In the world of gay anime, the sexual revolution has been a boon for a thriving subculture.
A decade ago, gay anime became a niche.
Now, it’s the default.
But what makes anime sexy?
As gay anime fandom grows, so does the porn industry, and that’s not the first time that has happened.
In a recent article for Esquire, Michael Apted explained why gay anime is “a genre unto itself” and how porn stars are drawn to anime.
(It’s worth noting that, unlike gay porn, gay porn is never explicitly stated.)
But the real sexiness is the anime.
From the beginning, anime was the focus.
“A lot of my gay porn stars and their friends had already watched anime and they thought they were doing it right,” says Apty, a 34-year-old porn actor who grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Tokyo.
“When you get to the point where you are a big star in porn, you are basically saying, ‘You know what?
I am gay, too.’
That’s a good thing.”
Apty’s partner in porn is a 25-year old porn star called “Kasumi” from Japan, who is known for his dark and brooding looks.
In his videos, Kasumi has been dubbed “the king of the gay porn.”
“I was born into a culture where gay porn was really frowned upon,” says Kasumi.
“I thought, If I am going to be a big player in the gay sex industry, I need to be very confident, I really need to look like this.”
Kasumba was raised by his mother, a housewife who was a nurse, and his dad, who was an actor.
He was also raised by two of his five siblings.
He grew up surrounded by anime, and it was an integral part of his upbringing.
He says he started watching anime in grade school.
“As a kid, you never really watched a lot of anime, but you could always watch it in movies or TV shows,” says the actor.
“There were a lot more of these movies and TV shows that you could go to.”
It was in high school that he started getting his start.
“After I graduated from high school, I got really interested in anime,” says his partner Kasumi, who also goes by “Tsubasa” in Japan.
“It was really weird growing up watching it as a kid because you never got a chance to interact with a real person in real life.
It was really scary.
That’s when I started to really get into it.
I think I started watching porn about the time I started school, so it’s hard to say exactly when.”
The couple met in high-school.
“We started dating in middle school, and we’ve been together ever since,” Kasumi says.
Their first sexual encounter, however, was with another porn star.
“He came to me and said he wanted to fuck me in the ass,” Kasumisays.
“That’s how I knew he was gay.”
After that first encounter, they decided to have sex, and they did for two years.
In the following years, Kasumiseshed a porn career.
He had his first job in 2006.
“My first job was as a porn actor in Tokyo,” says “Kumiho.”
(He goes by the name Tsubasa in Japan.)
“In Tokyo, I had the chance to meet a lot different people,” he says.
“At first I was a total virgin.
But the more I got to know them, the more they were interested in me, so I started having sex with them.
I was really happy with myself for that.
After that first job, I just kept working my butt off to be the best actor in the world.
And it was so good.”
After his first porn career, Kasumba got his first break.
“The first time I saw a male porn star was in Tokyo, when I was 17 or 18,” he recalls.
“And I was so nervous that I thought it was going to happen to me.
But he just stood up and took my pants off and I went and fucked him.””
It’s funny, I think that’s why I am still a virgin,” he adds.
“To this day, I still don’t know how I met him.
He’s a porn star, but he’s a gay porn star.”
The two of them started doing “gay porn” together again in 2011, and Kasumbas first encounter with a gay guy was in Japan in 2012.
He met him in Tokyo at a party.
“This guy told me he had a girlfriend who was gay,” he remembers.
“So I was like, ‘Really?
And why do you want to get married to her?’
So I was kind of blown away.
He came to Tokyo and I was there for the