Serious reply: I don't really see how the decision to include Souji in the male division would invalidate the anime's premise. Souji is a male character that transforms into a female "avatar" in the vein of super sentai series. That's all there is to it. As for what you posted about Natsuru, I'm just now realizing the can of worms this issue is. I personally haven't watched Kampfer, so I wouldn't know which gender Natsuru identifies with post-transformation. If not for that detail, I would have fallen back to my earlier stance concerning reversible and irreversible transformations. "Staff discretion" indeed, for these two cases....Kholdy wrote:I clearly understood what you meant before. My problem is even if we go with this decision (which btw I agree with), there will be people who argues that the anime wouldn't exist without the premise, which is that he transforms into a female. Also, this means we forever reverse the Senou Natsuru decision and put him in male from now on.Kordosa wrote:Ok, "dominant" was a poor word choice, but what I typed in the parentheses should have explained what I meant, which was the gender the character he/she chiefly identifies with.Kholdy wrote:There are definitely not many characters that are difficult to gauge, but this thread talks about those few - only 2 in fact.
Mitsuka Souji here is who we're talking about. His default stage is definitely male, but what does dominant mean? The entire premise of the anime appears to be how he transforms into a female temporarily. So even if you argue that he started out as a male and probably considers himself male, someone else will argue that there wouldn't be an anime at all if we don't consider his female state. This is kinda what I mean.
I just looked up Souji and the anime. Okay, so what we have here is a male character who basically becomes something akin to a superhero (read: sentai). (The article on TV Tropes for the series even notes that the series is an affectionate parody of the super sentai franchise.) The twist is that Souji's sentai form is that of a female. Okay, then this functions like a sentai version of cross players in MMORPGs (where players of one gender play as characters of the opposite gender), in the sense that Tail Red functions as a superhero avatar for Souji. Given this line of reasoning, I would vote for Souji being put into the Male division.
To draw a comparison, let's say there were a tournament with male and female divisions consisting of all of the ISML forum users. Many of the male forum users use female avatars, but that does not make them female. Instead, they would be put into the male division to reflect their actual genders.
Snarky reply: Those that attempt to bullshit about the series premise being lost will probably do so only because they would feel insecure about fapping to a female character who turns out to only be the female form of an actual male character. Also, Natsuru should stay female so I can fap to her.