A new character in Dandadan brings a much more annoying and gritty version of Minoru Mineta to the story, and he might be here to stay.
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Dandadan Chapter 66!
Almost everything about Shonen Jump+ Dandadan was perfect, but recent developments have introduced an annoying new character that brings a problematic trope; the perverted nerd kid. It’s particularly worrying that some fans have hinted that this new signing could be here to stay.
Perverted characters are almost a constant in the manga industry. Some of the most famous are the horny old man portrayed by Master Roshi of fame dragon ball, One pieceThe handsome Sanji with the wide eyes and the sex-mad nerd, like Minoru, reject Mineta My hero academy. The majority of manga fans who dislike this trope are no doubt disturbed by the overall concept of characters objectifying others to the point of harassment. But even for those who can find humor in the perversity of it all, there are limits. Unfortunately, perverts’ liking usually depends on how the character is portrayed.
Introduced in Dandadan Chapter 64 of mangaka Yukinobu Tatsu, a currently unnamed classmate of Okarun, becomes entangled in his world because of his obsession with how a rejected like Okarun could somehow have such a close relationship with Momo Ayase. The chubby and overly enthusiastic boy’s current ruse in the last few chapters was that he completely misinterpreted Okarun and Momo’s discussions about Okarun’s missing body part while they were talking dirty to each other. Desperate to engage with Momo, the pervert says incredibly inappropriate things at random moments to conform and because of the false impression that “cheeky language‘ is the key to being attractive. But of course Momo is disgusted by it and Okarun is totally annoyed (like most readers). As of the latest episode, Chapter 66, the boy follows them for so long that he eventually gets involved in the fight between Okarun and Momo Dandadans giant space kaiju.
While the young pervert’s odd, quirky poses may be humorous, the problem with him isn’t that he’s a pervert or says monstrously gross things. It’s that mangaka Tatsu obviously took great care in portraying him grotesquely. It feels like he was drawn to be unlikable. This sets him apart from the more well-known and even celebrated perverts. My hero academy‘s Mineta is an overly cartoonish boy so unrealistic as to be harmless. And there’s something oddly charming about lecherous old men, as long as their antics are light-hearted, like most, especially dragon ball‘s Master Roshi. And Sanji, who’s even more harmless than Mineta in that he’s even more caricatured than Mineta, is an overall good-looking guy whose only downside is usually his eyes turning into giant hearts that pop out of his skull when he a woman sees. but Dandadanis perverted? There’s nothing attractive about him.
Worse, he’s probably here to stay. Whenever aliens appear Dandadan‘s world, the sky turns black and all who mean nothing disappear. Unfortunately, he wasn’t going anywhere when the kaiju first came. So far, all of the characters who have joined Okarun and Momo’s inner circle have been likable. Though mild, Aira’s feelings for Okarun might be considered a bit excessive as Okarun does not reciprocate her advances, essentially making her the group’s pervert. So why add a much worse version of her? Luckily there are too many good things Dandadan letting just one detail ruin everything.
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