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Transfeminine Representation in Anime
An analysis of various representations of transgender women found in Anime. What worked, what didn’t, and what made people go "eh, good enough."
The article might specifically bring up the prevalence of characters who are addressed with he/him pronouns by other characters but still refer to themselves as women (IE: Hibari Ōzora from "Stop!!! Hibari-Kun!" or Grell Sutcliff from "Black Butler"), or characters who are referred to as ‘crossdressers’ (Ryoji Fujioka from "Ouran Host Club" or Chihiro Fujisaki from "Danganronpa"). It can discuss where these characters are harmful or helpful.
It could also discuss characters who are canonically, unambiguously trans women (such as Lily Hoshikawa from "Zombieland Saga") and how well or poorly that representation is handled.
Other discussion points might be the context of which these characters are included, how impactful they are on the plot, whether their portrayal is sympathetic or predatory, and why these portrayals occur.
His art style is also wonderfully utilized for comedic effect. While this article touched on the hypothetical of him making a cutesy manga in that style, he technically did with his Cat Diary. Using his unsettling style to create something so mundane and sweet is as jarring as it is hilarious.
A great film that I cannot rewatch. The initial shot of Coffey cradling the two bloodied children and weeping still haunts me.
In the end reality is what you choose for it, and the material is just as open to interpretation to the audience as it is to its creators. I believe that the ending a person believes says more about them than anything else.