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After Dark Ukecast #1

After Dark Ukecast #1

After Dark Ukecast #1

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

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UkeCast #0 – MW Bookclub Review

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

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

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

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Anime as Counter Culture Panel from Minami Con 19

Introduction to me – My name is Zoe Burgess and I am currently affiliated with Birkbeck Universities Japanese Cultural Department. I currently hold a Masters in Contemporary Film developments specializing in South Korean Cinema and did my dissertation of ‘Morbid sexuality and the love of taboo in Japanese cinema’. I am now working on my PhD Queering the fandom, a study of female fan culture and their appropriation of the yaoi genre. I am a film theorist who specialising in queer theory as well as gender and sexuality, social commentary and cinema as cultural identity. I am also very active in the fan community as an artist, video blogger, and conceptual cosplayer and designer. I recently survived criticism by Gok Wan when he announced on public TV that I was sad for like Anime, manga and john barrowman and was a depressed emo Goth I currently head a campaign to right that wrong and represent fangirl as the confident, creative and intelligent people we are.

Introduction to topic – as a film student my belief is that film, TV and media is a direct reflection of the society of the time it was created and therefore a true reflection of the culture that bore it, it can stand up as historical testament to not only the technical advances of the time and factors such as camera techniques and editing but also social trends, fashion, language, changes in politics, law and the interests and passions of the audience. Film is Culture and therefore it makes sense that it will have a reverse in the form of counter culture. Counter culture is a term used when a form of media such as anime shows an alternate or inverted view of the culture that created it. Instead of showing the true reflections of society, history and culture counter cultures shows us what we either wish our society, history and culture is or how we can escape these things. For example for us in the Uk we have been in and out of recession and money has been tight while British cinema is famous for realism so films about the struggling working classes are abundant but we want to escape this and therefore a cinema of excess of fantastical adventures has proven more popular and commercially successful in the current climate. Anime is one of the best examples of counter culture as it enables for every interest, thought, desire and idea to get a visual representation counter to the actually trends of Japanese society. We all know that japan has stricter rules on social behaviour, roles of the adult and pressure on students to achieve higher grades, with all this social pressure its unsurprising they have an industry that caters for fleets of fantasy allowing a release from social and cultural norms. One of my favourite genres that is great for counter culture is the New wave mecha genre with animes such as Evangelion, fafner and Bokurano, there is so much pressure on youth to achieve something but also on adult failure and how they have been corrupted by society, wisdom of age, money and status and therefore the ones not corrupted and therefor able to judge society are children who have remained innocents against social pressures. This is why new wave mecha employs children as the ones to fight for society as they are seen as “pure” and don’t have ulterior motives influenced by adult problems. Anime can be a great tool for escapism as well as an inspiration for cultural movements and phenomenon such as cosplay. Counter culture has been appropriated by fan culture and anime fandom is very good for breakout views and expressionism. By having fans engage and appropriate their fandoms they then go on to express themselves using this fandom as a base and as source material. Fan communities become a culture counter to the perceived normal culture of modern society.
Anime has allowed for people to take that escapism and expressionism to another level by not only allowing their vision to escape from cultural norms but also their actual selves. Anime fandom has created off shoots such as cosplay, fanfiction, and fan art and video that has allowed individuals to further add to the realms of counter culture.
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Cosplay - Many choose a cosplay based on the characters that they relate to, the ones they either wish to be more like or the ones they feel share the same identity. In normal society and within our culture we don’t have the opportunities to be heroes or villains, to be fantastical figures that lead lives unimaginable in our society so we have to create a place for these alter egos a place where we can reflect our own identities regardless if they a counter to the social acceptable norm. I like many Cosplay why do I do this, to become more than the person presented to modern society, to be a new and more alternate version of myself who can use art and vision to represent myself. I am what I have termed a conceptual cosplayer meaning that I don’t become characters I become a theme, a genre to myself. I cosplay to escape what is socially accepted, to escape from the realism and boring everyday world that is my job. I have my genres and inspiration and I choose to become a visual representation of the things that I enjoy. As such I have started making outfits based on iconography such as the Tardis dress I wore last year and at last this year my current cosplay of Shoujo Manga. I am a girl who reads manga, particularly from the dark shoujo genres with favourites such as Yami no Matsuei. I have broken social norms and even cosplay norms by becoming the genre that inspired me in the first place.
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Body Modification – I also enjoy the ideals of body modification physically changing aspects of yourself so better represent your true self. I have then taken conceptual cosplaying to new extremes with my love of tattoos. My goal was always to be a walking manga, I believe that my skin is my canvas and therefor I can illustrate it. I choose all my tattoos (bar one) from Manga, finding iconography and themes that I enjoyed the most by artists I liked the most.
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Fan Works – Fan culture by nature is a form of appropriating and celebrating counter culture. By taking the original material and celebrating it you are promoting non-mainstream areas such as fanfiction and doujinshi. Fan works are not something that exists in the mainstream, people don’t write fanfiction for events in the news but they do for areas such as anime. Anime lends itself more openly to fan interpretation, it allows for a culture of alternative opinions to be given voice. This is evident in areas such as slash AMV’s that combine images and video footage to prove a particular story or character development as seen by the fan. Fan works are not part of the original canon of the anime and therefor are an interpretation or inverted form of the anime and by that definition an example of counter culture. Fan works do not make up a true reflection of society and culture that bore it. Fan works act to back up the counter culture.

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My Yaoi, Shonen ai, Boys love Slashable anime list

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

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

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Slashable Anime


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

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

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

Slashable Anime

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

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3. X/1999 – Fuuma/Kamui, Seishirou/Subaru
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4. Tokyo Babylon – Seishirou/Subaru
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5. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles – Kurogana/Fay
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6. xXxholic – Doumeki/Watanuki
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7. Legal Drug – Kazahaya/ Rikuo, Kakei/ Saiga
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8. Bakuretsu Hunters – Gateau/Marron
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9. Bleach – Renji/Ishida, Ikkaku/Yumichiak

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

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

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12. Death Note – Kira/L, Mello/Matt
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13. Digimon – Tai/Matt, Daisuke/Kensuke, Takuya/Koji, Koji/Koichi
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14. Durarara – Shizuo/Izaya

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

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15. Eyeshield 21 – Shin/Sukuraba
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16. Fruits Basket – Ayame/Hatori
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17. Gankutsuo – Count/Albert, Albert/Franz
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18. Getbackers – Juubei/Kazuki, Ban/Ginji,
this has to one of the best action anime’s out there, you soon work out that my fav shonen anime’s are all based on people with powers and weird weapons fighting each other. There’s normally no explanation to why these people have super powers and weird abilities or strange weapons but boy is it fun to watch them fight each other. Getbackers get the prize for the best because I love the character designs. I mean there are loads of interesting characters with wonderful abilities Dr jackal is one of my fav’s, he’s neither good nor bad but more on the dark side I mean he seems to manipulate knives that live in his blood and has no problem for violence.

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19. Gintama – Hijitaka/Okita
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20. Here is Greenwood – Mitsuru/Shinobu
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21. Harukanaru – Abe no Yasuaki/ Eisen
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22. Hitman Reborn – Spanner/Shoichi, Dino/Hibari
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23. HunterxHunter – Leorio/Kuraprika
ah the series that naruto clearly ripped off since its older and in my opinion so much better. Twelve years prior to the start of the story, Ging Freecss left his infant son, Gon, with Gon’s aunt Mito on Whale Island. Gon, raised believing both his parents were dead, finds out from Ging’s apprentice, Kite, that his father is still alive and has since become an accomplished “Hunter”. Hunters are licensed, elite members of humanity who are capable of tracking down secret treasure, rare beasts, or even other individuals. Gon leaves his home to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Hunter by taking the “Hunter Examination”, a series of brutal tests involving skill, survival, and teamwork. Prior to and during the exam, Gon meets and befriends three of the other applicants: Kurapika, the last remaining member of the Kurta clan who wishes to become a Hunter in order to avenge his slain people; Leorio, a prospective physician who claims to desire to become rich; and Killua Zoldyck, who fled his life as a member of a notorious assassin family. These 4 enter the hunter exams together and the story follows their trials to become hunters and then their duties as hunters. The series is great because like so many battle based series they don’t spend 3 eps on one fight they get down to it in one ep making battles intense and harsh. The series doesn’t waste too much time on fillers and works to tell the story as we learn more about the past of these characters. The anime finished before the manga so again you have to read the manga to know what happens next but it does complete each story arc bringing you closer to the characters and the past and futures they face.

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24. Kaiken Phrase – Santa/Yuki, Towa/Atsuro
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25. Kenshin – Saito/Sano
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26. Kiddy Grade – Dextera/Sinistra
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27. Koutetsu – pretty much the entire cast has boy love fever in this series!!
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28. Kuroshitsuji – Sebastian/Ciel, Claude/Alois
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29. Kyou Kara Moah – Yuri/Wolfram, Gwendle/Gunter
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30. Last Exile – Dio/ Lucciola
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31. Marchen Awakens Romance – Alviss/Phantom, Alviss/Rolan, Phantom/Rolan
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32. Meine Liebe – Ludwig/Camus, Ludwig/Naoji, Eduard/Orpherus
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33. Night Head Genesis – Naoto/Naoya
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34. Peacemaker Kurogane – Hijitaka-Souji
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35. Petshop of Horrors – Leon/D
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36. Prince of Tennis – Tezuka/Fuji (my ultimate oTP but you can slash this series every way which sunday, it has more pairing then any fandom out there!!!)
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37. Saint Seiya – Hyouga/Shun, Ikki/Shun, Aphrodite/Shun
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38. Saiyuki – Gyoijo/Hakkai, Sanzo/Goku
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39. Shamen King – Ryu/Lyserg, Hao/Yoh
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40. Soukyo no Fafner – Kazuki/Soushi
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41. Tactics – Haruka/ Kantarou
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42. Tenshi ne Narumon – Rapheal/Mikael
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43. Tiger&Bunny – Barnaby/Kotetsu
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44. Trinity Blood – Cain/Abel
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45. Utena – Touga/Saionji
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46. Weiss Kruez – Yohji/Ken, Aya/Ken, Yohji/Aya
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47. Yami no Matsuei – Tsuzuki/Hisoka, Muraki/Hisoka (those are my parings but there are many)
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48. yuGioh – Yami Bakura/Malik, Kaiba/Amalda
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49. Yu yu Hakasho – Kurama/Hiei

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

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50. Gundam Wing – Trowa/Quatra
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51. Gundam X – Shagia/Olba, Witz/Roybea
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52. Gundam Seed – Deaka/Yzak
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53. Nurarihyon no Mago - Kubinashi/Rikuo
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54. Groove Adventure Rave – Musica/Haru
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55. Hikaru no Go - Hikaru/Touya
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56. Level E – Yukitaka/Ki El Dogra, Kraft/ki El Dogra (though this anime is not at all like it seems)
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57. No. 6 – Nezumi/Shion
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58. Ouran High School Host Club - Kyouya/Tamaki, Hikaru/Kaoru
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59. Tsuritama – Yamada/Natsuki, yuki/Haru
The plot for Tsuritama starts simple before it goes off on its own colourful alien themed tangent. Yuki Sanada is a high school student who lives with his grandmother, a woman whose career requires frequent relocation which prevents the boy from establishing any real friendships, much less the social skills necessary to initiate them. Whenever he becomes anxious, he freezes in place, unable to breathe, and feels like he is drowning. Donning a markedly demonic expression—so potent with seemingly latent rage that others become wary of him at its appearance. Shortly after arriving at their home on the grandmother’s most recently sanctioned work base, the island of Enoshima, a zealous transfer student named Haru—wielding a water gun and sporting a fish bowl atop his head—appears on their doorstep claiming to be an alien and that he will henceforth be living in the same house; the grandmother agrees to allow such if Haru simply meets one condition (which is undisclosed to the audience). Haru’s presence continually makes Yuki uncomfortable. The two also meet a secluded young fisher, Natsuki Usami, nicknamed “The Fishing Prince”. An Indian man named Akira watches Haru from a distance with his duck Tapioca.

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60. Shonen Onmyoji - Guren/Abe
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61. Nabari no Ou – Raikou/Gau, Yoite/Miharu
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62. Candidate for Goddess – Garu/Ernest
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63. Gravion – Eiji/Touga
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64. Samurai Deeper kyo – Yukimura/Sasuke
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65. Shiki – Tohru/Yuuki
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66. Brave 10 – Saizou/Kamanosuke, Sanada/Rokuro
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67. Zombie Loan – Chika/Shito
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68. Saint Beast – Judas/Shin, Ruka/Rei (pretty much any combo you want!)
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69. Ao no Exorcist - Yukio/Rin
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70. Toward the Terra –Kieth/Jomy, Blue/Jomy
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71. Nightwalker – Cain/Shido
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72. Monochrome Factor – Shirogane/Akira
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73. Tokyo Revelation – Kojiro/Akito
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74. Jyo oh sei – Thor/Rai
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75. Deadman Wonderland – Genkaku/Nagi, Senji/Toto
It’s been a while since I’ve seen an anime this good and if you haven’t heard or seen of this then the pun in my tittle is perfect for this series. At only 13 eps I watched it in one setting which was easy to do as it was so engaging. It’s like a really messed up psychotic version of Alice in Wonderland but completely twisting the classic fairy tale to a violent and dangerous nightmare version.
The plot for Deadman is that a massive earthquake ravaged Japan’s mainland and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of it into the ocean. Ten years later, the story shifts to Igarashi Ganta, a seemingly ordinary student attending Nagano Prefecture’s middle school. An escapee, a survivor of the great earthquake, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a normal life. This all changes when a strange person covered in blood and crimson armour floats through his classroom windows. Grinning madly, the Red Man massacres Ganta’s entire class but instead of killing him, embeds a red crystal shard in Ganta’s chest. Within days of the massacre, Ganta is declared the sole suspect and, following a quick trial, is sentenced to life imprisonment in Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme park like prison. Arriving at the prison, Ganta is fitted with a special collar which monitors his location and life signs. Due to the heinous nature of Ganta’s ‘crime’, he has to live out his imprisonment under Deadman Wonderland’s ‘Death Sentence’.

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76. Black Blood Brothers - Jiro/Kotaro
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77. Sousei No Aquarion – Apollo/Sirius, Toma/Apollo, Toma/Sirius/Apollo
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78. 07 Ghost – Frau/Teito

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

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

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

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95. Air Gear - Akito/Agito
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96. Wolfs Rain – Tsume/Toboe
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97. Uta No Prince Sama – Natsuki/Shou
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98. Tokyo Majin – Kyouichi/Tatsuma
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99. God Child - Cain/Riff
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100. Berserk – Guts/Griffith
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101. Gungrave – Harry/Brandon
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102. Cluster Edge - Agate/Beryl
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103. Kiba – Zed/Noah
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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

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
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127. Over Drive
128. Saiunkoku
129. Devilman
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133. Phi Brain – Baron/JIn, Bishop/Rook, Kaito/Rook
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Top 5 Shoujo Anime’s

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1 – Mai Hime/Otome – I love these series I normally stay away from all girl anime’s but there are a few that slip through because they are brilliant so worth watching. The Mai series is one of these great exceptions to my rule. For a start the characters are really interesting it has a good mix of female characters that represent many different types of female attitudes and character types. It’s easy to relate to at least one female character and they are all strong in there different ways no silly bimbo types or wilting flowers. These are strong girls with morals, ambitions and strength of character so it’s quite nice to see such positive portrayals of femininity. But apart from the great characters this series is also brilliant for action scenes. The fights are great as each girl has unique and amazing powers. Not only do they have a power but an original weapon and a secret beast they can summon. This means battles are amazing and there is no lack of action going on. By Otome they also have the transformation sequences which are brilliant adding the extra awesomeness of amazing costume designs to the already grand mix of weapons and abilities. The plot for Mai Hime is about Mai Tokiha is an ordinary high-school girl who has recently transferred to the Fuka Academy with her younger brother, Takumi. However, a routine boat ride and a chance encounter with a mysterious young girl changes everything. Mai discovers that she and some of her classmates possess the powers of HiME and must battle against mysterious creatures called Orphans and an ominous organization called the Searrs Foundation. Along the way she must face her own demons and understand what it means to love.
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My-Otome’s story takes place in the distant future on the planet Earl, colonized by immigrants from Earth centuries ago. “Old technology” has survived in the form of Nano machines that allow female virgins to take the role of Meister Otome’s – bodyguards, attendants and warriors that serve the royalty of various kingdoms. Arika Yumemiya has come to Wind bloom Kingdom in search of her mother, whom Arika knows was an Otome. On her arrival she meets the top Coral Otome student, Nina Wáng, and Windbloom’s heir to the throne, Mashiro Blan de Windbloom. The series follows Arika’s progress as a student at Garderobe Academy and the machinations of those desiring the destructive power of the old technology for themselves. Some of the characters have been reincarnated into the new universe and thus the series are linked by some shared themes and story arcs. Another great aspect of the show is the great score by Yuki kajiura most famous for the scoring of the Hack/Sign anime. A beautiful and haunting soundtrack a mix between operetta and fantasy infused dance music. These series also being predominantly female characters have a Yuri couple and some slashy undertones but the main couple have an interesting relationship and it’s nice to see the relationship progress.
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It’s not so black and white and this relationship as with many have a lot of tragedy and difficulties to overcome, love isn’t so easily gained and being in love isn’t all roses for these girls giving birth to as much grief as it brings happiness. I love this series because of this mix of strong female characters, honest portrayals of love and heartbreak mixed with genuine drama, action and battle.

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2 – Card Captor Sakura – Ah CCS Clamp’s little magical girl series that is so good. You all know I love Clamp though I prefer the dark stuff but CCS is brilliant. Cardcaptor Sakura begins when ten-year-old fourth grader Sakura Kinomoto accidentally releases a set of magical cards called Clow Cards from the Clow Book, created and named after half-English, half-Chinese sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own personality and characteristics and can assume alternate forms when activated. The guardian Beast of the Seal Cerberus emerges from the book and tells her it is now her responsibility to retrieve the missing cards. As she finds each card, she battles its magical personification and defeats it to seal it away. Cerberus acts as her guide, while her best friend and cousin Tomoyo Daidouji films her exploits and provides her with battle costumes. Sakura’s older brother Touya Kinomoto watches over her, while pretending that he is unaware of what is going on.
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The fact is I like Sakura and her clumsy giddy little self, she’s honest and sweet and good natured. She has surrounded herself with good friends and has a good family so everything seems so sweet and innocent. What makes me like little this magical girl series above all others (and it’s not a genre I normally go for) is that underneath its sweet exterior is a far more adult and intriguing world. CCS at its driving force is about love and how it concurs and prevails in all its forms which means that this series is full of relationships not normally represents. I mean there’s Sakura’s best friend with her lesbian crush on Sakura, one of Sakura’s school friend is secretly engaged to her teacher, there’s another age difference couple, reincarnated love and then there is Touya and Yuki.
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This is the reason I love this series it makes it very obvious that Sakura’s brother is in a relationship with his best Friend Yuki and as the series progresses so does how much these two people mean to each other. Their relationship is beautiful what Touya gives up not to lose Yuki is amazing and touching and it also has the extra bonus of the truth behind Yuki and sharing his soul with the beautiful Yue. Nothing like a cute bishie guy that transforms into a hot bishie angel to make me a happy fan girl.
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Oh I could fan girl about this yaoi paring all day it was one of my first ever yaoi pairings and it was lovely but then CCS make relationships beautiful and touching. Sakura’s growing understanding of her own feelings and her relationship with Syaoran is a lovely journey to watch. It also helps that the series is also touching and fun, the Clow cards are interesting and while the first half concentrates on collecting them the second is on transforming them. Therefor some interesting episodes, battles and magically powers. Also with all magical girl shows there’s plenty of outfit changes and a great running joke about the costume changes and the magical staff spell casting ritual that all these shows need. Good thing Sakura twirls the baton at school.
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3 – The Vision of Escaflowne – a beautiful fantasy series and a classic of the genre. The series focuses on the heroine, Hitomi Kanzaki, and her adventures after she is transported to the world of Gaea, a mysterious planet where she can see Earth and its moon in the sky. On Gaea, Earth is known as the Mystic Moon. Hitomi’s latent psychic powers are enhanced on Gaea and she quickly becomes embroiled in the conflicts between the Zaibach Empire and the several peaceful countries that surround it. The conflicts are brought about by the Zaibach Empire’s quest to revive the legendary power from the ancient city of Atlantis. As the series progresses, many of the characters’ pasts and motivations, as well as the history of Atlantis and the true nature of the planet Gaea, are revealed.
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This is fantasy at its best an amazing world a strong heroin, beautiful bishonen, war and battles, fantasy creatures, conflicts and conspiracies between kingdoms and an epic journey of self-discovery. Of course being a shoujo this also has a great romance and a love triangle. It’s pretty obvious who Hitomi is going to end up with but it’s wonderful to see how this romance unfolds. Now as a slash fan there are very few hetro couples I like and they have to be convincing and also something more than the average romance, I like a little tragedy and hardship and coming to terms with the bigger picture while being tested by new feelings. As you guessed this series has all this mixed in with the battles and action of an epic fantasy series. Also this series has the beautiful bishonen Allen Shezar who is a fav for me.
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When I first got into anime this was one of the first series I watched and Allen was one of the first anime crushes I ever had. Tall blue eyed, long blonde hair, a swordsman, honourable, chivalrous, strong and brilliant in battle he was perfect and boy did I love him, between him and Hotohori from Fushigi Yuugi I was in bishie heaven. Of course the worth of this series is not based on how hot one of the characters is but it helps. The worth is in Hitomi’s voyage of discovery both of self and the world and its battles. It has been many years since I’ve watched the show but it has stuck with me as one of the best and very few fantasies over the last 15 years have ever matched it.
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4 – Fushigi Yuugi – the first ever fantasy bishonen harem based anime I ever watched and still one of the best. In all the years since I’ve watched this no other series has had the depth of character, beautiful bishonen and amazing story telling. I watched all 42 episodes in one go as I was so obsessed with this series. The plot centres on Middle-school student Miaka Yūki is under a lot of pressure to pass the entrance exam for the competitive Jonan Academy. Her friends do not believe she will get in, but she is determined to because her best friend, Yui Hongo, has applied for the same school and she wants them both to go to the school together. While at the library one day, Miaka and Yui encounter a strange book known as The Universe of the Four Gods. As a result of reading this book, they are then transported into the novel’s universe. However, Yui is transported back to the real world almost immediately. Inside the novel Miaka discovers that she is the Priestess of Suzaku and destined to gather the seven Celestial Warriors of the god Suzaku in order to summon Suzaku and obtain three wishes. She falls in love with the Celestial Warrior Tamahome, who eventually reciprocates and Miaka’s desire to use a wish to enter the high school of her choice begins to shift towards finding a way to be with Tamahome. Yui, who is also drawn into the book when she was trying to help Miaka to come back to the real world, becomes the Priestess of Seiryuu, working against Miaka out of jealousy over Tamahome and revenge for the humiliation and pain she had suffered when she first came to the book world. The series describes the various trials that teenagers Miaka and Yui face, both quest-driven and personal. Feeling betrayed, the two oppose one another as priestesses, bringing together their own respective warriors and vying for the chance to be granted three wishes by the gods whom they hope to summon.
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This is one of those one girl surrounded by many hot guys and as the series goes on you wonder which she will get together with as they all fall in love with her. There is really only one couple and that is Miaka and Tamahome and god is their romance epic I mean these two go through more ups and down and personal tragedy and testing then I’ve ever seen. One thing about this series is that buy the end I had learnt my first Japanese and that was “doshite” which mean “why?” as Miaka seems to say it all the time, ever episode sometimes many times over going “doshite Tamahome, doshite?”. Ok so if you take out the epic roller-coaster ride of a relationship in this series you all have the epic journey of Miaka as she tries to find her guardians and help save this world. There are so many things to love about this series apart from the bishonen quota, it is tragic as hell OMG do these characters go through hardships and trials no one is safe from personal upset and horrific events. I mean this series isn’t afraid to go dark to expose the weaknesses in humanity, the pain of love and loss, the horrible things a person can go through and how hard life can be. It has issues ranging from rape to poverty and family tragedy. This is one series that needs to be watched with a box of tissues I cried so much as its not afraid to kill off characters and by the end I was a gibbering mess cause well the death toll was higher than anything I was used to. The series is based around the old Chinese mythology of the 4 gods, Miaka having the power of Suzaku the phoenix. Through the series the other 3 gods are discovered as well as all the priestess and there powers. It wouldn’t be a fantasy series without discovering magical powers and how to use them, also the abilities of each bishonen and their weapons. This means that there are also amazing fights utilizing these weapons and abilities. Now for what made me truly fall for this series, my first ever anime crush and one of my fav bishonen archetypes, Hotohori.
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How I love this man, tall elegant, very feminine with long flowing hair and beautiful eyes, he is also an emperor with dignity, humanity, honest and honourable, kind and beautiful plus an expert swordsman with strength and passion. I never got why Miaka turned him down for Tamahome he is so much more everything but it did leave the door open for my first ever slash pairing as its revealed that one of the women in the series is in fact a man that entered the emperor’s harem because he is in love with Hotohori. This is an interesting relationship and is also a big draw for me as these are both very beautiful and strong men trying to find a way to deal with their feelings. This series is pretty epic and engaging and even after writing this review I think I may have to re watch it now!!!

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5 –Magic Users Club – A comedy magical girl series that amuses and entertains. The plot starts as an enormous cylindrical alien spaceship named “the Bell” by humans descended upon Earth one day. Military forces attacked this entity but their attempts were in vain, as the Bell easily vaporized all human technology. The Bell sent out robotic probes to explore and analyse human civilization and, since the probes didn’t cause any harm, people soon adapted and went about their everyday lives. A group of high school students at Kitanohashi High School’s “Magic User’s Club” attempt to combat the alien menace using magic.
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The MUC is made up of three lovely magical girls a very stupid an amusing male leader and the brilliant second in command bishonen. This series is simple fun it is a comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously and that makes it magic. It’s more of the mayhem and mischief kinda of series with magic through in to add to the crazy fun. It also has the romance angle and why anyone would fancy the main guy is beyond me especially his incredible hot male friend; this is one time when I reject the yaoi relationship as it’s just not sexy!!!!! Aburatsubo is extremely feminine, completely gay, flirtatious, long red hair and is also a nice guy. I do love a good bishie helps me when choosing a series but sometimes I like to watch something silly. This series is just a bit of fun magic, it makes you smile and entertains you don’t need to think too much just sit back and enjoy knowing that it’s not going to through tragedy and epicness at you. Even a fan like me needs a time out from the more in-depth and intense series and this is a great entertaining gem.
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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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Togainu No Chi – a series that should have been perfect, violent bishonen but somehow failed!!!

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

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

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

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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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