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Akagami no Shirayukihime  
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Shirayuki is a young woman born with unique apple-red hair. After catching word about her hair, Prince Rajin sends orders for her to become his concubine. With nowhere else to go, Shirayuki cuts her hair and escapes to a neighboring country. While traversing through the forests, she meets a young man, Zen, who helps her after she boldly cures his wounds. He soon, however, becomes poisoned by an apple meant for Shirayuki. What will happen to Shirayuki? What is Zen's true character? A refreshing fantasy story between an optimistic heroine and a prince who constantly stays on her watch.

Extra stories:
V.1 - Hachigatsu no Shikisa (Four-season Colour of August)
V.2 - Bokura o Tsunaide. (Bind Us)


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Associated Names
Красноволосая Белоснежка
بيضاء الثلج ذات الشعر الأحمر
شيرايوكي ذات الشعر الأحمر
빨강머리 백설공주
Akagami no Shirayuki Hime
Bind Us
Bokura wo Tsunaide
Die rothaarige Schneeprinzessin (German)
Red-haired Snow White Princess
Shirayuki aux cheveux rouges (French)
Snehvide med det røde hår (Danish)
Snow White with the Red Hair

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Latest Release(s)
c.84 by Akagamins (21d ago)
v.14 c.63-64 by Fallen Syndicate (64d ago)
c.83 by Akagamins (80d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol.1, Ch.1 (S1); Vo. 4, Ch.17.5 (S2);
Ends at Vol.4, Ch.17 (S1); Vol.8 , Ch.32 (S2); Alternative ending

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1165 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.54 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 14th 2017, 11:21pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
LaLa (Hakusensha)
LaLa DX (Hakusensha)

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Weekly Pos #123 increased(+9)
Monthly Pos #97 increased(+5)
3 Month Pos #95 decreased(-11)
6 Month Pos #76 increased(+4)

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Warm Slice of Life in a Fantasy World   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MitsukiKanou
April 14th, 2017, 10:54am
April 22, 2017 Review

The manga (I've read until chapter 84) is good and it gets much better in latter chapters. However, the anime is more put together. (As of writing, I've watched until episode 16). I think the author and their team's storytelling has improved a lot in the anime.

The plot progression and character development are more thorough and polished in the anime. The first episodes of the anime's second season masterfully weaved and progressed 3-4 plots at the same time.

I fully appreciate the manga because I've read it first. In the manga we can see the storytelling and art improve after tens of chapters. Chapter 1 for example, looks significantly different from Chapter 41.

However, the anime expounded on, polished, and remixed the earlier parts of the manga's story. In doing so, it's a higher level of quality and more worth your time.

It might be a good idea to finish the anime first, then continue with the manga. Then again, the changes in the anime might confuse you when you read the manga.

If however, you have spare time, like the characters, or are curious - the beginning of the manga is a nice read too. Shirayuki, Zen, & co.'s characters are encouraging and inspirational. Just beware that this story is more Slice of Life genre than it is a typical Shoujo manga.

April 14, 2017 Review [OLDER]
The first few chapters makes it SEEM like your typical Shoujo. However, it's more of a Slice of Life. It's the daily life of Shirayuki and Zen and the people that surround them.

It really gets into it's stride later on as characters work hard towards a goal. Many of the interactions reveal character and relationships. As of posting, I've read until chapter 84.

What sets this apart is that it shows what it takes to work towards a long term goal: a lot of daily effort and standing by the people important to you.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
It's also refreshing that Second Prince Zen is supporting his older brother Izana to become a good king. I've read too many Chinese political novels where the family members try to kill each other for power. The atmosphere is full of mud, blood, and darkness. It's refreshing to see Zen and his royal family members be warm and helpful to each other. The atmosphere is like warm light and cozy weather.

Instead of lame and indecisive, I think Zen has the strong will to delay gratification. (Remember that Marshmallow experiment?). In a typical Shoujo, they'd hurry to be in a relationship. If this was Ecchi or Smut, they'd hurry on to the act. However, what Shirayuki and Zen are doing is different.

Shirayuki is earning her right to stand beside him. She starts as a run away from her own country with no noble background. However, she earns her right to be a Royal Court Pharmacist and piles achievements and nurtures relationships. She even earns the respect of Prince Raji and Izana. (Prince Zen and the rest of the gang do a lot of work and growth to achieve their goals too).

From a nobody, she's steadily improving herself in order to be someone who can stand by Zen's side. Perhaps that kind of example is one the best advice a reader can receive.

... Last updated on April 21st, 2017, 1:25pm
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Historical Fantasy With a Very Warm Ambiance   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blackluna
December 4th, 2016, 8:05pm
To be honest, I am completely baffled by the negative reviews of Akagami no Shirayukihime, as well as a few of the complements it receives. Akizuki-sensei's style is far from typical shoujo, even when the overall trajectory of the work is more typical of shoujo than this one. While, the first two or three chapters seem to be setting up for clichés, thanks to the natures of the protagonists and other characters, those very elements that seem to be clichés are ultimately tropes. While some have complained about Shirayuki being rescued in the beginning, rather than a "damsel in distress," she ranges from a "damsel out of distress" to a "defiant captive." While Akagami no Shirayukihime is a romantic tale, the feeling and focus is closest to "slice of life" works in all demographics (in fact, personally, I don't consider it to be part of any demographic, it just happens to be serialized in LaLa). What I mean to say is, this work is not the zenith of "shoujo" nor is it what people call incredibly romantic, nor the pacing abnormally slow or the plot drawn out. What Akagami no Shirayukihime is is a wonderful romantic slice of life with just the right amount of politics. The pace is perfect for the type of story it is, and I have a feeling that a lot of the readers who don't like that aspect were expecting a very different story and were unable to adjust. In all honesty, I personally expected the manga to progress at about this rate and in such a manner since chapter four or so, since Shirayuki is determined to reach her goals by her own power and
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Zen is the second prince whose goal is to support his elder brother
(basically, they both are people who always take some kind of action).

As for the characters, they just lovely. As I mentioned before, Shirayuki is not a helpless person nor is she the type to give up everything for love. She is determined, with her own goals, and independent (which only gets her into to trouble when she bites off more than she can chew). Zen is just as strong and charming, and while his virtues don't pop out from nowhere, they're also not purely a product of his surroundings, but rather a combination. Both protagonists can never just sit and wait, which is shown to be both a virtue and a fault depending on the exact situation, and this element is among those that are focused on as the tale progresses. In fact, while only the protagonists get truly fleshed out, the rest of the cast are not what one would call flat. Essentially, all the characters are considered equals in a sense. Thus far there is not a true antagonist and there doesn't need to be: life in general requires a lot of determination to reach one's goals.

On that note: Akagami no Shirayukihime is not the type of story to keep you riveted and tense, but a story that makes one smile and reminisce. The few action scenes that occur are clear and well done, instead of being a sort of "cop-out," as is the case for many non-action manga that include moments of it. The romance binding the story is well done and is muted (instead of the usual drama-to-melodrama or cheesiness). There are also a fair share of heart-warming moments, and not only of a romantic nature either. The humour scattered throughout both keeps the story together and gives insight into characters' personalities and relationships and is quite enjoyable (it's the type that makes you smirk). Several individuals have referred to the artistic style as plain, but there actually is a decent amount of detail, not in a realistic sense or an MORI Kaoru sort of way, but there are embellishments. What Akizuki-sensei has done is eliminate many extraneous details (just look at the eyes, for one). I consider the style an enjoyable medium perfect for a historical fantasy with a warm ambiance. As a whole, the style, writing, and art are well done and easy to follow.

... Last updated on December 4th, 2016, 8:17pm
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by MaZzAx
February 27th, 2016, 2:33pm
I am baffled by the popularity of this manga. Yes, the art is nice. Yes, we all love a castle setting and a royal romance. But it's no good having those things if you're just going to attach them to a boring plot and extremely dull characters!

I was actually quite surprised. I've tried reading this manga about three times over the years and dropped it at different stages each time. But I watched the anime and quite liked it. I think the main problem for me is the male lead. He's just too much of a smiley 'nice boy.' I kept wanting to pair the female lead with other more interesting characters.

I don't think the drama is all that exciting either. Stuff happens, but in a boring 'oh is that all' kind of way. The mangaka clearly wants the female lead to come across as strong and independent, but then the male lead just keeps coming across as a bit wishy-washy and lame.

I'd say the anime is worth a watch if you're bored. But I don't think I can recommend the manga - it just doesn't quite make the grade plot and character wise. It's a shame really, I think it had the potential to be really great.

... Last updated on February 27th, 2016, 2:35pm
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How did this get so popular?   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by crazyboutcute
December 21st, 2015, 8:34pm
Don't get me wrong -- I'm glad shoujo as a demographic is getting more exposure and more respect. It certainly deserves it.

But, like, why this one?

I read and dropped this manga maybe two years ago. Suddenly, it gets an anime, and I'm seeing it everywhere. It's crazy! There are so many amazing shoujo titles out there -- why is this lukewarm one getting so much attention?

This is a manga I really wanted to like. I love fairytales, especially subverted and twisted ones. This seemed right up my alley. But, as it turns out, the premise is far more interesting than the execution. I think the author really dropped the ball on this one. It could have been excellent, but instead, it meanders around in mediocrity.

My biggest qualm is that it's boring. Despite the charming and sparkly artwork, the dull plot and characters made this a chore to get through. And that's the manga's biggest downfall: Its flat characters. I find it hard to criticize them because there's nothing particularly wrong with them. They're just... boring. Dull. Devoid of life. Here's another word that I think describes this manga: Safe. The author plays everything very safe, from safe artwork to safe characters in a safe plot. Nothing pushes any boundaries. Nobody acts outside their archetype. And the characters are archetypes. They can be found in any historical fantasy series. There's nothing in Akagami that we haven't seen done before, and done far, far better. I feel like the author was too afraid to really push these characters -- kind of like a mom who's content to let her children get Cs in school just so long as they're passing. She's afraid to push them to aim higher because there's a possibility that they'll crash and burn, so she's playing it safe. But I would rather see these characters crash and burn than stagnate. At least then, you know the author is trying to push them out of their comfort zones. But this author takes no risks, and there are therefore no rewards. Everything is very bland and palatable.

Like I said, I really wanted to like this manga. But the mediocrity wore on me, and I have little patience for regurgitated archetypes. Give me more flare, more passion! I dropped this one about eight or so chapters in, so perhaps it does get better, but from what I've seen so far, it's just not worth wading through all that tedium just to get to the light that may or may not be at the end of the tunnel. I'd rather spend my time poking around for another, better shoujo.

5/10 because it's... average.
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Good so far   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by PZcolo
July 11th, 2015, 11:24am
Akagami no Shirayukihime is a nice manga, has a good setting, good chars, good relations and I like the art. It has all that but it lacks development so far, it lacks a sense of having the story moving forward, yeah, I know where it's steering to but I so far it's just building it's base for the most part, so I can't really rate it as high as I would till this moves a little forward with the plot. Can see others have similar ideas on this. I'm still hopeful thou.

... Last updated on July 12th, 2015, 8:38pm
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Loved this but....   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by timenchips
January 4th, 2015, 5:43pm
Yet another manga I loved at the beginning. I followed this basically since it was first released, but it's started lagging. I sincerely hate it when mangakas do that. This should have ended long before or the mangaka should have found new direction and pushed forward with developing characters and plot more. It really kills the series for me when they start dragging it out. I understand why they do it (popularity, etc) because it's good for business, but it's so detrimental to the story.

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Lacked Direction   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by smily_lois
May 20th, 2014, 6:08pm
That's my problem with this manga. I read manga mostly because of escapism, but there's not much character development and the story lacked an overarching story line. It's a huge shame, since I thought that Akagami no Shirayukihime had tons of potential.

The manga itself isn't bad at all though. Characters are fairly realistic and likeable. You don't see a lot of the overused shoujo manga cliches. The art is nothing spectacular but well above average. It's more of a slice of life set in a fantasy world, and that made sense. Still, it wasn't my cup of tea. As I said, without a Real Plot it just didn't look as appealing to me.

Recommended Audience (IMO) - Those who like slice of life, a light story and a sweet, not-so-cliche romance. Or those who wanted to kill time xD

... Last updated on May 20th, 2014, 6:08pm
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Slice of Life   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by bajuwa
May 3rd, 2014, 9:00pm
I think this is a great, easy going series that is happily devoid of any cliches. It honestly feels like a Slice of Life genre with an almost fantasy-esque historical setting, and from reading some of the negative reviews it seems they dislike it for its Slice of Life style, as opposed to disliking the series itself.
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Love It   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BonnyBons
April 23rd, 2014, 8:19pm
This series is one of my favorites! Definatly in my top 5! I know a lot of people say it has a slow begining but I had no trouble picking this manga up I read the first 9 volumes in about 3 days. I am just waiting for more to release in the US or for someone to udate online. I highly recomend this series for anyone who wants to read a good romance fantasy manga.
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Rating: N/A
by quick_star_blossom
March 30th, 2014, 4:47pm
I liked it more when I thought it was a one shot. The are is wonderful and the story is just I'm not sure where its going. I feel that is just been dragged on when it should have already ended.

STILL I do enjoy reading it to kill time.

... Last updated on March 30th, 2014, 4:55pm
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