The Destiny franchise (and the Nasuverse, by extension) is so common that even anime followers who have not watched a single episode from any of its numerous reveals already know who Saber is, particularly Altria Pendragon.
Altria isn’t just the most famous Servant to take up the title of “Saber,” however she’s additionally a gender-swapped model of King Arthur. She’s not the primary gender-bent anime model of a historic determine (fictional or in any other case), and she or he will not be the final.
WARNING: Spoilers forward.
10 The Destiny Collection — King Arthur Was Truly Altria Pendragon
Altria Pendragon is not simply the face of the sprawling Destiny franchise (which didn’t actually air on TV), however the preferred reimagining of the legendary King Arthur. Saber’s life and dying have been the identical as what transpired within the Arthurian myths, with a key distinction being that she was raised as a person and had students report her tales as such.
One other layer to that is that King Arthur and Altria are two separate identities. King Arthur is a righteous and infallible king, however he was chilly and nearly inhuman to everybody else. Altria, in distinction, is an emotionally insecure lady who regretted ever placing on the façade of King Arthur in her dying moments earlier than her reincarnation for the Holy Grail Wars.
9 Battle Women: Time Paradox — Yoshino Conceal Obtained Isekai’d Into A Gender-Flipped Sengoku Period Japan
At first look, Battle Women: Time Paradox looks like a typical historical isekai. On the evening earlier than her historical past check, the clumsy Yoshino determined to wish for luck on the native shrine. A sequence of hijinks result in her getting knocked out and waking up within the Sengoku Period however with one main twist: everyone seems to be a lady.
With exception of the canine, Shiro, this Japan has no males. Each determine in Japan’s warring states interval, from Date Masamune to Tokugawa Ieyasu, are super-powered warrior girls. Even Yoshino is a historic reference, along with her nickname, Hideyoshi, coming from Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a daimyo who additionally got here out of nowhere and adjusted the warfare’s course.
8 Strike Witches — Wartime Ace Pilots Have been Reimagined As Gun-Wielding Magical Women
World Battle II has been reimagined in actually each medium of fiction created, and the identical goes for anime. One of many warfare’s weirdest reinterpretations was Strike Witches, which added an alien invasion and magical ladies into the combo. In 1939, the Neuroi invade the planet, and the world’s nations united by forming the Strike Witches unit.
The Strike Witches are combat-ready magical girls who use guns, magic, and the Striker Unit system, they usually’re all based mostly on or are gender-flipped variations of World Battle II ace pilots. For instance, Sgt. Yoshika Miyafuji was impressed by Japanese pilot Kaneyoshi Muto whereas Lt. Charlotte “Shirly” Yeager is a gender-swapped American basic Charles “Chuck” Yeager.
7 ClassicaLoid — Franz Liszt & Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Have been Reincarnated As Girls
In ClassicaLoid, classical musicians have in some way reincarnated into fashionable Japanese society and even have wonderful superpowers often known as Musik. For probably the most half, the composers featured reminiscent of Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are youthful and goofier variations of themselves, however there are two gender-bent exceptions.
Romantic composers Franz Liszt (or Lisz-chan; left) and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (or Tchaiko-chan; proper) have been reborn as girls, a lot to their shock. The place Lisz-chan has no downside with being an grownup girl, Tchaiko-chan hates being reborn as a teenage idol and consistently regresses to her cranky previous self to really feel extra at house.
6 Bungo Stray Canines — Kyouka Izumi Is The Solely Gender-Flipped Member Of The Armed Detective Company
Kyouka shares the penname of Kyotaro Izumi, a surrealist Japanese writer greatest recognized for his societal criticisms. Kyouka’s means, Demon Snow, can be a reference to her namesake’s well-known play, Demon Pond. Together with Koyo Ozaki (named after Japanese writer Tokutaro Ozaki’s penname), Kyouko is among the anime’s few gender-swapped literary references.
5 Nobunagun — A Schoolgirl Oda Nobunaga Fought Alongside A Gender-Flipped Jack The Ripper
Because the title implies, Nobunagun reimagined the Sengoku Period daimyo Oda Nobunaga as a gun. Particularly, he was reincarnated by means of Sio Ogura, who can summon him as an enormous gun. Nobunagun takes the historic gender-flipping a step additional with Sio’s anti-hero ally Adam Muirhead: the descendant of the notorious serial killer Jack The Ripper.
Traditionally, Jack was a male assassin who focused girls. In Nobunagun, Florence Nightingale (proper), the founder of contemporary nursing, is Jack’s true id. That stated, Florence was pressured to kill particular girls to cease the unfold of a lethal virus implanted into them. Relying on the scenario, Adam can embody both Jack or Florence.
4 Jubei-Chan: The Ninja Lady — Yagyu Jubei Reincarnated By His Feminine Descendant
The one-eyed Yagyu Jubei is one among the most famous samurai in Japanese historical past, and he is so common that he is been depicted in numerous types of fiction and genres, even the magical lady style. Jubei-Chan: The Ninja Lady is a sequence the place Jubei can momentarily come again to life as a lady.
For readability’s sake, his centuries-late descendant Jiyu Nanonhana can grow to be a magical ninja lady when she dons a magical eyepatch. This eyepatch transforms her into Jubei-chan, the reincarnation of the legendary samurai. It must be famous that earlier than dying, Jubei demanded that the eyepatch be given to a feminine descendant.
3 The Rose Of Versailles — Oscar François De Jarjayes Is The Gender-Swapped Model Of A Revolutionary French Normal
The Rose Of Versailles is a shojo anime/manga retelling of the French aristocracy’s final years, so it is unsurprisingly full of real-life monarchs and nobles. One of many few exceptions is Oscar (proper), the Royal Guard’s commander and bodyguard/love curiosity to Queen Marie Antoinette. Oscar relies on a historic basic, however solely loosely.
Oscar all however changed Pierre-Augustin Hulin within the anime’s model of French historical past, along with her taking his rank and position within the French Revolution. That stated, Oscar died when storming the Bastille whereas Pierre-Augustin survived. Pierre-Augustin exists within the manga, however he is one among Oscar’s troopers. Oscar took the gender-swapping additional within the genderfluid sense. Examples of this embody her androgynous appears to be like and affection for Marie.
2 Steins;Gate — John Titor Was Suzuha Amane This Entire Time
If self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintaro Okabe took John Titor’s warnings about time journey critically, none of the deaths and suffering in Steins;Gatewould’ve transpired. However to be truthful, Okabe could not be faulted for dismissing Titor’s ramblings as a result of the real-life Titor, who claimed to be a time traveler from 2036, was little greater than a troll.
Titor turned notorious from 2000 to 2001 when he appeared on message boards, searching down an IBM 5100 laptop he wanted to avert a coming dystopia. Titor was later uncovered to be a hoax made by brothers Larry and Richard Haber, however in Steins;Gate, Titor was the true deal and was the time-traveling agent Suzuha Amane’s alias.
1 UQ Holder! — Karin Yuuki Was The Actual Judas Iscariot
As a member of UQ Holder, Karin being an immortal being with supernatural powers is not something stunning. What might take individuals aback, although, are the origins of her everlasting life and angst. With none warning, UQ Holder! casually revealed that Karin used to go by the identify of Judas Iscariot centuries in the past.
After turning Jesus Christ over to the Romans as a result of she feared what their reprisal towards his followers can be, Karin instantly regretted doing so and tried to take her personal life. It was whereas hanging from a tree that she realized that she was now immortal. Whereas she sees this as divine punishment, others see it as a darkish blessing.
CBR Workers Author Angelo Delos Trinos’ skilled writing profession might have solely began just a few years in the past, however he is been writing and overthinking about anime, comics and films for his entire life. He most likely watched Neon Genesis Evangelion manner an excessive amount of, and he nonetheless misses video shops. Comply with him at @AD3ofc on Twitter, or e mail him at [email protected]