Gay characters in the Japanese media

Gay characters in the Japanese media

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  1. Reila
    Reila
    There is a thread about gay musicians, why not one about gay characters in anime/mangá/game/tokusatsu/dorama/etc?

    Who are the ones you know or like? Or even have a crush?
  2. Jo The Marten
    Jo The Marten
    I haven't watched many anime series, but I know Sakura's brother was hinted to be a homosexual in Cardcaptor Sakura, and her best friend Tomoyo was pretty much a confirmed lesbian. Then Leeron from Gurren Lagann was gay, and/or a trans* cause he'd flirt with guys, but he'd also insist on being called a "beautiful queen".
  3. RainbowSylveon
    RainbowSylveon
    Okay, sorry for reviving this (is that allowed in groups or no... I don't know xD), but I do know of one.

    Sweden from Hetalia Axis Powers is canonically gay. Also there was a character in Battle Royale who was gay as well, though I can't think of his name at the moment.
  4. Reila
    Reila
    Was there a gay character in Battle Royale? I don't remember, I need to re-read it.
  5. Owain
    Owain
    There's also Ivankov from One Piece, but he's more of a stereotypical and potentially offensive drag queen.
  6. Jo The Marten
    Jo The Marten
    While nothing is blatantly stated in the canon, it is heavily implied that Homura and Madoka in Puella Magi Madoka Magica have feelings for each other. Some also argue that Sayaka and Kyoko do as well, but it's not as blatant to me as Homura and Madoka. (or at least mutual. Not really looking to get into a shipping debate)
  7. Owain
    Owain
    Quote Originally Posted by Jo The Marten
    While nothing is blatantly stated in the canon, it is heavily implied that Homura and Madoka in Puella Magi Madoka Magica have feelings for each other. Some also argue that Sayaka and Kyoko do as well, but it's not as blatant to me as Homura and Madoka. (or at least mutual. Not really looking to get into a shipping debate)
    I'd agree with this, even if I don't particularly ship them.
  8. Misato Katsuragi
    Misato Katsuragi
    I'm so totally a Kyoko/Sayaka shipper but I'd agree that, other than lots of sexual tension, there's not much proof of it in-canon, particularly considering Sayaka is in love with a boy. I mean, she could be bisexual, but she seems to be consumed by her feelings for Kyousuke throughout her storyline. I could support the idea that there's canon evidence behind Kyoko having one-sided affection for Sayaka.

    Homura is completely in love with Madoka though.

    Anyway, since we're talking about gay characters in manga and anime, I'm really surprised the thread went this long (and I know seven posts isn't a lot, but even so) without mentioning Sailor Moon, as it has two of the most infamous examples of gay couples being edited out of the dub (the romance between Zoisite and Kunzite in the first season, with Zoisite being turned into a woman in the dub - not that they made that hard to do, of course - and the lesbian relationship between Sailor Uranus/Haruka and Neptune/Michiru in the third season onward). I'm a huge Moonie and Haruka and Michiru's relationship was pretty important to me in coming to terms with my own attraction toward other women.
  9. VriskaSerket
    VriskaSerket
    Quote Originally Posted by Serperior
    There's also Ivankov from One Piece, but he's more of a stereotypical and potentially offensive drag queen.
    Ivankov is genuinely gay(maybe bi), I mean Ivankov IS the Queen of island for Okamas, and that's a slang for a gay person.
  10. Misato Katsuragi
    Misato Katsuragi
    Also, speaking of subtext, there's also a shit-ton of it between Sailor Mars and Sailor Venus in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, the tokusatsu series.

    For other, more obviously queer characters, there's Kaori in Azumanga Daioh, who has a huge crush on Sasaki and I think it's even mentioned that other characters start suspecting she's a lesbian - but I haven't seen that show in a while.
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