Let’s talk about Hannah. (And by talk I mean complain angrily.)

I have a lot of feelings about Hannah and the way the writers treated her; let’s see, where should I start…

How about with how she was just completely an object, especially in the first episodes. She SHOULD react to the abuse. she SHOULD care. but no. in the end we get a “i love being in your presence despite it all!!!” read: she was channeling luka. she isn’t really given any character of her own. we get her being slightly nervous around alois and generally seeming like she doesn’t wanna be around him in the first few eps she appears in (despite what happens in the ova and what she says at the end of the series). like they literally didn’t bother to give her a character. her character is entirely “i liked luka and ate him so i like you now”

WHICH BRINGS ME TO POINT TWO.

THEY MADE HER ARC ENTIRELY REVOLVE AROUND HOW MUCH SHE LOVES A COUPLE OF WHITE KIDS. POC CHARACTER. TOTALLY SUBSERVIENT AND LOVING THE WHITE KID THAT FUCKIN ABUSES HER. DO U SEE THE PROBLEMS HERE.

but hey!! at least she’s a useful object!! she’s used to show what an asshole alois can be!! then she LOVES him~! (no she fuckin doesn’t.) anyway, he NEEDS love. so that’s good right??? except no. the narrative treats her like this fuckin snake stirring up trouble by letting alois have a sliver of happiness or opportunity.

speaking of the narrative being bad with things, let’s talk about that stripping scene shall we. the gratuitous ass and boob shots? ooh yes lovely lovely forced stripping she’s very unhappy and the narrative disregards her feelings now how sexy is that. let’s just sexualize AND degrade brown bodies simultaneously; are there any other ways we can be really offensive while we’re at it? Maybe we should just sexualize AND degrade Hannah some more with those uncomfortably erotic shots of Claude taking the sword out of her throat. oh and if you missed the memo that she’s just an object let’s make it really fuckin clear by making her a literal object. a sheathe for a sword. and if you STILL missed out on how gross all the connotations going on here, let’s just throw a scene in the OVA to make claude highlight it nice and clear while simultaneously showing how he’s an asshole.

also please take note that this phenomenon only occurs with this show’s WoC. Paula and some other women get sexualized, but the white women this happens to are adored. Sexualized, but praised. The only one who manages to be objectified and sexualized anywhere close to the level Hannah is, you guessed it, Lau’s sister. Chinese character? Not white, you say? Totally commodified. No character for you either. Sorry come back when you’re white. The only other WoC we got isn’t so sexualized, but she’s portrayed like a fuckin bitch. (Soma’s nanny, if you’ll recall.)

BUT ANYWAY, THIS ISNT ABOUT THEM.

Hannah. Her feelings on the abuse? Virtually nonexistant. Instant forgiveness and love. The narrative doesn’t even give a shit that she was in pain. She was a victim and the narrative scarcely acknowledged it then forgot at earliest convienence. And I want to feel bad for her. I like sidelined characters. But what they made her motivations to be? They didn’t, really. They made her into a mouthpiece for Luka. And Luka didn’t give a shit how she was treated; he was dead and with his bro so w/e. (Luka’s potentially just as or more fucked up than Alois, really.) She got literally nothing. I can’t even sympathize with her in a “what if she was the protag?” way because her arc is just so shitty that even if it was given the attention it should’ve fucking had, the motivations and feelings they half-assed bothered to ascribe to her at the very end are just so shitty and negate the pain she clearly went through and it’s just really uncomfortable.