I was reading the last conversation between Akane and Sigma—and while I’m tired of the misconception that Akane is somehow coercive or emotionally abusive for other legitimate reasons, one of the other things that seriously bothers me is that fandom infantalizes Sigma and Junpei as if they’re characters without any autonomy of their own.
Sigma’s autonomy is? very very important to him and a vital part of his character. That at the very end, despite the fact that Sigma’s faced with a world on the brink of extinction, he doesn’t cower, doesn’t run away, instead says “There is no question. I will save these people and I will succeed.”
Like, you do realize that these were orders Akane was given…by him, right? Sigma was the one who made the decision to pioneer this project. And when he failed, he explicitly had Akane go and fetch his younger self. I thought that was heavily implied considering it makes no logical sense for Akane to somehow “manipulate” Sigma in every god damn cycle considering he would have had to make himself her contact for there to even be an established relationship between the two.
It’s just blatant misinterpretation and vilification of a female character and of course I’m not surprised because people will go the extra mile to infantalize and protect their male favs.