baccano! has canonically trans characters and canonically bi characters and canonically gender fluid characters and canonically asexual characters
it has narratives on abuse and neglect
it has characters who are survivors and characters who are broken and characters who have become warped due to their abuse or neglect, yet they are never portrayed as lesser people for how they cope
it has a character who turns his life around after a pretty serious drug problem
it has characters of different cultures who embrace their heritage
it has characters who rely on their faith and characters who think religion is shit, and neither is presented as better than the other
it has disabled characters that are never perceived as weak: a mute girl and a man with a prosthetic arm who can instill fear in people’s hearts due to their power/skill alone
it has an overall theme of how your biological family does not necessarily have to be your real family, that if your family is shitty and neglectful and abusive, you can leave them behind and still be happy and loved
and it presents these themes and these different lifestyles as normal or healthy or acceptable, because the characters understand that everyone is broken in some way, that everyone has demons from their pasts, and all that matters is trying to take a step forward in the best way you can
Okay, so for a long time I distanced myself from Star Wars, because I felt like, as a girl, I had no right to enjoy and immerse myself in it, due to being told so by a male fan in my late teens. So while I was excited for tfa, I didn’t really let myself Enjoy It Completely. And while I was watching it for the first time, I definitely loved every moment of it, but the moment that truly drew me back into loving the franchise as much as I did when I was a little girl, was the moment the lightsaber flew into Rey’s hand. I cried in the theater when the music swelled and Rey activated the lightsaber and we, the audience, knew what it meant. So if you think representation doesn’t matter, I’m not sure what to tell you, except that you’ve obviously never been in a place where you felt like you didn’t have a right to enjoy something because of who or what you are. Because representation is more than just seeing someone who looks or acts like you on the screen. It’s an a formal invitation. It’s the knowledge that you’re included. That no one can take that away from you or tell you you don’t have the right to enjoy something. Because a part of you is on the screen, permanent, and beautiful. That’s why representation matters. And that’s why GOOD representation matters even more.
Sex, drugs, skydiving. It’s strange that the things we do for a thrill, in order to make ourselves feel alive, are the same things that may kill us. The same is true when it comes to human relationships. The people we love the most are the ones capable of hurting us the most deeply.
it has a complex cast of characters, most of which are geniuses but are still shown to have flaws, making them relatable and creating for interesting dynamics and story lines, and the writers pay a lot of attention to the development of each character
there are multiple ships, each with their own fanbases and each showing significant progress especially for a first season show
we have a super respectful and accepting fandom
it’s a pretty unproblematic show in general (i watch a lot of shows and i’ve never found anything problematic in the show)