When they are the butt of the joke, it is easy to extrapolate that the author doesnt respect trans people, it's that simple. Whether it's the "tricked you" deal, or saying "haha look how garish and obvious these guys in drag are", comedies run jokes through the whole chapterand that particular part of it is one. No one in this manga's world acts like being gay is no big deal or is there to make that clear to the audience. You're left with him being gay as the punchline. If you think crossdressing is funny, sorry that just isnt it. The author isnt going ha I'd love to put the world in drag so maybe they'd get a clue, the author uses a world in drag to laugh at the people that don't fit, don't "pass" and to mock men that are attracted to those that do.
My point on the tomboy things, is they are in a completely different universe than femboys, because of how gender works and how one is tied to a shit ton of transphobia and the other isn't.
Dude I am totally inclusive, but Japanese manga does not afford nuanced portrayal of trans and GNC cis people in any way, so what ideas do they intend to promote. Like just try and use your head to imagine what itd be like to be a trans woman in japan when all the old people hate you cause duh and all the young people hate you because the hoard of media presents you as this fetishistic fraudster. The
manga out there simply doesn't afford the nuance. It's well known Re:Zero's author is a transphobe and he pulled all the same shit with Ferris that has been the classic depiction of femboy.
These characters aren't real people, but the author's imagining of them so yes while its rude to assume and project the whole egg deal on real people, that's off the table when its fictional people and you're weighing whether the author is transphobic or relates to the character in some way regardless of their identity, theres speculaction Hemingway was trans based on correspondence and how he had his wife refer to him in the bedroom, he's long dead and lived in a time where trans people were not allowed to exist, so this speculation isnt directly harmful to anyone. Its all done in context and we ultimately afford his identity to how he's been largely referred to. When you look at the context here in manga it's hard not to see them as trans or relatable to the trans experience.
It helps that I also like tomboys, and they are really just two sides of the same coin.
Except tomboys don't bind, or use the men's room, or play on guys sports teams (for the most part) like a "femboy" would do makeup, tuck, join some all girls thing secretly, or wear much more rigidly gender-policed clothing. It's rare for their identity to be "revealed" as a gag or a trick (handsome girl was like drama associated with being misgendered and coming to grips with your sexuality, some comedy came in how her anxieties were unfounded because her gf was so madly in love.) Outside the very small yuri bubble tomboys are always portrayed as ultimately straight whereas the femboys always flirt sexually with male characters. Tomgirls in like nisekoi, Tomo-chan, and I'm sure plenty of harems vs the scads of femboys that lust after MC.
Yep, because all crossdressers are either gay, or trans.
When the author doesnt believe trans people are real, then to the author all trans people are simply "cross dressers". Acknowledge trans people and sure they can and do exist. The thing is, these characters tend to "cross dress" all the time, which falls out of the realm of what someone cis would do. Then that presentation becomes how you want other people to know you. Whether that's woman or apparent woman but also man (Genderfluid/NB) it's still a trans identity.
It's that the MC is confused because a dude is giving him a boner.
That gag is homophobic and transphobic, though. Like why is his despair of potentially being gay a funny situation? The character is presented as a trick, the whole reason tr*p is a slur.
Yeah uh, yikes, playing crossdressing for comedy almost always ends up transphobic and homophobic. closeted me ate this kinda shit up, now I just cringe/get frustrated. If a character presents, thinks, acts in a particular, single gendered deal different from their assigned sex except for when they go "haha i'm boye/gurl gottem xDDDDD" or to assert a rigid gender binary every so often, it is really hard not to read that as anything but a trans character written by a transphobe to say that, despite everything someone may do, they can't change their gender. There isnt the nuance or thought entertained that "hey, I present this way but I dont identify as binary-trans person, and am nonbinary or just masc." You're assuming the content respects those identities when it doesn't, so you interpret what's given at face value.
Time to update this with the last two volumes, I think.
With so many characters and about 4.5 years from first chapter to last, I can't always recall who they are or what their circumstances were. And it's a pain to have to reread the entire thing.
As before, I welcome suggestions, constructive criticism. Where chapters appear in parentheses, the relationships between those characters play a prominent side role. This is not intended as a comprehensive list of chapters in which each character appears but rather for use if you want to follow the arc of a particular relationship.
Guys? Guys one of the chapters is called 'The Moon is Beautiful Tonight'
Are we going to get actual development/a confession!?
Nah, I doubt it. It’s more likely they’ll literally say “the moon is beautiful tonight.” And then probably turn around and go, “Ha! Did you think that was a confession?” Or something like that.
But then there's "I love yoouuuuuu" followed by "Promise Me" so I dunno, maybe. Then again those are followed by 'what are you angry about' which could mean angry we were dumb and didnt make it happen sooner orrr angry you tried to make this happen.
You cant give consent while drunk dammit. How is this... aghh... If you were in a bar, and a stranger blasted off their ass wants you to fuck them, you simply don't !!! That's someone using alcohol so that they dont have to be accountable for their choices, its self-harm.