Snow White with the Red Hair Season 1 Review

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In the kingdom of Tanbarun lives Shirayuki, an independent and strong-willed young woman. Her resourceful intelligence has led her become a skilled pharmacist, but her most defining trait is her shock of beautiful apple-red hair. Her dazzling mane gets her noticed by the prince of the kingdom, but instead of romancing her, he demands she be his concubine. Shirayuki refuses, chops off her lovely locks, and runs away to the neighboring kingdom of Clarines. There, she befriends a young man named Zen, who, SURPRISE, is also a prince, although with a much better temperament than the previous one. Watch as Shirayuki finds her place in the new kingdom, and in Zen’s heart.

A skilled herbalist by trade, Shirayuki used her knowledge of plants and medicine to heal the people of her city.  In the dead of night, she cut her hair and escaped to the neighboring kingdom of Clarines where she was found by a kind young man named Zen. The mysterious stranger turned out to be none other than the dashing prince of her newfound kingdom. And with his protection, Shirayuki was finally free to chase her dreams. Now, she’s set her sights on becoming a royal court herbalist and it will take a lot more than poisoned apples, scheming lords, and challenging exams to stand in her way.

In a unique twist on a classic tale, Snow White with the Red Hair is a simple but warm story. Many of the anime I personally watch tends to be darker and more scifi centered but after a few episodes this one hooked me. All of the main and supporting characters are likable which is a huge plus. Even the ones you are supposed to hate are great. The story is simple but well paced. The voice acting for this particular series was also well cast.

There are times that I want Zen with Shirayuki but then I look at how Obi is with her and I go back and forth. I have a felling that is going to become an issue in season 2. Or how about Ryu? He clearly has a crush on Shirayuki but would never have the courage to tell her.

The studio behind Blood Blockade Battlefront brought us this anime and a second season is already out so I plan to continue watching the series and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a relaxing classic love story involving a prince and a commoner. Visit Funimation.com to catch this now.

Robert Prentice