I’m more of a yuri person but finally, yaoi that’s not simple fan service and has some actual substance. Featuring Studio BONES’ offering, No. 6.Set in the future where a reconstruction took place after the war, No. 6 is a utopia where everyone lives in peace. Sion is one of the elite residents of No. 6. One stormy night, he meets Nezumi, an escaped prisoner, and takes him in. This leads to Sion’s degradation to the lower classes. Some years later, the two are re-united when the city gets infested by parasite bees which lay their eggs within humans and eventually kill their hosts. This incident leads Sion to doubt the tranquility within No. 6. He was captured by the authorities but was saved by Nezumi who then takes him in to the West District, a city outside the walls of No. 6. Together, they discover the reality behind the walls of No. 6.
No. 6 is actually more of a shounen ai show than straight-up yaoi so it was more bearable. Plus, the story gave it more substance and more things to discuss than your usual yaoi/shounen ai fare. I don’t know if it’s just me over-reading stuff but the subtle social critique was one of the things that I noticed. The manipulation and abuse of power that people in authority exercise was one of the factors that brought about the conflict in the story. Watching No. 6 actually reminded me of the city in Blood-C where the apparent serenity is actually only skin deep. A utopia is something that can’t possibly exist because a perfect city is simply an ideal. And true enough, the city started to crumble the moment its lies were exposed.
Nezumi and Sion also proved to be quite a pair as they showed us different sides of human nature. On one hand, we have Sion who sees a subject in relation to all those that surround it. Sion is the type of character who does not forget that one is always a part of a whole and therefore, shares a mutual bond with this whole. Nezumi, on the other hand, is Sion’s polar opposite. He is driven by survival and his views center solely on himself. In a sense, we have a yin and a yang; a selfless and a selfish individual.
The ending is a double-edged sword. On one side, it’s happy. But then again, it’s also bittersweet. Going into details would be providing spoilers so I won’t go into that. ^^ In a nutshell, No. 6’s eleven episodes not only gave its audience some wonderful eye candy but also a lot of things to think about.