SIGH. ok the short answer is I dunno she could be???. The long answer is: I know when I first saw her I immediately got Michiko & Hatchin and vibes I mean seriously:
then she’s a deep obvious brown in game:
(though skin color isn’t always an indicator as Laura Matsuda is lighter than her but is obviously Afro-Brazillian thanks to her being related to Sean so nobody has to fucking debate this but then again Christie Monteiro is about the same shade and despite her granddad having 4c locs and looking like a black ass black man
it’s still debated in some circles whether she’s afro-brazilian SOooooo) At any rate…
Then you look at her concept art:
and artists commissioned art:
and her official render:
And then it’s like…??? *SHRUG* It’s easier to just say she’s brown. I dunno tweet Harada.
under the cut, you will find a number of underused and common poc faceclaims organized by age. most of this information is from various sources, so if you find anything wrong with the list, please do not hesitate to send me a message!! this list will be updated often, so if you have any suggestions, shoot me a message here!! please like or reblog if you find this helpful!!
“The Summer of Gods is a short film about a troubled girl named Lili who unites with her Afro-Brazilian religious ancestry on a summer visit with family to their ancestral village in rural Brazil. Soon after her arrival, she encounters Orishas (African gods) who join with her grandmother to help her find peace with a gift that has previously vexed her. The film is set in the Northeast of Brazil where Afro-Brazilian religious traditions remain strong. Lili’s Grandma is a well revered local priestess who honors the Orishas. Lili is blessed by the goddesses as well. To preserve tradition, they lead her on a mystical adventure through a nearby forest which symbolizes her initiation into the tradition.”
Bemoaning the lack of bisexual characters in dystopian YA? Or that what few exist are white? Grab yourself a copy of The Summer Prince. This lush and lovely page-turner is set in an Afro-Brazillian society hundreds of years in the future where the city of Palmares Tres is built on a tiered pyramid. And in this world, tier (aka class) is everything.
Enter Enki. Young, beautiful, dark skinned, and from the lowest tier, he seduces June and her best friend Gil with his zeal to challenge the ruling oligarchies. But Enki is also the Summer King. He is supposed to be nothing more than a ceremonial figurehead until he is summarily executed in a city-wide ritual sacrifice. While the ruling class seems to be counting down until the execution of this troublemaker, June is questioning the entire system…. and if Enki really needs to give his life.
While the book is from June’s POV, Enki is clearly bisexual and non-monogamous. Enki and Gil clearly love each other very much, and at the same time, Enki and June have an artistic and intellectual connection that is deeply passionate. The Summer Prince is a very poly-friendly story and lacked any societal judgement on Enki for having relationships with Gil and June (and others) at the same time.
I loved the intricate setting and while I wished that Johnson would have done a better job explaining some of the details of her world, the story she tells is multi-facted and thought provoking. I enjoyed that it was based on a nonwhite culture. For example, everyone in the book is speaking Portuguese. You don’t realize that until they talk about how weird it is to try and speak English.
I also have to say, I did not see that ending coming. I don’t want to spoil it, but it was completely unexpected. By the end I couldn’t put the book down and I literally stayed up until 2am to finish it. While it is disappointing that the world bisexual is never used, it’s otherwise a fantastic and diverse addition to the standard dystopian field.