Genderswapping is an amusing gimmick artists often partake in, the most popular of all being The Genderbending of Haruhi Suzumiya. Asides from the original laughs you get from the images, how often do you stop to think how the dynamics of the show in question would change. We would get a hot and haughty male lead who strips in front of girls and a sarcastic girl who provides constant narration in a downtrodden tone. Suddenly you’re staring at a total change of fan reactions to the show. Gender means a lot more than you might originally think. To prove my point, lets look at a bunch of genderswapped images.
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This image is what spawned the idea for this post. Swap the genders around and you have a girl who keeps coming back to an abusive boyfriend. A women who’s wounds heal up quickly? Why, it’s a wife-beaters dream! Now toss out the fact that she’s attacked by a jealous homosexual and your staring at something that probably wouldn’t be allowed to air on TV. And yet you could see fangirls fawning over male Senjogahara with the men crying in disbelief over the fact that women have yet again fallen for the worst possible man in existence.
My personal favourite is the Code Geass genderswap. Lelouch never quite gave off that prince vibe that he probably should have done. On the other hand, a stuck-up rejected princess suddenly suits the guy a lot more. The prospect of Luluko (the fan-name given to female Lelouch, this also being a popular show to genderswap) being the new figure to overthrown Britannia while dressed up in that figure-hugging Zero outfit is fantastic, mainly because instead of the stereotypical warrior princess we get a wimpy princess who uses her cunning and charisma to get by. Male C.C is amusing too because he acts like a Knight in Shining Armour on several occasions and you could just imagine the squeels he could produce as he flirts continuously with Luluko, who spends most of her time trying to ignore him in classic tsundere princess style.
Hetalia Axis Powers
Change an all male cast into an all-female cast probably wouldn’t have the slightest bit of change on the actual product itself for something like Hetalia. Some of the characters might change slightly to have girlier personalities but the basic premise and feel of the show wouldn’t change. What would change is the fanbase. Drastically. Men are drawn in my hot women whiel being turned off by a show with hot men, and the reverse happens with women. We are shallow viewers, admit it.
Talking about swapping the fanbase, how about K-ON? Unlike Hetalia, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see a big change in the dynamics of the show. A group of guys hanging out is a hell of a lot different from a group of girls. Trying to fit the character archetypes of the K-ON girls onto guys doesn’t fit exactly. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if I would actually like the male version of K-ON a hell of a lot more than the female cast. Slice of life about a bunch of guys are so rare that I can’t even think of one off the top of my head….actually I can. K-ON Genderbent would be like a lighthearted BECK, something I could definitely see myself enjoying.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
For an anime with a reputation as being the manliest of the last decade, Gurren Lagann never explicitly states that it is a manly anime. It’s all about spirit and stuff. Swap the genders around and you get something that starts to look strangely like an advertisement for Girl Power. On the other hand, I couldn’t see it having that much effect on the plot nor the popularity of the show itself. As I said, the anime isn’t about manliness so I don’t really see it having much effect on how the anime would pan out. The only character I can see changing completely would be Nia. He’d be some sort of thrown-away male host who sits around and looks dreamy.
Full Metal Alchemist
As insanely hot as this picture of female Edward Elric is, this certainly isn’t how I would’ve pictured him…I mean her. Genderswapped Ed would be short with small breasts, a mighty temper and voiced by Kugi Rie. Yup, a proper angry tsundere in every form. Again though, I don’t see this change of gender to be of that much impact on the story. Ed would have just as much animosity towards his dad and as much open dislike for Mustang. Male Winry would be the standard manly male mechanic who does all his work without a shirt on and desperately wants to be able to protect his little next door neighbour. It all fits in quite well actually.
Same as I said with K-ON but the very simple idea of an anime about a bunch of dudes mucking about in school seems to be next to non-existent in anime. Now take the pioneer of this genre and swap in entirely. Imagine: If this had been what Azumanga had originally been about we might be staring at a very different anime world today.
Gintoki makes a fantastic MILF don’t you agree? Not quite an accurate representation though. One hand should have one digit shoved right up one nostril and the other should be tucked inside her clothes, fondling her own boob (what? Gintoki has his hand there all the time so why shouldn’t the female version).
Neon Genesis Evangelion
You know how Sunrise attract female audiences by having a bunch of hot guys pilot the Gundams? Personally, I’m kinda glad Gainax didn’t go down that route. You can just sense that in another dimension there are piles of yaoi doujins trying to break through.
On the other hand, I would quite enjoy a Gundam where the main characters are a bunch of hot girls. Setsuna becomes a loli, Allelujah becomes a large-breasted schizophrenic, Lockon becomes a genki girl and Tiera becomes….errr, I’m not quite sure.