Skip to main content

12 Ways Wonder Woman Was Actually An Anime

Clickbait title?  Riding the coattails of a hugely successful franchise?

Yeah.

So, Wonder Woman has been insanely successful.  It had some cool stuff going on but was not my favorite movie.  I had several problems with it, mostly happening after Diana leaves Themyscira.  But I'm going to put most of them aside to talk about why Wonder Woman was actually an anime, despite being live action, full of white people, and made by 'Merica.
Anime style poster used to promote the Wonder Woman movie in Chinese
Flickering Myth
YEAH.

I'm working on the assumption that you've seen anime before in a quantity sufficient to familiarize yourself with its tropes, so I'm not going to go into detail about why these are tropes and how long they've been around.  Also going to assume you've seen Wonder Woman and not going to worry about whether I'm spoiling anything for you.

Blessed From Birth
From birth Diana is special.  She's the only child on her island and basically does whatever she wants.
Curtis Brown
Like lots of chosen ones.
free-armor-trimming

Accidental Boob Grab
The Sun
Okay, that's not what's happening here, but it basically looks EXACTLY like it.
Wanimu

Bath Scene >:[
This gets a mad face because if it was a guy walking in on a girl it would be super rapey (looking at you Dishonored) and never fly for comedy, which is what this was played for.
NewNowNext
Despite how powerful we've just seen Diana be, this is supposed to be a funny scene because "a woman isn't capable of forcing herself on a man".  Or that "it's physically impossible for a man to be raped".  Or that "he wouldn't refuse Diana because of the way she looks".  And friends, that's not funny, that's terrible.  And it's still rapey.

But it does check the block for bath scenes, which are often just as problematic in animes and just as often played for comedy as well as fanservice.
Anime Evo
Outfit
Batman News
Minty Flair

Awkward Bed Sharing
/Film
/Film
No, they're not in a bed, but they talk about whether Steve sleeps with women and that whole conversation.
Fandom

Shopping
Comic Book Movie
Because why would we have a movie about a woman without shopping.
Gyfcat

Trying New Foods
SUPERflix Movies
Yummy foods are yummy.
What's A Geek
FOODGASM!

Harem
Scenacine
Don't even try to tell me that's not a harem.
The Little Writing Factory

Learn How To Dance
theinvisiblecity
Yerp, we're going there too.
fanpop
Never Seen Snow
The Mary Sue
Because why stop when you're on a roll.
watch me grow

Magical Girl
Just in time to fight the final battle with Ares, Diana learns that she's the Godkiller.
Collider
Granted, not every magical girl anime waits until the very end to tell the main character how special they are.
Plamoya

Not Hearing the Important Last Words, Hearing in Reverie
The Mary Sue
I about lost it when the movie did this.  And not in a happy way.
Script Anime
For the most part, these aren't problems I have with the Wonder Woman movie.  But if it had actually been an anime, I know I would have been more forgiving of some stuff.  And I'm not sure if that's a problem with me or with anime or live action movies or me again.

And I don't hate the movie.  I loved Themyscira, and I felt like the movie tried to highlight the diversity of the allied forces that typically gets glossed over.  But those elements aren't strong enough to carry it for me.  But I'm glad it's doing so well, because it means we'll get the chance for even better movies in the future.

Comments

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

February Post

Give me a break, I hate coming up with titles.

And the FCC spoke and said, 'Verily, I say unto thee, Verizon and their ilk shall not throttle the bandwidth of those they despise, nor shall they profit from the favoring of entities with greater bandwidth therein.' And there was great rejoicing.  And by great rejoicing, I mean that the internet blew up arguing about what color a dress was.  You go, America, exercise that freedom.

Girls and boys, it's the last Friday in February and I haven't posted anything this month, so here goes.

I'm so glad I didn't try to keep posting weekly, because school owns my life nowadays.  I approve of the once-a-month plan so far.  We'll see if I can do more posts during my summer break (i.e. the month of May).

As you might have guessed, I have not done any editing on Om Nom Nombies.  I haven't written anything more on the first drafts of The Neif or Spitfire.  I haven't even made any progress beta-ing a manuscript for m…

Head Games: The Next Project

I am ecstatic to announce my next project, Head Games!

 The origin story on this one is a bit mussed.  I've been sitting on this idea since before I started writing Spitfire, so, a few years.
I was contemplating the Hulk one afternoon, as one does.  It makes sense that he gets giant and violent when he's angry (unless you buy that he's always angry), but I never got why he turned green.  I started thinking about what emotions would look like as superpowers.  I imagined a little girl literally glowing with joy, reading a book by her own light under the covers long after her bedtime.  And it kept going from there.  But most powers were painful in their first showing.  For example, a flash of light from a burst of joy would blind anyone close enough.

So I have a group of people with emotional superpowers.  But they're also super messed up because of what happened when their powers first showed.  And anyone who is ever been told to smile knows that you don't get to t…

Icharus

This week has been incredibly emotionally draining.

Oh Icharus!  Is that the sun you fly towards?
Our wings are strong.  I made them.  
They have carried us this far.
Lo, your wax is melting,
But the sun does not push you away;
It consumes you.

Over the course of this last year and a half, I have been thinking about the phrase "to work tirelessly."  On face value, you keep working when you get tired.  But in reality, it means there is no stopping point.  There is no giving up.  In the absence of a door, in the face of an unscaleable wall, you get out the sledgehammer and carry on.

Violence like we've seen this week produces the kind of feeling in the pit of my stomach that makes me want to fall over the back of the chair to vomit to have done with it.  But the response I have seen reaffirms in me that if a few people can cause this much pain, every person that decides to value life, to hold out mercy, to expect and pray for the best, can overcome that hate.

Oh sun! You burn w…