Boyfriends you can really get a taste for!

I’ll never forget that moment, stripping him of all that covered him and leaving him bare and exposed. My breath hitched in my throat as I caught a whiff of his scent. I couldn’t hold back any longer. I opened my mouth and put all of him inside and began chewing.
Disclaimer: This isn’t some kind of sadistic smut story! Honest!
It’s actually a relevent bunch of sentences, because I’m going to tell you about something that is both wonderful and completely weird.

Gum boyfriends.

Yup, you read that right. Gum boyfriends.
A new sales tactic developed by chewing gum manufacturers in Japan which sees certain gum brands given a human persona in the form of a hot high school guy. No complaints here!
Chewing gum sales in Japan have dropped in the recent years and companies are blaming it on the increased usage of smart phones by citizens. Gosh darn technology! Distracting us all from the once-loved past time of paying attention when we chewed gum! They hope to raise interest by using the characters to advertise and promote their gum.
(I think this is the most I have ever said ‘gum’…)

~ For Black Black we have cool Shigeki Black-senpai
~ For Acuo we have boy-next-door Seiryo Acuo
~ For GreenGum we have megane Shinryoku Gren
~ For Xylitol we have flirtly Shirakaba Xylit-senpai
~ Finally, for Fit’s we have cutie Yawaraka Fits

Honestly, I can’t do it justice! Have a look at the article on AnimeNewsNetwork, watch the promotional videos and bask in the wonderment that is Gum Kare!

…Is it wrong to enjoy this?

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A murder most DRAMAtical

It’s finally here, people! What’s finally here, you may ask. Well, y’all better listen up because the first episode of the anime adaptation of DRAMAtical Murder has aired!

The main character, Aboba Seragaki. He's quite a sweetie!

The main character, Aboba Seragaki. He’s quite a sweetie!

What is DRAMAtical Murder some of you might ask, and why do you spell it that way? Well, to answer the second question, I don’t really know – I saw it typed that way a few times and so assumed it was the proper way to type it. Now for the first question, DRAMAtical Murder is a BL (Boy’s love) visual novel from the company Nitro+ Chiral, who also made Lamento: Beyond the Void, Sweet Pool and Togainu No Chi – which also got an anime. The story follows Aoba Seragaki, a youth who enjoys living his simple, peaceful life until he gets accidentally caught up in a popular virtual reality fighting simulator known as ‘Rhyme’ and everything changes for him.
Trust me, it’s a lot more interesting and in-depth than I make it sound!
Naturally, as in any visual novel you follow certain routes for each character and the story changes and develops for whoever you get. Each route has a good end and a bad end, and I must give praise to DRAMAtical Murder for it’s bad endings! They really punch your heart!

The gang's all here! Starting from Aoba's left: Kojaku, Mink, Noiz and Clear.

The gang’s all here! Starting from Aoba’s left: Kojaku, Mink, Noiz and Clear.

As I mentioned before, another one of Nitro+ Chiral’s games got an anime; the bloody, darker Togainu no Chi. Sadly, the anime didn’t really work out near the end, with the story ending kinda abruptly. I think it would have been better if they had decided on one character’s ending for the conclusion…
Now while I haven’t played either game (I’ve only watched videos on Youtube, like the cool kids do) I did just watch the first episode of the DRAMAtical Murder anime, and I must say it was pretty darn good! The animation was nice, Aoba seems to be a fine leading character and while certain plot points were brought up and some left unexplained I’m certain they’ll be explained later in the series.

So, if BL’s your thing, and if you’re a DRAMAtical Murder fan or not, check out the anime! Although, watch out for Aoba’s fashion sense. While I love the guy, I have never had such a love/hate relationship with someone’s outfit!

It’s all in the glasses…

He's so fab-u-lous!!!

He’s so fab-u-lous!!!

Is it just me, or is the most charming thing about Rei Ryugazaki from Free! his glasses? Don’t get me wrong, I love Rei-chan, but I find his glasses just so…alluring! Maybe it’s because of the colour contrast? Rei’s colours seem to be purple and blue (his main is purple, after all!) but his glasses are red! Such an effective technique!

I’ve always had a weakness for glasses, I don’t always go for the ‘glasses’ character, but if I see a character I already liked in glasses then it’s like ‘woah’! I call it SSF – ‘Specific Spectacal Fetish’.

In my opinion, the beautiful Grell is nothing without his red specs!

In my opinion, the beautiful Grell is nothing without his red specs!

‘Glasses’ are a staple for any series aiming for that moe factor! But they also provide so much more! They can make a character’s expression sinister if the light is reflected off them, hide revealing eyes, or just make someone cuter/cooler!

Boy character’s that wear glasses are known as ‘megane’ (I believe) and girl characters are ‘Meganekko’. They are normally sweet, quiet, gentle and smart, or the cool, intellectual type – although more characters are starting to break out of this troupe! I’ve noticed that ‘glasses’ boys are mainly used as ‘fetish tools’ (that sounds really harsh! XD) in otome and boy’s love media. Girls, we just can’t win! >_<