Magical Trans!

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Vol. 3 Ch. 31 - Summer! Sea! Youth! Part 3
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Just go piss in the ocean like any normal human being
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@kajarainbow
Hah, the phrase "identity politics" says a lot about the person using it. It says that person would rather not see a reality different from their own, because what they call identity politics is really just people not staying silent about the realities they live

Really I think it says more about people who would use identity politics for their own purposes, who would claim that all gay people are one homogeneous mass and that they own the definition, with any who dare to step outside of the pre-defined box and not submitting getting shunned and much worse.

Same for trans people.
Same for blacks.
Same for women with current day feminists.
Same for any ethnic or sexual minority you can think of.

From my observations those who use identity politics treat those they lay claim of ownership far worse than almost anybody else on earth if said people refuse to submit to their control and jurisdiction.
Last edited 12 mo ago by Amplify.
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@kajarainbow I never heard of "gender euphoria" but that really does sum up Minami's experience pretty succinctly. As to cisgender men, usually at most they're indifferent to the idea of having a situation like Minami's. Like at most they'll joke about locking themselves in a bathroom for about an hour and then not caring or seeing any point to the whole thing. When I see cisgender guys respond with deflection or hostility to the idea they too might wish they could have a gift like Minami's (even if they're regularly consuming gender bender manga) I tend to quirk an eyebrow.
And yeah, Akira's got it rough. I get the sense of someone who would have gender euphoria but is REALLY repressed about letting themselves experience it, even with the powers they have. That's a big mood for me because I've been like that for many years myself. (even my roleplay characters would try to play up a tomboy angle ten years back and I cringe when I reflect on it)

And yeah, like you said, this manga is gonna have a mixed audience and there's no reason we can't all enjoy it. No one needs to attempt to shame anyone from doing so. And if someone tries to shame you, block them and never ever undo it. No matter how tempting it might seem seeing "This post is hidden because you blocked (rando butthole)" and wondering what they could possibly be saying. It's nothing worth reading and never will be.

Still, Pretty much all discussion of this manga is valid and I'm way cool with people talking about typical "x is my waifu" or meme shitposting stuff as I am our more gender-identity stuff. Seriously, it's all good, there is no territory war. You're valid by default. No one's gonna jump on your back so long as you aren't using that one word.
Last edited 12 mo ago by MidnighTea.
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And now for actual chapter commentary. Man, Akira has it rough.
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Hah, the phrase "identity politics" says a lot about the person using it. It says that person would rather not see a reality different from their own, because what they call identity politics is really just people not staying silent about the realities they live. Like it or not, this series is popular with transgender and adjacent people of assorting stripes because of the sheer glee Minami takes in enjoying being a girl. Like, it gets talked about in the trans discords I'm in. And you know what? There's an actual phrase for that: gender euphoria. I'm not saying that Minami is trans, but I don't know of any cisgender men who would enjoy being a girl that much. That said, Minami seems fine with being a guy, too. But people like that exist in real life, you know. The genderfluid label MidnighTea is using is just one of the labels used by IRL people with similar inclinations. Does it apply to Minami? Only Minami (and the author) can say.

tl;dr: Minami is super relatable for a number of people, and they'll comment on this.
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@1234muse chap 18
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@monkey123
Yeah, shame that apparently even the most benign of snide remarks is enough to get your comment moderated if somebody involved has skin so thin it's almost invisible.

Spread nonsense endlessly and that's fine, but dare comment on it by quoting Star Wars? That's a paddlin.
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@Amplify
Good post! :) Honestly don't bother with most internet comments or else you'll lose brain cells. ?

@1234muse
https://mangadex.org/chapter/517552/12

@Walter_vi_Britannia
It's only a matter of time until he gets corrupted.
Last edited 12 mo ago by monkey123.
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@monkey123 Oh right, I remember that. lol
Honestly that should've affected her a lot more than this, right? Anyway, he's too pure for this.
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Blocking people feature is just amazing. Them essays that was on this comment section and few chapters back are all gone! Now they're all become healthy comment section that you'd expect from this cute series. You guys should totally try it!
12 mo ago This post by Amplify has been marked as moderated.
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I somehow have a hard time believing Akira/Kaiserk will actually be the antagonist of this manga, if we end up getting one. The future covers do suggest we're going to see some more interesting characters to come. Yeah, I'm for their friendship too.
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Ok, the President might have chipped a bit Akira's defenses. It would be nice if the so-called "rivals" (the head of the Magical Girl Club vs. the Maniacal Girl) became friends. Or more, I can see myself shipping it if their relationship develops, which would also ease some of Karin's worries.
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Oh good, the hungry fish are coming back. They only ever have things to add to "Magical Trans!" character discussions if people express opinions that offend their fragile sensibilities. Or make them feel stupid or belittled, which is pretty easy to even accidentally do. Then they'll hypocritically accuse others of being fragile.

Get your block buttons ready ladies, gentlemen and NB folk. Nothing to see here, just knock 'em down as they pop up like carnival ducks. Don't engage. stick to talking about the actual manga. Effective magical girls don't waste time on minions. This space is ours just as much as it is their's and they *hate* that fact. That's why they make noise -- they'd prefer no meaningful discussions happen rather than the possibility of discussions that have paradigms/dimensions they don't personally approve of. They'll do everything they can to drown it out in response.

So yeah. Roll up your sleeves, block any whining babies instead of engaging and let's stick to talking about how cute Akira and Minami are. And how they're totally exploring their gender identities/expression through the medium of mahou/maou shoujo transformations. (if just because it seems to piss them off, if for no other reason)
Last edited 12 mo ago by MidnighTea.
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Identity politics never go away.
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Oh boy here comes the identity politics again. Yay.
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My theory is that Akira is in a weird headspace where... he was brought up as a very respectable young man and he takes the privacy and comfort of women very seriously. Even if he himself is a bit of an aloof jerk on the outside. It's true he's definitely repressed in a sense -- he doesn't want to "violate" the privacy of Kaiserk, whom he still perceives on some level as a woman separate from himself. As someone said, this is a bit more of a "generic" TSF main character type which is part of why it's kinda funny he's the "villain". It kind of speaks to how progressive in attitude Magical Trans is that it doesn't put a premium on repression or the perception of purity. No, the actual main character (Minami) is highly liberated rather than contributing to the idolization of purity. I think that's really cool and positive for the manga itself. Akira helps offset or emphasize that by offering a contrast that's more status quo.

While some of us have openly speculated on Minami's fanon gender identity being comfortably fluid, I personally think the jury is still very much out on Akira. Given his behavior he very much still totally 100% identifies as a guy, but he's so stimulated and awed by his tentative gender exploration that it's hard to take that confidence at face value. It's kind of a shame he's so repressed. I hope the others become a good friend to him and help him embrace Kaiserk as part of himself.
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Couldn't the guy just pee in the ocean lol
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@monkey123 wait wut, when was that...
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@Kirin-kun
Less that and more being forced to have the unfortunate opportunity to look at his own junk and getting mentally and maybe even physically turned on by it since he’s a sexually repressed schoolboy.
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