New Anime Trolls ‘Boys’ Love’ Fans With Stupid Art

New Anime Trolls 'Boys' Love' Fans With Stupid Art
Gakuen Handsome

Gakuen Handsome is the wikiHow art of anime. Maybe it’s sincere. Probably, it’s winking at you with an ironic smile. Definitely, it is disorienting and hilarious.

Originally a romantic adventure game, the Gakuen Handsome anime’s first episode aired today on Crunchyroll. It its three and a half minutes, a protagonist who was maybe drawn in Microsoft Paint by me when I was ten transfers to a new high school and then goes home. The entirety of “Episode 1″ is the protagonist Takuya’s unexplained sexual tension with every man he encounters, including his homeroom teacher and childhood friend, while he expresses absolutely no defining characteristics what-so-ever. Literally, he has no face. It is amazing.

New Anime Trolls 'Boys' Love' Fans With Stupid Art
Gakuen Handsome

Gakuen Handsome is a parody of “boys’ love” anime, a trope that often sees a coy male character protagonist pursued by a more aggressive man. After anime featuring platonic friendships between men exploded in popularity, fans’ imaginations went wild, coloring homoerotic undertones into G-rated interactions. Soon, artists caught on, making those undertones less overt. Gakuen Handsome is a parody of “boys’ love” fan service anime, to the extreme.

Introducing Takuya to his new class, his homeroom teacher says, “He’s pretty cute, isn’t he?”

About a minute and a half later, Takuya’s kid sister meets him walking home with a friend. “I bet he made your heart flutter, huh?” Takuya’s sister says.

“Th- that’s ridiculous!” he responds, in classic “boys’ love” form. Ah, yes. What a world.

New Anime Trolls 'Boys' Love' Fans With Stupid Art
Gakuen Handsome

Gakuen Handsome raised a whopping $70,000 on crowdfunding platform Makuake. It is infuriating and hilarious, and if you have a spare 200 seconds, you should watch it.

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