That's cool re: Saihara but most people don't like weak people, especially when it's a man taking the place of a woman. Flawed characters are one thing, but interesting flaws. Not being weak and annoying. You didn't really sell him for me, but I respect your answer.
Oh boy, I know exactly which anon you are. You know, I’m very confused with why you keep coming back, not only to my inbox but to other people’s as well.
I don’t feel like taking a particularly long time responding to this question, since I already said pretty much everything I had to say on the matter with my last meta about Saihara, but one thing I’ll say is that saying “most people don’t like weak people” is an especially dangerous generalization. Such a generalization can often be used as a justification for mistreatment of children, the elderly, people with disabilities–you get the idea, I’m sure.
The idea that men in particular are not allowed to be weak or dependent is rooted in toxic masculinity, which itself ties back to misogyny. “Men should be big, hypermasculine men who show no weaknesses ever” is a harmful sentiment to both men and women, because of the pressure it places on men and the behavior it condones, and because it acts as though women are inherently “inferior” or “weaker by nature.”
I’m not trying to “sell” Saihara for you–I believe I’ve stated many times on this blog that my point is not to force my own opinions on anyone. I don’t mind sharing my opinions and clearing up misinformation about the game, but that’s it.
You, however, seem to have a need to seek out anyone at all who likes Saihara as a character and question why they do so, constantly phrasing your questions in the rudest way possible despite other people’s every effort to be nice to you. I’m glad that you “respect my answer,” but I would be a lot happier if you’d stop constantly pressing the issue or acting as though you want to change other people’s opinions when no one is trying to change yours.
This is all I have to say on the matter. If you come back to my inbox again, I’ll probably simply ignore the message and delete it, since I think we’ve both said everything that needs to be said here. It’s perfectly fine if you don’t like Saihara, just as it’s perfectly fine for people to like him. There’s really no need to go out of your way like this to try and change other people’s opinions–it’s okay to say you don’t like him and to move on when other people don’t agree.
Even if you don’t warm up to Saihara as a character, I hope you’ll at least stop harassing others about it. Have a nice day, anon.