Category Archives: Meme

Fujoshi Baton

I received the baton from Fuuko and couldn’t say no haha. She was very convincing. And somehow these questions are way easier than the 35 days of BL meme that I still have to finish. Oh well, eventually I will…

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35 Days of BL Manga! – Day 32: a BL manga that’s the best of the best in your favorite sub-genre

I’m probably on the same line as Fuuko (creator of this wonderful meme), although I had a bit of indecision, because I also love psychological BLs, but I wanted to include Yoshinaga Fumi in this list. She is a genius after all. Now, I could have picked Ichigenme, but that’s not actually my favorite BL work from her. Neither is Jerard and Jacques, although they are both great. My favorite one is Antique Bakery. Wait, this is not a BL right?, it is just a shoujo/slice of life that happens to feature a gay character in it. Well, that’s true unless you count the doujinshi made by the same author…

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35 Days of BL manga-Day 31: least favorite overused BL manga plot device

This might sound very specific but it’s actually a formula: super rich and good-looking man sweeps a young and naive one from his feet, not in a good sense. The naive guy is usually a new employee or just a kindhearted one that’s very clumsy/shy and admires the self-assured boss, who is usually a jackass, if not a seemingly nice person until he decides he has to rape the other just because he thinks he has the right to. Oh, and don’t forget the part where the victim falls in love with this piece of work without even putting out a fight, even after seeing his idol get worse and worse in his eyes. I guess the use of the word love justifies it all. Right now I can remember a title that represents this perfectly, but I’m reading The Lonely Egotist and after the first chapter it seems to be going that way…I hope I didn’t predict it right.

35 Days of BL manga-Day 30: favorite overused BL manga plot device

Hana wa Saku ka

Enemies that actually love each other is probably my favorite overused setting. Also, the unsuspected love interest from someone that seems to be just a mere friend. But the first one is the best for me, like in Shiranai Kao, where the two main characters seem to be unable to stand each other but are actually hiding some feelings. Hana wa Sakuka has a similar feeling to it, they couldn’t stand each other but something develops slowly. It seems Hidaka Shouko has a way with these stories. Now if only this beauty were licensed…

35 Days of BL manga-Day 29: a BL manga that best covered your own personal kinks

Personal kinks? Might sound weird but if I have to consider it my personal kink is seeing the character’s fetishes, especially if those are nicely portrayed, take for example Don’t Stay Gold (drap 05/08) and the prequel Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu (HertZ #32); the scar fetish and the SM one were really sexy here, mostly because of the beautiful way they were presented. Then you have something like that story from Black Winged Love about a masochist’s frustrated love; it’s just words we are talking about here but that character certainly needed more spotlight, because that was the most realistic way I have seen it portrayed.

Anyways, onto more specific kinks, at least lately, I might have a thing about fragile looking characters that are actually the most fearsome ones. The peak of this presentation it’s the drag-queen who tops the though-looking partner. Not like I have seen a lot of these so Candied Lemon Peel, from Yamashita Tomoko’s Touch me Again will be my queen here. Continue reading

35 Days of BL manga-Day 28: a BL manga you read that was just plain weird

For a moment there I was thinking about Poison Cherry Drive (even if I love Motoni Modoru, that was too much weirdness for me) but wait a minute, there was an even weirder manga, by Yamato Nase, that involved…

Can't believe there are 3 vol... plus extras and drama CD...

Talking penises. Yep. There is no need to explain how weird Chintsubu is, amazingly it’s quite entertaining and completely hilarious of course. The story is about these four students that got some sort of spell on them so that their chinkos got personalities of their own…that happened to be from the other guy. The rest are the incredibly awkward and funny situations they find themselves in while living with their love interests in their pants. Got nothing more to say about this, still makes me laugh.

35 days of BL manga! – Day 27: A BL manga you think is so brilliant it’s like literature

It’s extremely difficult to pick a manga for this day. It’s not like there are many brilliant-literature BLs around, but the ones that I can remember are really good for completely different reasons, making this a difficult choice. The first that came to my mind was Kyuuso wa Cheese no Yume o Miru, then Red Blinds the Foolish, also some specific one-shots made by Yamashita Tomoko in Black Winged Love and Bara no Hitomi wa Bakudan. In the end I decided that Endless World was the most fitting for the word brilliant here.

I consider this one a brilliant piece of literature because of the way the story was presented. There would be nothing unusual about a former delinquent being faced with his messy past, by an unexpected meeting, if it weren’t because of the well calculated flashbacks. It wouldn’t be that great to see a young man consumed by drugs either, if we weren’t allowed to have a glimpse of his mind in the moment he lost himself in a psychedelic world. And this story wouldn’t be so amazingly brilliant if the beginning of all were presented at first and not in the end how it happened. Gripping,  realistic, surprising, beautiful and saddening, that’s Endless World by Jaryuu Dokuro.

Completely opposite to her better known work Sugar Milk, Endless World would be an excellent choice for licensing; I think Jaryuu Dokuro has already proven that she deserves more love.

35 days of BL manga! – Day 26: A BL manga you would never buy

I might be a very superficial person, because I judge by the cover, and if I see one like in Lost Boys I would want to run away from it. If convinced I might try it out, however, just seeing it around I can’t bring myself to get interested in it.

Don't get me started on the hairstyle...

I have no idea if this story is good or not, but he looks like a kid and that somehow creeps me out. Besides, I don’t like the art-style. There are lots of BLs that feature this sort of characters that could be 20 years old but still look like a 10 year.  Although I might have read an enjoyed some of them I still can’t get over my instinctive reaction. There is a kid being molested here! Continue reading

35 days of BL manga! – Day 25: A non-BL series that you wish was BL

What can I say? It had to be Banana Fish. There are a lot of implications in this story and some might say this is shounen-ai…but seriously, it is not. I wish it were, with all my heart. Most of the times I don’t feel like pairing random characters around if I’m not reading/watching BL. Sometimes it happens because…well, there are a lot of hints around (yes Saraiya Goyou, I’m talking about you).

BF

I never wished more for a manga to become BL as I did with this one. There is a certain detail here that doesn’t let us imagine it could happen at all unless the story changed. Oh well, at least I can keep my IchixMasa fantasies alive…

Summary:

Nature made Ash Lynx beautiful; nurture made him a cold ruthless killer. A runaway brought up as the adopted heir and sex toy of “Papa” Dino Golzine, Ash, now at the rebellious age of seventeen, forsakes the kingdom held out by the devil who raised him. But the hideous secret that drove Ash’s older brother mad in Vietnam has suddenly fallen into Papa’s insatiably ambitious hands–and it’s exactly the wrong time for Eiji Okamura, a pure-hearted young photographer from Japan, to make Ash Lynx’s acquaintance… (Viz)

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35 days of BL manga! – Day 24: The best BL manga oneshot

Ugh, so difficult. See, I have to choose between Pokerface, NightS, Don’t Stay Gold and Ushirosugata no Natsu no Neko and some other one-shots from collections. Sigh, I am going to stay with the last one because that’s what feels like it right now.

There is a cute cat too

Ushirosugata no Natsu no Neko is an extra story in Mimitabu no Riyuu manga. I am choosing it right now because it felt very complete and it left me with a nice feeling. There is a bit of mystery here and a lot of cuteness from supernatural misunderstandings. The man who acted like a cat won my heart 😉