Twelve-year old Aoyagi Ritsuka is left with his insane mother as his only family when his brother, Seimei, is killed suddenly. After moving to a new school, he meets Agatsuma Soubi, who claims to have known his brother. Ritsuka eventually discovers that Soubi and Seimei used to be a fighting pair, whereby Soubi was the "Fighter" and Seimei was the "Sacrifice". Now that Seimei is gone, Ritsuka has inherited Soubi, who will become his "Fighter". After learning that Seimei was killed by an organisation known as the "Seven Moons", Ritsuka decides to investigate into his brother’s death, with the sometimes useless help of Soubi, along the way.
Loveless has been called a “boylove anime” and by Western standards it is, of course. What else can a series that circles around the love affair between a 12-yearold and a 20-yearold be called? If in doubt, the series itself will provide you with the necessary clues. Like for example when Soubi’s jealous ex-boyfriend accuses him of having a “Lolita complex” because of his obsession with Ritsuka.
At the same time it should not be called a “boylove anime”. This anime is made for TV by a big production company. The aim is to earn money. And how do you earn money? By attracting a lot of people. And a lot of people are apparently attracted to the love between Ritsuka and Soubi. In the West, we call that boylove. In Japan, they call it sweet.
This text is a short excerpt from an article about Loveless in the first issue of the Destroyer Journal. You can order it at I Love Mags if you want to read the full story. A review can be also found here.