Articles Posted in the " Anime " Category

  • Love Stage!! 1×4 Review: But I Do Like You

    This week’s episode took a weird turn for the meta with Izumi repeatedly making references to being a “BL (Boys Love/Shonen Ai) Character” and warning to not “underestimate an otaku.”  This genre self awareness was hilariously awkward and I wanted to reach through the screen and gently remind him that yes, sorry to break it […]


  • Love Stage!! 1×3 Review: If It Had Only Been A Dream

    Love Stage!! keeps getting better and better with each episode.  Unfortunately, this episode did fall into one of the tropes that’s so prevalent throughout the yaoi and shonen-ai genres with the introduction of a scene that stands precariously on the corner of non-consensual and dubiously-consensual.  It’s a trope I try very hard to avoid, but […]


  • Women of SAO: Strong, Sassy, and Sweet

    The portrayal of women in anime is a complex issue revolving around concepts of gender identity, sexuality, and culture. Some shows have female characters that are hyper-sexualized, while in others, they are portrayed as small and childish. Realism in physical features is rarely a priority in anime, but realism in characteristics and personality can take […]


  • The Legend of Korra 3×8 Review: The Terror Within

    This week’s episode of The Legend of Korra: Change finally showed Zaheer’s team battling it out with the good guys to take possession of an unconscious Korra. The episode also made the audience question their trust in some of the characters. ‘The Terror Within’ opened with Korra and Bolin sparring with Suyin’s twin sons. I […]



  • Love Stage!! 1×02 Review: Because I Was Able to Meet You

    While the first episode set up the premise, the second episode seems to be setting up the tone of the series. We know who are characters are, what they’re doing, and why they are in the positions that they’re in, but now we’re getting deeper glimpses at who they actually are. We’re also to the […]


  • Love Stage!! 1×01 Review: The Door to My Dreams

    While I’ve been making it my personal mission to find the best Yaoi and Shonen-ai out there, I was recommended a brand new show that just started last week. Unlike the other shows, which I’ve been binge watching over the course of a few days, this one is coming out at a maddeningly slow pace […]


  • Yaoi Recommendations (Part 3) – Mature Content Anime & Manga

    Fake (Anime OVA & Manga) This was the first explicit Yaoi I’d ever read. When I started lending this series to friends in high school I became known as the ‘Yaoi Dealer,’ which is a title I was pretty proud of. As I went to a pretty conservative school, it was a risky game, but […]



  • Yaoi Recommendations (Part 2) – More Non-explicit Series

    I’m going to be posting recommendations in groups of three in clusters that share similar themes or ratings. This second group is all non-explicit series, which can be categorized as “boys love” (BL) or shonen-ai as opposed to explicit yaoi with mature content.  These particular selections are also grouped together because they all involve magical […]