Except that Australia actually does have a history with blackface that is even culturally specific with their own colonization and racial oppression.
The first movie also involves a male alien’s obsessive love towards Tuxedo mask. But I would argue that Revolutionary Girl Utena, directed by the same person who directed Sailor Moon, might be the gayest out of ’90s anime. The main character strives to be princely and wears a boy’s school uniform while being an obvious, pink haired young woman. Her best friend is in love with her and constantly says that no man can really ever compare. By winning the sword duels the show centers around, she becomes “engaged” to the Rose Bride, Anthy, who she genuinely falls in love with as the story progresses. Another female duelist fell in love with a woman. But the key thing to take is that while Sailor Moon had a lot of gay and gender-challenging themes to it as an anime, Utena would be gayer since it centers around a lesbian couple with the main character being pretty gender neutral herself. But there are even more progressive animes that cover queer situations. I forget the name of it, but there’s one recently about young people (about 11-12 yrs) figuring out gender identity and being transgendered. It’s much more realistic than drag characters and yaoi/yuri perspectives of gay couples and doesn’t shy from the difficulties. Most queer content in anime and manga tends to be created through a very heteronormative scope, particularly in the case of yaoi and boys’ love. CLAMP is the only group that works with boys’ love storylines and treats it with some sense of realism, particularly in the cases of Cardcaptor Sakura, X and xxxHolic.
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