This post was written in response to the Orlando shooting in which 50 people were murdered and 53 were left in critical condition. As I stated in an earlier tweet, I find it utterly DISGUSTING to hurt innocent people just for being themselves. In honor of those affected by the incident and LGBT month, here’s a list to cheer you guys up and promote LGBT awareness.
Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune (Haruka and Michiru) – Sailor Moon
Although their relationship was censored in the dub, these two were some of the first mainstream lesbian heroes in anime. This couple inspired many directors and writers to further explore “queer” themes in anime.
Ryouma and Izumi – Love Stage!!
At first glance, one might think that this romance is an ordinary boy-girl relationship. Nope. The “girl” on the right is actually a guy. Despite the fact that they are both guys and that his significant other occasionally dresses as a girl, Ryouma still finds himself in love with Izumi. Ryouma and Izumi’s relationship is inspirational because it not only portrays a homosexual relationship, but also one with themes of transexuality.
Utena and Anthy – Revolutionary Girl Utena
These two characters (and pretty much every other character in their show) defy expectations of being heterosexual. The romance between Utena and Anthy sends the message that “Prince Charming” doesn’t necessarily have to be a guy.
Shinji and Kaworu – Neon Genesis Evangelion
This couple is one of the most popular of its kind in the sci-fi genre of anime. Although Kaworu only appeared in one episode, boy did he make an impression. These two are absolutely inspirational because they inspired other writers to further expand upon the idea of homosexuality in sci-fi anime.
Ranka and Kotoko – Ouran High School Host Club
Although their relationship is barely touched upon in the anime, the romance between Ranka and Kotoko is truly inspirational. In the series, Ranka was described as a transvestite. Despite this, Kotoko loved him and supported his lifestyle. They even had a kid together (our lovely little Haruhi-chan). Their relationship shows themes about loving people for who they are.
Korra and Asami – The Legend of Korra
Okay, so The Legend of Korra may or may not be anime. It’s debatable. Whatever. However, I thought this couple still deserved a shoutout. Similar to Sailor Moon, this show was one of the first mainstream “children’s” shows to portray themes of homosexuality between girls. Because of this, Korra and Asami are definitely inspirational.
Toya and Yukito – Cardcaptor Sakura
CLAMP is known for their yaoi couples (and doujinshi) so this couple really shouldn’t be a surprise to you guys. Toya and Yukito are inspirational and their romance portrays open sexuality in the fantasy genre of anime.
And A Very Honorable Mention…
Pico and all of his “friends” – Boku no Pico
I know, I’m terrible. But technically, this relationship is somewhat inspiring. Pico’s openness about his sexuality is certainly admirable, along with his courage to be a transvestite. Pico and his sexual adventures (yes, that’s what we’re calling it) send the message that people should be unafraid to love anyone, regardless of gender, sexuality, or lifestyle. Apparently, age isn’t a problem either. Ugh.
Let’s just forget about this one…