Well hello everyone, my name is Trist, and I am one of NY Geekcast’s new bloggers. I thought I would start off my geeky writing career with some gender confused anime.
I originally started to watch Naruto because my usual sitcoms were on summer hiatus, and I was looking for a new anime to watch. I remembered that an annoying kid in my high-school classical mythology class was obsessed with it, to the point of wearing the ninja head band and maybe buying one of those dagger things. (After I graduated, I heard that this kid might have had Asperger’s, and a few opening episodes of Naruto totally explained his obsession.) Anyway, I quickly learned that ninjas were awesome people to be feared, and that Naruto himself was an annoying blonde boy.
Enter Haku, the pseudo-gay ninja. Here I am, kicking back with a beer and Hulu after a hard day’s work standing around at the ballet (just go with it) and this androgynous guy in a mysterious ninja-girl outfit appears to throw me a major plot-shuriken. I would like to say off the top that some Google-research shows that his sexuality and gender is a huge otaku debate, which will not take place here, but personally I believe him to be a nice gay man. He likes to walk around in comfy kimonos, possibly taking delight in his gender confusion, and experiments with gothic outfits at the age of 9. And has a wicked cool ninja attack with ice mirrors.