I've never before heard of a BL anime I could even begin to take seriously before No. 6. It might be because the BL isn't the focus of the series, so it plays out like any other shonen-style show, or maybe because the line that defines the characters as dominant or submissive is constantly challenged and blurred. Once they even challenged it literally - with a fist fight. It was awesome.
That aside, I like the relationship between Shion and Nezumi. It's not cute. It's not fluffy. It's not overflowing with sap. Don't get me wrong, they have one or two moments between them that are genuinely sweet, but for the most part their entire partnership is tense and riddled with arguments stemming from their vastly different backgrounds and goals, neither of which really get resolved. At times it even gets violent. But there's a mutual respect and affection between the two that's interesting to watch. I guess what I'm getting at is that, while far from perfect, their relationship feels very human. And I like that, I like it a lot.
... Which brings me to something else entirely. Just reading YT and DA comments on Shion/Nezumi related works, it really bugs me when people coo over them. I feel like it really cheapens their relationship and reduces it to something that's black and white, which is something it really isn't. People keep forgetting that those kids have issues.
Ahh, well, that isn't really anything new. I've had that problem with fandom for years, so I'm gonna just go with it and ruin the integrity of this post by ending it with an out-of-context screencap.
Yes, Shion. Yes he is.
EDIT: I want to buy the books so baaad, but I can't find them anywhere
. I can find an English translation of the first volume online for free, but I can't find any of the novels up for sale. What's with that? I'm trying to be a good person, here!
EDIT 2: Why didn't I think of Amazon Japan earlier? My life just got made.