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Posted 1/8/18 , edited 1/8/18
I think I know what you mean. In many series, I notice that the ratio between men and women is far from balanced. For every male lead, there's usually 2 or 3 girls that have the same importance to the series, and I'm not even talking about harem titles.

My take on it is that female leads (or supporting) give a good atmosphere to any series. Cute girls are the appeal for any occasion. It doesn't matter if it's a deep drama like March Comes in Like a Lion or some Cute-Girls-Doing-Cute-Things title. They bring the moe and happiness.

The only two genres that I think have more males are Shonen, and Yaoi.


But if you mean more series with female MC's, then no. Most anime out there have a male MC. I'm pretty sure about it.
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Male Protagonists are still the norm, but I do see a problem in anime in general (especially lately) of males "besides" the main protagonist basically just having a side role, while numerous female characters are the real stars.

This is mostly a problem in any kind of "romantic comedy" type setting, which seems particularly popular lately. It makes sense in that case.

If we're saying there's an issue with female characters being over-used, and male characters often being sidelined in many series lately, I think it just boils down to this happening largely in series where the female characters are used primarily for fan service or otherwise simply "because" they are female. In series with actually good writing, the gender ratio tends to be far more even in my experience - with the writer/creator of the series actually coming up with interesting characters regardless of their sex.

Re:Zero for example might appear to be a show with many more "prominent" female characters than male characters at first glance, yet that is more or less completely false. You have female characters such as Emilia, Ram, Rem, Crusch, Anastasia, Felt, and even more if you consider things outside of the anime. But then you've got male characters with just as much development and character such as Reinhard, Wilhelm, Julius, Otto, Ferris (ambiguous example, I suppose), and Roswaal. The parts past what the anime has covered continue this trend.

If you're watching a show that's meant to have fan service, expect female characters to be focused on. Main protagonists are still overwhelmingly male in decent shows lately, as well - so I find this is not even remotely an issue. If anything, I feel that more "serious" shows need good female protagonists. Psycho Pass is one of the only shows I can think of off the top of my head which I love which actually has a female protagonist, and while many shows I enjoy have female characters with a lot of importance to the plot (of course), few put them in the "main character" role.
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Not really. There are plenty of newer anime out there with male leads. Some of the most popular anime (e.g. shonen) have male protagonists. That being said, there's a lot of anime that have a male lead/ predominantly male cast that are aimed towards females and vice. versa.

I enjoy anime with either sex, honestly. I get that if a character is the same gender, it might be a lot easier to relate them, but if I relate to a character, it's usually due to their personality traits or experiences, not their gender.


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lI don 't think so looking at his season simutacts and returing shows with male protags we got Black Clover Dragonballz, Garo (he an adult for bonus points too!) Idolsih Overlord and Osoamu-san oh And Devilman Crybaby too.

I don't think male progas shows are going anywhere.
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Posted 1/9/18 , edited 1/10/18
So there are a lot of shows with female leads out there atm, but most of these shows are targeted at a male audience, sort of how lesbian porn is targeted at a male audience. You usually don’t have to worry about relating to them, because they aren’t representative of actual women, they are women that men would enjoy watching in stories that men would enjoy watching.
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Posted 1/9/18 , edited 1/10/18
Extinct? No. Hopefully is the equation becoming more balanced? I hope so. After years of seeing the same old tired male MC archetypes and female waifus over and over again, I welcome the chance to have more female MC's. Maybe it can help break certain sexist and outdated tropes/cliches, while bringing in new fresh routes/arcs and approaches.
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You know, my husband actually likes watching Female centric slice-of-life and romance and moe shows a lot more than I do. He ends up watching most of them without me since I prefer fantasy action/adventure. So... maybe learn to relate to girls a bit better? We're half the world's population you know.
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oxoDANTEoxo wrote:

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.


I'm going to say the same thing I would say if somene was bitching about too many male protags:

Does it really matter?

I mean male or female, I want to be told a good story and whether the character is male or female as long as they're someone I can identify or sympathize with, I'm going to probably enjoy the show.

Stop being so god damned hung up on people's genitals and just enjoy the damned shows!

(EDIT: male here, and totally psyched about new CCS after thoroughly enjoying the show as a young adult, LOVE Kino no tabi since th beginning, and waiting to savor season 4 of hellgirl.)
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Black Clover and Overlord II are recent series that just came out with Male protagonist.

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oxoDANTEoxo wrote:

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.


I'm going to say the same thing I would say if somene was bitching about too many male protags:

Does it really matter?

I mean male or female, I want to be told a good story and whether the character is male or female as long as they're someone I can identify or sympathize with, I'm going to probably enjoy the show.

Stop being so god damned hung up on people's genitals and just enjoy the damned shows!

(EDIT: male here, and totally psyched about new CCS after thoroughly enjoying the show as a young adult, LOVE Kino no tabi since th beginning, and waiting to savor season 4 of hellgirl.)


Thanks for agreeing with my opinion

AND YES, as long as the show is immensely attractive it really does not matter who is the MC because the story is soo much compelling that it takes spotlight to itself rather than making us worrying about who is the MC.

I think everyone want different things from anime like... Some of guys really look forward to see a cool, smart and popular Male MC (whom they can relate with) while some guys look forwards to see cute Female MC (whom they can call waifu ).. some of girls look forward to see a daredevil, sweet and one who can kick some a$$ Female MC (whom they can relate with) while some girls look forward to see charming Male MC (whom they can all husbando ).... But there are other who enjoy both!

So in the end.. as long as the story is really good and the every MC type get there fair share we will keep enjoying anime for sure.
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Posted 1/10/18 , edited 1/10/18
I know it isn't the proffered subject, but it was a main talking point of the original post, but is it necessary to identify with the protagonist to enjoy a show? This also seems to be a popular topic for video games.

I use forms of entertainment for escapism, not to try and compare myself to the characters. I leave it up to the writers to tell me the story they want to tell me, instead of telling me the story they think I want to hear. There are plenty of characters in shows and games who are nothing like me, but if the writers do a good job, I will be able to empathize with them. Empathy and caring about the characters is what matters the most. If anything, I find the characters in anime who are the most like me to be utterly boring.
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Posted 1/10/18 , edited 1/21/18
Increase of female protagonists=/=Disappearance of male protagonists.
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For anime, it has never bothered me and I have no problems immersing myself into shows with female protagonists. I hadnt even noticed or cared that there was alot. Unless its Reverse Harem or Romance, I cant enjoy those types. I think anime does a pretty good job developing characters and making them relate-able regardless of gender usually.

However, with video games it completely ruins my immersion to have a female lead, even with franchises that I thought I was a total fanboy for. For some reason, I just cant make myself get into it.
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However, with video games it completely ruins my immersion to have a female lead, even with franchises that I thought I was a total fanboy for. For some reason, I just cant make myself get into it.


Really? Horizon Zero Dawn and Rise of the Tomb Raider were the two best, most immersive games I played in 2017. I put around 200 hours into both collectively. I liked Uncharted The Lost Legacy, but in that one I think they tried too hard to push the "girl power" aspect.
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Posted 1/10/18 , edited 1/10/18

serifsansserif wrote:


oxoDANTEoxo wrote:

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.


I'm going to say the same thing I would say if somene was bitching about too many male protags:

Does it really matter?

I mean male or female, I want to be told a good story and whether the character is male or female as long as they're someone I can identify or sympathize with, I'm going to probably enjoy the show.

Stop being so god damned hung up on people's genitals and just enjoy the damned shows!

(EDIT: male here, and totally psyched about new CCS after thoroughly enjoying the show as a young adult, LOVE Kino no tabi since th beginning, and waiting to savor season 4 of hellgirl.)


Actually in this case it does matter. The reason is quite a few anime are created with the intent of being a form of escapism, especially for men. It's not so much about being able to relate to the main character, as much as it is being able to fit into the main character's shoes. For my point, each of those things is different.

Relating to the main character would mean you consider him his own person but are able to sympathize with his struggles, you can theoretically do this with a female character as well.

Putting yourself into the main character's shoes however, when you are a straight male, requires the main character to also be a straight male. You are essentially 'escaping' into this alternate universe, and you need a good vessel to carry your consciousness. The reason that there have been a lot of alternate world shows, is because it is very literally escapism. The story itself is about a male who leads a mundane life, where no one appreciates him, getting thrust into a world of adventure and magic where many people appreciate his worth. It's a perfect 1 to 1 connection with the reader.

As an example, Log Horizon is the ultimate escapism anime for me. Shiroe is nearly the perfect vessel for me to escape into. I subscribe to most of his philosophies, he has only a few very capable women who really desire him with the rest of the cast being a strong circle of friends with their own strengths and weaknesses, and the people in his life accept him for both his strengths and his weaknesses by filling his gaps.
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