Favorite Anime Lades: 4/? Miyako Inoue, Digimon
"I didn’t say I wanted to kiss, him, duh! I just want to marry him!"
Favorite Anime Ladies: 3/? Winry Rockbell, Fullmetal Alchemist
"How about I just give you my whole life? Uh… maybe not all of it! 90.. maybe 80%? 75.. that’s not enough. But 85.. yeah, 85 is a good number!”
honduran white tent bats roosting under a heliconia leaf, which they sever down the length of its midrib to create a ‘tent’ that provides a waterproof shelter and protection from potential predators.
always reblog tent bats
Favorite Anime Ladies: 2/? Dorothy Catalonia, Gundam Wing
"Beauty lies in taking action."
Favorite Anime Ladies: 1/? Tomoe Mami, Puella Magi Madoka Magica
"I’m not afraid of anything any more. Because I’m not alone any more."
Remember when Digimon was all about how character traits like honesty, sincerity, and loyalty were not only good, but things to strive for? And how it was not only one of the most positive, optimistic shows ever, but told us that sometimes those things are hard? That sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to be honest? Or to forgive someone? Or to be brave? But how these things are so important, and so rewarding?
Remember when it showed us that sometimes people lose hope, and sometimes things are dark, and hard, but that it isn’t weak to rely on other people? That sometimes we need friends and family to help us through bad times, and that’s ok? And that we can all be good people, and that no one is past redemption if they’re willing to put in the work and acknowledge their mistakes and make an honest effort to put things right?
Remember when Digimon had female characters that were girly, and tomboyish, and smart, and silly, and tough as nails, and sometimes all of those things at once? And male characters that were strong, and emotional, and fragile, and ditzy, and sometimes all those things at once? And it was always ok for them to be whatever they wanted?
Remember when Digimon showed me how to be a strong person and develop strong, lasting friendships? Because I do.
I binge-watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica over the weekend, and it was pretty amazing for a whole lot of reasons (not the least because Neon Genesis Evangelion is pretty much my favorite anime, and Eva is to mecha anime the way Madoka is to magical girl anime). I’ve also been watching Sailor Moon Crystal, just like every other woman who, like me, grew up with Sailor Moon on Cartoon Network. Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptors has been making reappearances in merchandising (which is SUPER BAD for my wallet), and the magical girl genre seems to be re-emerging in the pop culture conscience as a whole.
This is amazing, and important, and I will tell you why.
I’ve written before here and other places how much it bothers me that the “strong female character” movement is frequently derisive to female characters that are overly feminine or girly. YA literature is FULL of girls who are “not like other girls,” with the implication that BEING like other girls (being girly, liking girly things, etc.) is a weakness and something to either get over or shun. Apparently, female characters who wear dresses, or like pink, or have crushes, or who can’t physically kick your ass are somehow less worth our attention than the Summer Glaus of the universe.
Except in magical girl stories. In all three of the shows I mentioned above (Madoka, Sailor Moon, Cardcaptors), the main characters are girls who feature lots of pink, wear skirts and heels, are adorable, worry about makeup and their appearance, giggle and gossip and in general behave like pre-teen and teenage girls. The transformation sequences in magical girl animes are quintessentially frilly. And these girls will kick your ass. These girls decide the fate of the universe. These girls are not weak, and they are not MADE weak because sometimes they get crushes on boys, or would rather go shopping on the weekend then read Jane Eyre.
Let’s be clear: I am not saying that female characters that are NOT feminine are bad. I am saying that there needs to be room in our culture for both. That this push-back against stereotypically feminine characteristics isn’t helpful. That if a character wants to listen to Britney Spears, wear lipstick, and go dancing, THAT DOESN’T MAKE HER WEAK. (I should note here that Madoka also has Kyoko, a decidedly tomboyish character, who is just as awesome as the much girlier Madoka and Mami. Madoka has everything!)
There are multiple kinds of strength. Celebrate them all. And watch Mami Tomoe shoot the fuck out of some witches with her giant magical guns, while wearing the cutest hat I’ve ever seen with me. It’s a pretty great scene.
Teka looks like she’s smiling! Hanging out with momma bear
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