Best Anime with Female Protagonists (or in other active roles)

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Anna Lindwasser's The 19 Best Anime With Female Protagonists (from Ranker)
Screenrant's 15 Great Anime Featuring Strong Female Protagonists
RecommendMeAnime's 15 Anime Series With Strong Female Protagonists
RecommendMeAnime's 10 Anime Series That Feature Strong Female Characters
RecommendMeAnime's 12 Isekai Anime Series With a Female Protagonist
Screenrant's The 15 Best Female Protagonists In Anime History / Sotaku's Top 14 (altho they don't seem to get the meaning of the word protagonist)
AnimeMotivation's The Best Female Anime Protagonists Who Are Strong, Smart And Capable
The Mary Sue's 11 Female-Centric Anime Everyone Should Check Out (finally someone puts Tutu and Cardcaptor on a list)
SavvyTokyo's 10 Anime With Compelling Female Characters to Enjoy
CBR's 10 Best Female Protagonists In Isekai Anime
AnimeRegent's Top 10 Anime With Strong Female MC
Mochi-Chan's Top 10 Anime With Female Protagonist You Should Watch
Blaise Senpai's Top 10 Anime With Unexpectedly Strong Female Lead
FandomSpot's 20 Best Anime With A Female Lead MC
CBR's The 10 Best Anime With Strong Female Role Models

longer lists that I won't add:
https://www.anime-planet.com/users/AnnaSartin/lists/anime-that-pass-the-bechdel-test-256395
https://www.anime-planet.com/users/Ginevra/lists/female-protagonist-anime-32332

falls outside the scope or too risque:
MsMojo's Top 20 Most Badass Female Anime Characters
Andy Art TV's 20 of the Most Iconic Female Characters In Anime History

limited to a few titles from each universe

132 and below: searching for what nobody mentioned on forums, in other lists etc
https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1926114
https://myanimelist.net/featured/1962/Top_14_Best_Josei_Anime_of_All_Time_Updated
https://caffeineanime.com/15-of-the-best-josei-anime-that-any-anime-lovers-should-watch/
https://honeysanime.com/top-10-josei-anime-best-recommendations/
https://www.cbr.com/best-josei-anime-twenty-first-century/

not on IMDb:
Meng Qi Shi Shen

does this count?
Usagi Drop

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    Violet Evergarden

    2018, in 0 top lists
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    Yakusoku no Neverland

    2019 — a.k.a. The Promised Neverland, in 0 top lists
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    Psycho-Pass

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    Seirei no moribito

    2007 — a.k.a. Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kôkaku Kidôtai

    1995 — a.k.a. Ghost in the Shell, in 11 top lists Check
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    Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex

    2002 — a.k.a. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, in 0 top lists Check
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    Michiko to Hatchin

    2008 — a.k.a. Michiko and Hatchin, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kino no tabi

    2003 — a.k.a. Kino's Journey, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kino no tabi

    2017 — a.k.a. Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World - The Animated Series, in 0 top lists
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    Kino no tabi: Life goes on

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    Netojuu no susume

    2017 — a.k.a. Recovery of an MMO Junkie, in 0 top lists
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    Mahô shôjo Madoka magika: Puella Magi Madoka...

    2011 — a.k.a. Puella Magi Madoka Magica, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gekijou-ban Mahou Shoujo Madoka*Magica:...

    2012 — a.k.a. Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings, in 0 top lists Check
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    Black Lagoon

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chihayafuru

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bishôjo senshi Sêrâ Mûn

    1992 — a.k.a. Sailor Moon, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kureimoa

    2007 — a.k.a. Claymore, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hanasaku iroha

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shôjo kakumei Utena

    1997 — a.k.a. Revolutionary Girl Utena, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shôjo kakumei Utena: Adolescence mokushiroku

    1999 — a.k.a. Revolutionary Girl Utena, in 0 top lists Check
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    Watashi ga motenai no wa dô kangaetemo omaera...

    2013 — a.k.a. WataMote: No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shirobako

    2014, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gekijôban Shirobako

    2020, in 0 top lists
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    Hourou Musuko

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gunslinger Girl

    2003, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gansuringâ gâru: Iru teatorîno

    2008 — a.k.a. Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, in 0 top lists Check
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    Fruits Basket

    2001, in 0 top lists Check
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    Fruits Basket

    2019, in 0 top lists
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    DARLING in the FRANXX

    2018 — a.k.a. Darling in the Franxx, in 0 top lists
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    Sora yori mo Tooi Basho

    2018 — a.k.a. A Place Further Than the Universe, in 0 top lists
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    Aggressive Retsuko

    2016, in 0 top lists
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    Aggretsuko

    2018, in 0 top lists
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    Nana

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii

    2018 — a.k.a. Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku, in 0 top lists
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    Fate/Zero

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shin Sekai Yori

    2012 — a.k.a. From the New World, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kiru ra kiru: KILL la KILL

    2013 — a.k.a. KILL La KILL, in 0 top lists Check
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    12 kokuki

    2002 — a.k.a. The Twelve Kingdoms, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ôran kôkô hosutobu

    2006 — a.k.a. Ouran High School Host Club, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kemono no Souja Erin

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    Akagami no Shirayuki-hime

    2015 — a.k.a. Snow White with the Red Hair, in 0 top lists Check
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    Akatsuki no Yona

    2014 — a.k.a. Yona of the Dawn, in 0 top lists Check
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    Akatsuki no Yona OVA

    2015 — a.k.a. Yona of the Dawn OVA, in 0 top lists
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    Shingeki no Kyojin

    2013 — a.k.a. Attack on Titan, in 0 top lists Check
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    Akame ga Kill!

    2014, in 0 top lists Check
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    Isekai Shokudô

    2017 — a.k.a. Restaurant to Another World, in 0 top lists
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    Honzuki no Gekokujou

    2019 — a.k.a. Ascendance of a Bookworm, in 0 top lists
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    My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead...

    2020 — a.k.a. Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta..., in 0 top lists
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    Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi

    2018 — a.k.a. Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, in 0 top lists
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    Fushigi Yûgi

    1995 — a.k.a. Fushigi Yûgi - The Mysterious Play, in 0 top lists Check
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