So I admit I’m a huge fan of cartoons from japan or “Anime”. Something ive noticed in the last year is how trans characters/ themes are being introduced into alot of different stories. Now Some are more serious and some are kinda silly, but really great stories over all.
I first came Across ” Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? “ it’s a silly plot but its about this highschool boy who become’s a zombie, not the brainless falling apart kind but undying and regular looking. Who later gains another super power that lets a chainsaw turn him into a crossdresser, that allows him to fight monsters. I know what your thinking its kind of weird, but very entertaining you’ll see. While watching I did wish I had that power to change my outfit in a flash of rose buds and pink ribblons.
“Infinate stratos” came out about the same time. Its main story followed around a group of robot armor wearing high school students. one of the group members happens to be ftm. Though the character is under strict pressure from their family to appear and live as a male. at the end of the series the character reintroduces herself to the class as female. This show reminds me of another show that just started airing. Mayo Chiki is a story about two family households that through the centuries the male son of one family would work as the other families butler. Taking up the families mantel Mayo’s father tasks her to live,work and go to school as a male for the next 3 years and to not be found out.
This next Story is alittle confusing but great over all. “Steins Gate” is about this mad scientist who has created a time machine that can send messages to the past, text messages mostly. Its kinda like The butterfly effect. Early into the series were introduced to one of the scientists friends who happens to be transsexual. Later into series they both perform an experiment sending back a message to her pregnant parents pager in 1994, saying to eat plenty of soy rich foods. with the hope to change the baby’s sex prenatal, And it worked. The scientist is the only one who retains the knowledge of the past . steins gate is really interesting and worth checking out
“Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai” or “Anohana” is such a heart provoking story, it leaves me in tears at the end of each episode. It’s about a group of childhood friends (Menma,Jintan,Anjou, poppo, Yukiatsu and tsuruko) that drift apart after their friend Menma dies. 6 years later Jintan the once leader of the group is confronted by the aged ghost of menma. Jintan then tries grant menma’s wish by getting the group back together. But each member has been mourning over the past years and are alittle skeptical of only Jintan being able to see Menma. Yukiatsu in mourning crossdresses as “Menma” and is found running away in the woods they all used to play in, Jintan helps him up after falling. Though Menma is the main character the series tells an amazing life afirming story,makes you look inward and I don’t know I really loved this show.
Their have been some others shows like “Ghost in the shell” and “Cowboy Bebop” abunch of others the touch the topic. Ive wanted to talk about these shows since ive seen them. Heres a link if you wanna watch them.
Kore-wa zombie - http://www.animefreak.tv/watch/kore-wa-zombie-desu-ka-online
Steins gate - http://www.animefreak.tv/watch/steins-gate-online