As she commands her mecha armies from her voice-activated makeup compact…
March. Where to begin? A lot of stuff happened in March as anime was gearing up for both the spring television and convention seasons. But March also witnessed one of the oddest phenomenons (fetishes) to come out of anime fandom.
March 2008 – The Genderbending of Haruhi Suzumiya
What seemed like a simple idea turned into quite the fandom as fanart of the popular Haruhi Suzumiya franchise appeared with a twist. The fanart displayed the cast with their gender switched which was often centered around female version of main character, Kyon. The fandom expanded quite quickly and various other fandom mediums received the gender twist. New fanart, fanstories and even modifications of existing scenes with modified characters and voices had its worlds turned upside-down. Other franchises could not avoid this phenomenon as the idea spread to Clannad, Code Geass and Macross Frontier where sometimes it would produce one or two questionable results.
I considered this to have more a story during this month than other lasting news stories. Partially because I have a slight bias towards any story which stays as the most visited blog post since the start of my blog. But also because sudden appearance of the concept. Looking back at this, it’s quite impressive as to how all this fandom centers around a very fantasized version of the original characters. And it definitely seems like you can’t go too wrong with this concept. So what is the next version of this fad? How about a harem version of Vampire Knight?… or not…
Other March 2008 moments:
- Gonzo and Crunchyroll together as the odd couple. Officially begins the first legit simultaneous anime broadcast/online system.
- Anime Boston posts nine hour registration wait times and apologizes. Another simple reminder that experience does not imply infallibility.