What a 90s Anime Taught Me About Gender Fluidity

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I must have been six years old the first time I ever saw Ranma ½. At the time I didn’t know why I was so drawn to this Japanese anime that featured a character who was a boy that transformed into a girl every time he came into contact with cold water. And there were boobs. Lots and lots of boobs.

At the time I lived in the US where the only channels my brother and I were allowed to watch were the Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. We used to spend the summers in Mexico, where we would stay at my grandparent’s house. They didn’t have cable, so we were stuck watching Canal 5, a children’s TV network owned by Televisa.

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