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I was thinking about this a bit. In terms of anime, we've had plenty of stuff targeted to various different demographics. Not just gender based, but sexuality as well. But there's something that is bugging me a bit: Is there actually any anime that is specifically for the gay homosexual demographic? While there IS Yaoi, this tends to be written by women and largely for women, rather than men.

Something worth noting that there's been plenty of manga over the years targeted towards gay men, as well as visual novels and some games (recent example being Fantastic Boyfriends for cellphones, which I REALLY want to play), but I just for the life of me think of any examples of anime that target towards gay men.

I don't know. Would you guys like to see some of this? For the record, I've largely enjoyed everything out there, but it's more of kinda... wanting something to relate to in a way?

I realize this is probably a controversial topic, but I please ask people to be respectful here. This isn't about a debate if homosexuality is wrong or right, but just a discussion of (or there lack of) the gay demo of Anime.
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There probably is. I don't know what it is.

I guess it's more interesting to ask, what is it that the Gay Male Demographic wants from anime, and what do you want from anime?
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Posted 6/27/16
So Bara then?

Nothing comes to mind anime wise.
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Posted 6/28/16
I think yaoi would definitely suit gay guys. Why wouldn't it?
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Posted 6/28/16 , edited 10/20/16

Scooty-Bby wrote:

I think yaoi would definitely suit gay guys. Why wouldn't it?


There's... an issue with Yaoi. Although I personally don't have a problem with it, largely a lot of times it's that women fetishize gay men into what they want, rather than what most men would be interested in. It's kind of a more effeminate take on homosexual relationships, which is largely not the scale of how our relationships exist. In fact, I believe I read somewhere that women have this misconception of what homosexual relationships are in Japan as a result of this stuff. I do want to stress this doesn't affect every Yaoi out there (and there's some decent one's which can definitely appeal towards both genders), but largely, that's the market they're going for.

Either way, Gay manga (generally under the "bara" genre) tend to be a lot different in terms of how the characters are presented, along with general aspects of a relationship and physical appearance (where MOST Yaoi manga tends to have effeminate looking men, who are slender, long hair, etc., where gay manga tends to be more broad).

Getting back to what I would like to see... Honestly, not sure. What I've seen of Fantastic Boyfriends, I'll admit, is probably something more ideally what I'd like to see. However, doesn't have to quite go that far in terms of presentation, but definitely like what I've seen there.
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Bara is ... kind of a whole world unto itself, to put it mildly.


Scooty-Bby wrote:
I think yaoi would definitely suit gay guys. Why wouldn't it?


Freakishly huge hands.

And, y'know, a whole lot of rape.
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Posted 6/29/16 , edited 6/29/16

rcsatcrunchyroll wrote:

Bara is ... kind of a whole world unto itself, to put it mildly.


True. Very true. I actually kinda wanna read more of this stuff (I've read Priapus and that was... interesting, but not in a bad way), but generally not sure of a good resource of what's out there (other than friend recommendations).



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I think yaoi would definitely suit gay guys. Why wouldn't it?


Freakishly huge hands.

And, y'know, a whole lot of rape.


Although I... liked My Sexual Harassment, the later part of it... was pretty... "corny"....

(I'll see my self out.)

But yeah, that seems to be a common theme from what I've noticed or people have told me.
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Posted 6/29/16 , edited 6/29/16
Try "No. 6". Very little fanservice (or none: it's been a while) and features a homosexual relationship between the two main characters.

To put it in another way, I'm straight, but I still really enjoyed the series.

^ Not going to deal with any SJW who quotes me and reads more into that last sentence than what I tried to convey.
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Posted 6/29/16 , edited 6/29/16
Black Butler is very gay friendly, I'd say... and Free! seemed to be the same; although I didn't watch much of it.
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I remember that a former CR member, who went by the username GayAsianBoy, was very fond of shows like Free! and, if I'm not mistaken, Love Live!. He was a pretty die-hard fanboy of Rin Matsuoka, and often used a gif of a police uniform-clad and dancing Rin as his profile pic. If he is any indication, yaoi and really any show that offers fanservice of male characters are pretty decent candy.

As for the fairly slim variance of male character types in yaoi; I understand. Even as a heterosexual woman, my own preferences in men are often at odds with the model-like bishounen and cutesy doll-types. The primary market of yaoi caters to, and are created by, Japanese women and girls, making them more niche than simply for "women" in general.

I've checked out bara during my more pervy explorations on Google... They may not be as popular as in yaoi, but rape and even child molestation do pop up in bara. The only thing that strikes me as notable, regarding bara, is the character designs. The men are often burly and hairy, in comparison to the more "metro-sexual" and fashionable looks of yaoi men.
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Unfortunately I'm leaning towards no. While manga can be made for fairly cheap, animation is an expensive as shit process, and gay men just don't make up a big enough part of the market to have anime targeting them. Maybe if there were stats suggesting that gay men in jaoan tend to be more inclined to watching anime this may happen, but that is really not likely.
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Scooty-Bby wrote:

I think yaoi would definitely suit gay guys. Why wouldn't it?


The main problem is that the vast majority of yaoi Anime have the typical masculine Seme and female Uke couples combined with a "I'm actually not gay but I'm so in love with you" relationship. There are many yaoi Manga out there which are different but they hardly ever get an Anime adaptation.
And as mentioned in this thread, the difference between male characters designed for women and male characters designed for men.
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Try Doukyuusei, that new anime movie AOA licensed. It is yaoi, but I think it does a pretty good job of depicting a legitimate gay relationship with openly gay characters that acknowledge they are going out with each other.
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Posted 6/30/16
I think there is a show "Super Lovers" this season. I haven't watched it so I don't know if it actually targets that demographic or not but it's worth a try.
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Posted 6/30/16 , edited 6/30/16
Super Lovers! I love that show.
Its not as good to me as Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi.
Gay people can enjoy shows that target straight people.
I mean I am straight and I enjoy fan service harem shows.
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