BlueSpark wrote:I guess that's by design, but it still irks me a little because I want to believe that you can like any anime regardless of gender.
There's nothing wrong with how you're thinking. You made the distinction between shows with female protagonists and shoujo romance shows. You just don't like the genre, not the fact that they have female protagonists. I don't like chick flicks, but that doesn't mean I don't like women main characters.