Though I prefer Yuri.

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This is my first journey through the “100 Days of Anime” Challenge, an ambitious project that I’ll be taking. For the full list of prompts, click here.

“What’s your favorite yaoi anime?”

I didn’t even think about it as a genre ’til now, but apparently this is a thing. I can’t really think of any shows under my belt that’d be considered yaoi, but I have run into many yaoi ships. I’m usually not on board with these ships. Light and L from Death Note for one is popular but absurd, and frankly, I’m not following. There is one show that comes to mind when I think “Bromances that may be taking it too far”.

And this ain’t no bro-touch.

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Though the entire subplot for Seraph of the End revolves around reuniting with an old friend, it took a stranger turn for me when they finally do meet. Vampires are cool. Our somewhat overpowered MC, Yuuichirou wants to free his friend from his vampire overlords. That’s touching. But towards the end during the warehouse scene, the surrounding conflict dies down and we’re left with the two of them alone, struggling to keep warm. The colors, the music, and their situation gives off a somber mood. Our vampire friend, Mikaela desperately needs blood. We all know where this is going. But when the moment happens, it’s like the homo-eroticism was dialed up to a hundred. One moment-framed like the final kiss in a romance series. You hear that?

That’s the sound of a thousand pencils getting to work.

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It gave me the same vibes Toradora’s snow scene did, albeit, a bit more awkward. I’m usually quite composed when is comes to weird anime scenes. Yet in the middle it all, I couldn’t help laughing at the sheer awkwardness of it all. Hell, there’s more skinship between these two than most romcoms. It’s a scene that holds more (b)romance than Yuiichirou’s entire time with the main heroine. But in the end, I’m pretty sure the original animators were shipping them together anyway.

Shinoa never stood a chance.