The reason why it has never been clear what
gender Crona from Soul Eater is in the Japanese manga and anime, is because the Japanese
language doesn’t use pronouns nearly as often as the (for example) English
Pronouns based on gender do exist in the
Japanese language, like ‘kare’ (he) and ‘kanojo’ (she). There are also pronouns that do not have
a gender, like ‘aitsu’ (not to be translated as ‘it’).
But Japanese prefer to call people by
their name, whether they are talking to or about the person. An example of this is that they prefer names over the word ‘you’:
English: “Do you want to eat lunch with us?” Japanese: “Does Crona want to eat lunch with us?”
Even if they want to ask a question to a
stranger, their question doesn’t need to contain the word ‘you’. Also the word ‘I’
can be left out without sounding strange. In English, it would sound odd:
English: “I don’t know how to deal with this” Japanese: “Don’t know how to deal with this”
English: “I think he/she wrote the most
depressing poem ever”. Japanese: “Think Crona wrote the most
depressing poem ever”.
Also words like ‘-kun’, ‘-chan’, ‘-san’, ‘-sama’, ‘watashi’, ‘ore’, ‘boku’ which
do vary with age and formality, do not need to have a specific gender. There
are preferences, like how ‘-chan’ is mostly used on females, but everyone can
use them for others or themselves.
According to the author of Soul Eater, Crona
does not have a gender.
The Japanese language has no reason to find a ‘matching’
pronoun for Crona because Japanese simply doesn’t need pronouns. So it is easy to leave Crona genderless
in the Japanese language.
For this reason, it is a lot harder to
misgender people in Japan with language than for example in Europe and America.
Slowly progressing on figuring out the “natural ink look” with Manga Studio. I started this on the stream, but didn’t like it too much - it turns out that much like blood from a stone, you cannot extract nice inks from a bad sketch.
My series of attempts makes for an interesting progress gif, though.
Crona and Ragnarok. I love this series. Not only for the breathtaking art and heart wrenchingly beautiful story but for all the esoterica hidden in plain sight for those “in the know”. Again, I know none of you guys follow me for this sort of stuff but I had fun making ‘em. :3