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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)
V.14 - Natsu Yasumi Zero Zero Nichime


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Associated Names
Красноволосая Белоснежка
بيضاء الثلج ذات الشعر الأحمر
شيرايوكي ذات الشعر الأحمر
빨강머리 백설공주
Akagami no Shirayuki Hime
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

Groups Scanlating
Aerandria Scans
Akagami Project
Fallen Syndicate

Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
18 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

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (1186 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.54 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 11th 2017, 10:12am PST



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Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #20 increased(+12)
Monthly Pos #51 (No change)
3 Month Pos #57 increased(+1)
6 Month Pos #61 decreased(-14)

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Top 5   
Rating: N/A
by CassiusOS
April 27th, 2009, 7:03pm
Every once in a great while there comes along a manga so well written and drawn that itís impossible to dislike. This is one of those. While the reasons for people liking it vary greatly, I find myself drawn because of only 2 of them.

The first being the simplistic, clean, yet beautiful artwork. Some may say that itís nothing special, that itís too simple and too ordinary. Although it may seem that way at first, if one looks deeper, theyíll find the artwork lends itself to showing a wide array of expressions and emotions. The backgrounds are also rendered superbly, with just enough detail to make world feel fleshed out, yet not so much as to get in the way of the story. Also (and this is my personal favorite reason), the artwork is perfect for coloring. I believe my best coloring job is a 2 page spread in this manga.

The second reason I love this manga is because of the things that are NOT said. While most mangaka would express things like anger or annoyance through the overuse of sfx and over the top super-deformed drawing, Akizuki-san rarely, if ever, uses them. Instead, she writes the scenes in such a way as the emotions are subtly implied and registered almost subcontiously.

Spoiler (highlight to view)
Take for instance the exchange between Zen and Shirayuki when she did not tell him how tired she was. He simply sits down on her bed, is quiet for a moment, and there is a panel of her looking at him while he has a not quite stern, but an almost contemplative look on his face. After a pause, he simply says, ďDonít ever hide something like this from me again.Ē Then there is a couple panels when she realizes, shown through a slight widening over her eyes, that heís very very upset. Yet that emotion is never said out loud, and never shown through a sfx or anything like that. Itís just one of those exchanges where they understood without giving voice.

I would and do recommend this manga to everybody. If you like love stories, you have one of the best here. If you like a little political intrigue, there is some. If you like slice of life, thereís a bit of that too. I can find something in it for just about everybody.

10/10, 5 stars, golden globe, w/e you want. This manga is, if not my favorite, definitely in my top 5.
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My favorite.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ms_nobody
December 17th, 2011, 10:40pm
The definition of cliched: "Something repeated so often that has become stale or commonplace; hackneyed."
As far as I can tell, this is one of the most refreshing shoujos I've ever read. It has many aspects of a regular shoujo fairy tale, but the way it's told doesn't seem cliche at all. I can't remember the last time I read a story where the author's payed so much attention to little details in the plot in order to craft it out. I mean a romance that's actually developed? Beautifully clean and crisp art? Characters that don't act robotic or unconvincing?
This manga has it all.
Also, cliche isn't always a negative connotation. Two people falling in love is technically a cliche.

This story is take on the original Snow White, but it seems nothing like it. Snow White is changed into an intelligent, strong-willed female who thinks things through. She occassionally depends on Zen to save her, but to be honest, unless she was some sort of "I can get out of every situation without thinking" Mary Sue, it would be difficult on her own.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
You try getting off a sailing ship with your hands tied behind your back all on your own.
I'm not fond of the fact that everyone and their mother seems to fall for her, but at least a female WITH A BRAIN is getting men to fall for her.
Shirayuki isn't the only likable character. The whole cast is awesome and not irritating.

Even though this is a take on Snow White, the author only gives us two references (the only ones I could find): running away from home, and the poisoned apple.

And I have to laugh when people said the art makes the characters look the same. They obviously haven't read enough shoujo manga; characters are almost always cookie-cutter with the same face, but different hair. At least with Akagami no Shirayukihime, they have some identifiable features. Like Shirayuki's hair, Obi's scar, Kiki's eyes, ect.

If you can't handle slow, well thought out romances, I discourage you from reading this.

Edit: I seriously don't understand all the ones this manga's getting. Because I can assure you it doesn't deserve a score that low.

... Last updated on April 3rd, 2012, 8:29am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by CodeG
December 17th, 2013, 4:07am
It has a bad start that is not interesting at all but afterwards, as the arcs starts it becomes very good.
This manga has everything needed:
1) A strong and determined female lead which cries rarely(when appropriate) thus not an exaggerated MC which is either super strong or super fragile
2) A decent male lead that is not arrogant,tsundere or whatever clichés that are available out there
3) Great and neat art as from the middle of the story
4) Great and lovable characters which are well drawn and funny
5) This story doesnt really have a fixed plot and its an asset if you dont like manga which are stretched and stretched till it makes you lose interest
6) A good and simple love that doesnt go through misunderstandings or other stupid situations
7) Historical background
8) A light hearted story that develops slowly and thus makes it interesting
The only bad point in this story is that the couple is fixed from the start and thus the reader knows there's no chance for the love rivals

... Last updated on December 17th, 2013, 4:17am
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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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fairy tales don't need dragons and witches...   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Lorska
February 8th, 2012, 1:07pm
... this manga will show you, you just need love!
An amazing story of love between a commoner and a prince frome another country. And finally a manga where both of them have an actual personality and the will to change something. A girl who doesn't want to get spoiled and actually does something on her own, and a prince who doesn't want to sit idly in his study, but actually cares for those around him, and the all the people in his country. Sounds cliche? Well if that's not enough to lure you in, it can't be helped, you'll just miss one of the best romance and fantasy mangas out there, and with it time giggling or grinning like a small girl when actually something happens betwen the two of them.

great plot, nice characters and very beautiful art, just give us a bit more from the side characters: 9.5/10

... Last updated on February 8th, 2012, 1:08pm
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Really Great   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Izumi45
February 18th, 2014, 8:56pm
I love this manga. from the start to the end. Manga's like these grow on you. i dont know why people thing think its bad. i guess they just dont have romance.
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An amazing story.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kiari7!!!
January 7th, 2011, 11:46pm
I don't agree with Krysic. I've been reading mangas for a long time, and I found this one fascinating. I remember picking it up 1-2 years ago, and thinking it was boring. I'm so glad I decided to read it again; the heroine has the potential to become one of my absolute favourites.

You won't find passion in this manga. You won't find insane evil characters either. You will find relationships based on mutual understanding, people working to improve themselves. You will find people who make mistakes, and then recognize it. You will find acceptance. After reading it, I felt calm and content.

What I've loved the most was the way the two main characters' relationship helped them become better people. It was beautiful.

I found the art gorgeous in its simplicity , though some people might define it plain. I personally think it couldn't fit the story better. The clothes remind me of western fantasy mmorpgs. (A personal favorite).
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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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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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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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