Akagami no Shirayukihime is that rare gem of a shoujo manga that is not bad. This is because the characters are not stupid. Shirayuki is obviously intelligent since she’s basically a fantasty pharmacist, but she also doesn’t fall into the pitfalls that the average shoujo heroine trips over every few chapters. The characters have the emotional maturity to actually trust each other so when something doesn’t seem right, she trusts Zen and she immediately goes to let him know that someone’s scheming. Likewise, Zen lets Shirayuki deal with some stuff because he trusts her completely and treats her like she’s a grown woman who can take care of herself, which is a rarity in this genre. All of the main crew have their own ambitions but they also all care about each other and are willing to back each other up. It’s lovely. And what’s also important is how everyone in this show is cute. Zen is cute. Shirayuki is cute. The guards are cute. Ryuu is cute. Clarines is cute kingdom. What a nice place.