so okay i just need to make a post about this new anime i started watching, Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru
it’s a magical girl anime, and one of the main characters is disabled
Togo was in an accident when she was little and hasn’t been able to move or feel her legs since. of course, i fucking lost my shit at a main character in an anime this season being disabled, but i was kind of curious and apprehensive about how they were going to handle her disability when she transforms.
see those ribbons? togo isn’t magically healed when she transformed, making her disability just something to make her unique when she’s a human. no, those ribbons are how she moves. her legs still don’t work, but the ribbons on her costume get her around and maneuver her so she can fight just as good as the other girls.
I AM SO. FUCKING. HAPPY.
DISABLED REPRESENTATION MATTERS.
As someone who’s actually watched the episode in question, I like that they just completely gloss over the fact that her transformation is creepy and fetishistic as hell.
First off, she’s sitting on the floor, and then tentacles just come out of nowhere to grab her arms and legs so she’s spread-eagled. Then some tentacles wrap tightly around her boobs, which is obviously meant to show off how busty she is. (She has the largest bust out of all the cast so that needs to be concentrated on, apparently) Then right after she transforms, there’s this really long, lingering shot of just her bust.
It’s so jarring because her transformation sequence is the most sexualized out of all the other girls—in fact, none of the other girls have transformations that are even in any way fanservicey. (well, Yuna’s does focus on her butt, but at least she’s wearing shorts so it’s not a blatant panty-shot) I also dislike how it focuses so much on her disability (re, the scene where she’s sitting on the floor looking helpless)
So while I do think it’s nice that her magical girl transformation doesn’t magically fix her legs, I don’t know if having her transform via TENTACLES is really… the best form of representation. It doesn’t help that tentacles are generally associated with porn and the like.
Alright, ive watched the first two episodes now, and I stand by what I said in my first reblog and second what awwishfulthinking says. That transformation sequence was just plain gross and incredibly disappointing treatment of what could have been a really interesting character.
That and…even though I tried to watch the show without comparing it to Madoka…..this show sure does want to be Madoka. Like…to the extent that it borders on being a ripoff in places. Theres just way too many similarities.
It was surprisingly well animated though, and im willing to give it another episode just to see if its going to try anything different…that and gross fetishization aside, Togo isnt a bad character.