This is going to be a quickfire discussion, however, I want You to tell me what you think about this topic. So be sure to comment, so we can start something interesting. 😀
Let’s get straight to the point.
This first set of images from oldER mangas clearly gives their protagonists a strong, sharp masculine look, accompanied by an amazing set of muscles and a “decisive stare” highlighting drive and STRENGTH of character, followed by a squared jawline.
This was the ideal image of what a masculine man would’ve been like back in the day when it comes to the Japanese mangas standards.
Here instead you can see rounder face shapes, thinner body frames, and a “sweet” approachable look on their face with a complete LACK of assertiveness. As a result of the gradual decline of men and society’s effect on them, these are more recent mangas.
Depression and lack of control over one’s emotions came as well. Suddenly Men are portrayed more and more like Women, more prone to showing their inability to control emotions and falling pray to them. Sure, you can dismiss this as an “artistic choice” or by saying that they’re just teenagers boys or whatever (which may be true). But it’s more than just that.
Without a doubt, society is shaped by our decisions, and consequentially, art follows suit as you can see.
So you can act like nothing’s happening, or recognize that this particular current, be it mangas or in other artistic (and not only) media is slowly and unfortunately affecting how men and their masculine traits are perceived, directing this all in a more androgynous path instead.
Don’t take this post TOO seriously, or TOO lightly, and share it with friends.