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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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Where’s my Queer Positive Hero?

I miss Torchwood!!

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You know what I miss this show more and more for one major reason, a queer positive relationship in a show that didn’t ever go into the awkward coming out storyline, where being gay or bi didn’t define the characters or their actions it was just part of who they were. Being LGBT in Torchwood didn’t have any effect on the ability to fight aliens or save the world! Torchwood may have started with a small fan base but by the time it got to BBC one it was pretty mainstream, I mean I watched Children of Earth with my Dad! No one complained about the relationship between Jack and Ianto, there was no backlash at having two characters in an open and comfortable gay relationship in lead roles saving the day. No one ever had a problem with Captain Jack Harkness and his omnisexual presence, even in doctor who no one was upset with him flirting with everything.
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Doctor Who is a family show and it happily showed Jack flirt with boys, girls, robots and aliens. He was open, out and proud and most of all loved by all. He was a true hero for queer positive media and his sexuality and behaviour never overshadowed the fact that he was a hero. He didn’t angst over his sexuality, who he dated or slept with had no effect on his ability to save the day and I miss him and everything he represented so much. TV lost a great queer icon and hero.

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Where has queer positive TV gone? I’m a rabid slash fangirl so I do love my fandoms and bromance pairings like Mcdanno from H5.0 and the enormous slash potential of Destiel from Supernatural but they are beginning to feel more like teasing slash fans and us audience members that don’t identify as straight. As someone who identifies as Bi and enjoys non heteronormative story telling I am feeling a void. I slash a lot of shows, White Collar, Suits, Flash, Merlin, Sherlock, True Blood, Castle and Angel/Buffy but as much as I love them and reading my fanfiction I want something more!

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I’m tired of being teased I want some real honest gay heroes and I’m starting to see the reality of queer baiting in TV shows. I loved Spartacus especially when they didn’t kill of the gay characters and a show that had gay gladiators every bit as capable as the rest of the cast was amazing.
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I love Sense8, Brothers and Sisters and Six Feet Under but again these cater shows all have the “trial of gay character”. Where are my Captain Jack Harkness’s? I love that some shows are fleshing out gay characters more, making them confident in their sexuality. Shows like How to get away with Murder and the character of Conner are very positive but still I want a hero!
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I won’t even get started on movies. Thank god for Star Wars and the stormpilot phenomenon as it has opened the eyes of creators to the fact that there is a huge cry for LGBT in movies and we want to see more diversification.

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The evolution of the star wars fandom is amazing and I’m so glad to be part of it and whiteness Hollywood and its directors and actors see how popular queer fandom is and how in demand it is. SWFA went from the behemoth that is the stormpilot fandom taking over online, the lovefest for Poe Dameron to now Poe having his own spinoff comic and actual talk of changing the script to include LGBT in the mainstream movie canon verse. What started as a slash pairing, went to Oscar saying he was playing a romance, to reports that such a romance was just in Oscars head and they denied any Poe/Finn romance, to JJ Abrams saying it’s about time SW got LGBT characters, to it will definitely get LGBT characters to now discussions on Luke Skywalkers sexuality.

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So media needs to stop with the queer baiting and just give us some positive LGBT characters, characters confident in their sexuality so other aspects of their personality and their place in the world they inhabit can be explored. So we can have depictions of non-heteronormative relationships like the ones you get in Sense8 (which really is a break through show). Arrow is setting up its first gay hero, Agents of Shield has a new gay member of the team, Jessica Jones has a great Lesbian character (even if she is a horrible person and villainous she is a solid character and being lesbian has nothing to do with the fact that she is power hungry and ambitious), Gotham too so come on movies catch up.

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As for the rest of TV give us some fresh takes on LGBT characters where their sexuality isn’t their personality and what defines their actions, it’s just part of what makes them who they are.

For more TV shows with Slash potential and gay characters check out my fangirly list here: http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2012/12/my-slash-bromance-and-gay-tv-and-movie-list/

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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
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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
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Slashable Anime


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

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

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

for a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/02/top-5-shoujo-anime’s/

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3. X/1999 – Fuuma/Kamui, Seishirou/Subaru
For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/01/top-5-dark-shoujo-anime’s/ 03>

4. Tokyo Babylon – Seishirou/Subaru
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5. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles – Kurogana/Fay
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6. xXxholic – Doumeki/Watanuki
For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/01/top-5-dark-shoujo-anime’s/
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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.

For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/02/top-5-battleshonen-anime’s/

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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.

For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/02/top-5-shoujo-anime’s/
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12. Death Note – Kira/L, Mello/Matt
For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/01/top-5-dark-shoujo-anime’s/
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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.

For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/03/durarara-–-an-anime-of-surrealism-and-complications-that’s-very-intriguing-if-a-bit-weird/
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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.

For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/02/top-5-battleshonen-anime’s/

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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.

For full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/02/top-5-battleshonen-anime’s/

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24. Kaiken Phrase – Santa/Yuki, Towa/Atsuro
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25. Kenshin – Saito/Sano
25
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
For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/01/top-5-dark-shoujo-anime’s/
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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!!!)
36
37. Saint Seiya – Hyouga/Shun, Ikki/Shun, Aphrodite/Shun
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38. Saiyuki – Gyoijo/Hakkai, Sanzo/Goku
For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/01/top-5-dark-shoujo-anime’s/
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39. Shamen King – Ryu/Lyserg, Hao/Yoh
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40. Soukyo no Fafner – Kazuki/Soushi
40
41. Tactics – Haruka/ Kantarou
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42. Tenshi ne Narumon – Rapheal/Mikael
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43. Tiger&Bunny – Barnaby/Kotetsu
43
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.

For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/02/top-5-battleshonen-anime’s/
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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.

For a full review on the series please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2012/12/tsuritama-–-friendship-fishing-and-aliens/
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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’.

For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/11/deadman-wonderland-–-not-for-the-squeamish-but-a-“bloody”-good-anime/

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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.

for a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2009/11/07-ghosts-–-super-powered-bishonen-in-uniforms-fighting-evil-what-could-be-better/
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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.

For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2012/03/black-cat-a-fun-action-adventure-helped-by-a-hot-villan/
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82. Glass no Kantai – Vetti/Ralph, Vetti/Michel
82
83. Yakitate Japan – Kuroyan/Kanmuri
83
84. Toriko – Coco/Sunny
84
85. Samurai Champloo - Jin/Mugen
85
86. Detective Academy Q – Kyu/Ryu
86
87. Spiral – Kanone/Eyes
87
88. Generator Gawl – Koji/Ryo
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89. Tokyo Underground – Sui/Ginnosuke, Seki/Sui
89
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.

For a full review please follow the link!
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2011/02/togainu-no-chi-–-a-series-that-should-have-been-perfect-violent-bishonen-but-somehow-failed/
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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
99
100. Berserk – Guts/Griffith
100
101. Gungrave – Harry/Brandon
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102. Cluster Edge - Agate/Beryl
102
103. Kiba – Zed/Noah
103
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

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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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. 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
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133. Phi Brain – Baron/JIn, Bishop/Rook, Kaito/Rook
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Homoeroticsising Hollywood film part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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Homoeroticising the Hollywood film part 1

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

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

“Slash, or K/S fiction, represents a long-standing tradition in the women’s fan-writing community which poses ways of con¬structing homoerotic fantasies employing the series characters. Slash, as many writers have now noted, represents a powerful form of resistant reading, an active appropriation and transformation of dominant media content into forms of cultural production and circulation that speak to the female fan community’s needs and interests. Slash has proven empowering to its female fan readers and writers, helping them to articulate and explore their sexual fantasies, bringing them together into a community across various barriers which isolate them. Slash, by translating politics into the personal, gave them a way to speak about their experiences and commitments. Some members of the Gaylaxians have embraced slash as a form which can also express their fantasies about the series and their desires for its future development. Science Friction, a Star Trek: The Next Generation slash zine distributed at the 1992 Gaylaxicon, specifically presented itself as a response to the failure of the letter-writing campaign: “Our motto is: If Paramount can’t give us that queer episode, just make it so!” Henry Jenkins, “Out of the closet and into the Universe”.
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The Star Trek fandom was the first to really start addressing issues of slash and how it represented the fantasies of its female community. Many other TV shows also achieved this female appreciation such as Starsky and Hutch, Blakes 7 and Battlestar Galactica but still slash had not been recognized in relation with films. Slash has primarily been associated with the world of TV shows and more specifically sci-fi and fantasy shows. This may be due to the type of individuals that are attracted to such shows already being more open to fantasy and therefore more open to indulge in their own desires. As well as this, sci-fi/fantasy series can offer more characters therefore more character development for its fans to concentrate on and offers a longer running time with more scenarios to involve characters in. But things are changing and movie fandoms are becoming far more slash friendly. Maybe it is because women are now more open about their sexual fantasies and more willing to express what they find erotic.
There have been gay icons in film for many years. Stars such as James Dean have been adopted by the gay community but slash fans are not interested in gay stars. What they want is to see depictions of love and sex between men. Maybe it is the still slightly homophobic nature of Hollywood that denies movie slash that has kept knowledge of slash fiction quiet, but no matter what people know or don’t know about slash it is clear that it has become highly popular and a far more noticeable part of fan culture.
From this the questions arise: ‘What makes a film Slashable?’ and ‘How can what has been talked about in relationship to TV show fan culture be applied to Hollywood film?’ Using specific examples, I will attempt to answer these two questions. I will address issues of turning subtext into text and how old TV shows that were slashed have been re-made into films that recognize and show the slash. I will also look at how films have been made so that any homoerotic element that would have been there has been written out so it is no longer historically accurate but will not upset homophobic viewers. This leads me onto my first case study, Troy by Wolfgang Petersen. Troy details the events that take place in Homer’s book, The Iliad. It is the story of the Greek war against the Trojans after the young Trojan prince, Paris, steals the beautiful Helen away and the various heroes that stood on each side: Hector, Achilles and Patroclus. This film was a prime example of re-writing a historical text to exclude something Hollywood would not want to promote: the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. It was implied in the book that they were lovers. The film instead offers them up as cousins to explain their closeness as well as introducing a female character as a love interest for Achilles.
It is a known fact that during Greek time homosexuality was not viewed in the same way as it is in today’s society. Men would often have young boys as lovers until these boys grew to men . Also, homosexuality was promoted within Greek armies. Warriors were encouraged to have a male lover on the battlefield as it was thought they would be more likely to fight for a lover than a simple comrade in arms. The relationship between Achilles and Patroclus was one of the most famous relationships in Ancient Greek society; their bond has been admired and respected. Yet this homoerotic relationship was not something a Hollywood studio wanted to depict in their film and was therefore changed to suit how it would be looked upon in today’s society. Even with this knowledge many slash fans still see something to Achilles and Patroclus relationship of “cousins”. They show enough of a bond and closeness for these two characters to be slashed. Slash fans know there was meant to be something more so it is not that far a stretch of the imagination to think of these men as lovers rather than cousins. From the first time you see them spar, two handsome men chasing each other round Greek ruins obviously both familiar and comfortable round each other; you can read a more homoerotic element to the characters. The way Patroclus admires and looks up to Achilles and the way in return Achilles feels protective and mentoring towards Patroclus shows they are very close so even without any overtly homoerotic tones slash fans can still read far more into the characters.
However Achilles/Patroclus is not the favorite pairing amongst Troy slash fans. The slash pairing for this film that most fans write fiction about is in fact Hector/Paris. However, these two characters are not only brothers, but Hector is married and Paris is the reason for the war in the first place as he fell in love and ran away with Helen. So how is it possible to slash these two characters? It is the very nature of slash fans to re-imagine and recreate according to their desires. Hector and Paris make a desirable pairing due to the nature of their relationship. They are close to one another, they respect and care for one another, they fight for one another and they protect each other. This relationship can be explained as brotherly love but this is no barrier for slash fans. Since slash fans have a desire to see one taboo relationship (homosexuality) many do not view a taboo such as incest as offensive. Slash fans see two attractive men that share a bond of love which can be re-interpreted according to the slash fan’s desires. It is this reason that also allows slash fans to overlook and, a majority of the time ignore the female characters. Hectors wife and Helen herself are simply put out of mind so as not to intervene in the world recreated in slash fiction.
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There are three major scenes in Troy that prove to slash fans the nature of Hector and Paris’s relationship. The first is the boat scene where Paris first tells Hector he has taken Helen with him back to Troy. This scene includes the line “do you love me brother?” spoken by Paris to Hector. The use of the word love shows just how strong the feelings are between these brothers. Paris craves his brother’s love as strongly as Hector later gives him his love. At first angry with his young brother when Hector learns that Paris is willing to return to Sparta with Helen to face certain death for what he has done, Hector cannot deny his brother. Hector is prepared to face his brothers actions knowing it will lead to war but he would rather face that than see his brother killed.
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The second scene that had the attention of slash fans was what is known as “The leg hug scene”. Paris has challenged Menelaus to the right for Helen but after realizing he is no match succumbs to fear and crawls to Hectors feet holding onto his brother’s leg for dear life. Menelaus shouts for vengeance and the right to kill Paris but as he strikes Hector replies “he is my brother” and kills Menelaus first. Hector proves his love for Paris when he kills to protect him as he would rather break the promise for Paris to fight Menelaus alone than see his brother killed. The other part of this scene is the very fact that Paris clings to his brother’s leg. It is an intimate connection; their bodies joined at that point, their emotional connection made physical. It is very clear from this scene that Paris is not a warrior; he is a lover not a fighter and though he tries he never stood a chance against an older and more experience warrior like Menelaus. Hector is a fighter; it is up to him to fulfill his role as the older brother and, to a slash fan, his role as lover needing to protect the person he loves. Hector is older and more experienced and loyal to his younger brother and it is these character traits that also define their roles as lovers, Hector is the “aggressive” while Paris is the “passive”.
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The third scene is also the last time that Hector and Paris appear on screen together in a final tender farewell to each other. Hector goes to face Achilles after he mistakes him for his “cousin” Patroclus and killed Patroclus. Hector says his goodbyes to his family before this battle, not knowing if it is indeed his last. This scene is one of beauty and tenderness as he kisses Paris’s forehead, holding his face in his hands. This is a moment normally shown between lovers rather than brothers, such a tender and personal show of love and devotion. This scene shows the conclusion of the two slash relationships Troy has established. Achilles, after retiring from the battle, returns after the death of Patroclus by Hectors hand. He is so grieved by the passing of his “cousin” that he wants nothing more than revenge on Hector for taking away the person most dear to him. Hector, who fights for honor and to protect those he loves, accepts this challenge but is killed by Achilles forever parting him from Paris.
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Top 5 Battle/Shonen anime’s

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1 – Getbackers - 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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The series tells the story of Ginji Amano and Ban Mido, a pair of super powered individuals known as the “GetBackers”. The duo operates a freelance repossession service out of one of the seedier areas of Shinjuku, Tokyo. For a fee, they will recover any lost or stolen item for a client with “a 100% success rate”. The GetBackers’ job often leads them into bizarre and dangerous situations in order to “get back what shouldn’t be gone”. Their targets range from lost video games to misplaced components of an atomic bomb. The plot mostly revolves around their adventures, often complicated by the pair’s convoluted, individual pasts and a mysterious place known as the Infinity Fortress. Through their misadventures they encounter old friends, new rivals, enemies and new allies. Soon discovering a great conspiracy within the fortress. It’s worth noting that while I love this anime it has one of those stupid none ending endings so you have to read the manga to see how the story ends. But even so it has some truly brilliant battles and while it starts of silly you soon discover just how messed up some of these characters are, all with hidden pasts and buckets of angst and I do love an angsting bishie. And yes these are both men!!!
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It also has the very feminine male character that I love, the type of guy that can pass as a female yet is truly deadly and not to underestimate based on looks. Kazuki is my fav character ultimate girly bishie that has a sworn protected/best friend in Jubei which makes a lovely yaoi pairing. It is the great action and intense battle that drive this series and it looks brilliant, I have so much fun watching it!!!

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2 – HunterxHunter – 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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My fav character is of course our angsting pretty bishonen Kurapika. I love him he is all beauty and grace and hidden power drowning in so much angst. He truly has an awful past and I’m so sure it’s much of his storyline that got ripped off by naruto. I mean his whole clan gets slaughters so he’s the last survivor now out for revenge, when he get agitated or powers up his eyes glow red and he unlocks his true power. He really does give himself so much crap and just lets revenge and guilt torture him and has a hard time truly opening up. Like all good bishies he can pass as a girl and I do enjoy slashing him with Leorio. The other great character is the violent psycho clown that I’m sure is a bit of a paedophile, he makes a great villain. The battles are great with an interesting array of abilities and weapons and I love the pacing of this series it just gets down to it!!!!

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3 – Bleach – 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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Among my fav things is the very sexy Aburai Renji a shinigami with long red hair and tattoos who is as stubborn and arrogant as Ichigo and Ishida uryu the Last Quincy our angsting bishie with an interesting past and back story who is arrogant in a different way generally thinking he is better but not so violent and outwardly hostile. If you’re not watching this series THEN WHY NOT!!!!!! It is one of the best action series ever and really hasn’t put a foot wrong.

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4 – Flame of Recca –
Another great old school battle series, basically I have a thing for any series that has a tournament in it and FoR is another great example. It was one of the first anime’s I watched 15 years ago before I really knew the difference in genres and style all I knew is that I loved the fighting and the arrogant I’m better than the protagonist bishie in FoR its one Tokiya Mikagami.
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Flame of Recca follows the story of a teenage boy named Recca Hanabishi, who is interested in ninja and claims to be one himself. He often gets into fights because he made it publicly known that the person who manages to defeat him will earn his services as a loyal ninja. Despite this, he eventually pledges his loyalty and services as a ninja to Yanagi Sakoshita, a girl with the innate ability to heal any wound/injury, because of her kindness and compassion. Recca soon discovers that he possesses the innate ability to control/manipulate flames, and eventually learns that he is actually the son of the sixth generation leader of the Hokage, a ninja clan that was wiped out by Oda Nobunaga in 1576, roughly 400 years before the series’ present day. The Hokage ninjas wielded mystical objects called madōgu which are referred to as “psychic devices” or “elemental weapons” in the English versions of the series. Madōgu grant their users special abilities, such as allowing their users to manipulate certain elements (as in the case of the Fūjin, which allows its wielder to manipulate the element of wind) and enhancing their user’s strength/skills (as in the case of the Dosei no Wa, which increases its user’s physical strength and the Idaten, which increases its user’s running speed). Oda Nobunaga had invaded the Hokage in 1576 for the purpose of acquiring these weapons, and the series’ main antagonist, Kōran Mori, is searching for a madōgu that will grant him eternal life. Recca and his friends become entangled in Mori’s quest for eternal life as he initially attempts to kidnap Yanagi, believing that her healing powers will help him achieve immortality. This leads them to join the Ura Butō Satsujin, a tournament wherein the warriors that wield madōgu gather to battle each other. After successfully winning the tournament, Recca and his teammates discover that Mori was on his way to acquire the Tendō Jigoku, a madōgu said to grant its user eternal life, and once again attempt to stop him. I know the series is old school but it doesn’t change the fact that as a childhood fav it will always be in the top selection for me.
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Also its great I mean ninja superpowers, cool characters, amazing weapons, great battles, a hot bishonen and a great storyline sometimes classics really are more awesome then some of the new series (cough naruto cough).

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5 – Yu Yu Hakashu – last but not least 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.[2][4] He then travels to the mountains in search of the aged, female martial artist Genkai. Together with his rival Kazuma Kuwabara, Yusuke fights through a tournament organized by Genkai to find her successor. Yusuke uses the competition as a cover to search for Rando, a demon who steals the techniques of martial arts masters and kills them. Yusuke defeats Rando in the final round of the tournament and trains with Genkai for several months, gaining more mastery over his aura. Yusuke is then sent to Maze Castle in the Underworld where Kuwabara and the newly reformed Kurama and Hiei assist him in defeating the Four Beasts, a quartet of demons attempting to blackmail Koenma into removing the barrier keeping them out of the human world. After this the series follows the various arcs of the manga and our team ends up involved in the dark and dangerous Tournament. 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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My fav character is unsurprisingly our beautiful bishie Kurama with his past coming back to haunt him and his beauty and skill not one to be underestimated. He generally is the strongest in the group and while soft spoken and well-mannered he is level headed, kind and deadly. Kurama is one of the few characters that can set aside is humanity and use the demon inside to get things done that none of the other characters would ever have the guts and ability to do. Did I mention he was beautiful to he use a rose whip and demon plants adding to the feminine appearance but when he transform to his true demon form you get a very sexy 7ft silver haired Kitsuna compete with tail and ears and a violent rather sadistic streak which is brilliant. Plus he and Hiei clearly have a very close relationship so there’s my lovely yaoi fan girl all satisfied. I love that even in the most violent brutal anime’s filled with fights, death, blood and battle I still find a way to slash them nothing like violent bishies to make a happy fan girl of me.
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Of course I could have made this list a top 10 easily as a fan of the old school as well a new battle/tournament/arena style amine’s so other great recommendations if you want powers, abilities, weapons, fights and action are: Saint Seiya, Mar, DBZ, Law of Ueki, Black cat, Tokyo Underground and Hitman reborn!!!

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Top 5 Dark Shoujo Anime’s

Dark Shoujo is my fav anime genre since its created for girls who like the darker side of things and therefore deals with more matured themes, love stories tend to be more twisted and tragic and bishonen haunted and tortures.

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1 – Death Note – if you haven’t seen this, then why not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s one the best Anime’s ever made and to me just the perfect mix of all the things I love. Death Note is so good I have tattoos based on it that’s how great t2 – X/1999 – Classic dark Clamp at its very best and this anime did it justice. I am a huge Clamp fan have every anime and manga they have produced. I do prefer their dark stuff such as Tokyo Babylon and X. X itself takes place 10 years after Tokyo Babylon and includes the key characters but in a much bigger affair, the end of the world. The story is of two sides the Dragons of heaven and the Dragons of Earth, one side believing that humanity should not continue as they have abused the planets and their rights to be the dominant species and one side believes there is still hope for humanity. Now for any series which is counting down till the end of the world and the fight for the apocalypse you can imagine the darkness and pain that flows throughout this series. There is a host of interesting but tortured characters and nothing is set in stone. So many relationships, feuds, misunderstanding, hatred, love and need. I personally since being a fan of TB was very invested in the relationship between Seishirou and Subaru, these two men have the most tortured and messed up relationship and it’s the most romantic tragedy I’ve seen played out. Their relationship was cursed from the start and only destruction was ever going to redeem them. he iconography is for this series. The series is a rather complex game of cat and mouse between too intelligent and brilliant characters, Kira and L. Kira is our anti-hero, is he a visionary, is he a murderer, is he justice or is he a god. L is our hero, mad, brilliant and eccentric. To describe in full the entire goings on this series is quite difficult as it has all the twists and turns you expect of a great murder mystery thriller, even Sherlock Homes himself would have found this difficult to solve. Once you add the supernatural element into the mix it takes on a whole new level of excitement and danger. The basic plot is that a shinigami (a Japanese death god a bit like a grim reaper) is bored of just ferrying dead human souls and wants to mix it up a bit, so he “accidently” drops his Death note into the world of the living where it’s found by Light a son of a detective. He too is training to be a great detective but is sickened by the world and the amount of criminals that get away with their crimes. He discovers the Death Note has the power to kill the person whose name is written in it and so begins a twisted tale as he takes on the role of Kira punishing those he believes are guilty. But soon there are so many unexplained counts of seemingly natural deaths amongst the criminal population that the government decides that it no coincident and L is called in to solve the case of Kira. It’s a battle of wits between the two each trying to escape the other made only worse by the fact that Light’s father and therefore himself end up on L’s team where he is trying to stay one step ahead of the game. Throughout the series things only get more complicated and intense, the uses, rules and tricks of the death note are explored. Another death note is uncovered, L and Light form a strange friendship and respect for each other, Shinigami get involved and the very question of is it all right for one man to play god with the lives of humans even if they are criminals.
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The added layer of social commentary is brilliant I love tales that ask those types of questions, we all feel at some point that criminals get away with things they shouldn’t, their punishments don’t always fit the crimes, many get away with murder literary and a lot of the time the prison system doesn’t work but do they still have any rights whose place is it to judge then. You can neither agree nor disagree with Kira but his god complex is a little too far and as with anyone that gains that kind of power it can corrupt you. I personally am an L fan he is just a bit weird and out there a completely unique individual so intelligent yet socially un at ease. There are a host of interesting characters that get involved in this and the series has a great look. The character designs are great and the world is a dark and scary place. Also helping the series is the fact that the opening and closing themes are done by my two fav j-rock bands, the beautiful and awesome visual kei band Nightmare and the greatest metal band out there Maximum the Hormone (I love this band have all their albums and they are just awesome!!!!!). I also love the use of the shinigami lore, I’m a big fan of this very Japanese mythology and this series has some great designs for the Shinigami’s. As with any show that features two attractive males of equal standing that have such a twisted and close relationship you can also slash this series but for once I was so involved with the storyline and how they out wit and manipulate each other I had no time for yaoi thoughts. This for me is very rare but this series is just too good, real edge of your seat, can’t stop watching and very intelligent.
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Also not worthy is there are also 3 films based on the death note franchise the first 2 follow the manga and are a more condensed version of the anime. They miss out from a lot of the major characters and they change the ending to fit this but they hold the spirit of Death note perfectly both in tone, intelligence, suspense and the relationship of L and kira. They play out that beautiful cat and mouse game and are cast well. The graphics for the shinigami are a little too CGI but you forgive it for the fact that it’s still good and capture the essence of Death Note. The 3rd film is L change the world which is the tale of L and his last case after the incidents of Death Note and while no longer containing the supernatural element it is a good thriller and interesting film worth being part of the death note verse.

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2 – X/1999 – Classic dark Clamp at its very best and this anime did it justice. I am a huge Clamp fan have every anime and manga they have produced. I do prefer their dark stuff such as Tokyo Babylon and X. X itself takes place 10 years after Tokyo Babylon and includes the key characters but in a much bigger affair, the end of the world. The story is of two sides the Dragons of heaven and the Dragons of Earth, one side believing that humanity should not continue as they have abused the planets and their rights to be the dominant species and one side believes there is still hope for humanity. Now for any series which is counting down till the end of the world and the fight for the apocalypse you can imagine the darkness and pain that flows throughout this series. There is a host of interesting but tortured characters and nothing is set in stone. So many relationships, feuds, misunderstanding, hatred, love and need. I personally since being a fan of TB was very invested in the relationship between Seishirou and Subaru, these two men have the most tortured and messed up relationship and it’s the most romantic tragedy I’ve seen played out. Their relationship was cursed from the start and only destruction was ever going to redeem them.
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They’re not the only characters that go through so much pain the series is full of doom and gloom but in the most beautiful way you can possibly imagine. How to explain the plot, well it starts with 3 friends Fuuma, Kamui and Kotori, they find out Fuuma and Kamui find out that destiny is cruel and they are placed on opposite sides of this war as the leaders of their respective groups of Dragons. Each dragon has a special ability all come with powers based on various spiritual, religious and mythological teaching of Japan. This queues some amazing battles as mystic magic’s do battle. The one interesting this is how set in eastern spirituality this series is based and Christianity is not seen as a saving factor western religion has not place in this apocalypse.

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Apart from amazing character designs in true Clamp fashion you have beautiful costumes, fantastic battles, social commentary, the exploration of eastern religion and mythology and human drama exposed and intensified by the desperate situation these characters are in. One thing I admire about Clamp is they have never feared taboo subject matter and always display this in the relationships of characters; you will find gay, lesbian, transgendered, incest and age gaps. Clamp believes love is love no matter age, race or gender and this power that makes their character fight and carry the burden of their fates. Clamp is also very strong on the theme of destiny and fate and has some of the strongest iconography of any studio out there. You will see the use of all their symbols and design traits throughout this series as well as other typical Clamp icons such as characters with one eye. If you want to see clamp at their best this is the place to start you can’t get any more intense than the apocalypse and you won’t find many series more beautiful or tragic than X.

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3 – Gensomaden Saiyuki – This is a great series that been going on for years and yet they still haven’t made it west. This is another retelling of a very famous and popular Chinese tale of a priest and his companions travelling west to solve a mystery that is plaguing their home. If you’ve ever heard of Monkey you’ll know the story and if you’ve ever seen Dragon Ball now you know where that story comes from. The Buddhist monk Sanzo keeper of holy scroll hears a plea for help and releases Goku the Monkey king from his prison in the mountain. Goku who has forgotten his past life is taken in by Sanzo and the two are tasked with a mission. The mission involves a strange phenomenon that is changing the normal race of Youkai into murdering animals. Once Youkai and Humans got along but now something is upsetting this balance and Youkai are going made. Add to the team Gyojo, all round ladies’ man but also what is considered a child of taboo. And Hakkai mild mannered healer and Gyojo’s best friend after he rescued him. What makes me love this series is that it’s basically beautiful boy angst fest and I won’t deny that it is a yaoi fan dream. Four hot guys travelling together forming very close relationships while angsting like you would never believe. I mean Sanzo comes from an abused past, witnessing the murder of his ,master and then man that raised him, Goku was involved in the great war of heaven and imprisoned into the mountains for going against the gods, Gyojo is half Youkai after his mother had an affair with a human and then his Older full blood brother kills her and tries to kill him and Hakkai was in love with a woman that turned out to be his sister but they decided to run away and live as lover till she was kidnapped causing Hakkai to go mad and kill 1000 Youkai to get to her for her to commit suicide in front of him. The travel and try to get over their pasts but it haunts them, there’s a lot of ran in this series to make sure we all remember how depressed these guys are. They however form friendships and well put their lives on the line for each other to fight berserk Youkai and try to solve what is causing their world to go crazy. Along with more hidden secretes from their past and a whole other life they all lead together in heaven many years that cost them their lives before being reincarnated into this story.
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As I said you can slash this series, me it’s all about Gyojo and Hakkai, ever since Gyojo found Hakkai dying in the road they have been close plus the line from Gyojo “you’re the only man I’ve ever taken to my bed” which I like to read into lots. Other interesting things about the series are unique character designs that can be explained as droopy eyed bishonen and a very interesting editing style. A lot of layering it used, screen halving and colour filters. Also flash backs using a TV static look and for the time slight cgi on certain scenes. Another great thing is the songs used as all four of the male voice actors are also singers they released a lot of albums and songs for this series as well as the openings. Also of interesting note is the fact that our heroes that if you remember contain a monk are all chain smokers, heavy drinkers and gamblers and sanzo’s weapon of choice is a gun so not your typical monk plus with all the killing, incest and homoerotic not your normal bunch of hero’s. The series itself is a lot of fun sometimes light heard and funny sometimes violent and battle filled and then there is the crushing angst and personal drama, me for one loves a tortures bishonen.

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4 – Kuroshitsuji – As I have already reviewed this series in the past I’ll let you just go back and ready why its amazing and you should be watching it!!!!!!!


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5 – Xxxholic – Yes another Clamp but as I said they are my fav studio out there because they do cater for both my sense of aestheticism, themes and characterisations. XXX is a mix of social commentary and supernatural mystery. It is based on a young boy called Watanuki and his ability to see the spirit world. This ability causes him all kinds of problems including the crushing wait of responsibility as ghosts are asking him to help them finish their unfinished business. He one day ends up and the house of the time witch (a nice little cross over with the tusbasa verse) Yūko Ichihara, a witch who owns a wish-granting shop. Watanuki requests to have his ability to see spirits removed and as payment, Yūko hires him to work in the shop, resulting in his encounter with various supernatural encounters. It’s through these encounters that we see such things such as humanities desire and greed and how many supernatural being pray on these things. What starts out as a fun almost detective story soon gets darker and Clamp more mature themes start to play out, fate and destiny are a big part as Yuko explains that the person Watanuki believe he loves isn’t what he thinks, one person will bring him tragedy and one person that he doesn’t suspect will bring protection and love. The other protagonist of the series is Doumeki and school friend of Watanuki that he does not like and can barely get on with. Doumeki though cares strongly for Watanuki and even though he is a man of little words and is often stern and cold has sacrificed more of himself than Watanuki knows to protect him. These boys are bound by fate and now blood as the things in the dark get more dangerous and aggressive. I like this series because I like how Japanese mythology and spiritual beliefs are played out, it’s interesting to a westerner to see the array of spirits and magic’s that both guard and infect the human world and what happens when you are aware of how human actions can affect this supernatural world. This series also makes sure we understand that greed and desire as well as sadness can be targets of supernatural involvement and people can be abused and abuse these supernatural factors.
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This series still has a very clam feel to it buts it’s the first to have a different style, while much of the iconography is the same as well as motifs both visually and thematically the character designs are different. They are longer and world has more angles but is also full of darkness as well as beauty and tragic love. I am very much looking forward to seeing where this series will go and the journey of the main characters as their destiny plays out.

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