Ah, here we go – the age-old argument! The utterly befuddling argument! The argument that, really, shouldn’t even be happening, since the evidence on one side is so overwhelming as to beg the question of why this keeps getting hashed over. But, hey, as long as people keep trying to insist yuri is a genre created for lesbian and bisexual women, I suppose I’ll just have to keep refuting this spurious claim.
I recently started watching Kashimashi~Girl Meets Girl~, having only managed two episodes of it when it originally aired (for those of you wondering, I was largely driven off by the father of the lead and his repulsive, pervy antics). You may wonder why I even bothered, and I’ll admit my answers aren’t very good – it was on sale at Right Stuf, and, well, why the hell not?
So far, its pretty bland. It also feels much more dated than it actually is, due in large part to the ridiculous involvement of aliens in the storyline. Contrast this with Level E, where the presence of aliens did feel very 90’s but in a nostalgic, enjoyable way. Here they just signify one of several utterly deranged plot developments.
But, hey, I’ll get around to reviewing this another time. For now, let’s just focus on this: Kashimashi is the perfect example of how we know yuri is not made for lesbian and bisexual women. THE PERFECT EXAMPLE!
Let us consider this: Yasuna, whom Hazumu has a crush on, rejects Hazumu… not exactly because she dislikes him, but because she suffers from an ailment which renders her unable to see men clearly – instead they show up as blurs. (By the way, in a much better show, this ailment could be made to work and could be made something interesting, by asking – why? why does Yasuna have this problem? and have some legitimate psychological basis for it.)
Folks, if this had been a show made for bisexual and lesbian women, this entire piece of stupidity would’ve been avoided, because Yasuna would’ve rejected Hazumu because she isn’t attracted to men. Plain and simple! Or, she would’ve rejected Hazumu because she’s only been attracted to women previously, and is confused by the fact that she seems attracted to him.
…of course, this all ignores the fact that, really, if the show was meant for ladies like myself, there would’ve never been any weird shenanigans with Hazumu becoming a girl because aliens killed him by accident. But I think pointing out the matter of Yasuna’s… disability illuminates my point much more clearly than bothering to go into that.
Anyway. Send your “yuri is meant for lesbians!”-spouting morons my way. I’ll be more than happy to set them straight. Pun certainly intended.