Girls In Japanese Animation
From 1990, girls have been featured as both protagonists and antagonists
in most Japanese animation shows. Yet they have proven themselves to
be smarter with their charm and being perceived as weaker species.
Those serve as their weapons which helped to overcome obstacles and
get them what they want.
That was very different from the mangas in the 1950s to 1980s when they
played one-dimensional supporting roles. Such as damsels in distress.
Examples of such animation shows are Apple Seed Ex Machina by John
Woo and Shinji Aramaki as well as Silent Mobius by Kia Asamiya.
Silent Mobius is especially memorable to me when the main character
Katsumi Liqeur plays both protagonist and antagonist when she fell to
the dark side after her boyfriend Roy’s death.
Other than Katsumi, Kia also focuses on developing other supporting
characters in an all-women police force. Leader Rally Cheyenne, her
second-in-command Mana Isozaki, tomboy Kiddy Penne, girl with
psychic powers Yuki Saiko, socceress warrior Lum Cheng and IT analyst
In spite of their unique abilities, they are very much human. They made
mistakes and have mood swings occasionally. Yet the way they managed
their problems is much better than men most of the time.
What amazes me is that Kia has a great understanding of women despite
being man himself. This is apparent in the way his Silent Mobius
characters argued, communicate and ultimately work together against a
common adversary to achieve peace for the society.
Besides Silent Mobius, Dark Angel, Compiler and Accelerator are his other
trademarks of having women as main characters.
I also like Apple Seed Machina. In the story, main character Deunan pulls
herself together from a trauma of losing her boyfriend Briareos from
humanity to accepting him as reborn cyborg. Yet when Briareos is
wounded again, she faces the same dilemma when her new partner looks
exactly like her boyfriend’s former human self.
On the whole, the contrasting personalities and traits of different girls
are created with the authors’ objective to make the story more realistic
and engaging to the audience as compared to conventional guy saves girl
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