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Gay Porn and other Delicacies Part One: A History

If you know me well, you would know that I find homosexual acts very objectifyingly satisfying. If this offends you in any way….

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As I was saying, from a young age, I’ve enjoyed homosexual acts. As I’ve edited this post, I realized not only did/do I enjoy homosexual acts between men, it’s the same for women (and really, any consensual acts between attractive humans is pretty much okay).

In 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade- all three?- we had a porn video. We called it the ‘blank tape’ because, as you might’ve guessed, it was blank. I don’t remember who put it in the VCR first. Perhaps we all did before we all came together and realized that everyone else knew that the tape was nudie. Ma and Pa told us not to watch it, the youngest (Lil Sis and Lil Bro- both #2) would put it in the VCR all the time and laugh and giggle and do things that little kids do when they are being little assholes who do things they know they’re not supposed to do, yadda yadda yadda, and found a little interest in it.

One time, I watched it from the beginning to end. Under the pretense of sickness, I skimped out on Bible study to get the damn thing all to myself without worry of someone coming out of a room to catch me- though I’m sure someone had it in their mind that I would look at it.

It was made up of about five or six scenes, and the second scene- about 32 minutes in, maybe- was a lesbian scene. I didn’t know what things like aroused and turned on or horny meant, but I recognize now that the lesbian scene was indeed arousing.

But I skipped it. I was a God-fearing ten-or-so-year-old and I was already being terrible enough. Plus, I thought that the heterosexual couples were- don’t laugh- were, you know, together. Husband and wives and stuff.

stupid me

And I watched the rest, always with the lesbian scene in the back of my mind. I don’t know exactly what happened afterwards, but I believe Ma or Pa called home saying they went out to eat something and so, though I had planned to stop completely when I had satisfied my curiosity, I decided to watch the lesbian scene completely. I turned it up a little and it turned out to be a ‘mother’/’daughter’ thing. The ‘mother’ apparently cheated on the ‘daughter’ and the ‘daughter’ decided to punish her… by having sex with her… Or something.

You don’t care about ‘plot’ in porn and neither did I. Somewhat. I always enjoyed the scene more when I could hear it, even putting in earphones.

Around the same time, my aunt had an anime magazine. It had a review on the BL/yaoi/shounen ai/gay-romance-intended-for-a-female-audience Original Video Animation called “Fake”.

First BL

I most definitely was watching “Fake” on the DVD player around the same time as I would sneak the blank tape in the dying VCR. And it was only until the VCR died and all our VHS tapes disappeared that I started gay male romance hunting in earnest.

Let’s back up. There was only a very tiny anime picture for “Fake” in the magazine. My aunt had bookmarked it and, her being my favorite aunt then and now, I was completely interested in what had her smiling every time she looked at it.

The two characters you see had their faces close together and all, and at the time I had no fucking idea which was the girl and which was the boy (that’s heterosexual privilege by the way-you see people making lovey-dovey eyes and you start putting them in gender constructs!). I guessed the light-haired guy on the bottom was the girl, because, ya’ know, he was light-haired and on bottom.

But I went back to the article, because I tend to get batshit-obsessed with things until I completely figure them out. My aunt caught me and got pissed and so I was scared away for about a month.

And then the “Fake” DVD appeared in our house, held among my aunt’s possessions. I tried to watch it through my parents’ room; their door had windows in them so that I could see into that entertainment room in which my aunt would watch “Fake” alone. But she caught me and covered up the windows.

One day, while she was watching it, I actually read the review article on “Fake” by Sanami Matoh in the comfort of her room. I remember the way they wrote it came off to me in big neon lights as GAY PORN!!!!!! I was sure it was going to be just as raunchy as the lesbian scene. Later, aunt went out drinking or something and the family went to Bible study and I, legit, had to practice my trombone for a chair test coming up (a chair test that started me in the first three chairs for the rest of my middle school career, as I would never, ever be among the last again). 

I watched all of “Fake”. I think there were two kissing scenes and dark-haired dude trying to undress light-haired dude. Overall, though I did like the ghost-and-murder plot and all, the GAY PORN!!!!!!! bit was quite lacking. Didn’t stop me from watching it at every opportunity, though. 

Of course, I still believed in god and all that…

Sexy Zechs-yStep back. My aunt also read fanfiction. She gave me a Dragon Ball Z fanfic with Bulma and Vegeta and told me to skip the ‘nasty’ parts. Of course, I read them. (Mama also gave me romance novels, where I realized that adult writing can be just as simple as what I read at school, and that the middle part of any piece of erotic writing is probably a sex scene).

And after/around that time (March 2000) the anime series Gundam Wing appeared on Cartoon Network. Gundam Wing had five main guys and was a catalyst not only for more serious anime to appear in America on a more regular basis (and not just Pokemon and Yugioh type shits to cater to children and their fetish for toys), but also for gay fanfiction. There were also two other main guys. Turkey Blondie up there and his best friend… lover… enemy… Very complicated have-to-watch-the-show-to-understand thing. They were my favorite couple to read.

Putting the pieces together, I started to look for gay erotic fanfiction because heterosexual fanfiction was either 1) Romance lovey-dovey same shit over and over utter crap 2) Straight-out porn. I mean, a lot of fanfiction- most of fanfiction is pretty much porn. But I’m talking about that porn porn. For example, you can’t really put A Rake’s Vow by Stephanie Laurens in the same category as Real Female Orgasms 13, as there’s something infinitely more pornographic about something about orgasms and a harlequin for which many can’t wait until the heroine and her lover bump uglies. Another post entirely. 

And that’s when I found yaoi (or, as I like to call it, BL, so I could encompass shounen-ai). The main distinction between the two is that yaoi is a lot more pornographic than shounen-ai, usually. Yaoi is an acronym for it, really. While shounen-ai translates to boys’ love, and is more about, you guessed it, love between males. Of course, all of this is targeted towards females, because Japanese females like that stuff- and so do a lot of other females, of course. That is to say, it’s not at all representative of gay men in reality. although some, like heterosexual fiction, may hit close to home to many.

BL is short for boys’ love but has gotten distinct from shounen-ai as that it usually includes yaoi nowadays.

HomosinYou might have figured out that I might have had a little trouble reconciling my penchant for gay porn (when I started watching porn, my interest could only stay on lesbian porn. Gay male porn was just soooo… Quiet… And hard to find when I was so young!) with my Christian beliefs and over and over I would pray to stop finding any pleasure in it, or promising the lord that I’ll never look at it again. I had a few crazy things happen when my parents saw or read what I read- back when they thought homosexuality caused AIDS and that the ‘lifestyle’ including unlimited sex and drugs and hell-bentness.

My mind had shut down and I was just so angry and depressed- over gay porn really! I couldn’t find interest in anything except books, but then I would get sexually aroused and nothing really eased that unless I read some yaoi.

I went back to it (duh) and eventually gave up god and have been doing my own thing ever since.

I wrote fanfiction, and now I work mainly on original stuff. But my desire for different, alternative sexualities and genders and sex(es) has me writing about male-leaning hermaphrodites in a fantasy slave society. I also identify with the kink scene and wish for deeper submission within myself and within such a society. I actually started with the rough stuff around middle school. Unfortunately, that was also a time where I got more selective with what gay porn I was reading (or what lesbian porn I was watching). I particularly remember several things that I perused oftener than anything else, or before trying out something new:

  • Velvet by Kumiko– A fanfiction between the main male adult characters in “Gundam Wing”, and one other of the main five. Basically, Turkey Blonde takes in Ginger, an ex-lawyer who was kidnapped and put into a whole slave ring sort of deal. Turkey Blondie is the master of the house and demands obedience. Chinese main guy is already his very obedient slave. Well, drama and kink ensue and it’s terribly wonderful and very much the fanfic that set me spiraling into BDSM. I lost it around 2003 and didn’t find it again until, I think, 2010. And I was ecstatic.
  • A Little Wager by Casual Otaku– Another fanfic. The main couple rivals of the video game series King of Fighters. I was actually going to skip it because it seemed super weebo with the terrible bits of Japanese thrown in so often and the fall-quickly-in-love trope. But with the author’s little tidbits, I had a feeling the person knew exactly what they were doing. So I kept on. Basically, one guy loses to another guy in a bet and has to do everything he says (haha, so original). Of course, the winner makes him his slave and then things get really heated and further into BDSM I go.
  • Kneel by bastmoon– …Fanfic! Hahaha! Between the co-protagonist and lead antagonist of anime “Fushigi Yuugi”. Pro gets taken prisoner by Anta. I could tell I was into some rough stuff because I didn’t follow “Fushigi Yuugi” at all. My aunt had one video which I watched the bloopers of over and over. However, I became super attached to this bit o’ porn.
  • Starts With a Spin by maxine– A Harry Potter, Draco/Harry fanfic that I’mma add just to show that I’m not only a sadist/masochist. I’ve read this four times!

You might be wondering…

Why though

 

When I was in 9th grade, my parents told me I would grow out of anime and video games, for various reasons, and that I’ll never follow through with them as a career or anything. I believed them, too, wanting to be a thoracic surgeon or some sort intensive doctor like that throughout my middle years in high school. Yeaaah…. That followed through, didn’t it?

I can’t really think of why. There really wasn’t any turning point that I remember. When I was very young, five-six-seven and on, I remember imagining Barbie’s friends doing horrible things to Barbie while she was naked, and the characters of video game Tekken 2 getting together, doing vague nakey stuff, and having babies and fighting bad guys of various natures (I was big on an oatmeal… Like, everyone would be naked and covered in oatmeal and fighting bad guys). Now that I really think about it… I was pretty much destined for some really out-of-this-world shit.

But what, exactly, am I into in regards to Gay Porn and Other Delicacies, and what do I recommend as part of my crazy-ass psyche?

How about I explain that in Part 2: Tickle Me Bits
How about I explain that in Part 2: Tickle Me Bits

Vassalord or Why I Love Animation Budgets! or Why I Hate Animation Budgets!

Rating: 10/10

  • 10= Orgasmic and will watch again, by myself
  • 9= Awesomesauce, high chance of watching again, by myself
  • 8= Fantastic, medium chance of watching again, by myself
  • 7= Great, there’s a chance of watching by myself
  • 6= Nice, would need inspiration to watch by myself
  • 5=Good, will watch again , with friend(s)
  • 4= Average, medium chance of watching again, with friend(s)
  • 3= Below Average, low chance of watching again even with friend(s)
  • 2= Ho-hum, no chance of watching again
  • 1= Bad, regret watching

K Project Review

Uta no Prince-sama Review

From hereon, and I should have put this in others, but there are spoilers- SPOILERS!- spoilers~ Alright? Alright.

Biases and pet peeves relevant to this anime with correlating points that don’t mean much:

  • HOLY ANIMATION BUDGET! +200
  • Supernatural/Paranormal/Sci-fi +20
  • Good fanservice +30
  • BL fanservice +70
  • Fighting +10
  • Tasteful drama +50
  • Twist! +100

 

  • I can think of something…
  • Hrm…
  • No sex! -2
  • ?
  • Not long enough! -20

End score- 458! Much higher than “K Project”, and even though it is entirely sexless, I was very much impressed with this OVA.

So what happened?

Snazzy
Charles Chrishunds

This is who the caption says he is. He is as horribly serious as he looks. Which as usual in the anime/manga world- especially anime/manga with a tinge (well, a lot more than tinge, perhaps) of BL- makes him utterly adorable. He’s a second-generation-vampire cyborg.

You heard right, VAMPIRE CYBORG. Plus, he’s a super-religious guy who only drinks vampire blood- basically that of his maker.

I actually read “Vassalord” the manga while I was in the now-defunct Borders at the mall. They had an intensively ginormous manga section. What I could get out of “Vassalord” was that Charles was made a vampire by a nonchalant guy named Johnny Rayflo. Isn’t that not just the coolest name ever?

I know more now because of the anime, where Charles gets Johnny ‘as food’ to bring with him on a vampire-hunting mission from the Vatican- yay!

How I feel on mornings.
Johnny Rayflo and…How I feel on mornings.

Turns out, some nun issued this as a private mission in order to trade Johnny for a little lady in a tank. Next thing we see, little lady has killed everyone at this secret church place, and Charles and Johnny arrive, and Charlie is worried about Johnny sacrificing himself.

Little lady, named Maria, doesn’t care for dear Charlie, and we learn that she is also one of Johnny’s ‘children’, except a lot older than Charles, and, um, crazy. When Johnny refuses to kill Charles as she demanded, she tries to kill Charles instead. What happens then… Mwahahaha!

Now, like I said, I’ve only seen a smidgen of the Vassalord manga, and forgot about it the years since (it was like five or six years ago that I read the few chapters), so I had no idea that this thing had action, just gay vampire dudes. Or two vampire dudes that had no trouble doing everything but sex with each other. With that in mind, and the fact that the Aarinfantasy forum had it in the BL section, I wasn’t expecting much. BL anime tend to be horribly or lazily animated, even if they were beautiful. For example “Gakuen Heaven”, “Gravitation”, and “Sukisho” can have some pretty good stills, but it might as well have stayed manga because nothing moves very much. I noticed that they are pretty drama-packed. But even BL with sex- like “Ikoku Irokoi Romantan”, “Koisuru Boukun”, or “Winter Cicada”- where most viewers would be happy if they just put more money in the animation for the sex scenes, especially if you do them straight up! Buuuuuut… Nope! Still crappy.

“Ai no Kusabi”, the ’90s and newest one, didn’t have straight-up sex. I, for one, wasn’t waiting for the climax, literally and figuratively, of the story to be a gorgeous sex scene. They didn’t push that either; however, there were many little scenes- artistic scenes- of sexual acts. What I mean by artistic is that the makers knew they couldn’t afford good animation so they decided to show tasteful reactions, like this:

I wonder what's going on...
I wonder what’s going on…

You can just feel the strain, which you can’t feel in low-budget anime where there are a bunch of cookie-cutter comical faces and the overuse of special effects to demonstration a sense of movement or depth- like this gif does. Look at the shadowing, and how each individual muscle beacons its own movement- see the crease that appears in the leg at the top just as the foot turns. That is how you compensate for not being able to do something huge and glamorous- focus on those minute details and let it shine. Now, I like me comical faces and special effects, for sure, but when I see it used so blatantly to cover up a low budget, I just get sad in the center ya’ know?

And that’s where “Vassalord” really puts out.

Holy animation budget!
Holy animation budget!
Holy animation budget! Part Deux
Holy animation budget! Part Deux

When I saw that first bit at the beginning, I was like- wait, is this BL? Perhaps it’s just fanservice like “K Project”!

Holy BL!
Holy BL!

And then I was like, uhm, no. I mean, here, it could still be fanservice.

If you were desperate for them not to be gay. Otherwise, you would pretty much assume these guys liked each other a bit more than friends. In any case, I’ve already watched this three times and have no problem with watching it more often. It’s quick and sweet and beautiful.

I read a complaint that the humor was off-putting. There wasn’t much… um… funny in this. There was some cute banter, but nothing that took away the seriousness of what was happening. Plus, Charlie’s like 150 and Johnny is, what, a thousand? Puurty sure nothing’s that serious anymore.

To be honest, this would be an even more perfect movie if it had a sex scene, but, from what I heard, the manga doesn’t even have sex in it, so…

Alright,so I was going to put another picture for something I searched but the results were super fucked up. So that’s the end of this review! Watch Vassalord!

 

 

Anime On My Mind (AOMMMMMM)

This is another post/page a long time in coming. It might become a page if it looks good and I remember to do so. I would think I would remember, but I shall make no promises because I stayed up until 6 this morning…

Anime that I’m watching, why I’m watching, and roundabouts where I’m at (because there’re different reasons why I’m behind and such). In no particular order of recommendation. Plus, as far as anime recommendation goes, like BL Webcomics and books, what may be good for me may be jack shit to you, so, voila! Most of these are on Crunchyroll, Hulu+, or Netflix (in English, bleh)- so go nuts!

Note: Okay, there’s exactly forty-two anime here. I had no idea that I was sort of following that many until I made little thumbnails for them, highlighted them and added them here. FORTY-FUCKING-TWO. Adding them all at once was a major pain in the ass, so now, at 4:32 AM on March 10, I have to add the pictures one-by-fucking-one… No, wait, I figured out the gallery feature! Hot dog! That shit will have to do! FYI, the pictures are the same size when you click on them, so just hover for the title.

WHY DOES THE GALLERY DELETE ITSELF WHEN I CLICK ON THE POST? IF YOU SEE THIS MESSAGE, LIKE THIS POST BECAUSE I DESERVE IT! I DESERVE CONGRATULATIONS FOR NOT DESTROYING THE WORLD BECAUSE I COULDN’T GET THE FREAKIN’ GALLERY TO WORK OVER AND OVER AGAIN!

On to the whole shebang:

Tatakau Shishou-The Book of Bantorra: Episode 2 or 3. In proportion to my list of BL Webcomics, a number of anime I have on my To-Watch List are shows that I haven’t touched or don’t really know much about. There has been some fighting (‘Tatakau’ means, in the most generic sense, ‘to fight’. In this instance, it is describing ‘shishou’, librarians. So, Fighting Librarians) for the freedom of Meat (or humans) aboard a ship belonging to some bad people (a church, hahaha). There’s fighting, it’s looks good for the most part, and has a storyline that wouldn’t bore me so, yay!

Trinity Blood: One of those classic shows that I missed when it came out on cable because certain members of my family didn’t like me watching anime, especially not about some shiny vampires where people in a church aren’t… perfect… I’ve always wanted to watch it because it was pretty, and the snippets I’ve seen tugged at the heartstrings. Now that I have it for my very own, I can’t wait to marathon it!

Uraboku: Episode 3? I came for the shounen ai and the promise of a bit of fighting… But it seems like major drama blubber, and the main character is the reincarnation of a woman- I believe. But I do like the idea that we fall in love with souls rather than appearances… Still, I find it animated poorly, the characters as drab as the coloring, and the show rather boring. I’ll finish it eventually.

Zetman: Episode 6? This show is fugly to me, but it has action, and a sort of Dante vs. Vergil (of Devil May Cry) vibe going on. I’m not sure why I stopped and never caught up. I think maybe I started doing other things- like reading… or playing video games…. or writing…

Zetsuen no Tempest: Episode 9? Despite the Special Language (You know, talking how real people would never talk to bring out a sense of drama and soul and creativity but is just mostly pretentious? This happens a lot in Nobel Prize-winning books or Academy Award-winning movies and Indie music), this show is gorgeous and I really love the plot of sides where no one is completely right, or completely wrong. I’ve seen some things that has spoiled some of the fun… I’ve been watching anime with my sister and this doesn’t sound like something she would enjoy, so… I haven’t been watching it.

Soul Eater: I saw an AMV to this show and looked it up. Though the show looks cartoony, it’s not ugly like One Piece, and it seems mostly fantastic with an intense action girl and supernatural elements and such. Don’t know what it is about though.

Sousei no Aquarion: Episode 2? I saw previews of its sequel and how pretty and action-packed it looked and decided to watch this first. In the pic, this main chara is eating a rat because he is poor as dirt (as you can imagine). It’s the usual, he’s the ONLY ONE hero sort of dude who’s going to save everyone sort of deal, but I like those kind of stories anyway.

Shinsekai Yori: Episode 9? This is what I like to call my kind of slice-of-life. It’s like a slice-of-life mystery sort of story (what with the everyday lives of these children in school who found out about something they shouldn’t have) except that “Shinsekai Yori” also has magic. Plus, the characters act like people and not cookie-cut nor do they speak Special Language. I feel like I’m being told a story and not just entertained, or things are happening for formulaic or entertainment value.

s-Cry-ed: Another one of those classics. I hated the English really badly when I was younger so I could never get through an episode, though it seemed like my kind of show. (For some reason, it reminded me of Outlaw Star) Now, it looks very wrinkled and ugly, but I still want to watch it because the whole dubiously bad (or grey) characters always tickle me bits. Why should the Alter users be sent to the city? What does the city want them for? Why do some Alter users stay? And so on and so forth.

Samurai 7: Episode 3? Yet again, a classic that I never came across but I always wanted to watch. I heard it was good; it looked good; and it has samurai and pirates and such. Do I really need to explain myself with this one?

Moretsu Pirates: Episode 3? From the picture, I wouldn’t have bothered with it. For some reason, I decided to give it a try. (I think it was the whole space pirates thing- Outlaw Star!!) I like the main character a bunch, and she seems to have some feels for the girl in glasses. It’s been translated as “Bodacious Pirates”. It didn’t seem too fanservice-y, so why such a stupid name? Of course, bodacious has other meanings, but, eeeeeh….

Miracle Train: Episode 2? Personifications of Tokyo stations help ladies in trouble. I watched it and couldn’t quite bring myself to continue. The guys are pretty and everything else looks halfway decent, but… Drama blubber?

Night Head Genesis: Episode 2? Brothers with powers get taken from their parents (I think their parents give them those oddly colored drinks- my, what trusting kids!). I don’t know what happens after that, but it looks interesting from its pictures, as if there is some brother-complex happenings soon. And I love me some Beloved type love.

Phi Brain: I’m afraid that this rather long show is like Beyblade, Pokemon, or Yu-Gi-Oh, so I haven’t started it. What keeps me looking it up on Crunchyroll is the whole puzzle thing going on. What if it is really cool and the main guy solves awesome puzzles- like Detective Conan, but with better character designs?

Psycho Pass:  Episode 6? I love the main lady, I love the world of how they gauge a person’s likelihood to commit crimes and the high tech gadgets, and the smidgens of other characters that I’ve managed to characterize. I also can’t wait to see the confrontation between the two men we see in the beginning. It’s a lovely show. I’ve just been distracted.

Marginal Prince:  Episode 5? I’ve had this longer than I’ve had Uta no Prince-sama, so you can guess why I haven’t finished this. Puppy blob (except it’s a guy this time) as a main character, and cookie-cutter sides. It’s crap, but I want to finish it just so I can see fanservice  (for which there is very little). Ah, well.

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha: Episode 4? A hero decides to give a demon king’s offer of bettering the world by continuing to fight while combating the real reasons they fight (lack of food and money for example). It’s a great show so far. The characters feel like people, cute people.

Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler): Episode 10?  Ciel makes a deal with a demon to get revenge. He lives in England, and the demon is now his butler until the agreement has been reached. It’s beautiful, has action, fanservice out every orifice, and they squeeze out some humor every now and again as well. Plus, for those halfway history geeks, shout outs to well-known happenings at the time. Can’t wait to finish it.

Magi: Episode 3. Basically the retelling of Arabian Nights, along with certain liberties taken, being an anime and all. I wasn’t going to watch this because, though it was cute, nothing really drew me to it. I was pretty neutral about it, basically. Then I saw pictures from it and was like, “I want to see their version of Jafar”. And so, here I go.
Kimi to Boku: A cutesy slice-of-life. I like cute. It has guys who have been friends for awhile going through their high-school lives. The first part I watched was immensely boring, but I’ll continue to give it a try.

Hiiro no Kakera: Episode 3? A reverse harem with the lady being THE ONLY ONE heroine that needs to be protected by this group of guys. I like everyone, and I like the magic, but it doesn’t really draw me in. I prolly watch the rest with my sister.

Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls: This guy has the power to give super-samurai-power to these females, one of which is some weird falling-from-heaven puppy (nearly literally) blob. Lots of fanservice, though this had so much potential to be an action-packed show. It does have action, but it like the immense magic sort of action, and not strategic action, like martial arts and such. Oh, well, it’s cute, too.

Ixion Saga DT: Episode 3. Seemed like Yu-gi-oh material until I heard how funny it was, and that it had a trap. Watched it and laughed. It has the main guy there dropping into a new world much like the video games he plays. It was like a parody of the falling-into-a-game sort of show. I like those kinds of anime, and I like making fun of tropes, so it’s all in good fun!

Jormungand: Episode 5? Child mercenary is recruited to help an arms dealer named Coco. I don’t need much to get on board with an anime with this sort of tagline, but it looks good, and Coco (or Koko?) is really cool. I was keeping up with it, and then got hit with school. I should get back on it….

Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn: I kept rewatching the first episode over and over. I had a lot of the manga in one sitting and was excited for the anime. I recently restarted it with my sister and it’s more random than I remember, too random for the elements that constitute it. But I’ll finish it because it is a hell of a lot of fun.

Hakuouki: Episode 16 of Kitan. I don’t need much to watch something with fighting/magic concerning this time period of Japan. (One of the reasons why I started Samurai Girls was for the references to the people of- or maybe a bit before- this era). Well, there’s a bunch of bishounen in this show, and people die, and though the main lady is a useless Wolverine, she’s still pretty okay. The romance is well-done as well. It seems worth it to me.

Heroic Age: Episode 3? ONLY ONE hero sort of deal. Not sure why I started this. I don’t like the art. Never did, but I wouldn’t mind finishing it.

Hakkenden: Episode 2. Compelled by the bishounen and hint of male on male lovin’. Plus, there’s the mystery. Three survive the destruction of a village. One gets a Japanese demon as a friendly bird sidekick, one might be a dog, and I’m not sure about the third one. The peeps on Aarinfantasy seem to like it, so I’mma continue.

Gundam Unicorn: Well, I don’t need much to watch a Gundam series, but I’ve been spoiled by Wing and 00 for halfway pretty sort of Gundam and Unicorn doesn’t have that. Still, it’s about war and such and I think we all need to see some of that, and not through the lens of ‘Stupid Americans!’ or ‘Fifteen of our own very special people died’, ya’ know?

Guilty Crown: Heard a lot of people disappointed with this, and I don’t know why I want to watch it, except that it’s pretty and as a good soundtrack (I’ve heard) and has a supernatural fantasy sort of line going through it. Sounds like fun!

Fate/Stay Night: Saw bits of Fate/Stay Zero and decided to start into this series. Seems like a lot of action, especially this famous and awesome lady.

Durarara!!!: Episode 4(Might start over again). Slice of life with mystery with supernatural/crazy/gag elements. Plus a main character that is rather plain, but isn’t just a blob. It looked sweet and tugging on the heart guts, so I wanted to watch it.

Cuticle Detective Inaba: Latest episode. Hilarious show about a detective that is part dog who- with his own crazy team of acquaintances- tries to catch a counterfeiter goat crime lord named Don Valentino and his henchmen. It lately had a couple of serious half-episodes, but it is mostly humor and it is really, really, really, really, really funny. I didn’t know what to expect when I tried it out (I heard about the trap) but this was not it. So funny.

Code Geass AE: I loved Code Geass so I’mma try AE.

Code: Breaker: Episode 4? This guy with flames burns bad guys. This awesome lady wants to stop him because she doesn’t believe in killing. It’s throwing me off with its humor mixed in with- I don’t know- Mr. Crispy. But it has some bishounen popping up, so maybe there would be some more females and things would be totally awesome cool, yea?

Beck: Episode 3? A show about music. I love nearly any show with music. Character-design-wise, bleh. But it’s giving of Kids on the Slope/Sakamachi no Apollon vibes, plus they seemed to have tried really hard with the one guy who speaks English. I don’t know how old this show is, but I’m late to the game, but I can’t wait to finish this show.

Black Lagoon: Episode 5? A show about modern-day pirates. It looks gorgeous, has an awesome lady, a believable black dude, and a main character who has cajones though he was living like the average joy. Action, too. But ya’ll probably knew all that.

BTOOOM!: Episode 5? I like the whole Hunger Games/Battle Royale/Mirai Nikki kill everyone until you’re the only one left sort of shows. They give me feelings similar to reading dystopian novels. Main character who is cool, but not that cookie-cutter cool, especially since in the life before the game, he was a societal loser. Time to pull on them cajones!

Break Blade: Episode 3. Another war show. People in “Break Blade” can use ‘magic’ to control quartz, which they can use in all sorts of machines, including those oh-so-Japanese mechas. ONLY ONE hero, who can’t control quartz, is the only one who can control an old mecha that is better than any of the contemporary models (how is that even possible, I don’t fucking know). His best friend is on the opposite side of the war, and his other best friend is the king… So yea… Drama bomb. I like the show so far.

Chihayafuru: Heard good things about it (actually, ecstatic things about it), though the pictures and summaries looked meh.  I will give it a try.

AMNESIA: Episode 3. In the first episode the lady, who has lost her memory, meets some demon thing called Orion. With his help, she tries to piece together her memory to find out about herself, the people she meets, and her life in general. Orion is annoying: he explains everything and introduces all the consequences and every type of advice. I hated him and was so glad when Lady fell and Orion disappeared for an episode. It is based on an otome/reverse harem game, so there are a lot of guys. She seems to be dating one of them, but it seems as if she has had close time with the others. I was going to skip it after the first episode, but decided that wasn’t really fair. I’m glad I finished it. The mystery is awesome. You have to watch it to episode 4 to understand.

Accel World: Episode 3. The main character is beyond pathetic. I can understand his pain, but he has friends who want to help him, so that’s kind of annoying. I believe he will redeem himself after 26 episodes, ya’ know. He seems stuck in some sort of scary game world (SAO feels) so I’m looking forward to seeing how his character plays out.

K Project or Why I Love Fanservice! or Why I hate fanservice!

The characters of K Project
The characters of K Project

 

Rating: 9/10

  • 10= Orgasmic and will watch again, by myself
  • 9= Awesomesauce, high chance of watching again, by myself
  • 8= Fantastic, medium chance of watching again, by myself
  • 7= Great, there’s a chance of watching by myself
  • 6= Nice, would need inspiration to watch by myself
  • 5=Good, will watch again , with friend(s)
  • 4= Average, medium chance of watching again, with friend(s)
  • 3= Below Average, low chance of watching again even with friend(s)
  • 2= Ho-hum, no chance of watching again
  • 1= Bad, regret watching

Uta no Prince-sama Review

Find ‘criticisms’ if you just want to get to the homophobia part. It’s at the bottom.

Biases and pet peeves relevant to this anime with correlating points that don’t mean much:

  • Everything is gorgeous +50
  • Guys outnumber/have same number as girls +20
  • Good fanservice +30 (#2 Reason I picked it up)
  • Equal fanservice +100 (Now, we don’t see that everyday!)
  • Fighting +10
  • Fighting has more martial arts than magic +100 (#1 Reason I picked it up)
  • Elements of tasteful craziness to relieve the tension +30 (Because K Project needed it)
  • Mystery +20
  • Supernatural/Paranormal/Scifi +20
  • Tasteful drama +50

 

  • Stupid fanservice -10 (It’s pretty common, so I’m used to it)
  • REALLY STUPID FANSERVICE -70 (Not so common, elaboration later)
  • Too short for all that was introduced -20 (I don’t mind that too much- it basically means read the manga or novel; second season coming anyway)

330 Points! Hahahahaha! Ah, well, I don’t think it was that good- it’s not kinky yaoi set in a dytopian environment that also has females on equal footing- or a good reason why females aren’t on equal footing- but I can’t really think of anything to change it. Here’s the stitch:

Yashiro Isana
Isana Yashiro

 

This guy, a mostly carefree high school student, is attacked by a gang. The gang thinks Yashiro has murdered one of their own. He is saved by the lovely Yatogami Kuroh, who then wants to kill him because his former master told him to.

Clarification, Kuroh was a vassal of a former king (There are several, magical, and they are color-coded, and they give powers to their followers). Yashiro would be next in line. Former (Colorless) king told Kuroh to kill the next-in-line if he was evil. Because there is the whole thing about Yashiro maybe murdering somebody for fun, Kuroh is convinced he is evil.

Luckily, Yashiro doesn’t seem like someone who would kill, and Kuroh lets his guard down….

And the fun starts! We also have the subplot between the Red King in the custody of the Blue King. I haven’t read any manga or novels about K, so I was pretty loss as to what was up with them. Turns out Red King (the leader of the gang, HOMRA, that are after Yashiro) is a leaking nuclear bomb, and Blue King was watching over him… But it seems like they know each other really well, and Blue King does not like Red King, kind of- their relationship is complicated in my eyes, but the anime doesn’t really go into detail.

Red King and Blue King
Not going to complain…

Then there’s an even more minor subplot between a Red King subject (summarizing here, because names would just be confusing) and a Blue King subject. It’s just as interesting as the subplot between Too Close above and is oddly explained more in detail.

Typically, I enjoyed the laughs, the murder mystery and the nuclear tension, and the wrap-up. Though the last two episodes (of 13) were super rushed and left some things out that I would have liked explained, it was a conclusion I was completely happy about.

And the fights:

Slashslashslash
Bright. His eyes should be crispy.
Just a little closer
Blue King has never heard of personal space

And so on and so forth. I could have taken a bit more action, but it was pretty badass all the same.

Still…

Ok... Naked catgirl. Not uncommon
Ok… Naked catgirl. Not uncommon

 

Here we have Neko (cat). She has special powers that come in handy- as in saves Yashiro’s ass just as much as Kuroh handy. Her usefulness combated her fanservice- which sometimes bordered on distasteful- quite nicely. I was first like, ugh, dumb pretty girl only there to be looked at. And then, woah, that’s… that’s pretty good stuff, Yashiro’s lucky to have her- and she knew how to use it, smartly. And it kind of ended like that with her. Another subject of the Red King has another nifty power, and that one is also female. Woo!

Then we have the female subject of Blue King.

 

 

Is that really necessary?
Is that really necessary?
REALLY?
REALLY?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we have this lady. She is introduced in the first picture and gives the impression that she will be a strong female character. Except that the makers DESTROY that impression with these stupid scenes of her. Whenever she attacks, she does the dumb Tits and Ass pose.

And Yashiro’s best friend, also female, ups the ante of the plot, majorly, twice. In both scenes, the makers make a pantyshot and it completely ruins the scenes for me! At least Too Close, those parts weren’t that important (like above) or were really important and the fanservice-y closeness brought up the emotion of the scene.

Reading criticisms of K Project and I realize some males are just too damn protective of their feelings of ‘masculinity’. Many complained of the characters getting ‘too close’, which would have been so much fairer if they equally complained about naked catgirl and boobie lady. Buuut they didn’t. They complained of ‘yaoi’ fangirls who didn’t know good anime. Matter-of-fact, some hated it so much they can’t understand how it gets a 2nd season.

Of course, I’m flabbergasted. Seriously? Yea, heavy fanservice, but there was a lot more to K Project than that. But it was their homophobia and ‘man-pride’ that really made them complain. Really, though, what is up with people going on threads (on forums, Youtube, or blogs) and complaining about what the thread is about. You would think that someone who didn’t watch past episode 2 of a show wouldn’t touch a thread called ‘2nd season coming!’ of said show.

All in all, K was an absolute delight. Sister liked it, too!

Uta no Prince-sama or Why I hate harem anime! or Why I love harem anime!

I wish it was a 1000 percent of homosexual love. Man, that would be nice to see animated.
The male cast of Uta no Prince-sama
  • Rating: 3/10

    • 10= Orgasmic and will watch again, by myself
    • 9= Awesomesauce, high chance of watching again, by myself
    • 8= Fantastic, medium chance of watching again, by myself
    • 7= Great, there’s a chance of watching by myself
    • 6= Nice, would need inspiration to watch by myself
    • 5=Good, will watch again , with friend(s)
    • 4= Average, medium chance of watching again, with friend(s)
    • 3= Below Average, low chance of watching again even with friend(s)
    • 2= Ho-hum, no chance of watching again
    • 1= Bad, regret watching

K Project Review

Yo, I wanted to do a true-blue review. Why? Well, to let everyone know the opinions of a female, kink-sub, black, bi-polar possessing, pansexual, atheist feminist with an unholy penchant for gay males. I did something touching this with K, Zetsuen no Tempest, and Psycho Pass, but this is much better.

Here’s how the reviews go. I want to make it absolutely clear that my biases are just that. I generally hate when people say “This is terrible” or “Show was absolute drivel” without making it abundantly clear that those opinions are just that. When one is not clear, to me, it makes it clear that you take your opinions as fact in the real world, and your bias as a benchmark of human thought. I.E. You’re an egotistical fart.

So biases (and pet peeves) relevant to this anime with correlating points that mean nothing whatsoever:

  • Bishounen +10 (They’re pretty common)
  • Bishoujo +1 (Even more fucking common, but still likable)
  • Music/cal +50 (I love music… so much!)
  • Beautiful cross-dressing guy actually taken seriously +100
  • More guys than girls +20 (shounen anime have this too, but I’ll take as many guys as girls)
  • Elements of craziness to drive plot +10 (I like gag anime)
  • CHANGING OUTFITS  +100  (Any animated feature usually has the same outfits over and over. Love it when they change it up)
  • Pathetic, goody-goody, spineless-until-last-episode female lead figure -100 (Anime has a lot of this though)
  • Staple characters -10 (I don’t mind stereotypes though, until they start to have that Family Guy/Cleveland Show/American Dad vibe)
  • Cornier than a maize field, cheesier than a Kraft factory -50
  • Drama hype -70 (I like my fair amount of drama, but goodness…)

So, in the end, Uta no Prince-sama totals 61 points, which sounds about right. I’ll tell you why:

This lady:

She's a fucking puppy
Nanami, the team mascot

arrives at a music school that churns out idols and composers. The lack of realism attracted me, along with the boys and music. Shining Saotome, the headmaster of the school, is great comedy relief, is like the mentor for our main characters, and really puts things in motion. Nanami starts gathering her harem through her… charisma? Writes music for them, and the boys (and Nanami) eventually find everything they are looking for. It has some super sweet moments all throughout the show (which really did help me get through it), plus the makers gave flair to each character, even if you could have molded them in your local bakery, most definitely.

Ringo-sensei
Except him…
Shining Saotome
Or him

But, this show is  terribly corny and gooey and bleh… I got the anime in… *checks*…. May 2012. This show has 13 episodes, and it’s taken until today for me to finish it because I can’t take corny drama (or heavy drama) for more than thirty minutes a month. Except for the first six or seven minutes of the first episode (where they show part of the Princes’ debut concert), I didn’t touch the  show much.

They never fucking kiss!
Scenes like this made me go elsewhere for awhile

If Nanami wasn’t surrounded by beautiful guys, I wouldn’t have stayed… Oh… And if the show didn’t have such catchy tunes (the tunes are corny as well, but they do sound good)… And the aforementioned moments of sweetness, and there were some funny moments, too.

You may be wondering why I chose an anime that I didn’t really enjoy overall to make my first true-blue review. Well, this anime is getting a 2nd season, and you can bet your ass I’mma watch it. More music and bishounen- and Nanami pulled on her ovaries in the last episode (even if she broke down crying while doing so…Ugh), so she might actually have a spine in the second season!

Will they have sex?
More pretty guys!

Thanks to the lovely thornqueen (she’s on wordpress and has super interesting posts about Japanese culture and finds the most awesome pictures pertaining to her topics. She even made a post for guys wearing oversized clothing/shirts with bare legs, for me! Because I sort of have a fetish for that…) I am aware that these guys will be in the next season. Apparently they are in the game Uta no Prince-sama is based on, and they are called The Seniors. More gingerbread men? I don’t know, but they look weird and hot.

Now, there’s enough bishounen to have me living on BL vibes for quite awhile, for any other anime. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of fanservice towards BL, and the unrepentant fanservice for drama overshadows mostly everything. They tried, I saw that. The six guys up top are paired together in dorm dorms, and two of the pairs know each other so the feels are strong between them. But… Not strong enough, and definitely not stronger than their feels for Puppy blob.

Oversized shirt and leggy legs, yumminess
Shinomiya…And Shinomiya

Thanks to thornqueen, I might be able to get through the second season with some fanmade BL pictures, which I never looked up because I couldn’t take Uta no Prince-sama seriously for BL. In the series, this guy named Shinomiya- who likes cute things (like his roommate)- is generally fluffy and adorable, until he takes his glasses off, or loses them, and turns into an ill-tempered badass that needs more fucking screentime. There’s plenty pictures of this selfcest (yes, that’s a thing, and it’s hot, I tell you), plus the regular ‘couples’ (or the pairs in the dorms), plus pictures of The Seniors. So, I’mma go for this, because I really like music.

And it’s pretty, dammit!

With a Dr. Pepper Cherry

It’s so goooooood.

So, I want to talk about some shows today. They are anime, because, apparently, saying that is drastically important. Someone can hear the coolest show ever, but as soon as it’s anime- oh, I don’t watch anime. And I’m like, seriously? You’re missing out on one of the greatest  stories because it’s Japanese animation? Yes, that is true. It’s obvious that most people have a skewed vision of anime as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh, unable to realize that genres exist within Japanese animation like- oh- everything else. But that’s not what I was trying to get out.

Three new shows came out that I decided to look at. They all have male leads and smaller or equal female leads (females with a driving force behind whatever the plot is). They all look gorgeous, and one of them, which I thought would be more of a drama and talk kind of show, surprised me with its amount of well-sequenced, well-animated fighting (as opposed to, say, DBZ, Bleach, or Naruto- well, the latter two are well-animated, still. DBZ’s fighting pretty much sucks, haha)

 

This is Zetsuen no Tempest. So far these two, um, friends are trying to stop some bad guys from taking over the world. Except their best best bet, a beautiful and awesome female mage (they say that word exactly), is trapped on an island. With some voodoo, touchy-feely blondie there is communicating with her, and has a bargain with her. He works for her, and she gives him… what she wants.

This is the one that I thought would be more talking than fighting. Episode 1 had me on the edge of my seat. The female blondie was fighting (the ‘she’ in the caption) had some awesome moves, and two guns. And the next episode promises more action.

It’s not without it’s talking. There’s this verse of something, I forgot what, that they keep referencing, and the dialogue is confusing sometimes. But I don’t need to understand what is going on. I feel there is a purpose to everything. Or maybe the Ho Hay is getting to me.

The cast is so beautiful!

So this is K. I don’t want to give away the first episode, but there are different factions- gangs really- who are fighting each other in the nearer than far future. Umbrella guy gets caught in the mix, and non-glasses dark-haired guy is in there… At one point [SPOILER] non-glasses dark-haired pulls umbrella to his chest, and I swear umbrella blushes[END SPOILER]

So, pleasantly surprised. I saw the previews, and there was a lot of good animated fighting, and it’s beautiful. But the strong fanservice was a pleasant surprise. Or, it might be No. 6 and canon. (No. 6, btw, is a wonderful show and you should watch it). Plus, K’s plot is intriguing. I can’t wait for the next episode. (I only have one)

There’s a lot of fanservice with the girl. Kind of like in Zetsuen no Tempest. Lots of almost shots- not even panties were shown- but they were definitely exploiting the female body to my- I mean viewers’ eyes. Very tasteful. So I like it.

I love the girl’s eyes…

Psycho Pass. This one has the girl as the lead. And she is pretty awesome. Still really timid sort of- but I can feel it more as her personality than as a token female trait. Which I hate.

Basically, she joins a force that goes after people with high criminal coefficients. These coefficients are numbers from a certain scale that identifies how likely you are to commit a crime. Shooting, angst, psychological fuckery- all nice stuff to go to bed to. Even with the nearly zero chance of shounen ai or yaoi or slash or Ho Hay being even remotely available in this series- I think I’m going to enjoy this one most.

So, if you watch anime, I say these are good. If you don’t, Psycho Pass is the way to start. Unless you watch utter trash. But if you’ve read all the way down here, I don’t think you do.