Charles, le trap, l’amour!
Not counting the crossdressing found in the sublime yet serious series “Hourou Musuko”, this anime season hasn’t particularly delivered in terms of trap characters and shenanigans, save for Ayumu’s hilarious slapstick laughter inducing appearance while clad as a masou shoujo in “Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?”.
When mecha action comedy series “IS: Infinite Stratos” introduced new male character Charles Dunoa to the cast, was skeptic about this effeminate boy being thrown into a typical harem plot.
Skepticism soon gave way to suspicion, if the pale skin, slender body, long blond hair were no indication, Charles’ blushing and embarrassed reactions were a dead giveaway of the truth…
It’s a reverse trap!
Charles is in fact the very moe and shapely Charlotte, forced to crossdress in a ploy by Dunoa corporation to spy on Ichika. Or was that believable industrial espionage ploy merely an excuse by her estranged father to indulge in reverse trap perversion? More likely an excuse by the writers which we gladly forgive.
Where Kinoshita Hideyoshi from “Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu” is an effeminate boy mistaken for a girl, Natsuru from “Kämpfer” being a boy transformed into a girl by magic, Charles is not unlike Touma from “Minami-ke”, a girl cross dressing as a boy. Though it’s unlikely we’ll still see much of Charles posing as male in the future episodes.
But Charles’ appeal doesn’t simply end there! Not only is she a lovely reverse trap -the trap genre being one I’m not entirely impartial to when it embodies such innocent cuteness- but Charles is so sexy moe that in just the span of a single episode, she wipes the floor with “IS: Infinite Stratos” other cute girl cast of Houki, Cecilia and Lin, easily surpassing them in terms of moe appeal.
Judging by the online buzz, Charles is fast skyrocketing to many fans’ favorite moe girl top spot and rightfully so! Am expecting sites as Pixiv to soon yield treasures of nice illustrations showcasing “IS: Infinite Stratos” latest and cutest IS operator.