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  1.  (10204.81)
    Other than the fact that they both still have pants on.

    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2011
    dry humping in leather and bullet proof spandex must chafe like a mother fucker.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2011
    Oooookay, I don't really want to see this thread nuked, because it's been pointing me in some interesting directions. I think we can all agree that the Catwoman issue sucked, and get back to GOOD examples of women in comics?
  2.  (10204.84)
    Alright, fine. We'll go back to our chairs and play the concerto

    while the Titanic sinks

    - A good example of female characters:

    Mitsuru Adachi's H2:

    Primarily this is a baseball manga about boys playing baseball. It is not about girls. By strictest story-centric definitions, H2's female characters only exist to provide fodder for the personal growth of the male characters. Except, that's not really true at all. Because they are fully-fleshed-out humans who merely happen to be comfortably existing in the same space that the story occupies.

    Haruka and Hikari -- despite being assertive, strong-willed, serious-and-constantly-busy, smart, and athletic -- are also very comfortable with occupying feminine gender roles. They are not out to challenge Japan's expectations of them. Their life ambitions are to be a stewardess and baseball player's wife (Haruka) and to be a professional sports writer (Hikari). We see them display athletic skill but never seek to prove themselves against boys. Princess Nine this manga is not. Instead, Haruka and Hikari to differing degrees channel their personal ambition into the boytriarchy: Haruka is the coalescing force that creates the baseball team at Senkawa High and restores Hiro to his calling; Hikari wants to be a sports writer instead of a player, and is already anonymously writing local articles that her uncle is submitting to his paper as being written by 'his girlfriend'. Both spend a lot of time taking care of responsibilities that are centered around family and school, which includes men. But in this way, they still show lots of heart and guts and savvy. They show that a girl/woman does not in all cases and by total definition have to take on masculine statuses and exclusive realms to be brave and fulfilled.

    On the other hand, a lot of the author's panel-space is given to panty shots. It's got a lot of the problems with portrayal of women that in Japanese comics we can take for granted; though unrealistic body-forms is not one. It's got a lot of the awkward excesses that a single-creator fiction will tend to have. H2 is not The Perfect Comic for Portrayal of Women. Instead, it is the perfect portrayal of these women. It is dedicated to a naturalistic, apolitical document of their lives. The most significant thing it does to give the female characters solidity is to show the moments when they are by themselves and not doing anything interesting, but just being.

    H2 is on the scanlation-net for free reading