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Is Legend of Duo the Worse Boys Love Anime Ever?

In the early 21st century humanity is on the brink of extinction during an apocalyptic outbreak of a disease simply called the disease of death and the only cure seems to be the blood from a vampire. A secret to save humanity that was revealed by a vampire that in revealing this secret to mankind has betrayed his own kind and now is hunted by his own vampiric creation. Now that sounds like an interesting plot that could explore so many different themes right? Well in giving you this synopsis I have literally spoiled practically every important plot point of this anime. This is a bad anime and the worse part is, it’s not even entertainingly bad, it’s just bad.

Much like my review of Pupa so many years back now, Legend of Duo is an anime series that has a really interesting set up and it even tries to go the deep philosophical route of story telling comparing the vampire who revealed the secret cure to humanity to Prometheus from Greek mythology who was punished for bringing fire to humans. All this is lost however on rushed story telling, blase animation and character design it just comes across as the most boring anime I have ever watched.

If you are curious about this mess of an anime it is fully available to watch on Youtube, but I would not recommend it, seriously I would rather sit through a Twilight marathon than this garbage again.

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Doukyuusei – Boys Love Review

Falling in love is the easy part. Maintaining and keeping the relationship, that is where the real challenge lies. First loves can be messy and cumbersome affairs of the heart and they can be even more complicated when they happen within our teen years. Hormones racing us forward towards the cusp of adulthood and not quite yet knowing ourselves or our place in the world. It is indeed a stressful crossroads we all find ourselves at and for the characters within Doukyuusei they must decide whether they will move through this emotional minefield together and work out whether this is just a flurry of emotions or if there is something worth keeping hold of into the future and if so, how they will keep hold of it.

I wanted to post something special this year for Valentines Day so I went through my backlog of boys love anime I have to review here on the Playground and thought what is the most romantic story I can find here? The choice became obvious very quickly that for the pure feels of Valentines Day I could not go past Doukyuusei a stunningly animated anime movie with a run time just over an hour, though with all the emotion they put into the story it does not need to be any longer than what it is.

Telling the story of quiet honor student Rihito Sajou and the wear his emotions on his sleeve rebel Hikaru Kusakabe they are classmates whose paths never really would have crossed even if they did share the same class. One day however after accidentally leaving his bento box in his desk Kusakabe finds Sajou practicing his singing for the upcoming choir event at the school. Thing is during the class when they were practicing together as a class Kusakabe noticed Sajou was not singing along with everyone else. After a brief discussion, it is revealed that Sajou could not see the board at the front of the class because of bad eyesight and he did not want to ask to be moved to the front of the class because he did not want to be a bother to the teacher. Kusakabe offers to help Sajou with his singing and in doing so the two slowly become friends, then something more begins to happen between the two.

What I love about the story of this movie is that the relationship between the two leads feels incredibly real and this is because neither character in this story fits into an anime stereotype or trope for the genre of BL. Both characters had lives and personalities before meeting each other and through being around each other they learn more about themselves. They come face to face with their own insecurities, what they want out of life and ask the question, do my priorities in life change now that I am in this relationship? Which is a surprisingly mature theme to see explored with characters of this age.

If you have got some time to spare this Valentines Day or are just looking for a sweet romantic anime to watch at any time of the year then this modern Boys Love classic is a must watch!

Two Beautiful Boys Love Anime Get English Releases

It is not that common that boys love and yaoi anime get a release to the western market and it seems even rarer that these series get an English dub, and even rarer still that these anime get a good dub when they are… Gravitation. Western releases of Boys Love anime has increased however over the last few years and has become a lot more accessible to the western market with legal streaming sites such as Crunchyroll and Animelab (an Australian and New Zealand anime streaming service) adding series of this genre to there catalog to be viewed.

Upcoming western anime localization and distributer Kuma Holdings is a new company I only just this week found out about so the news I am sharing from them is a little old but worth sharing none the less. They have gained the license to two very beautiful boys love series that I personally think are greatly under-rated by the BL community in the west. These titles are This Boys is a Professional Wizard and This Boy and This Boy is Suffering from Crystallization. The first of which has already been released with an all-new English dub!

This trailer is absolutely amazing and the dub sounds so awesome, it truly sounds like they really captured the essence of our main characters. The anime sadly does not have a physical release yet but is available for purchase through both Amazon and Itunes. I personally look forward to supporting Kuma Holdings in the future and so far look forward and hope that perhaps they will pick up more BL anime in the future, perhaps even some old classics that have been lost to time.

Loveless – Boys Love Review

Is it in the moments we live, in the here and now that we are our true self? Or is our true self, locked away in the memory of our past and if that is true once those memories are lost, be it time and age or trauma and manipulation will we ever be our true selves once again? It is a difficult question for even an adult to ponder and an even more confusing one for a child who is on the cusp of beginning their journey into adulthood. Ritsuka Aoyagi is a very troubled child.

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Loveless is an anime series that many have called pretentious because of the themes it chooses to explore but beneath this world of cat-eared youth, you will find a beautiful anime that will give you many questions and some very roundabout answers that you will at times find yourself second guessing as much as it’s the main character. There is so much I would love to write about Loveless but I will save that for another time because this is just a review of the anime series.

Loveless is a 2005 boys love anime that quickly gained popularity amongst the fujoshi fandom for its cute cat boys and almost whimsical art style that still looks gorgeous over ten years later. It is based on the still going manga series by the same name written by and illustrated by manga artist Yun Kouga who is the same artist behind another boys love classic manga that got an anime adaptation from 1989 to 1996, that of course being Earthian, but that anime I will write about another time. Loveless tells the story of Ritsuka Aoyagi, a young boy who has gone through a lot in his short life and now he has just transferred to a new school, where a young pink haired girl wants to be his new best friend. At the same time a strange adult comes into his life, a man named Soubi who had a connection with Ritsuka’s recently deceased older brother and possibly answers as to what happened to his brother. One of the biggest complaints this series gets is the implied relationship between Ritsuka a child, and Soubi a young adult. In a normal world, many of the things that happen between the two would be inappropriate, but there is something different about the world of Loveless. Strange battles take place that we the viewer only begin to understand as Ritsuka does.

Loveless throughout its 12 episode run goes through many different themes, trust vs doubt, memories, finding oneself, destiny vs choice and even homosexuality and the last one does not mean the main couple exactly. There is a line blurring in between Ritsuka and Soubi but I do not believe at any time it is completely crossed though I also know there are other viewers who do not see it this way. To that, I say as I always do, this is fiction and fantasy and not real life. In fiction we delve deeper into taboos we can not explore elsewhere.

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The biggest complaint many have with Loveless other than the ‘relationship’ between the two main characters of the anime is it’s ending and final episode. The last episode is a fever dream of answers and more questions and has a very 90’s anime ending that tries to entice the watcher to go and read the manga to understand more of this world. It worked for me and many others who went out and bought and continue to read the manga but to others, this ending can be very confusing and frustrating.

If you are looking for an interesting boys love anime to watch that will keep your mind questioning and enjoy a good mystery I can only recommend this anime if you also intend to dive deeper into the world that Yun Kouga has created and read the manga afterwards because the anime alone is sad though a fun ride has a disappointing end.

I would really love to delve more into the world of Loveless sometime in the future here on Yaoi Playground exploring the more spoilery parts of the story and eventually also do a review of the manga. It really is a cool series to dive into if you have the time and if you guys would like to see me write more about the series let me know down below. Also if you would like to support the continuation of this blog please consider clicking the link below, till next time I am your Mistress of Yaoi

 

Boys Love and Anime News

There have been quite a few anime anouncements in the last week that have got this fujoshi hyped including the announcement of two boys love series, but first I want to start with the first announcement I saw last week that has me a little bit cautious because this series stems into nostalgia for me.

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The original Sorceror Stabber Orphen was one of my favourite anime in high school, I absolutely adored it more than anything when it aired on Cartoon Network back when Adult Swim did an anime block. In fact the series was the first ever full boxset I bought. So with the recent announcement of a new adaptation to celebrate the 25th aniversary of the light novel series it is based I thought this is going to be so awesome! I’m really hoping it gets picked up by Animelab here for streaming because I know a few aussies in my age bracket who have a big nostalgia for this series.

This trailer, just this trailer for a Yarichin Bitch Club! I stumbled upon the manga this is based on about a month ago and I am in love with this series and to now find out it is getting an anime! This will be the series this year all the fujoshi will drool over, mark my word. I just hope it the anime doesn’t get censored too badly, because this one will get hot and heavy!

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The last announcement comes from a manga series I must confess I am not familiar with, and as a fujoshi I am almost ashamed of myself for. The Most Huggable Man Has Threatened Me by Hashigo Sakurabi looks to be a very cute manga from what I have seen about it. Though I am not familiar with this series I am still hyped because this confirms that we are at least getting two boys love anime this year! And that my readers is amazing!

Have there been any recent anime announcements that have you hyped for the next couple of months? Anything you know about that you think maybe Mistress would be interested in? Let me know in the comments down below!

Hitorijime My Hero – Boys Love Review

86825It has been a long time since I have seen a new boys love anime that has made me sit and think, this is a perfect starting point anime for a new generation of fujoshi. I also think my family might be sick of hearing the opening theme song Heart Signal by Wataru Hatano from my bedroom. It’s upbeat rhythm and lyrics are the perfect accompaniment to this most recent boys love anime. But what is it about this series that has me and so many other fujoshi falling in love?

The anime tells the story of Masahiro Setagawa a very jaded youth who learned early on in life that there are no heroes in real life. His home life is not the best as his only parent seems to never be around and when she is home it is often with ‘clients’. Because of this he does not spend much time at home and has fallen in with a bad crowd simply so he has something in his life that he can latch onto. This falls apart for him however when this bad crowd is taken out by a local vigilante. From there Setagawa life spirals in a new direction with him making his first real friend and then finding out that that vigilante that took out his ‘friends’ is his new friend’s older brother. Has Setagawa found a real-life hero? Or is real-life more complicated than that? It is and that is where the drama of this series comes from.

We see the relationship between Setagawa and his friends older brother Kousuke bud, bloom and even begin to wilt as the series goes on. It becomes very obvious that the two care for each other very much and watching them come over there personal struggles whether that be the fact that Kousuke becomes Setagawa’s school teacher or how those around the two friend and family alike will react to their relationship. There is also another boys love relationship that takes center stage at the beginning of the series between Kousuke’s younger brother Kensuke and his childhood friend who he lost contact with after the other boy moved away and this adds some very sweet moments to the story. I really liked this part of the story because it showed two different relationships throughout the story and the differences between the two relationships adding some very interesting contrast to the series.

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My biggest worry when this anime came out was the lack of it being on any legal anime streaming sites, but in the last couple of weeks I have found out that it is streaming on one of the lesser known streaming sites! HiDive is a newer player in the anime streaming game and if you have been putting off watching this series simply because you could not find a legal stream I cannot recommend checking these guys out enough! Any streaming service that offers boys love or yaoi has my vote to use it! This is why I was so happy when AnimeLab, an anime streaming site here in Australia and New Zealand added shows like Dramatical Murder and Junjou Romantica to their roster.  If we want to see more boys love anime released in our regions we need to support when they come to these platforms.

I’m curious, what anime did you keep up with this past season? Also stay tuned to Yaoi Playground for a special announcement tomorrow!