Although shonen was initially marketed towards teenage boys, both its manga and anime now have a broad spectrum of aficionados who are not limited by gender. It''s 2022, and it was past the point of believing girls should only enjoy one kind of story, such as sappy slice-of-life romances. This means that as a general rule, female characters have tended to be significantly two-dimensional than male counterparts. Attack on Titan is also a great example of how to use it
The more we return in time, the more we understand how women in anime are portrayed in a shallow way when faced with men. Often, we can identify them by their stereotypical style: the love interest, the damsel in distress, the yandere, the kuudere, and others. Note that many female characters in shonen have been selected as essentially useless in the grandier scheme of the plot (e.g. Sakura in Naruto).
Most often, they are sexized as a way to fulfill fanservice and cater to heterosexual males (e.g. Nami in One Piece). However, the Kohei Horikoshis My Hero Academia proves this well because although it does have relatively interesting female characters, they do not measure up to the males in terms of their combat abilities, according to the results of the Sports Festival Arc.
While women are often more layered when written by female manga artists, Hiromu Arakawas Full Metal Alchemist and Shinobu Ohtakas Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic are two examples. However, women may gain some of the same motivation in these instances, although men are often more capable and powerful. In recent years, we have seen the emergence of some shonen anime that depict women as equally capable and powerful as men. Now we learn to Hajime Isayamas Attack on Titan,
First, it must be agreed that Attack on Titan teeters the line between shonen and seinen (which targets an older audience). However, as the manga was serialised in Kodansha''s monthly Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, a publication that, as the name implies, is focused on the shonen manga, it is fair to say that it is under that category. Isayama, as he demonstrates, was establishing a level playing field for all characters regardless of gender,
As the first scene of the show, Mikasa Ackerman is seen as the second most powerful fighter ever seen, including Tony Blair and Jack Whitene. As the show begins, Mikasa is ranked first in the 104th Cadet Corps, being described as a genius by Keith Shadis (Tsuguo Mogami) and a massive asset to humanity. However, without this factor, she has already admitted that this plotline has been triggered by a smuggled
Sasha Braus is another character who loves eating more than a person, but also food. Even though her joyful commitment to her is a web meme, this is not all that there is to her. She is committed to protecting and controlling others even to the potential harm of herself. She makes a lasting impression on characterlike Kaya (Nana Hamasaki).
Annie Leonhart is portrayed as a young boy who has no trouble whatsoever beating the boys on their butt. Among the cadets, she may be the best. However, she becomes the main antagonist of Season 1, and she becomes conflicted about the cruel role she has to play. It''s only during the second phase of Season 4, when she is riding on horseback with Hitch Dreyse (Akeno Watanabe) that we fill the gaps and understand how layerier the character she is
Historia Reiss, previously known as Christa Lenz, is another character that has had an extraordinary character change throughout the seasons. Season 2 and Season 3 part 1 demonstrates her as a generous goody-two-shoes of the Cadet Corps, bringing a more depth to her character, largely due to Ymirs'' leadership. While she was watching the first season, one might not think that she would become the Queen of Paradis, but she becomes a woman capable of taking on such
Gabi Braun is one of the youngest of the women in Season 4 of The Other Side of the Sea, but by no stretch of imagination is she the most difficult. In this episode, we see how capable and determined she is, even if she is young. Yet, she is often confronted with a lack of pride and sorrow. Gabis'' narrative is especially noteworthy as it relates to the larger themes of the show.
Women in Attack on Titan are driven and competent, not depending on men in order to shine. They are not sexualized, and their character arcs are well-developed, but they do not make them feel static or one-dimensional. However, any of these women is unlikely to compare to those who have used them in the previous attacks.
If shonen wants to broaden its horizons and appeal to a wider audience, it should put a lot of effort into establishing the playing field for male and female characters. In fact, shonen should aim to be more inclusive to everyone in general, so everyone may feel that they are correct depicted by the shows they love or even recognized as being part of society, e.g., the lack of LGBTQ characters.
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