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My Yaoi, Shonen ai, Boys love Slashable anime list

I am going to try and compile a list to every anime I’ve seen that has a slash pairing in it. Some of the pairings are to my taste and may not be the same characters you slash, some are my OTP’s and some are total guilty pleasure pairings. I have watched a lot of Yaoi, shonen ai and slashy series so want to help others find all the gems out there and have a wealth of fanfiction, doujinshi and good shows to watch. I think I’ll trying naming all the anime with boys love in it and then go back and put in all my pairings, first I’ll list the yaoi and shonen ai anime’s then the ones that are just slashable. So here goes my ultimate Boy Love anime list!!!

Yaoi/Shonen ai Anime’s
Ai No Kusabi
Ai no Kusabi 2010
Aoki Okami Tachi no Densetsu
Boku no Pico
Boku no Sexual Harassment
Fuyu no Semi
Haru wo Daite Ita
Hey! Class President
Hyakujitsu no Bara
Kairaku no Hoteishiki LEVEL-C
Kizuna
Koi Suru Bo-kun
LESSON XX
Okane ga Nai
Papa to KISS IN THE DARK
Pico to Chiko
pico ~Boku no Chiisana Natsu Monogatari~
Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi
Sensitive Pornograph
Sex Pistols
Super Lovers
Angel’s Feather
Boku wa Konomama Kaeranai
Enzai
Fujimi Nichome Kokyo Gakudan
Gakuen Heaven
Hey! Class President
Hokago no Shokuinshitsu
Ikoku Irokoi Roman Tan
Junjo Romantica
Junjo Romantica 2
Kire Papa
KIZUNA ~ Koi no Kara Sawagi ~
Koi Suru Bo-kun
Kuroshitsuji II
LOVELESS
Mirage of Blaze
Mirage of Blaze OVA
Osakana wa Ami no Naka
Patalliro Saiyuki
Princess Princess
Seikimatsu Darling
Seiyo Kotto Yogashiten ~Antique~
Shiritsu Araiso Koto Gakko Shikko Bu
Sukina Mono wa Suki Dakara Shoga Nai
Be-boy Kidnapping idol
Tight Rope
Gravitation
Zetsuai/Bronze
Kimura
Viewfinder
Hybrid Child
Lovestage

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Slashable Anime


1. Angel Sanctuary – Kira/Setsuna , Rosiel/Katan
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2. Card Captor Sakura – Touya/Yuki, Touya/Yue
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3. X/1999 – Fuuma/Kamui, Seishirou/Subaru
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4. Tokyo Babylon – Seishirou/Subaru
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5. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles – Kurogana/Fay
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6. xXxholic – Doumeki/Watanuki
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7. Legal Drug – Kazahaya/ Rikuo, Kakei/ Saiga
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8. Bakuretsu Hunters – Gateau/Marron
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9. Bleach – Renji/Ishida, Ikkaku/Yumichiak
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10. DN Angel – Daisake/Satoshi
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11. Fushigi Yuugi – Hotohori/Nuriko
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12. Death Note – Kira/L, Mello/Matt
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13. Digimon – Tai/Matt, Daisuke/Kensuke, Takuya/Koji, Koji/Koichi
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14. Durarara – Shizuo/Izaya
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15. Eyeshield 21 – Shin/Sukuraba
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16. Fruits Basket – Ayame/Hatori
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17. Gankutsuo – Count/Albert, Albert/Franz
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18. Getbackers – Juubei/Kazuki, Ban/Ginji,
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19. Gintama – Hijitaka/Okita
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20. Here is Greenwood – Mitsuru/Shinobu
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21. Harukanaru – Abe no Yasuaki/ Eisen
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22. Hitman Reborn – Spanner/Shoichi, Dino/Hibari
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23. HunterxHunter – Leorio/Kuraprika
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24. Kaiken Phrase – Santa/Yuki, Towa/Atsuro
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25. Kenshin – Saito/Sano
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26. Kiddy Grade – Dextera/Sinistra
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27. Koutetsu – pretty much the entire cast has boy love fever in this series!!
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28. Kuroshitsuji – Sebastian/Ciel, Claude/Alois
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29. Kyou Kara Moah – Yuri/Wolfram, Gwendle/Gunter
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30. Last Exile – Dio/ Lucciola
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31. Marchen Awakens Romance – Alviss/Phantom, Alviss/Rolan, Phantom/Rolan
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32. Meine Liebe – Ludwig/Camus, Ludwig/Naoji, Eduard/Orpherus
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33. Night Head Genesis – Naoto/Naoya
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34. Peacemaker Kurogane – Hijitaka-Souji
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35. Petshop of Horrors – Leon/D
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36. Prince of Tennis – Tezuka/Fuji (my ultimate oTP but you can slash this series every way which sunday, it has more pairing then any fandom out there!!!)
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37. Saint Seiya – Hyouga/Shun, Ikki/Shun, Aphrodite/Shun
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38. Saiyuki – Gyoijo/Hakkai, Sanzo/Goku
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39. Shamen King – Ryu/Lyserg, Hao/Yoh
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40. Soukyo no Fafner – Kazuki/Soushi
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41. Tactics – Haruka/ Kantarou
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42. Tenshi ne Narumon – Rapheal/Mikael
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43. Tiger&Bunny – Barnaby/Kotetsu
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44. Trinity Blood – Cain/Abel
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45. Utena – Touga/Saionji
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46. Weiss Kruez – Yohji/Ken, Aya/Ken, Yohji/Aya
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47. Yami no Matsuei – Tsuzuki/Hisoka, Muraki/Hisoka (those are my parings but there are many)
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48. yuGioh – Yami Bakura/Malik, Kaiba/Amalda
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49. Yu yu Hakasho – Kurama/Hiei
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50. Gundam Wing – Trowa/Quatra
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51. Gundam X – Shagia/Olba, Witz/Roybea
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52. Gundam Seed – Deaka/Yzak
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53. Nurarihyon no Mago - Kubinashi/Rikuo
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54. Groove Adventure Rave – Musica/Haru
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55. Hikaru no Go - Hikaru/Touya
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56. Level E – Yukitaka/Ki El Dogra, Kraft/ki El Dogra (though this anime is not at all like it seems)
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57. No. 6 – Nezumi/Shion
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58. Ouran High School Host Club - Kyouya/Tamaki, Hikaru/Kaoru
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59. Tsuritama – Yamada/Natsuki, yuki/Haru
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60. Shonen Onmyoji - Guren/Abe
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61. Nabari no Ou – Raikou/Gau, Yoite/Miharu
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62. Candidate for Goddess – Garu/Ernest
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63. Gravion – Eiji/Touga
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64. Samurai Deeper kyo – Yukimura/Sasuke
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65. Shiki – Tohru/Yuuki
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66. Brave 10 – Saizou/Kamanosuke, Sanada/Rokuro
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67. Zombie Loan – Chika/Shito
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68. Saint Beast – Judas/Shin, Ruka/Rei (pretty much any combo you want!)
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69. Ao no Exorcist - Yukio/Rin
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70. Toward the Terra –Kieth/Jomy, Blue/Jomy
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71. Nightwalker – Cain/Shido
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72. Monochrome Factor – Shirogane/Akira
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73. Tokyo Revelation – Kojiro/Akito
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74. Jyo oh sei – Thor/Rai
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75. Deadman Wonderland – Genkaku/Nagi, Senji/Toto
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76. Black Blood Brothers - Jiro/Kotaro
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77. Sousei No Aquarion – Apollo/Sirius, Toma/Apollo, Toma/Sirius/Apollo
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78. 07 Ghost – Frau/Teito
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79. Sengoku Basara - Masamune/Yukimura
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80. Heroic Legend of Arislan – Daryoon/Narsus
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81. Black Cat – Creed/Train
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82. Glass no Kantai – Vetti/Ralph, Vetti/Michel
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83. Yakitate Japan – Kuroyan/Kanmuri
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84. Toriko – Coco/Sunny
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85. Samurai Champloo - Jin/Mugen
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86. Detective Academy Q – Kyu/Ryu
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87. Spiral – Kanone/Eyes
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88. Generator Gawl – Koji/Ryo
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89. Tokyo Underground – Sui/Ginnosuke, Seki/Sui
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90. Beyblade – Kai/Rei
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91. Psychic Force - Burn/Keith
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92. Marginal Prince – Pretty much however you want!!
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93. Starry Sky – Pretty much however you want plenty to choose from!
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94. Togainu no Chi – Akira/Keisuke (shame the anime wasn’t full yaoi like the game)
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95. Air Gear - Akito/Agito
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96. Wolfs Rain – Tsume/Toboe
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97. Uta No Prince Sama – Natsuki/Shou
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98. Tokyo Majin – Kyouichi/Tatsuma
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99. God Child - Cain/Riff
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100. Berserk – Guts/Griffith
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101. Gungrave – Harry/Brandon
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102. Cluster Edge - Agate/Beryl
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103. Kiba – Zed/Noah
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104. Code Geass - Lelouch/Suzaku
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105. Neon Genesis Evangelion - Kaworu/Shinji
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106. Full Metal Alchemist - Roy/Ed
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107. Trigun – Vash/Wolfwood
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108. Kurogane no linebarrels – Reiji/Satoru
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109. Himitsu: Top Secret Revelation - Aoki/Maki
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110. Star Driver – Sugato/Takuto, Reiji/Sugato, Reiji/Shinjo
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111. S-Cry-Ed - Ryuhou/Kazuma
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112. Mawara Peguin Drum – Kanba/Shoma
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113. Pandora Hearts - Oz/Gil
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114. Beelzebub – Oga/Furuichi
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115. Bus Gamer - Kazuo/Toki
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116. Ghost Hound - Makoto/Masayuki
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117. Soul Eater - Stein/Spirit
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118. Slam Dunk- Rukawa/Sakaragi
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119. Magic Knight Rayearth – Lantis/Eagel
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120. RG Veda – Yasha/Ashura
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121. Switch – Hal/Kai
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122. I’ll/CKBC – Akane/Hitonari
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123. Phi Brain – Baron/JIn, Kaito/Rook
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124. Legend of the Legendary Heroes – Ryner/Sion, Lucile/Sion, Miran/Sion
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125. kami-sama Hajimemashite – Kurama/Mizuki, Mikage/Tomoe, Mikage/Otohiko
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126. Persona Trinity Soul – Ryo/Shin/Jun
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127. Zettai Karen The Children the Unlimited – Andy/kyousuke
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128. Project K – kuroh/Yashiro, Suoh/Munataka, Fushimi,Yata
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129. Cuticle Detective Inaba Load of pairing its an all male all bishie all totally yaoi friendly cast. I like Inaba/Yuuta
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130. Violinist of Hamelin – Raiel/Hamel
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131. Working – Soma/Sato
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132. The Hakkenden - Amother series where you can take your pic
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133. Shinesman
134. Eight Clouds Rising – kuraki/takeo
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135. 10 Tokyo Warriors
136. Golden Corda primo passo – Beautiful boys playing instruments
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137. Over Drive
138. Saiunkoku
140. Devilman – Akira/Ryo Devilman/Lucifer
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141. Kaneval – Garaki/Nai (though you can slash a fair few characters as I also like Garaki/Yogi)
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142. Hakkenden Touhou Hakken Ibun – So many pairing take you pick a couple for all tastes!
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143. House of Five Leaves – Masa/Yaichi
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144. Guilty Crown – Gai/Shu
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145. Gatchman Crowds - Berg-Katse/Rui-Rui ( yes they are both male!!)
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146. StrangePlus – Kou/Takumi (This is gag anime with so many yaoi jokes not just between the two brothers but a host of other characters.
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147. Fairy Tail – Gray/Lyon, Gray/Natsu, Luxus/Fried
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148. Tokyo Ravens – Reiji/Shaver, Harutora/Touji
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149 – Noragami – Yato/Yukine
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150 – Another – Naoya/Yuuya
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151 – Hamatora Nice/Murasaki, Nice/Art, Birthday/Raito, Moral/Art, Moral/Nice
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152 – Meganebu Another collection of boys to slash pairings are available for you to chose
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153 – Makai Ouji Revils vs Realist So many lovely bishonen in this series lots of pairing potential in this.
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154 – Free! Another great set of pretty boys to choose from. My personal Haru/Rin
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155 – Aquarion Evol Amazingly fun series! Ceyanne/Shrade
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156 – Buddy Complex Dio/Aoba
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157 – Brothers Conflict Tsubaki/Azusa
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158 – Dramatical Murder Since its adapted from a BL game theres many option of pretty boy to choose from but me I like Noiz/Aoba!
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159 – Hetalia Slash to your Hearts content!!!
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160 – Bakumatsu Rock Oh the beautiful boys, slash them any way watch them get so passionate that their clothes burn off!!!
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161 – Ixion Saga DT Erecpyle/Mariandale (one of my favourite Traps.
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162 – Kimi to Boku Nothing like a set of best friends to play game of slash with.
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163 – Binan koukou chikyuu bouei be love Its cute boys that do magical transformation with the power of love, who dont you slash.
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164 – My teen romantic comedy snafu Hikigaya/Saika
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165 – Yowamushi Pedal With any good sport anime there are lots of pairings but mine is Toudou/Makishima
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166 – kuroko no basuke Another great sports anime that throws pairings at you from every angle. I like the main pair of Kagame/Kuroko but there are so many ways to slash this show!!
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167 – One Punch Man Saitama/Genos
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168 – Arslan Senki I know its already on the list but since it has such a different art style and series length rebot I’m adding again! Lots of beautiful boys being heroic and close to slash my fav Daryon/Narsus
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169 – Assassination Classroom Karma/nagisa
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170 – Terror in Resonance Nine/Twelve
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171 – Prince of Stride Lots of lovely pairings in this Heath/Kuga Takeru/Riku kohinata/Ayumu re my main OTP’s but there are lots more in this great anime
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172 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Joseph/Ceaser
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173 – StarMyu or High School Star Musical Its hard to to slash an anime about an all male performing arts school my personal OTP from the series is Hiragi/Otori
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174 – Merman in My Tub Tatsumi/Wakasa but there are some other rather attractive fish friends too.
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175 – Ranpo Kitan Game of Laplace Hashiba/Kobayashi Akechi/Namikoshi
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176 – Dimension W Mabuchi/Albert Salva/Lwai
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177 – Big Order Gennai/Hiragi
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178 – Aoharu x Kikanjuu Masamune/Yukimura Midori/Fugimon
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179 - Dogs Bullets and Carnage Heine and Badou
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180 – My Hero Academia Kaachan/Deku I feel more pairings may develope as the series goes on though
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181 – Bungou Stray Dogs A cast of bishonen so there are a few pairings to choose from in this one.
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182 – Yuri on Ice Viktor/Yuri and Yurio/Otobek
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183 – Watashi ga motete dousunda (Kiss Him Not Me) Mutsumii/Shinomiya
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182 – Drifters Nobunaga/Yoichi is my ship But there are other ships and when the series continues I am sure there will be more!
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183 – Marginal #4 R/L Atom/Rui Kira/Shy Just a lovely selection of boy band beauties to enjoy!
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184 – Heavy Object – Heivia/Qwenthur
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185 – Haikyuu – I have finally got round to watching this, with all these lovely sports anime you really are spoilt for choice on pairings. I am partial to Kuroo/Kenma and Asahi/Suga
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186 - All Out!! Another great sports anime with lots of pairing choices, me I’m partial to Sumiyaki/Miyuki
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My Slash, Bromance and Gay Tv and Movie List

I am trying to compile a list of all the Tv shows and movies I slash as well as some good shows with canon gay couples that I enjoy. If like me you are trying to find new shows to watch that have that slash element then I hope this list helps you.

1. Hawaii 5.0 – Steve/Danno
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2. Supernatural – Dean/Castiel
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3. Angel - Angel/Spike
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4. Torchwood – Jack/Ianto, Jack/John, Jack/Captain Harkness
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5. Doctor Who – Doctor/Master, Doctor/Jack
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6. Merlin – Arthur/Merlin
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7. Oz – Keller/Beecher
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8. Brothers and Sisters – Scotty/Kevin
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9. Heroes – Nathan/Peter
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10. Six Feet Under – Keith/David
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11. Star Trek – Kirk/Spock
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12. Nip/Tuck – Christian/Sean
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13. Lord of the Rings – Aragorn/Legolas
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14. White Collar – Peter/Neil
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15. Suits – Harvey/Mike
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16. The Eagle – Marcus/Esca
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17. Spartacus: Blood and Sand – Barca/Pietros
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18. Spartacus: Vengence – Agron/Nasir
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19. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena – Barca/Auctus
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20. Glee – Blaine/Kurt
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21. Sherlock – Sherlock/Watson
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22. Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock/Watson
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23. Stargate SG1 – O’niel/Jackson
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24. The Lair – Damian/Thom
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25. Dantes Cove – Toby/Adam, kevin/Bro
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26. Vampire Diaries – Damon/Alaric
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27. Alexander – Alexander/Hephistian
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28. Troy – Hector/Paris
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29. Kingdon of Heaven – Bailin/Imad ad-Din
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30. Pirates of the Carribean – Jack/Will
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31. LA Confidential – Bud/Exley
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32. Matrix – The Twins
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33. Boston legal – Danny/Alan
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34. Common Law – Travis/Wes
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35. Night at the Museum – Jedediah/Octavious
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36. I love you Phillip Morris – Steven/Phillip
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37. Kiss kiss Bang Bang – Perry/Harry
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38. Starsky and Hutch – Starsky/Hutch
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39. Boondock Saints – Connor/Murphy McManus
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40. Interview with the Vampire – Lestat/Louis
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41. Harry Potter – Sirius/Lupin
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42. Queer as Folk – Vince/Stuart
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43. Partners – Wyatt/Louis
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44. The New Normal – David/Brian
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45. Gangster Number 1 – Freddy/Gangster
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46. Donald Strachey Mysteries – Don/Tim
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47. Yasha –Moichi/Sei, Sei/Rin, Takeru/Rin
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48. Master and Commander - Aubery/Maturin
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49. Grimm – Monroe/Nick
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50. Castle – Esposito/Ryan
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51. The Krays – Kray twins
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52. True Blood – Eric/Bill
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53. Community -Troy/Abed
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54. Sense8 – Lito/Hernando
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55. How to Get Away With Muder – Connor/Oliver
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56. Flash Harry (earth 2)/Cisco
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57. Flash – Captain Singh/Rob
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58. Arrow Curtis/Paul
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59. Star Wars Force Awakens Poe/Finn aka StormPilot
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60. ShadowHunters Magnus/Alec
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61 – The Flash Captain Cold/Flash
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62. Legeds of Tomorrow Coldwave
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63. Legends of Tomorrow ColdAtom
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64. Legends of Tomorrow AtomWave (my fav LOT pairing)
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65. Rogue One Baze/Chirrut
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66. Due South Fraser/Kowalski
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66. The Men From U.N.C.L.E Solo/Kuryakin
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67. Jeeves and Wooster Jeeves/Wooster
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Homoeroticsising Hollywood film part 2

While Troy was made without the homoerotic undertones that existed in The Iliad. Slash fans have re-imagined the film to suit their needs and desires. A homoerotic subtext can be read into this film and it is this subtext that is re-appropriated by slash fans. Sometimes the opposite can happen and a film will be made where the subtext is far more noticeable and the filmmakers even recognize slash fans and make sure there is enough in the movie for the slash audience. This is the case with the 2004 re-make of the Starsky and Hutch TV series. The series was a police drama set in “Bay City” which focused on partners Starsky and Hutch and the cases they investigated. The movie tells the story of how these two men were thrown together, how they became partners and how they solved their first case together .
The original TV series from the 1970’s had a large slash fan following so when the series was adapted into a movie in 2004 the filmmakers decided to honor these fans. The film has a number of scenes that a slash fan can revel in where the homoerotic subtext that was read into the TV series becomes text in the movie. In the audio commentary by the director Todd Philips he clearly states that it was his intention to take subtext and turn it into text for his film. He wanted to use this element for comedic purposes but in doing so it lends a lot of material to the slash community. So, while there is no overtly homoerotic moments between the two men- they are never portrayed as gay, there is however enough material to make this a very Slashable movie. The opening credits set the relationship between the two characters with the soundtrack of a love song that the director says is Starsky and Hutches theme and this homoerotic subtext can be seen throughout the movie until the end where, thinking they may face death, Starsky and Hutch tell each other how good it has been to work together and be partners. The use of music to explain their character development is used regularly throughout the film with other songs about love and togetherness that play over emotional scenes between Starsky and Hutch. This theme over the opening credits already sets up a more romantic idea between the two men implying something more to their relationship that is not openly being shown. Starsky and Hutch is the perfect movie to appeal to slash fans as its focus is the relationship between the men. They have a close friendship and come to rely and respect each other. This kind of close personal bond between two men is the basis for slash as their friendship can been re-interpreted by the slash community.
Slash fiction follows the model of taking an existing friendship between two male characters and writing a story that details how it grows from a friendship into something romantic and, in many, sexual. It is important to slash writers to develop their stories; slash is not just pornography and the romance is as important as the sexual encounter. A film such as Starsky and Hutch that sets up an important male friendship can be taken further by slash fans. They can write fiction that takes this partnership to the next level where it becomes romantic and then sexual. Slash fiction is the amalgamation of romance and pornography. Explicit sex scenes are written after much character development and storytelling that leads up to the sex. If women supposedly get emotional satisfaction from romance novels and men supposedly get sexual satisfaction from pornography, then slash writers offer a curious mixture of the two in a “romantic pornography”.

“sexually explicit sequences often constitute only a small section of lengthy and complex narratives, slash is not so much a genre about sex as it is a genre about the limitations of traditional masculinity and about reconfiguring male identity, most slash fans concede that erotic pleasure is central to their interest in the genre” (Jenkins, Textual Poachers 190-1).

The film itself gives the audience a hint at something more romantic developing between the two leads and offers a starting point for slash fans. In particular the scene in which Starsky and Hutch take out two cheerleaders and in a ploy to impress them Hutch begins to play his guitar and sing to them. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Hutch, Starsky has been using what he thought was sugar to sweeten his coffee but it is in fact cocaine. Starsky begins to act a little strangely and hallucinates a blue bird on Hutch’s shoulder. What makes this scene such an obvious moment for the two men is while Hutch sings his Ballard of “don’t give up on me, baby” he is not looking at the women but in fact singing to Starsky who is sitting there awe struck looking at Hutch. They seem to be in their own world where, just for this moment, there is no one but them. The women are forgotten and to a slash fan this is the moment when Starsky falls in love with Hutch. The camera moves from both men showing their expressions and emotions. They look at each other with love written all over their faces both moved by Hutches song and both caught up in the moment. We never once see how the women react to the song or to the fact they have been forgotten by the men, the female characters simple no longer exist in this moment as it’s a moment only shared by Starsky and Hutch that we as an audience have been allowed to witness.
By this point in the film the friendship and partnership between the two is cementing and when Starsky finally snaps because of the cocaine Hutch is there to look out for him and even carries Starsky to bed in his arms putting him to bed and saying to him, “go to sleep tiny dancer”. Hutch gives Starsky his own name a term of endearment meant only for Starsky.
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Of course these gay undertones are more easily picked up by slash fans and shortly after this scene, while Starsky is asleep, Hutch ends up in a threesome with the two cheerleaders defusing the homoerotic nature of the previous scene so that a non-slash audience would not complain or be offended by the implied homoerotism.
The film also has a sequence known as “the break up montage”, where our two main leads have had a falling out. Starsky and Hutch are no longer working together and have gone their separate ways with both of them suffering because of it. Both characters are shown as sad and lost through this montage as Starsky begins to reminisce about the good times they shared. The sequence is played for laughs but also it helps to emphasize the homoerotic undertones. With another romantic Ballard playing over it and scenes such as the two characters running along the beach together wearing matching Starsky and Hutch t-shirts laughing and playing about. It’s almost like they are frolicking in the sun and sand, not an image normally associated with two males.
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Also it leads to a later scene when they make up and decide to get back together and work as partners again. Starsky cries as he tries to apologize to Hutch, Hutch forgives him and hugs him kisses him on the cheek. This can been seen as an obvious moment of there being something more to their relationship as you would not expect a kiss between two men even something a touching as a kiss on the check to show Hutch has forgiven Starsky for their fight. It is these tender moments that can be re-told in fan fiction as they are good scenes to elaborate on. This scene already has a romantic under current and therefore can be re-appropriated by the female fans having it play out according to their desires.
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It is worth saying that during the writing of this essay Brokeback Mountain came to UK cinemas. The importance of this is that Brokeback Mountain is the first film to be made by a Hollywood studio and Director, Ang Lee, which deals with the relationship of two men who fall in love. The fact that it tackles the subject matter of men in a same sex relationship makes it not only the first to do so but a very important film in today’s society. It breaks new ground by showing something that Hollywood and mainstream cinema do not like to show, two men falling in love. It is important to say this film is not a gay film but it is a romance. The two male leads were straight and just happen to fall in love with each other forcing them to deal with a relationship new to both of them and not accepted by the society they are part of. This is the kind of film slash fans have been waiting to see as it pulls together many of the things they enjoy about slash. The film is about two men that form a close bond and a friendship. They are thrown together by circumstances and out of these they realize there is something more developing between them. They decided to take that next step to take the bond that has grown between them and cross the line from friendship into romance. They enter a romantic relationship and a sexual one but unfortunately due to the world they come from it is a relationship that can never fully be fulfilled.
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This film will hopefully open the way for more films that are not afraid to include an openly homosexual relationships. Other directors may also see that having a same sex romance in their film will not automatically make it part of the independent and art house cinema but can have cross over appeal with mainstream cinema. This is a hope for many slash fans who want mainstream culture to realize that same sex romance or a more homoerotic feeling in your film does have a wider appeal. Brokeback Mountain proves that the subject matter can have mainstream appeal. As well as the very fact that this film is hugely popular with women, so there is a large fan base out there for it. Sight and Sound and Empire magazine both very different magazines state that the film has female appeal due to the tender and emotional treatment of the relationship between the two young cowboys. The fact that this film has been highly accepted by female cinema attendees proves that women not just slash fans are attracted to the idea of same sex love. From talking to various people that have seen the film there is defiantly a higher number of women in the audience and this group has a full spread of age ranges and interests. You don’t have to be a slash fan to enjoy this film it also proves that women who may not have heard of slash find same sex relationships emotional and romantic. It proves that society is changing and a film like Brokeback Mountain is far more accepted than it would have been a couple of years ago and therefore that today’s society is ready to accept more films like it.
Just because society is ready for more films like this does not mean that slash fans will stop slashing the rest of mainstream cinema. Slash fans will still take existing characters and films and re-appropriate them according to their desire. Slash is still about erotic pleasure as much as women being able to take something and re-invent for it themselves. Slash offers women a kind of power within their fandom’s to take the material and use it for themselves, to own a very unique part of their viewing culture that non slash fans cannot. Slash provides its fans a way of deriving an extra pleasure from the narrative as well as offering them a chance to re-create that narrative according to their wishes. Slash is also non commercial as it is made by fans for themselves as well as for other fans. It is not made for any commercial or profit making needs as it is about the freedom to express your ideas, opinions and desires without the boundaries a commercial enterprise would impose on it.

“I think part of what makes slash so alluring is not so much that it’s taboo, although that does give it an extra edge, but that we create it, our community, unhindered by all the rules of creative writing professors, of publishers and of marketers. We create the fiction we want to read and, more importantly, we allow ourselves to react to it. If a story moves or amuses us, we share it; if it bothers us, we write a sequel; if it disturbs us, we may even re-write it! We also continually recreate the characters to fit our images of them or to explore a new idea. We have the power and that’s a very strong siren. If we want to explore an issue or see a particular scenario, all we have to do is sit down and write it. It gets read and instantly reacted upon in a continuing dialogue among fans. You can’t do that very often in the ‘real’ world. For me, that’s one of the strongest callings of slash in particular and fandom in general.”
– Kim Bannister, “Desert Blooms,” SBF 2, August 1993

Slash is its own culture and while it is wonderful that Hollywood is opening up to the idea if showing us same sex relationships slash fan will still re-appropriate and re-create other films and narratives to add to this culture. A slash fan can not help to see the homoerotic nature of a film such as Troy or the homoerotic subtext that lies through a film such as Starsky and Hutch. Slash culture is about the power and freedom fans can have over their fandom as well as the erotic pleasure this allows them.

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Homoeroticising the Hollywood film part 1

For many years it has been a taboo to depict homosexual relationships in mainstream cinema. This subject matter is often only dealt with in the independent sector or found in foreign films that originate in countries which look upon homosexuality differently from the way it is seen by Hollywood. The only films to deal with homosexuality in mainstream cinema and Hollywood cinema are the camp comedies such as To Wong Fu thanks for everything Julie Newmar and The Birdcage. Gay characters are normally reduced to stereotypes, the comic relief and the gay best friend. Films dealing with the relationship between two males as something more than friends have only ever been a subject for art house and independent films such as the work of Gregg Araki, the director of Mysterious Skin. The work of Gregg Araki comes from the 1990’s New Queer cinema movement in independent cinema but it was still only in independent film that gay relationships were portrayed. It shows that the world is still a small minded place when it comes to depicting homosexuality on the big screen. Homosexuality still offends many and thus we have not seen a gay hero or gay lead in a Hollywood picture. So what happens if you want to see male romantic relationships being depicted? Well, the answer is to use your imagination. In recent years a phenomenon has begun to get more notice and recognition and that is the idea of Slash. So what is slash? Well, simply put it comes from the sign on a computer keyboard, the back slash key. Those who wanted to see male relationship decided to take male leads and pair them with each other in fictional tales. The idea is that you watch a film and it occurs to you that something more is going on between the male characters. Therefore you decided to write a story about how these men are more than just friends. These stories are known as fanfics . The pairing of the male characters is called slash because when you write about the pairing you write the two characters names separated by the backslash symbol e.g. Aragorn/Legolas (a favorite pairing among Lord of The Ring fans).
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“Slash fan fiction, to give it its proper title, describes scenes between existing media characters (or real people such as musicians, actors and sports stars) that are usually homoerotic, often explicit and almost exclusively written by young, heterosexual females” Elisabeth Easther: Metro Paper.
“Slash fan fiction, which posits same-sex relationships between the (mostly) male series protagonists, originated with Kirk/Spock fan fiction in the 1970s; the term slash derives from the “/” employed to denote a specific romantic pairing (Jenkins, Textual Poachers 186-7). Slash fan fiction has been discussed by a number of academic writers (cf. the work of Henry Jenkins, Constance Penley, Camille Bacon-Smith, Patricia Frazer Lamb and Diana L. Veith). It has been described as “romantic pornography,” as a critique of traditional masculinities, because quite often traditionally “feminine” traits such as nurturing and the open declaration of feelings are extended onto the male characters, or as a utopian vision of a continuum of male homosocial and homoerotic desires, because the most popular formula of slash writing sees two men who were formerly best friends suddenly discover their physical attraction to each other.” Susanne Jung, Queering Popular Culture: Female Spectators and the Appeal of Writing Slash Fan Fiction University of Tübingen, Germany

Slash fiction as well as fan art only depicts same sex relationships, the characters you are slashing will be either be both male or both female. Most surprising about this phenomenon is that the majority of Slash is in fact written by women. This opens up an idea that does not often get talked about; the idea that women do fantasies about male on male sex. It is common place to find that men fantasies about women and lesbianism but people are only just beginning to realize that women have similar fantasies about men and homosexuality. One of the major aspects of Slash is that it is done because women find it erotic. Slash may be about a wish to see homosexual relationships but it is because of desire we want to see this. Slash offers women a chance to indulge in their own sexual fantasies, if film will not offer women depictions of what many find erotic then slash becomes a very important and fulfilling option to women.
Although slash is only just being recognized it can be traced back to the 1960’s especially within the Star Trek Fandom . One of most popular fandoms was that of the Star Trek community and it was with this community where slash was first seen.

“Slash, or K/S fiction, represents a long-standing tradition in the women’s fan-writing community which poses ways of con¬structing homoerotic fantasies employing the series characters. Slash, as many writers have now noted, represents a powerful form of resistant reading, an active appropriation and transformation of dominant media content into forms of cultural production and circulation that speak to the female fan community’s needs and interests. Slash has proven empowering to its female fan readers and writers, helping them to articulate and explore their sexual fantasies, bringing them together into a community across various barriers which isolate them. Slash, by translating politics into the personal, gave them a way to speak about their experiences and commitments. Some members of the Gaylaxians have embraced slash as a form which can also express their fantasies about the series and their desires for its future development. Science Friction, a Star Trek: The Next Generation slash zine distributed at the 1992 Gaylaxicon, specifically presented itself as a response to the failure of the letter-writing campaign: “Our motto is: If Paramount can’t give us that queer episode, just make it so!” Henry Jenkins, “Out of the closet and into the Universe”.
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The Star Trek fandom was the first to really start addressing issues of slash and how it represented the fantasies of its female community. Many other TV shows also achieved this female appreciation such as Starsky and Hutch, Blakes 7 and Battlestar Galactica but still slash had not been recognized in relation with films. Slash has primarily been associated with the world of TV shows and more specifically sci-fi and fantasy shows. This may be due to the type of individuals that are attracted to such shows already being more open to fantasy and therefore more open to indulge in their own desires. As well as this, sci-fi/fantasy series can offer more characters therefore more character development for its fans to concentrate on and offers a longer running time with more scenarios to involve characters in. But things are changing and movie fandoms are becoming far more slash friendly. Maybe it is because women are now more open about their sexual fantasies and more willing to express what they find erotic.
There have been gay icons in film for many years. Stars such as James Dean have been adopted by the gay community but slash fans are not interested in gay stars. What they want is to see depictions of love and sex between men. Maybe it is the still slightly homophobic nature of Hollywood that denies movie slash that has kept knowledge of slash fiction quiet, but no matter what people know or don’t know about slash it is clear that it has become highly popular and a far more noticeable part of fan culture.
From this the questions arise: ‘What makes a film Slashable?’ and ‘How can what has been talked about in relationship to TV show fan culture be applied to Hollywood film?’ Using specific examples, I will attempt to answer these two questions. I will address issues of turning subtext into text and how old TV shows that were slashed have been re-made into films that recognize and show the slash. I will also look at how films have been made so that any homoerotic element that would have been there has been written out so it is no longer historically accurate but will not upset homophobic viewers. This leads me onto my first case study, Troy by Wolfgang Petersen. Troy details the events that take place in Homer’s book, The Iliad. It is the story of the Greek war against the Trojans after the young Trojan prince, Paris, steals the beautiful Helen away and the various heroes that stood on each side: Hector, Achilles and Patroclus. This film was a prime example of re-writing a historical text to exclude something Hollywood would not want to promote: the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. It was implied in the book that they were lovers. The film instead offers them up as cousins to explain their closeness as well as introducing a female character as a love interest for Achilles.
It is a known fact that during Greek time homosexuality was not viewed in the same way as it is in today’s society. Men would often have young boys as lovers until these boys grew to men . Also, homosexuality was promoted within Greek armies. Warriors were encouraged to have a male lover on the battlefield as it was thought they would be more likely to fight for a lover than a simple comrade in arms. The relationship between Achilles and Patroclus was one of the most famous relationships in Ancient Greek society; their bond has been admired and respected. Yet this homoerotic relationship was not something a Hollywood studio wanted to depict in their film and was therefore changed to suit how it would be looked upon in today’s society. Even with this knowledge many slash fans still see something to Achilles and Patroclus relationship of “cousins”. They show enough of a bond and closeness for these two characters to be slashed. Slash fans know there was meant to be something more so it is not that far a stretch of the imagination to think of these men as lovers rather than cousins. From the first time you see them spar, two handsome men chasing each other round Greek ruins obviously both familiar and comfortable round each other; you can read a more homoerotic element to the characters. The way Patroclus admires and looks up to Achilles and the way in return Achilles feels protective and mentoring towards Patroclus shows they are very close so even without any overtly homoerotic tones slash fans can still read far more into the characters.
However Achilles/Patroclus is not the favorite pairing amongst Troy slash fans. The slash pairing for this film that most fans write fiction about is in fact Hector/Paris. However, these two characters are not only brothers, but Hector is married and Paris is the reason for the war in the first place as he fell in love and ran away with Helen. So how is it possible to slash these two characters? It is the very nature of slash fans to re-imagine and recreate according to their desires. Hector and Paris make a desirable pairing due to the nature of their relationship. They are close to one another, they respect and care for one another, they fight for one another and they protect each other. This relationship can be explained as brotherly love but this is no barrier for slash fans. Since slash fans have a desire to see one taboo relationship (homosexuality) many do not view a taboo such as incest as offensive. Slash fans see two attractive men that share a bond of love which can be re-interpreted according to the slash fan’s desires. It is this reason that also allows slash fans to overlook and, a majority of the time ignore the female characters. Hectors wife and Helen herself are simply put out of mind so as not to intervene in the world recreated in slash fiction.
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There are three major scenes in Troy that prove to slash fans the nature of Hector and Paris’s relationship. The first is the boat scene where Paris first tells Hector he has taken Helen with him back to Troy. This scene includes the line “do you love me brother?” spoken by Paris to Hector. The use of the word love shows just how strong the feelings are between these brothers. Paris craves his brother’s love as strongly as Hector later gives him his love. At first angry with his young brother when Hector learns that Paris is willing to return to Sparta with Helen to face certain death for what he has done, Hector cannot deny his brother. Hector is prepared to face his brothers actions knowing it will lead to war but he would rather face that than see his brother killed.
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The second scene that had the attention of slash fans was what is known as “The leg hug scene”. Paris has challenged Menelaus to the right for Helen but after realizing he is no match succumbs to fear and crawls to Hectors feet holding onto his brother’s leg for dear life. Menelaus shouts for vengeance and the right to kill Paris but as he strikes Hector replies “he is my brother” and kills Menelaus first. Hector proves his love for Paris when he kills to protect him as he would rather break the promise for Paris to fight Menelaus alone than see his brother killed. The other part of this scene is the very fact that Paris clings to his brother’s leg. It is an intimate connection; their bodies joined at that point, their emotional connection made physical. It is very clear from this scene that Paris is not a warrior; he is a lover not a fighter and though he tries he never stood a chance against an older and more experience warrior like Menelaus. Hector is a fighter; it is up to him to fulfill his role as the older brother and, to a slash fan, his role as lover needing to protect the person he loves. Hector is older and more experienced and loyal to his younger brother and it is these character traits that also define their roles as lovers, Hector is the “aggressive” while Paris is the “passive”.
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The third scene is also the last time that Hector and Paris appear on screen together in a final tender farewell to each other. Hector goes to face Achilles after he mistakes him for his “cousin” Patroclus and killed Patroclus. Hector says his goodbyes to his family before this battle, not knowing if it is indeed his last. This scene is one of beauty and tenderness as he kisses Paris’s forehead, holding his face in his hands. This is a moment normally shown between lovers rather than brothers, such a tender and personal show of love and devotion. This scene shows the conclusion of the two slash relationships Troy has established. Achilles, after retiring from the battle, returns after the death of Patroclus by Hectors hand. He is so grieved by the passing of his “cousin” that he wants nothing more than revenge on Hector for taking away the person most dear to him. Hector, who fights for honor and to protect those he loves, accepts this challenge but is killed by Achilles forever parting him from Paris.
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Himitsu – The Revelation or Top Secret – A beautiful and disturbing little gem of an anime.

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I seem to be quite good at finding little anime’s that not many people have watched but really should. This series I found happens to be excellent though very little info is on the web about it. The story takes place five decades from now, when brain scanners have been perfected to the point that the government can retrieve up to five years’ worth of memories from people’s minds — even if they are dead. The investigators of the National Research Institute of Police Science’s 9th Forensics Laboratory must weigh the ethical choices in the ultimate invasion of privacy as they delve into people’s minds to solve crimes. The show is a psychological version of something like CSI but with more weight and a far more disturbing turn. We have an elite police unit that focuses on trying to solve the crimes that would remain a mystery if it wasn’t for this fantastic new technology that is able to look into the memoires of the victims. The catch is the brain must be removed from the dead victim before a 48hr period to ensure that the memories are intact. With storylines such as political assassinations, brutal killings and deranged serial murderers there is much for fans of hard core police and crime dramas to enjoy. For me personally I prefer a little more dark side crime series so this was perfect. I have always loved mystery amine’s such as Detective Academy Q but this is a nice step away from series aimed at a younger audience into a far more adult show. The show itself is pictured more realistically, with character designs and settings looking much how you would find them in the real world. This immediately gives you a more realistic setting rather than the usual fantasy and escapist image of many anime’s. Also it gives you a little insight to the problems of the modern world the nature of escalating crime, humanities passion for more perverse violence and the changes in our culture and society that brings about new waves of crime. For example one story involves the nature of body modification and the new youth culture that has gone beyond tattoo’s and piecing as a way to express themselves and are finding more extreme ways to change their bodies and express their individuality.
By setting itself in the future it allows for the creation of this technology without having to explain too much about how it works. You don’t get bogged down in the science and therefore can enjoy the story without wondering exactly how they extract the memories. But it being the near future there are no flying cars and stereotypical science fiction elements, their world looks much like ours but with a few more technological breakthroughs and disturbing new forms of crime. This is definitely not a series for the faint of hearted not only are some of the cases particularly grotesque and alarming they do not shy away from showing you images that are disturbing. You see the inner working of serial killers minds as well as the horrific crimes they have committed. Scenes of mutilation and decay plus the effect these scenes have on the characters themselves. We are introduced to this story through the character of Ikkou Aoki who having successfully graduated police training is placed in the department. As the new guy it takes him a while to settle in and is frequently distressed and unsettled by the images he sees. It’s his caring and compassionate nature that allows him to make such an important member of the team. His innocence and kindness allows for him to not grow cold and distant from the crimes but to honestly want to solve them and protect the people from the harm these criminals are committing. It is also his own secrets that help him with unique views on the cases.
The series offers that everyone has secrets and where do our morals lie in looking into someone else’s memories even if it is to solve a crime. After all it’s not only the memories before death that are seen but other secrets that these victims may have wanted to keep. The people watching these images have a duty to solve the crime but not to judge the victims on anything else they may see. Aoki knows it’s a thin line they walk and that it’s dangerous to get too involved with what you must personally be thinking when trying to solve a case. The real heart and soul of this team however is Tsuyoshi Maki. A very effeminate and fragile looking young man who is in fact a very strong and determined person. He has his own tragedy and secrets but is focused and dedicated to using this technology to solve crimes and help as many people as possible. Aoki himself says that one day he will discover Maki’s secret but until then he wishes to stay close and protect Maki hopefully one day being as strong as him so they can stand as equals. Maki is incredible haunted young man and the burdens he carries is far more terrifying than most people would cope with not. Not only does he have to live with killing his best friend and Aoki’s resemblance (particularly) in personality to him, but the whole case surrounding his friends death and the serial killer of 37 boys and young men that left to severe mental destruction. The mental scars are enormous and the series slowly starts to piece together this horrific murder, torture and mutilation on boys and how Maki is at the centre of it. Maki has caught the attention of a truly disturbing serial killer who plagues Maki’s memories throughout the series.
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I personally think Maki may also be dealing with more than just having his psyche, will power and memories bombarded with gruesome images by a love sick killer. He is also dealing with his own feelings toward the best friend who died and Aoki. I know being a slash fan gives me queer goggles and it’s not just Maki’s feminine features that make me think he is hiding his own homosexuality it’s a couple of scenes that clearly allude to the fact that Maki is also punishing himself for having feelings for his friend in the past and now Aoki. I personally think Maki can do better than Aoki but that’s not the point of the series. It’s a psychological thriller, a crime drama and a look at the horrors of the human mind. A place where only the strongest can stand to look and where only by having your own secrets and demons can you bear to look at and understand other peoples.

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