Solus Prime, also known as the Creator, is the fourth of the original Thirteen and one of the main Primes focused on in the Covenant of Primus. While her bio is impressive, the narrative she belongs to generated a great deal of controversy for very understandable reasons.
Below the read more, I’ll discuss specifics; however, for any fans just casually scrolling by, let me send this one message.
If ANY aspect of Megatronus and Solus’ relationship sounds similar to a IRL situation you are in, PLEASE talk to someone you can trust about it. There are too many people whose stories end the way Solus’ did and I don’t want you to be one of them. Please don’t let harmful materials in franchises you enjoy convince you that what’s happening to you is normal or desirable.
and all those things that losers expect cybetronians not to understand about human culture.
"It’s customary for some humans, mostly women, to line their eyes and stain their lips." "Yeah we do that, too. Hey these are some sweet designs, I want to try that next time I get a paint job."
"Some humans put colored or clear varnish on their nails for beauty and to strengthen them." "Well, DUH, they obviously can’t lacquer the REST of their body like we do, it’s way too flexible. Ohhhh is that…water marbling?! Do you think I can get that pattern on my door panels, that’s so cute! What’s the color called?"
"Some humans use ink and needles to put words or pictures on their skin." "Holy shit, you guys have to use lasers if you want a new detail job? That’s hardcore. Snaps."
"Some humans pierce their flesh with metal and other materials for beauty. These small wounds heal and make scar tissue for a permanant hole." "Wow, cute spoilers! I like your cranial rivets. Do they make them in my size?"
"As part of hygiene regimen, humans scour their skin to remove dead tissue to make their surfaces smooth." "Everybody enjoys a good buff now and then, that’s pretty basic right?"
You can portray space car robots any way you want but I like to think that like, despite how the shows love to frame humans as so weird and squishy and exotic and strange, in actuality there’s like no effort required to understand most of what we do. They like that stuff too. They just do it in size XXXXL
We also have to consider that Transformers is not only an American franchise. Some of these elements were added on the Japanese side and therefore not some kind of Western appropriation. It’s an international name with international input and we’d hear an international outcry if things like Drift eating sushi were issues to Japanese people.
I’m not trying to imply that people can’t have opinions on if or if not it’s problematic, just that it’s worth baring in mind.
Absolutely! Many of the common anime elements were added by Japanese artists themselves. This franchise is a team effort for sure.
It is no accident that Starscream went from a Three Stooges routine in G1 to a sword welding wandering warrior questioning whether or not his faction had gone astray in Armada.
Some cliches are cliches because people like them so much. Nothing wrong with that!
suddenlycomics replied to your post “swindleofficial replied to your post “i can tell you with 100%…”Personally I would have toned down the “hair” a bit because it kind of seems a bit too much. And since her origin isn’t her going to earth and mimicking Japanese culture, I feel better about the design. Context is important.
the hair is pretty silly, but I agree that it’s better that she’s not choosing to style herself as Japanese in-universe
swindleofficial replied to your post “swindleofficial replied to your post “i can tell you with 100%…”but it’s hard to say whether it comes from her being female or if it’s the facepaint. it can be considered cultural appropriation out of context (even tho it’s not the intention)
well, I’d say it’s not directly because of the facepaint. That is, if male Windblade had the exact same facepaint, people would probably criticize it in the exact same way. But if I recall correctly, her facepaint is traditionally female, so it’s connected to her gender. I don’t want to dredge up ancient posts about this, though, so I don’t know entirely.
though the Japanese hairstyle wouldn’t be a thing if she was always a guy, because it’s pretty much there to add an extra cue as to her gender
I heard the phrase cultural appropriation come up in a calm, reasonable discussion about Windblade and that summoned me like an Elder God. Pardon my photo dump.
A male transformer has already worn far more stereotypical Japanese facepaint. Perceptor went full geisha stereotype in The Face of Nijika .
This franchise has always had a boner for Japan. From G1 to present day, it’s one of the few things you can really count on always making an appearance somewhere.
Drift even eats energon sushi. Because that’s a thing.
Is it cultural appropriation? Probably, yeah.
But it’s a bit unrealistic to expect one new character to solve both the longstanding issue with gender AND ALSO the longstanding japan = ninjas and samurai problem in the franchise. If anything, it makes sense for Hasbro to play it a bit safe and put a new controversial character in a consistently popular niche.
And, when we know for a fact that the guyformers who are part of the Japanophile club aren’t getting criticized the same way, I’m willing to cut her some slack.
Besides, have you seen how stupid female helms used to be?
Dammit, Elita. Go let Windblade do your hair so you are actually drawable. Jeez.