Queer as it is, the LGBT+ movement has grown and positioned itself for acceptance in the modern world. Proving both dominance and equality, anime also proved to be a great medium for people who personify themselves in this gender as a safe place to express and just to be who they truly are!
Let’s learn more of some characters who do great in portraying individuals from this gender movement!
Probably one of the most famous LGBTQ+ characters in anime, Sailor Uranus, a racecar driver when not donning the sailor soldier outfit, essentially personifies a stylish and butch lesbian character. Wearing masculine clothes and even having Sailor Neptune as a partner, Uranus does give justice to the LGBTQ+ community as a strong and reliable figure in the sailor soldiers group!
As the penultimate Satan character in the cutting-edge Devilman Crybaby series, Ryo Asuka sets the stage on bringing out extreme dominance on almost all characters in the show. And doing so does give justice for the LGBTQ+ group – it’s nice to see that Ryo scraps the sterotypical figure of gay characters as weak figures. In fact, Ryo’s a force to be reckoned with!
Steins;Gate is one amazing series, not just for its mind-bending plot, but for the great characters it features! And Luka does present a great enigma. This character has everything an ideal Japanese woman should be. Expect, it just so happened he was born male!
The conflicts and limitations set by gender boundaries are best seen in Luka’s life, which seems to be respectfully featured in the show. A great character to adore, respect, and learn more about!
Representing crossdressers, this really nice character from the fun Ouran High School Host Club series offers the acceptance of people who just simply want to dress up in clothes they are most comfortable wearing!
As a single father, Ryoji aims for crossdressing’s normalization. Living out as the woman of his dreams, Ryoji even states that he isn’t offending or attacking anyone with his choice (he did start crossdressing when his wife died).
Support no matter what – Victor showed this in a loving manner in the popular Yuuri on Icee!!! series. Strong and confident (he is considered to be a living legend in the world of figure skating), he even flied to Japan to coach and support aspiring Yuuri on his journey to be one of the best figure skaters in the country.
The love that blossomed from their player-coach relationship proved that love knows no genders – love definitely wins in this story!
Perhaps a great representation of the transgender movement, the Major showcases the best of both worlds – she is definitely one of the best when it comes to physical, virtual, and even philosophical fights!
The world of Ghost in the Shell can even be a great environment for the LGBTQ+ movement – with this cyberpunk world bending identities through wired and real worlds, it can be loosely represented of that’s how transgenders deal with issues on a daily basis.
Still, the Major is a great representation for the movement: she is definitely one of the strongest characters ever to come out from anime!
The emotional Tokyo Godfathers may be one of the greatest anime movies to be released in contemporary times. This movie does tell some harsh truths about the world we are living in, but still offers a glimmer of hope for those willing to seek it out. And one such character is no other than Hana, a drag queen who can’t seem to get the best out of life.
But no matter the circumstances and how hard life is, she still holds a great moral compass – of all people, Hana believes a greater being looks above, and she believes in the love this being has for everyone. How’s that for the typical (and definitely wrong) stereotype that the LGBTQ+ crowd are unworthy in church groups?
As the antithesis to the gloomy Shinji, Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Kaworu Nagisa offers some sunshine to the rather bleak world of this amazing anime. Although not explicitly stated, Kaworu has this sense of adoration and support to the bleak Eva-1 pilot.
You just can’t help but root for him. Without spoiling much, Kaworu does have a really great role in the last movie (Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time) – hope you get the chance to watch this movie!
Attack on Titan may be known more for its gruesome scenes and amazing plot (no one knows what’s coming next in this great show), but this series also has some of the best characters ever to portray the LGBTQ+ scene. And no one else best represents the movement than the titan, Ymir.
Her love for Historia was pure, that she’d support her through thick or thin, even when it means losing her humanity. A powerful and well-written character!
He may not have enough screen time in the classic Yu Yu Hakusho show, but Itsuki is a character worthy to respect – not only does he have a power that screams fear towards foe (Kurama himself respects Itsuki’s abilities), Itsuki also shows a nice side on how LGBTQ+ relationships work!
As the first demon that the strong spirit detective, Sensui, spared (of all things, since Itsuki wished to live for just one more day to watch the conclusion of his favorite show), Itsuki’s fascination on Sensui’s mind proved that loyalty and support matters in relationships that aren’t that readily accepted in society.
And given Sensui’s multiple personality issues, you can’t help but adore Itsuki sticking with the troubled detective on even the darkest and harshest moments. A bittersweet moment for the couple, yet Itsuki is really a great character for his undying love for his chosen partner.
Even in anime, the LGBTQ+ movement can rely on this medium as a source of support, inspiration, and even love! The many characters stated above prove that personalities from this crowd are multi-faceted and interesting.
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Even more, the layers of understanding and acceptance that anime can provide for anyone is something that can be treasured for all. Love wins, and we hope you get to watch the shows these characters are on!