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I can’t really think of any anime I’m actually ashamed to say that I’ve enjoyed so I think I may have to skip over this one! *Sorry!* As I’ve carefully selected the anime I have watched so far, there’s nothing I’m ashamed to say I’ve seen yet… Maybe that’s a good thing, though?
I’m ashamed to say that unlike Jess, I had a few too many choices to pick between for this one! Oh boy. Let’s face it though: there’s a lot of great anime out there, and there’s a lot of bad anime too. But, if you don’t watch the bad, then you have nothing to measure the good against, right? Or at least that’s how I justify it…
My pick for this one is a series that I watched because I wanted to find more anime with LGBT+ characters, and of course, ended up in dangerous Yaoi/Yuri/Hentai territory pretty quickly! Feeling lost, I asked for a recommendation from one of my LGBT+ nerd friends, who recommended Gravitation – a 13-part series about a rocky love story between aspiring teen pop star Shuichi Shindou and aloof romance novelist Eiri Yuki, set in the late 90s/early 00s.
So what’s so shameful about it other than the relentless power-pop numbers in frilly pirate shirts? Well, fans may disagree with me here, but I found Shuichi and Yuki’s relationship very problematic, and often borderline emotionally abusive on Yuki’s part! The dynamic of their relationship is Yuki as the older, dominant one and Shuichi as the younger, subservient one, which may work fine in some relationships, but Shuichi’s teenage naivety (this being his first adult relationship) made him very vulnerable and susceptible to Yuki’s hot-and-cold bouts of love and hate.
Shuichi also behaves exactly as stereotypes dictate of someone being domestically abused – wrought with the knowledge that he is in love with someone who constantly hurts him, he cannot help but keep accepting Yuki’s apologies and stay loyal to him no matter how far away he pushes him, or his friends tell him he should leave him. Not a great first impression of an adult non-heterosexual romance in an anime, I have to say.
Despite all of this… I kept watching it. I think I honestly wanted to find out what would happen to these two in the end. If Shuichi would realise how much of a dick Yuki was and leave him; or if Yuki would see the error of his ways and respect Shuichi more. I guess despite all its flaws, it really did make me care enough about these two to see it through to the end.
Honourable Mentions: Inu x Boku SS, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Vampire Knight, High School of the Dead
Now, I’m not actually ashamed of any anime that I watch, and I’ll happily tell you that I watch the good, the crap and the bizarre. However, for the sake of this post, I guess I’ll have to go with… Tokyo Mew Mew.
Tokyo Mew Mew focuses on five girls infused with the DNA of rare animals that gives them special powers and allows them to transform into “Mew Mews.” Led by Ichigo (The one in pink), the girls protect the earth from aliens who wish to “reclaim” it. In their down-time, all five girls work in a cafe, as the owners of the cafe (the two scientists who turned the girls into Mew Mews) use it as a cover to guide the girls during their superhero ventures.
I’m not so much ashamed of liking or watching this anime, but more ashamed of how into it I got. With Cardcaptor Sakura I was always frustrated with the filler, however, with Tokyo Mew Mew I found myself caring a little too much about the romantic subplot. I really wanted Ichigo to get with Masaya, they are meant of each other, GODDAMN IT!
On the other hand, the action is pretty cool, the villains have sympathetic motives, and the humor is hilarious. So, I shouldn’t be ashamed of the anime, just myself for getting way too emotionally invested…
Honorable Mentions: Yu-Gi-Oh!, Bayblade, Spider Riders, Duel Masters, Bakugan Battle Brawlers.
Written by The Cosmic Anvil Team.
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