No. 6

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Name: No. 6
Creator: written by Atsuko Asano, manga illustrated by Hinoki Kino
Date(s): Light novels: 2003 - 2011; manga: 2011 - 2013; anime: 2011.
Medium: Light novels, manga, anime
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: Wikipedia;
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No. 6 is a young adult light novel series in nine parts, written by Atsuko Asano and published by Kodansha. The first novel in the series was published in 2003 and by 2011 when the ninth and final novel was published, the story of No. 6 earned a serialized manga adaptation and an anime series.


The year is 2013 and the young genius Shion, a high-ranking elite in the city of No. 6, has his whole world changed the night he helps a fugitive, a boy calling himself Nezumi.


No. 6 is noteworthy for including gay representation in anime, while not being labelled as Yaoi or BL. The two main characters, Shion and Nezumi, kiss in the novel, manga and anime adaptation.[1] This was not initially welcomed by those who watched the show, and one anime blogger recorded getting 200 angry comments after reviewing the episode in which Shion and Nezumi kissed.[2]

The anime was controversial for other reasons as well; for example, there was a scene in which a dog nursed a human baby. This, along with the Shion/Nezumi romance led to initial recoil from some viewers.

Despite this, the anime still has a following today with a small presence on Tumblr and Archive Of Our Own


The most popular pairing in the fandom is Nezumi/Shion. This ship is canon. There is also a small ship for Shion/Safu. Safu has feelings for Shion in canon, however Shion does not return them.


Common Tropes & Themes

  • Jokes related to bees / wasps
  • Fans often complain or speculate about Nezumi's departure at the end of the series
  • Fanfic set in the canon universe is very popular, with fans striving to flesh out the relatively short series



  1. Shion and Nezumi kiss - Youtube
  2. A kiss is not just a kiss - My Anime List