Throwing the rest of ‘em in a photoset to save time~ Enjoy.
Posting Astrid/Ruffnut because Tiffany’s talking about them
Guys can I just say how true this is? Sometimes it really fucking sucks.
Lesbians talk about penises: part 1
Prism - Chapter 03
Well my end of the yuri community talks about gender a lot. I’ve been over this on my blog before. I don’t like the premise of Kashimashi not because I don’t think it ‘counts’ because they weren’t both ‘born girls.’ I don’t like the idea of it because from the description a cisgendered male gets magically transformed into a woman because of aliens.
That doesn’t sound like ‘gender issues exploration’ so much as it does a cisgendered male fantasy of being a lesbian because it’s hot (which is why I stopped watching that all the girls are falling for me anime too since they basically have cisgendered male go crossdress at a girl’s school and the girls all seem to be lesbian and fall for him but oh wait he’s actually a hetcisguy but he’s got all these lesbians on him now yay)
As for me, I’ve never said it doesn’t ‘count’ as yuri. I just don’t like the premise. If the main character were actually trans* and they didn’t jump through hoops to make the guy a girl by some crazy magical happenstance (and you know actually just made a trans* character), I might actually give it a chance.
But yeah like I said, if you want to talk to me and tell me why this is gender exploration, go ahead. I’d love to hear it. I feel like a lot of yuri followers I have are extremely willing to talk about gender issues. Like, I feel like if an anime really wanted to explore trans* issues they’d go the direction of Hourou Musuko instead of the Ranma 1/2 direction (i.e. hetcisguy becomes a woman through magical means).
I mean, I do enjoy Ranma but I’d probably never consider it all that much gender exploration so much as wacky nonsense.
I dismissed it as that too, at first. I distinctly remember being at the bookstore with my friend and cringing, like “Ugh, so it has to be a dude before it’s okay? Ugghhh~”.
The fact is, we never really get enough information to call Hazumu cisgendered. We know he has feminine hobbies and is often protected by Tomari. I’m not saying that automatically equals trans, but you can’t deny that he seems a lot happier once he gets remade as a girl. We don’t even see his eyes until that happens, and I’m pretty sure that’s significant.
Honestly, I think the premise is the same. Replacing hormones/surgery with “alien spaceship” doesn’t make it any less valid, to me. It doesn’t play out as a lesbian fantasy, because if you take out the spaceship and genderbending, it’s your standard Childhood Friend vs. New Girl love triangle.
Okay guys, time to go to bed. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.