Our July anime challenge is Snow White with the Red Hair (Japanese title Akagami no Shirayuki-hime). Akagami no Shirayuki-hime is a heartwarming show about a red-haired herbalist called Shirayuki (which translates to ‘White Snow’ or ‘Snow White’). The prince in the kingdom where she lived becomes so obsessed with her and her red hair (which is very rare in that world, it seems) that she is forced to flee her country. While fleeing, she makes a friend with a man who helps her who happens to be a prince. He aids her and she decides to become a royal herbalist at his court.
The anime was produced by Warner Bros., Hakusensha, Showgate, The Klockworx Co. Ltd., Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, Docomo Anime Store, BS Fuji and Bones, which handled the animation. The anime was directed by Masahiro Ando and the script was written by Deko Akao. The opening theme song is “Yasashii Kibou” (“Gentle Hope”) by Saori Hayami and the ending theme song is “Kizuna ni Nosete” by Eyelis. The first 12-episode-season ran from July to September 2015 and was followed by a second season in 2016.