Throughout anime history, the male lead character has consistently reflected a suite of traits — traits that have culminated into an archetype, now hailed throughout Japan as the ideal role model for men. Henceforth we here at Anime Maru will investigate this image of masculinity that is unique to the Japanese culture.
The prime of a man’s youth occurs in his high school years. It is during this time that a relationship with the opposite sex is most feasible. Later in life he will enter the workforce as a salaryman, where murderous work ethic, stress-related health problems, and rounds of late-night drinking will prohibit any meaningful interaction with the opposite sex.
The Japanese are keen on efficiency. A shaggy, untrimmed, and unkempt hairstyle is low maintenance and proves sufficient in covering the head. Although genetic homogeneity has resulted in black being adopted as the standard color, dyeing one’s hair has proven to augment one’s sexual appeal by manyfold.
The Japanese confine themselves to a busy indoor lifestyle, rarely venturing outdoors for leisure purposes or the seasonal beach episode. The pale shade of skin is displayed as a symbol of diligence.
Referring once again to the Japanese obsession over efficiency. The lank, atrophied musculature, supplemented by the small portion sizes of Japanese meals, remarkably suffices in accomplishing daily activities, be it groping a girl’s D-cup breasts or piloting a gargantuan weaponized robot.
The Japanese incorporate ideas of simplicity and consistency into fashion. The high-school uniform doubles as one’s daily outfit. Pictured here is the traditional gakuran worn by male students. The standardized attire ensures that all share an “equal playing field” in the race to lose virginity.
All points considered, it is evident that the anime male lead is a culmination of the key pillars of Japanese society: efficiency, conformity, and diligence. Indeed, he is a stellar role model suitable for all societies.