Nanashi no Asterism: On How to Write a Gay Series Without the Gay

I wanted to like Nanashi no Asterism. A lot. It had cute art, a fun cast of characters, and a likeable charm to it. I wasn’t expecting it to be high art or anything of the sort, but I was hoping for a fun little Yuri manga.

Those hopes were, regrettably, shattered.

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Fatalism, Love, and Death: Just Like This, Until The World Ends

Warning: The Following article covers a series depicting self-harm and suicidal ideation.

While I consider myself an optimist, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy fatalism at times.

As my love of Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō might suggest, I quite enjoy stories about people accepting and going along with the inevitable, choosing to make the most of what they have left. So it should come as no surprise that I fell in love with Just Like This, Until The World Ends, a one-off Yuri manga about the end of the world.

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Bodacious Gay, I Mean Space, Pirates

As gay as anime might seem from the outside looking in, the medium has serious problems with LGBTQ representation.

I could write an entire article on the issues with lesbian subtext in anime (and probably will at some point). Very few characters are full-on gay for each other, and oftentimes shows will simply hint at the possibility of characters liking one another, without actually having the character be in a relationship. The end result being that while many shows have lesbian subtext, few outside of full-on yuri anime will feature lesbian characters in an active relationship.

Which is why it was nice to see actual, unquestionable lesbian characters in Bodacious Space Pirates.

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