time, making $100’s of millions.

It’s so successful that it’s pissing a lot of people off in America (the comic industry).

The plot is simple: a brother living his life for his now demon sister. Retaining part of her humanity, she now tries to protect and live for her brother as well.

You can’t take any of these protagonists out of the story. They’re attached, literally, and the plot doesn’t move without either one.

 

7. Shakugan No Shana

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Shakugan No Shana is about the flaming haired blazing eyed hunter: Shana. She’s a “flame haze” who’s duty is to protect the world’s balance.

They do this by destroying Denizens (demons) who attempt to consume humans and “eat” their existence.

The undertones is this anime, especially in the first season or 2, is actually dark and depressing. Once a person’s existence is consumed, they’re forgotten.

In fact it’s as if you never existed in the first place. Everything about you dies, even memories and pictures.

There’s 3 seasons in total, and a few movies.

Related: A Stellar List Of 13+ Anime Shows By J.C Staff!

 

8. Soul Eater

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Soul Eater leads with Maka Albarn. The main miester of the show. She has some of the most progress and development as a fighter as well.

In this world there are demons called Kishin. And each Miester hunts them down or their eggs as it gives them power.

It goes deeper than that and the other 2 sets of relevant characters help push the plot forward in comedic, but necessary ways.

 

9. Inuyasha

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Inuyasha is an anime with dual protagonists, one of them being the main lead. That lead is Kagome Higurashi.

She’s the one who falls into the well which takes her into a different time period of the past.

Once there, she runs into Inuyasha, and that’s where their partnership and eventual romance begins.

Kagome, from start to finish, is an inseparable protagonist who’s absolutely necessary for the plot and how it turns and twists.

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10. Rent A Girlfriend

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Yes, Rent A Girlfriend is Shonen as well. As mentioned earlier, Shonen isn’t only what fans are brainwashed to believe.

In this series you have Kazuya Kinoshita, a SIMP in the flesh. Lacks self esteem and pedestalizes women, allowing them to manipulate him.

Then you have the rental girlfriend who helps him called Chizuru Mizuhara. She’s the beauty of the series and the anchor to the plot.

This rom com aimed at a Shonen audience is wacky, sometimes cringe, but ultimately a worthy series that stands out.

 

11. The Ancient Magus Bride

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The Ancient Magus Bride has Elias Ainsworth, the guardian, and Hatori Chise, the red headed girl. The plot is about her being the bride of a magus

We see the world through Hatori’s eyes as she learns, discovers, and even becomes skilled in the use of magic to a degree.

The animation and visuals is gorgeous and in a league of its own. Everything looks stunning, including Hatori, and the scenery she finds herself in.

 

12. Claymore

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Claymore leads with Clare, the dominant protagonists throughout the entire series. In this world there are warriors called Claymores.

Each one of them is female specifically, and is half Yoma (demon) as well.

Their mission in life, including Clare, is to destroy Yoma and protect humans, and get paid for doing so. But it’s ultimately depressing and an empty lifestyle.

Not only is Clare a female lead, but she’s clearly one of the strongest in the anime industry across the board.

 

13. Cells At Work

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Cells At Work has White Blood Cell, portrayed as a male, and Red Blood Cell, portrayed as a female.

Red Blood Cell gets the most screen time typically, and is the main lead of the series from start to finish.

Not only is the anime portrayed in a Shonen style with comedy, but you get to learn about:

  • The cells in your body
  • How they function
  • Types of things that can affect your body
  • Biology

And everything in between.

It’s the kind of Shonen that makes you want to eat healthy and take care of your body from the inside out!

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14. Akame Ga Kill

You have Akame, the assassin the anime’s name is based on. She’s the female lead.

Then you have Tatsumi, the male character the anime first focuses on until they both run into each other at the end of episode 1.

The story is about corruption in the government, and oppression, abuse, murder, tax manipulation, and worse.

Night Raid, an assassination group, sets out to kill all the government officials and people with power to destroy the empire. With the hopes of rebuilding it through a revolution

This gives this Shonen:

  • Purpose
  • Conviction
  • Focus
  • Brutality

And a differentiation most Shonen can’t claim to have.

It’s different by design and doesn’t pander to cliches like “the power of friendship” and so on.

 

15. Fairy Tail

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Fairy Tail goes without saying. Hate the anime or love it, but it’s certified and has some of the best characters and adventures going.

Lucy Heartfilia is this anime’s female lead. You have secondary female leads like Erza Scarlet, same with the 2 male protagonists l(Natsu, Gray).

Lucy starts out searching for the Fairy Tail guild, and after joining it, we see her relationship with Natsu build over time.

She’s not the strongest, but her smarts, intelligence, wit, and determination is part of what makes Lucy a great character who’s underappreciated.

 

16. Jujutsu Kaisen

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Jujutsu Kaisen is about curses, and those who exercise them in a nutshell. It’s a tad violent.

Nobara Kugisaki is the only female lead in this series (along with 2 male protagonists).

She’s handled well and gets a good amount of screen time. In fact the anime is so balanced that all 3 never feel too left out.

Nobara in particular is from a small town, and has an incredible amount of self confidence and conviction. To the point of being unafraid moments before she was “potentially” about to be killed.

She can be a bit of a loud mouth like many female characters in JJK, Nobara is likable and has solid moments and progression.

 

17. Slayers

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Lina Inverse is the main female lead in this adventure, magic series. She’s known as the bandit killer, which is an exaggeration caused by her fierce reputation and powerful abilities.

There’s a male lead here, too, but Lina is definitely original when it comes to female characters like this.

Slayers is probably the first Shonen (Shounen) to parody other shonen cliches and elements at the time. The anime released in 1995.

You could even say the ideas used in One Punch Man was indirectly influenced by it for the parodies.

 

Other Shonen anime with female lead:

  • Twin Star Exorcist.
  • Seitokai Yakuindomo.
  • Noragami.
  • Nisekoi.
  • Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple.
  • To Love Ru.
  • The Legend Of The Legendary Heroes.
  • Tonikaku Kawaii.

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