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. Shirayuki seeks to become a Court Herbalist apprentice to become closer to Zen on her own merit. 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 Studio BONES which started airing as part of the Summer 2015 season. Often referred to as the closest thing to a Disney Princess story as shoujo can get, it's just as pretty and sugary-sweet as the title would suggest, and all the more heartwarming for it.

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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.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime expands on scenes and adds a few sub-plots on its own.
  • Adaptation Distillation: At the same time the anime also has to cut out or alter certain things to fit with the format.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Ryuu.
  • Aerith and Bob: Names such as Zen, Kiki, Raji, and Kihal (European or similar sounding names) exist alongside names of Japanese origin like Shirayuki, Umihebi, and Yatsufusa.
  • 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.
  • Badass Pacifist: Shirayuki is a herbalist and although she has defended herself, has quite the backbone, not at all flinching when the Marquis has a blade pointed at her throat.
  • Beta Couple: Kiki and Mitsuhide. It seems to be more one-sided on Kiki's part, but there are signs he may reciprocate. Also, later in the manga we have Prince Izana and Haki, one of the female pharmacists from Lyrias.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Sakaki to Raj.
  • 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.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Zen in the anime flashback. That poor boy.
  • Bodyguard Babes: It isn't emphasized, but Kiki is an attractive female retainer to the prince.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Obi has been slowly developing one for Shirayuki.
  • Broken Aesop: The story tries really hard to avoid the Never a Self-Made Woman trope and stresses at every opportunity that Shirayuki didn't reach her position in Clarines' court because of Zen's goodwill, but of her own hard work and diligence, which is all true. However, the same thing cannot be said for Tanbarun, where she is allowed to lodge for an entire week in the royal palace, triggers a royal expedition against local pirates and receives a prestigious honorary title all because Raj considers her his friend. This can easily twist the original aesop of "work hard, because that's the way to climb the ranks" into "work hard, because that's the only way to end up with the person you like, and you needn't do that if the person you like has lower standards than that". Not particularly problematic, since the focus is on the Clarines side of things and Tanbarun is rarely important outside of that arc.
  • 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, and already acted like one towards Ryuu.
  • Cool Old Guy: Shirayuki's father, the leader of the Lions of the Mountains.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Clarines, Tanbarun and the surrounding area at first seem to be a very nice and idyllic place to live in. Then you remember that the story started when a noble arbitrarily decided to force a commoner girl into being his concubine, and her reaction implied something like this was anything but uncommon. Several lines (particularly in episode 2) also imply that slavery is not only practiced, but very abundant. The fact that commoners are banding together in a paramilitary force to protect themselves from criminals because they don't trust the government (The Lions of the mountain) is hardly a good sign either.
  • Damsel in Distress: Shirayuki, almost always because of her hair. Seems to have solidly fit this trope during the Tanburn arc.
  • Damsel out of Distress: That being said, she usually tries to get out of being in distress on her own with varying levels of success. Her first attempt with Raj was to flee the country, and the second was to use improvised paralyzing gas to put Mihaya down long enough to get out of the manor. They just tracked her down afterwards though.
  • 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 both opening theme songs of the anime adaptation.
  • Dude Magnet: Shirayuki draws the eye of most of the male cast.
  • 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. Though it was suggested he was Becoming the Mask.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: That helpful guy Zen is actually royalty.
  • Foreshadowing: Right before the Lyrias lockdown arc, Izana informs Zen that he will be taking a bride and that he's heading north for that purpose. It later turns out that Izana's future wife is Haki, one of the pharmacists stationed in the Lyrias region. Readers who paid attention during this arc will notice they share a significant Held Gaze when the lockdown goes into effect.
  • 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.
  • The Gadfly: Obi deeply enjoys teasing Zen on a regular basis.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: Zen, and most of Zen's True Companions, though Obi verges into Jerk with a Heart of Gold at times. Shirayuki arguably verges into All-Loving Heroine territory.
  • Ninja: Obi.
  • No Social Skills: Ryuu is a prodigy that has trouble communicating with others.
  • Official Couple: Zen and Shirayuki.
  • Plucky Girl: Shirayuki, shading into Action Girl when the occasion calls for it.
  • Psychological Projection: Part of the reason Shirayuki is kidnapped in the Tanburn arc is due to this. Having previously been bought and used as a decoration by nobles like Prince Raj initially had attempted with her in the beginning, Kazuki assumes she'd appreciate being taken as far away from nobles as possible. She doesn't.
  • Rebel Prince: Zen, with shades of The Wise Prince.
  • Scenery Porn: The anime is chockfull of this. Then again, it's Bones
  • 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.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The reason Shirayuki falls in love with Zen.
  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Lions of the Mountain. Members of the group chase down Shirayuki across country borders and break into Prince Raj's castle in Tanburn to kidnap her... with the intent to have her stay with them to reunite her with her father and keep her safe from corrupt nobles who might want to use her as a living decoration. This is all done of course completely without her consent on the matter, to say nothing of what other troubles the kidnapping leads to.

Alternative Title(s): Akagami No Shirayukihime