Today is the day I usually write about my hot boys. And I will do that. But first I have something else I would like to talk about. Something that my hot boys post actually is the reason for. One of my choices for that post was a person from the anime (manga/novel) No. 6. A person called Inukashi.
Inukashi is a really tough individual with a lot of skin on their nose who cares most about their dogs and doesn’t really trust people. They make a living out of lending out their dogs to homeless people for warmth in exchange for money and food, and other things. Life outside of the walls of the city that is No. 6 is hard. Anyway, Inukashi lives a decent life despite the despair.
I like Inukashi even though they are just a supporting character they are very present and play an important role in certain events in the anime. And with all my boys in the Hot Boys Challenge I do some research before I write my posts. So, I did the same with Inukashi. Maybe I shouldn’t have. Or maybe it was a good thing I did.
People are obsessed with gender. It’s nothing new obviously but I cannot fathom the importance people give to knowing what gender a character in an anime has. The internet is riddled with discussions about Inukashi’s gender. Everyone wants to know. Long threads on Reddit and Facebook and Twitter and you name it are filled with speculations and pure character break downs in a try to determine what gender Inukashi actually is.
The thing with Inukashi is that they never once mention if they are a girl or a boy. There is only one inclination in the novel about wether or not they might have breasts but it is very ambigous. Inukashi is a petit, slender person with long, dark hair who can easily be mistaken for a girl when you see them. Most people, according to the discussions, take them for a girl based on that. A lot of people take the fact that Inukashi is flat chested for evidence that they are a boy. Such a ridiculous evidence. I have a friend who is tall, have no curves and is as flat chested as a man and she is very much a girl. These people would most likely think she is a man.
The discussions go both high and low and are extremely heated at times. People are calling each other names. They are talking about how the voice actor is a woman and that is enough evidence that they are female. (and then someone mentioned how Naruto’s voice actor is a woman too and I couldn’t help but laugh) Then someone finally says: They are non-binary.
Well, we all know people’s thoughts about non-binary persons. A lot of people don’t accepts us and I guess it is what it is. But the comment from only that one person in all those discussions made me a little bit warmer on the inside. Perhaps they were non-binary too, I don’t know, but they pointed out the important part about the character that is Inukashi. The fact that they are not identifying as either a boy or a girl. Because in the end that’s what it is all about. Representation.
I have written about this subject before in They/Them – It’s Important.