One piece gay ships and cute

Yeah that’s right, we’re going there. A series as longrunning and wide in scale as One Piece has dipped its toes inkhổng lồ plenty of pondsthat there are a thous& different perspectives to lớn look at it from, in today’scase we’re going khổng lồ look at it in terms of its portrayal of LGBT+ folk. Being atín đồ of the series for the better half of my life & being a queer person meansthat I have developed plenty of opinions on the series on this subject matter,và with recent developments means this is an igiảm giá khuyến mãi time khổng lồ discuss this seriesthrough the lens of Queer Theory.

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Let us begin with the first technically open Queer characterin the series và the hot button topic that is Bon Clay AKA Mr 2. I say technicallyopen because upon a reread at no point is his sexuality officially stated inthe series. Now this isn’t unusual seeing as sexuality, romance và everythingin that field have sầu never been a specific focus for the series, to lớn the pointwhere the series didn’t have sầu its first kiss until nearly 900 chapters in, andeven then that was off-panel. That doesn’t stop the evidence from piling up,his fighting style is called ‘Okama Kenpo’ (Okama being a Japanese term for homosexual),& then there is of course the over-abundance of Queer Coding going on withthe…everything in his thiết kế. Thus comes the first major criticism with the wayseries creator Eiichiro Oda represents queer people, the heavy reliance onstereotyping, including dressing in drag, perverted personalities, & beingrather over the top và disrespecting personal boundaries, which sadly is thetypical portrayal of gay men in a lot of Japanese truyền thông, the idea of gay menbeing aggressors, looking khổng lồ forcefully “convert” the straight men they findattractive sầu. Now, Bon Clay himself isn’t necessarily a precursor for thesestereotypes, but many more would go on to fill this role, particularly those of‘Okama Land’ who vì in fact fulfil these harmful portrayals.
That being said, depending on who you ask, Bon Clay couldarguably be considered a strong representation of a gay character. Like I said,his sexuality is never outright discussed in the series, & no one ever berateshyên ổn for the way he dresses or behaves. There is always a debate amongst people overwhat qualifies as good representation of gay characters in stories that aren’texclusively about their sexuality, how much of a role should their sexualityplay? Should they be a character who just happens lớn be gay or should it actsomehow as a defining feature? While there is no question on Bon Clay’ssexuality, it is yet to play an actual role in the story, but that doesn’t meanhe’s lacking in depth. Bon Clay is a character introduced as a villain but with an energetic and positive attitude khổng lồ the point where he actually develops a svào friendship with our protagonists that he ends up sacrificing himself for our protagonist Luffy in one of the most heartbreaking scenes. His sense of loyalty and steadfast dedication to protect those he cares about, overcoming his fears and fighting with a chất lượng form of martial arts is arguably his most defining characteristics over his sexuality. He’s a character with a cool fighting style, a welldefined personality & strong relationships built without his identity as a gayman even mattering, yet at the same time it’s clearly not a feature about himthat’s hidden và he’s very proud of the fact.
Upon rereading the Alabasta arc for this blog I also noticedearly on there is discussion of Bon Clay saying he is neither man nor woman, heis both and neither at the same time. This is used as the explanation to why he’sthe only member of his organisation that doesn’t have sầu a partner. Now is this confirmationthat the character is Gender Fluid or Non-Binary or something else along thoselines? I doubt it, I believe sầu this is either a mistranslation by Viz Media or isOda writing something not understanding the implications, again falling bachồng onthe clichés of gay men identifying more as feminine simply because they are gay.Though Oda’s reliance on these tropes would only become worse with the nextbatch of queer characters, that being Ivankov & Momoiro L&, also known as KamabakkaŌkoku, which translates to lớn “full of transvestites”…*sigh*

Ivankov và his team are arguably the most controversialcharacter amongst this discussion, as not only vì they represent the morenegative sầu aspects of Bon Clay but far more heightened, emphasizing theperversion, ugliness and creep factors often associated with this negativestereotyping, but in terms of gender identity things go so much farther in theworld of uncomfortable. Ivankov has the ability lớn alter people on a geneticlevel, specifically change their hormones, and he uses this ability to lớn alterpeople’s bodies, for the most part he only uses it on his allies who wish tochange their sex khổng lồ whatever their preference is, however there is at least oneconfirmed usage where he uses it on someone against their will và forcefullychanges their sex from male to lớn female. In terms of Queer Theory this is whatwould be called a ‘Big fucking mess’.

Much like Bon Clay, there is also plenty more to lớn Ivankovoutside of their sexuality và gender identity, they have sầu interesting powers, contributelớn the story, have sầu well defined relationships amongst a variety of characters& they are never judged for their identity. It is also worth noting Oda"s reasoning for including Ivankov in the first place. Bon Clay"s voice actorKazuki Yao once took Odomain authority to a crossdressing bar filled with drag queens & Odomain authority was such a big bạn that he based the character off real life drag queenNorio Imamura, who would eventually go on to lớn play the role in the anime. Unfortunately there are stillquite a few red flags being flown with this character và his gang in terms ofrepresentation, they highlight the worst tropes that could be used to representqueer characters that some would say there’s no coming baông chồng from this, they dugtheir grave, and for many this could be the single defining element thatprevents them from wanting khổng lồ get inlớn One Piece, và ya know what? I can’tblame them. Oda"s choices with these characters does not come from a place of mallace, but admiration, và this was his genuine attempt at positive representation. This doesn"t excuse hyên for his errors, but I also think it is worth noting & hopefully it was this exact criticism he recieved that went on khổng lồ influence his next major attempt.

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What convinced me khổng lồ discuss this subject matter now is theintroduction of a very distinct character for One Piece, và that would be O-Kiku,aka Kikunojo of the Lingering Snow, One Piece’s first transgender character. Kikuis a samurai and one of the Nine Red Scabbards, 9 of the greademo warriors inthe l& of Wano. What makes Kiku such an interesting character for many peopleespecially in terms of representation is simply how she goes against conventionfor Oda’s usual representation. Physically she’s not exaggerated at all in herappearance và her gender identity was actually addressed by the characters, itwas only in a single panel of Chopper saying “You’re a man?” và Kiku responds “Thisone is a woman at heart” & that was the over of any kind of questioning in heridentity, they accepted it & moved on. She highlights all of the bestelements of the Queer characters before but with none of the negativestereotyping that held the others back, arguably making her the best portrayal sofar.

That being said, there’s a reason why I’m discussing thischaracter now rather than waiting for the end of the story arc when we’ll havea full picture of her as a character, and that is because in case you can’ttell, every other queer character comes with a “but”, something holding thembaông xã or a negative aspect that makes them relatively harmful. Though many of uswelcomed Kiku with open arms và praised Odomain authority for introducing the character, và we can only hope this is an example of his growth as a person from Ivankov to lớn Kiku, weare all waiting for that ‘but’, for something about Kiku or someone’s reactionto lớn Kiku lớn make us all groan & feel uncomfortable. The current frontrunner isSanji being disgusted and freaking out, as he has a history of doing so.
Speaking of Sanji, this brings me to the final topic of discussionwhen it comes khổng lồ One Piece và Queer Theory, and that would be Head-canons. Fantheories, desires or even clues from Oda himself lớn suggest at other characterssexualities & who could potentially identify as something other thanheterosexual. Now granted One Piece hasa huge fanbase và probably every character has had their sexuality questionedby someone at some point, especially considering most character don’t havetheir sexuality even hinted at which leaves a whole lot of room for people toinsert whatever preference they would like in there, so we’re going lớn leavethis khổng lồ just some of the bigger head-canons và my perspective sầu on them.
Sanji has always been an interesting one to analyse underthis lens because he’s one of the few characters that has a definitive sầu attractionto lớn one or more genders, seeing as one of his defining personality traits is thathe is in love with most women and constantly lusts after them, to the point ofgrvà perversion that really holds the character back for a lot of people. Evenmore so than that is the fact he is clearly homophobic, as his time withIvankov & teo would lay evident, the thought of Queer men disgusts hlặng - whichmakes it really awkward that I consider hyên ổn my second favourite character inthe series - but even this hasn’t stopped hyên from having người theories madeabout hyên ổn that he is actually Bisexual và his outward homophobia is in reality internalised self-hatred over his own sexual identity. This personally is not atheory I’m a tín đồ of as the idea of homophobia being active denial over ones ownpersonal sexuality I find to be a cheap plot device, also people suggest that Sanji& Zoro secretly have sầu feelings for each other that they disguise as hatred isalso a cheap plot device. The two of them having a legitimate hatred for each other but also a respect & understanding of one another that they still work well as a team is a far more interesting dynamic than just primary school ngắn gọn xúc tích of bullying your crush. Then there is Nami who many view as a Lesbian withthe main portion of evidence being her clear lack of interest in men andpreference to be in the company of women as she is far more comfortable, honestand happy lớn be amongst them, but really isn’t that just how most people work?Have sầu you ever met men? We suông xã.

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Finally there is Luffy, who by far has the most evidence tosuggest this head-canon is actually canon, & would also be the mostinteresting if it would finally be confirmed.Many view Luffy as asexual andthere is plenty khổng lồ baông xã this up, for one would be the actual words from Odahimself who has said that the idea of relationships completely disinterests Luffy& he has never shown any open attraction khổng lồ anyone, in fact it’s been used asan actual plot device. The character of Boa Hancochồng is supposedly the mostattractive sầu woman in the world to lớn the point where literally everyone isattracted to her, man, woman, animal…except for Monkey D Luffy. At one pointLuffy describes Alvida as “A beautiful woman” but Odomain authority expanded on this bysaying that while Luffy acknowledges what beauty is, it’s not something thatmatters lớn him, so when he describes someone as beautiful, it’s more along thelines of hyên stating a fact rather than paying a compliment. Again, this is acase where it comes with a ‘But, that being the old cliché that asexualcharacters are often portrayed as idiots & it implies they are simply toostupid to be attracted to lớn people, and stupid is definitely one of Luffy’sdefining characteristics. Even with that being the case, if this were toactually be confirmed, Luffy would be the most popular character in fiction torepresent asexuals, and considering how well written of a character he is I’dhope most people would see this as a positive thing, but obviously that comesdown lớn personal preference, almost every character discussed here could easilybe seen as either a positive sầu or negative representation (Some more so thanothers).
In conclusion, representation within the One Piece world maynot be vast, but what is there is incredibly loaded in discussion, in both thepositives & the negatives, however it is great to lớn see the portrayal of queercharacters has only gotten more positive as the series has gotten older & wecan only hope it continues in this direction, so what I’m trying to lớn say isthis: Oda, please don’t fuông chồng up Kiku?

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