i'm not sure if you answered this before but, what do you think is hange's backstory? and why do you think isayama is keeping hange's gender ambiguous? (omg we're close to 100 chapters in the manga but still no clear backstory for hange what)
I’ve answered it before but honestly my answer has always been that I don’t know. I like to be pretty flexible about why Hange joined the military because it makes it more fun to think about for me right now. I also think it’ll get revealed someday which makes me hesitant to consider it right now. I don’t like my headcanons being dashed on the rocks of canon, ya know?
As to why Hange’s gender is ambiguous, my opinion is that his art sucked, someone laughed at the fact that Hange looked feminine sometimes and masculine sometimes and asked whether they were a male or a female, and Isayama was like “lol all the characters are up to interpretation!!!” to cover up for his poor consistency. Hange as the forerunner ended up kind of being the butt of the joke, though, and the one character he never actually revealed anything about but quickly latched onto to keep a mystery.
At this point the fandom likes the ambiguity so it’s less of a joke and couuuld potentially be something he’s seriously considering leaving as-is, because who gives a shit what Hange’s gender is or what pronouns they prefer, right? I can’t get over the fact that it was never imo an intentional thing. I hate that fandom tries the “snk has a nonbinary canon character” card because it’s not really true. Isayama didn’t say that to give anyone legit representation. Look at all the other shit he’s written that’s really weird–off. Supposed to be funny but isn’t.
I can’t remember when but I could have sworn ages ago he said something about possibly “revealing” Hange’s gender later down the road, like it was some kind of mystery to unwrap, and that bothered me. Frankly, I think he’s forgotten about it because he actually has…a real plot now, but… I will always side-eye the whole thing anyway.
To be perfectly honest with you, though, I think if we get a “reveal” it will be part of/related to Hange’s backstory in some way. I kind of hope we never get it, not because I’m afraid of a gender reveal (though I find it REALLY insulting that he would make it some cutesy baby shower reveal fucking thing instead of just saying, “you’ll find out later” AT THE START), but because usually backstories show up right before characters eat dirt. Ya dig?