jojo’s bizarre adventures has
- male leads that go directly against the much parroted ‘male power fantasy’ traits
- An entire part revolving around a female protagonist, female supporting crew, and primarily female cast
- An entire part with a crippled lead
I didn’t say diversity shouldn’t be a part of media, I said that media shouldn’t fall back on their diversity if their product is ill received. If you want a topical example of this, consider the ironically named Remember Me, which was a complete flop. Even though it was released the same year as the commercially successful Tomb Raider, publishers, journalists and comic artists all presented the female protagonist as the reason the game didn’t do well. I can scrounge up sources if you don’t believe me but it was pretty universal. I think that points the finger at the audience and blames THEM for not enjoying something when they really didn’t enjoy it because it was a shitty product.
Back to jojo, its an excellent story and in part 3 brought the unique element of Stands to the table (as you mentioned). This was a cool concept and people who were definitely not some fringe group minority ate it up. From there the cast can be as homoerotic, crippled or straight up female as it wants because no one cares as long as the story remained entertaining to consume. On the flip side, awkwardly forcing diversity into your media (cough bioware) can jam up the experience. Coincidentally Bioware is also guilty of the same thing I’ve been talking about as they deflected the angry response towards ME3 that arose because of the bad ending and other reasons by saying ‘oh they don’t like it because we put the gays in’.
So, to wrap what I’m saying up, when I see someone saying their product failed because of how ‘progressive’ it is, I just look at jojos success and say ‘yo you’re full of shit’.
PS: Early jojo characters followed shonen traditions in part one because the comic hadn’t found its footing yet, and in part two continued with a similar protagonist because Araki was afraid of the reaction of killing off a main shonen character so he made Joseph look the exact same as Jonathan. From there Araki had proven himself as an able mangaka storywise and was able to expand on the style and characters, leading to a more diverse cast. Does this invalidate the 1-3 characters that would fall under the ‘male power fantasy’ term? No, and this might be a controversial statement to make, but I think the concept of a ‘male power fantasy’ is made up bullshit. I find the idea that women can’t be attracted to a manly buff character incredibly stupid.
I hope I provided enough examples from media to justify my point.