I’m so freaking sick of every anime, game and god knows what else to come out of Japan have 1 theme in common: I WILL PROTECT YOU. I being a male, you being a female. Even of the female is a strong character, some fag will come along and suddenly she turns into this dependent helpless idiot.
Yea I know you’re probably thinking “wow did you just crawl out from under a rock” but no. It’s something I’ve had on my mind for my entire 10 year tennure of watching anime. Back when I first got into anime it was like this whole new world with magic carpets and genies. You start to think, “Wow look at all these hot bishies who are willing to face tentacle monsters to protect the girl! All the douchebags in my school would rather get drunk and smoke pot than give a damn about any female!” So needless to say this whole “dependable guy who will protect and do anything for the female” was a pretty awesome concept. Shoujo anime aside, even personas like Keitaro from Love Hina were somewhat admirable. You have to admit despite all the abuse he got from Naru, he still treated her like a queen.
But well now, it’s been some time and I’ve gotten to experience many anime, and many shows. I’ve seen every stereotype there is for female and male characters, and in the end the dependency complex is still there. No matter how weak or pansy the guy is, the female will never be stronger than him. She may seem like she’s got guts and power, but it’s only a matter of time before some other bishie comes along and pretty much strikes it out like a bowling ball.
One recent example I could think of was Kyoko from Skip Beat. I was really pumped about it at first cause she seemed like a strong character, but in the end she’s destined to fall for the jerk (who gets nicer supposedly later on but I didn’t have the patience to sit through it). Another was Elie from Rave, who could kick ass for a while, but then she got all amnseiaey and helpless and well in the end Haru’s “protecting” her from Lucia anyway.
There’s this annoying stereotype image of women in Japan which will never give them the opportunity to wear the pants, AND still be attractive to men. From the stereotypes I’ve seen, any female who has “manly” traits ends up being that character who all the more feminine females seem to get attracted to (i.e yuri.) She will be “popular” with the girls because she’s very “kakkoii” and all the guys will just see her as their “buddy”. This is all because she just happens to be a little bit taller than most females, suddenly that makes her “manlier” than the entire female population of Japan.
The other annoying image is the rich and powerful salaryWOMAN. That’s right, a woman who is in a high position, or at least in a job other than some dumb OL who is only working to find a husband at her company. She’s seen as a threat to any average Japanese man cause she makes his dick feel smaller by earning more money than he does. This is why these kinds of women end up only having boyfriends/jigolos/buddies at the host club. They will probably not get married and have a family – because after all a family would force her to throw her career down the shitter and be a stupid brainless housewife.
This entire concept really came to light when I was playing some otome games recently. There’s a Starry Sky series, which is basically like a dramaCD/otome game series featuring “zodiac boyfriends”. This way you can buy the CD based on their zodiac sign so it is compatible with your sign. Anyway I listened to the CDs of Souichiro Houshi and Daisuke Ono. I can’t even count how many times I heard “boku ga kimi wo mamoru” in them, in addition to constant repeats from the other cast in the games themselves. Like what the fuck are you protecting me from? The pigeons in the park?
On one hand, fantasy and action shows I will forgive. Of course the heroine may need protection from tentacle monsters, beasts and the local school rapist. On the other hand, instead of throwing in some guy to protect her, why can’t she protect herself? The one strong female that I always admired was the teacher from Gokusen. I never read the manga, but she definitely could take care of herself. Any man that she met would just be a love interest, but in no way would she come running to him to rely on being protected. I almost thought that the girl from Hana Yori Dango had balls too, but later on she became a pansy weakling too, so that instantly removed her from the category.
The one point I wanted to bring up once more is the weak guy. One of the games I played had an otaku nerd. He always got beat up, and well he pretty much sucked at protecting the heroine too. However the heroine was a cute petite pretty girl who thanks to her, the hero stopped being a dorky otaku and became a “real salaryman” instead. So while it seems like the male characters will change for the good, the females seem to continue staying in that “i need protection” role. Even going back as far as Sailor Moon for example. Tsukino Usagi has so much powers but she’s so fucking retarded, even when Mamoru dies in a plane crash (oops spoiler!), she relies on some tranny sailor stalight to save her ass the rest of the series.
I’m not even going to into the Shinjo Mayu complex where the heroine is so pathetic not only is she “protected” by the guy, but at the end of the day she’s his sex toy who needs protection from the protector.
I guess to conclude this rant, it just personally annoys me especially with all this moe garbage lately. I mean I love cute stuff too, but why can’t we have cute AND powerful? And I don’t mean like ridiculous stuff like digi charat where Dejiko just zaps everyone with eye beams. I also don’t mean shows where the only strong females end up being lesbians. Why can’t the girl save the guy for once AND still have a happy ending with him? (*cough Kurokami cough*) I guess as long as the culture always feels that females are “trophies”, it will reflect similarly on their ideas and creations as well. This is probably why a lot of Japanese men don’t like American women: too assertive for them! Similarly, I know a few assertive Japanese women, and needless to say, their husbands/boyfriends are not Japanese.