Why is female crossdressing such a big thing in shoujo shit?
It's not just shoujo, crossdressing is around in most genres.
1. In pre-(post)modern society, women generally speaking had a more clearly defined, submissive role. Women who want to break the mold need to assume a male identity.
2. Women dressing like men looks less silly than vice versa, because it's an "upgrade" from weak to strong. Men dressing like women, on the other hand, is a "downgrade" from strong to weak and therefore ridiculed (though in ye olden days reverse traps were looked down on too. Jeanne d'Arc was never conclusively found guilty of heresy so the English, in their endless butthurt, executed her for dressing like a man).
3. Being presented as if she were a man often makes women appear more confident, assertive and powerful. She makes herself, both in dress and in actions, equal to the men around her.
It's not so much about the action of crossdressing as much as it is about what it symbolizes in the narrative.
While this may be true, I'm not so sure it can be specified as the main reason, wholly, in this situation. They're reasons for doing it of course, but not necessarily the rational behind why it's chosen in the first place, I mean.
>but not necessarily the rational behind why it's chosen in the first place, I mean
How else are you going to have a strong female character in a historical setting for a story that's mostly advertised to members of a highly traditional culture?
They're not going to do the Hollywood thing where we're expected to believe that Baroque Europe was full of strong independent womyn who don't need no man.
That, and it's kind of a historical thing. There's Jeanne d'Arc, but also some less famous examples like Hannah Snell (she got shot in the crotch 11 times and nobody figured out she was a woman. Did they just fucking leave her to bleed to death or something?), Joanna zubir and of course the mythical Mulan. Why wouldn't these historical examples inspire fictional counterparts?
Utena doesn't count, right? Because she still wants to be recognized as a girl?
The last good female crossdresser was this girl
Utena counts because she was literally a different person when she was dressed in the girl's uniform, and when she was with Akio.
Crossdressing is done right when there's a legitimate purpose for it, such as in Utena's case, or even Oscar's case.
Why do they always have such beautiful yet tragic love lives?
Even if they get happy endings, they need to go through extra shit first.
Male x reverse trap is the best kind of relationship.
>tfw no RoV reboot
though Berserk got me kinda wary of reboots
The first season of the Sailor Moon reboot wasn't good either. But I still want a RoV one anyway.
Don't you feel that somewhat more historical correctness and realism in designs would add to it? Or perhaps I just feel this because I'm a big 18th century nerd. And it's RoV which made me this way back in the day, no kidding.
If done right, it could.
Although modernizing the art would be a huge mistake. Even if it's replaced with an objectively better one, it'd still be like Crystal all over again where they take an iconic style and remove it for something else.
Dezaki has heavily influenced generations of directors, though. Especially ones like Ikuhara or Hosoda who use his minimalist, stage-like approach to storyboards when there's a low budget.
>reverse traps will never be as popular as traps
Why, /a/? Every single reverse trap is always great too.
Just because he's an influence on other directors doesn't mean they'll do as good a job as he originally did.
In fact, I doubt any director would even want to direct the remake considering how much pressure would be on them because the original is such a classic,
Androgyny brings the best of both worlds though.
Why the fuck would you want a reboot? It's like asking for a WMT reboot. You'd better off asking for some more historical manga. Hell, just ask for an adaptation of the Scarlet Pimpernel if you love the French Revolution that much.