Look, while I’m not a full blown Femi-Nazi who turns the small instance of sexism into a full blown sex war, I have noticed the representation of the fairer gender has taken a turn for the worse as of late.Not that females in anime haven’t been exploited to the umpteenth degree before(just look at how Bulma is treated in Dragon Ball). But given how many well done protagonists there have been in the history of the industry, even the staunchest , basement dwelling otakus have to admit they have been getting the shaft recently, no pun intended.
The spark for this sudden uprising of Girl Power came when I started watching Haikyuu again. Given the reactions of the characters throughout the series, it’s not hard to understand that subtlety is not one of its selling points. However, the first time we are introduced to the female manager Shimizu, this is how it’s done:
We don’t even get a shot of her face until after 10 seconds of T&A. And while I haven’t watched the entire series yet, she doesn’t seem like the usual ditzy manager that you see in most sports anime. So color me surprised they decided to show her this way for the first time.
This isn’t the first time this has occurred, of course. In No Game, No Life this is how they decided to introduce Shiro, one of the protagonists of the show:
Explain to me how we are supposed to take these characters seriously when you defecate on their personality the moment they show up on screen? It’s next to impossible to do so after such an intro.
Now, some may argue, and rightfully so, that a few instances of fanservice doesn’t fully take away from the character the creators are trying to portray. And in some instances they are absolutely right. But, then there’s the case of Yoko from the series Gurren Lagann. Ask yourselves this question: When you picture in your head, do you see her as:
Or, do you simply see her as:
Most people will say the latter as Madhouse has taken this excellent anime character and stripped her of everything that made her wonderful just to appease the male demographic. Even within the show she’s the recipient of most the fanservice scenes, which makes absolutely no sense given the immense amount of development she’s given over time.
One only need look to a Michiko Malandro or a Revy from Black Lagoon to see that females in anime can both have a brain and sex appeal. There doesn’t need to be a separation of the two. Heck, even the girls in Sailor Moon were treated with more respect in their day and that was during a time where stereotyping ran rampant in all sorts of media! I don’t know when this trend of demeaning the fairer sex started, but it needs to be cut off at the head before it gets worse than it already is.
Am I making a mountain out of a mole hill? Is this sort of thing not as common as I’m making it out to be? Leave a comment down below to share your views on the subject. Because as you all know, this is Just… My 2 Cents!