To be a “gender-bender” is to intentionally rebel against, or “bend,” the expectations of one’s assigned gender role.
As a kind of social activism, gender bending is often used as a way to challenge gender stereotypes and stereotypes about genders. It’s possible to use the phrase “gender bender” in fiction to refer to characters who change their sex, magically or otherwise, throughout the course of the novel. “A ‘gender bender’ is a work of art that questions traditional gender roles or involves gender bending.” Using Wikipedia’s definition of the phrase “gender bender,” you can get a sense of what it is all about by reading this paragraph.
Fiction Horizon decided to go into the world of gender bender anime to give you a glimpse into the modern art and culture of gender bending. To characterize a gender-bending anime series, the name “hideyoshi,” derived from the character Hideyoshi Kinoshita, is frequently used colloquially. In this article, we present a list of the top ten most entertaining and entertaining gender-bending anime series. Enjoy!
1. Ouran High School Host Club
The first run was from April 5, 2006 until September 26, 2006
More than two dozen.
Romantic Comedy and Reverse Harem
In Japan, the wealthiest and noblest families send their children to Ouran High School (which is home to the offspring of politicians and business moguls). Some of the nation’s greatest teachers work together with the school’s administration to create a curriculum that doesn’t overburden the school’s privileged children. They are able to pursue their interests because of the time they save by taking such good care of their parents.
The so-called “Host Club” is a feature of the Ouran School, where rich and handsome young men take advantage of their innate gifts to entertain equally wealthy and attractive women for their own gain.
Haruhi Fujioka, a student at this school because of his academic prowess, stumbles into the music classroom where this group is housed by coincidence. Haruhi Fujioka became a virtual slave to the wealthy members of the Host Club after unintentionally knocking an 8 million yen vase off a stand. He is now obligated to go to the store, serve as a servant, run small errands, and do other dirty tasks in the club until he completes his duty to the club.
The “King” of the club, Tamaki Suo, and his comrades, on the other hand, decide to accept Haruhi as a new member. If Tamaki were picked by one hundred customers, he said he would completely wipe out Fujioka’s debt. Despite Haruhi’s reluctance to accept the suggestion, he was powerless to reject it. Haruhi’s ability to draw in students was so natural that she didn’t need any additional instruction. Haruhi Fujioka is a girl, but the club’s customers don’t know it.
2. Ranma ½
It ran from April 15, 1989, through September 25, 1992, in its original form.
There are 161 total episodes (plus additional films and OVA episodes)
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy/Romance, Martial Arts
In China, Ranma Saotome, 16, and his father plunged into the Cursed Springs of Jusenkyo while training for martial arts. To return to your original form, you must be submerged in hot water after falling into one of these springs and coming into contact with the cold water that has been there for hundreds or thousands of years.
A gigantic panda drowned at the spring where Ranma’s father Genma Saotome fell, whereas Ranma fell into the spring where a girl drowned. Ranma has a cat phobia so severe that he is able, even if just mentally, to imitate a cat’s demeanor and movements (but not in appearance).
One of Genma’s close friends, Soun Tendo, has told his three daughters – aged 19, 17, and 16 – that one of them must marry Ranma (who they have never met) in order to safeguard the Tendo dojo’s future. When a panda and a girl crash into the Tendo residence, Soun thinks Ranma is a woman and falls unconscious. Akane discovers Ranma’s truth after he emerges from the shower, regaining his boyish appearance thanks to a hot bath.
The two older sisters decide to propose to Akane after hearing about the curses from Genma. When Ranma insults Akane, she throws a table over his head in anger. Ranma and Akane are finally engaged, but their problems are only beginning.
Kuno Tatewaki, infatuated with Akane, aims to break the engagement by defeating him at school. Tatewaki Kuno’s sister, Kodachi Kuno, also falls in love with Ranma, the female version of the Ranma character (albeit as a boy). In addition to her, the piece will include claims from a number of other claimed lovers.
A former adversary of Ranma’s, Ryoga Hibiki has lost all sense of direction. Avenging Ranma for plunging him into the cursed springs where he was cursed to turn black is the only thing on his mind. In love with Akane, P-Chan is also Akane’s pet because of his pig-like physique. The tale centres around Ranma, who is adored by both girls and guys, his transformations, and his tough relationship with Akane, and the protagonist’s constant attempts to return to being a regular boy one day, as well.
July 7, 2014–September 29, 2014 was the original run.
13Episodes of a Comedy Genre
Himegoto follows Shimoshina High School student Hime Arikawa, a second-year student. Hime is saved from debt collectors by the three females in his school’s student council after being forced to take on a significant amount of debt from his now-absent parents. To repay his debt, Hime pledges to become the “dog” of the student council and dress as a girl for the rest of his high school career in exchange for his payment.
4. Aoharu × Machinegun
In the beginning: July 3, 2015–September 18, 2015.
There are 12 episodes and one OVA.
Genres include action comedy and airsoft.
One of the most tenacious members of the student council, Hotaru Tachibana is known for his constant usage of the word “justice” in his arguments with more powerful opponents. Very few people are aware that he is female! When Hotaru is walking back to his flat, he encounters a strange and aloof man who is on the phone near the door. Masamune Matsuoka is the man’s name, and Hotaru vows never to work with him again after their first encounter.
Even though Hotaru’s best friend was cheated on, she goes to a hosting club the next day to confront the person in issue, and it turns out to be the same guy she met the previous night. Angry, she accuses him of infidelity and challenges him, but Matsuoka isn’t about to back down easily. “The Survival Game,” in which players use toy guns armed with paint balls to compete against each other, fascinates him. He asks her along to join him in the game.
In order for the game to begin, Matsuoka stated his intention to apologize for losing and for her to become his slave if he lost. Because she is quick and nimble and has a fully loaded pistol while he just has one pellet in his gun, Hotaru thinks she can easily defeat him. However, she discovers too late that he is an absolute prodigy at the game.
Hotaru accepts Matsuoka’s invitation to join “Team Toy Gun Gun” after a swift victory. Hotaru is unable to reject because of her loss and the massive bills she has accrued due to the destruction to her property. She’s now a member of the group. A “No girls on the team!” rule does exist, however. In order for Hotaru to join the team, she must be mistaken for a boy.
This production ran from January 5, 2009 until June 24, 2011.
Twenty-four episodes of romantic comedy
The novel takes place at Ame no Kisaki, a Catholic girls’ school, where Kanako Miyamae, the heroine, has been sent after being expelled from her previous school. It seems that she has a phobia of men. The love story between Kanako’s parents, one of whom was a student and the other a teacher at the school that she now attends, has inspired her to find a girlfriend.
During her time at school, Mariya, a young woman who at first glance appears to be lovely, friendly, and fresh-faced, is the perfect match for her. She falls in love with her companion instantly, but soon realizes that Mariya is actually a transvestite male who has managed to infiltrate the boarding school and fool everyone into thinking she is a lady by posing as one with her own gender-bending appearance. A provision in her grandmother’s bequest, the former institute director, drives Mariya’s actions, and she also wants to start a harem.
Mariya now forces Kanako to keep her secret a secret at all costs. Mariya puts Kanako through a series of amusing and embarrassing ordeals as she attempts to keep her transgender identity a secret. The other females at the institute have their own stories, and Kanako and Maria’s will be explored as the series goes, as will their growing attraction to one another.
MariaHolic is a shjo-ai series that deals with issues like as lesbianism, androphobia, and transvestism, all of which are addressed throughout the show. According to its sexual predilection and its protagonist’s character, it contains numerous yuri qualities. On the other hand, it defies many of these tropes by never establishing a romantic bond between two women (at least between the protagonists).
The series, like many others of its kind, has incorporated Catholic elements. Christian habits like as observing the Ten Commandments, praying before eating, and learning to live with others are taught to students at the Ame no Kisaki and Mihoshi no Mori academies.
When Kanako asks Shiki Ayari about the school’s student club president, she tells her that many of the females there don’t even profess Christianity. It is Kanako’s own admission that she is an atheist that elicits a response from the president, who responds that she too is. He further suggested that the Church’s operations and its beliefs are two distinct entities.
Runtime: from October 7, 2007, until March 30, 2013,
Number of Episodes: 52 (including 3 OVAs)
Comedy and Slice of Life are the main genres.
Haruka, Kana, and Chiaki are three sisters from the Minami family, each with a distinct personality and unique way of spending their time at home and in school, gym, or college. An episodic animation, the show contains a variety of themes and no end objective, like Lucky Star and Azumanga Daioh and School Rumble, but with a more serious adult theme than all of the above listed.
Chiaki is an elementary school student, Kana is a secondary school student, and Haruka is a high school student participating in a Japanese educational internship. Several more characters appear as a result, especially in episodes where the main characters are spending time studying. In terms of the anime’s depiction of gender bending, the central character Makoto is a transgender transvestite.
October 2, 2009–December 17, 2009 was the original run. Countdown: 12 episodes (plus 2 OVAs) Harem, Romantic Comedy, and Action
Natsuru Sen, a typical high school student, discovers one morning that he has transformed into a female. The fact that his stuffed tiger Harakiri Tora can talk and move even more ludicrous to him. Because of his blue bracelet, which symbolizes his contract, he is now a “Kämpfer” and must adhere to its rules.
Kaede Sakura greets him on his way to school the next day, believing that what happened the night before was only a dream. Akane Mishima, who has been changed into a “Kämpfer,” attacks them at school, making Natsuru’s bracelet glow. Harakiri vanishes from Kaede’s view as she recalls Harakiri’s warning that he would morph quickly after lighting up.
Natsuru’s female form saves both Kaede and Akane from death in the following quarrel, resulting in Kaede developing a profound fondness for the female Natsuru. An introverted girl at school, Akane, is contacted by Natsuru after the disagreement has been resolved. The only way he’ll ever know they’re on the same team is if they both wear the same color bracelets, which she’ll reveal to him.
Akane and Natsuru meet the first member of the “Red faction,” which symbolizes the opposition, throughout the course of the novel. However, the head girl of the two schools turns out to be this person. As the head girl Shizuku wishes to keep the existence of these fighters a secret at the school, she has made sure that Natsuru is also enrolled in the school as a female.
Furthermore, Natsuru’s inability to maintain control over his transformation causes a recurrent series of issues. Because no one can teach them why they should fight, the blue and red warriors become friends after a while because they don’t see the point in it. Even though the “white combatants” turn on after a while, the fight begins again.
8. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Originally Presented As: April 12–June 28 2015
The total number of episodes is 12 (plus one OVA).
Supernatural, Harem and Romantic Comedy
Student Ryo Yamada, a known hooligan and boring of school, is bored in class. The only reason he went to high school in the first place was to get rid of his reputation, but he doesn’t want to succeed. Urara Shiraishi kisses him by chance after he slips down the stairs and lands on his classmate Urara Shiraishi.
They’re both taken aback, but a second kiss lets them ruin all of their hard work. As Shiraishi reveals to Yamada, Yamada is not only a good student but also the target of bullying. After that, they began exchanging bodies more frequently in order to help each other out. As part of Toranosuke Miyamura’s plan to sustain them both, they reestablish the club for investigating supernatural phenomena so that they can do their body swap without interruption.
As soon as they started talking, Miyabi Ito jumped right in. It’s impossible for the three of them to resist taking them in and revealing Yamada’s power to them after she causes them some problems. The group must persuade Shiraishi to attend university after high school in order to preserve their club and receive funding from the student council. Yamada eventually has a way to push her to go to university by making himself desire to go. Hopefully, Miyamura will be elected as the next president of the student council because of her accomplishments to date. Kentaro Tsubaki, an exchange student from Japan, is expected to join them in a few days. The group discovers that six other girls at the school have magical abilities that may be awakened by kisses.
9. Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
The original run was from January 11 to March 29, 2006.
There are 12 (plus OVA) episodes in all.
Type: Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction, and Yuri Films.
Hazumu Osaragi, the protagonist, is a member of a group of students who undergo a drastic change in their lives. Kashima-shi, a fictional city in Tokyo, serves as the setting for the series’ events.
Hazumu is a quiet, insecure young man who doesn’t have many close friends. His declaration of love for one of his students, Yasuna Kamiizumi, was soon rejected by his despair. He decides to climb “Mount Kashima,” a summit that overlooks the entire city and provides a peaceful and solitary place to reflect and recharge.
Hazumu notices a shooting star as he nears the summit, and it grows in size as time goes on. Hazumu is killed in the collision since he has no hope of escaping the alien spaceship that is fast approaching him. When the aliens repair Hazumu’s body to fix the serious injury, they also change his gender, making him a woman.
To find out if Hazumu can return to his original body, the plot pivots on how it will affect Hazumu’s previous relationships. As a result of this, a love triangle forms between the three main characters, Hazumu, Yasuna, and Tomari. This is primarily due to their mutual uncertainty over whether or not to act on their romantic impulses despite the fact that they are of the same sex. Hazumu is unable to choose between Yasuna and Tomari, who both want to stay with him, as another dispute arises. Melodrama ensues frequently between the three of them.
10. Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru
Runtime: 8 October 2006 – 24 December 2006.
The total number of episodes is 12 (plus four OVA episodes).
Romance, Harem, and Fantasy
Mizuho Miyanokouji, an androgynous high school student, is the protagonist of Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru. It is clear from the reading of grandfather’s will that the Seio Girls’ Academy, the institution founded by his forebears and where his own mother studied, is the place for his grandson.
Because of this, Mizuho goes undercover in order to gain access to the facility. Aside from Mariya Mikado and the headmistress Hisako Kajiura, Shion Jujo and Ichiko Takashima are also aware of his secret. Mizuho’s attractiveness, sweetness, and athleticism are frequently discussed by other high school girls. As a result of this unrestrained popularity, he is nominated, against his will, to be the president of the student council.
Itsukushima, the current student council president, is opposed to Mizuho because of this fact. Tradition has it that one of the senior girls is elected by her peers to be the school’s “big sister” and hence the president in June. As a high school student, she was known to as Onee-sama by her peers.
A candidate must receive at least seventy-five percent of the vote in order to be named a senior. if no candidate gets 75 percent of the vote in the first ballot, then the candidate who gets at least 75 percent of the votes is deemed oldest. The president of the student council for the current year becomes the oldest if no one meets this barrier. In Otoboku, Mizuho receives 82% of the vote in the first round, making her the 72nd oldest student in school history. Mizuho has to deal with the responsibilities that come with this new role, and he does his best to assist the other characters while keeping his true identity a secret.