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Anime / Legend of the Blue Wolves

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Legend of the Blue Wolves (Aoki Ōkami-tachi no Densetsu), is a 1996 erotic bara hentai OVA produced by Phoenix Entertainment (who also worked on Urotsukidouji and Giant Robo). Critical Mass Video released it under the title Hot Space Cowboys in 2013 (yes, seriously).

Summary (from Anime News Network): In 2199 A.D. overpopulation has forced the human race to adapt to living on other planets. For almost 100 years the human race has thrived and lived happily in their new home. However everything ended the day humans took over Pluto; a new race was discovered known as the apocalypse, a creature that uses the human brain as its source of knowledge, and energy for their own mechanical bodies. Now the humans must fight in order to survive. As a last resort the humans send off trained soldiers in order to reestablish Pluto and get rid of this new threat to mankind.

At the base, lieutenant Jonathan Tyberius and Leonard Schteinberg fall in love after many tragic events, however, the two new lovers are forced to go separate ways because of the dreadful war...


This OVA contains examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: Leonard is transformed into a monster and subjected to this.
  • Asshole Victim: Continental getting castrated by Leonard is a fate he had long coming after raping his own subordinates and Jonathan.
  • Bara Genre: Unlike most yaoi, this was aimed more at gay and bisexual male audiences, so it qualifies. Unlike much bara, however, there is a plot and some serious character development, at least for the Official Couple.
  • Big Bad: Continental serves as the main antagonist of the plot.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Leonard. See Freudian Excuse and Intimate Psychotherapy.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Captain Continental and his subordinates.
  • Dirty Coward: When Leonard threatens Continental with a knife before killing him, Continental drops his intimidating and arrogant persona and turns into a cowardly and terrified wimp fearing for his life, showing that, beneath his authority, Continental is really just a weakling.
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  • Downer Ending: As punishment for his attack on Captain Continental, Leonard is shipped out to the front lines after one night of passion with Jonathan. When Jonathan next sees him, he's become a monster, and Jonathan is forced to kill him.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • Jonathan being forcibly thrown under a shower spray and then being brutally tortured and raped.
    • Leonard is a gorgeous Dark-Skinned Blond and seeing him naked is a treat for the eyes... except for the ending, where he's nude but is now under a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Fat Bastard: Captain Continental, who is morbidly obese and a disgusting human being all-around.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Continental puts on a soft-spoken facade most of the time, but it does nothing to hide his depraved nature.
  • Freudian Excuse: Leonard's Big Brother Instinct is a product of him losing his little brother (who conveniently resembled Jonathan) when he was younger.
  • Gonk: Captain Continental has a face that no mother would love.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Leonard and Jonathan.
  • Groin Attack: Leonard castrates Captain Continental in revenge for his raping Jonathan.
  • Hate Sink: Captain Continental is, without a doubt, the most disgusting, vile and repulsive character to ever appear in a Yaoi title, let alone an anime. He is a sadistic rapist who forces his own men to have sex with him, and spends most of the plot abusing his authority over Jonathan, and then eventually rapes him.
  • Identical Stranger: As said above, Jonathan looks like an older version of Leonard's dead little brother. It's even a plot point since this is what drives Leonard to Jonathan at first.
  • Insane Troll Logic: The Continental is able to get Jonathan in his clutches and rape him by planting an Apocalypse insignia on Jonathan and framing him as a spy. But why would the aliens even need a spy when they can simply extract information from them when they possess them?
    • They can't extract knowledge that their victim doesn't have, and they only have access to infantry soldiers on the battlefield. The idea of the Apocalypse sending a spy makes perfect sense. The Insane Troll Logic is that Jonathan is accused of spying even though he is a completely ordinary soldier who wouldn't know anything that hundreds of possessed humans didn't, and no human has any reason to willingly obey the aliens trying to consume his species.
  • Intimate Psychotherapy: Tender comfort-sex for Jonathan after he is raped, and it helps Leonard get over his "I couldn't save my little brother" angst owing to Jonathan's convenient resemblance. Surprisingly, it's not as forced as other examples...
  • Lack of Empathy: Continental doesn't see his own soldiers as anything other than objects to satisfy his vile, sexual desires, and for him to dominate, and he is more than happy to shout at and physically abuse them if they refuse his advances, all while callously being indifferent to their suffering at his hands.
  • Last Kiss: Jonathan kisses Leonard before the latter dies.
  • Lecherous Licking: Captain Continental licks Jonathan's face shortly before raping him.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: Unlike other yaoi animations, this OVA avoids having any form of Barbie Doll Anatomy or Scenery Censor during the sex scenes.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Jonathan and Leonard are both incredibly handsome men and the story often shows them shirtless in order to show off their muscular, toned bodies, and we get a scene of them near the end having sex together.
    • Deliberately averted with Continental, who is very much the Mr. Fan Disservice for his grotesque appearance and equally grotesque personality.
  • No Ending: There is a Sequel Hook at the end, but since said sequel never came to fruition, it gives a feeling of an incomplete story.
  • Nonindicative Name: The story has nothing to do with legends, or blue wolves.
    • Well, an alternate title for this OVA was "Legend of the Four Horsemen", which is ironic considering the alien race they're fighting is called Apocalypse.
    • The 2013 English release carrying the title of "Hot Space Cowboys" implies something along the lines of Porn Without Plot, which the OVA is far from.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Averted. More so as Jonathan accidentally discovers Leonard's sexuality, but the latter tells him he never forces a partner and won't do the same to him. Quite unfortunately, Jonathan is raped by the Continental not long after this exchange.
  • Obviously Evil: Captain Continental. One can easily tell by his appearance alone what kind of character he is.
  • Porn with Plot: There's quite a bit of detail in the character interaction. It's more of a gay romance anime than true porn, due to this, due to there being an actual plot and it's probably hard to enjoy the 'good' sex scenes right after seeing Continental get castrated.
  • Rape as Drama: Two rape scenes in the anime one where the Continental graphically rapes a random subordinate—maybe to cue the audience of what kind of a person he is. Then through some nefarious scheming he violently rapes Jonathan. Of course, karma get him appropriately with a Groin Attack.
  • Seme: Leonard. Though he inverts a common stereotype inherent within the trope by not being sadistic or a rapist.
    • The Continental, who is a sadist and repeat rapist.
  • The Sociopath: Continental is this in spades. He abuses his position as a military captain to physically abuse and rape male soldiers he finds attractive through means of blackmail and coercion. He shows no remorse for his actions and has no empathy for his victims.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Leonard and Jonathan. Double tragic since Jonathan has to Mercy Kill Leonard in the end.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Subverted with Continental. He is soft spoken until his men refuse to have sex with him, where he becomes aggressive and starts shouting at them.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Jonathan.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Leonard's little brother died like this, despite his efforts.
  • Uke: Jonathan, though more willful and oustpoken than the standard. And not really a Keet, either.
  • Unsexy Sadist: The Continental. Not only is he as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside, but he's also morbidly obese.