Okay, I know YOI is very popular this season and for a good reason-It’s one of the first anime to feature non-sexualized gay MCs in a positive light and not be yaoi. But you know what else is great?
Lesbian MCs not being used for male gaze.
Meet Flip Flappers.
More impotantly, the lesbian protags,
Instead of focusing on them getting together, it’s mostly about Cocona realizing who she is and coming to terms with it. That’s not a bad thing, in fact it’s great! We don’t have a lot of those narratives in anime these days (And if there’s anything this show is about, it’s narrative).
The icing on the cake is that Flip Flappers makes fun of the usuall yuri-bait anime in episode 5
and seems to recognize their audience in episode 7, were Cocona deals with her changing perception of Papika,(From a little sister, to an idol to an object of lust), rejects them all because they aren’t “her Papika” and accepts falling in love with her.
Just to be warned, there is some fanservice, but most of it’s very short and you can just skip episode 8 entirely if it bothers you (It parodies the angles female mecha drivers get shown from and what they wear.)
Their reactions to each other are healthy (And just like any other relationship has some problems that need to be worked out), but please watch it! The show’s so fun but the fandom’s so empty!
NEWSFLASH! You can think the names are cute, but you know they’re out of the norm and unusual, and that’s fine because the Ackles are who they are and their kids aren’t going to be ridiculed because of their names. We’re allowed to have opinions and say, “Huh, those are some really unique names.” I’m sure they won’t be surprised when people think the names are out of the ordinary because (and here’s the main idea) they *are* out of the ordinary. They clearly wanted very unique names for their children. It’s not rude to say that the names are strange–because (ok one more time) they *are*. And the Ackles don’t care what we think about it anyway. *insert biggest eye roll ever* This has been a PSA.