One dark and stormy night, Hiroki Imanishi lept in front of a car, saving one young girl's life -- and ending his own. Upon leaving his body, Hiroki discovered that he was not alone, being joined by Fhalhei the evil spirit, a being that loves Hiroki and wants him for her own. What's worse is that Hiroki's body seems to be inhabited by a new spirit! Can the real Hiroki and his companion Kanata Tokino get to the bottom of this mystery before Hiroki loses his life for good?
When nobleman and gypsy-born Serge Batouille arrived at Laconblade Academy, he had no idea his life would change forever. Upon arriving, he is roomed with the sexually-voracious and flirtatious Gilbert Cocteau, which ensures that life at the prestigious school will dole out more complications and confrontations than either boy has dealt with in the past. Together, these two young men brave love, growth, and the pain of youth, all while growing closer together than anyone would have thought...
Both Song of Wind and Trees and Ryokunohara Labyrinth are yaoi anime that are rather confusing. While Song of Wind and Trees is confusing because it is an anime made for the fans of the manga (and almost impossible to understand if you have not read it) Ryokunohara is just plain confusing.
The characters designs are rather similar, and both have that 'old school yaoi' feeling in characterization, animation and overall feel. If you are a yaoi fan, both shows are a must-see if only for the history of the genre.
Ryokunohara Labyrinth and Kaze to Ki no Uta are very akin. Not only do they share the same old school look as they both approach a shounen-ai thematic with great delicacy. Even the main characters share a certain affinity, if only in visual terms. With this said, it should be taken into account that Ryokunohara Labyrinth features a very sweet love story that is more hinted at than overt while Kaze to Ki no Uta is filled with angst, sorrow and twisted affections that make for a very rocky relationship.
High school life is good for Morifuji Shizuka. With good grades, popularity and a fair share of friends, he is not to be left wanting -- except for one thing. Although the all-important finals are around the corner, the one thing on Shizuka’s mind is his classmate, Ichitaro Sakura. But is this attraction real love, or simply something physical? And what will the innocent-minded Sakura think of another boy having feelings for him?
Cute shounen-ai fluff is at the heart of Lesson XX and Ryokunohara Labyrinth. Both focus on the growing relationship between two boys, Lesson XX taking more into account a romantic approach while Ryokunohara Labyrinth leaves the precise nature of the relationship to the imagination of the viewer. Lesson XX is a slice of life production through and through with some angst, Ryokunohara Labyrinth has a fantasy element and some disorientating moments.
As the school term draws to a close, Koutarou Makimura vows to confess his love to Kaho Serizawa, the most beautiful girl in school. However, on the way home, he accidentally fondles a time traveler named Ligene, causing her to strike him recklessly over the head with an hourglass. When Koutarou wakes up, he discovers that summer has been and gone and that Kaho has tragically died. Now, with Ligene's help, he must leap through time and change the events of summer in order to save Kaho from her fate.
"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.
At first glance this recommendation may seem baseless. Lain is known for its highly intellectual approach to questions of identity and the role of technology in human evolution while Ryokunohara Labyrinth seems like a mix of fantasy and yaoi fluff. However, both titles have extremely surreal moments that defy a typical narrative frame and more importantly, in both cases there is a duplication of personality coupled with a perplexing separation between body and mind. Granted, this issue is treated in a more mature manner in Lain but RL is not without its merits in approaching a rather bizarre phenomenon of the psychological kind.