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Shirayuki
 Kanji 白雪
 Romaji Shirayuki
Characteristics
 Gender Female
 Age 18-20
 Hair Color Apple-red
 Eye Color Emerald-green
 Height 162 cm (5'4")
 Weight 48 kg (105 lbs)
Professional Status
 Affiliation Clarines
Tanbarun as the 'Friend Of The Crown'
 Occupation Court Pharmacist
Court Herbalist
 Title Clarines Royal Court Pharmacist
Friend to Tanbarun Royal Family
Personal Status
 Birthplace Tanbarun
 Relatives Grandparents (Deceased)
Mother (Deceased)
Mukaze (Father)
 Relationships Zen Wistaria (Boyfriend)
 Friendships Mitsuhide Rouen, Kiki Seiran, Obi, Ryuu, Yuzuri, Suzu, Kihal Toghrul, Kazuki, Kirito, Kai Ulkir, Shiira Eigan, Raji Shenazard
Equipment
 Weapon Burning Concoction
Debuts
 Manga Chapter 1
 Anime Episode 1
Portrayal
 Japanese Voice Saori Hayami
 English Voice Brina Palencia


Shirayuki (白雪; Shirayuki) is the protagonist of the Akagami no Shirayuki-hime manga and anime series. She was born in the kingdom of Tanbarun but fled to the neighboring kingdom of Clarines as a young adult to escape from the crown prince Raji, who decided to force her to become his concubine after hearing about her beautiful rare hair color and pleasing appearance. She is currently a Court Herbalist within the Kingdom of Clarines, initially working inside the Palace before being tasked with representing the Royal Pharmacy at the Pharmacy Institute in the famous Scholar's District in Lilias while furthering her studies.

Shirayuki is in a romantic relationship with Prince Zen Wistaria of Clarines, who she met while trying to escape Raji. Zen's title was influential in getting Raji to stop pursuing her, since Raji's attempt to have her drugged and brought before he ended up poisoning Zen. Fearing reprisals should the fact that he poisoned the prince of another kingdom become public knowledge, and with his own limited guard at the time outmaneuvered and held at sword point by Zen's aides. Raji backed off in exchange for silence on the part of those who knew what he had done.

Shirayuki is proud of Zen and unashamed of their relationship despite its controversial nature due to their differing statuses. She believes their paths in life will keep them together in the end, but her desire and goals as a pharmacist and botanist have led her to live and work far from him. Her intent with their relationship is that even apart she hopes that eventually her work will align so that she can support and be beside Zen along with Mitsuhide RouenKiki Seiran and Obi as Zen carries out his duties to the crown, though she will not leave her own goals by the wayside just to be with him.

Unbeknownst to Shirayuki her current goal and work towards becoming one of the premier royal pharmacists of Wirant, thus becoming one of the pharmacists of Wilant Castle, has put her on a path that will put her in the same place of residence as Zen once more. Zen's recent appointment as the governor of the Wirant district means he will be having to move to Wilant Castle very soon as his mother, Dowager Queen Haruto Wistaria, moves on to her own lands following the completion of her regency over her deceased husband's kingdom with the start of Izana's reign as king.

Appearance

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Shirayuki's concept art for the anime.

Shirayuki Jumping

Shirayuki wearing her uniform.

Shirayuki's rare apple-red hair colour attracts a lot of unwanted attention. At the beginning of the story, her long hair was typically tied in a ponytail that ran halfway down her back, but as an act of defiance against the self-absorbed Prince of Tanbarun, she cut it shorter so that it reached her chin. Shirayuki is of average height at 5' 4 (162 cm). She has clear emerald-green eyes which serve to complement the natural beauty of her hair colour. Shortly after Shirayuki became a fully-fledged Royal Pharmacist her boss Garak gave her a double-breasted white uniform, which is styled to double as a lab coat and can be worn over her civilian attire. Prior to her first trip to Lilias, she was also given a navy blue cloak styled to indicate her ties to Wistal, and it has two loose panels in the front with the linked concave sided diamonds seen on the uniform of the Wistal Palace Guard and as a repeated decorative element on the Palace itself.

Since she is not of royal blood and is a commoner by birth she had to gain access to the castle through her employment rather than family status and now has an identification tag which she wears on a necklace. On becoming an official court pharmacist Shirayuki is given a uniform by the Chief Pharmacist Garak, which she wears while on duty. Whenever she is called to formally meet a member of royalty, she changes into more formal and respectable apparel. Shirayuki doesn't do so when she is called to see Zen. When she is out in an unfamiliar town, Shirayuki always wears a hood so that her hair won't attract any unwanted attention.

Personality

Shirayuki has a very strong-willed and bright personality. She is optimistic, resourceful, determined, yet she can be kind and compassionate. She tends to be reasonably independent but will accept the help of others when necessary. Sometimes, her determination to be independent ends up working against her, and she has been known to overwork herself to the point of making herself sick. Shirayuki tends to put less consideration into her own needs and ends up putting the people around her at a higher priority, meaning she places anyone precious to her ahead of herself and takes action when the situation requires attention. She's a strong-willed woman that is willing to take any risks for the fact to be adequately proven.

Shirayuki is very knowledgeable in herbalism and medicine. She likes to do things the "right way", often leading to dangerous encounters. As also seen in the manga (Lilias arc), she doesn't like hiding information and would like to face the truth in order to protect her precious 'stuff' properly. She has a high level of determination but gets easily flustered when Zen tries to flirt or romance her. She knows that she loves him but doesn't know how to approach telling him so at first.

She is very patient and diligent when it comes to the Palace's work - meaning that she likes doing things by herself and doesn't like using 'other people' like Zen to raise her social status.

History

Shirayuki was born in the mountains of Tanbarun. Her dad (Mukaze), being the leader of the Lions of the Mountains and her mom dying at an early age. Mukaze decided he wanted Shirayuki to live a healthy life, so he left her grandparents, who owned a pub in the city of Tanbarun, to take care of her. When she was a toddler, she saw her father having a drink at the pub as her grandparents quietly pointed him out. Throughout her life, Shirayuki has had problems with her hair gaining unwanted attention, and it has made her cautious about herself in new surroundings.

When she becomes older, her grandparents soon pass away, and she rebuilds the pub into a pharmacy. She becomes known throughout the city, and her hair soon catches the eye of the prince (Raji Shenazard). One evening a palace guard comes to her pub and commands her that she must prepare to become the prince's concubine. He leaves the pharmacy as Shirayuki thinks of a plan to escape the kingdom. She finishes up her last medicine orders and cuts her long red hair leaving her hair by a window still and survives out of the city.

While walking through the woods, she finds an abandoned mansion and knocks on the door. When no one answers, she decides to wait for the owner and sits by the door, falling asleep in the process. When she wakes up in the morning, she meets Zen, Mitsuhide, and Kiki, and the journey on her new path begins.

Quotes

"Sorry to disappoint, but it's not my hobby to carry poisons around with me." —To Zen


"If there are times when he can't act as he wants to, I will use everything in my power to make sure he won't be in that situation." —Shirayuki talking about Zen


"Are you an idiot?! It's because I wanted to change our relationship!" —To Prince Raji
"The next time I come to this country, I will enjoy hearing the townspeople proudly talk about you." —To Prince Raji


Trivia

  • Shirayuki means "White Snow." Although it is translated as "Snow White."
  • She is quite popular among the Royal Guards, such to the point that they cheer when Shirayuki moves into the castle.
  • Shirayuki is a lightweight when it comes to alcohol. She gets drunk quickly.
  • In a character poll, she won first place, the same goes with Zen and Shirayuki, who also won first place in the couple section of the poll. Shirayuki and Obi won third place.
  • Shirayuki is quite strong physically, easily winning in an arm-wrestling match between herself and Kazaha (Chapter 60).

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