So this month is Pride month. Before June comes to a close I wanted to talk about a topic that came into my life fairly recently. I couple months back I asked you guys on Twitter if I should make a blog post on asexual representation in anime and most people said yes so here I am. It’s late, but the post is finally here.
First of all I just want to mention that asexuality is something I stumbled across back at the beginning of the year. As soon as I read the definition of it something just clicked with me and I have chosen to identify myself as a hetroromantic asexual ever since. Just for reference the definition according to Dictionary.com is “a person who has no sexual feelings or desires”. This little revelation of mine was amazing yet absolutely terrifying and I’m still at odds with it all trying to figure things out for myself. I question it all the time but at the same time it’s nice to know I’m not the only one in the world who feels the way I do.
Embracing asexuality made me want to seek it out and learn more about it as well as find people and characters that identify with this too. As I started exploring this idea I realised it’s not really a hot topic with most forms of media. I’ve heard that characters like Sherlock are asexual which is great however, he isn’t the most relatable character in the world. I know there is asexual representation in Bojack Horseman but I’ve never seen it myself so that didn’t help either. After getting back into Voltron Legendary Defenders recently I have seen the headcanon that Pidge is asexual as well as non-binary which had myself jumping for joy. Finally a character for me to love and relate to within a popular series. Although there seems to be more and more awareness and representation cropping up over in the West I feel that on the anime scene is lacking in this department.
Whilst researching for this post I came across the fact that Izaya Orihara from Durarara is one of the few characters in anime to be confirmed asexual. I have also seen suggestions towards characters like Light Yagami from Death Note, Makoto Sunakawa from My Love Story, Umetaro Nozaki from Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun and Haruka Nanase from Free Iwatobi Swim Club being ace. Considering these characters and how they behave I do understand why people could suggest that idea. However, I feel that there is often a common theme of the characters being a little lacking in the emotions department. Characters like Nozaki and Haruka are often rather emotionless. I love them both dearly, but let’s be honest they are borderline robots most of the time. Light and Izaya show emotions but it’s often from being smug and pleased with themselves at whatever terrible things are happening around them. They never show affection for anyone or anything. The thing is being asexual doesn’t necessarily mean you are cold and emotionless and can’t show affection towards people. Love, affection and attraction comes in many forms besides sexual attraction. I love the idea of asexual representation being integrated into anime but I just don’t want a bunch of robot like characters to fill that role.
With this being said all I’m trying to get at is it would be great to have a canon asexual character in anime who shows a lot more emotion, affection and who even has a relationship. It would make for an interesting twist in a series as anime is often jam-packed with sexual content and references. My Love Story pulled off the sweet, fluffy romance route perfectly and it is something I’d love to see more of and I think that setting would work well with asexual representation. On a funnier note it would also be interesting to see asexual characters try to work their way through their life and sexuality in a sex crazy setting too. I would find that pretty entertaining and relatable since we do live in a sex crazy world ourselves.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this. I’m not sure if any of this makes sense. I just wanted to get this stream of consciousness out into the world. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous to post this. It’s a sensitive topic and I’m scared of screwing up and saying something to offend people. But hey-ho here it is, Nerdy’s weird thoughts and rambles of the day.
Let me know down below what your thoughts are. Is there anything you would love to see represented in anime that has yet to be touched on? I’d love to know your thoughts.
Until next time thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great day!
Keep up to date with me on:
All images are sourced from Google Images