The mystery of Shirou’s disappearing sexism!
One of the things more memorable (to the readers chagrin) about the Fate route is Shirou’s ‘quirky’ sexist lines (one towards Ayako, which can be attributed to mistranslation, and plenty to Saber). This include: BUT GIRLS SHOULDN’T FIGHT!1!1! For years fans have discuss why Shirou treat Saber this way, but saw no problem with Saber fighting in UBW or HF (and of course fans who have only watched the TV series earnestly believe Shirou is this way in other routes. He’s not at all). Their answers ranged to: “Well, he didn’t see Saber cut in half by Berserker (UBW)” which is contradicted in HF, because she suffers the same fate without triggering this quote from him. “He wasn’t attracted to Saber in those routes!” But he never objected Rin when she fought at his side (in fact, he saw it as admirable) or when Sakura commented she would have liked to meet him when he was young and become his sidekick against bullies (he was flattered) in the routes they were his love interests. Other range about not wanting to see anyone hurt or his own broken nature he tried to explain his feelings in a different way, but still it doesn’t apply anywhere else but here. So why?
If anyone reads the anniversary interview published in Type-Moon Ace, they’ll know the answer:
Typical Urobuchi… I really can’t pull the wool over your eyes… I intended to take that to the grave with me, but I guess this 10-year anniversary is a good place to talk about it. Just like Urobuchi-san said, it’s difficult to call the relationship between Shirou and Saber a relationship between a man and a woman. Saber has fought for a long time as the ruler of Britain, but then turned into a girl all of a sudden and fell in love with Shirou. It’s pretty ridiculous when you think about it. But I really wanted to push it towards that sort of boy-meets-girl story. So as a last resort, I had Shirou continually say things to her like “But you’re a girl,” and “Girls aren’t supposed to fight,” in order to remind the users that “she is really a girl.” It’s like the author’s actually the one trying to convince Saber that she’s a girl… I feel like I could have written it a lot better now, but that was the best I could do at the time.
There you go, it’s not a personal character trait of Shirou. It’s fruit of bad writing in order to try to past a sex-swapped (in design) King Arthur as a heroine and a girl, when Nasu sees her as a different gender from say, Rin. He admits it. So the readers he was catering (the otaku) would feel more comfortable? Heh.
Shirou didn’t sermon any other girl, they fought alongside him without problem and he fought against them without problem either. He was just used by bad writing to force a dynamic for fans.
Nasu would even re-write this if he could.