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Racebending, or drawing characters as races other than what they were intended as, is not new to fandom; however, this particular iteration was to counter the fact that the person took it upon themself to aggressively white out the existence of canonically Black and brown characters in anime.
Despite all the grief this show has attracted over the years, mostly by people appalled a show could be marketed as explicitly queer and then the relative media silence that relegated it mostly forgotten since it was announced 2017, High Guardian Spice debuts as a comfy and, above all, enjoyable show.