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Introduction to BL 105 – Information (final)

Check out the other parts here:
Introduction to BL 101 – General
Introduction to BL 102 – History/Origins
Introduction to BL 103 – Actors
Introduction to BL 104 – Couples

So this is the final part and yes, I know I’m late but I wasn’t feeling my best and I’m still not but I’m trying my best πŸ˜₯

This last post is mainly about a few things you should know when going into the BL world or being interested in the BL world.

1 – There are more countries than the US and Thailand.

What I mean with this? Don’t scare away from trying movies and series from other countries than the US or Thailand. Before it’s LGBTQ ban, China produced quite a few good shows, Taiwan is really good, Philippines has a few, Japan too, I even know a few Indonesian ones. And if those examples are not enough. There are also shows like SKAM season 3 from Norway and its remakes in France, Germany and Italy…I think there was a forth country but I can’t remember right now. There are a few UK ones too. So you can find it all around the world, so I recommend checking them out too. Otherwise you’ll miss out on a lot of shows and I think that’s really sad.

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2 – Support the original as much as possible

Let’s not kid ourselves. It’s really hard for international fans to enjoy shows and movies from other countries. I mean I’m from central Europe and it’s even hard for me to watch US shows (thank you Netflix and Amazon Prime!!! but I still have to buy a lot of stuff on DVD and wait for it to be send to me). You cannot watch it on TV, since most of the TV channels are local or at least restricted to a few countries. In the best case I happened to stumble upon a channel that was available on the whole continent but not farther than that. And if you want to watch it online on the channel’s site, it’s geo restricted. So what to do? Well, we all know what you’re gonna to but that’s not what I’m saying here. What I’m saying is: channels like LINE TV and GMMTV have come forward with their shows. Before they were only available in Thailand but now the also release international links for international fans, that are not geo restricted. Also there are other producers like the production company strongberry. As example they made the South Korean BL movie Long Time No See. And they released it on Vimeo on Demand and yes, you have to buy it, but it’s not overly expensive and the story is totally worth it ^.^
So please, support the original if possible. The more you support the original, the more the chance we fans will get more πŸ˜€

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3 – Facebook and update site

I know, I know, facebook is supposedly not IN anymore. Well, I still like it more than Twitter but that’s not the point here.
Facebook actually has a lot of BL groups and fandoms on there in groups and it’s really great to join one. With so many people in one group you can stay up-to-date with everything, as well as exchange some fan banter and find some friends with the same interests as yourself. I’m in one of these groups myself and I totally love the group. We inform each other when there’s something new and exchange funny and lovely pictures of our stars and so on.

Find a page that gives information on the newest releases/trailers and stick with it. I have a few pages I support and love and I stick with them because I know I’ll get all the news and updates from them. If you change all the time you will lose sight and not get what’s gonna come out soon. If you stick to one or two sites you can keep a clear view.

4 – mydramalist.com

I’ve already recommended a few sites here but this one is important. While the site does not have many articles and news items about BL (which I understand since we are very passionate fans and would totally take over ^.^) the site has pretty much all of the BL releases. You can check for titles, dates, actor info and more on there and even keep an list on there. I found some dear friends on there and when you have a problem the site’s support and the admins are really nice and supportive. The site really offers a lot of info and help keeping everything in order.

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5 – Don’t rush other supporters

There are a lot of helpers for the international fans. People who understand international fans’ problems: we don’t always understand the language. A lot of international fans, me included, need subtitles and if they are not provided with the original video it takes some time to add them. There are a lot of youtube videos (even released from the original channels) and some people only write “Subs!!!” below it. Seriously, can’t you be a little bit nicer? The subbers are doing their best to release them as fast as possible. I still remember with Love By Chance. The official subber did so well and most of the time you had it a few hours after release. And then the subber got busy or sick, I’m not totally sure now, but so many people were supportive and I think that’s what we should do. Be supportive and understanding. Subbing a video is a lot of work and I think the deserve that we compliment and cherish their work! Thanks to every subber of BL shows for your awesome work!

6 – Don’t ruin others beliefs

I’m one of these people that very rarely changes her opinion in what she likes and dislikes, at least regarding TV shows and movies. But just because I have my own opinion I don’t mess with others’ opinions. If someone else hated a show I loved I listen to their reasons, state my own, and that’s it. I don’t start disliking or disrespecting that person. Over time I realised that BL shows are seen very differently. A lot of people loved Make It Right and a lot of people hated it. So many people loved Love By Chance and I read a chat between fans of the show and some fans that didn’t like the show. Well, it wasn’t a nice conversation and I think that’s not okay. We are all allowed our own opinion and I think it’s wrong to ruin someone else’s opinion. Let’s all accept and respect each other!

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If you stick to these points I think you can find a lot of good people in the fandom and have some fun watching BL and find a lot of new things! Start your adventure now!

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Introduction to BL 104 – Couples

Check out the other parts here:

Introduction to BL 101 – General
Introduction to BL 102 – History/Origins
Introduction to BL 103 – Actors

Every fan has his/her own favorites. It’s always been like that and will always be like that but there are always those things you know about even if they are not your favorites. So in this post I’m gonna talk about the couples that you should know about/should check out when diving into the BL world.

The following couples are sometimes “character” couples (as in it’s a couple made of two characters in a series) and there are a few “actor” couples (as in actors that are paired up very often)

Note: this time not just from Thailand.

Arthit x Kongpob (SOTUS)

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Everyone who ever watched is totally wowed by this couple. If you don’t know this couple you definitely have to get to know them to really get into the BL world. I also think this is a good couple to start. No story line is too harsh and there are a lot of sweet scenes without them being sexual as with some other couples on this list. Arthit and Kongpob, as far as I know, finished their storyline after two seasons of the series and a part in the 5 epsiode special Our Skyy.Β But even after completing their story people still wish for more and the two characters (as wella s their actors) are well known household names in the scene already. SOTUS is also one of those shows where there’s not much action in the first season but the actors chemistry carries the story well and you won’t be able to stop rooting for them πŸ™‚

Off x Gun (actors)

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I already named this couple when I was talking about the actors. Of course, they are not really a couple but they are paired up really often. Their chemistry is off the charts, especially because they seem really comfortable with each other, which can not always be the case in BL shows (although it’s normally better than normal shows since the casting people actually try to find people who go really well with each other). Off and Gun’s chemistry and fandom is so awesome they even got their own show in the 2019 line up of GMMTV, as well as a second season of their variety show OffGun Fun Night. And to think it all started with the show Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey. They seemed like such a typical couple but it turned into something really awesome. They are definitely a couple you should recognize.

Earth x New x Tay (actors /Β WaterboyyΒ The Series & Kiss franchise)

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This one is quite fun. New, one of the actors I introduced before, appeared in a few shows before starring as Kao in Kiss: The Series. His couple with Tay, or the character Pete, was only a side story but still people noticed. His big break out in the BL fandoms came with the show Water Boyy The Series, though. The show originally comes from a movie that was highly praised and loved in the BL community and the series got a lot of negative feedback, also because it wasn’t mainly BL like the movie, anymore but had BL couples and straight couples. Well, still no one could say Earth as Waii and New as Apo didn’t have chemistry. One other reason why the show blew up kinda big though, was the kiss between Earth and New. No one had seen such a deep kiss in a BL series, or at least not that many of these kisses. And the kiss was really wow πŸ˜‰ Well, after that the couple was always named together and then came a second part of Kiss: The Series. The second season was set up as a pre-story and people absolutely loved Tay as Pete and New as Kao in it. They got so popular there’s gonna be a third part of the series called Dark Blue Kiss but with mainly Pete and Kao as main characters, as far as I know. With this New became a general household name in the genre and fans still cannot decide whether they like Earth x New or Tay x New more. After Dark Blue Kiss though, I bet it will be number two, keke.

Video: Water Boyy kiss – see 3:21.

Bai Luo Yin x Gu Hai (Addicted Heroin)

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The one couple that carried a whole series and is still making BL fans around the world pray to heaven for there two be a second season one day. While the premise of the story did not sound like something new, the story, when watching, is pretty different. Fans loved the passion between the two characters, Bai Luo Yin’s embarassed face when Gu Hai continued confessing his love and how he slowly gives in to his own feelings and starts showing it to Gu Hai. The chemistry of the show is especially good because in the beginning, when you still don’t know the characters very well, the chemistry is also only building. But over time the chemistry just sky rockets and you won’t get away from this couple anymore. It’s really unfortunate that there’s no second season.

Haruta x Maki (x Kurosawa) (Ossan’s Love)

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This one, I know many don’t know this one. The reason why I still named them? Because it’s (finally) a series and not a movie for Japan BL media. And I think that why it is important to know them. Japan is great at releasing BL movies adapted from Shonen Ai and Yaoi manga but they are not that good when it is about BL TV shows. That’s why I’m naming this couple (or trio) here. Check them out and start giggling ^.^

Korn x Knock (Together With Me)

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If you don’t know this couple…well, then you are definitely new. Korn and Knock, played by Max and Tul, are the one couple fans name when it’s about chemistry. They are always in the top 3. I have not seen any list where they are not in the top 3. I think the reason why they are always on the top is because the couple is a lot more physical than others and also seems physically compatible. The story actually starts in the multiple couple TV show Bad Romance. Max and Tul got so much love for their characters, they got a sequel (that chronologically regarding the story line in the show, is a prequel) called Together With Me that, well, it blew up BIG TIME. It was different than other shows. There was a lot of intimate scenes and it really starts right in episode one. There is no time to prepare you for the series but it just throws you right in there. After Together With Me it did not take long for a trailer for a new season coming out and I still remember, the whole fandom kinda freaked out. And while the third installment did get a lot of criticism, they writers did kinda save it around the end, so yeah…I’m ready for another installment πŸ™‚ if there’s gonna be one.

Wayo x Phana (2moons)

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I already talked about how a lot of the couples on this list have amazing chemistry or are very compatible. Well, Wayo and Phana is a liiiittle bit different. 2moons comes from a novel series originally and fortunately I can claim I have read most of it. So people knew the shy and love struck Wayo and the perfect doctor Phana before watching the show. Well, I’ve never seen people get so excited about finally seeing it on screen, than with this show. People got soooo excited…and disappointed when they recast all the roles after one season. I admit I was not in the best mood after those news but at least I did not rant to anyone since I wanna give the new actors a chance. Well, Wayo and Phana, whether series or novel, definitely do have chemistry but I think another reason why this got so popular was because the characters are really well-written. Well, all the actors from 2moons, especially the one’s playing this couple, definitely got their name out there with this show.

Takuya x JunJae (The Lover)

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This couple you should know not because they are that big or had that much of a story but because they were part of a normal Korean drama. And if you know anything about South Korea they are not big with LGBTQ shows. It doesn’t happen often in dramas. Mostly they mention bromance and so on but this one was actually promoted as a couple or at least two people secretly in love with each other and spoiler alert kind of ending up together. That’s the main reason I wanted to mention them here. Another reason why this “couple” was special in my opinion was because it wasn’t turned into bromance even when one of the actors is a K-Pop idol. That’s why I assumed for a long time it was just a tease but no there is no doubt in this one it is a love story. So yes, check them out if you want to watch a Korean one.Β 

Phun x Noh (Love Sick)

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Phun and Noh are the two main characters of the one show I have rewatched like 50 times now and they proved to everyone that you don’t really need that much physical action to portray falling in love and loving someone from the bottom of your heart. The actors did an awesome job, especially for a show where the BL topic was not that big with fans yet. But Phun and Noh’s story and their awesome chemistry, from caring, helping and supporting each other to being jealous of people getting to near to their loved one; all this made the show a big hit and started making the BL fandom into what it is now. I won’t say you have to like all of them but I do say, you have to know them. Also 3rd season YAY!

Ming x Kit (2moons)

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While I totally rooted for Wayo and Phana in 2moons there was another couple that made so many fans crave for KitKats (yes, I mean the candy) and also cheer for the cute quarreling couple Ming and Kit. I’ve never seen fans go this much for a second couple except for Frame and Book (see below). Normally the most cheered for couple is the main one but I think Ming and Kit almost had the equal number of fans as Wayo and Phana. The characters were awesome as they did start out quarreling and nagging each other but in the end you could see that something was gonna happen and that they did get closer and closer. I wish we had the actors for another season and could see them develop the relationship but well, I’m gonna have to put my hope into the new cast πŸ™‚

Hsia Yu Hao x Qiu Zi Xuan (HIStory2: Boundary Crossing)

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The HIStory couple have always wowed audiences and made people fall in love with the short stories. Well, this couples topped it, without a doubt. People went crazy over their sweetness. Both of the characters have a tough and strong side but also show cute characteristics and a weak side. Yu Hao may be the tough guy in school but when in fron of Zi Xuan he is like pudding…or you know…like those anime characters with hearts in their eyes…he’s like that πŸ˜€ and Zi Yuan is definitely a leader and very strict but when faced with Yu Hao he learns to let go and let someone take care of him instead of pushing them away or staying objective. I mean, they got so popular that the producers of the show are giving us ANOTHER season. Yes, we are getting a season 2, which has never happened in the HIStory series before. I’m excited to see this couple again.

Frame x Book (Make It Right)

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Frame and Book are the biggest example how chemistry and a great story line can do wonders. While the main couple of Make It Right were Tee and Fuse, people went crazy over the secondary couple of Frame and Book. The active playboy and the good student falling in love may be a clichΓ©d story line in normal shows already but such a typical premise in a BL show, we haven’t had that one before and the actors portrayed it really well. I’m still kind of surprised about their age difference, especially in regard to their roles but they did an awesome job and the couple wowed so many with how well they fit together. IN the second season their story got a lot more serious and fans were a little bit disappointed that there wasn’t as much sweetness between them as in season one but they still managed to stay true to their couple colors and gave us an awesome second season. I did hear their was some trouble after the show regarding one of the actors girlfriends but I don’t know more about that, so I’m just gonna appreciate the great couple we got.

 

So this is the Couples post in my BL Introduction series. I hope you liked it. I have to admit I had the most fun with the actors part (the previous part), since with the couples I tend to repeat a lot of phrases and reasons why you should know them but well…can’t do anything now. So, next week you’ll get the last part BL Introduction 105 – Important Knowledge.
Originally I wanted to do a post for Series’ and Movies but I changed my mind, since you can just read my recommendation posts to find some shows πŸ˜‰

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Introduction to BL 103 – Actors

EDIT: This post was recently (Oct 2019) updated. You can go here instead:Β BL Thailand – Who To Know?

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Sorry I’m a few days late but I got sick all of a sudden so I could not finish the post on time T.T But without further ado, let’s get into it:
If you have not read them already, here are part 1 and 2 of the “Introduction to BL” series:

Introduction to BL 101 – General
Introduction to BL 102 – History/Origins

This time it is all about the actors. Of course, there are always new actors but there are a few that have appeared in more than one series or are pretty known for their BL shows. I AM going to talk mostly about Thai actors here, since those are the ones I know the most about, but don’t worry, in the next post (“couples”) there’ll be more info about other countries as well.

— GMMTV —

First off, let’s start with GMMTV and the “GMMTV boys”. I heard someone using that nickname some time ago and since then I just decided to use it too πŸ™‚
GMMTV is one of the main channels in Thailand, we BL fans get our BL shows from. I mean they recently announced their line-up for 2019 and there will be two really big BL shows coming from them. The “boys” from GMMTV now means the actors that seem to have a fixed contract with the channel. At least they appear regularly in their shows and sometimes even get their own shows which are like talk shows, eating shows, traveling diary or gaming shows. And you will see the actors as supporting roles, main leads or guest characters in different GMMTV shows. So yes, some from these shows will be mentioned here since they are pretty well known and popular in the BL genre and have a lot of fans. They regularly fill their fan meetings.

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— Newbies —

There are always new faces in this genre. New actors or actors that have only appeared as supporting characters in other shows. I cannot really name that many newbies since there are always new ones. Do note that some of them have done modeling or short shows before but most of them have not appeared in big shows before.

In 2018 we had a few of those actors in shows like Love By Chance. It was a show that impressed many with its innocence mixed with a bunch of feelings and an unusual openness about sexuality.

Because there are a lot of new actors a lot of shows seem awkward in the beginning but compared to shows from other cultures these actors often get together for workshops before they shoot the show. I give it to these workshops that the chemistry in a lot of these shows is off the charts.

— The actors —

There are a lot of actors that are seen more often than others or that you should recognize when getting into Thai BL. In this section I want to talk about them.

 

Prachaya Ruangroj (Singto) – 24

— Why to know him: He showed perfectly what a perfect boyfriend looks like and while even the viewers may have cringed at some of his lines, he managed to lure everyone in and can make you feel with his character whoever that may be —

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He’s gotten himself out there, at least in the BL world, with the series SOTUS. Every since then he’s been in a few supporting roles and quite a few main roles. Compared to some other actors he did play more BL roles even after his initial character in SOTUS had pretty much wrapped up it’s main story (although we all hoped we’d get more). While I wasn’t a big fan of his acting right in the beginning he was getting better every minute and is getting even better and more experienced with each role. I’m curious what to expect of him in the future, especially since he will not be teamed up with Krist (see below) as often anymore. Oh and there will be a new show coming out in 2019 with him and Ohm (see below).

 

Sangpotirat Perawat (Krist) – 23

— Why to know him: He showed the perfect embodiment of toughness and cuteness in one character. And he perfectly portrayed the character development his role went through during the series. Even if we won’t see him in BL shows anymore, he also amazes in other Thai shows —

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He also got famous in the BL world with Singto, playing the couple Kongpob and Arthit in SOTUS. Fans especially loved the fact how he could look tough and cool and at the same time be so cute. We loved how Kongpob (played by Singto above) could make him embarassed any shy (yes, I am still talking about the character). Krist has, since then, acted in multiple shows, mostly in non-BL shows though. He’s played as the second lead, as well as the main lead and is continuing to impress with his acting here and there.

 

Pawat Chittsawangdee (Ohm) – 18

— Why to know him: He is only 18 and already shows an amazing acting repertoire and showed us what he’s got not only in BL shows but others too —

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Ohm was a break out star in the popular series Make It Right and its second season. Especially because he was only around 16 years old back then. Still he managed to make everyone swoon over the sweet playboy character he played in the series. Afterwards he’s done a lot of modeling and some other shows, mainly shows were there are multiple main characters and without romance. Soon though we’ll get another “romantic” series with him and Singto (see above), so I’m excited to see how his acting has improved. But seriously, who is this good when they are 18?

 

Nawat Phumphothingam (White) – 23

— Why to know him: in the beginning they could only convey feelings with their eyes and he wowed and conveyed all the right feelings for the show to garner all those fans. And since then he has continued building his acting experiences even more —

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He starred in the original classic I named before: Love Sick the Series. He was one part of the main couple and made so many people swoon over the sweetness in the show. While still awkward in the beginning you could see how he got better with every episode and with every project ever since then. He’s been doing some movies and a lot of side characters, but also acting in not BL couples but mastering all kinds of roles, so I just cannot wait to see him again in Love Sick Season 3.

 

Theerachai Wimolchaireuk (Toni) – 37

— Why to know him: he may have only tapped into the BL world with a short 4 episode show but wowed so many fans with just that performance. He’s also played other diverse roles before (also as LGBT characters sometimes) and continually shows his amazing acting capabilitiesΒ  —

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Toni wowed so many people with his role as confused Meng opposite Tao Sattaphong Phiangphor. They were a couple that swooned so many fans and the series only has 4(!) episodes. He is older than all of the people on this list but you can see it in his acting. Right after his role in the afore mentioned Club Friday Season 8: True Love…or Confusion he starred in the project series Project S: Skate Our Souls which tackled the serious topic of depression. And you would be surprised how many people where wondering who he was and why he seemed familiar. I was one of them. I wondered and wondered, only to realise who he was after looking it up. That just shows that he can pull of diverse roles. But he is a very versatile actor and can seemingly adapt to very different characters. This is what you can call an experienced actor.

 

Techaapaikhun Thitipoom (New) – 26

— Why to know him: Whatever role he is playing you can see he is giving his best and can portray so many different character traits. Also his journey as Kao in the Kiss Series is not over yet… —

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The new cutie on the BL sky. He’s not only appeared as a side character in shows like SOTUS but also been part of the main couples with shows like Water Boyy the Series and the longtime series Kiss Me. He showed a little bit of himself in the first part of the series Kiss: the Series and then got even more famous with his set partner Tay (see below) after the sequel Kiss Me Again came out. And this year we can expect Dark Blue Kiss, where the trailer pushed a lot of fans of their seats and glued to the screen. He’s also acting in other movies and shows and I’m excited for the future for this cutie.

 

Tawan Vihokratana (Tay) – 27

— Why to know him: He’s showed us multiple times how good he is at portraying different feelings and how many layers one character can have. We cannot wait to get him back as the jealous but loving boyfriend Pete —

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BL fans also mostly know this one from the Kiss series but he’s acted in a lot more shows and movies than one would think. That’s probably one of the reasons where you can see he has experience in acting and can show a lot of different sides to himself. I also love that he seems to have a great character, or at least that what it seems like in the various shows he’s appeared in. I’m curious in what direction he’s gonna go in the future.

 

Jumpol Adulkittiporn (Off) – 28

— Why to know him: He is part of the popular OffGun couple and shows continually what great chemistry means. And just when you think he is always playing the same character you discover that there is another side to the character only he has known about until that moment. There’s always something to discover —

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Off is one part of one of the most popular couples in the BL world out there. Without being an actual couple…at least not an official one πŸ˜‰
No seriously, Off started getting into the BL world with the the show Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey and its second season, as well as having a supporting role in Sotus. Puppy Honey, though, was the one show that started it. He was coupled with Gun (see below) and everyone loved the bad boy and shy junior routine they had going on. The chemistry was really good and it got even better when they seemed to become really good friends in real life. Gun even calls him Papi and they regularly kiss on the cheek and on the neck. I mean they are getting their own show in 2019, as well as getting a second season for their variety show OffGun Fun Night.

 

Atthaphan Phunsawat (Gun) – 25

— Why to know him: He is part of the popular OffGun couple. He’s probably acted in more BL related shows and movies than any other actor on this list and it shows in his acting. He has experience, couple chemistry, a good character and the looks to pull of A LOT of diverse characters —

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Someone once told me that Gun is definitely like the king of BL actors. He looks amazing, does modelling, appeared in movies (most of them with a BL theme) and different shows. If you want to know how popular his coupling with Off is: When he appeared in a special (like 5 minutes long) clip in SOTUS where he appeared in Off’s bar and offered working there, fans went crazy over his short cameo in the show. One thing I have to say, while he definitely is one of the big stars connected to BL he seems really professional about acting, which I think is even more important considering he always jokes around with Off. I think they do deserve to be one of the biggest couples out there, definitely. Besides BL topics he’s also showed great acting in a lot of dark and serious shows so there goes another compliment!

 

Pakorn Thanasrivanitchai (Tul) – 26

— Why to know him: He’s part of the popular MaxTul couple and has continually surprised us with his deep portrayal of the character Knock. He continues to amaze us with all the feelings one can show —

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About OffGun (see above) I said they were one of the most popular couples out there. Well, this is the other one. MaxTul, in this paragraph, Tul, build one of the biggest BL couples out there. Compared to others on this list though, it is mainly because they have over -the-top chemistry. They showed acting and chemistry that has not been seen before in other BL shows and fans went crazy. Tul acted in a few other shows etc too but fans recognized him even more after appearing in the series Bad Romance. It was the first part of a (until now) three-part series. After Bad Romance came Together With Me and it was over. People went crazy over this couple. Even if the third part wasn’t the best, people still name them as one of the couples you just cannot forget because the chemistry is just unbeatable.
Can’t even say much about Tul himself, since this greatness behind the character chemistry just proves how great of an actor he is.

 

Nattapol Diloknawarit (Max) – 24

— Why to know him: He’s part of the popular MaxTul couple and showed us what the embodiment of a perfect boyfriend is, just to surprise us that even someone perfect has flaws. He’s continued to show us sides to his character no one ever expected and portrays his character in a believable and loving way —

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At first you do not notice that Max is the younger one of the two but after some time, I think, you can see it a little bit in the way they communicate with each other. Well, does not change that the chemistry is amazing. He’s also been acting in some other shows as well and I think he also did modelling on the side but I’m not a hundred percent sure. Well, with his body I’d understand how he is great as a model.
And even if Together With Me: The Next Chapter was not as highly praised as the previous parts of their story together I really hope we get to see Max and Tul in more story lines of Korn and Knock.

 

So these are actors whose name I recommend knowing in the BL world. Of course with every show and movie things can change and maybe this post would look very different if I’d write it at the end of 2019. Still I hope I could give you some knowledge about the actors behind some of the biggest shows or those actors BL fans expect a lot from because let’s be honest, the more famous the more fans expect from you, right? ^.^well they have not let me down yet so’ll let’s see where this goes…

If I don’t get sick again, the next part “Couples” gets released on the 11th of February. I may be late, so around the 13th probably?

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Introduction to BL 102 – History/Origins

As promised here is Part II of my Introduction to BL, for all those out there who want to know more about the international phenomenon BL or in full “boys love”.
If you haven’t already read it, here is Part I:Β Introduction to BL 101

The previous post had all about the definitions and terms used in the BL world, this time, let’s learn a little bit more about the history and the changes in the BL world. Stuff you should know or that is asked frequently.

I am not going to go deeply into the history of LGBTQ+ rights worldwide, seriously we would sit here for a long time since the topic is pretty complicated and this post would not be enough to discuss the topic. What I’m gonna talk about is some history behind BL shows and movies and their origins.

Note: This is all influenced with my opinions and how I interpreted what was happening. I don’t give a guarantee that everything is a 100% correct. If you find an obvious mistake you can correct me in the comments and I’ll edit the post accordingly πŸ™‚

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— The beginning —

The origins started from two sources. One, Manga or specifically Shonen-Ai and Yaoi manga (see Part I for definitions). Some genius somewhere in Japan had the idea to film a live-action of some of the movies and shows. Two, the Thai series Hormones.
The manga source is much more prominent that older than the Thai series and it influenced other productions as well as other countries. There were a lot of fans who also wished for shows and movies from other countries and so that came about. So you could say Hormones was one of the reactions to the Manga influence. Also note, that Hormones was not mainly BL but only had a BL story line included. Still, while Japan produced a lot of movies, they did not produce a lot of BL shows and focused much more on the movies. After Hormones, though, a lot of things changed.
The show started something that created a lot more BL fans and it became clear that something new was possible. I think it is amazing that so many shows nowadays come from these Asian countries while one would think that these countries accept less regarding homosexuality…but let’s get to that later on.
After Hormones, the field was open and some amazing person decided to produce this show called Love Sick The Series.
Note: a lot of shows come from novels released online in the respective countries, only a few are totally original as a series. I’m not totally sure what shows have a novel origin and which ones are original so I’m gonna treat them the same here.

 

Hormones gave the first push, Love Sick was the one show that really started everything. The story of the two high school boys Phun and Noh falling in love and dealing with the world and making sense of their feelings for each other captured a lot of hearts. It got so popular that after a 12 episode first season they made a second season with 36 episodes. And with LS a lot of people recognized that BL is a genre that could garner a lot of fans and viewers. But just know, we are still only talking about Japan and Thailand. Well, that’s because it’s mostly those countries that started it. After Japan’s movies and Thailand’s shows the genre became much more popular and common. Thailand continued with its new-found possibilities and continued producing a lot of shows, while it’s still on the backtrack with movies. There are some, but less than in Japan. Japan also continues to release movies but they are becoming more rare, I think that is mostly because Thailand and other countries continue releasing shows with a better production quality. Still, Japan went into the series area with their new drama Ossan’s Love.Β I was originally produced as a movie and later on rebooted as a series. I love the show and I’m curious whether Japan is gonna start producing more BL shows from now on and not just movies.

— Countries —

So that is one of the reasons why the biggest producers of BL shows are Thailand and Japan and yes…the USA (but I’m not gonna mention about that one since they do produce a lot but also mostly as side characters and less as main couples). So what about other countries?

China did produce some movies and series, most known the Addicted series. It was a big hit and most BL fans I know who have watched it are fans and wish for another season since the ending leaves a lot of possibilities open. Well, one useful info here: If you haven’t watched it, watch it! It deserves to be named one of the great BL shows out there, but also do not expect another season. Right when it was airing and everyone was hoping for another season China released its ban on television and radio regarding different contents, including homosexual content. Read more here:Β China bans depictions of gay people on television

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We all still hope there’s gonna be a second season but it’s probably not gonna happen. This is another reason why with China, they produce some of the most awesome bromance chemistry couples but they mostly end as huge teases and you’ll never get any close intimacy. Still, they do have a lot of great shows with good chemistry between the male leads, I admit. We all can dream, right?

As for other countries: Taiwan has some shows, more than mainland China, less than Thailand and other countries. Taiwan and also Vietnam seem to have some shows that have non-typical story settings. So you don’t get the usual story lines but a lot of new dynamics, I think. Maybe that’s just me though, maybe that’s why there’s not that much though.

As for a lot of the other Asian countries: South Korea also produces some movies, a few web shows and in the recent years a few BL characters in main stream shows. In general South Korea is still keeping the down low with the topic though. I wish they weren’t though because I really wanna see a BL with the production quality South Korea normally has. Let’s wait and see what the future brings. As for the other countries, there are some shows and some movies, mostly movies though, and I’d love to say there are a lot, but there aren’t. There is a reason why there is a whole paragraph on Thailand and Japan and not really that much on other countries.

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— Trends and Future —

In general, in the recent years, a happy ending for BL shows is coming more and more into trend. Also we are getting a lot more shows than movies than before, which is really awesome. The genre also build a steady fan base and is growing each day and I hope one day every fan can proudly stand and say they are a BL fan.

I hope you liked this short origins introduction. Sorry if it was complicated or chaotic. I kinda lost track during the writing process. I still hope it is somewhat in order. The next one is more understandable, I promise!

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Next Introduction post is coming on the 4th/5th of February 2019.

Introduction to BL 101 – General

Welcome to the world of BL. You only heard some general stuff about it but don’t really know where to begin? Don’t worry, that’s what this post is about. Here you’ll get a little introduction to the whole scene as well as some definitions you may not know yet.

If you don’t like BL (=boys love) please leave this post. Thanks.

Ok first some DEFINITIONS:

BL – Boys Love: meaning love between two boys or two men

Seme: the top partner of the relationship, mostly in regards to the sexual aspects of their relationship. Who tops the other? Originally comes from Mangas.

Uke: the bottom partner of the relationship, also mostly in regards to the sexual aspects of their relationship. Who gets it from the other? Also originally comes from Mangas.

Mangas: Japanese comics generally but really different from the American superhero etc comics.

Bias: Favorite cast member of something

Shonen-Ai: essentially BL, just in regards to mangas. More in regards to feelings and less sexual than Yaoi.

Yaoi: essentially BL, just in regards to mangas. More erotic and sexual scenes than Shonen-Ai.

Fujoshi: Women who like Yaoi.

Tease: A movie or series that is not BL but more like bromance but really teases the BL without giving the fans anything.

What to know about BL?

BL fans exist all around the world, of course. In some cultures such things are more accepted compared to others. The BL shows I’m talking about are mostly Asian BL shows. Of course the US and others have a lot of shows too but Asia takes it to a different level. Here’s a few facts about the country variety of BL:

  • USA: more open to BL characters but usually just featured as side or supporting characters. Also appear in shows where there are a lot of main characters (ex. Glee, Shadowhunters). Usually produced with quality pictures and a more developed show production
  • South Korea: not as open about BL as other countries. Therefore not that many big BL shows or movies and mostly just indie productions. Seldomly some BL in mainstream but mostly teasing the fans with bromance.
  • China: put out a ban where every homosexual content was prohibited from airing. One of the reasons why when watching Chinese BL do not expect too many touchy scenes. They do have good “couple” chemistry though.
  • Japan: BL got more popular in Mangas and Anime and went on to live-action movies. Normally kinda cheesy and not really high production quality but the stories can be amazingly touching.
  • Thailand: the one country that produces a lot of BL shows with good quality of pictures and story. Sometimes with total newbie actors but they have a lot of fans and don’t just tease fans.

So this was some info about general stuff to know what I’m talking about.Β 

Where can you get more information about shows, also like reviews and stuff?
Well, I do have recommendation posts, but if you want a general “wikipedia” for BL, then I recommend mydramalist.com
It offers everything you want regarding Asian movies, series, shows, actors and actresses.

Okay, I admit that’s it for part one of the BL Introduction 101. I think I’m gonna cut it into multiple parts:

  1. General
  2. History
  3. Actors
  4. Couples
  5. Series
  6. Movies

Or something like that πŸ˜€
I know this was like veeeery general but cut me some slack, I’m only starting out with this post series πŸ˜‰ Next part comes on the 28th of January.