Does No 6 Have Romance

The Art of a 16 year oldAn ecoterrorist plot to wipe out the entirety of the supposedly idyllic city of No. 6 is at the center of this action/adventure anime from Studio Bones, but the 2011 dystopia holds something much more than gunfights and government secrets. No. 6 also tells the story of Rat and Shion, boys from both outside and inside the city walls, and how they fall in love in their fight against a corrupted supreme authority. While some same-gender relationships in anime have aged poorly, the relationship between Rat and Shion remains an example of a relationship done right even in the midst of their struggle to survive. Through carefully building a romance that centers on mutual respect, support and understanding, all within the framework of a dystopian society and the fight against it, No. 6 proves it is possible to have LGBTQ representation in any sort of story, and continues to be one of the best examples of m/m romance in anime today.

39; trope where one or both of the LGBTQ characters die by the end of the show.

Senku and Taiju - Dr Stone - STLA number of factors lead to why Rat and Shion are so important, the first being how their relationship is developed and portrayed. Their relationship grows gradually and without any fuss over their gender; their compatibility is the most important factor. Rat or Shion could have been replaced by a female character and the plot would have remained just the same, and their sexuality is not the focus of the anime because there is a whole different story to tell. While all positive LGBTQ representation is naturally welcome, the significance of LGBTQ characters casually existing and falling in love in an action/adventure story cannot be overstated in an industry plagued with harmful stereotypes. Not only do Rat and Shion fall in love, but both also make it out alive, escaping the dreaded 'bury your gays' trope where one or both of the LGBTQ characters die by the end of the show. The fact that Shion and Nezumi are the stars of an action-packed dystopia both survive the ordeal -- even with some dicey moments -- makes No. 6 special all on its own. However, digging further into the characters themselves turns up more pleasant surprises. Many anime with m/m relationships lead to the creation of a dominant and submissive character in the romance, where the submissive character is often given traditional 'feminine' traits such as being physically smaller or more delicate in appearance and demeanor.

Shion cares deeply for the people around him, can be naive and is quicker to get flustered.

While Rat is taller than Shion and comes across as more brusque and 'masculine' than Shion's more docile and caring nature, he is also the one who dresses as a woman to sing on stage to secure income; a fact that Shion never uses to degrade him, and which he defends against anyone who tries to take it the wrong way. Rat's enjoyment of Shakespeare hearkens his career back to when Shakespearean actors would take on female roles due to women not being allowed on stage, giving his work not only a purpose but a concrete reason other than a need for him to be feminized. Rat and Shion do not fall into any specified gender roles in their relationship, while still being allowed differing personalities. Rat is hardened by the world, good with a gun and adept at surviving a harsh society. Shion cares deeply for the people around him, can be naive and is quicker to get flustered. However, Rat is the one who knows how to dance and fills his home with books, while Shion makes plans to save the entirety of society using his skills in ecology. The two have obvious differences in their personalities, yet neither is more traditionally masculine or feminine. Furthermore, both of them pursue each other romantically, falling in love with each other rather than one finally giving into the other's feelings in a show of succumbing. The amount the two argue over their different ideals also makes them equal in their ability to speak their minds, neither afraid to be heard. They eventually reach a place of promising to always be honest with each other, and their relationship grows deeper after this.

39;s home fall away into sunlit ruins as they dance in a lengthy romantic scene.

The development of the romance itself is likewise incredibly important to how Rat and Shion matter in terms of representation. Although their adventure begins with the idea that debts have been repaid -- Shion having sheltered Rat when they were children and Rat rescuing him from being arrested for conspiracy -- the two don't part afterward. Instead, Rat continues to shelter Shion outside the safety of No. 6 while Shion plans to save the city from a parasite that threatens to kill everyone he loves. During their time together, they grow closer as they open up about their lives and feelings and grow used to cohabitating. The romance moves slowly since it is also wrapped around an action/adventure plot, but once in place, there is no doubting that the attraction is mutual. Rat initiates many small yet tender touches, later pulling Shion into a waltz where the walls of Rat's home fall away into sunlit ruins as they dance in a lengthy romantic scene. Shion is the one to initiate the first meaningful but chaste kiss, and Rat kisses him again later to say goodbye. Where some anime couples that seem to have all the romantic feelings but no gestures that would solidify them as a loving couple, there is no doubt that Shion and Rat are attracted to each other. In the end, Rat and Shion are a couple that makes each other better.

As Shion says, "If I never met you, I never would have realized what kind of person I am. " They influence and change each other, equals in life and in love, with a romance filled with mutual support and respect. Although Rat decides to leave at the end of the story, knowing he needs time to himself to adjust to returning to the society of No. 6, he promises to return. While it would have been nice to see that return evenuate, this does not change how important Rat and Shion are to LGBTQ representation in anime, proving that same-gender relationships can be at the heart of a show that is not focused on romance, but rather uses it to support the overarching plot and help characters grow and change for the better. Even after 10 years, No. 6 is still one of the best examples of m/m relationships in anime, avoiding the worst of the usual tropes while telling the story of Rat and Shion's love with the care and respect that every LGBTQ narrative deserves. No.6 is not currently available on any streaming sites. The original light novels on which the story is based and the manga series are available to purchase at most book retailers.

Mia described her as someone who can confidently express her thoughts and feelings.

Scott Shelly ( Hangul:셸리 ) is one of the female protagonists in the webtoon. She begins a one-sided relationship with Jay at the start of the series but as the story progress they have a mutual crush on each other and as of chapter 378 they are in a relationship. Shelly is the only female member of the Humming Bird Crew. Because she stayed at England before coming to Korea her personality is perceived as very headstrong. She does not like it when people talk badly about her friends, especially Jay. Shelly also has a lot of stamina and strength, she can keep up with the group's pace when racing and can actually send people flying with her punch (Although that may be for comedic reasons) but never got into the street fights with the guys of the crew. When she was hit on in her first appearance on the series she refused with a lot of sass. Mia described her as someone who can confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Although her words are harsh, it is because she never sugar coated her words with her friends. And with Jay, Shelly is very clingy and flirtatious. She has very foreign features: pale skin, her eyes actually look more mint green in color than blue, blond wavy hair. It is known later in the series that she has a tattoo in the side of her arm near the wrist that reads out "temet nosce" or "Know Thyself". At school she wears her uniform usually without the red vest and both wears the skirt and pants.

Jay saw what happened and chased the thieves to get her purse back.

She is often seen wearing high-end brand clothing, but also occasionally wearing street wear and tomboyish clothes. When riding her bike, she usually wears a jacket and helmet with the same color as her eyes or the Hummingbird crew's hood. She is tall, with long thin legs, a small waist and a bigger bust. Not much is known about Shelly, but it is established that she is from England and she requested to transfer to Sunny High School because of Jay. It was told in an early episode (Ep. 27) that she will be in Korea for one semester. Shelly is the granddaughter of Sunny High School's principal, Nick. When Shelly was a kid, she didn't want to get married and promised Nick that she will just live with him forever, which caused Nick to think that Shelly is not interested to guys until she got interested in Jay. That also caused the over protectiveness of her grandfather. Jay saw what happened and chased the thieves to get her purse back. She refused on taking him to the hospital but Jay refused. She picked up his student ID that had fallen to the ground and, motivated by her encounter with Jay, called her grandfather, asking him to let her attend Sunny High School. Her second meeting with Jay was in their classroom. She kissed him out of the blue and the gossip that Shelly and Jay were in a relationship quickly spread around the school.

39;s birthday was near and planned to celebrate it.

When Jay, Dom and Minu got suspended, Shelly visited them and scolded Dom and Minu badly about how Jay got caught with their actions. Jay got pissed and told her to screw off, she ended up crying and running away. When Jay was about to say sorry, he got a pink rose from Minu, saying that he should give it to her. He couldn't and Shelly went on saying that she'll forgive him if he became her boyfriend for a week and Jay agreed. She joined Hummingbird as the only female on the team, she continued to flirt with Jay and when Jay was teaching Mia how to ride a bike, she kept on intervening and wanting him to teach her even though she knows how. On a special episode, Shelly was seen riding a bike in Jay's neighborhood. Minu and Kay noticed her, Kay was thinking of who might Shelly go out with and ended up being shocked that it was his brother. In the last scene, Jay and Shelly are resting after riding their bike together, and she comments that Jay suits biking more than studying. The Preliminaries for the League of Street has started, only Dom and Jay were able to race at the first two rounds. After that, they found out that Jay's birthday was near and planned to celebrate it. She didn't showed up at school on his birthday because she was the one who prepared the gift that they got for him.

When the boys with the worried June except Jay planned to give Jay a strong alcoholic drink, they didn't expect Shelly to drink it, thinking it was juice. They are dumb-founded and later on, a drunk Shelly came closer to Jay and told her how she was hurt by his actions and proceeding to kiss him the second time. They pulled Shelly of Jay who was already littered with kiss marks. Mia was the one who brought Shelly home, when she was sober enough, Mia asked her if she liked Jay which she answered yes. Mia told her how she envied her for being able to confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Shelly answered that she doesn't understand Mia's concern and told her an advice to start believing in herself more and learning to love herself. This pushed Mia to contact the modeling agency that reached out to her. Before the race, Shelly was being hit on by a member of the Bullet Crew who will be racing against them. The glasses guy kept on hitting on her even when she's denying him. Vinny came to her rescue and punched the guy when he didn't stop.

That led to the glasses guy to take drugs to have a revenge against the Hummingbird Crew. Shelly took the lead until he passes the baton to June. As the race ended, she tried to kiss Jay in his sleep but he moved and she wasn't able to do so. She also took the test with Minu and Dom since, in a sense, she is still a student at Sunny High. When Mia was modeling, a bunch of girls kept on talking about her, gossiping about Mia like dating an old guy or having a sugar daddy to be able to model. Shelly obviously tried to help her. Yuna and Shelly later on went to Mia's house in hopes that they could get her to come to school. On the way riding a bus, a guy came up on her behind and was hitting on her, she shut him down while cursing, very contrasting of her appearance. When Yuna, Mia and Shelly were talking at the park near Mia's house, Shelly started saying something harsh to Mia, although it is a way to actually let Mia see what's happening beyond her room which she choose to lock herself with. Yuna reprimanded Shelly, saying she was too harsh and Mia broke down but then was silent at what Shelly said. After that talk, the three of them came at Heri's bike shop so that Mia can say thank you.


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