Nowadays, it can be hard to find good anime with strong female lead since most mainstream shows only features strong male protagonists. However, despite that, anime is a diverse media suitable for audiences of all ages and background. Meaning, there’s always something for everyone. Today, we will be going through the list of the top 10 anime with female leads that will definitely be worth the binge. Whether you are a fan of romance, action, or thriller shows, there is still a large variety of anime shows with female leads to choose from So without further ado, let’s us begin!!

10. Fruits Basket (2019)

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  • Episode: 25
  • Season: Spring 2019
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: TMS Entertainment
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Anime Synopsis:

Tooru Honda has always been fascinated by the twelve animals of the Zodiac Signs. One day, however, a family tragedy changed her life forever, and she ultimately became homeless. With no where left to go, Tooru was forced to live in a tent on the land of the prestigious Souma family. Soon after, the Souma family found out about Tooru’s situation and offered her a place to stay. There, she discovered a secret that would embark her on an adventure full of love and happiness.

9. Watashi ga Motete Dousunda

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  • Episode: 12
  • Season: Fall 2016
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Brain’s Base
  • Genres: Harem, Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo

Anime Synopsis:

Kae Serinuma was extremely insecure about her overweight body. As a devoted Otaku, she spends her days watching BL shows, also known as Boy’s Love. One day, Serinuma became utterly dejected by the death of her beloved characters. Subsequently, she locked herself in her room refusing to even eat or go-out. Weeks later, Serinuma finally recovered from her depression only to discover her new beautiful appearance. Apparently, she has lost an incredible amount of weight due to not eating for a week straight. The next day, Serinuma became the most beautiful girl at school and obtained the popular life that she always yearned for.

8. Yakusoku no Neverland

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  • Episode: 12
  • Season: Winter 2019
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: CloverWorks
  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Thriller, Shounen

Anime Synopsis:

The Grace Field House, an orphanage located in a remote forest, is filled with a joyful children and a loving caretaker who everyone nicknamed ‘Mama’. The children are free to spend their time however they see fit, though there are rigid rules about not venturing too far from the orphanage. Unfortunately, happy times often does not last forever. Once in a while, a child would be officially adopted by new foster parents and would be sent away never to be seen again. The three eldest siblings of the Grace Field House, however, knew that something suspicious was going on, and that their life were about to be changed forever.

7. Akatsuki no Yona

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  • Episode: 24
  • Season: Fall 2014
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo

Anime Synopsis:

Princess Yona, an innocent and sheltered girl within the Kingdom of Kouka, has lived in luxury and ignorant her entire life. One day, betrayed by her cousin, Su-won, Yona suddenly lost everything – her parents, status, and ultimately, her kingdom. After escaping with her childhood friend, Sun-Hok, Yona vowed to take back what was taken from her. It was then that Yona realized the ugly truth of the Kouka kingdom.

6. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

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  • Episode: 12
  • Season: Winter 2011
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: Shaft
  • Genres: Psychological, Drama, Magic, Thriller

Anime Synopsis:

Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki were two good middle school friends leading completely normal lives. However, everything changed when they encountered Homura Akemi, a transfer student, and Kyuubey, a mysterious magical cat. Kyuubey, being a ‘magical’ cat, offered the two girls a proposal in which he could grant them any wish. In exchange, they would be turned into magical girls. Despite the seemingly great offer, Akemi, a magical girl herself, was strictly against the idea. It was as if she knew something that Madoka and Sayaka did not.

5. Chihayafuru

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  • Episode: 25
  • Season: Fall 2011
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Genres: Drama, Game, Josei, School, Slice of Life, Sports

Anime Synopsis:

Chihaya Ayase grew up having no dreams of her own, that is, until she met the transfer student, Arata Wataya. The boy introduced Chihaya to competitie karuta, a highly competitive card game, which successfully pique her interest. Fast forward to high school, Chihaya, now obsessed with karuta, wanted to create her own club and take the national karuta championship. It was a difficult task, but ultimately, in order for Chihaya to achieve her dream, nothing was impossible.

4. Violet Evergarden

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  • Episode: 13
  • Season: Winter 2018
  • Source: Light Novel
  • Studio: Kyoto Animation
  • Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Fantasy

Anime Synopsis:

Violet, a survivor of the Great War, was left with a message from her beloved Lieutenant – I love you. As a former soldier who only knew of killing, Violet failed to understand the meanings of such words. Claudia, the former army commander, wanted to help Violet by having her employed at the CH Postal Service. There, she worked as an “Auto Memory Doll” where she must transcribe people’s thoughts and feelings onto letters. Violet must challenge herself about human emotions, recover from PTSD, and ultimately, learn the meanings behind her beloved lieutenant’s last words.

3. Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex

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  • Episode: 26
  • Season: Fall 2002
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Production I.G
  • Genres: Action, Military, Sci-Fi, Police, Mecha, Seinen

Anime Synopsis:

In the near future, mankind has invented a method to completely transplants a person from flesh to machine. Despite such practical accomplishment, criminals were able to take advantage of the tool to commit dangerous crimes. In response, the Japanese Government formed Section 9, a police unit who specialized in dealing with such dangerous criminals. Daisuke Aramaki and Makoto Kusanagi, leader of Section 9, were often successful in their missions. However, their success ended abruptly when a new hacker nicknamed “The Laughing Man” threatened their very own existence.

2. Psycho Pass

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  • Episode: 22
  • Season: Fall 2012
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: Production I.G
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Police, Psychological

Anime Synopsis:

In the near future, Japan has adopted a new system of law enforcement called the Sibyl System, allowing law enforcers to determine crimes before they are committed. Akane Tsunemori, a motivated newbie officer, has decide to join the ranks of the Public Safety Bureau. However, the more missions she carried out, the more Akane began questioning the judgement of the Sibyl System. Struggling with the meaning of justice itself, Akane embark on a thrilling adventure to debunk the Sibyl System once and for all.

1. Kill la Kill

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  • Episode: 24
  • Season: Fall 2013
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: Trigger
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Super Power, Ecchi, School

Anime Synopsis:

Ryuuko Matoi is constantly on the outlook for her father’s murderer. With only her father’s invention, the Scissor Blade, as the only clue, she was led to the prestigious Honnouji Academy. There, she encountered the strict and brutal student council president, Satsuki Kiryuuin and her subordinates, the Elite Four. Ryuuko must fight her ways to the top of the academy hierarchy using Senketsu, a special cloth that grant supernatural powers. For Ryuuko, it was time to uncover the truth once and for all.


That concludes the list of top 10 anime with female leads that everyone should watch. Evidently, anime is not only restricted to having only male protagonists in the spotlight. Female characters, if done right, could also shine as bright, or even brighter, than male characters than some case. Ultimately, your options are vast. Whether you are a fan of romance, shoujo, or action adventure, trust me, there is always something for everyone. Hopefully, at the end of the day, you could now walk away with a more diverse anime-to-watch list.

For those who have seen these anime featuring female leads above, were there other anime you would like to see on this list?? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!! Till then~

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