This anime was a wild little find and one of those series that no one talks about but is definitely more original and interesting than most other series out there. The anime is inspired by the works of author Edogawa Ranpo and commemorates the 50th anniversary of his death in 1965.
It’s a murder mystery detective show with a lot of social commentary about the state of modern Japan mixed with horror elements. The show has great cases such as a serial killer making furniture out of women and does not shy away from some disturbing images, it is the very definition of aesthetic violence. They use a lot of very artistic but dark imagery which I really love. What’s awesome is that under the cases there is a feeling of dissatisfaction in Japanese society being reported on the TV, they story brings in ideas about the failing justice system and they rise of those who are not supported by modern Japanese values. If you liked Psycho Pass and want to see an anime tackle similar issues but in a different genre this anime does it very well.
The cast is a diverse mix of characters that all have some interesting personal quirks with the exception of Hashiba the voice of reason. Our main character is Kobayashi a boy bored by his life and a weird sense of what is attractive and interesting until he meets detective Akeshi a 17 year old detective. Kobayashi is suspected in a murder case but after working with Akeshi to solve the mystery he decides to become the detective’s assistant as it’s the first time he’s really had fun. Kobayashi’s best friend Hashiba tags along to be the voice of reason and keep him grounded (plus it’s rather obvious that he’s in love with Kobayashi). There are some very colourful characters but there are better off kept a surprise.
The show has a great art style using metaphor and staging to display various points and bring a great surrealism to it. I see flashes of Ikuhara (Utena, Mawaru PenguinDrum) but darker in this series and very much Danganronpa. The show looks great, has real emotion, dark and imaginative cases, quirky characters, unique set pieces, grittiness and great social commentary so was a real win for me.
Plus a bonus for a fugoshi some real slash/BL potential.
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
Koi Suru Bo-kun
Okane ga Nai
Papa to KISS IN THE DARK
Pico to Chiko
pico ~Boku no Chiisana Natsu Monogatari~
Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi
Boku wa Konomama Kaeranai
Fujimi Nichome Kokyo Gakudan
Hey! Class President
Hokago no Shokuinshitsu
Ikoku Irokoi Roman Tan
Junjo Romantica 2
KIZUNA ~ Koi no Kara Sawagi ~
Koi Suru Bo-kun
Mirage of Blaze
Mirage of Blaze OVA
Osakana wa Ami no Naka
Seiyo Kotto Yogashiten ~Antique~
Shiritsu Araiso Koto Gakko Shikko Bu
Sukina Mono wa Suki Dakara Shoga Nai
Be-boy Kidnapping idol
152 – Meganebu Another collection of boys to slash pairings are available for you to chose
153 – Makai Ouji Revils vs Realist So many lovely bishonen in this series lots of pairing potential in this.
154 – Free! Another great set of pretty boys to choose from. My personal Haru/Rin
155 – Aquarion Evol Amazingly fun series! Ceyanne/Shrade
156 – Buddy Complex Dio/Aoba
157 – Brothers Conflict Tsubaki/Azusa
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!
159 – Hetalia Slash to your Hearts content!!!
160 – Bakumatsu Rock Oh the beautiful boys, slash them any way watch them get so passionate that their clothes burn off!!!
161 – Ixion Saga DT Erecpyle/Mariandale (one of my favourite Traps.
162 – Kimi to Boku Nothing like a set of best friends to play game of slash with.
163 – Binan koukou chikyuu bouei be love Its cute boys that do magical transformation with the power of love, who dont you slash.
164 – My teen romantic comedy snafu Hikigaya/Saika
165 – Yowamushi Pedal With any good sport anime there are lots of pairings but mine is Toudou/Makishima
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!!
167 – One Punch Man Saitama/Genos
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
169 – Assassination Classroom Karma/nagisa
170 – Terror in Resonance Nine/Twelve
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
172 – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Joseph/Ceaser
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
174 – Merman in My Tub Tatsumi/Wakasa but there are some other rather attractive fish friends too.
175 – Ranpo Kitan Game of Laplace Hashiba/Kobayashi Akechi/Namikoshi
176 – Dimension W Mabuchi/Albert Salva/Lwai
177 – Big Order Gennai/Hiragi
178 – Aoharu x Kikanjuu Masamune/Yukimura Midori/Fugimon
179 - Dogs Bullets and Carnage Heine and Badou
180 – My Hero Academia Kaachan/Deku I feel more pairings may develope as the series goes on though
181 – Bungou Stray Dogs A cast of bishonen so there are a few pairings to choose from in this one.
182 – Yuri on Ice Viktor/Yuri and Yurio/Otobek
183 – Watashi ga motete dousunda (Kiss Him Not Me) Mutsumii/Shinomiya
182 – Drifters Nobunaga/Yoichi is my ship But there are other ships and when the series continues I am sure there will be more!
183 – Marginal #4 R/L Atom/Rui Kira/Shy Just a lovely selection of boy band beauties to enjoy!
184 – Heavy Object – Heivia/Qwenthur
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
186 - All Out!! Another great sports anime with lots of pairing choices, me I’m partial to Sumiyaki/Miyuki
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