Remember when I did my How Fast to BL post? As I said there:
Of course, when I say ‘instant BL’ I mean ‘Day suddenly decided that two characters could be slashed and it’d be awesome.’ So not exactly anything concrete here, don’t get too excited. However, it made me wonder – how long does it take me to see BL in, well, anything?
So, here we are, and we’re a few weeks into the new season. I’ve been diligently logging when BL occurs to me for the first time in any show. Thus far, my BL-infested brain has actually proven to be less deranged than I had supposed it was, as I’ve got a very low total going at the moment. On the other hand, the things that I have seen it in have been very… odd.
For reference, here are the shows I am currently following (including shows carried over from the previous season):
- Hetalia: World Series
- Otome Youkai Zakuro
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
- Star Driver
- Togainu no Chi
- Yosuga no Sora
- Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional
I won’t be mentioning Togainu no Chi, since it is classified as BL, or P&S w/G since the third episode is pretty explicit that the creators intend us to view Garterbelt’s actions toward Brief as being gay. So reading both things as BL-ish or yaoi-ish wouldn’t really say anything about how totally depraved I am how my mind works. And Hetalia has been homoerotic basically since the word ‘go’, so it likewise won’t earn a mention.
So, without further ado:
To re-state from the first post, the first moment I noticed anything was during one of Muroi and Ozaki’s conversations, this particular one in episode seven. While I wasn’t really terribly sold on the Natsuno/Tohru thing at that time, I think their relationship’s BL potential has since vastly overwhelmed anything to do with Muroi and Ozaki. Episodes eleven and twelve in particular have pretty much sent the BL quotient for Natsuno/Tohru over the moon, especially the scene with Natsuno suggesting that the two run away from Sotoba and Tatsumi together. Actually, that scene was pretty heartbreaking. We’ll have to wait to see if there’s any chance for more blatant BL in this case, though, as Natsuno dies for real in the original novels whereas he goes all vampire in the manga adaptation of those same novels. (Interestingly enough, that the light novels and manga diverge on several things has been cause for people to get all upset that the anime changed something from the manga – when the anime is actually going by the original source material itself! But there’s been enough from both that Natsuno’s fate remains uncertain for now.)
How Fast to BL?: 7 episodes
Uh… actually, I haven’t picked up on any potential BL here yet, strangely enough. I’ve seen a few people say they read some into Takuto and Sugata’s interactions, but I’m just not seeing it.
How Fast to BL?: Not there yet.
Yumeiro Patissiere SP Professional
Ahem. Yeah. Definitely the most embarrassing/disturbing one on the list.
So, here it is, the first freaking episode, and all the kiddies are gathered up in Henri-sensei’s shopping arcade thing. Henri-sensei tells them their task – to create and run a pastry place together. Everyone is all, “Whaaaa???!!!” and Johnny, the token stereotyped American, leaps up and gets all up in Henri-sensei’s grill since he’s mad because he doesn’t want to work with the others. Suddenly, that depraved portion of my brain went, “Hey! Look how close he is! And how angry he is!” Oh, yeah, ’cause nothing says “awesome” apparently quite like pairing off a sixteen year old and an ambiguously-aged (but clearly adult) asshole. Good job on that one, Day.
Meanwhile, YumePati thought it’d totally nuke my preferred BL ship by giving a larger role to a background character from the first season. Gee, thanks.
How Fast to BL?: 1 episode
So I actually really haven’t seen all that much this season which makes me start slashing characters immediately. I’m actually about the check out Fortune Arterial, though, because although it looks awful and generic, someone said something about there being some tiny BL vibes floating around. Newsflash!: I am a loser.
Anyway, updates whenever I notice anything in any of the shows that I haven’t had any inkling in yet.