The Non-Existent Sakura Trick Controversy;

vlc-2014-01-10-21-28-13-13So there’s been some noise in the community; And this time the victim is Sakura Trick. Yeah, that Sakura Trick.

It’s an on-going, sexy yet relatively tame yuri (yeah, full-on yuri. Not that weak stuff like Yuru Yuri or Love Lab or A-Channel) show about two friends, that, oneday share a kiss and realize they may be gay for eachother. Woop.

Oh, and it’s brought by Studio DEEN which deserves a mention because they’re the ones responsible for this seasons clusterfuck also known as Pupa. So there.

What’s the noise about, you might ask?

Well, to be honest; A select few people on a select few forums have been talking about how over-sexualized and even objectified this show is for the lesbian community -Half of these people probably not even being LGBT-

Still, it was a small discussion that hardly defines the overal opinion of the community of this show; But as goes for everything, us bloggers and alike take the opportunity to give our fifty cents on the topic, so here is mine;


sakura-trick-1-1.jpg w=700&h=398Sexualization (or sexualisation) is to make something sexual in character or quality, or to become aware of sexuality especially in relation to men and women.

Does sexualization = Bad show?

No. It really, really, really doesn’t.

In social philosophy, objectification means treating a person as a thing, without regard to their dignity.

Does objectification = Bad show?

Well, unless theyre trying to make a statement, it’s more likely than not.

People are obviously sexual creatures with sexual assets and sexual needs; It’s nothing to get crazy over just because one of the MC’s get a little turned on by seeing her lesbian lover. They’re like sixteen, for God’s sake, it’s nothing weird.

Again, does the amount of kisses and boob jiggles really affect the quality of the show? The preview and premise scream ;”hey hey hey! Look at how cutes these girls are, aww, what a ditz, they’re so in love. I ship them, you should ship them too”

In it’s core, Sakura Trick is just another moe slice of life show, except that it’s more on the naugthy side of things and boy, am I loving it.

Aslong as the sexualization stays classy, it’s only a treat to the eyes and nothing more; Black Lagoon is a good example of this, I believe.

Does Sakura Trick do the fanservice for no reason? Obviously not, and obviously they’re catering for a certain audience, and obviously there’s people that need to make a living behind this, and obviously money needs to be made and discs need to be sold, if we, the fandom, had taken more interest in more serious yuri shows or OVA’s in the past, then maybe things would be different, but clearly there is no big enough demand for it, so why should they go out and experiment when the market is already as competitive as it is?

And in any case, if the girls in Sakura Trick are objectified, then so are the girls from K-on, right? and Love Lab? what about Sailor Moon? And the boys from Meganebu for catering to the megane lovers? and what about Free? Heck, even Ouran and Nana are sexualized if we’re looking deep enough, right?

Enjoy the show while it lasts, folks, careless Yuri shows like these are rare these days, so let’s appreciate it and, otherwise, read some of your non-sexualized-objectified lesbian manga, which, surely, looking deep enough, are also objectified in some way.

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  1. I would like to let you know that I very much agree with what you have said, and that you – alongside other bloggers who have commented on this subject – have put such an argument in an eloquent, sensitive, and fair-minded manner. I would also like to let you know that I have, in passing, linked to this blog post in positing my views in a broader discussion about fanservice here (https://phoenixfactory.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/why-im-not-against-fanservice-and-sexual-objectification-in-the-media-and-why-the-focus-should-be-different/#more-278), and I hope you would not mind this.

    Thank you very much.

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  2. I would like to let you know that I very much agree with what you have said, and that you – alongside other bloggers who have commented on this subject – have put such an argument in an eloquent, sensitive, and fair-minded manner. I would also like to let you know that I have, in passing, linked to this blog post in positing my views in a broader discussion about fanservice here (https://phoenixfactory.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/why-im-not-against-fanservice-and-sexual-objectification-in-the-media-and-why-the-focus-should-be-different/#more-278), and I hope you would not mind this.

    Thank you very much.

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