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Could you explain the thing about Mai and agency

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kamenradar:

When discussing fiction, character agency refers to a character’s ability to make their own decisions in-line with their own desires or necessities. This is how real people make decisions, and is ultimately a part of making a character into a convincing person.

In Mai’s case, she has been robbed entirely of her agency – her ability to make decisions based on her own feelings – even though the role of the Woman of the Beginning is to explicitly make the decision of who receives the fruit. While it ultimately makes sense for characters to sometimes be forced into situations where they are helpless, it’s problematic to give Mai a huge amount of power and the ability to make that choice, only to immediately rob her of it, leaving the men to fight over her as if she was an object.

Tokusatsu as a genre does not typically treat women well. In some regards, Gaim has made significant strides in a positive direction – for example, having a female Rider as an active character for a good chunk of the series. However, in a lot of ways, Gaim is much worse in its treatment of female characters than many other Kamen Rider series, despite having a female Rider and a character who should presumably be in a huge position of power, Mai.

Ultimately, I think Gaim is often unfairly regarded by fans with its treatment of female characters – I’ve seen people saying it’s bullshit that Mai or Chucky don’t get belts, even though this is literally the only Kamen Rider series with a dedicated female Rider (no, Yuri as IXA doesn’t count) – but I also think that the criticism of how Gaim treats its women is largely warranted, and will be a black spot on how the show is remembered.

It’s especially fascinating to me that Urobuchi, a writer who is no stranger to writing female characters well, fumbled so badly in Gaim. I’ll forever wonder exactly what factors were at play here.

Interesting bit.

Urobuchi is indeed no stranger to writing female characters well, but sadly, not consistently. I can name as many instances of women being shafted out of important roles (Yayoi in Psycho-Pass), 'stuffed into the fridge' (every woman not named Saber in Fate/Zero) or otherwise brutalized (let’s just not get into Saya no Uta) in his works as instances of his writing being progressive — which admittedly already puts him amongst the top percentage of anime and tokusatsu writers when it comes to progressive writing.

Most of the misogyny in Urobuchi’s works stems from his inspirations. It’s clear that the man loves dark, cynical writing — especially noir and cyberpunk genre fiction, two genres known for general horrible treatment of female characters, because the world portrayed is ‘hard’, and the writers - Urobuchi himself included - know no better than to show this by having innocent, ‘pure’, idealistic characters fall victim to it. Urobuchi’s blind obsession with his inspirations is arguably his biggest flaw as a writer, and maybe even responsible for his questionable relationship with the notion of subtlety.

Secondly, I remain convinced that Toei is actively blocking female characters from getting strong or active roles, because they are fiercely convinced of the idea that their target audience of young boys would rather just see no girls whatsoever in their superhero shows, let alone girls that do anything the (male) hero could or should be doing. It’s stupid.

Gaim and Madoka aren't the same show.

kamenradar:

OK, we knew this would happen, inevitably. Someone would come along and say that Kamen Rider Gaim and Puella Magi Madoka Magica are literally the same show, and provide some really weak evidence to make that case.

So, thank you, scuttlemouse, for getting it out of the way.

I am just…

Some fantastic debunking of some incredible bullcrap. Why should I even still write about Gaim when brad-t’s here to knock it out of the park?

kamenradar:

never forget

a serious show with lots of death and despair and stuff

mimiblargh:

i drew some megukas….

(via dragonzigg)

jasonmichealbray:

Because this pairing has been thought of since the show started. I Just finished two different version of the “Gaim of Thrones” T-shirts and uploaded them to the Digital Overlord T-shirt Page.

http://digitaloverlord.spreadshirt.com/

Although I haven’t started the actual program yet, I plan on doing something similar to what Bruno from MMPR Toys on youtube does and wearing the T-shirts on youtube videos I make that are Tokusatsu related, specifically a show that right now has a working title of “Attack on Toku” (This may change though) The reason there are two versions is I couldn’t’ decide if I liked when I added the flags, so I made them both as shirts.

Let me know which one you think is better (Although I will most likely always have two versions on the shop, maybe adding different types of shirts as I make more Toku related parody shirts.

So if you wanted it, it’s now for sale on Digital Overlord Gift Galaxy.

blessedwithgloriousbutt:

maycontainfeminists:


One of the best examples of artistic integrity on a corporate scale.

wow. 

No matter how many times I see this, I never fail to be impressed by that last sentence.

blessedwithgloriousbutt:

maycontainfeminists:

One of the best examples of artistic integrity on a corporate scale.

wow. 

No matter how many times I see this, I never fail to be impressed by that last sentence.

(via themightybadwolf)

gokaichangecos:

Takatora’s true murderer!
Gen Urobuchi is a great guy, he was completely okay with talking to me about Gaim, and listened to me talk about it, and was really excited to see me and my friends cosplay Gaim characters. He even let me ask some questions about Gaim!
Me: “Takatora is my favorite character. I like him because he is an older brother, like I am. Do you think he is a hero or a villain?”Urobuchi: “I am glad you like Takatora! He is definitely a hero, I believe he is a good person.”

Me: “What about Mitsuzane?”Urobuchi: “I think he is both a good and bad person, but he is ultimately good more than bad.”
Me: “Out of all the characters, who are your favorite?”Urobuchi: “Kaito and Mitsuzane.”*At this point my friends cosplaying Kaito and Micchy cheer.*
Me: “Is Takatora really dead?”Urobuchi: *Laughs in my face* “Please look forward to the end of the series for the answer.”
Me: “Which Kamen Rider series is your favorite?”Urobuchi: “Hmm, favorite Kamen Rider series, huh? Hmm… I would have to go with Kuuga.”
Me: “Thank you, it was an honor for us to meet you!”Urobuchi: “No, no, the honor was all mine.”

gokaichangecos:

Takatora’s true murderer!

Gen Urobuchi is a great guy, he was completely okay with talking to me about Gaim, and listened to me talk about it, and was really excited to see me and my friends cosplay Gaim characters. He even let me ask some questions about Gaim!

Me: “Takatora is my favorite character. I like him because he is an older brother, like I am. Do you think he is a hero or a villain?”
Urobuchi: “I am glad you like Takatora! He is definitely a hero, I believe he is a good person.”

Me: “What about Mitsuzane?”
Urobuchi: “I think he is both a good and bad person, but he is ultimately good more than bad.”

Me: “Out of all the characters, who are your favorite?”
Urobuchi: “Kaito and Mitsuzane.”
*At this point my friends cosplaying Kaito and Micchy cheer.*

Me: “Is Takatora really dead?”
Urobuchi: *Laughs in my face* “Please look forward to the end of the series for the answer.”

Me: “Which Kamen Rider series is your favorite?”
Urobuchi: “Hmm, favorite Kamen Rider series, huh? Hmm… I would have to go with Kuuga.”

Me: “Thank you, it was an honor for us to meet you!”
Urobuchi: “No, no, the honor was all mine.”

(via kamenradar)

mildlyinterestingcontent:

glowcloud:

revolutionator:

sluggirls:

hm

laffo

Wow that real life man is so polite and composed, as opposed to the Imaginary Shrieking Nightmare Lesbian

I am the Imaginary Shrieking Nightmare Lesbian. That actually sounds pretty badass.