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to give you this schock moment wtf she is he ,or he is she
and pitou is shemale i bet
to confuse the readers?
I'm used to it, have to exercise your eyes to get used to it... and ask questions on your mind...
Kurapika is just young and I see that kind of design before on old classic anime/manga males...
Kalluto too if drawn properly as male he'll look like this
and maybe the same goes to Alluka since they are young (Kalluto and Alluka seems to have a classic young boys hair style)....
Do you read old ancient times manga themes? like edo era, something setting???
most of the male had long hair, nobles only look like this often...
and Pitou... I was sure she was female.. till Togashi corrected us...
The problem is not just their look, is with what they wear. Kalluto and Alluka are wearing female clothes. With Kurapika at least we got a physical confirmation.
I find Alluka is more confusing because even the family members can't decide what call "it".
I heard somewhere that Togashi likes messing with gender ambiguity. I mean, you can see it in YYH too where a lot of people thought Kurama was a girl (even in the manga itself).
I think Kikyo is upset she doesn't have any girls, so she dresses Kalluto like one. And I don't think even the Zoldycks know what Alluka's gender is (maybe it doesn't have one).
Still is a good way, as Togashi usually does, to present one of the most tabu topics on society.
Concerning Kalluto, his new design makes him look a lot more like a boy than he used to:
As for why Togashi draws boys that look like girls... well, it's kind of a common trope that a lot boys in manga/anime look like girls. That's why they give the actual girls in anime extremely large breats. So we can tell them apart.
Togashi's characters goes way beyond the 'handsomely beautiful' archtype look. If you take someone like Akira Toya in Hikaru no Go maybe some people thought that was a girl but he's not purposely trying to wear clothing to mislead you. That same cannot be said for say, Pitou or Alluka. Pitou is described as a 'mother'!
I always thought Togashi just wants to show that his manga has no need for fan services which is why there's basically no female character of importance. Now if he can't draw girls I'd understand, but the thing is he actually can draw them quite well. Maybe not quite the mainstream look but it's not something you've to tell people 'it's not the art that makes XYZ great', outside of the Ant arc, anyway.
Because Togashi draws them that way.
Why does he draw them that way?
Because he wants to.
Historically and culturally Japan has always celebrated the bishounen beauty ( boy thats pretty like a girl). They especially idealize the kind of beauty transcend gender thats often associate with youth. So coming from such society, on top of that, Togashi has always like 'trap' character. His tried to pitch to Jump writing a series about the hero crossdressed to enroll in a girl school. Stuff like that isn't uncommon now as with the moe trend. Actually Trap, crossdressing pretty boys has always been a staple (troup) in shojo manga since the beginning. So it's both a cultural + Togashi's interest thing.
Maybe because NAOKO TAKEUCHI is the one who draw the others characters
Historically Japan had a lot of these pretty boys figures, dating way back from Tales of Genji (1000s), Sengoku period (1500s, and inspires roles for Kabuki). It's ALWAYS in the Japanese cultures. Then came the 1970s when the shoujo manga artists further romanticized these androgynous beauty, and established lots of tropes and character archetypes. That's why it's in the culture, not something specific and unique for Togashi.
I'm pretty sure Pitou is a male, because I recognize his costumes...it seemed to be inspired by a VERY well known character (especially in Japan) -- Tadzio from Death in Venice. It's his coat, shorts and curly hair, and his poses (where Pitou cross his hands on his back and walked cross legs, that's from Death in Venice). Japanese has always been obsessed with this character for obvious reasons. That's why I concluded Pitou is meant to be a bishounen. Oh yeah of course he was referred as a 'he' in the manga ALL the time.
Last edited by chei; October 27, 2012 at 07:25 PM.