TV shows and movies, which is an incredible feat, but one category that is often overlooked and underrepresented is the asexual community. Within animation, the small list of canon asexual characters includes Spongebob Squarepants, Owen Burnett from Gargoyles, Peridot from Steven Universe, Todd Chavez from Bojack Horseman and Alastor from Hazbin Hotel. Despite not being confirmed, some fans speculate that Dr. Stone's Senku could potentially be added to this list based on his behavior in both the anime and manga. Someone who identifies as asexual does not experience sexual attraction. Beyond that, asexual people's romantic orientation can vary. Many asexuals can still feel romantic, aesthetic or sensual attraction, while others don't. Asexuality is a spectrum and not every person or character who identifies as asexual is going to have the same beliefs or preferences on the matter. Senku is a logical, straight-forward character whose entire being revolves around science. It is his hobby, passion and the only thing he seems to live and breathe by.
Within the story, Senku uses this as his way to connect with the world and, sometimes, with other people. In terms of relationships, he has a strong focus on platonic and familial bonds. Unlike other characters in Dr. Stone, Senku has expressed no romantic feelings to anyone in the past or present state of the world, making him one of the few protagonists in Shonen Jump not to have a love interest at any point in the series, implying he doesn't experience romantic attraction. He does not seem to care about one's appearance, leaving no evidence of aesthetic attraction. He also doesn't seem to be a character who seeks out human contact, taking out sensual attraction. When Kohaku kissed Senku in chapter 108, the only emotion Senku felt in response was shock and nothing more. So, apart from displaying no sexual attraction, the lack of romantic, aesthetic and sensual attraction feeds into where he may lie on the spectrum of asexuality. Identifying as asexual does not limit a person's need for an emotional connection with others. While some asexuals still do seek out romantic relationships, others prefer platonic bonds of friends and family. We see the latter consistently in Senku, as he prioritizes his friends and the people he is protecting through his passion for science. Before all life on Earth turns to stone, we see examples of how he used science to connect with others as he executes experiments with Taiju and Yuzuriha to reach space as children, or even when he decided to help Byakuya on his challenging quest in becoming an astronaut.
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Romantic and/or sexual relationships do not appeal to him, but instead, Senku actively seeks to have emotional connections with his friends and family. Regarding romantic relationships, like in the instance of Taiju and Yuzuriha, Senku is content with cheering his friends on from the sidelines with no afterthoughts of potentially gaining a romantic relationship as well. Even in the anime's first season, Senku expresses neither desire nor disgust when given the opportunity to enter a relationship with Ruri. He was not thrilled about the idea of being in a relationship and just expressed how Ruri simply wasn't his type. The only emotion present when the situation arose was a lack of interest, solidifying the fact that he has no interest in pursuing romance. If Senku is asexual and aromatic, then he is only further proof that a main character doesn't need to develop a romantic relationship for a story to be engaging, showing how characters can still be interesting, perfectly content and successful without experiencing sex or romance.
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Senku's attention is centered around rebuilding the current world through science with his goals and self-interests lying with his platonic bonds and love of science. All in all, Senku appears to show no sexual attraction at any point in the anime or manga. This is all just speculation, but if the protagonist in one of the most popular currently ongoing anime series is confirmed to be asexual, then this could be groundbreaking, meaningful representation for a group of people who are often overlooked in society and in pop culture. It wouldn't even be a big deal in the story, since Dr. Stone has proven all of its strengths lie with every other aspect of the show. The label does not change anything about the story or Senku's character, but just the mere fact that he could be adds validation and recognition amongst the asexual community. Regardless on what is thought of Senku's sexual orientation, at the end of the day, there is no arguing that his true love is science!
The Quintessential Quintuplets (Japanese:, Hepburn: Go-Tōbun no Hanayome, lit. Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. It was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from August 2017 to February 2020, with its chapters collected into fourteen tankōbon volumes. The series follows the daily life of a high school student Futaro Uesugi, who is hired as a private tutor for a group of identical quintuplets: Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki Nakano. At the very beginning of the story, it is shown that the events are being told in a flashback, while an adult Futaro prepares to marry one of the Nakano Quintuplets whose identity is only revealed near the end of the series. under the Kodansha Comics imprint. The anime series is licensed in North America under a Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership. An anime television series adaptation produced by Tezuka Productions aired from January to March 2019 on TBS and other channels. The series is a commercial success, being the 5th best-selling manga in 2019, and the 3rd best-selling manga in the first half of 2020 in Japan. In 2019, the manga won the award for the shnen category at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards. High school student Futaro Uesugi is an academically gifted student that leads a difficult life-his mother has died, he has no friends, and on top of all that, his father has incurred a large amount of debt. An opportunity presents itself when the rich Nakano family transfers to his school.
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Futaro is promptly hired as a highly paid tutor. However, much to Futaro's dismay, he discovers that his five charges-identical quintuplet sisters of varied personalities-have no interest in studying at all and have abysmal grades. Some of the quintuplets are against having Futaro, whom they view as a stranger, in their apartment, but Futaro's diligent tenacity gradually convinces those girls to accept him and to improve their grades. Throughout the series, Futaro develops special relationships with each of the quintuplets. Through a flashforward, it is revealed that he eventually marries one of them, but her true identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The idea of "a group of quintuplets falling in love with the same person" existed even before the serialization of Haruba's previous work, Karma of Purgatory (2014-2015), but was very simple at that time. The idea was denied by his editor-in-charge. A year after, after the end of Karma of Purgatory, he discussed with his editor-in-charge what to serialize next.
Among the few ideas being come up with, the "quintuplets" idea was included again, which was accepted by the editor this time. After failures in two to three serialization committees, finally, it was decided to have a one-shot manga published first. The one-shot received positive reviews and therefore went on to serialization. It was decided the protagonist should be quintuplets at the very beginning. When later the idea of quadruplets and sextuplets was raised, it was rejected very quickly, around 30 seconds. Haruba said it might be a reference to Super Sentai when he came up with this idea. Similar to Super Sentai, Ichika (yellow), Nino (black), Miku (blue), Yotsuba (green), and Itsuki (red) are all represented by a color. The design of the quintuplets started from his favorite existing female characters from "some slice-of-life works only with girls", around 15 to 20 of them. The idea of adding numbers in their names was after the design was almost confirmed.
The hair color of the Nakano quintuplets is different when being colored, which was suggested by Haruba himself, such that they are more distinguishable from each other. The hair color of the bride in the flashforward is, therefore, a colour-in-between. The flashforward showing that Futaro will eventually marry only one of the Nakano quintuplets was added in order to eliminate the possibility of Futaro marrying all five of them. It was also decided that all quintuplets would have negative feelings towards Futaro from the beginning, because Haruba wanted to write how their relationships improved from hate to love in the story, except Yotsuba, who acts as Futaro's guide for the development of the story. While it is often the norm for harem romantic comedy manga to have sexualized depictions of characters, Haruba has said that he tried to avoid this to some extent after Vol. In his opinion, showing panties which are being worn, ieTo keep the characters interesting, the sexy scenes were intended by him to be ambiguous but not straightforward, leading to readers' imagination. The swimsuit appearance of the Nakanos was finally revealed in Ep.