I wanna talk about Turn A Gundam and Loran Cehack. Turn A Gundam is about a war between a industrial period style post-apocalyptic Earth and a high-tech force of re-colonizers from the moon. In the middle of it, is a scout from the moon, Loran Cehack who lived on the Earth for three years and finds himself in the title vehicle protecting the Earth troops.
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Lara Rolla. In Turn A Gundam, the protagonist is instructed by the military to disguise himself as a woman in an alleged effort to confuse his enemies. His reaction is.
Preeettty casual. No big anime takes, no jumping back three feet with his mouth gasping open. And, when it’s called into question why he’d go along with it
His concern is generally not with himself or protecting his fragile masculinity, but how he can be of use to others and maintain peace between the forces involved. That’s not to assume the character’s gender identity or sexuality either.
This show’s romance, while a presence, takes a backseat to the war stories. At the very least he seems comfortable enough with his own femininity. He’s not adverse to wearing a dress, and in early episodes occasionally doesn’t bother to correct people when they gender him female while he’s traveling with groups of women.
He seems to be female attracted, whatever orientation he is, as Loran is very conscious of women’s bodies when in compromising situations and both of what you could call his love interests are female.
He also makes use of his convenient female identity when it helps him get what he wants from his opponents or let’s him make peace.
But, corrects people from Earth he deals with on a regular basis.
But, aside from the obvious, Loran embodies a lot of traits seen as feminine. In a giant robot anime, where everything often boils down to battles of manly wills, he’s a character that’s often servile. He works as a chauffeur to a rich family, he’s loyal to the moon’s royalty to the point of fault, he lets the military leaders push him around, consistently get his name wrong and talk him into wearing the above mentioned dresses.
In fact both his romantic subplots are less sexual and more his respect and desire to serve.
Loran, unlike many hot blooded robot pilots is polite, contemplative and eager to please everyone he comes across. It’s even exploited to the point where learning to stand up for himself while not becoming mean is a character arc.
Also, he’s not jaded or cynical. Loran stays optimistic and kind-hearted through the entire course of what could be considered two wars. Loran is a pacifist in addition, going out of his way to preserve life no matter what side it’s on and only using lethal force to prevent catastrophe.
In this anime, it’s his stereotypically feminine qualities, his desire to be useful, his observance of people’s rights to live and his strong idealism and peacefulness that make him an ideal pilot of the signature robot, as it’s consistently shown that the macho military forces from both sides would use it to dominate the other and create a disaster with it’s ridiculous firepower.
And, it’s nice to see a character like that in a genre and show that are often specifically about angry guys trying to outmatch each other with escalating firepower.