The anime viewer must always remain vigilant against two letters: L and B. No, not Little Busters, although you definitely shouldn’t watch that either. It’s BL, the horrific, sudden, and irreversible discovery that the new anime you have picked up turns out to have been a Boys Love anime. With gay people. Sometimes kissing. Or at least this is the impression you can come across sometimes if you hang around anime discussion forums online. It crops up frequently where someone will post an honest question as to whether this anime is BL and therefore should they stay away from it. The most recent anime I’ve seen a recipient of this is for Seraph of the End because one boy hugs another boy at some point in it. I’ve seen this enough times by now that I feel it’s worth tackling.
Firstly, let’s consider the worst case scenario. You are watching an anime and then suddenly a man is sticking his dick into another man’s anus. We’re talking full on fangirl fantasies (leaving aside the fact that gay people actually are real people and not just fangirl fantasies, which isn’t something most BL material even take into account, but that’s a separate issue). If we take the past 5 years as an example, there have been a grand total of 3 anime in this category. Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi, Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi 2 and Love Stage. There’s been a few ones adapted from BL material or hints at romance like Betrayal Knows My Name and Togainu no Chi, but you won’t suddenly witness Gay happening on screen. If you start including OVA material like Sex Pistols then you might get 4-5 more, but if you start to include OVAs I feel it’s worth pointing out that you are statistically more likely to watch a futanari anime than an actual gay anime OVA (no really, I did the research, and now have “futanari anime from past 5 years” in my search history).
In short, your fear of accidentally stumbling across Gay is founded on such a minor risk that it’s silly to even worry about that happening. But what about the Gay that’s not openly buggering but more minor things. Like two guys kissing. That can happen more often. It happens in No. 6, From the New World, and more recently Yamada-kun and the 7 Witches. Heck even Naruto had two dudes kiss at some point. So what do you do about that eh? How do you avoid seeing that without remaining vigilant? Tell me Scamp, how do I avoid the Gay!?!
To which I say “so what”? What will happen if you view the Gay? Is your masculinity so in danger that one viewing of the Gay may mean it all suddenly spews out your backside, leaving you a hollow shell afterwards where your voice goes high and balls disappear inside your body? Are you so insecure of your own hetrosexuality that witnessing two anime guys hugging will send your sexuality straight over to the homo side and next week you find yourself sucking dick wondering where it all went wrong? Will you viewing a man and another man love each other be etched so sharply into your facial features that everyone in school will know you watched Gay Cartoons and you will be shunned forever more?
I know I am probably preaching to the converted here and the intended audience are probably too busy checking to see if they have finally grown hair on their bollocks yet. But just in case you are one of those people, I’m here to tell you don’t worry, I was like that once too. I was a dumb teenage boy who went “eww gays” and was afraid an anime might suddenly ambush me with buttsex. To those people, I hope that this post gets through to a few of them and they realise how dumb they are being with this. You watch anime through your eyes, not your urethra. Hopefully they will learn to move on with their lives and not live in fear anymore. Face down this creature and realise that it is not frightening and probably quite enjoyable as an exploration of different relationships people can have with each other, until you come out the other side a happier person living a more fulfilling life.
…unless someone recommends you Boku no Pico. You should probably stay wary of that recommendation.