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After Dark Ukecast #1

After Dark Ukecast #1

After Dark Ukecast #1

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Also check out my Anime Yaoi/bl/slash list here: http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2013/02/my-yaoi-shonen-ai-boys-love-slashable-anime-list-2/

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Anime Spotlight – Ranpo Kitan Game of Laplace

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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.

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UkeCast #0 – MW Bookclub Review

This Month’s Discussion: MW by Osamu Tezuka
Next Month: After School Nightmare by Setona Mizushiro

UkeCast pilot for a new yaoi manga and inspired works podcast brought to you by SexynGeeky and Let Zoe Spoil You

For a list of yaoi/shonen ai and slashable anime series check out my list here: http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2013/02/my-yaoi-shonen-ai-boys-love-slashable-anime-list-2/

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Manga Spot – Merman in My Tub

Manga spot – Merman in my Tub

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Another one that falls firmly in the fangirl catergory for why I bought it. Merman in my Tub is stupid, its pointless and silly and wonderful. Its another slightly shonen ai comedy series with hot bishonen hanging out ther difference is their mostly half sea creatures.

One day our caring bishonen finds a naked man starved and dehydrated so brings him home to heal him. Turns out he has brought home a Merman, a very hot merman who is cute and immature and sulky and excitable. There’s really no more story than that. The odd couple face chalenges of how to pay for the hot water, what to eat for dinner, which soap to use in the bath and very much the daily trials of living with a hyper but well meaning bishonen merman.

As the story goes on we are introuduced to other friends like the half octopus man (and boy is he an attractive fish person). a jellyfish boy and a snail man as they all have bathroom parties and try to keep ur protagonist happy.

Its silly fun just cute stories about cute boys. If you want to have a giggle and admire some attractive fish boys this is the manga for you. I really enjoy it particullarly as I’m a bit of an under the dea fan so it provides two things I love, sea creatures and hot bishonen.

The art is good and the character desgins are great. It really is the charming, fun loving nature of the characters that wins you over and I for one will def be continuing this series!!

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Manga Spot – Bloody Mary

Manga Spotlight – Bloody Mary

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I am such a fangirl so this manga had to be mine. Its about pretty boy vampires and thats all I really wanted.

The plot is very simple boy is the latest generation of a family line whose surname is Maria. He is a priest in training and for some reasons vampires can’t wait to drink his blood, unfortunaetly he doesn’t understand his powers and is getting by on tricks. One day red headed vampire boy turns up asking Maia to kill him. Our vampire is called Bloody Mary and his past is hazy all he knows is he can’t die and is bored of living so long. He doesn’t want to drink blood and knows only a Maria can kill him. Two enter a deal of protection, Mary will protect Maria from vampires and help him leanr how to use his powers and when Maria has his powers he will kill Mary.

So its hard not to be amused that our boys have the names Maria and Mary but their fun characters. Mary being cute nerotic angsty vampire boy with a secret past and Maria being a little more cold and calculated with a mystery past. There’s obviously more to the plot as revileved by the ending a deeper conspiracy.

But really I wanted to see cute boys paw at each other and hug so I got what I wanted out of it. I love vampire yaoi/shonen ai and I think it will be a very subtle shonen ai. The art is pretty and the character designs are attractive. It has potential to be more complex and intriguing so I think for a first volume it sets things out nicely, establishes the characters and the world.

I will be continuing with this series I hope for good things!!

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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 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
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

Slashable Anime

1. Angel Sanctuary – Kira/Setsuna , Rosiel/Katan
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2. Card Captor Sakura – Touya/Yuki, Touya/Yue
Ah CCS Clamp’s little magical girl series that is so good. You all know I love Clamp though I prefer the dark stuff but CCS is brilliant. Cardcaptor Sakura begins when ten-year-old fourth grader Sakura Kinomoto accidentally releases a set of magical cards called Clow Cards from the Clow Book, created and named after half-English, half-Chinese sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own personality and characteristics and can assume alternate forms when activated. The guardian Beast of the Seal Cerberus emerges from the book and tells her it is now her responsibility to retrieve the missing cards. As she finds each card, she battles its magical personification and defeats it to seal it away. Cerberus acts as her guide, while her best friend and cousin Tomoyo Daidouji films her exploits and provides her with battle costumes. Sakura’s older brother Touya Kinomoto watches over her, while pretending that he is unaware of what is going on.

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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

God I love this show so much so that I have hollow ichigo’s mask tattooed on my back. Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenager gifted with the ability to see spirits. His life is drastically changed by the sudden appearance of a Soul Reaper —one who governs the flow of souls between the human world and the afterlife—named Rukia Kuchiki, who arrives in search of a Hollow, a dangerous lost soul. When Rukia is severely wounded defending Ichigo from the Hollow, she attempts to transfer half of her reiatsuenergy to Ichigo so that he can defeat the Hollow. However, Ichigo takes almost all of her energy, transforming into a Soul Reaper and allowing him to defeat the Hollow with ease. With her powers diminished, Rukia is left stranded in the human world until she can recover her strength. In the meantime, Ichigo must take over Rukia’s role as a Soul Reaper, battling Hollows and guiding souls to the afterlife realm known as the Soul Society. The story follows Ichigo as well as his human friends that develop strange powers and their battles. Also thrown into the mix are the other members of soul society other shinigamis and all their conflicts, conspiracies, ambitions and corruption. I love shinigami lore so anything based on this is a must for me but this series is also just brilliant all the powers and weapons you could ever wish for plus some of the best battles I have ever seen in anime history. I really don’t know where to begin there are great character designs and from a series that’s now over 200 eps you know there’s gonna be loads of great characters, wonderful back stories, complications and contradictions, fights to the death and omg how brilliant are these fights. Every time I think they can’t get better a character levels up, unlocks a new ability, evolves their weapon or just loses the plot. Ichigo is a great protagonist and I don’t normally like the leads as they are a bit too honest and pure but he has such a great stubborn and arrogant streak. I love how flawed these characters are and how grey some of the show is not so black and white in terms of who is good or bad or what is best for humanity and the spirit world. It is very epic as you would guess from a 200 plus series but it’s very addictive watching.

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10. DN Angel – Daisake/Satoshi
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11. Fushigi Yuugi – Hotohori/Nuriko
the first ever fantasy bishonen harem based anime I ever watched and still one of the best. In all the years since I’ve watched this no other series has had the depth of character, beautiful bishonen and amazing story telling. I watched all 42 episodes in one go as I was so obsessed with this series. The plot centres on Middle-school student Miaka Yūki is under a lot of pressure to pass the entrance exam for the competitive Jonan Academy. Her friends do not believe she will get in, but she is determined to because her best friend, Yui Hongo, has applied for the same school and she wants them both to go to the school together. While at the library one day, Miaka and Yui encounter a strange book known as The Universe of the Four Gods. As a result of reading this book, they are then transported into the novel’s universe. However, Yui is transported back to the real world almost immediately. Inside the novel Miaka discovers that she is the Priestess of Suzaku and destined to gather the seven Celestial Warriors of the god Suzaku in order to summon Suzaku and obtain three wishes. She falls in love with the Celestial Warrior Tamahome, who eventually reciprocates and Miaka’s desire to use a wish to enter the high school of her choice begins to shift towards finding a way to be with Tamahome. Yui, who is also drawn into the book when she was trying to help Miaka to come back to the real world, becomes the Priestess of Seiryuu, working against Miaka out of jealousy over Tamahome and revenge for the humiliation and pain she had suffered when she first came to the book world. The series describes the various trials that teenagers Miaka and Yui face, both quest-driven and personal. Feeling betrayed, the two oppose one another as priestesses, bringing together their own respective warriors and vying for the chance to be granted three wishes by the gods whom they hope to summon.

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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

The plot follows Mikado Ryūgamine is a young man who longs for the exciting life of the big city. At the invitation of his childhood friend Kida Masaomi, he transfers to a school in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Masaomi warns him about people he doesn’t want to cross in the city: a violent man dressed like a bartender, an information merchant, and a mysterious gang called “Dollars.” And to top it off, Mikado witnesses an urban legend on his first day in the city: the “Black Rider,” the supposedly headless driver of a black motorcycle. The narrative follows all of the characters equally, showing how their lives intersect, creating a greater plotline from what each character knows about a common incident.

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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,
this has to one of the best action anime’s out there, you soon work out that my fav shonen anime’s are all based on people with powers and weird weapons fighting each other. There’s normally no explanation to why these people have super powers and weird abilities or strange weapons but boy is it fun to watch them fight each other. Getbackers get the prize for the best because I love the character designs. I mean there are loads of interesting characters with wonderful abilities Dr jackal is one of my fav’s, he’s neither good nor bad but more on the dark side I mean he seems to manipulate knives that live in his blood and has no problem for violence.

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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
ah the series that naruto clearly ripped off since its older and in my opinion so much better. Twelve years prior to the start of the story, Ging Freecss left his infant son, Gon, with Gon’s aunt Mito on Whale Island. Gon, raised believing both his parents were dead, finds out from Ging’s apprentice, Kite, that his father is still alive and has since become an accomplished “Hunter”. Hunters are licensed, elite members of humanity who are capable of tracking down secret treasure, rare beasts, or even other individuals. Gon leaves his home to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Hunter by taking the “Hunter Examination”, a series of brutal tests involving skill, survival, and teamwork. Prior to and during the exam, Gon meets and befriends three of the other applicants: Kurapika, the last remaining member of the Kurta clan who wishes to become a Hunter in order to avenge his slain people; Leorio, a prospective physician who claims to desire to become rich; and Killua Zoldyck, who fled his life as a member of a notorious assassin family. These 4 enter the hunter exams together and the story follows their trials to become hunters and then their duties as hunters. The series is great because like so many battle based series they don’t spend 3 eps on one fight they get down to it in one ep making battles intense and harsh. The series doesn’t waste too much time on fillers and works to tell the story as we learn more about the past of these characters. The anime finished before the manga so again you have to read the manga to know what happens next but it does complete each story arc bringing you closer to the characters and the past and futures they face.

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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

another great tournament based battle anime from the same team that brought me HunterxHunter, both manga’s are by the same person so of course both are brilliant. YuYu Hakusho follows Yusuke Urameshi, a street-brawling delinquent who, in an uncharacteristic act of altruism, is hit by a car and killed in an attempt to save a young boy by pushing him out of the way. His ghost is greeted by Botan, a woman who introduces herself as the pilot of the River Styx, who ferries souls to the “Underworld” where they may be judged for the afterlife. Botan informs Yusuke that his act had caught even the Underworld by surprise and that there was not yet a place made for him in either heaven or hell. Thus Koenma, son of the Underworld’s ruler King Enma, offers Yusuke a chance to return to his body through a series of tests. Yusuke succeeds with the help of his friend Keiko. After returning to life, Koenma grants Yusuke the title of “Underworld Detective”, charging him with investigating supernatural activity within the human world. Soon Yusuke is off on his first case, retrieving three treasures stolen from the Underworld by a gang of demons: Hiei, Kurama and Goki. Yusuke collects the three treasures with the aid of his new technique, the “Rei Gun”, a shot of aura energy fired mentally from his index finger.The series itself is based around 3 huge tournament themed arcs and is very focused on the battles. It can take a few episodes for each fight and does have the very clichéd fight battle. Hero starts winning a bit, gets cocky, badie shows true strength, hero gets knocked back, badie reveals why he is in this fight and a bit of back story before trying to beat hero, hero finds new hidden strength and makes a comeback defeating bad guy. Every character gets their fair share of wins and losses and it’s always exciting to see what happens. I love the intense battles the interrelationships between the competitors and the fact that sometimes things aren’t black and white and friends and enemies aren’t set in stone or easy to judge too quickly.

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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
The plot for Tsuritama starts simple before it goes off on its own colourful alien themed tangent. Yuki Sanada is a high school student who lives with his grandmother, a woman whose career requires frequent relocation which prevents the boy from establishing any real friendships, much less the social skills necessary to initiate them. Whenever he becomes anxious, he freezes in place, unable to breathe, and feels like he is drowning. Donning a markedly demonic expression—so potent with seemingly latent rage that others become wary of him at its appearance. Shortly after arriving at their home on the grandmother’s most recently sanctioned work base, the island of Enoshima, a zealous transfer student named Haru—wielding a water gun and sporting a fish bowl atop his head—appears on their doorstep claiming to be an alien and that he will henceforth be living in the same house; the grandmother agrees to allow such if Haru simply meets one condition (which is undisclosed to the audience). Haru’s presence continually makes Yuki uncomfortable. The two also meet a secluded young fisher, Natsuki Usami, nicknamed “The Fishing Prince”. An Indian man named Akira watches Haru from a distance with his duck Tapioca.

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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
It’s been a while since I’ve seen an anime this good and if you haven’t heard or seen of this then the pun in my tittle is perfect for this series. At only 13 eps I watched it in one setting which was easy to do as it was so engaging. It’s like a really messed up psychotic version of Alice in Wonderland but completely twisting the classic fairy tale to a violent and dangerous nightmare version.
The plot for Deadman is that a massive earthquake ravaged Japan’s mainland and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of it into the ocean. Ten years later, the story shifts to Igarashi Ganta, a seemingly ordinary student attending Nagano Prefecture’s middle school. An escapee, a survivor of the great earthquake, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a normal life. This all changes when a strange person covered in blood and crimson armour floats through his classroom windows. Grinning madly, the Red Man massacres Ganta’s entire class but instead of killing him, embeds a red crystal shard in Ganta’s chest. Within days of the massacre, Ganta is declared the sole suspect and, following a quick trial, is sentenced to life imprisonment in Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme park like prison. Arriving at the prison, Ganta is fitted with a special collar which monitors his location and life signs. Due to the heinous nature of Ganta’s ‘crime’, he has to live out his imprisonment under Deadman Wonderland’s ‘Death Sentence’.

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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

Ok so yes this is an anime that I started watching because of the fan girl in me. Of course I wasn’t going to let it go unwatched there’s an entire cast of hot bishies one side is military (yay uniforms) the other is the church (yay flouncy robes). I have to say I loved this series it was everything it needed to be, the men were hot, the action great, the story interesting, the scoring was good, the world was interesting and the slash was abundant.

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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
Train Heartnett, code named Black Cat is the thirteenth member in an organization known as Cronos. Cronos are an elite group of “erasers”, professional assassins that are sent in to assassinate targets they deem too dangerous or too corrupt to be dealt with in any other manner. But Train learns a valuable lesson in human compassion from young “sweeper”, professional bounty hunters, Saya Minatsuki. He learns there is more to life than being the cold hearted killer he has become and soon yearns for a life of freedom where he can make his own choices and follow his own path. He leaves Cronos and his path crosses that of Sweeper Sven Volfied. They cross paths while investigating a bio-weapon that turns out to be a genetically created girl named Eve. After Train decides not to kill her Sven takes her in as well as Train. They form a small “unconventional” family unit and group of Sweepers living their lives free and as they choose.
Unfortunately their lives are disrupted by the appearance of Train’s x-partner Creed Diskence from Cronos who himself has left the organization but to pursue more sinister and destructive goals. Creed is determined to see Train return to his cold hearted nature and help him and his newly formed group of villains cause havoc in the world. Train must learn what his true nature is and where he really belongs in this world he has chosen to live freely in.

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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
84
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)
When I found out they had made an anime to Togainu no chi I was over the moon, couldn’t wait to watch it, bouncing off the walls. It’s based on a BL game and while I haven’t played the game because I have no idea how to get an English patch for a Japanese game I do have all the SG’s (screen grabs). This means I know all the characters and all the possible pairings and endings. It’s one violent and explicit yaoi game so I was very looking forward to watching it play out in anime. While the characters still look great and have good voice actors for them the rest of the anime was a bit of a let-down. The basic story is that Akira, the number one street fighter, is framed for a murder he didn’t commit. While his sentencing is being completed he is visited by a mysterious woman who gives him the option of rooting in prison or taking up a tag going to a district called Toshima and participating in the Igra game. Toshima is a violent and deadly district sealed off from the normal world that has its own set of rules. Igra is a game in which you collect tags from opponents, the tags are similar to cards and you have to try and get a royal flush so that you can challenge ll Re and gain the position of drug lord. Everyone is given 5 random tags and you basically have to fight people for them in the hope you opponent has a tag that will get you closer to making it to a royal flush. This leads to violent battles and a lot of bloodshed and death. Add to the mix a drug called Line that gives you super strength while turning you mad you get a great gritty and harsh environment. So far so good was nice knowing the plot behind the game and images I’d collected from it and it was a world and plot that appeals to my violent aesthetic.

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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
103
104. Code Geass - Lelouch/Suzaku
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105. Neon Genesis Evangelion - Kaworu/Shinji
105
106. Full Metal Alchemist - Roy/Ed

I have just finished watching the new series of FMA and what can I say truly amazing I loved it I really didn’t want it to end. Now I loved the original series I thought it was great and was in love with the character Roy Mustang. The basic plot is that of 2 brothers whose mother dies so they break the biggest taboo in their world, Human transmutation. Basically set in a world that is a cross between early 20th century Europe mixed with Alchemy, this is not magic this is the more scientific and practical implication of magic the true art know as Alchemy, there are some that know Alchemy. These two brothers after the loss of their mother decide to use Alchemy to bring her back from the dead. Alchemy works by equivalent exchange you need to give something of equal value to get something back, i.e. turning a lump of mud into a rock statue. So the brothers collect all the things that make up a human body and try to transmute it back into their mother. Unfortunately human transmutation isn’t as cut and dry as normal alchemy and in the process of trying to recreate their mother Al loses his body and Ed loses his arm. Making it worse the thing that is created is such a twisted and unrecognizable thing that it soon dies and is nothing like their mother. Ed in a fit of desperation affixes his brother soul to a suit of armour as to not lose him altogether and in the process sacrifices his leg as toll for the alchemy to save his brothers soul. After this event they are visited by Colonel Roy Mustang hearing about two very young but talented alchemists that he wants to recruit them. After what he sees of them he gives them a choice, wallow in the horrific fate they have dealt to themselves or move forward. Ed decided to take up the colonel’s words he becomes a State Alchemist working for the military. State Alchemists see themselves as the dogs of the military being bound to be used as human weapons whenever their skills are required but in exchange they are highly paid and have high positions meaning access to research and policies above the regular army. Ed becomes a state alchemist in order to find a way to get his and Al’s body back. Ed has auto mails, a mechanical limp, to replace his missing arm and leg and thus is named the Full Metal Alchemist. All state alchemists are given a name according to their ability; Roy is the Flame alchemist because of his expert and deadly use of flame alchemy.

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107. Trigun – Vash/Wolfwood
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108. Kurogane no linebarrels – Reiji/Satoru
The plot centers around Hayase Kouichi (and it may have something to do with how annoying this boy is that made me want to throw a book at the screen), he’s a bit of a loser, the class go body that gets picked on but he dreams of being a hero of justice. Hayase is always getting saved and protected by his much more attractive and cooler best mate but Hayase doesn’t seem very grateful about this as he feels it’s unfair to always have his mate come to his rescue. As with all those that seek power his lucky or unlucky break comes when a giant robot falls from space crushing him to death. Well through the laws of anime magic and unexplained plot twists the robot saves his life and makes Hayase his pilot. Hayase is overjoyed, he now has power, can stand up for himself and a giant robot. Also with giant robot comes a large breasted girl with amnesia and Hayase vows to protect. So when other robots come to destroy his home a Hero of Justice is born. Unfortunately Hayase is an arrogant sod who flashes his power like a school bully, wont listen or show any respect for the friends that have helped and stood by him since childhood and thinks his new buxom friend should just stand around and be protected. No wonder all the other characters hate him I was waiting for someone to kick the crap out of him. Luckily this came when good guy and his robot from the secret organisation trying to save the world, in fact beat the crap out of Hayase for being an egotistical overconfident pain in the arse. Unfortunately it’s not until death of the only character with any sense that Hayase realises he’s being a pratt.

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109. Himitsu: Top Secret Revelation - Aoki/Maki
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.

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http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2010/09/himitsu-the-revelation-or-top-secret-–-a-beautiful-and-disturbing-little-gem-of-an-anime/

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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
113
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. Shinesman
124. Eight Clouds Rising
125. 10 Tokyo Warriors
126. Golden Corda primo passo
127. Over Drive
128. Saiunkoku
129. Devilman
130. Violinist of Hamelin
131. Working
132. The Hakkenden -
133. Phi Brain – Baron/JIn, Bishop/Rook, Kaito/Rook
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Togainu No Chi – a series that should have been perfect, violent bishonen but somehow failed!!!

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When I found out they had made an anime to Togainu no chi I was over the moon, couldn’t wait to watch it, bouncing off the walls. It’s based on a BL game and while I haven’t played the game because I have no idea how to get an English patch for a Japanese game I do have all the SG’s (screen grabs). This means I know all the characters and all the possible pairings and endings. It’s one violent and explicit yaoi game so I was very looking forward to watching it play out in anime. While the characters still look great and have good voice actors for them the rest of the anime was a bit of a let-down. The basic story is that Akira, the number one street fighter, is framed for a murder he didn’t commit. While his sentencing is being completed he is visited by a mysterious woman who gives him the option of rooting in prison or taking up a tag going to a district called Toshima and participating in the Igra game. Toshima is a violent and deadly district sealed off from the normal world that has its own set of rules. Igra is a game in which you collect tags from opponents, the tags are similar to cards and you have to try and get a royal flush so that you can challenge ll Re and gain the position of drug lord. Everyone is given 5 random tags and you basically have to fight people for them in the hope you opponent has a tag that will get you closer to making it to a royal flush. This leads to violent battles and a lot of bloodshed and death. Add to the mix a drug called Line that gives you super strength while turning you mad you get a great gritty and harsh environment. So far so good was nice knowing the plot behind the game and images I’d collected from it and it was a world and plot that appeals to my violent aesthetic.

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But things start going wrong, for a BL game that has a lot of sex scenes between the bishonen the anime is barely recognisable as even a shonen ai show. There’s only 2 openly gay scenes in it, one is a guy escaping with love bits on his chest while a naked guy gets out of bed screaming bastard and dripping blood, obviously he literally got screwed so the escaping guy could steal his tags and the other is from the only openly gay character as he enters a room full of naked boys and starts stripping. The only gay character is a creep a really freaky pervert that while being the ruler of Toshima also has a large BDSM fetish and even has his own pretty boy gimp that acts like a dog following him about. Now while I love my yaoi and especially the dark side not so into creepy rapist BDSM perverts. As for the rest of the bishonen you have Akira who is our main protagonist and from the SG’s has about 8 pairing options so I was interested to see how they were going to show all his possible romances and see who he was going to get together with during the series. Unfortunately they play down the BL element there’s only really 2 options for a romance but mostly just strong friendships and then definite hate based relationships. I was so upset about the playing down of the BL elements, I mean you can slash the series but it’s based on a Yaoi game so come on at least let the guys have a hug maybe a kiss or at least put the possibility of a relationship into it.

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The majority of the series concentrates on the drug Line and its affects and this is where the yaoi fan girl gets a bit happier because the relationship between Akira and his best friend Keisuke really intensifies. Poor Keisuke he worries so much about Akira he follows him into this crazy mess even joining the Igra even though by nature he is a timid, shy and genuinely nice guy. His gentleness and caring nature though cause him to get into trouble and Akira snaps at him saying he’s useless and in the way so Keisuke runs off. Its here when Akira realises how much he’s taken their friendship for granted and realises he wants to stay together with Keisuke, protect him and escape together. Unfortunately misguided Keisuke decided that he needs to be stronger if he wants to stay with Akira so takes Line and becomes a brutal monster convinced Akira hates him. So Keisuke tries to kill Akira and poor Akira has to fight his best friend. Thrown into the mix is the next important plot line of something weird about Akira’s blood and if a Line user tastes it they react violently resulting in poisoning. So yes you get it, as Akira is trying to convince Keisuke’s how important he is to him and how he truly wants to be with the man he was before the Line and that he wants to escape together and all other romantic and slash friendly conversations Keisuke accidently get some of Akira’s blood in him. Akira pretty much gets the fright of his life thinking he’s lost the most important person to him but luckily their strong bond is enough to help Keisuke resist death and come out alive and well. But do they hug no, this is where they were supposed to hug or kiss but instead they just smile at each other. So fan girl was happy then she was sad again and to make matters worse the last 5 eps start to make no sense at all.
You get the feeling that there was a lot more back story to the characters that we never really find out so things get confusing. If this had stayed a street fight with drug abuse storyline things would have been fine but no it had to get weird. There’s a military experiment, superpowers, perfect soldiers and mind wipes that all get revealed and dealt with so quickly there’s no time to work out what the hell happened. Just as I was getting used to another plot line about a brother seeking revenge on his older brother for killing his mates it all goes tits up in plot, why the hell did they have to bring in secrete government weapons made human. We get a cryptic guy that flies about talking about his blood and saying how to overcome your fear. Rin was an interesting character small cute boy deadly in a fight but bounced about happily, turns out he has a grudge to settle with his older hot sword wielding badass of a brother Shiki. But do we get to know the details no, why did Shiki kill their friends, how did Rin get to Toshima, why is Shiki working for pervert man delivering drugs and killing everyone in his path, what is the fear born within him he is trying to control, why did he turn into a super soldier after biting Nichole the floating weapon man, why why why. So many questions no answers and a mess really. What’s with Nichole I get he doesn’t have emotions he’s a living weapon so why is he hiding out in Toshima, it turns out his blood is the base of Line so why is he supplying it to pervert. At the end Nichole ended up in a big fight with Shiki, but why was he giving Shiki briefcases of Line, then he asks him to bite him and take his blood to pass a trial, what bloody trial and only for him to go you failed now let’s fight aahhhh!!!!! Not making sense anymore just making me confused. It’s hard to perv on all you pretty boys when nothing is making sense. In the end military, some other secret company no one thought to mention earlier and they guys who framed Akira and got him into this mess all turn up and a war breaks out, WTF!!! Why are planes bombing perverts castle, who the hell are the secret company that want the super weapon why are a load of people with guns shooting everyone, where is the plot!!
So yeah to make matters worse as our main guys plan to leave Toshima and get out of the mess when Shiki turns up all super powered and decided he wants to kill Akira and just to kick the yaoi fan girl in me he bloody well kills Keisuke. Keisuke who has gotten over his addiction to Line, survived madness and had Akira pretty much confess to him tries to save Akira and gets chopped down. I was not happy what was the point in killing the love interest, it was a very loving and beautiful farewell, and these two guys really did love each other and finally got to admit it in their own way but still No!!!!!! Akira goes a little mental luckily Rin turns up to tell him Keisuke wouldn’t want him to die but rather live on and they all escape. I’m sorry but this whole Keisuke would want you to live on, no thanks I’d rather have Akira get his revenge on Shik,i dying and then at least he wouldn’t have to live without the man he loves and instead be reunited with Keisuke in their next life (I’m a reincarnation fan). No even though Toshima is a war zone and their seems to be a battle between super human weapons Akira makes it out back to normal society and gets a job. It’s very anticlimactic, we hear that back in Toshima a new version of line is being sold on the streets, so does that mean pervert and his goons lived and his place wasn’t destroyed by all those bombs, what happened to Nichole the human weapon or poor Keisuke’s body come on people a bit more answers rather than this wet boring ending. At least after the credits we get a bit more though by this point I was all upset and mad and therefore not really paying that much attention to Akira’s speech on the meaning of life, what it means to live, what Keisuke taught him and all that jazz but he somehow as gained a sword and he makes his way back to Toshima to fight Shiki so maybe he still does get his revenge and reunites with Keisuke but we won’t know. So any way if you’re expecting a shonen ai series like Loveless, Yami No Matsuei or Sukisyo then be disappointed and then very confused. But if you don’t mind watching pretty boys kill each over than knock yourself out but this won’t be going down as a favourite and it had so much potential to do so!!!!

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Kuroshitsuji 2 – Black Butler an anime that couldn’t be more perfect if it tried!!!!!!

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I love this series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is one of the best anime’s I’ve ever seen and is so perfectly my thing it couldn’t have been more perfect. It had everything I ever want in a show and had the most perfect ending as well. The plot is set in a manor house on the outskirts of Victorian era London, butler Sebastian Michaelis serves Ciel Phantomhive, the orphaned twelve-year-old head of an English noble family and a toy and candy empire, who serves directly under the Queen. Sebastian carries out any task required by his master while solving the problems plaguing England with ease and perfection, because of his demonic lineage and Faustian contract with his master. Ciel has a contract that states Sebastian must work for him as his most loyal butler until they discover who killed his parents, abused him and destroyed his family. Once Ciel has accomplished this than Sebastian is free to eat his soul, the main purpose of most demons is to eat human souls. So the two form a partnership and as events unfold until the truth is revealed and Ciel gets the revenge he wishes for and thus giving himself to Sebastian to devour.
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Series 2 opens with somehow Sebastian having not eaten Ciel’s soul and is instead trying to find it. Turns out Ciel is rather unique and has a pure and very delicious soul even though his whole life has been clouded in darkness. At the moment of his devouring another demon swept in and stole Ciel from Sebastian. Series 2 opens Sebastian getting Ciel back to him but now Ciel has no memories of getting his revenge so the contract isn’t fulfilled and Sebastian can’t eat him. Also is the introduction of Alois Trancy who has had a very similar life to Ciel and thus has formed a contract with his own demon butler. These two boys and their butlers are all tied together in a battle for revenge, the truth and their souls. Sebastian has to fend of the advances of another demon trying to get his Ciel and it all plays out like a dark and twisted love square.

There are many things that make this series brilliant, there’s the obvious fact that is can be slashed very easily it borders so closely on shonen ai and there are openly gay characters like a red headed shinigami. But it’s not its gay subtext (though that helps) that make this series so good it’s the whole package. Not only does it have a very attractive cast, these are beautiful character designs for both male and female character, but also a very attractive misc-en-scen. Being set during the Victorian era makes for gorgeous use of clothing and the London setting. I love the Victorian period, I love its fashion and architecture so having a dark gothic anime reinterpret this period gives you amazing visuals. The music is wonderful; it is scored with dark classical and gothic themes brining the scene and feel of the series alive. It also deals with my favourite genre, the supernatural. I love demonology and occult series; I love the way Japan interprets western mythology and demon lore making it more beautiful and seductive. Japanese manga and anime creators have always had a love affair with European history and culture and then reinvent it with their own style and Kuroshitsuji is a perfect example of this. It the kind of anime that makes me want to buy the Manga’s, action figures, art books and even cosplay.
So Kuroshitsuji is visually perfect, it is also thematically perfect and has a great storyline. The series is full of emotions such as revenge, sorrow, need, love, devotion, greed, despair, anger and desire. As we learn more of the twisted fates of these two boys and the lengths these demon will go to for their souls we also begin to see the difference in these characters and why there is so much more strength and dignity to Ciel and his relationship with Sebastian. There is trust and respect between these two and at the very end they have become something more than master and servant, demon and human and there is a whole new journey for them to begin.
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Kuroshitsuji also have many other interesting characters and while the show follows heavily on the main protagonists it has a very fun supporting cast. There are all kinds of other supernatural characters that I love such as shinigamis and fallen angels. So there is something for everyone and as a fan girl this series is the closest I’ve ever come to series such as Yami No Matsuei. So all in all I can’t say enough good things about this series it was engaging, fun, emotional and beautiful throughout. It did the genre so much justice, it had a wonderful gothic Victoriana world to indulge in and it had such a wonderful relationship with great development at its heart.

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Yasha – A tale of friendship, companionship and evil ambition

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Based on a Shonen ai manga by Yoshida Akimi this J Drama is a beautiful and haunting tale of separation and companionship under the threat of ambition and jealousy and misunderstanding. It tells the tale of twin boys created in the lab to be perfection, strong and smart the ultimate humans. But this is also a story of how they are separated and the two very different paths they take. One of the brothers, Sei, grew up to be an elite bio-chemistry scientist in America. He was assigned to a project where he has to travel to a small island in Japan to investigate an unidentified virus that is spreading on the island. By a freak of nature, he found out that he has a twin brother, Rin, whose evil, dark personality is entirely opposite of him. But there is more to this tale Sei wasn’t always part of the bio-chemistry company no he was rescued at a young age by a women who was a scientist that developed a motherly bond for him and decided to take him away to raise him as her own. He grew up in a remote village and formed a bond with another local boy, the blind Moichi. The two were best friends, inseparable and even having their own secret codes to communicate with each other using a dog whistle. But happiness didn’t last long and the company found Sei, killing his mother, threatening Moichi and eventually bringing him back with them where he grew up to become an elite scientist for the company.

Years later Sei returns to Japan to help find a cure for a deadly virus that has been released into a small island. The entire Islands population has been killed and there is fear that this virus will spread to main land Japan. Sei comes to work on the virus; aloof and cold he is distant from the other scientists and acts with an air of superiority. Through a twist of fate he happens to be working at the same research facility that Moichi is helping with some tests on enhanced hearing in blind patients. Sei and Moichi are reunited and the obvious bond and friendship is still there between them. Sei shows real emotions only when concerned to Moichi and wishes nothing more to spend his life with him. Being based on a shonen ai manga (boys love) it is obvious that there’s more to this relationship than just friend ship, it implies a much deeper bond between them and you see real love between these boys. The care about each other and through out the series are willing to risk themselves for each other wishing nothing more than to live a normal life together. All this happiness and normality is ruined by the introduction of Sei’s long lost twin brother who doesn’t share Sei’s moral grounding and sanity. He is jealous of this friendship he wants his brother to join him and use their intellect for much bigger things. Rin seems nice enough to start with but he proves that he is far more calculating and manipulative than his brother; he plays mind games as well as toying with the feeling of those around him. He manipulates his girlfriend to carry out a lot of his dirty work and he has a sexual relationship behind her back with his bodyguard and childhood friend Takeru. Though this too in its own twisted way seems to have more to it, he does seem to have genuine feelings for his friend even though they share their bed with others as well.

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It soon becomes apparent that it was Rin that created this virus; the island was a test to see how well it worked before releasing it in Japan. His goal to destroy the population of Japan and then using his own anti virus choose who lives and dies rebuilding Japanese society as he sees fit. He is quite evil and shows very little compassion towards anyone other than his Friend/lover/bodyguard Takeru. There are twists and turns along they way, politics about the state of modern Japan, conspiracy’s between the government and the bio-tech firms, manipulation from powerful families with invested interests and these two brothers stuck in the middle of it. Their different up bringing having shaped the people they became and the decisions they made. There is also a fair amount of tragedy. From the tone of the story you know from the beginning that this is going to have a tragic ending it’s all very Shakespearian and I knew I was in for tears. Do watch this drama with a box of tissues nearby especially for episode 8. But saying that you know there isn’t going to be a happy ending, the ending itself is perfect for the story it’s the only logical way it could have played out. By the end the Brothers have taken away so much from each other yet have started to understand each other they know what they need and what they want from each other and maybe in death only then can they find the peace they never found in life. After all they have lost all they love and care for in life, they were never meant to have been in the first place, created by science for the ambition of men with power, no chance of a normal life and they’ve hurt each other to much too really forgive each other. There own genetic mutation is failing them its only a choice of who will live out who, which twin will see his final sunset, which twin will give the other what he wants while the other waits for his unavoidable fate. It tragic and sad but sometimes a sad ending is really the only good choice.

The series is filmed with a lot of soft lighting and sombre moods; it has a gentle tone until things become more dangerous and frantic. Also noth the parts of Rin and Sei are brilliantly acted by Ito Hideaki. A note of interest is the use of Stings Desert Rose as the opening theme as well as using an instrumental reprise version of the song through out the series. The heart of the series lies in the relationship between Sei and Moichi, the love and understanding they share and how they complete each other. Even Rin and Takeru share a relationship similar but too twisted by their more brutal upbringing they can not love and share on the same level their ideas of love and companionship have been poisoned. The series is quite stylised even with the obvious fact that the brothers have superpowers and are inhumanly strong, they can achieve great feats but this is understated and not over done. I for one as a slash fan enjoyed this series immensely but also because of its more subtle and delicate approach. It was as much about the relationships between the characters and the human drama as it was about looking cool and have superhuman fighting and playing cat and mouse games. I recommend this little gem of a drama, well worth a watch.

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