While I was reviewing the show about sex that I’ve been watching, I got to thinking about the more general theme of sexuality in anime. While there are countless romantic comedies, most of them are so formulaic as to not warrant discussion. And in other shows fanservice and romance are often added almost as an afterthought, to fill up time or attract more viewers or both. When anime writers actually put forth artistic effort into portraying sexuality, it is most commonly through gay characters. In the over two thousand hours of anime I’ve watched, portrayals of homosexuality have almost exclusively fallen into one of five categories. And while of course there will be some exceptions, these groupings cover the vast majority of series’ gay characters. So here they are, in order of increasing realism and decreasing infuriation.