Ever since Boku no Hero Academia’s popularity exploded when S2 started, I’ve been seeing a lot of hate toward Mineta. This brings to mind something I see all the time with many people regarding how they consume fiction: they dislike or hate on non-villains that make stupid decisions or ones with problematic attitudes, then regard them as bad characters. My impression is that this is how majority of people are.
I just don’t think like that at all.
Mineta has a problematic attitude, particularly when it comes to women. I completely agree with that. Maybe he’s a bad person, though I wouldn’t simplify such a strong black and white label down to being a pervert. Everyone has stains on them. Some, their fault, some not. Some, society’s more accepting of and some unacceptable for society. And I’m not the type who’s so confident and convinced by my righteousness to throw stones at
But the moral aspect isn’t what I disagree with. It’s how they label him as a bad character. A bad person, I won’t disagree or agree yet. But a bad character? As long as he doesn’t act out of character and fulfills his role effectively whenever the plot demands an active role from him, he is not a bad character in my opinion. Yes, his character could’ve been written without his pervertedness and HeroAca would still work since he’s not a main character. But that doesn’t have any bearing on whether he’s a good character. That’s just changing character’s traits. Traits don’t define a good character, writing does.
If it’s about sending the wrong message or enabling the problematic attitude he has toward women, I don’t think HeroAca’s ever treated what he does as something to be celebrated. I think he’s just being portrayed as a perverted classmate who happened to be on the side which isn’t evil. He’s just there. I don’t think there’s any celebration in that. Do people really think every middle school or high school classmate they had who acts perverted are shitty people? I would say it’s probably a mix of shitty and non-shitty ones.
They can hate Mineta as much as they want. Their reasons are justified. I just think calling a character bad because you dislike the character’s qualities as a person is overreaching. Mineta just happened to be a good example to use in expressing this sentiment of mine. And I really can’t relate to feeling so strongly on characters. You may call me cold-hearted. I didn’t cry at Clannad: After Story after all.
But I did feel strong enough about people equating a character they hate to a bad character to write a blog entry on it lol.