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Old 2011-06-25, 06:29   Link #1
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Steins;Gate - Character Discussion - Urushibara Ruka

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Old 2011-06-25, 20:01   Link #2
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Old 2011-06-25, 21:04   Link #3
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Man, Ruka's gonna confuse the otaku.

"So is it ok to f...." Oh, no, what if she changes back?
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Old 2011-06-25, 23:37   Link #4
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Man, Ruka's gonna confuse the otaku.
Only in the West. In Japan, this genre is already widely accepted.

"Someone this cute can't be a girl!"
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Old 2011-06-26, 00:32   Link #5
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Man, Ruka's gonna confuse the otaku.
Traps aren't exactly a new phenomenon
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Old 2011-06-28, 15:10   Link #6
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She is pretty adorable when it's so obvious that she has a hard crush on Okabe but is too shy to admit it One of my favourite characters in this series.
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Old 2011-06-30, 13:30   Link #7
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Like with '' Feyris '', I would like to know the official spelling for her name? You'd think the subs, by CR, were accurate, but apparently not since we have Feyris there while it should be Faris, and now with Ruka..

I see Ruka everywhere, but on the official character CD's? (Check the Av/Sig thread), her name is written as Luka Urushibara. So which is it, with an L or R?

.. Luka would be a very stupid name though, especially now that she's a girl. What puzzles me further is that why is her name not changed.. When her mother knew she was going to have a girl, why did they still name her as it is? Or is Ruka supposed to be an unisex name?
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Traps aren't exactly a new phenomenon
Traps that become non-traps aren't that common, no?

It leaves a timing window for them to be like "Is it ok now to f---?"

Should be a poll: "Would you...?"
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Traps that become non-traps aren't that common, no?

It leaves a timing window for them to be like "Is it ok now to f---?"

Should be a poll: "Would you...?"
This is assuming that no one would hit on Ruka when still a male.

I mean traps became a new moe for a reason
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Also, Watarase Jun (one of the earlier most famous trap, often regarded as the one who brought this moe to life) was also a trap that became non-trap, so actually the idea was as old as the moe existed.
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I will say though; (s)he has pretty bad fashion sense, as either.
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I will say though; (s)he has pretty bad fashion sense, as either.
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Not a Hot Topic fan?
Pretty much summarizes it.
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Man, Ruka's gonna confuse the otaku.

"So is it ok to f...." Oh, no, what if she changes back?
Wait? What about Qualification for Saimoe?!
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Wait? What about Qualification for Saimoe?!
Can still qualify.

Vote Ruka for both male and female character in 2011's AS awards IMO.
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Old 2011-08-09, 09:26   Link #16
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I thought episode 18 was actually really well done, mainly in regard to the latter half when Ruka finally confessed everything to Okarin. I mean, we debate about the "trap" in a similar context. As a heterosexual male, when you see a male that looks/acts so much like a female that it is difficult if not impossible to tell the difference, where you struggle between your feelings of attraction for who they are and your confusion on how to handle what they are, what do you do?

Flip that around for someone like Ruka. Here is a person who fell in love but knows that his gender is a huge barrier that pretty much prevents any chance of pursuing that love. I can almost see how Ruka might even have some (or even a lot) of resentment toward his own gender...."cursed" to look so feminine that he's stuck between two worlds. He can never be manly, but he'll never be a real girl either.

In many ways this is a common frustration among transgenders. They (at the very least mentally) don't have any comfort with their biological gender, but struggle with the knowledge that they can only (at best) live as the gender they identify with, and current options are all superficial. They might pass well enough that others won't question their gender, but inside they themselves know the truth. It's something that eats at many transgenders no matter how much they rationalize it.

That really comes to a head with Ruka's confession. She gave up her chance at being happy as a real girl, having a chance at a real relationship with Okarin, to save her friend. Okarin struggles with the knowledge of this, since it is his invention that made possible that reality and what revealed Ruka's feelings for him. He's a good person, knowing that he had the ability to reverse the D-mail but deciding to make a "proper" date and give her some happiness.

It's both a blessing and a curse for all these characters. Feyris and Ruka lose their memories of the blessings they had, so they are spared from knowing that they lost them. They won't remember what those blessings were though, and those memories with her father, or his/her memories of being a real girl, are lost forever. Okarin on the other hand must live with the memories of both timelines. He'll know how happy these people were, and that he was responsible for both their happiness and their sacrifices for their friend.
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