LGBT Under the Radar: Icons from Japanese Animations
Shun from Saint Seiya
The moment of truth: Would you be willing to burn up part of your cosmo (somewhat similar to “qi” in Chinese martial arts) in order to save your “best bud” from dying before your eyes? Violent and masculine as the storyline of Saint Seiya is, there is something about Shun’s tender, loving gaze into Hyoga’s eyes and the selfless, thoughtful care which he showers Hyoga with that touches the bottom of my heart. In this era of egocentrism and skepticism, exactly how likely would we find that special someone who would place us (whether it is a heterosexual or homosexual relationship) above his or her own life or state of being?
Lady Oscar from The Rose of Versailles
Alright. Let’s reconstruct what kind of a person Lady Oscar is in the animation series:
(a) an individual born biologically a female but dressed, raised, socialized, and professionally trained as a male to succeed as leader of the Palace Guards;
(b) A brilliant, righteous, gender-bending young combatant (psychologically a male) who falls in love with her best friend, companion and (technically) servant, André Grandier (psychologically a female more than a male);
(c) A yuri (similar to “lesbian”) whose relationship with her protege Rosalie Lamorlière and many other of the court ladies goes beyond the usual boundaries between one’s “best female friends.”
Transsexuality (possibly out of gender-bending). Heterosexuality infused with homosexuality (also possibly out of gender-bending). Bisexuality (out of gender-bending as well).
An LGBT all-in-one, in other words.
Would Lady Oscar’s sexual orientation still be the same had she not been raised gender-bent?
That, I have no idea of. But at least something good is coming out of all this: the fact that this subject matter of sexuality gets factored into animation series on TV has somehow paved the way for more critical and in-depth discussions in the long run.
Part of the 2012 LGBT Blogathon.