Thanks to reactions to the first episode of anime No. 6, I did not miss a potentially good sci-fi story (and possible BL too) lol~
Title: NO. 6
Set in the near future, the science fiction takes place in the ideal city “NO.6”.
On the night of his twelfth birthday, Shion (vo. Kaji Yuki) met a beautiful boy called “Nezumi” (vo. Hosaya Yoshimasa) who had escaped from a reformatory. Although the boy was wanted by the Security Bureau, Shion protected him, treated his injuries and gave him food. The next day Nezumi disappeared but left a deep impression in Shion’s heart about questioning the truth behind the city they live in.
Four years later, Shion encounters another mystery of people dying from premature aging and once again begins to question what NO.6 really is.
Based on the novel by Asano Atsuko (あさの あつこ).
Shion: Why did I open the window that stormy night?
Screen shots shown are not in chronological order.
I watched the first episode partly due to the reactions to the BL shown in the episode. To be honest, I don’t think I would really classify that as real BL due to the situation the boys were in at that point in time. However, as you can see in some of the screen shots, I think the animators MAY be trying to pique fujoshi interest and get more viewers for their anime :P It’s more like BL-fanservice if you really want to be delusional ^^;;
A naive and cute Shion, at 12 years old.
When asked why Shion extended help to him, he said he thought Nezumi was a girl and besides being injured, he also looked weak but in truth, he also didn’t know why he did it. Potential premise for BL in the future?
This scene was shown after Nezumi released Shion whom he had pinned down and threatened with a spoon.
And to that, My guess is that for someone like Nezumi who probably had not experienced kindness from others, he would have been very touched by the warmth Shion had shown him. That’s where the hand squeezing occured (and probably where all those homophobic reactions came up). When he said that people who are alive feel warm, my guess is that he escaped from a place where people he cared about die all the time.
As the anime has only begun, there is still so much not revealed about NO.6 and the story. Even if there wasn’t BL, I’ll continue watching it for the plot. I feel sorry for people who dismiss this potentially good anime because of their over-reaction and homophobia.
But for the sake of being a fujoshi, here’s one cute BL-ish shot.
Shion: Ah~ you’re feverish.
Nezumi: Aren’t you getting hot too? (something to that effect XD)
Hosoya Yoshimasa as Nezumi ネズミ
Kaji Yuki as Sion 紫苑
Shindou Kei as Inukashi
Yasuno Kiyono as Safu
Terasoma Masaki as Rikiga
Sakuma Rei as Karan
Miki Shinichiro as Yoming
Morohoshi Sumire as Lili
Official site: http://www.no-6.jp
Update 19 August 2011: 7 Episodes on, yes, I’ve finally decided to officially classify this is as a BL anime on my blog although I was convinced much earlier than this lol~ Please watch it if you haven’t done so yet!