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sethuuu:

so i get to cosplay with jontheangel at ausa im freaking out a little because this has literally been a dream of mine for years cause jay is rad as heck and his cosplays are super great omg 

omg no shut up dude im not even worth that but we’re gonna be the cutest my little pony group of ALL time

infinipede:

jontheangel:

infinipede:

jontheangel:

i’m trying to reread mahou sensei negima because i really loved it when i was younger and yes it’s a harem manga but it’s also starring a ten year old boy so i was like what the hell it can’t be that awful looking back on it

it’s not awful but i forgot that the entire first part of the manga is super sexist and negi runs into women’s boobs or sneezes off their clothes LITERALLY every three pages and this goes on forever until the author realizes he’s not writing love hina anymore and decides to make the story more about fighting and magic than anything else and it starts to actually get good

ugh i’m just disappointed in the way that harem/borderline ecchi manga treats women in general

apparently Akamatsu initially wanted to write a shonen fighting tournament series but his publisher wanted another Love Hina, so he went that route after it became popular and the publisher couldn’t stop him

that’s not 100% confirmed though

also Negima ends up treating women better than in most of media altogether

  • tons of female characters with personality and characterization and their own goals
  • female friendships instead of catfighting. like the best female friendships i’ve seen. also lots of f/f ships
  • canon lesbian relationship!!! that ends happily ever after!!!! 
  • strong female characters who don’t need to be physically strong. Some are and that’s ok! Some aren’t and that’s ok too! Nodoka and Asuna are both equally kickass (for example) and that’s a theme that never goes away.

I mean it’s not perfect and by all means judge the first two or so arcs (and some filler parts of the later arcs) because they’re super harem-y but rounding Negima down to the first couple arcs makes me cry and I feel like how it handles its female characters should be a brought up in any discussion about manga and misogyny, because it is oh so relevant

This is definitely all true! Thanks for bringing up the better points, because it absolutely points towards what I said about it getting better later on. The beginning volumes of Negima are really difficult to get through because of how heavily they rely upon the tactics of appealing to a harem manga audience - like in Love Hina. 

I can definitely see the situation being that Akamatsu’s publisher had control over what he was going to write, and I’m very glad he ended up being able to deviate from that, but it unfortunately doesn’t shake the fact that what he ended up writing and drawing was still very grossly objectifying and misogynistic.

I definitely agree with you about all the female friendships and such though - once you erase the shitty stuff from the beginning (and the fact that the “harem center,” for lack of a better term, is a seemingly innocent 10-year-old boy), it’s certainly one of the strongest representations of female friendship I’ve seen, since when you get down to it, it’s all about the girls. It’s shit that the manga begins the way it does, but I do give credit to the fact that it rounds out and gives actual validity to its women in the end. (And that it becomes so good in later arcs because the women become much more than a shitton of side characters who get their clothes blown off all the time)

Yeah, and the first couple arcs are a damn shame because when people ask about manga with really good female representation in it, it’s really hard to get them to actually give Negima a fair shake because the parts that make it absolutely great are buried behind all the crap. (I’m pretty desensitized to fanservice so my worst reaction was probably “OH COME ON…”, but yeah) It’s really at its core a “girl power” sort of manga - Negi is a great character himself and probably my favorite shonen protagonist of all time but he wouldn’t be anywhere near as cool without all the girls in his class, who are all amazing in their own rights.

Like I said it’s a hard manga to recommend to people but it’s definitely one I think people should read, esp. people with an interest in feminism or gender equality, and as I always bring up - if the guy who made Love Hina can write amazing female characters what the fuck is everyone else doing?

I think it’s interesting that you mention your desensitization to it, though, because I, too, in all honesty, had been thoroughly desensitized by the sexism in manga like this until I took a very long break from it and went back to reading it recently. Love Hina is terrible because the entire story is centered around the objectification of women from the perspective of Keitaro, a heterosexual college-age boy surrounded by a shitton of almost constantly naked women - and yet, despite it being a classically awful and sexist and essentially the pinnacle of what ecchi/harem manga contributes to sexism, we used to not even give a shit when we read through it, because it was so normal to us. (In that vein, Negima almost starts out worse, since a near equal level of objectification can be presented when the principal subject is a ten year old boy forced into the heteronormative standard of being attracted to and surrounded by gorgeous, nude women).

But it’s equally powerful that - as you said - "if the guy who made Love Hina can write amazing female characters what the fuck is everyone else doing?" - Akamatsu overcomes his previous standards and starts to write female characters with real value, different designs, different interests, goals, and passions, and characters that become so much more than what they began as. And yet, almost all other professionals in the industry - most notably male ones - still fail to do this.

Of course, I am not saying at all that Akamatsu will be perfect - to an extent, I think a lot of his work will still be founded on the gross sexism it started out as. But it’s nearly 110% better than it used to be. I don’t know if it’s because he’s realized what was wrong with his previous work (seeing as he’s still a cishet man, from what I know, and considering the culture surrounding sexist objectification in Japan, I don’t know likely it is that he has necessarily given his work much introspection), but he has at least risen above what he used to do to write genuine characters in a female-driven environment rather than one driven by a male gaze. And while - unfortunately - his work may still be incredibly male gaze-driven, he’s getting better. Who is to say the rest of the ecchi/harem manga culture can’t do this, too?

tenkalion:

jontheangel:

i’m trying to reread mahou sensei negima because i really loved it when i was younger and yes it’s a harem manga but it’s also starring a ten year old boy so i was like what the hell it can’t be that awful looking back on it

it’s not awful but i forgot that the entire first…

Setsuna and Konoka are my favorite lesbian couple in manga. And don’t get me started on how strong a character Nodoka becomes. I could talk about her inspiring character growth for hours.

I read Negima at a good time. I started when I was young enough to really enjoy the harem aspects, but as I grew up, it did as well.

Like I answered in an earlier post - it’s definitely true that the manga develops to become something excellent and that the female characters/female friendships/female relationships are certainly better than in most typical harem-esque manga I’ve seen, but it unfortunately doesn’t shake the fact that Akamatsu’s roots come in something very blatantly sexist. No matter how much better the manga gets (because YES, it ABSOLUTELY does), it doesn’t shake how difficult it is to get through the beginning stages of it - especially considering how most ecchi/harem manga NEVER advances past this stage. 

I read it when I was younger too, and all the shitty stuff certainly passed over my head then - especially since as you advance very quickly through the manga, it gets much, much better. It’s entirely possible (and probable, I think) that Akamatsu just improved as a person and as a writer over the course of writing it, too, since he started to write real, good female characters who weren’t just exploited for their bodies and sex appeal. It’s just very unfortunate that most of Akamatsu’s foundation as a manga artist comes from the shittier stuff - and that most similar artists/writers never really moved past this, either.

infinipede:

jontheangel:

i’m trying to reread mahou sensei negima because i really loved it when i was younger and yes it’s a harem manga but it’s also starring a ten year old boy so i was like what the hell it can’t be that awful looking back on it

it’s not awful but i forgot that the entire first part of the manga is super sexist and negi runs into women’s boobs or sneezes off their clothes LITERALLY every three pages and this goes on forever until the author realizes he’s not writing love hina anymore and decides to make the story more about fighting and magic than anything else and it starts to actually get good

ugh i’m just disappointed in the way that harem/borderline ecchi manga treats women in general

apparently Akamatsu initially wanted to write a shonen fighting tournament series but his publisher wanted another Love Hina, so he went that route after it became popular and the publisher couldn’t stop him

that’s not 100% confirmed though

also Negima ends up treating women better than in most of media altogether

  • tons of female characters with personality and characterization and their own goals
  • female friendships instead of catfighting. like the best female friendships i’ve seen. also lots of f/f ships
  • canon lesbian relationship!!! that ends happily ever after!!!! 
  • strong female characters who don’t need to be physically strong. Some are and that’s ok! Some aren’t and that’s ok too! Nodoka and Asuna are both equally kickass (for example) and that’s a theme that never goes away.

I mean it’s not perfect and by all means judge the first two or so arcs (and some filler parts of the later arcs) because they’re super harem-y but rounding Negima down to the first couple arcs makes me cry and I feel like how it handles its female characters should be a brought up in any discussion about manga and misogyny, because it is oh so relevant

This is definitely all true! Thanks for bringing up the better points, because it absolutely points towards what I said about it getting better later on. The beginning volumes of Negima are really difficult to get through because of how heavily they rely upon the tactics of appealing to a harem manga audience - like in Love Hina. 

I can definitely see the situation being that Akamatsu’s publisher had control over what he was going to write, and I’m very glad he ended up being able to deviate from that, but it unfortunately doesn’t shake the fact that what he ended up writing and drawing was still very grossly objectifying and misogynistic.

I definitely agree with you about all the female friendships and such though - once you erase the shitty stuff from the beginning (and the fact that the “harem center,” for lack of a better term, is a seemingly innocent 10-year-old boy), it’s certainly one of the strongest representations of female friendship I’ve seen, since when you get down to it, it’s all about the girls. It’s shit that the manga begins the way it does, but I do give credit to the fact that it rounds out and gives actual validity to its women in the end. (And that it becomes so good in later arcs because the women become much more than a shitton of side characters who get their clothes blown off all the time)

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officialprincewilliam:

officialprincewilliam:

can a dinosaur even get more fuckin rad?

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i am so impressed by that dinosaur and that pun congratulations

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