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  • The series (and the anime in particular) sometimes takes the Foe Yay between Masamune and Yukimura to ridiculous heights. After their first fight Yukimura is left literally weak in the knees, they're always so into their matches, they spend the majority of the show thinking about fighting each other, and Sasuke's comments even lampshade it on several occasions.
    Yukimura: Burning.
    Sasuke: ...What?
    Yukimura: My heart is burning. Such presence. Such fighting spirit. Such... Strength.
    Sasuke: So he lights your fire, huh?
    • It's even more obvious in a later episode when Yukimura and Masamune reflect on how badly they want to fight each other.
      Yukimura: The one I really want to fight is Date Masamune, the One-Eyed Dragon!
      Sasuke: Looks like you've fallen for him. And he, for you.
    • In episode 10, when Masamune went to grab Yukimura's necklace, half the fangirls/fanboys were expecting him to just kiss Yukimura there and then, genre be damned.
      • And in the second season the necklace-grabbing scene turns up in both of their flashbacks about each other, while Yukimura fanboys Masamune and Masamune speaks fondly about Yukimura being "pure" and "out of this world, no kidding" and "so fiery that getting burnt is the least of it"...
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    • In the second season they have what can only be described as daydreams about each other. In the last episode Masamune even seems to sense when Yukimura goes down.
    • The handshake scene from the second OVA competes with the necklace-grabbing one in terms of sheer Ho Yay.
    • Moonlight Party is just as bad, with the guys spending an episode chained together thanks to Mitsuhide, Masamune cooking for Yukimura and his rather...extreme reaction when Yukimura apparently sacrifices himself to save Masamune from the bomb.
    • A CM for the movie has Masamune declaring that Yukimura is the only one who can really heat him up, and in an article we have the director emphasizing that Yukimura is the most important to Masamune. Kazuya Nakai said their battle in The Last Party was referred to as a love scene. Make of that what you will.
      • To which Toru Okawa remarked that Ieyasu and Mitsunari were no less passionate about each other...
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    • Judge End, the last season, gives us Masamune having dreams about fighting Yukimura and declaring that he is the only one who can set him on fire. Oh, and Yukimura is surrounded by sparkles.
    • You know you've got serious Foe Yay in your anime/game series when even the T-Shirts come off as slashy.
    • Masamune and Yukimura always seem to be on the fence between Foe Yay and Ho Yay, because while they are enemies who will one day probably fight to the death, they actually like each other, enjoy fighting each other, and outside the battlefield they get along pretty well.
  • On a weirder note, there's the relationship between Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen. Though since it was rumored that the real Kenshin was, in fact, a woman and this Kenshin may actually be one, this might also count as Les Yay between him/her and Kasuga.
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  • Combat Sadomasochist Akechi Mitsuhide's fights with any of the male cast members, especially Kojuro, count, but mostly because he's way too into it.
  • In SB3, in Motonari's stage while playing as Mitsunari, he will refer to Mitsunari's "lover's spat" with Ieyasu.
  • Hideyoshi and Hanbe's relationship. Their devotion and general affection for each other is easily interpreted as this.


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