female protagonist

Manga Recommendation: Female Falls in Love First

Series where the female lead falls in love first. I highlighted a few favorites of mine! Click here if you are interested in looking at the male counterpart of this list.

  1. 7 Jikanme Rhapsody
  2. Akatsuki no Yona
  3. Ao Haru Ride
  4. Ao Natsu
  5. Beniiro Hero
  6. Benkyou no Jikan
  7. Boku wa Ookami.
  8. Chicchai Toki Kara Suki Dakedo
  9. Color (Mimori Ao)
  10. Dangan Honey
  11. Fujishiro-san Kei.
  12. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
  13. Girls of the Wild’s
  14. Haikei Date Masamune-sama
  15. Hana to Akuma
  16. Hana to Harinezumi
  17. Hana to Rakurai 
  18. Hana-kun to Koisuru Watashi
  19. Hapi Mari
  20. Hatsukoi ni Kiss
  21. Heart o Uchinomese!
  22. Heroine Shikkaku
  23. Hibi Chouchou
  24. Hiyokoi
  25. Honey Bunny!
  26. Immortal Rain
  27. Itazura na Kiss
  28. Junjou Drop
  29. Kami-sama Hajimemashita  
  30. Katakoi Triangle
  31. Kimi ga Inakya Dame tte Itte
  32. Kitchen Palette
  33. Koi Toka, Kiss Toka, Karada Toka.
  34. Koisuru Harinezumi
  35. Kokoro Botan
  36. Komomo Confiserie
  37. Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!
  38. Kono Oto Tomare!
  39. Kingyo Sou
  40. Lovely Complex
  41. Love Fighter!
  42. Love x Joint
  43. Lovely Everywhere
  44. Magnet na Watashitachi 
  45. Masamune-kun no Revenge
  46. Metto-kun wa Ikemen Desu.
  47. Midnight Secretary 
  48. Milky Way (Sato Kaede)
  49. Mune ga Naru no wa Kimi no Sei
  50. Mystery Bride
  51. Namida Usagi - Seifuku no Kataomoi 
  52. Natsu no Zenjitsu
  53. Nisekoi
  54. Nodame Cantabile
  55. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
  56. Ootagawa Junjou Lovers
  57. Orange (Takano Ichigo)
  58. Ore Monogatari!! 
  59. Papillon - Hana to Chou
  60. Power!!
  61. Renai Kaidan Sayoko-san
  62. Seishun Otome Banchou!
  63. Shinobi Life
  64. Shinrei Tantei Yakumo
  65. Shuriken to Pleats
  66. Stand Up! (Yamakawa Aiji)
  67. Suki ni Natta yo
  68. Sumire Syrup
  69. Taiyou no Ie
  70. Teens House
  71. The One
  72. Tsuki no Shippo
  73. Ume ni Uguisu
  74. Usotsuki Lily
  75. Watashi no Ookami-kun

So, a PS3/Xbox 360/PC version of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation came out recently. Speaking as someone who wants to see more diversity in gaming, allow me to be very clear about this:

It is an entry in a major franchise starring a female POC.


I was previously only available on Vita, which not many people own, so I understand if it didn’t do great sales-wise there. But now it’s on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Hundreds of millions of people own these systems. If you play games, chances are you own one of these consoles. And it’s on PC! There are 75 Million Steam Users! Chances are, you own something that can play this game.


I want to see more games with diverse protagonists. I want to see more games where a protagonists fights for the downtrodden. I want to see less games about short-haired, grizzled white dudes fighting for ‘Murica or (if the game is sci-fi) Space 'Murica.


It’s a new release, but it’s only twenty dollars. You can probably afford twenty dollars. Have spaghetti one night instead of going out. Make coffee at home for a few days instead of going to Starbucks. Save up the twenty dollars and…say it with me now…


I follow games closely, and there were only three (major release, non-indie) games I can think of last year that had female protagonists: Tomb Raider, Remember Me, and Beyond: Two Souls. Tomb Raider, despite being a big brand, only broke even after being out for eight months and was considered a sales disappointment. Remember Me did terribly in sales (I’m having trouble finding official sales figures, but the scuttlebutt puts it around 140K). Beyond: Two Souls sold a million units, which is not bad for a PS3 exclusive with non-standard gameplay, but was good enough to do better, in my opinion.


The reason we get a bunch of Call of Duty clones is that Call of Duty sells a fuck ton. I’m not holding it against the game developers. They are businesses. They want to make money. I understand that. So tell them by buying this game. It’s a digital download. You can log on to your PS3, Xbox, or Steam and purchase this game. Please do so. I’m going to do so. I want more games like this.

Female protagonist! POC protagonist! Fighting against slavery! $20! Go get it!

The Poem for Everyone’s Souls/Aria of the soul is one of my fav persona songs I will sing it every single time I’m in the velvet room Igor’s probably sick of me by now esp bc my voice was not meant for this song

Also, fancy princess dresses.

The music thing in the bg was scored by this one youtube guy btw

Manga Recommendation: Age Difference

Older Female, Younger Male -

  1. Akuma wa Sasayaku
  2. Ane-Mone Seikaten
  3. Ano Ko to Boku no Ie
  4. Bitou Lollipop
  5. Boku wa Kiss de Uso wo Tsuku
  6. Cherries Fight
  7. Citrus
  8. Cosplay Animal
  9. Dear Mine
  10. Esoragoto Note
  11. Fujoshi Kanojo
  12. Hotaru no Hikari
  13. Ichirei, Shite Kiss
  14. Iya da nante Iwasenai
  15. Jinja no Mori no Nora Neko-kun
  16. Kakumei no Hi
  17. Kaoru-kun to Hana no Mori
  18. Kimi ga Inakya Dame tte Itte
  19. Konna Hatsukoi
  20. Liar x Liar
  21. Melange!
  22. Men’s Kou
  23. Meruperi
  24. Momoiro Heaven
  25. Namaikizakari.
  26. Nanoka no Kare
  27. Ojou-sama no Gohoubi
  28. Sensei wa Ore no Mono
  29. Six Half
  30. Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii
  31. Strobe Edge
  32. Watashi ga Motete Dousunda

Older Male, Younger Female -

  1. 16 Life
  2. Adarushan no Hanayome
  3. Ai Hime - Ai to Himegoto
  4. Ao Haru Ride (side)
  5. Aozora Pop
  6. Beauty Pop
  7. Billionare Girl
  8. Biyaku Café
  9. Black Bird
  10. Blue (Chiba Kozue)
  11. Boku kara Kimi ga Kienai
  12. Boku no Ie ni Oide
  13. Boku no Sekai Kimi no Real
  14. Boku wa Kiss de Uso wo Tsuku
  15. Coelacanth
  16. Cousin
  17. Daisuki Datta yo, Sensei
  18. Dangan Honey
  19. Dengeki Daisy
  20. Don’t Cry, Girl
  21. Esoragoto Note
  22. Faster than a Kiss
  23. Hajimari no Niina
  24. Hakuji
  25. Hana to Akuma
  26. Hapi Mari
  27. Himikoi
  28. Hirunaka no Ryuusei
  29. Hotaru no Hikari
  30. Houkago x Ponytail
  31. Ichigo Jikan
  32. Kamisama Hajimemashita
  33. Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru
  34. Kare wa Diablo!
  35. Kigurumi Boueitai
  36. Kimi ja Nakya Dame Nanda
  37. Kinkyori Renai
  38. Koi wa Beniiro
  39. Koi wa Itsumo Tabekake
  40. Kore wa Koi no Hanashi
  41. Kyou mo Ashita mo
  42. Lip Smoke
  43. Love So Life
  44. Mikami Sensei no Aishikata
  45. Milky Way
  46. Nodame Cantabile
  47. Ojikoi
  48. Onegai Sensei
  49. Oniichan to Issho
  50. Oresama Teacher
  51. Otoko no Isshou
  52. Otona no Jikan
  53. Otona Pink
  54. Papillon - Hana to Chou
  55. Re: Collection
  56. Renai Demo Classic
  57. Sensei, Kitte yo
  58. Sensei Kunshu
  59. Sensei ni, Ageru
  60. Shiawase Kissa 3-choume
  61. Shinigamihime no Saikon
  62. Skip Beat!
  63. Suki Natsuki Koi
  64. Taiyou no Ie
  65. The Sleepy Residents of Birdcage Manor
  66. Tonari no Atashi
  67. Tora to Ookami
  68. Usagi Drop
  69. Veins
  70. Watashi ga Motete Dousunda
  71. Yajirobee
  72. Yamamoto Zenjirou to Moushimasu
  73. Youko x Boku SS
  74. Yumemiru Taiyou

Child of Light is an interesting little game. There’s been a lot of discussion about gender roles in video games lately, and this game appears to be tailored to address a specific conundrum that’s been highlighted by that discussion.

In a nutshell, the solution to equal representation in video games isn’t as simple as taking a girl and putting a sword in her hand. Beyond mere lack of protagonism, there’s a tendency in video game narratives to regard traditionally feminine virtues with active disdain - to treat them as sources of problems, never as sources of solutions. We don’t simply need female protagonists: we need magical princesses saving the world with their magical princess powers, and we need that not to be played for laughs.

Concurrently, however, there’s also a tendency to treat female protagonists in video game narratives as something that requires justification. A character needs a reason to be female, so the thinking goes; if she’s not conspicuously feminine in her characterisation, and if her story arc isn’t specifically About Women’s Issues (whatever those are), then her being female is unjustified, and she ought to be male instead. There’s little room, it seems, for a video game protagonist who just happens to be female.

Certainly, we can have it both ways. We can have magical princesses saving the world with their magical princess powers, and we can have girls who save the world by picking up a sword and stabbing evil in the face. We can, and we should - but the tension between disdain for femininity and the need to justify femininity remains: the former archetype risks running afoul of the latter problem, and the latter archetype, the former.

And then there’s Child of Light.

Here’s the protagonist flying on ethereal fairy wings.

Here’s the protagonist frolicking with her magical sprite companion.

Here’s the protagonist cleverly solving puzzles with sparkly pastel-coloured magic.

Here’s the protagonist striking earth-shattering blows with a sword the size of a fucking ironing board.

… wait a second.

It’s my pleasure to announce that Lavender, my first novel, is available for preordering from Amazon!  (If it’s fiddly, just give it time. It can take a while for a book to be availble across all of Amazon’s various sites, and To Clarify: You don’t need a kindle to buy or read from amazon! They have an app that’ll work on most everything.) I’m hugely excited for this, and I’ve been eager to show it off to you for sometime. If you’ll permit me a blurb…

Lavender knows what her family expects of her.
She just doesn’t know how to avoid it.

All her life, Lavender has wandered the forest outside her home, climbing its tall and ancient trees and following its brooks. Yet now her father has betrothed her to a boy in her village: Erkin, son of the village Elder. For Lavender, who hates being stuck indoors, has no knack for cooking, and would far rather be exploring the high branches of the forest, marriage is a fate worse than death. But fate is rarely so simple, and a chance argument reveals a secret at the heart of the forest that could change everything she thought possible.

Sometimes, friends can spring from the most unlikely places, and the biggest fears and the greatest evils don’t need to come at the point of a sword. For Lavender, the struggle to make her own path has only begun. 


Lavender is - blurb’s over, by the way, and the rest of this post is largely recycled from an earlier one - Lavender is a very low magic - yet quite fantastical - fantasy novel about a young girl by the name of Lavender. At the start of our tale, she discovers that despite all the attempts she’s made to appear as unmarriagable as possible, her father has betrothed her to the son of the village elder. It’s a story about growing up; about discovery, bravery, adventure and heartache. I hope it’s a story for you.

If you need further convincing, then you can find the first 3 chapters of Lavender here! I’ll also be taking a little more time in this post to cover some details.So, I’ve already said that it’s low magic. What does that mean? Bluntly speaking, there’s no spells. No dragons. The world more or less operates as you’d expect.Well. More or less.

What else? Well, this isn’t quite Young Adult. Nor is it not YA. With Lavender, I’ve tried to craft a story that doesn’t care how old you are. That won’t patronise younger readers or use its younger cast to dodge difficult questions and situations. On the contrary, I think the younger cast lets me dive in with both feet. I’ve felt the category of YA is increasingly nebulous, and whilst there’s much in the way of YA fiction I adore, I find myself not quite sure what it is in order to assuredly categorise my book as such. Regardless, if you’re the sort of person who usually spurns child protagonists, then try the sample chapters. I hope to convince you otherwise.

More than that, I am a proudly feminist author. There’s women in my books, and lots of them. I’ve toyed with saying this outright. There’s a concern that by even squeezing it into this little mini-FAQ I’m constructing that such a declaration will give the impression that by reading Lavender you’re opting in to a morality tale. Instead, what I’d like to say is this. If you’re bored with fantasy as swords for boys. If you read blurbs just hoping for a book with an interesting fantasy premise that doesn’t give the title role to the gruff guy with the shaggy black hair and the stubble and the destiny, then I’ve got a book for you.

Manga Recommendation: Tsundere Characters (Romance Series)

Male Characters:

  1. Ao Haru Ride
  2. Boku no Robot
  3. Dengeki Daisy
  4. Fruits Basket
  5. Fukumenkei Noise
  6. Last Game
  7. Gakeun Alice
  8. Hana Yori Dango
  9. Heroine Shikkaku
  10. Hibi Chouchou
  11. High School Debut
  12. Hirunaka no Ryuusei
  13. Ichigo Jikan
  14. Joousama no Shirousagi
  15. Junai Tokkou Taichou
  16. Kamisama Hajimemashita
  17. Kouya no Koi
  18. L-DK
  19. Lovely Complex
  20. Moe Kare!!
  21. Nanaco Robin
  22. Nousatsu Junkie
  23. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
  24. Otokonoko ni Toriko
  25. Reimei no Arcana
  26. Seiyuu Ka-!
  27. Siesta
  28. Special A
  29. Sumire Syrup
  30. Uwasa no Midori-kun
  31. Vivid Cherry
  32. Yumeiro Pâtissière
  33. Yumemiru Taiyou

Female Characters:

  1. Akuma to Love Song
  2. Ayakashi Hisen
  3. Boku ni Natta Watashi
  4. Boku to Kimi to de Niji ni Naru
  5. Boku wa Ookami
  6. Chocolate Cosmos
  7. Don’t Cry Girl
  8. Himitsu no Ai-chan
  9. I Love HS
  10. Kinkyori Renai
  11. Koi Dano Ai Dano
  12. Moekoi
  13. Sukitte ii na Yo
  14. Taiyou no Ie
  15. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
  16. Toradora
  17. Youko x Boku SS
  18. Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen