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Feb 13, 2016 1:29 PM

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When did I say anything about expecting a character to act aggressively?
All I said was that I wish there wasn't two extremes - super weak and wimp, or perfectly OP Gary Stu.

As for the rest - citing a few shows here and there doesn't prove your massive generalisation.


This season we have, Bubuki Buranki's protagonist who stands up for himself
We have Luck And Logic's protagonist who's capable and stands up for himself.
We have shoujou tachi's protagonist who is socially competent and stands up for himself.
We have Grimgar's protagonist who has confidence issues but doesn't get pushed around either.
We have Gundam's protagonists who are all badasses.
We have Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi and he's a socially competent individual who doesn't get pushed around.
We have Dimension W's protagonist who doesn't get pushed around.
We have Active Raid where the girl wants to be taken seriously but get pushed around by her seniors instead. The lead male is pretty aggressive in that one.
We have Ao No Kanata's protagonist and he doesn't get pushed around.
Ajin's protagonist doesn't get pushed around by girls.

This season we have Kazuma from Kono Suba.

I don't see where you're coming from. This is just this season too.


Bear in mind the date this thread was made lol. My comment is in regards to the OP's particular qualm; nothing to do with this season. I'm quite happy with Winter 2016.
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Feb 13, 2016 1:30 PM

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Why did a 4 year old thread get revived?
 
Feb 13, 2016 1:32 PM

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Kreion said:
ItsMaz said:


When did I say anything about expecting a character to act aggressively?
All I said was that I wish there wasn't two extremes - super weak and wimp, or perfectly OP Gary Stu.

As for the rest - citing a few shows here and there doesn't prove your massive generalisation.


But most characters aren't 'super weak and wimp' - sure there are some but not a massive amount, maybe you should stop generalizing...Or list me off every series so I can take your point seriously.

Seriously - I am not going to list off every SoL series which is unrealistic, every one which is 'realistic' and then compare them. More realistic series generally aren't SoL: drama, josei and shoujo are often some of the more realistic series. Now before you say "I never said realistic, I was talking about exaggeration" they're directly linked as art style and subject matter are usually linked too (not always admittedly). SoL lends itself to exaggeration and over-the-top art and settings because it doesn't require a continuous plot, I don't need you to agree with me on this by the way - it's just common sense.


Even your slice of life shows don't have wimp protagonists though.

If it's an all-girls show then, whatever, I'm guessing this isn't what you want to talk about.
If it's a mix-gendered slice of life, you have shows like Seitokai No Ichizon who's protagonist isn't a pushover.
AnoHana, Sket Dance...

Honestly, the hyper wimp is a rarety. The character who gets mauled by the girls for no reason only exists in super old shows like Love Hina and Negima.
 
Feb 13, 2016 1:33 PM

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Milk_is_Special said:
Why did a 4 year old thread get revived?

This was a necro XD

Now I feel dumb. hahaha.
 
Feb 13, 2016 1:45 PM

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I hate wimpy male characters just like I hate wimpy males in real life, but this "strong female character" crap gets on my nerves even more. Frankly a lot of the "strong" female characters that are paired with the wimpy males are just outright bitchy (or yandere unstable) if you get down to it. Why can't both of them be kind (or at least not jerks) and capable? That would be a story I'd be interested in. You know. Where I could root for both protagonists.
 
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I think the trend in heroes is actually different. The trend I've noticed is strong female characters matched up with an absolutely godlike male MC who is so powerful he makes the females look weak in comparison.

See: every magic high school battle harem LN
 
Feb 14, 2016 12:26 AM

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KaoruMatsuoka said:
I think the trend in heroes is actually different. The trend I've noticed is strong female characters matched up with an absolutely godlike male MC who is so powerful he makes the females look weak in comparison.

See: every magic high school battle harem LN


It's an odd evolution - macho dudes like JoJo --> Silly heroes like Naruto/Luffy -->Wimpy males (Shinji, Yukki, Ganta) --> cute OP dudes with bland design like Kirito.
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