[tweet]TBF I personally think Hyoga was the one who would have made the most sense to genderswap with this reasoning (Shiryu would be fine but going topless 80% of the time would have been a slight issue). But at the same time, there's still no way Shun could have remained as mindnumbingly cliché as he was in the anime (the manga was passable on that regard) because he needs to have something to do beside crying for help. The pacifist approach was fine but done way too heavy-handed, so he had to change a bit, and it would have angered those who identified with him for that specific reason regardless.
If I struggled to the end of my determination, to the end of my way of life with my followers, if the result is ruin, then this ruin is inevitable. Grieve. Shed tears. But you cannot regret.