As you may or may not have heard, depending on your awareness of manga/anime, there was a bit of a surprising “coming out” for a rather loathed character in a popular Manga and anime series called “My Hero Academia”. Regular readers will know of my fondness for this particular franchise, being one of the few animes that I follow religiously, and the fewer still of which I have read the manga for, such is my adoration for this I.P.(It has only grown since then!)
But (like most fans) there is one character in the series that I absolutely loathe, it’s not one of the murderous, yet charismatic villains of which there are many, and it’s not one of the heroes with a history of dishing out emotional and physical abuse. No, it is one of the “Hero” students, “Minoru Mineta” a cowardly, sleazy, misogynist sex pest, with a sexual harassment suit in his not too distant future. And this is the character that has supposedly come out as bi-sexual, understandably upsetting fans.(He…he just sucks okay? Like he really sucks!)
Now, it’s not the fact that Mineta could be bi-sexual that has fans irked, I think the vast majority of fans (myself included) would love to see a bit more LGBTQ representation in “My Hero Academia” No, it’s the fact that if indeed it is “Mineta” coming out (which is up for debate as some people think it’s a mistranslation or a Platonic declaration), choosing him to represent the LGBTQ community out of the dozens upon dozens of far more interesting and let’s face it, less disgusting characters, seems a bit of a dick move.(I know who I’d Choose…)
If that is the case and “Mineta” has indeed come out as bi-sexual then yes, it is absolutely a “Richard Re-Location”, as it means we can look forward to him, not only harassing women but any human being with a heartbeat. But what if he’s not coming out as bi-sexual? What if he is coming out as a gay? That would be far better and could go a long way to improving the character over all. You look confused, let me explain.
If “Mineta” is and always has been gay, it could explain his shitty misogynistic behaviour, it certainly doesn’t excuse it, but it might go some way to explain why in a school full of hard-working, respectful and caring people he seems to be the only sexist creep. What if “Mineta” has been doing what some closeted gay men have been known to do and is overcompensating. What if all this time he has been hitting on, harassing and reducing ever interaction with the opposite sex to a crude come on, in an attempt to throw people off, hiding his true feelings. Not only would it be possible to redeem him but it would make “Mineta” a far more interesting character, because creepiness aside there’s not a lot going on.
If this is the case then the character can move forward knowing he no longer has to hide who he is and could become a more respectful person and a better hero and I won’t have to cringe every time the sad twat makes an appearance. But that’s probably wishful thinking on my part and only time will tell, fingers crossed.
Well, that’s why I think Mineta being gay would be a good thing. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below. Also don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel and if you’re feeling generous feel free to donate to our Patreon, thanks for reading.