In the world of anime, it always seems like a male dominated media. With in every action show, you have the main male protagonist and his love interests, who’s a girl. And she becomes a damsel in distress, an airhead, a flat piece of bread, or some other stereotype that will set back woman another 50 years.
Nice work Japan! (saying that in my sarcastic voice) Of course, that’s not always the case since there have been plenty of other series that have been featured on other lists, where the girls are the main protagonist, showing that they can be bad mofos as well. And they don’t have to be a cold, emotionless berserker, they can be just as bubbly and kick some butt.
Here’s an anime that I’ve mentioned before on a list but I don’t think it will hurt to talk about it. This is High School Fleet.
Most of Japan has been submergence in water for 100 years, due to a shift in the tectonic plates. Because of this, Japan becomes a marine city and is protected by an all female Naval army called “The Blue Mermaids.” Follow Akeno Misaki, Moeka China and others as they enroll in a marine high school, in hopes of being one of the Blue Mermaids.
This series has suspense, some really good military action, great animation, and awesome writing. Of course, you want some more of that girl power, so here it is 8 Anime Like High School Fleet.
Girls & Panzer
Would this count as some 70s B-movie scenario, where girls drive in tanks for sport?
In a world where everyone loves or participates in a sport where you use tanks called tankery, Miho Nishizumi is the one person who wants nothing to do with the sport, due to having a traumatic experience as a child. Miho Nishizumi transfers to a school that doesn’t have the sport but it seems fate have different things in mind.
She finds out that the student body is bringing it back and is forcing her to play or else. Will Miho Nishizumi be able to conquer her fears and help her team to win?
Girls & Panzer may not be as deep, but it’s a very fun anime that people should give a try.
Kantai Collection: KanColle (Fleet Girls Collection KanColle Animation Sequence)
The only ones who can stand against forces known as the “Deep Sea Fleet” are the Kanmusu, a group of girls who pose the spirits of battleships. Follow Fubuki, as she trains with the Kanmusu and fights along side with them against the evil forces, the Deep Sea Fleet.
Great characters, good story, excellent art, and overall a must watch.
Yes, there girls with no pants and flying around with guns but I can assure you it’s not as bad as it looks.
It’s 1944 and aliens called the Neuroi have invaded earth. Humanity’s last hope are the witches, who use their magical power for defense and fly with a leg mounted machine. They will take the battle to the sky and take down the Neuroi.
It’s a fun show with some cute girls that have guns.
Yuki Takeya, Yuuri Wakasa, Kurumi Ebisuzawa, Miki Naoki, Megumi Sakura, and Taroumaru the dog are all club members of the School Living Club. Everything seems perfect, although there things about it that are a bit off. Is everything real or is this an illusion to hide the real ugly truth?
I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot because it’s really good. It may look like a cute anime sprinkled with rainbow colors but underneath it is a cruel and dark series.
Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova (Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova-)
Now this series is more like a what-if scenario that could possibly happen.
In the year 2035, the sea level has risen due to global warming and many of the world’s continents have been lost. A large warship with a mysterious group called the “the Fleet of Mist,” has been attacking humanities ships and blocking their trade route which has caused the human race to be declining. Seven years later, the Fleet of Mist has offered to help humanity but are they genuine or are they hiding something up their sleeves?
The battle scenes are like Hunt for Red October mixed with an Outlaw Star. Great story and characters. Simply put this anime is a must watch.
Suzukaze Aoba joins a game company after she graduated from high school. She will have some grand adventures and along the way and meet new friends.
I’ve mentioned this anime not that long ago but nonetheless it’s still one of the best to watch.
So Ra No Wo To (Sound of the Sky)
This is a military anime that’s a bit more light hearted.
Kanata Sorami is the newest member of the 1121st Platoon of the Helvetian Army. She is there to learn how to play the bugle. What they don’t realize is that she will help brighten their day through the darkest time of this war.
Now, this may sound like it’s all light and fluffy but it’s a tale of salvation, redemption, and hope. It will pull on those heart strings and may make you cry.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Madoka Kaname is your ordinary middle school student, but all that is about to change when she meets the new student and a magical cat-like creature. The creature will grant her one wish in exchange she must becomes a magical girl. It can’t be all bad, right?
Don’t be deceived by the way this anime look. Behind the cuteness is just an ugly and dark anime that shows you “be careful what you wish for.” This is the hands down best anime that will give you the chills.