Whiny men in anime?
September 1, 2012 12:15 AM Subscribe
Why are there so many whiny supporting male characters in anime?
posted by DisreputableDog to Society & Culture (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was watching Claymore when I realized this wasn't the first time I've seen the whining male sidekick to what is usually a strong female lead.
He reminisces on good times and bad, he continually asks "why?" and "why not?" like a child, he screams her name from afar, he begs for the heroine not to kill _character_ when he's a newcomer to an already set situation, he blubbers and bitches and whimpers, and he cries ALL THE TIME.
This isn't always reserved for a male sidekick who's a young kid either. Often, the sidekick goes through some sort of personal growth and STILL ends up sobbing or screaming or snapping at the end of the show.
I know I've seen tons more such sidekicks than just in Claymore, but I can't think of the shows now of course.
Contrast this with Mugen and Jin from "Samurai Champloo" and Ashitaka from "Princess Mononoke", both shows which paired strong female leads but kept equally strong male characters.
Is this some sort of Japanese male's fantasy or what? I just don't understand why it's so common since it sometimes seems to end up ruining the show.