Racial arguemnts aside on the gorilla issue, I wish to point out a fact. Gori is the first female who is both chubby and yet broadshouldered with muscular arms and portrayed as a fun-loving , sweet, and excitable( outside work) I have seen. Jasper from Steven Universe and Amethyst miiight fit this category but the first is shown in an antagonistic manner and even Amethyst can come across as immature, selfish and sassy at times.
When I saw her, I was so afraid that there would be the digs on her looking slightly masculine, or maybe due to her significant difference in size in certain areas in contrast to the other characters. But NO.
Gori is admired, she is seen as a badass, competent and at the same time, she herself is a developed character. She loves cute things, she struggles with a career and a relationship and she is besties with Washimi. When Retsuko gets a boyfriend, not long after Gori ends a relationship with someone , she is excited and so happy for her friend and not the very least resentful or jealous or bitter and that, to me, is so significant.
Fat characters , bigger sized or muscular characters are all too often portrayed as bullies, as sassy or mean spirited.
Sanrio had all the chance to do that to Gori but they chose to make her soft, kind, gentle and excitable in contrast to how she looks. Gori is argueably meant to be as lovable as any of the other female characters, was created to be seen as lovable.
And that to me, as a girl who used to go swimming, and thus now has rather broad shoulders and muscular arms, who towers over a lot of women her age and who is a bit chubby at the same time. So important to see a such a character and feel so represented. A lot of people comment that I look stern or strict but when they get to know me, find a difference , I have been told I am patient, I am actually quite cheerful even though I don't smile often, and I am soft spoken and very gentle.
All my life media has shown me characters who looked like me range from jerks to outright tyrants. And all my life I have fought against this portrayal, the more people expected me to be dim, I studied hard, harder to show them that yes, tall and large people too could have brains...To be menacing, to be strict or push over shorter people or be discriminatory in any sense, I developed a ear to listen when people felt down, eyes to be fair as possible and to be gentle at all times. Even to those undeserving of my gentleness.
So, to finally have a positive character, makes me so very hopeful that she would not be the last positive female respresentation for characters of her appearance .