5 Anime Like 'Akagami no Shirayuki-hime' ('Snow White with the Red Hair')

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair) | Source

I’m almost certain that the reason you’re here is because you can’t get enough of the feeling that there are butterflies in your tummy. You’ve watched Akagami no Shirayuki-hime and now you’re craving for more. I get it and I don’t want to delay you any longer.

This list contains five anime shows that are quite similar to Akagami no Shirayuki-hime. In one way or another, you'd best believe that you’ll find what you crave for here. After all, these titles were carefully handpicked by me.

Anime Similar to 'Akagami no Shirayuki-hime'
1. Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)
2. Romeo x Juliet
3. Saiunkoku Monogatari (The Story of Saiunkoku)
4. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
5. Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

1. Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)

Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)
Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn) | Source

Clearly, you expected to see Akatsuki no Yona on this list. Not only did it air side-by-side with Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, it also astonished everyone with the way it stood out as one of the most phenomenal shoujo anime ever created.

Akatsuki no Yona may not be as romance-driven as Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, but it truly shines when it comes to action and exhilaration. The plot’s core is motivated by betrayal and redemption, which makes it a little bit unusual. Nonetheless, this isn’t your typical shoujo anime. Akatsuki no Yona shatters the trend of overused shoujo tropes, and gives the audience a fresh perspective of the genre.

2. Romeo x Juliet

Romeo x Juliet
Romeo x Juliet | Source

What was the first thing that popped in your mind when you came across the title Romeo x Juliet? I’m sure it was Shakespeare’s renowned work Romeo and Juliet. And the fact is—this anime is loosely based on that. Will there be romance in this show? Yes. Should you expect tragedy as well? Definitely!

Romeo x Juliet could be described as an emotional rollercoaster ride. It’s tragic yet so beautiful. While it doesn’t strictly follow Shakespeare’s work, it rehashes the whole essence and offers a thrilling twist. The art may disappoint some, but the music and sound will certainly please everyone.

In conclusion, if you fancy the taste of bittersweet love, then Romeo x Juliet will suit you well.

3. Saiunkoku Monogatari (The Story of Saiunkoku)

Saiunkoku Monogatari (The Story of Saiunkoku)
Saiunkoku Monogatari (The Story of Saiunkoku) | Source

It would be absolutely irresponsible of me if I didn’t include this show on the list. Personally, I think Saiunkoku Monogatari comes closest to Akagami no Shirayuki-hime when it comes to similarity. Actually, they both look like mirror reflections of one another except for some minute details and themes.

Just like Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, Saiunkoku Monogatari, tells the story of a young woman who dreams of success in her field of passion. Despite tribulations, she has to strive for the best in a world dominated by patriarchy. Then, she meets the person who will change her life forever—the emperor! Together, they shall nurture each other’s hopes and dreams in order to reach stability and finally give way to their blossoming feelings.

Saiunkoku Monogatari is a decent show that is old but gold. The art, the animation, and the sound may put you off at first, but that won’t matter the moment you get absorbed into the plot. Just like how a landmine is waiting to blow you away, Saiunkoku Monogatari is waiting to give you a pleasant surprise.

4. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha | Source

At first, I was reluctant to include this on the list, but after realizing that Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is actually a show that focuses on various world problems rather than just the main characters’ dilemmas, I decided to give it a chance.

First of all, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha has an unusual plot. It’s original and would have garnered a lot of recognition if only it fixated more on quality rather than quantity. Second, this anime glosses over the usual tropes in order to concentrate on the status quo of the world. Politics, agriculture, economics—they have all been infused into the fray! And that’s where the similarity comes in! This anime doesn’t just focus on the main characters, but also emphasizes on the world affairs.

As unsure as I am, maybe this show just needs a different point of view. I think the elements in it aren’t balanced enough to make it mainstream. But who knows? Maybe you’ll see something different in it that I failed to discover.

5. Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii (The World is Still Beautiful)

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii (The World is Still Beautiful)
Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii (The World is Still Beautiful) | Source

You might not have come upon this title before, but trust me—Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii will make your time spent watching it worthwhile!

Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii is another one of those out-of-league girl meets extraordinary boy stories. Yes, it has the same formula as Akagami no Shirayuki-hime. It may not be topnotch when it comes to art, sound, and animation, but it’s pretty decent overall. Besides, those elements I’ve mentioned are surprisingly immaterial in this anime. What Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii takes pride in is its appealing story, its enthralling characters, and its focus on making the world a wholesome and better place.

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