Richie Ramos (gaijin@i-manila.com.ph)
Thu, 10 Jun 1999 04:59:49 +0800


>>Richie Ramos wrote:
>>
>>> Could be worse...seen Escaflowne? Dilandau and his
DragonSlayers?
>>yikers.
>>>
>>
>>Huh, I wouldn't want to spoil you Escaflowne but I guess you haven't
>>seen the whole series, have you? Because if you did, you wouldn't say
>>that!
> I must admit, the first time I saw Dilandau, my first thought
>was is that a he, she, or what?! Later events help settle that, but
>still... Of course, characters of ambiguous sexuality aren't exactly
>uncommon in anime - just to pick one of many possible examples, I
>believe the US (and German) version of Sailor has at least one character
>who has changed gender from male to female so as not to offend anyone
>with their antics/appearance...
> I came across an interesting theory about why these characters
>are so popular in Japan the other day... I'm not exactly sure how to put
>this politely, lets just say that at certain times in Japanese history,
>samurai were not quite as, er, manly, as legend would have us believe...

        Actually, they were much like ancient arabian nobles in that sense...a
wife, a mistress and a young boy.

"Magic is the hand of faith..."

Richard Ramos
Svengali, Artificer and Spellcrafter
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