Manga: Snow White with the Red Hair

aka: Akagami No Shirayukihime

Once upon a time, there was a girl with red hair. This hair color is so rare that it reaches the ears of the country's prince, and he takes her as his concubine. And so they lived Happily Ever After...

Just kidding.

A Shoujo manga loosely based on the tale of Snow White and serialized in LaLaDX, it follows the story's heroine, Shirayuki, after she runs away from the prince of her country after being ordered to be his concubine. In the forest, she encounters a boy named Zen, along with his companions Mitsuhide and Kiki, with whom she becomes friends. The plot quickly branches out to include several more characters in its main cast, and many side characters also make reappearances.

Snow White with the Red Hair, ("Akagami no Shirayukihime" literally "The red-haired Snow White"), also has a two-cour anime adaptation by StudioBONES which started airing as part of the Summer 2015 season.

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Tropes associated with the series:

  • Abduction Is Love: Raj seems to be of this mind in the first episode/chapter.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Zen, showing us how tough he really can be, and then forgotten after the first chapter. And then resurfaces. And then is forgotten.
  • Action Dress Rip: Shirayuki, on the boat, mixing in just a little bravado with all that Damsel in Distress role.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Ryuu.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Izana.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Shirayuki's, most definitely. Poor girl was crying as she said it:
    Zen, I like you. You are very important to me. I respect you, and I want to be helpful to you... I, also know, that I'm in love with you.
  • Arrow Gram: In the third episode, Shirayuki gets a message this way warning her to turn back. Undeterred, she plucks it out of the wall and takes it with her to go find Zen.
  • Batman Gambit: Prince Izana pulled one off in the past, building a castle between two fueding lords, setting them up for failure, and replacing them with their retainers.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When Lido rebels came after Zen in the eighth episode flashback, Izana started cutting them down without reservation.
  • Big Brother Worship: Zen has a mild form of this to his brother, stemming from his Batman Gambit.
  • Big Fancy House: Mihaya's manor in the second episode. It's abandoned because they weren't nobles anymore, but its quite spacious.
  • Bishōnen: This series takes this trope and runs with it - any male character who's around long enough will develop into this, if they aren't from the start. Special mention goes to Zen and Izana.
    • And then there's Kazuki, who is referred to as this In-Universe.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Sakaki to Raj.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Obi has been slowly developing one for Shirayuki.
  • Butt Monkey: Poor Mitsuhide is always being picked on.
    • And then there's Prince Raj, who absolutely no one takes seriously. Even the narration refers to him as "the stupid prince".
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Half-a-glass of fermented Roka (alcohol) was enough to put Shirayuki down for hours. And when she woke up, she was still half-drunk.
  • Cool Big Sis: Shirayuki becomes something like this to Raj over the course of the Tanburn arc.
  • Cool Old Guy: Shirayuki's father, the leader of the Lions of the Mountains.
  • Damsel in Distress: Shirayuki, almost always because of her hair. Seems to have solidly fit this trope during the Tanburn arc.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kiki.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Atri died in Zen's arms after Mitsuhide cut him down for trying to shoot him with an arrow.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Saori Hayami, Shirayuki's voice actress, also performs the opening theme song of the anime adaptation.
  • Expy: Kazuki's hairstyle, girlish features, and general personality are very reminiscent of Kagemiya Sen.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: It's a story based on Snow White. Quite a few things should ring a bell here.
  • False Friend: Atri was this for Zen, as a child. He used his friendship to lure him into a trap by Lido rebels who lost everything due to Izana's Batman Gambit.
  • First Episode Spoiler: That helpful guy Zen is actually royalty.
  • Forged Message: Lord Haruka drafts a royal order to keep Shirayuki from entering the castle gates in the third episode. Too bad for him, she'd already entered by then.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Discussed in-series. Shirayuki's red hair is apparently so rare and exotic that she hides it in public to avoid attracting attention; she's already had to fend off kidnappers intent on selling her to a harem and a prince that wouldn't take no for an answer.
  • Hidden Purpose Test: The test to become apprentice court herbalists in episode four wasn't merely to maintain a small section of the garden, but to notice that one of the plants that looked like another had been improperly planted. Only Shirayuki and one other noticed and passed.
  • Important Haircut: In the first chapter, no less. Although it's not really important so much plot-wise as to define Shirayuki's character to the reader right off the bat.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Mihaya's family used to be nobility. Now he's resorted to kidnapping Shirayuki in order to get enough money to get out of poverty.
  • In Name Only: Zen fears becoming a Prince-In-Name-Only, so if he leaves the castle for too long he ends up overworking to compensate.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: People around the palace consider Ryuu creepy because of his high intelligence at a young age and his interest in poisonous plants, and tend to avoid him.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Or more like "I will punish you for your men", but because Zen won't punish the soldiers at the fort for falling for the bandits' trap, his brother wants him to remove the fort from his jurisdiction. This hurts him while, at the same time, making the soldiers feel guilty.
  • Look Behind You: Shirayuki tries this on Obi in the ninth episode. He points out that she's still drunk and Lord Haruka wouldn't be there so conveniently.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Zen as a child, which made getting along with Mitsuhide difficult.
  • The Medic: Shirayuki is fairly knowledgeable about medicinal plants, and can competently provide medicinal treatment. She eventually becomes an apprentice pharmacist in Wistal Castle.
  • No Social Skills: Ryuu has trouble communicating with others normally.
  • Nice Guy: Zen, and most of Zen's True Companions.
  • Ninja: Obi.
  • Official Couple: Zen and Shirayuki.
  • Plucky Girl: Shirayuki, shading into Action Girl when the occasion calls for it.
  • Rebel Prince: Zen, with shades of The Wise Prince.
  • Red-Headed Heroine: Shirayuki, of course.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Discussed in-universe. Shirayuki's friendship with Zen means if she asks for something she's liable to get it, which is one reason she could enter the castle as she pleased without having an identification tag. But Shirayuki doesn't want him to pull strings for her, and he wouldn't respect her for it.
  • Servile Snarker: Sakaki.
  • The Stoic:
    • Kiki. Ryuu often falls into this as well.
    • Sakaki, full stop. He can take all of Raj's antics in stride.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Lord Haruka cites this in the third episode as the reason he wants Shirayuki to stop hanging around Zen, citing that as she has no social standing and is not making any effort under her own power. Zen knows her better.
  • Those Two Guys: The gatekeepers at the Clarines castle.
  • Trojan Horse: The bandits in the fifth episode have travelers give the guards at the fort wood that had been laced with something to make them ill when burned, allowing them to sneak in and steal the weapons in the armory.
  • Twice Shy: Shirayuki and Zen.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Raj. He gets somewhat better.

Alternative Title(s):

Akagami No Shirayukihime