Subtitle: I wonder about Daichi and other women posing as men
I am going to work through some random thoughts I had about Ladies Versus Butlers and women who pose as men in anime. I may make some transphobic statements by accident (that is not my intent), please let me know where I’ve made mistakes since this is more a learning exercise for me than me trying to develop dogma. There will be spoilers for Mai-HiME and Ladies Versus Butlers
No matter how feminist I get I HOPE I still have some affection for good Xebec, ecchi shows (not, for example Hen Zemi, which was really flat and boring even though it had no right to be). As long as I’m allowed to like problematic things, I’d like mine rosy-cheeked and without noses. ^^;
True, LvB has its share of issues, but I wonder a bit about Daichi, for most of the show he fills the role of aloof-but-flawless butler calmly showing the other dudes of the service class how it’s done. And then we come to his episode. And learn that biologically, he’s a girl. Now, part of the problem with this little twist is that it comes during an episode where he’s forced (as part of the school’s strange Sadie Hawkins dance) to dress up as a girl (all the guys cross-dress, except the MC, because OF COURSE) and then finds himself falling for the MC.
What’s nice is that the episode manages end without forcing Daichi to revise his gender presentation. He returns to being a butler with little fanfare. Sure, his biological sex allows him to be a “romantic option” in an otherwise straight harem (which is worth a disapproving look) but unlike, say Akira who gets shoehorned into “coming out” has a woman by the rules of the HiME contest the show doesn’t make a big deal of enforcing Daichi’s gender beyond this episode.
Since I am unsure how these characters are positioned, I can’t decide how I feel about him.