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Posted 1/8/18 , edited 1/9/18
Hello Crunchyroll peeps,

First, I have been subscribed to Crunchyroll since 2014, so I've had my share in many anime shows. I've noticed a trend lately and a certain direction that anime as a whole is taking. Let me elaborate.....

(Let me just establish that this is my opinion. People have their own tastes and selection in anime, so I am all for that. I mean no ill-will or offense to people who like certain anime).

So, I've usually avoided shows that had mainly female characters or female protagonists simply because I don't relate to the opposite sex. There seems to be an override of anime series containing female protagonists. I don't think there's anything wrong with that nor does being a male or female make the story better or worse. I'll be a little sarcastic so spare me. I don't have periods, I don't have female genitals, I don't like men, etc. I'd rather have a male protagonist, since I am obviously the same sex, and I can relate to "him" on a personal level. I definitely think that genders have some different struggles/emotional cycles/thought processes. I prefer shows that have both genders too. Anyways.....

Hopefully I don't get my arse kicked too hard on the internet for bringing this up, but I just thought I should share my observation. So....Are male protagonist shows extinct?

Thanks for reading!

- Tim
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Posted 1/8/18 , edited 1/9/18
No, I definitely don't think they are. Some of the most popular shows out there still have either male leads or at least have male co-leads. Plus, I always feel that anime has had better cross gender representation in it's main cast members than Western media so I'm not really sure why you'd be personally noticing it more now unless you're specifically looking for it. It is true that the "cute female" character has taken on increased prominence in anime and manga in the recent past but when you're looking at leads there's still fairly often a male face there.

As for myself, I actually enjoy shows with female leads more than male leads for pretty much the same reasons you enjoy the opposite. I am a fairly normal straight male and have been so for a long time. I don't want to consume media that just reinforces that. I'd rather experience media that shows me different sides of things and different perspectives. Even when it's a male writing a female character it still brings a different perspective to me than it just being another piece of media with another male main character. (And, to add to that, in anime specifically, I usually can't stand the way most male MCs are written anyway so that doesn't help).
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Posted 1/8/18 , edited 1/9/18
I just finished watching inuyashiki and astroboy over on amazon, (cr being kinda broked) so no, they aren't extinct.

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Just looking in the current Crunchyroll line-up everything in continuing has a male protagonist (or some animal so idk). Magus Bride one could probably debate but I'd say both Chise and Elias are the protagonists.

In the new shows Junji Ito Collection, The Ryuo's Work is never done, School Babysitters, Record of Grancrest War, Basilisk, Idolish7, Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san, Sanrio Boys and Yowamushi Pedal all have male protagonists making up 9/20 of the shows. While sure it isn't the majority I wouldn't say that's nothing.
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Tbh, I totally get that what you want to say

Since most of the time when there is female protagonist we can't relate much with her specially when it comes to romantic or slice of life anime (but obviously there are some exception) and worst of all would say reverse harem

But rather than saying saying that Male protagonist anime are going extinct I would say Female protagonist anime are getting their fair share and gradually increasing in numbers making there way to top.
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Posted 1/8/18 , edited 1/9/18

Doublethree1 wrote:

Just looking in the current Crunchyroll line-up everything in continuing has a male protagonist (or some animal so idk). Magus Bride one could probably debate but I'd say both Chise and Elias are the protagonists.

In the new shows Junji Ito Collection, The Ryuo's Work is never done, School Babysitters, Record of Grancrest War, Basilisk, Idolish7, Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san, Sanrio Boys and Yowamushi Pedal all have male protagonists making up 9/20 of the shows. While sure it isn't the majority I wouldn't say that's nothing.


Lol, That's first thing I did
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Posted 1/8/18 , edited 1/9/18
Hey, StriderShinryu! Thanks for your reply!

I think your take on the matter is fantastic. I appreciate your opinion, and I think your right when you describe the media's take on gender roles and how the media portrays this to the audience. Also, I agree with you on how male MC lead roles can be poorly written. And yes, I have been noticing the female MC shows more now. The shows I look for have to do a lot with male MC roles, but that can change. Maybe instead of limiting what I watch, I should expand my selection and watch series with female MC roles. Your view does sway me a bit.

Again, thanks for writing me! I'm always happy when people share their opinions or simply when they reply to me!

- Tim
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Hey, StriderShinryu! Thanks for your reply!

I think your take on the matter is fantastic. I appreciate your opinion, and I think your right when you describe the media's take on gender roles and how the media portrays this to the audience. Also, I agree with you on how male MC lead roles can be poorly written sometimes. And yes, I have been noticing the female MC shows more now. And you are correct, they have always been there. The shows I look for have to do a lot with male MC roles, but that can change. Maybe instead of limiting what I watch, I should expand my selection and watch series with female MC roles. I think all that matters to me is how well the storyline is written, and I think I assume the story will be written poorly based on it having female lead roles. Your view does sway me a bit.

Again, thanks for writing me! I'm always happy when people share their opinions or simply when they reply to me!

- Tim
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Posted 1/8/18 , edited 1/9/18
...No. There are a lot of anime with female protags but they are far, far outnumbered by ones with a male protag lol. Parasyte, Re Zero, Log Horizon, fate anything, gintama, black clover, my hero, erased, oregairu, black clover, overlord, inuyashiki like serif said, .... I could go on and on and on and on.

Just like what Dante said, I get where you're coming from, but there is so much male dominated anime to watch. From the beginning of anime to now, there is more male dominated anime than you could watch in a lifetime lol.
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Wow! Okay, so Crunchyroll is overloaded. It's running terribly slow, and I can't reply to anyone. This is so frustrating. I apparently replied twice even though it said the first reply didn't go through. I had to rewrite my response to StriderShinryu. Sorry. I'll try to reply to everyone tomorrow I guess lol. I like to respond thoughtfully to people
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I think it's good to have a different kind of cast to show how it is for opposite gender in anime or the media. I have no problem with main characters of being either gender as long as they are good characters. But simply find that the characters of a lot of anime are just basic archetype and it's repeating over and over and that is annoying to me.

You have the basic RPG hero or manga protagonist that is fairly normal in everything and works hard to achieve his goal with his friends. I think it has been overdone in anime as well. The same with the female happy-go lucky type. They will be mostly cute or moe. It's more interesting when you got a tsundere or anything different. I don't mind the cute or sexy type. But I want more then just that. But even me is falling in those because I love cute go happy girls. The gyaru type like Yuzu Aihara.

I think the last male character I liked that weren't annoying at all in an anime was Keisei Tagemi in Shikabane Hime, I like funny characters, that's why I liked the stupid Naruto over other annoying male characters like Eren Yeager in Attack On Titan (I really despise him, I want him to die because he's an angry scum that is doing things without thinking and is not funny at all) or that douche in Tokyo Ghoul that I forget the names. I really prefer their female co-stars. In Shikabane Hime too, Ouri is really a bad annoying chararcters and I stayed on the show for the others characters. For me the real star is Makina Hoshimura and she's not the happy go lucky type of character :)

My opinion is there should shows for everyone, they should just try to be original and stop doing the same archetype over and over.
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Posted 1/8/18 , edited 1/9/18
No.
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Haven't seen it. but haven't been looking for it. I'm usually looking for a female lead or co-lead or decent supporting cast. I don't find those hard to find.
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Posted 1/8/18 , edited 1/10/18
Not at all. Just look for any anime based off isekai light novel setting. Those are usually male protag.
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Posted 1/8/18 , edited 1/9/18
No. Just look at CR's current simulcast list; male protagonists are abundant. There will not be an "extinction," though we have seen an increase of female leads. The anime industry reacts to many factors, from an increase in female viewers, to viewers reacting positively to female leads.
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