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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).

In the 22nd century, Earth's space exploration has expanded to the far reaches of the Solar System. Upon exploring Pluto, however, mankind comes in contact with a hostile species of aliens known as the Apocalypse. With the ability of capturing humans and forcibly assimilating them into their own bodies, the Apocalypse proves to be the greatest threat Earth has ever seen. But as humans are on the losing side of the war, Earth's forces are desperate to fight and survive by any means.

Jonathan Tyberius is a soldier of Earth's forces who volunteers to go to the front lines and face off against the Apocalypse in battle. But Jonathan didn't volunteer just to fight; he is looking for Leonard Schteinberg, a close comrade and his former lover who went MIA. But the road that led Jonathan to this moment was anything but conventional or easy. Overcoming horrific conditions in a hellish boot camp, Jonathan is determined to find his love in the midst of a horrendous space war.

Though a sequel was teased in an end-credits sequence, the OVA series was cancelled and only one episode was ever produced and released.

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.
  • Combat Compliment: The first time Jonathan meets Leonard, he receives a punch in the face by the latter for his reckless behavior. But Jonathan holds no hard feelings over it and compliments Leonardís punch when they are formally introduced.
  • 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.
  • 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 gorgeous 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.
  • 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.
  • Incest Subtext: Averted somewhat. Leonard is initially drawn to Jonathan because of his physical resemblance to his younger brother. Jonathan himself touches upon this during their final conversation together but Leonard reassures Jonathan that he doesnít see his brother in him but only sees Jonathan as himself.
  • 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.
  • Mercy Kill: When Leonard gives pointers to Jonathan on combat against the Apocalypse, he teaches him to specifically target the chest of the Apocalypse and kill the human absorbed by the alienís body. He emphasizes that this is the only way to save the poor soul from their fate. In the end, Jonathan tragically has to perform a Mercy Kill on Leonard when the same fate befalls him.
  • 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.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Not vocalized but implied. Continental participates in foreplay when he is raping Jonathan, but despite bodily responses it is abundantly clear that Jonathan is not consenting to it.
    • Touched upon in a conversation between Jonathan and Leonard, after Jonathan accidentally discovers Leonard's sexuality. Leonard makes a point to explicitly tell Jonathan he would never force himself on a partner, and won't do the same to him.
  • Obviously Evil: Captain Continental. One can easily tell by his appearance alone what kind of character he is.
  • Porn with Plot: There are multiple explicit sex scenes, but also significant characterization, setting, and plot. It's more a gay romance anime than pornography.
  • The Promise: Invoked by Leonard. During their last night of passion, Leonard asks Jonathan that if they should meet again on the battlefield and Leonard is no longer himself, that he wants Jonathan to be the one to kill him. Jonathan accepts the promise and keeps the promise the next time they meet.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The OVA ends on this note. Jonathan leads Earthís forces to their very first victory against the Apocalypse, but he is forced to kill Leonard, the man he loves, to accomplish this.
  • 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 gets 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.
  • Sexual Karma: Jonathan and Leonard are two soldiers with honor and integrity who want to defeat the Apocalypse to save Earth. Captain Continental is a sadist and a rapist who abuses his military authority for his depravity. When Jonathan and Leonard have sex it is tender and passionate lovemaking, while Contintenal ends up castrated by Leonard for his actions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Leonard and Jonathan. Double tragic since Jonathan has to Mercy Kill Leonard in the end.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Jonathan is a very attractive man with black hair and dark blue eyes, and he is the leading man of the anime. A minor subversion to the trope is that he is not cold and distant, but instead extroverted and approachable.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Leonard's little brother died like this, despite his efforts.
  • Uke: Jonathan, though more willful and outspoken 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.
  • Whip of Dominance: Captain Continental is a vile Depraved Homosexual and Unsexy Sadist who often carries a whip with him, and often uses them on his subordinates when they so much as anger him or refuse to sexually submit to him. And he obviously takes sadistic pleasure in the act, to the point he gets so turned on his floggings often end with sexual assault.
  • Word Salad Title:
    • 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.