Tag: Anime

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Deconstructing Soul Society

In October, I decided that I would celebrate my resolve to cease my continued torture in the form of watching Bleach on a daily basis, with the date set for the eventual time that the show goes into its early-fall-to-late-spring filler arc.   Despite my overwhelmingly neurotic desire to finish what I start because it represents an commitment I make—for better or for worse (see:  Heroes)—the show based off of Tite Kubo’s manga became too horrible to bear as of May 2010.  While I always knew the show was bad (my brothers were the ones who convinced me to pick it up against my good conscience—they stopped watching it more than two years ago), after the return to the main storyline from a very long filler arc, I realized how much I didn’t care about anything happening onscreen, and that I found the wretched filler to be comparatively more entertaining than the drudge being passed off as cannon material.
Two months later, and verging on the 300th episode, I realized how duped I’d been.  Somewhere over the course of the year, the producers wised up a little and have not gone into their serialized filler.  Instead, they have been airing a few episodic fillers with the tease of a ‘real’ episode every now and then.

I’ve been driven mad.
I’m done with the show.
Let the celebration commence.

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Gay Anime This Season: Togainu no Chi


The second of the two gay anime this season is Togainu no Chi.  Akira, an undefeated, stoic street-fighter, is framed for murder and sent to jail.  Confronted by a mysterious woman from an unknown organization, Akira is given a chance at freedom.  The catch is that he must participate in Igra, a game of death at the restricted area of Toshima.  With nothing else to lose, Akira decides to fight for his life against low-lives, deviants, and desperate participants hooked on the drug, ‘line.’  Accompanied by his friend, Keisuke, Akira learns more about Igra and his background before he was sent to an orphanage.

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Gay Anime This Season: Kuragehime

It’s time again for Gay-Nerds’ seasonal peek at the gay shows currently airing in the fair nation of Japan.  Unfortunately, Fall has been depressingly less gay than the other seasons this year, despite more shows airing compared to Summer.  As always, keep in mind that our fabulous rating system doesn’t grade quality, but rather gayness.  The first of two shows this season is Kuragehime, or Jellyfish Princess.

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Nerd Premiere: Iron Man

At Comic Con 2009, Marvel announced four comic-book properties that would see translation into an anime format by Madhouse, one of the largest studios, and probably one of the more eminent producers to casual audiences.  The studio has been behind critically acclaimed hits like Black Lagoon, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and all of CLAMPs animated shows as well as disastrous efforts like as Chasos;Head, Rainbow,  and the CLAMP shows no one likes to remember.  With the announcement came a trailer for Iron Man and Wolverine, and since then, the former has premiered.  How well does Madhouse present Tony Stark for Japanese audiences?  Does the show live up to the hype created by the trailer?

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Gay Metaphor: Natsume Yuujinchou

Since I started watching anime on a regular basis a few years ago, one series has remained in the back of my mind:  Natsume Yuujinchou.  What often brings my thoughts to the show is the mature way that the main character’s coming of age is told and how the entire series develops as a metaphor for so many of the actions, experiences, and feelings of coming out.  Rather than seem like an obnoxious teenager fapping to the thought of possibly gay people, I wanted to take a look at the content of Natsume Yuujinchou and share my thoughts on its allegorical message.

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3 Gay Anime This Season: Yebisu Celebrities


The third and final show for this summer’s list of gay anime is Yebisu Celebrities.  Haruka Fujinami just got a dream job at a top design firm, Yebisu Graphics where his boss, the blue blooded Takashi Daijou, hires him to be a low-level assistant.  The unsure Haruka works hard as Takashi drags him around from meeting to meeting, often making Haruka more uncomfortable.  Soon, one of Haruka’s co-workers tell him that he’s just a pet for the boss, and Haruka becomes emotionally confused about his position at the company.  Why did Takashi hire Haruka?