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Bishonen talk: The level of androgyny

Hi people, today, I just randomly wanted to talk about types of Bishonen I see in many Japanese media.

So, this time, I will be talking about the androgyny level on these characters.

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Type 1: Absolute Femininity

You see a female character which is very pretty, so you check her out! Wait, it says it is actually a guy! But he is so feminine! We often see these kind of boys, and they are so feminine that they are often subjected to cross dressing to the point that they fool other characters that he is a girl.

Some traits which can easily lead into this type are:

~They often are very slender, little or no body fat, have more pointier chins, have a very feminine face, and usually have long hair.
~The way they speak may even be feminine, and voice is done by a voice actress most of the time.
~This kind of character often tends to be the cold, mysterious, quiet, shy or the emotionless one, but not always.

Some examples of characters that fall into this category are...(Note: I am talking about the types who look female at first, but instantly realize they are male or is revealed without spoiler.)

~Libra (Fire Emblem)
~Endrance (.hack)
~Rei (Saint Beast)
~Girouette (MegaMan)
~Andromeda Shun (Saint Seiya)
~Gorou Fuumonji (VitaminX)
~Otojiro Kawakami (Meiji Tokyo Renka)

Right in between

These kind are much more easier to tell that they are a guy. Perhaps this obviously the most commonly used androgyny level when it comes to Bishonen characters. If you have been an anime fan long enough, it is easier to spot this character to be male.

Some typical characteristics are:

~They have generally pretty faces, but often have pointed chins.
~Hair can range from long to short.
~Have slender, but medium build to tell that it is a guy.
~Voices can range from deep to a more feminine voice.
~This kind of character is used for main characters.
~Personality will range depending on their position.

Examples who fall into this range:

~Alucard (Castlevania)
~Link (Legend of Zelda)
~Marth (Fire Emblem)
~Kaworu Nagisa (Evangelion)
~Fai D Fluorite (Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle)
~Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
~Hajime Saito (Hakuouki)
~Takashi Natsume (Natsume Yuujinchou)
~Cloud (Final Fantasy)
~Riku (Kingdom Hearts)

Type 2a: In adolescence

I consider this kind of Bishounen to fall under the in-between kinds. I call them adolescence because they have those shota-esque eyes but not as huge as an actual Shota, and considering their physical age, they look like they just entered puberty and they are generally younger than the guys I mentioned in the main category. But nontheless, pretty.

~Haseo (.hack)
~Quon (Towa no Quon)
~Syaoran Li (Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle)
~Shou Kurusu (Uta no Prince Sama)
~Heisuke Toudou (Hakuouki)
~Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
~Kirito (Sword Art Online)

Type 3: Obvious dude

This kind is the Bishounen who have enough masculine features to scream I am a guy. They may have a touch of androgyny, but often very easy to tell that it is a guy. Even people who don't see Bishonens much can see that very easily!

Typical characteristics are:

~They usually would have six packs if ever shown shirtless.
~Have a more masculine body shape.
~It says guy, even if he is slightly pretty.
~Have chins which are often defined in a masculine way.
~Often the bad guy type, or the anti villain of the good hearted jerk.

Some examples of such characters are...

~Psaro (Dragon Quest)
~Angelo (Dragon Quest)
~Shun Kazami (Towa no Quon)
~Sephiroth (Final Fantasy)
~Chrom (Fire Emblem)
~Touya Kinomoto (Cardcaptor Sakura)
~Sindbad (Magi)
~Judar (Magi. His six packs make it.)
~Ugo (Magi)

This is the 3 main types of Bishounen I see in most media. If you like to add an example, please comment!

Thanks for reading this, and I hope you can check my second part on this series!

~Aoibara




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