Yes, Real Men Cry (Masculinity in ONE PIECE)

Good day, folks! How are you all doing? Today, I would like to share my recent guest post I wrote for our friend Brandon on his website Anime Mode Universe. The title of my guest post is “Yes, Real Men Cry (Masculinity in ONE PIECE)”.

In this guest post, I discuss some of the questionable portrayals of masculinity in my #1 favourite series ONE PIECE. Questionable they may seem, but one portrayal they got right:  that is, allowing the male characters to cry without reservation, complete with floods of tears and snot. Even the “manliest” characters in OP let the tears and snot flow freely.

Please head over to Anime Mode Universe and read my guest post. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. Thank you very much. That’s all for today, folks. Have a great day. Cheers!

/Wild Arria fled/

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Published by Arria Cross

Blogger at since 2014. Currently a webnovelist. Check out my work "His Genius is a Superstar".

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  1. I’m not super familiar with One Piece, but your take on it made me really want to give it a chance.

    Your point on chivalry really struck a chord with me. I’ve had someone once tell me he didn’t want to spar with me in class because they were told it was wrong to hit a girl. Even though half the class was girls. And I was higher-ranked and more experienced than him. I hate when shonen uses that trope in general, but it sounds like One Piece is particularly egregious.

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    1. Give it a chance. Although you’ll need a lot of time…and a LOT of time because it’s such a loooooong anime and is still ongoing. But it’s worth it. Super awesome.

      Oh my gosh. Exactly. Same here. I completely understand what you mean. I used to do TaeKwon-Do until I had to stop because of an injury and there were males in my class who would go “easy” on me because I’m a female. I really felt insulted whenever that happens. And if I outdo them, they’ll just insinuate that they let me because they went “easy” on me. Huh.

      I don’t think One Piece is anymore egregious compared to other shounen anime. Yes, it has a ton of stereotypes but I think it’s more for the comedic effect than to insult. Although I must say that there are times I’m annoyed especially when thr stereotypes are gender-based. Anyway, thanks for dropping by. I appreciate it. Cheers!


  2. Thoroughly enjoyed this article. I’m a man myself and have cried A LOT while watching/reading One Piece over the years along with some of the characters. I like the fact you balanced the article by talking about some of the stereotypes in the series as I’ve rarely seen anything written about that before. I totally agree though… the fact it’s shown to be a natural thing that a huge percentage of male characters do regularly is a wonderful thing and just one of the many ultra-positive aspects of One Piece that really resonates with me and no doubt with fans all over the world.

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    1. Thank you very much. I appreciate it. One Piece is my #1 favourite series ever. I love it so much, but nevertheless, I’m not blind to its flaws. There are many stereotypes here, especially regarding gender, but I’m just glad that they’re more for comedic effect and doesn’t really intend to insult. And yes, One Piece really is effective in making us cry. Glad to find another OP fan. Cheers!

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