Hi I am Nitori
And I am a Gay.
I’m actually a crossdresser and not really homosexual but who the fuck cares about the difference.
Lol. You only have a psychological deficiency.
*disclaimer: Doi never actually said that.
I was with my family on the dinner table one late evening. We were talking, laughing, and having fun like we usually do on evenings. Suddenly my grandma brings up a topic about some dude name BB Gandang Hari and all of a sudden the tables turned. I can still recall the exact words of my dad.
“ A family with homosexuals is wrong. It’s not right. Those baklas and tombois probably only have psychological defects. Look at our society now, idolizing *insert gay actor/actress* wanting to be like them. My gosh, how do they even let this people on TV.”
My dad is an intellectual with amazing opinions on different topics that I agree at some points. But I still cannot believe how the hell those words came out of his mouth. My dad almost always made it clear on his slight bias/hatred towards homosexuals but those words just hurt even to someone who’s not even gay.
So after dinner, I pseudo reflected on myself. I thought to myself, WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD. Then it kicked in my head. That was what’s wrong. The world is fucking wrong. I live in the Philippines and while homosexuality is probably slightly more accepted in this country than others, it is almost always taken as a joke. In Filipino movies, the gay flambouyant best friend of the girl is always a static character that does nothing but . . . well . . . be gay. And it’s supposed to be funny. Everyone laughs. Haha it’s gay. NO SHIT. I thought to myself, WHY IS THE WORLD SO PREJUDICED.
I even recall a moment in my Philosophy class when someone brought up a question about Homosexuality. My Philosophy teacher, who like my dad has a lot of very intellectual things to say in so many topics only says “Gays should not get married. It’s wrong. It’s awkward.” I thought to myself, If a genius like this only thinks about homosexuality in such a terrible way like this, what about the rest of of my country?
This is where Hourou Musuko comes in. In anime, homosexuality is only ever tackled in bishounen/yaoi stuff with a lot of insensitivity to the topic and all dominations and shit. Of course there are many exceptions to this rule but SERIOUSLY, gayness in anime/manga is almost always only tackled by fujoshis. Then I remember this little gem that aired in Winter 2011. Hourou Musuko.
I remember mentioning how I’ve never seen an anime deal with problems with the LGBT community in such a way that it’s subtle, inoffensive, yet sends out a really beautiful message. I still recall the time where Nitori goes to school in a girls uniform and everyone shunned him. While in reality, I will probably those people that would shun crossdresseres, I suddenly realized the seriousness of society’s problems. The double-standards (In Hourou Musuko, not many people cared when Takatsuki came in boys clothes). Homosexuality will always be treated as a joke in the Philippines just as much as middle school crossdressers will never be accepted in Japan (Well I personally think the situation in the Philippines is a lot worse. +there’s a nice for traps in Japan loljk). Well of course being gay is much more prominent than crossdressing but that’s beside the point.
I am now proud that such a series was produced. I really think Hourou Musuko should be known to many people so their eyes would open. I doubt that they will but I really think a show like these can make people more aware of situations they think are only “deficiencies”.
Part of making this post was just me ranting on some stuff I got pissed about but really, everyone should watch Hourou Musuko.