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Shonen protagonists countered the toxic masculinity of the time, exposing us to ideals of manhood unheard-of to a bunch of Middle Eastern boys who watched older gentlemen in fine suits throw tantrums over honor and good name, then push their weight around with fists and guns.
Though it is firmly rooted in the milieu of its time, the effect of cyberpunk has endured. But now, what was once a genre at the forefront of anti-capitalist speculative fiction has been reduced to an aesthetic easily appropriated by the corporations against which it once waged war.