Eroding Sexual Orientation Barriers: Anime Dystopias

Topic started by takashichea on Dec. 16, 2013. Last post by bigz007 9 months, 1 week ago.
Post by takashichea (12,438 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Hey guys and gals, I'm Taka, your neighborhood wiki editor who is somewhat insane. Every time I get a new idea, I need to post it from crap like Moe Mondays: My first Moe Anime, Tamako Market to great stuff like Winter 2012-13 Experiences: Trying Anime & Manga Recommendations and the cultural interviews (An Entire World of Anime Fans! -- THE VICE PIT). I have OCD or something.

After doing a marathon on No. 6 last weekend with my little sister and her friend, I had this idea. My little sister's friend recommended me to watch Shin Sekai Yori back in spring 2013 which was quite similar to No. 6.

Spoilers Alert

Both shows explore homosexuality. The most controversial is having two guys kiss. I learn it's a double standard in America that it's okay for two girls to kiss or have a relationship. Guys and gals get turned on. Well, most parts of the states isn't comfort with lesbians and gays. For the anime community, yuri-esque (I can't find the word for just girls kissing no sex) is more open and allowed than yaoi-esque (just guys kissing). I seen this pattern so many times. It makes No. 6 and Shin Sekai Yori underrated shows because it scares folks, mostly guys. I'm a guy, but I don't know what's the hell wrong with me. I see it, and I go "oh, he's into guys. That's cool."

I was surprised when I hit that episode in Shin Sekai Yori and No. 6. For me, I'm an immigrant, and my culture does allow homosexual relationships but doesn't approve one to publicly show affection for both sexual orientations.

I don't know what my purpose was in this blog. Just ignore me, I'm a crazy guy whose English doesn't make sense even my teammates find me crazy. I guess I just wanted to inform you guys about this pattern in the anime community and that anime dystopias like to bring out the homosexuality surprises.

If you're new to these two shows, here is a quick summary:

Anime Series with Dystopia and Homosexuality Themes

1. No. 6

Sion is a bright teenager living a comfortable and promising life inside No. 6, one of this six remaining city-states created by The Babylon Treaty after the last great war devastated the world. On the rainy evening of his twelfth birthday, he meets a savvy adolescent who calls himself "Nezumi" (Rat) and is desperately trying to runaway from the authorities. For helping a fugitive of the state, Sion is stripped of all his privileges. Four years later, they meet once again. For better or for worse, Sion is about to unravel the secrets guarded deep inside No. 6.

2. Shin Sekai Yori

In the future Japan has become a fractured country, and small towns now exist. The rulers of this world have the cursed power of Telekinesis. When an incident occurs, 5 children come to realize the world is not as it seems, and learn the bloody history behind this world. These 5 children unite and help the world as it falls into a downward spiral of chaos.

Edit:

Oh yeah, I forgot there is a lot of anime series with dystopia themes. Not all of them have homosexual themes. Yeah, I wasn't thinking.

Post by bigz007 (1,093 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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Here is a list of Yaoi or boys love (Shounen-ai) anime and manga

I hope it helps with your research.

Post by AURON570 (572 posts) See mini bio Level 15

It's good to be more open/accepting of other's sexual orientation, that's nothing to feel bad about, but I can understand how traditional values/practices from different cultures passed on in families can create tension. Just remember not to get hung up on something JUST because it is/is not traditional. There are lots of things people did in the past which were traditional, but we now think are horrible (for example burning witches, footbinding).

I did enjoy No. 6 quite a bit! I remember the sound, art, and overall mood of the show being quite good. Characters were fairly memorable, and it didn't try to do too much within its 11 episodes. Now I'm a little more motivated to check out Shin Sekai Yori!

Post by takashichea (12,438 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@AURON570:

Right, I shouldn't get hung up on it. Shin Sekai Yori is more intense with their scenes than No. 6. You will enjoy Shin Sekai Yori. It's scary, bloody at some points, but the characters and their struggles are memorable. All Dystopia themed anime have that shimmering hope when human nature shows its ugliest face.

@bigz007:

Thank you. What, I'm not researching it.

Post by bigz007 (1,093 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@takashichea said:

@bigz007:

Thank you. What, I'm not researching it.

I didn't mean anything by it, it's just an info if you are more interested in that subject.

It's just like when I was researching harem/reverse harem series for comparison even though I'm not that into reverse harem series. I never got to finish that research though.

Post by takashichea (12,438 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@bigz007:

I'm not good at sarcasm or whatever you call it in English. I was fooling with you. Yes, I was interested since I only came across two shows with both Dystopia and homosexual themes. I only posted this blog after finishing No. 6 last weekend. It just reminded me of Shin Sekai Yori. I do appreciate your help.

Speaking of reverse harem, I did a few topics on it: Reverse Harem Archetypes and Reverse Harem based Otome Games: Their Anime/Manga Adaptations.

Post by bigz007 (1,093 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@takashichea: I red it already in Reverse Harem concept page. Good work.

I thought about making a similar list for Ecchi anime/manga but there are just too many of those. It would take me forever.

....you just got me thinking and I got awesome idea for my next blog project. Thanks : )

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