Man, the mid-to-late 90′s. The days when one was not constantly handed yaoi on a silver platter.
The thing about Weiss Kreuz that stuck out to me the most, which was sort of funny at first but became kind of awkward as the show went on is the non-stop violence against women (and comparatively very little against men). I should note that the vast majority of this was not in a kind of damsel in distress sort of way that one would commonly see in a female-audience show. No, this was rather about the members of Weiss Kreuz having to kill women.
The reason it was kind of funny at first was because the show’s obvious yaoi undercurrent. The men, serving as a kind of blank slate with no real societally pre-established sexuality, were going around killing (sexual!) women that were being (sexual!) threats to the viewer. Har har. However, they just keep on killing and killing, and not just to the evil lady assassins. The one scene where Yohji chokes the one women to death was kind of disturbing, and i can’t imagine how that kind of stuff isn’t a ladybonerkiller.
While I liked the even more violent (and rapey!) Ayashi no Ceres when I was forced to watch it, I just couldn’t shake the feeling this whole time about how all the violence in this just seemed so problematic considering the audience. They went way past the line where they’re bad boys (whose tortured heart only I can heal!) into the territory where they’re legitimately dangerous.
Would I watch it even if I weren’t forced? MOAR LIEK SCHEISS KREUZ AMIRITE?!