You know, the older I get, the more I appreciate when adults
in anime are actively horrified and angry to learn what sort of things the
children main characters have been through.
Like, I get that a lot of kids programming is about wish
fulfillment for its viewers. There are a lot of absent adults, a lot of worlds
where kids hold all the responsibility, do all the fighting, because that’s an
understandable thing to appeal to. Kids often feel over-controlled so a world
where kids like them are free to travel and explore and fight and triumph
without any adult supervision sounds pretty rad. I’m sure I was into that when
I was younger.
Years down the line, it strikes me though how young these kids really are. And on the
cusp of Real Actual Adulthood, I’m much more aware of how huge real
independence is. I’m all the more appreciative when an older, more experienced
person steps in and takes the reins, takes responsibility for me in a situation
that’s asking more than what I think I can handle.
I think that’s why I’m so emotionally moved by adults in
anime stepping in for the kids, taking up the responsibility or else feeling
genuine anger over the realization of what these kids have gone through.
Because responsibility is scary, and responsibility when you’re young is scary,
and seeing these older characters understand that and step in just fills me
with such relief and appreciation. And it’s better even if the adult characters
are still fairly young, and still afraid of the situation, yet willing to
sacrifice their own safety and comfort on the behalf of actual children who—all
wish fulfillment aside—should never be placed in the situation they’re in.
Roy “we left children on the battlefield to do our fighting”
Mustang, feeling so outraged, so powerless over what he just let happen, that
he’s moved to break all his careful protocol so Ed, Al, and Ling aren’t left to
face danger alone. All Might, Aizawa, and Thirteen fighting to the bone against
the villain invasion, All Might losing his characteristic smile for the first
time we’ve seen, because the children under their watch have been placed into
danger that they should not have to face at such a young age. Reigen alone
insisting Mob shouldn’t feel cornered into using his powers, shouldn’t force
himself to suffer while fighting Claw, that Reigen himself will fight them
instead despite his own lack of powers because he feels responsible toward Mob.
It’s a trope that means a whole lot to me and I live for the
anime that acknowledge it.
mathematics: a problem in your life you need to solve physics: something someone has said or done that moved you biology: the last thing that made you feel alive zoology: the animal you’d be if you weren’t human chemistry: have you ever been in love? astronomy: the biggest dream/aspiration you have computer science: who you want to be in ten years time psychology: your biggest flaw and how it makes you better sociology: what you would change about society if you could geology: the person who keeps you most grounded theology: what do you think happens when we die? geography: a place that’s special to you and why anthropology: the people you love least and most and why history: the biggest mistake you’ve ever made drama: the last lie you told and why criminology: the number one person you’d die for literature: a book that changed you forever english: your favourite word and why linguistics: an expression you say a lot creative writing: tell us a short story about a dog and a peach art: describe yourself using only colour and nature terms photography: what would your life look like as a single photo? dance: the most memorable day of your life woodwork: the life you would want to build for your child foreign languages: if you were a country, which would you be and why? classics: the elderly person you’re closest to and what they’ve taught you music: the most beautiful lyric you can think of economics: the most valuable material object you own health: how is your mental health right now? physical? emotional? physical education: would you rather work in a team or independently? food technology: something that makes you warm inside
Imagine with me a scene in which Keith finds Lance staring at the stars sadly out of one of the castle windows because he misses home. When Keith sits down next to him Lance naturally makes some rude comment because he’s Lance and Keith responds a little hotheadedly and crosses his arms and pouts, because he’s Keith, but he stays sitting there. It’s silent for a moment and then, in a soft voice, Lance starts talking about how much he misses Earth’s constellations and Keith looks over at him and sees how much Lance is hurting, and then looks back at the stars and suggests that they make up their own constellations with the stars they have. He points one out and names it something cute probably and Lance is silent for a beat and then makes up his own. They go back and forth and make some sort of dumb competition out of it until they’re cracking up because they’re making these ridiculous shapes (try and tell me my blue son doesn’t point out a cluster of celestial objects to shape a dick or something, he is such a boy lol). Lance smiles at Keith after a long bout of laughter and thanks him and Keith smiles back at him and this just becomes something they do a lot after that.