Look who’s risen from the dead~!
Hello everyone, and welcome back to another Beijing’s Picks! This has been a post that I have been wanting to do for a while now, and what better time to get around to it than for LGBTQ+ Pride Month? With all the supportive and fantastic content I have seen this month I am so happy that I am able to contribute to it in my own way.
As I have already stated in some of my previous content, I am a huge yaoi fan. However, what you don’t know, is that I’m also super into yuri couples as well! I know that these works of fiction are not the best representations of homosexual relationships, but shoujos aren’t exactly the best representations of heterosexual relationships either, now are they? At least that’s how I see it. “But Beijing! It’s not the same thing!” No kidding. But that doesn’t mean all are bad. Sure there are a few yuri’s and yaoi’s that do make some serious mistakes, these are usually the popular ones for some reason, but that doesn’t mean that all of them are bad. In fact, there are several animes and mangas that have wonderful homosexual relationships that I completely adore. And here, I will show you that.
However, there are a few rules that you have to keep in mind when reading this list.
The first rule: None of these couples will be from an anime or manga that is catogorized as a yaoi, shounen-ai, yuri, or shoujo-ai. If not that would just be unfair and this is meant to highlight homosexual relationships that shine in a predominantly heterosexual world.
Second rule: The relationship must be canon. As much as I love my non-canon (not calling it fanon, sorry) ships (freaking White Rose for the win!) it wouldn’t really make much sense for me to put them on a post for Pride Month. However, a list of those ships is on my agenda for future a post.
Now, without further delay, let’s get right into it!
(WARNING! WILD SPOILERS AHEAD! PROCEED WITH CAUTION!)
3) Haruka and Michiru from Sailor Moon
Did I watch the whole series through? No.
Did I have to to know that these two are adorable together? No.
Anyone who even has the slightest idea of what anime is knows who Haruka and Michiru are. They are kinda the face of homosexual relationships in anime. Just saying.
Personally, I completely adore the dynamic between these two. Michiru’s refined and traditionally lady-like personality perfectly balances out Haruka’s more tomboyish and teasing one. Not only that but neither one is the obvious “leader”. Neither one just drags the other through life. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, and they make up for each other’s faults. This, to me, is amazingly beautiful.
2) Yuuri and Victor from Yuri!!! On Ice
We were born to ship Victuri~!
How could I make a canon homosexual couples ship list without including Victor and Yuuri? These two are the newest poster children for gay male couples in non-yaoi animes. I seriously don’t know how you walk into the anime community at this point and not know about these two cuties.
It goes without saying what I completely adore about these two, but I’ll say it anyway. These two not only are adorable together but also have such a natural and loving relationship. Which is something that has become increasingly difficult to find in anime across the board. Not only that, but I also really like the way Victor always helps and is there for Yuuri when he is anxious. It’s so sweet and it fills me with warm fuzzy feelings.
1) Touya and Yukito from CLAMP
The beautiful soul pair. The destined star children of CLAMP.
I adore these two beyond what should be humanly possible. They’re cute, sweet, and are perfect for each other in every way possible. Both of them care more about the other than themselves which is so sweet and heartwarming to see. Touya was even willing to give up his only way to see his dead mother and really connect and be able to protect his younger sister for him. That’s trust right there. Furthermore, their compatibility is unbelievable. Yukito is sweet and naive while Touya is playful and protective. I find is so cute when Yukito is eating so much and Touya playfully teases him about it. It’s so adorable!
So many cute relationships! This is great!
I hope that from this blog post you have learned, if you didn’t already know, to appreciate the lovely homosexual relationships found in anime and manga, and have been able to see that these relationships can be just as, if not more, cute as heterosexual relationships. Homosexual relationships in anime and manga tend to get a pretty bad reputation, so I hope this also showed you that there are many great homosexual relationships in anime and manga. Not all of them are badly written smut with a whole lot of noncon and kink.
And with that, I wish you all a great Pride Month. Gay, straight, bi, pan, ace, poly, demi, trans, anything, I spread my love to you all. Love, understanding, and positivity. There is enough violence and hate, we don’t need more of it.
Happy 2017 Pride Month!
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