104 CommentsFirst Impressions / By Scamp /

No.6 episode 1

Noitamina mark 2. Also probably the last worthwhile show of the season. No, that Gainax show will not be worth watching. There are no actual true Gainax veterans working on it. They’re all on Idolm@ster. No really.

No.6 is a sci-fi series about the perfect futuristic city that turns out to be not so perfect as it appears because it is being controlled by The Man, and so on and so forth. What No.6 manages to do better than other sci-fi series like it, such as Toward the Terra and Jyu Oh Sei, is it focuses on characterisation instead of masturbating to its own science. I particularly liked how clear it was that the main character was more intelligent than the boy from the lower rungs. Each of their personalities were etched by the environment they lived in, but also they became part of those societies in the first place because of their IQ. The pampered kid actually comes off as intelligent, albeit not in the key area of recognising when he might be in danger. The runaway kid is naturally jumpy and suspicious of everything around him, but he’s also not as quick on the uptake on many things as the pampered kid. It told us about this sci-fi setting through how the characters act, rather than dull technobabble monologue, and I can’t praise it enough for doing that.

This is where I generally start nitpicking, but honestly it’s hard to pick holes in this episode. OK, the kid having the daydream where he started to dissipate into leaves was pretentious and silly, but otherwise No.6 had the most solid first episode of the season. Now solid doesn’t necessarily mean best. It didn’t have the intrigue of Kamisama Dolls, the thrill of PenguinDrum, nor the perfected atmosphere of Bunny Drop. However it also didn’t have derpy animation like Kamisama Dolls, was more even than PenguinDrum, and held more weight to it than Bunny Drop. For the record, those are my 4 picks of the season, based off first episodes. No. 6, Bunny Drop, PenguinDrum and Kamisama Dolls. No idea what I want to blog out of the 4 though. Possibly PenguinDrum, although it’s a bit intimidating to blog about something that DEEP.

Actually, there is one thing I’d like to rant about. I have seen several people in blogs and forums say they won’t be watching this because of the yaoi/BL content. Either that, or they’ll keep watching but will drop at the slightest hint of BL, as though they’re on permanent guard against such a thing happening. Firstly, this isn’t yaoi. Two boys holding hands lying down in bed together does come off as a relationship slightly more than platonic, and that scene where one pinned the other down is crying out to make a spooning joke, but their relationship doesn’t go beyond anything than hand holding from what I’ve heard from the novel readers (just like Kimi ni Todoke then haha obvious joke).

But, more importantly, even if they did become An Item, even if this show was yaoi, why does it matter? The scene wasn’t played for fanservice. It’s not like Sekai Ichi where they linger on shots of them kissing for added squee value, crowbarring in the romance. The two boys’ relationship in No.6 is believable and worked well into the story. Are you so unsure of your masculinity, so steeped in pandering culture, that you can’t watch a relationship between two men without fleeing because they might have strong feelings for each other? Is male anime fandom so homophobic that we have to maintain constance vigilance in case you have to bail because two men looked at each other in the eyes for a bit longer than you are comfortable with? Why does it matter? If the show can still tell a good story using their relationship, why can’t we just appreciate that? Seriously men, get over yourselves.

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102 Comments

  1. Posted July 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    They kissed in the novels…Chinese version that is.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      /dropped

      jk

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      So the novels are more focussed on being soft-core porn than developing a relation? Thank god for Japanese censorship laws. Since they can’t show the fucking sex, they’ll end the season with a kiss-fest.

      • Posted July 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

        But they just kissed… nothing more…

  2. mcm38
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I dropped it, not because of the BL-esque relationship(which I didn’t realize untill I saw you mentioning about it), but it got to boring. The episodes content untill the point I pressed the red X button was: Boy running away from soldiers in sewers, boy dreaming in class, boy and girl celebrating birtday with grandma, boy and girl listening to weird (apparently beautiful) sounds, boys home is being invaded by another boy, boy talking with boy.

    Nothing that peaked my interest.

    And I honestly don’t think there is any signs of BL. Only people who’re overly conscious of Yaoi would think this is BL.

    Btw, you should choose between PenguinDrum and Kamisama Dolls. Usagi Drop and No 6 might get bit boring in further episodes for some people around here.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

      Realistically, it’s between No.6 and PenguinDrum. Bunny Drop probably won’t have a lot for me to talk about, and Kamisama Dolls clashes with Steins;Gate

      • mcm38
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

        T.T But I dropped No. 6.

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

        Blog No. 6 if you come back to your sense. Seriously, I don’t even want to know what shit you watched either before or after watching No. 6. It was Spelunker Sensei for screenshots, wasn’t it?

  3. Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    The topic of whether the anime fandom is homophobic aside (answer: yes it is – but probably not anymore than in any other fandom that’s dominated by teenage boys), I think the issue with yaoi/BL is that a surprisingly high percentage of it has rape/power elements involved. Or at least that’s the perception – likely reinforced by the seme/uke archetypes. Not saying that this as an excuse for the fanbase, but the rape/power elements definitely doesn’t help with the overall yaoi/BL perception.

    • Scamp
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

      That’s certainly true, but I seriously doubt that’s the reason anyone isn’t watching BL/yaoi stuff

      • Posted July 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, I wasn’t implying that it was the only reason – or even the main reason, people don’t watch BL/yaoi.

        The main reason is that it’s just not titillating.

    • mcm38
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      It’s not always the issue. For example guys like me genuinly dislike the idea of the same gender having sexual relationships. Be it Yuri or Yaoi. I never understood why girls like Yaoi or most guys out there prefer seeing Yuri. But I guess they won’t understand my thinking either.

      Well, since I am guessing I am one of those rare breed of people, I’m not gonna go in this much more. But I can say one thing with certainty. People (men) don’t wanna watch BL cause they only love watching women and hate having to put up with men (which is only natural).

      • Posted July 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

        Do you just dislike watching romance between lesbians or gay people, or do you resent the idea of homosexual romance in general? :( It’s the first one, right?

        *hides in small, bisexual closet*

      • mcm38
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

        Oops, seems you misunderstood me. It’s both. But I also don’t have any kind of resentment against gays. By ‘dislike’ I meant, I wouldn’t want anything to do with it. Yet it’s not like I neglect any gays/bi’s. I have 2 gay (male) friends (and I’m also male), we’re just ordinary friends, but when it comes to gaytalk or the like I’m most probably not around them. It’s just that I don’t understand and don’t take any kind of pleasure about being gay. So I don’t inolve with that kind of stuff.

        Be overjoyed, for I am someone who judges people according to their actions. So being gay/ugly/straight/beatifull/black/white/blue/alien doesn’t matter. (Hope you this is enough to make clear I don’t have any grudges. I say I don’t have any predujices, but am still afraid of being hated as a narrow minded idiot. The irony.)

      • Posted July 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

        Hehe, no, I understand.

    • Posted July 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      i can certainly understand certain titles; unfortunately lots of times bl stuff goes the shoujo route and makes the main male cunning and powerful preying on the shy/tsundere other male/girl. i guess it’s all there for sexual tension and whatnot. except it’s a dead horse that’s been beaten forever. COME UP WITH NEW TROPES PLEASE D:

      but actually the majority of bl titles are like yuri, boys being insufferably nice to each other ;x

  4. Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    For once we actually agree. And now I get to be lazy and just link here instead of doing my own rant; how convenient. Because god dammit if “eww, this looks gay” isn’t one of my pet peeves to see in discussion of an anime. I can understand people staying away from stuff like Sekai-Ichi, but if this show were about two girls most people would hardly bat an eye.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      doublestandarddoublestandarddoublestandard

  5. luffyluffy
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Oh man, tumblr response to this was huuuuuuge. It’s like the next big then when it comes to GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

    • Scamp
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      You know, when fangirls react like that, it doesn’t exactly help the shows image -_-

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

        Repeating myself here from further down the thread. You do realize they react like that because of the fanservice, right?

  6. RogerMoore
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I still haven’t seen the show, but I think whether the BL aspect will bother me or not will depend on whether it’s an obvious ploy to make fangirls squee or if it’s a genuine part of the overall story. If it continues to not be blatent fanservice like you’ve said it wasn’t in this episode, people are being pretty ignorant to entirely dismiss a show just on the basis that it contains some amount of BL.

    Like Chronolynx said above, the same people complaining about BL in this probably wouldn’t care at all if it were two girls, or might even cite it as a reason for watching the show. It’s seriously pathetic.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted July 10, 2011 at 12:07 am | Permalink

      it’s only BL if you have your yowie goggles on

      • DesuSexual
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 9:57 am | Permalink

        Lmao. Yowie is such an adorable thing to call it. <3

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

        I usually call it yowie when i’m taking the piss out of it

        I can’t believe I actually liked this stuff…

  7. John Krab
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I don’t really get why people complain about gay relationships in anime either. I can think of many popular live-action stuff with gay people, but anime? Not that tolerant.

  8. Posted July 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, I love that last passage. I mean, it’s a well crafted science fiction story, I personally think some men are afraid of what society or their fellow men will say if they enjoy stories with BL subtext, even if it’s not the main point of the story. Kinda funny when you know that this show is about a dystopian society who cages their individuals with their policy and morals. I want to thank you that you are intelligent enough to see through this.

  9. Posted July 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    *slow clap*

    That last paragraph brought a tear to my eye. I was raging so hard when I saw the homophobic comments over on Random Curiosity.

    And you know what? Even if this show has explicit yaoi, I’ll still watch it. I’ve long argued that fanservice need not ruin a good story. Well, girls are entitled to fanservice just as much as us guys. Whether that’s Matt Smith taking off his shirt for no good reason or two effeminate anime boys fondling one another, I don’t care. I’ll watch it all the same.

    Sex exists. Homosexuality exists. Otaku need to stop behaving like kneejerk grade schoolers who mock and cringe at the slightest mention of sex, and instead treat these subjects in a sensible, mature fashion.

    • Posted July 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      You deserve some claps too. *claps*

    • luffyluffy
      Posted July 10, 2011 at 12:08 am | Permalink

      Matt Smith?

      I heard Matt Smith.

      Our homoerotic Matt Smith fanservice is called ‘Christopher and His Kind’

  10. romulus
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    No, it’s not only the fans. If you think about it, the standards of which relationship counts BL-ish and which is for men were formed by the creators AND the fans. In the end it was the creators who decided to abolish scenes when 2 men look into each others eyes etc. Currently this is a rather homophobic approach to man-and-man relationships, which is why yaoi is hard to accept. (anybody read Genshiken manga?)
    It’s clear that No.6 crossed that line, albeit very subtly. That scene with they holding hands without the context might be considered BL-ish. I couldn’t help but notice the unusual proximity. Still, at this level it would be foolish to get an ep of Gurren Lagann ready while DLing the latest ep of No.6. The director may be simply trying to raise the sensory threshold of the anime community, or the future societies are to blame. Whatever is the reason, any more BL vibes and I drop this. Not only the BL but as MCM38 said, it’s quite boring.

  11. Posted July 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    i think this page and its comments need to be held in some historical blog museum or something. thank you men who agree that running away from a well-done anime just because it might have bl is stupid. honestly, you are a rarity. continue to be secure in your masculinity.

    haven’t watched this yet, but i will once i get home from the beach~

    • mcm38
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      Probably, because only people who are mature enough to take the harsh jokes and remarks of Scamp are the only people able to keep following this blogg. That’s another reason why I like The Cart Driver.

      Btw, I was wondering if bringing other bloggs as topic in a blogg can be categorized as taboo. (Naturaly unless the blogger starts the topic.)

  12. Suzushina Yuriko
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I applaud you too, Scamp, for that last paragraph. I was oh so slightly worried that you’d be like the rest of the homophobic jerks that drop a series simply because it has a scene of two guys holding hands, but now I’m relieved.

    My vote goes toward you blogging No.6. I’ve read some of the first light novel volume and it’s pretty good.

    • Posted July 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

      This. He should blog it, for he is not someone who is a fangirl and goes “OMG SQUEE IT’S GAY THAT MEANS IT’S GOOD” nor is he a homophobic jerk who hates the show just for it having gay subtext. That means he can write about the writing or how a good science fiction world is crafted (just like he did in this post.), and how those two are forming a relationship, be it friendship or love. If there’s someone who can judge this show right, it’s him. I remember saying something similar about his Hetalia blogging.

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

        >state the obvious
        >get female yaoi-fans to support you regardless of the bullshit you spout
        Scamp-su knows his female audience very well it seems.

      • Posted July 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

        I think you misunderstood me. I was saying that Scamps the person NOT to fall into senseless fangirl/boy babblings, but to carefully analyze it, rant or snark about it, or if the anime is awful, say something funny about it.

  13. Hogart
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    > held more weight to it than Bunny Drop

    This interests me.. how do you mean?

    I do agree that it’s one of the few shows that’s has a promising premise, but I didn’t see anything in No.6 that hinted at it being weightier (the clumsy shounen-ai scenes certainly didn’t help).

    If anything, it hinted towards something like Deadman Wonderland and Fractale done right.. nothing spectacularly original, insightful, or moving just yet, just very open-ended.

    At least, I didn’t feel the same sense of gravitas I did watching Bunny Drop, where familial groupthink was busily abusing a child and the black sheep of the family had to take them to task for it.

    • mcm38
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

      I have to agree with this.

      • Hogart
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:38 am | Permalink

        I have no problem being corrected, but in this case you’re being awfully pushy over an opinion. I can understand that, but I’m simply not incorrect: I just don’t feel we need to measure our use of a general-purpose word like “abuse”.

        I’ll bow out of this though, because we seem to agree on the actually-important matters, and because it’s downright silly to fight over this.

        I may disagree that we should use certain words sparingly if they are not being abused, but I do understand your counter-opinion and respect it.. so, my bad.

      • Hogart
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:39 am | Permalink

        Hmm, seems I replied to the wrong thread, my bad again.

    • Gagagigo
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      How were they abusing the child? They just awnted to ignore her presence and didn’t want to have her in their lives. Where is the abuse in that? Cold, yes. Abuse, not.

      • mcm38
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

        Abuse means psychologically neglecting. Solitude was used as a torturing method and is still being used in some jails around the world. If any, talking about her being a nuisance by her presence (or at least she could clearly hear and understand them talking) is pretty heavy stuff.

      • Hogart
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

        She’s six. There’s no sugarcoating how abusive this was. Good intentions or not, this was awful behavior, and Daikichi was right to be disgusted (given that he is the LAST person there who should have to take care of her).

        They barge into her home, and openly treat her like she doesn’t belong, forcing themselves to shun her and treat her like she’s not even family. They don’t even tell the kid that her dad’s DEAD, or pretend to care about her feelings.

        Sure, there’s being concerned about not being able to care for the kid, and not wanting to get attached.. but there’s a line that was crossed here that’s reprehensible. You can do what they were doing without breaking the kid’s trust in people or treating them like an outsider in their own home.

      • Gagagigo
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

        The line was not crossed. You two are just overblowing their “abusive” behavior. You are just looking this from the child’s standpoint. How would you feel that your brother/father/uncle died and left a 6 year oold daughter behind him that you knew nothing about? You say that they were treating he like an intruder. Well some of those people might have actually grown up in that house and probably couldn’t treat her like an intruder if the only found out that she existed a few days ago.

        They didn’t barge in. They had to go in to prepare for the funeral. It had to be done and you can’t argue that is invasive because it was something that Had to be done.

        Also a kid is big responsibility. Suddenly having a child dropped to you is a big burden. They couldn’t be blamed for their hesitance.

        Also abuse is not psychological neglect. Abuse means physical and mental deliberate attack. Your father is beating you constantly? That is abuse. You are getting yelled at everyday by a parent or anyone else for that matter. Abuse. your boss is using you as a psychological punching bag? Abuse.

        You get ignored by adults that are trying to organize a funeral and that had just recently found out that you exist so they don’t know how to behave around you or what will they do with you? Not abuse.

        She is an unwanted child. That is truth. They could have acted better. But nothing will erase the fact that she has no place to go. I don’t blame the family I blame the circumstances that she is in.

        And I must say. If you are calling this abuse you are demeaning the meaning of the word. I would reserve abuse for worse behavior then this. This does not cross the line.

        You can call it neglect, unnecessary harshness, psychological isolation but abuse? No.

      • mcm38
        Posted July 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

        XD This is to funny.

        Ahem.

        Gagagigo, your message came over quite clear. It seems I was wrong. I beg your pardon, but won’t you also agree that you’re exagerating a tiny bit. I mean we just used the word ‘abuse’ because we felt sorry for innocent lil Rin and went on a rage mod by the adults behaviour. Sure there was no abusal behaviour, but come on. Who wouldn’t get pissed off at the sight of that poor lil girls helplessness before all those adults who should know better than treating her like an unwanted stray dog(exagerating again). The oldest one could at least take her in temporarily or something and show his responsible behaviour.

        As trainee teacher who has gained some knowledge about raising people, I would not hesitate to give an innocent child ,who doesn’t know what’s going on when suddenly all those strangers barge in to her house, some affection and carefull consideration of responsible adultlike behaviour. Even tough I say so, the adults in the anime are your everyday adults with lil to no experience in raising a strangers child(unlike me). It’s only natural they act that way.

      • Gagagigo
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

        I am not trying to totally excuse the adults behavior. I would most definitely be pissed at them too if I were to see an innocent child treated so coldly. But you two were making the adults look like some sort of cruel monsters. And I just couldn’t see eye to eye so I had to speak my mind. =P I know that you were feeling for her and that is a good thing. This world would be a better place if people cared about each other more.

        Abuse is a big word in my mind. And should only be used when appropriate. When you use a certain word too much it starts to loose it’s I would call it weight. Let me give you a example. (A bad example but the only one that I can think of now)I had a classmate in high school that swore so much that it was practically his speech pattern.
        Contrary my sister almost never swears. If I were to hear my classmate talk now spouting profanities I would react at all since it is “normal” so to say. But when my sister swears that means something really riled her up.

        Certain words shouldn’t be used lightly. If one overuses then then the person trivializes them. With that said I must note that I tent to take the meaning of words too seriously. Sometimes I get on other peoples nerves when I “correct” them if I find something they said incorrect. Happens every so often. x)

      • mcm38
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 12:36 am | Permalink

        Ohohoh! I like you. No, you are most definitly right. How can I forget this fact and be swayed so easily by my emotions. Feelings are necessary, but giving yourself over to it completely and ignoring the consequences of your actions should not be underestimated.

        I am of the same opinion. Words will loste their strength when wasted. We as bloggers who need to utilize words with care should always keep this in mind. Thanks for reminding me, Gagagigo.

      • Hogart
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:40 am | Permalink

        I have no prob­lem being cor­rec­ted, but in this case you’re being awfully pushy over an opin­ion. I can under­stand that, but I’m simply not incor­rect: I just don’t feel we need to meas­ure our use of a general-purpose word like “abuse”.

        I’ll bow out of this though, because we seem to agree on the actually-important mat­ters, and because it’s down­right silly to fight over this.

        I may dis­agree that we should use cer­tain words spar­ingly if they are not being abused, but I do under­stand your counter-opinion and respect it.. so, my bad.

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

        The things you call abuse are indeed abuse. Not calling what happened in Bunny Drop abuse is as worse as the abuse that happened in that situation. Telling a child it’s dumb again and again, is abuse. Openly talking in the presence of a child about how basically the entire family does not want to take care of it is also abuse. There are no different words for different levels of abuse. And what you are doing is covering what happened up. There’s a German support group that support adults that were abused as children. Do you know what they have to say about child pornography and the political actions done about it?

        STOP HIDING THE ABUSE WITH CENSORSHIP. IT DOESN’T STOP THE ABUSE, INSTEAD ACT TO STOP IT. (as an aside, the copyright industry supports the hiding the abuse of children by censorship since then they can start lobbying to censor everything that they don’t like {like piracy}).

      • Gagagigo
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

        Anon-san saying there are no different words for different levels of abuse is simply wrong and ignorant. There are. If I may say that there is simply a difference in language. For instance Inuits(Eskimos) have over 100 words for different types of snow. Most other groups of people have only a handful. I am just saying that in my opinion the word abuse doesn’t fit the situation. And if there currently doesn’t exist words to describe the different level of abusive behavior then people should make some. The situation is not black and white. The world is not black and white. Same with this.

        Also about child pornography. You say that people should stop the cause of the issue. But short of arresting every sexual deviant that exist in this world there is nothing else that can be done. Internet has made it extremely easy for anyone to share such content over the net.

        You can’t really fight it. Police all over the world do raids and arrest big groups of such people. But they will never get them all and the child pornography will be unless all people with such tendencies change. And I don’t see that happening in my lifetime.

        Hogart-san. I am sorry if I came off as being pushy. I rarely go and argue with someone on the internet about something they said.(It usually doesn’t end well x.x ) It’s true that what I was saying were just my opinion but I felt very strongly about it so that is why I may have been a bit too aggressive. I just wanted my point to be as clear as possible. ^^

      • Hogart
        Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:10 am | Permalink

        No worries, I didn’t take offense, I was just worried that it was turning into an Internet slap-fight, like these things usually do once it boils down to opinions. It’s not like I didn’t feel strongly about the subject either..

        Better to end the conversation while it’s still good than pollute Scamp’s blog too much with that sort of thing :)

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 16, 2011 at 1:36 am | Permalink

        Anon-san

        Please, Gagagigo, do us a favour and sign up for the Darwin Awards and win!

        The nickname, as you should have read properly is “Anonymous”. “Anon-san” can be someone else (for example: there is a Mr. Anon in these comment threads from time to time). I would have forgone replying to your comment were it not for this derogatory bullshit you started with, so I feel the need to reply and school you.

        We are not on a first-name basis or the internet equivalent, you should be aware of this. We are also not in Japan, or conversing in Japanese, so take your weaboo shit, and shove it somewhere dark so you can learn some decency. I posted under the name “Anonymous”, this means if you wish to make a serious reply, reply to “Anonymous”, aka, me. Not “Anon-san” or any other madness you might imagine. Someone else could come along and use that name (for example: there’s a Mr. Anon sometimes in these comment threads). Giving someone a nickname is done to mock or joke. Neither of which appear to be your intent. Let us continue the lessons.

        say­ing there are no dif­fer­ent words for dif­fer­ent levels of abuse is simply wrong and ignor­ant. There are.

        Oh? I am wrong and ignorant? There are different words for abuse? So some kinds of abuse are not abuse, but this ‘other word’ you don’t bother mentioning? Oh my. I would ask you to list those ‘other words’, but that’s likely a futile act on my part. Though do feel free to list those words that are not abuse.

        For instance Inuits(Eskimos) have over 100 words for dif­fer­ent types of snow.

        No, they do not. That’s a dumb urban legend. Go spend 2 seconds on Google and you’ll find multiple sites telling you so, quite clearly. The worst part about your uneducated knee-jerk is that this myth is to support your fucking core argument. And barely 2 lines after you call me ignorant. What do they call that again? Oh yes. Irony. INB4 you say I’m wrong and ignorant again, saying I should use another word (and again refusing to name said word) instead of ‘irony’.

        I am just say­ing that in my opin­ion the word abuse doesn’t fit the situ­ation.

        And you’re being told that your opinion doesn’t matter. It’s abuse, period. This is not an opinion like “I like red roses”, it’s a factual statement like “1 + 1 = 2″. Your continued willingness to argue and DEFEND your own bullshit is something I will not take. Sound like a moron once or twice, sure. Evil due to ignorance, while still evil, is easier to forgive than evil for the sake of evil. And calling abuse not abuse is evil. You should have been feeling ashamed. Have you?

        And if there cur­rently doesn’t exist words to describe the dif­fer­ent level of abus­ive beha­vior then people should make some.

        Language does not work that way. Another mark on the irony list.

        The situ­ation is not black and white. The world is not black and white. Same with this.

        Nobody said the opposite, and I totally agree. I was the one to tell you there’s a difference but that they’re still the same. Just to make sure you understand: White and black are 2 shades of grey on the greyscale. So a quite fitting comparison to, say, child rape and negligence are two shades of ABUSE.

        You say that people should stop the cause of the issue.

        No, I quoted the organization that I mentioned. Ever heard of RCP? Read, comprehend, post. Please don’t skip the second step next comment you make. The rest of those 2 paragraphs is utterly irrelevant to the discussion we were having (this due to your lack of reading comprehension), and again you’re missing the point of what was quoted.

        I apologize for my tardiness. You might not read this comment now, resulting in you not learning to be smarter.

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

      Fractale done right

      THAT’S WHAT THIS MAIN CHARACTER REMINDS ME OFF. FUCKING FRACTALE’S MAIN CHARACTER. Just as retardedly careless and happy-go-lucky because the character writers are worse than those on God’s Notepad.

  14. Posted July 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    That last paragraph made my day. Thank you! People disregard everything else about the show just because two lonely kids (“People are warm when they’re alive.” This Nezumi kid was probably surrounded by corpses man) end up holding hands and being friends. Because obviously, that’s just too gay for us.

    OKAY.

    The problem with blogging Penguindrum is that Ikuhara himself will probably forget all that *~symbolism~* in a few years and you’ll never get a true answer ever again.

    • mcm38
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

      It’s not about getting the answer. But all the assumptions and guesses we try to declare as the right answer.

      • Posted July 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

        It’s not about get­ting the answer. But all the assump­tions and guesses we try to declare as the right answer.

        That didn’t go so well for [C] now did it? I love speculation and dissecting themes, that’s why I blogged [C] and it’s funny when you read them and realize how wrong you are. But at the same time, it’s no different from over analyzing books when you were in school. Looking too deeply into things when perhaps the authors themselves didn’t…I think that lessens the overall impact of someone’s creative work. But that’s just my opinion though.

      • mcm38
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

        Well, Penguindrum isn’t all about symbolism, so it isn’t that big of a deal.

  15. karry
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    “If the show can still tell a good story using their rela­tion­ship, why can’t we just appre­ci­ate that?”

    Basically what you’re saying is, if you set a date with Mary, but Gary came instead – its fine too, since he’s a good person. Right ? Sorry, however good a story may be, i cant empathize with pervs.

    • Posted July 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      I don’t understand your reasoning.
      If you set a date with Mary, then Gary won’t be any good, if he came, since you love Mary. But if you set a date with Gary, it’s because you love Gary, right? And then it’s also good. It’s not about if you are a good person or not, it’s about love. And love, I think, transcends gender. You don’t love the thing that’s between the legs, you love the person.
      Also, I don’t want to sound rude, but did you just say that all gays are perverted? Or all people who enjoy same-sex romance are? Because that would be just wrong.

    • DesuSexual
      Posted July 10, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

      Whether you’re saying gays are perverted or that anyone who approves of or enjoys same sex romance in anime are perverted, you’re a complete idiot.

    • Posted July 10, 2011 at 1:18 am | Permalink

      Man reveals his anti-gay bias when he calls gay’s “Pervs” Go to hell.

    • Posted July 10, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      i think if mary found out you turned down gary to go out for drinks or go bowling, she’d dump you for being an insecure OMG-I-CANT-BE-SEEN-WITH-OTHER-MALES-IN-PUBLIC kinda guy.

  16. Posted July 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Dystopian society go!

    I can feel the massive amounts of yaoi fanfiction on the horizon.

    • mcm38
      Posted July 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

      Most anime do. I even saw some realy bold Zoro-Sanji doujinshi pages while searching for Roronoa Zoro images on google. O.O was my expression, when I watched the next episode of One Piece and saw Sanji almost kissing Zoro while all the male nakama were randomly sleeping next to each other. O.O was also the expression of Sanji and Zoro who both woke up and opened their eyes to see their worst nightmares almost coming true. XD

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 12:11 am | Permalink

        Sure does such when you’re trying to find nice pictures of Zenigata, and the entire tag is just sex between him and Lupin… Brrr

      • mcm38
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 12:57 am | Permalink

        You used danbooru, didn’t you?

      • luffyluffy
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 1:08 am | Permalink

        Not even, I was on the #Zenigata tag on Tumblr

  17. Posted July 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    You, sir Scamp, are officially my favorite anime blogger. That last statement of yours should be set in stone for the world to see.

    Frankly, I don’t see No.6 as yaoi (yet) as I don’t see Ro-Kyu-Bu! being a lolicon anime (yet). Both started quite nicely (except for that overly extended service scene in Ro-Kyu-Bu). The response to No.6 is kind of like the aniblogosphere’s response to last season’s Lotte no Omocha!. I honestly think that it was one of the better anime last season despite the shunning of most people. It honestly was more of a tale about familial bonds more than anything.

    Anime is good because it shows stuff that most other forms of media won’t even dare to touch, like same-sex relationships, incest, cynicism, and other dark themes.

    I’m a yuri fan myself, so I think people who don’t even try to watch shows that have a good potential based solely on homophobic fears are quite pitiful. I heard people refusing to watch Madoka becasue of supposedly yuri themes. I feel really sorry for them.

  18. DarkEnergy
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, No. 6 looks promising. I wish it had a different title. No. 6 just sounds… dumb.

    I wonder what the sci-fi version of homosexuality will be. Cyber-fapping? CyborgXAndroid? Holographic sparkles?

  19. Nebulous
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Is male anime fan­dom so [incestphobic] that we have to main­tain con­stance vigil­ance in case you have to bail because two [siblings] looked at each other in the eyes for a bit longer than you are com­fort­able with?

    Naturally, society conditions people to see things in certain ways. The anime fandom; with its amazing attention to the degradation of females as male sex objects in every form seems to have decided that they don’t like BL. Personally, I couldn’t help myself from cringing when I was watching the show, so I’m not sure where that puts me, but I was seriously turned off by OreImo’s incest too (so I hope thats a mitigating factor in my sentence by the PC gods).

  20. G.S
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Agreed, the first episode was solid and attention grabbing. I had high hopes for this series even before watching it, since I’m a big fan of Bones and therefore biased to believe they will deliver something worthwhile. I’m certainly captivated and totally look forward to how the story unfolds.
    I’m with you on the last argument. While I tend to avoid Yaoi works based on fan services, I think a little bromance only adds to a good plot, especially when it’s artistically and meaningfully rendered. There is really nothing wrong with two guys developing a strong friendship. Just because people in modern society are socialized into gender stereotypical roles and therefore expected to exhibit gender appropriate behaviors, we should never assume that the fundamental desire for intimacy and emotional bond is somehow less strong in guys.
    Also, I believe gender is a spectrum, rather than strictly male and female as the social message imposes. Most of us possess multiple qualities that could characterize either gender. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of perception, be a little more open minded is more beneficial than not.

  21. lametta
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    had to think about this when i read the yaoi part:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML_f4PltXi8

    XD

  22. Nop
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Though a lot different, reminded me of Wolf’s Rain *hint, hint*, my all time favorite Bones show that isn’t Darker than Black season one. That one also had a fair amount of man-on-man…well, wolf-on-wolf interaction.

    One thing made me wonder though, and that was the transition between these two kids we got to know this episode and the other two, that idiotic looking albino boy and the stoic looking bishie in the opening. There’s no way they’re the same people, there’s too much difference. Don’t spoil me, whoever who read the novels already, but my theory is either reincarnation, or we get two separate timelines in one show. Possibly the latter two come up after the other two aren’t around anymore.

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      I haven’t read anything of the novels. They’re the same characters. The two boys will be transported in some way to that other world, the one they live in is after all blown up. The physical changes are probably so that the target (read ‘female’) audience has less trouble schlicking over 12 year old boys.

  23. Posted July 10, 2011 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    A few of my anime watching friends complained loudly to me about how, “Gay” the show was. When I watched it and the worst that occurred was some hand-holding, I felt really sad. That’s all it takes for fans to rally the homophobia flag these days? Kind of sad, when in the next breath they’re laughing about schoolgirls groping each other in Yuru Yuri.

    I’m hoping No. 6 ends up being Fractale done right. In both we have a utopia that is revealed to be a dystopia, and a boy who grew up in the system learning the truth. With a bit of luck No. 6 can actually tell a coherent, quality story with it.

    I think though, that I would prefer to see your weekly commentary on Penguindrum, as that show feels like it is going to have a lot going on.

    Also, how the fuck do I get your site to set up an avatar?

    • Posted July 10, 2011 at 1:08 am | Permalink

      Well magically my avatar has appeared without me doing anything. Ignore that last part.

      • mcm38
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 1:24 am | Permalink

        Log in to WordPress if ya wanna change it.

  24. Posted July 10, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Watching dudes kiss is off-putting at a visceral level. It’s like watching fat people kiss. I don’t hate fat people, and you can have a good story with fat people, but watching them kiss? Ewwww.

  25. Someone Else
    Posted July 10, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Gonna watch it, reminded me a lot of Fractale here. Unless the Yaoi thing goes too much. The main guy’s weird personality was very interesting to watch lol. The prisoner wasn’t as interesting though

    • A different someone
      Posted July 10, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      This. Watching the episode, I couldn’t help but make comparisons with Fractale. So far it’s practically a clone of it, at least plot-wise. And Fractale was bad, so I hope No. 6 changes soon, ’cause if it becomes Fractale 2 I’ll be dropping it with the force of a thousand suns.

      • Posted July 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

        Funny everyone is mentioning Fractale, it reminded me more of Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, with the “ministry of peace”, the superstates, and the feeling of being watching all the time with the wristbands and children being educated at a very young age, the castes, and all that stuff. Of course, there is no perpetual war, but still. Also, Fractale was a mess, and this is building up to be awesome. I think.

  26. EveShadow
    Posted July 10, 2011 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Lol I didn’t even think this show was yaoi when I watched it until I read some comments afterwards. I didn’t expect much from this show but the first ep was rather good.

    Also don’t get what you meant by this show being more weighty than Bunny Drop. Bunny Drop seemed heavier to me and the best 1st ep of the season imo.

  27. Anonymous
    Posted July 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    other sci-fi series like it, such as Toward the Terra and Jyu Oh Sei

    So you think No. 6 is shit? Why would you compare it to those shows after 1 episode. That’s just bloody harsh man.

    I par­tic­u­larly liked how clear it was that the main char­ac­ter was more intel­li­gent than the boy from the lower rungs

    With this I think you mean the DEUS EX LOLOLOL-I-CAN-DO-EVERYTHING-BECAUSE-I-SMART-NOW-SIT-STILL-WHILE-I-STITCH-YOUR-SCRATCH-WITH-NO-EXPERIENCE-INSTEAD-OF-JUST-PUTTING-ON-A-WINGED-BANDAID? That child did not do a single intelligent thing in the entire episode. He was nice and was blessed by the writer’s Gary Stu-wand so that he could do anything that they would require.

    oth­er­wise No.6 had the most solid first epis­ode of the sea­son

    You are kidding me, right? You have to be kidding me. It HERP-A-DERPs around, pulls random bullshit out of nowhere to fake intelligence and depth, the animation team decided to turn the main character into a girl in some shots (very obvious just after his day dream, I fucking lol’d at the irony when he called the other kid ‘girly’) and then lastly the overly awkward, out of place and unsubtly forced boy-love scene(s) and why? For fucking fanservice. Hell, feeling temperature by forehead to forehead is in the same boat of stupidly forced BL-OLOL. If they were still straddling during that, they would’ve just straight up been kissing. 4noraisins.

    Now to be clear, I don’t mind BL in anime, but for the love of all that is the internet, get some fucking sense of decency and appropriateness, and learn to build the fucking relation up before plummeting towards LET’S HAVE SEX depths.

    • Posted July 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

      Wow, you must be a big fan of Scamp. You point out every little detail of his writing that even I didn’t mind so much.

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 16, 2011 at 1:46 am | Permalink

        Ask and you shall receive. Scamp wants people to actually comment with something more than “FIRST!” or similar thoughtless reflexes that often appear as mere nodding of the head. Would you not find it annoying, talking to someone who just nods their head and goes “Yeah” every once in a while? Such should not be different on the internet.

        Scamp doesn’t write empty posts (contrast that against Random Curiosity which is mostly just meaningless screenshots + synopsis, some stitched together for a pan-shot), so I’m of the opinion that he should not get empty comments in return. Also, I’m not a fan of announcing to the world that I laughed out loud at a funny Youtube video. It’s just silly.

    • Posted July 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      Wow, the way you’re saying it sounds like a hater. :S You kinda remind me of Aroduc, only that he has some style and stays calm and snarky most of the time (He’s also getting better, he actually admitted that he liked Penguindrum a bit, and that’s a big thing for him if it’s actually a good show.)
      Also:
      “Now to be clear, I don’t mind BL in anime, but for the love of all that is the inter­net, get some fuck­ing sense of decency and appro­pri­ate­ness, and learn to build the fuck­ing rela­tion up before plum­met­ing towards LET’S HAVE SEX depths.”
      What.
      Seriously, what. If you think this is not appropriate, I wonder what you would say to the likes of Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi. Only because two boys are holding hands it’s not appropriate? Would you say the same thing about, like, a fanservice show, or something like that? Or are you always this uptight? I mean, I could accept it if you were, but if you’re not, you would be a total hypocrite. It’s weird, it’s kinda like we were watching different anime here.

      Only a bit curious, what show did you like in this summer season so far the most? If you didn’t like this one?

      • mcm38
        Posted July 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

        I can seriously agree with Anonymous on one thing. BL anime have the tendency to make you feel like they could have sex any moment. Dunno if the same goes for GL anime.

      • Posted July 11, 2011 at 2:12 am | Permalink

        but only because you’re expecting them too. i guess i could expect kyouma and christina to strip and have sex ANY SECOND NOW during steins;gate if im expecting/dreading it, even though everyone else knows it’s not gonna happen (your mileage may vary lol).

        honestly, cool your jets. if they glance at each other they’re not having mind sex. unless you want them to. o_o

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 16, 2011 at 3:33 am | Permalink

        Wow, the way you’re saying it sounds like a hater.

        Fucking internet slang. That aside, can you really blame me for hating on the out of place fanservice? For expecting two guys (the older looking pair at the end of the OP and in the ED and on promotional art) building a relation and falling in love with each other as an alegory for something meaningful in the story? For hating the fact that instead I got two 12 year old kids straddling each other with absolutely no development of feelings or a relationship at all? I am sorry if that offends you, but I was expecting a cool Noitamina show that dipped into homosexual relationships as a part of its characters and maybe story.

        You kinda remind me of Aroduc, only that he has some style and stays calm and snarky most of the time

        Bravo, you can be passive aggressive. I’m impressed. Never heard of or seen that kid though. In case you think otherwise, I’m the only person here that uses this name. There’s only been 1 instance where someone else used ‘Anonymous’ as name. As for ‘staying calm’, I am. Just because I use the word ‘fuck’ doesn’t mean I’m frothing at the mouth with anger. I am a human being, I put emotion in what I write. It is normal to be annoyed at things and still be calm.

        If you think this is not appropriate, I wonder what you would say to the likes of Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi. Only because two boys are holding handsthey put in random fanservice for absolutely no reason with no explanation whatsoever in the show it’s not appropriate?

        Read the first line of the ‘quote’ you made. It’s not the homosexual relationship that’s the problem. I do not hate seeing such topics in the media I consume. I hate the fanservice they put in, it is not appropriate in the show. It does not fit, it is unwarranted, it’s ridiculously out of place! It would be like putting a (few) panty shot(s) in Bunny Drop.

        I will assume you agree that the scene we’re talking about was specifically made to be fanservice, and that in a show which does not need fanservice, nor does it make sense. Again, like Fractale. Frankly, this Shion kid is exactly Clain, maybe a bit girlier, and of course a homosexual (Clain had no sexuality though). Just as bland, simple-going, ignorant and Gary-Stu-grade-plot-armour-wearing as Clain.

        Would you say the same thing about, like, a fanservice show, or some­thing like that?

        I wouldn’t expect something good out of a show that’s mainly aimed to be fanservice. Those shows are fanservice for the sake of fanservice. So having fanservice in those MAKES SENSE, SINCE THAT IS WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THERE. Those shows are often disgusting for other reasons. That Hatsukoi show appears to me to be made mainly for fanservice. So that girls and young women can squee at that umpteenth almost-kiss between the two male leads.

        Or are you always this uptight?

        I’m not uptight, nor was I in my post. I’ll ascribe this to you ignoring the line “I don’t mind BL in anime”. They dropped the ball on what could be an interesting topic of the show.

        It’s weird, it’s kinda like we were watching different anime here.

        We’re not watching different anime, you’re just failing to read properly. Sadly I cannot do anything about that, you have to do that yourself.

        Only a bit curious, what show did you like in this summer season so far the most? If you didn’t like this one?

        First off, I liked the first half of this first episode (have yet to watch episode 2), it showed us the Utopia side of the setting and build up a relation between Shion and Safu (the latter who had more geniune emotion than Shion’s artificial emotions throughout the episode). The second half started with that mystery boy from the start appearing, having mysteriously survived being cornered by men in suits out to kill him (on that note, they ran a lot faster than him, he should never have been able to get away at all), and builds up the setting some more, hinting at the Dystopian part of society. And then fanservice.

        As for the Summer season show I liked most after 1 episode? Too hard to answer. Pretty much all the shows I expected to be good or interesting were mostly that. Croissée, God’s Notepad, Penguindrum, Natsume and Bunny Drop. No. 6 was the only one that failed to meet expectations, or better said, blemished itself.

        @Mcm38, that’s not what I meant. The climax of a romance story/element is something the characters view important and that the show has been building up to (i.e. their first kiss or getting married). If you start with a couple that’s already madly in love where they take turns slobbering their lover’s face clean, then where else to go but sex or marrying? And since it’s fanservice, it has to be titillating, so sex. That wouldn’t be that fun a show to watch, right? Or would at least feel weird.

        @GW_Kimmy, don’t insinuate I think like that. That nonsense didn’t even come to me. Kyouma and Christina suddenly jumping on a bed would also be inappropriate (and also didn’t come up to me until you said it). I mean, they’re rivals that the show badly mashes into a pair with affections for each other. They’re still awkward friends though.

      • Posted July 19, 2011 at 12:08 am | Permalink

        ^ EXACTLY. just because they have a few intimate moments together, hell, even close moments taken out of context, we don’t have to assume they’re banging each other off-screen or will soon be banging each other -___- (i mean, unless you ship them hardcore, but that’s your own prerogative.) moments being close (physically close) =/= ho yay. chillax man. it’s not fanservice, it’s subtext. if you too insecure to handle that, just drop the anime.

  28. fury261
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    I will probably drop it too because of tha yaoi, its one thing to watch some television series with a gay couple in it, but anime tends to go a lil too far with sometimes. Hence the many ecchi shows and the tons of fan-service. Since this show looks like it will have an actual plot im willing to give it a chance since most of the shows were a huge let down and many didnt even come close to sparking an interest.

  29. Lewin
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    I kinda hope the two become a couple as long as romance doesn’t take to much time from the main plot. I think the two would be cute together. (I wouldn’t like a sex scene either because it would be a waste of my time. Sex can advance a plot but sex scenes rarely do that. (And since they are both boys it wouldn’t provide me with fan service.^^) Which reminds me of tales of mu, I found the setting interesting but the constant SM scenes just bored me to death, at some point I started skipping them and then I just dropped the whole thing.)

    Anyway the anime could be interesting. Decent first episode. (But as a bones fan I would watch the first few episodes een if the first one were bad.) The high IQ boy is a bit too carefree, but I will see how his character develops. Setting could interest me but it’s hard to say if the story will be interesting.

  30. Terra
    Posted July 13, 2011 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    I watch anime with my fiance, and while watching this, we where both deeply interested in this first epp, but at the end, we both made the “not sure if gay?” comments. I think we both view it as a bit of a turn off, but not a means to drop the series. And its not out of a homophobia either. Rather, I’m afraid of what the fanbase could do. I was largely impressed with how pure and childlike their relationship was, but you leave it to the droves of raging hormonal females, and it will quickly become polluted. I don’t think the series could carry on long enough to be effected by fanbase clamoring though. Hopefully.

  31. Posted July 13, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I had no problem with the possible twinges of their relationship being more than platonic. It wasn’t shoehorned in, it was gently woven and really could go either way. And either way it goes, I don’t mind if it continues in this vein.
    With that said, No. 6 has more than enough intrigue to keep me watching. It’s the dependable show of the season that likely won’t end up fantastic, but will be a nice solid watch throughout.

  32. Posted July 14, 2011 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Sorry, I skipped the comments, so if anybody has said this already:

    I’m watching No. 6 for the thriller. Not the yaoi. If there’s yaoi, fine, be it. Even if there’s hardcore male sexing, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the plot, I’m fine. But even if it’s just light yaoi, and the plot is undermined – boom. I’m gone.

    If this sounds too harsh, compare: the scene where Nezumi is chased by the men and the ED. Which anime would you prefer, if you watched No. 6 for the thriller?

  33. Posted July 14, 2011 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Attention: Those last two paragraphs have earned you the Gay-Ass Stamp of Approval. Please note: this is a Very Good Thing. Also note: the Gay-Ass Stamp of Approval requires approval of more than one gay-ass blogger.

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 16, 2011 at 3:34 am | Permalink

      You misspelled “Geass”.

  34. smallish
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    I don’t keep up with this blog like I used to, but your last bit about this episode and it’s possible gay subtext made me smile. Thank you!

  35. Posted July 23, 2011 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    I’ll be reading that last section to the homophobic jackass in our anime club when he says he won’t watch No. 6. Pure brilliance. And if you’re ever in the Ann Arbor area, I’ll buy you a beer. Well done.

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