Female character in various anime appears less submissive than their male counterparts or even dominates the male leading characters. Even in a “shounen” type of anime, female portrays a greater role not just by being a subject of love interest by the male characters but as well as to serve as a contrast or compliment to their skills. Let us begin by citing some popular shounen type anime that contains female character who often dominates the male leading characters.
Who would never know about Tsunade of “Naruto”, the grandniece of the First Hokage and she herself became the Fifth Hokage of Konoha. She portrays as a fierce woman in her 20’s though her exact age is already in 50’s. She possesses an earthshaking strength in battle that scares her opponents to death and not just that she also possesses a healing ability which could heal a person even if it is in his/her dying state. Tsunade portrays a woman who could freely do what she wants; she appears to be more powerful than the other respected ninjas in Konoha that enables the people to respect her and follow her decisions. Given the title as the Fifth Hokage of Konoha, Tsunade shows female domination. And take note even her assistant is also a female named Shizune and even her apprentice is a female who is Sakura Haruno.
Another is the infamous female character of a popular shounen anime “One Piece”, Nami the navigator and also an incredible thief of “The Straw Hat Pirates.” Nami is portrayed as a strong-willed female character in the anime, among others she is the most organize person in the group and her ability of weather forecasting and navigating is incredible that when she was a child she became a slave to a cold-blooded pirates in order to save her village. Her determination and being smart with the help of the straw hat pirates soon help her to save her village as well as her adopted family. Nami is like a “mother figure” in their ship Going Merry, she keeps everything organize and often times take control of the ship when their captain Monkey D. Luffy is being useless. She could even make the fierce swordsman Roronoa Zorro to follow her orders, also Sanji an amazing chef who is infatuated with her is willing to be enslave by her. Nami showed here her girl power the power to dominate men even in a simple way.
Last one to portray her domination is C.C the immortal witch of “Code Geass” who possesses a mind controlling power of geass. From the means of her power it meant domination over others. And because she makes a contract with Lelouch the male protagonist of the story and gives him the geass to control others, domination over people’s mind widens. C.C is characterized as a beautiful, witty, selfish and sometimes creepy person who does everything for her own benefit. In the anime, C.C’s past shown in a vague way like bits and pieces. And because the Britannians especially the Britannian emperor discover her power they become blinded by it blinded by C.C and her power. C.C’s geass create a psychological turmoil towards the characters especially to the main character Lelouch, who become a murderer to attain her goal to revenge the death of his mother and his blind sister. This kind of domination she portrayed in this anime brings disaster and tragedy to the characters.
These are some example of anime that I think contains female domination, prior to my own observation. Female domination by being a leader, female domination through doing simple ways like what our mother does and female domination through destruction. It is sometimes amazing how women can dominate everything and anime give us an idea how wonderful and sometimes scary a so-called female domination.