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 😥

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 😀

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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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Cinema 2019: What’s on, what’s gone, what’s coming?

Check out the previous installments:
Year 2017
Year 2018

Here’s your update to what is coming to your cinema in the new year 2019. I give no guarantees to the monthly schedule since things can differ from country to country and everything can happen, but here you have an overall schedule 😀 I hope everyone finds something for them:

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January. The month of snow and Christmas afterglow. The month where everyone is still hopeful about their new year’s resolutions and hopes for the new year. Well let’s see what this hopeful month brings this year. 

First up this month offers The Favourite. A movie I heard a lot about and with Emma Stone in quite a new character compared to her previous roles. It’s a historical movie and I’m not good with those so I’m gonna skip it if it’s not overly praised by critics. 

Another one this month is Mary Queen of Scots. Another movie I heard a lot about and also historical. It seems we are returning to the historical genre of films this month. It seems like a very dramatic movie so maybe I’m gonna watch it. Maybe because I have someone who might like going with me but I’m not overly excited for it. 

There’s also gonna be a LEGO movie 2 after the first one got better reviews than anyone expected. Glass is also coming out this month. Didn’t watch the previous installments so no idea if it will be any good but maybe I’m gonna check those out first and then decide later whether to watch it in cinema or not. Escape Room is also coming out but I’m gonna wait for the first reviews on that one. I’m not a big Saw fan and I’m very very afraid it’s similar to those. 

  • Others: Norm of the North Keys to the Kingdom / The Kid who would be King / A Dog’s Way Home / The Upside

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February or the month where everyone throws away their new year’s resolutions and starts wishing for spring just to spend Valentine’s alone and nag everyone about the snow and it not having 30 °C out. Well it’s February. It’s still supposed to snow. 

February gifts us with a lot of installments. First off the long awaited (at least by me) third installment of How to train your dragon. I am sad. It’s probably gonna be the last one but I’m still happy I get to see them again. I just hope it has a nice ending. 

And the hit of this February, or for some locations in January: Instant Family. Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne in their best form and together they are a really funny combination. The trailers seem awesome and funny with just enough drama and a little bit of sassiness. It’s not the most original story but I love the actors and I believe they might have managed to achieve an awesome movie start into the year. 

We also get Alita: Battle Angel, a movie that has been promoted for over a year. At least that’s what it feels like. I’m waiting on the reviews about this one though before I go and watch it in the cinema. 

  • Others: Cold Pursuit / The Rhythm Section / What Men Want / The Prodigy / Happy Death Day

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March brings the long awaited Captain Marvel movie. The trailer’s been out some time and everyone is excited, also because it finally means Avengers 4 is coming soon. So Captain Marvel has quite the interesting cast especially because I did not think Brie Larsson would ever play a super hero but I think she can give this whole super hero world a new charm. I’m intrigued. 

And March also shows another long awaited favorite of mine: Dumbo. Disney is really stepping up its game this year. So many movies coming from them. Quite a line-up of live-action movies. Well the trailer seems really cool and I can’t wait to see Colin Farrell in a good character role again after playing the bad guy so well in Fantastic Beasts. 

Another movie I am excited about is Five Feet Apart. Not actually because it may be awesome but because I wanna see what the young actors can show us and how they handle the seriousness behind the story. Whether this will be a simple no one noticed it movie or a serious and touching movie, let’s wait and see. 

  • Others: Chaos Walking / The Force / Wonder Park / Us / Hotel Mumbai

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Okay let’s start at the beginning. May brings us (finally) Avengers 4 or Avengers: Endgame. I think I will never understand why there was such a big drama about the name. Endgame tells me absolutely nothing. Zilch. So yeah that one is coming. Trailer seems interesting but tells us pretty much nothing. And don’t tell me otherwise. We are all just picking at little stuff so we can overcome the time to the movie release. 

Note here: this one was originally scheduled for May and only starts at the end of April so I put it here but it will probably last through May. Definitely, I’m sure. 

We also get Shazam!, a movie where I cannot decide whether it is a comedy or a super hero movie. The trailer seems fun though, so maybe I’m gonna check it out. 

We get a few horror movies this month too, but since I’m not much of a horror movie viewer I’m the wrong person to ask here. 

Hellboy is another movie coming out this month. I think it’s a reboot but I’m not a hundred percent sure, maybe another installment? Ah, I just looked it up – it’s a reboot. Well, the last one was praised a lot so it has some fandom to live up to but whether I’ll watch it, probably not, unless the effects have gotten better. 

  • Breakthrough / Pet Sematary / Little / Curse of La Llorona / Missing Link

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May. The one month each year everyone goes to the cinema at least once and discovers what has changed since they have gone – either because of a Marvel movie or because they are the unlucky person to know someone who wants to go watch the new Marvel movie. The one month where DC will probably never release a movie in. But well, Disney is. 

This time Marvel is releasing its biggest blockbuster 2019 end of April so everyone releasing a movie in May has to be very sure of themselves. 

Rivaling Marvel this May is Aladdin by Disney. One of the really high pressured live-action adaptations of Disney. This could be either a total success or a total flop. I’m definitely watching this. I think it’s not a bad idea by Disney to release it in May, since it is totally different from Avengers.

Also a movie I made fun of before watching the trailer and actually laughing my ass off when I watched the trailer: Detective Pikachu. The trailer is hilarious and I’m definitely gonna check it out. Even if it is horrible I would not like missing it if it is as funny as it seems. 

Also we will get to see Godzilla 2 or Godzilla King of Monsters. Whatever you want to call it. The trailer does not tell much expect for its gonna be an action packed movie and there’s gonna be a multi-headed dragon (so cool). I’m not sure whether to watch it but if someone says they want to go I’m definitely not going to say no. 

  • Others: John Wick: Chapter 3 / Brightburn / Ugly Dolls / The Intruder

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June brings us the long awaited return of the X-men main characters with X-Men: Dark Phoenix. I’m curious how Sophie Turner is gonna play her role especially because I don’t think it’s gonna be that good but I’m always happy when I get positively surprised.

Top Gun: Maverick, second installment for Top Gun, the hit from I-don’t-know when is also getting another chance and coming back with a second installment. Haven’t watched the first one, don’t know whether to watch the second one but considering how much time has passed I’m kind of curious how they incorporate modern things into it. 

We also get a lot of installments in June: Toy Story 4 which I no nothing about and I’ve kind of grown out of the Toy Story franchise I admit.

There’s The Secret Life of Pets 2. The first one was funny but not so funny to make me wanna go to the cinema and watch it I have to say. I’m also gonna wait on the reviews on that one.

The one movie a lot of people are looking forward to this June is probably Men In Black: International. A new installment of MIB and yes, Will Smith will reappear in it, so I’m excited and all for it, especially because I liked the humor in the previous installments and I like Chris Hemsworth, who is also starring in the movie.

  • Others: 47 Meters Down / Child’s Play

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Whether two months is enough time between the release of two live-action Disney movies, I don’t know but it’s happening. July gives us the already teased The Lion King live-action adaption. If Aladdin is already a risk, The Lion King adaptation is a jump off the cliff and hoping for the best. Let’s see if Disney lands in a nice lake or is crushed against the hard rocks. 

We also get Spiderman: Far From Home, the second installment with Tom Holland as Spiderman. The one movie that already told us Peter Parker is not really dead. I’m excited especially after finding out who MJ is and I’m curious who the new villain will be. 

There’s also supposed to be a new installment or spin-off of Fast & Furious but even I think they’ve had A LOT already so I might just let that pass me by. 

An another movie where I don’t know whether to be kind of excited or hide under my sheets immediately is Annabelle 3. This is getting another installment…oh man and I’m still trying to work through my nightmares from The Nun and Annabelle 2. I’m not gonna say I’m not watching it because I said the same thing about The Nun but I’m not too happy about it either. 

  • Others: Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

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In August, we are supposed to get X-Men The New Mutants. I don’t really know what it is about but a colleague of mine who works at the cinema told me they got the posters for it months ago so I guess it’s been long coming. Normally I like X-men movies so I’m gonna check it out. 

Also there’ll  be a movie called Artemis Fowl this August. It has a cool poster but I don’t think there’s much news about it yet. 

This August is also supposed to give us PLAYMOBIL: The movie. I wasn’t really into the LEGO movie announcement so I’m also not into this one. 

Also set for August is another long-awaited return of the Has Fallen franchise with Gerard Butler: Angel Has Fallen. I’m quite sure I’m not gonna watch it though, except when I really have too much time on my hands, since they did announce some of the storyline and I hate it when someone gets used as the scapegoat and has to prove their innocence after the previous action packed installments nonetheless. 

And last but not least we will get Angry Birds Movie 2. A lot of people have told me the first one was funny but nothing special so I’m probably gonna watch the first installment until August and then decide the rest. 

  • Others: Dora The Explorer / Boss Level / Good Boys

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For horror fans we have IT: Chapter Two. The adaptation of a book that not only is deeply disturbing but could also be used as a murder weapon with its 1500 pages. 

September also brings us a Downtown Abbey movie but since I have not watched the series and I haven’t really done any research on that I cannot tell you what it will be about. If you are a fan of the TV show, maybe it will be interesting for you. 

Also we will get Spies in Disguise. An animated movie. I don’t know more. 

But be aware that August, September and so on are normally the months where things are promoted like 2 months prior and they may become summer hits. So maybe we will get some surprises this time too.

  • Others: Abominable / The Kitchen / The Hunt / The Art of Racing in the Rain

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October is gonna bring a lot of horror movies I’m sure but since not that many things have been announced yet we’re gonna have to stick with what all the movies we do know. Which is: there’s gonna be a The Addams Family movie. I loved the TV show and it was really enjoyable so I’m excited for the movie. Although I don’t know what it’s gonna be like since it’s an animated movie.  

There’s gonna be a movie called Gemini Man that stars Will Smith and is kind of sci-fi but I don’t know what to think about it. 

October also sees another second installment: Zombieland Too. I absolutely loved the first one. It’s not really confirmed if and in what capacity the original actors would return but I’m hopeful. Let’s see what the first trailer looks like. 

  • Others: The Crow Reborn / Joker / Are You Afraid Of the Dark?

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November. Winter is starting. Kind of. November brings us the return of the one and only movie where no one can hear the title song again. Frozen 2 is coming out and I’m on edge with this one. I don’t know what it’s gonna be like so maybe I’ll check it out, maybe not. 

There’s also gonna be Charlie’s Angels, a reboot of the original series and I’ve heard there’s gonna be a lot of changes to the original storyline and surroundings in the story, so I’m interested, not hooked, but interested.

We are also supposed to get another Kingsman movie, a franchise that was kind of nice in the last few years so I’m keeping an eye out for that one.

  • Others: Death on the Nile / Margie Claus / Terminator 6 / Sonic The Hedgehog / Arctic Justice Thunder Squad

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December 2019 is supposed to bring us Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2. I’m very curious about how they worked the Comedy plot line into a second installment. Could be interesting or a total fail. Let’s see.

Also we are supposed to get Wicked. Don’t know whether this is supposed to be like Wicked the musical or a horror movie. Could both be true.

We also get another Star Wars installment: Star Wars Episode IX. I admit I’m a total star wars newbie and have yet to watch one of the movies (yeah yeah I know. How can I not have watched at least one? Well easy. I wasn’t interested in action movies in the galaxy. Before Guardians of the Galaxy I’ve not seen myself as much of a galaxy movie or series fan so yeah…). 

  • Others: Masters of the Universe / The Call of The Wild

 

So that was it. I hope I could give you some kind of overview of what movies are coming in 2019 and when to save some money for a cinema trip. I’m keeping my mind open especially because I watched a lot of stuff I did not recommend or skipped last year so let’s see how on the spot I am this year about my movie trips 🙂

I’m totally unreliable #lifeinanutshell

I’m not sure whether to say sorry or whether to just say “I have a life. Suck it” because I did kinda promise in a previous post I’d continue writing and publishing… Well I’m an ass I guess since I did neither since then.

I mean I did a lot of things since then:

  • Lose 5 kilos with a lot of work
  • Visit a fitness studio for the first time
  • Get the special bonus card at my local cinema
  • Buy myself stuff I don’t need
  • Buy myself some stuff I do need
  • Gain 6 kilos with a lot less work than I would’ve liked
  • Celebrate Christmas joyfully
  • Celebrate my birthday happily
  • Take a 4 week vacation from work
  • Start writing my university paper
  • Clean out my room
  • Get new work colleagues
  • Celebrate my one year anniversary at my work place
  • Go to a dance/night club for the first time and only return at 4:30 in the morning
  • Start ice-skating again
  • Buy myself a Korean book and not read it

You see I did a lot of stuff and these are just the things I can remember. Okay, but let’s just get to the point here:

I’m back and hopefully this time for real. I’m currently revamping the site – although it should be finished when I release this post but who knows with my scheduling skills. So, I’m not trying to better myself, I’m just tying to be honest here. You won’t get regular from me. Not until I’m paid to do this. Which I am not. YES, I’m a very materialistic person, I need to pay bills too you know.

So stay with me and please be patient. I can only tell you what I am working on, which currently is:

  • a new edition of the CineMania series for 2019, so you know what to expect, what to watch and what to blatantly ignore
  • part III of the BL manga recommendations which I promised months ago – I DO already have the recommendations, I just haven’t added much else
  • a recommendations post for BL shows (Thai etc) for 2019, since so many of you liked the last one
  • a review for 2018 Cinema

I’m working on all of that but no real idea when it’s finished. Currently my plan would be to release one post per week at least and the 2019 recommendation should be out by the end or middle of January, so let’s see.

Wish me luck, I will do my best, but everyone who has been reading my posts so far, knows, I’m highly unreliable regarding everything schedule-y – I know that’s not a word

 

Sorry, but I have a life, so do you.

BL Shonen-Ai manga recommendations – Part II

Welcome to Part II. This time I will introduce some Shonen Ai recommendations which I just love. I put Shonen Ai and not Yaoi on purpose because for all I remember these recommendations are part of the Shonen-Ai genre and less Yaoi-ish…I know that’s not a word but still.

So these recommendations now are very dear to me. I only discovered them after some time but I grew to love them. Most of them are completed works and not too long but I still recommend reading and enjoying them ^.^

19 Days

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My first two recommendations for the Shonen-Ai list are teases. Seriously. But I can tell you, you will still enjoy 19 Days. Don’t be put off when at first or inbetween you see some artwork and no story. It tells the story of a high school boy and his best friend (who he is not-so-secretly in love with) and later on features a really really cute other couple ^.^

The story is very very very slow progressing but it’s just really funny and enjoyable to read so I definitely recommend it.

Note: Yes, I know it is actually not a manga but a …Chinese one?

Coda

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This story is another tease mostly. It is also gender-bender (meaning cross-dressing) but I thought the story was just too nice not too include it especially since there is so much “it could happen somewhen in the future”.

Story: One day, Kunisada Haruichi who is specializing in Japanese dance in his high school dance department, meets Yuri Arbatov, a famous and young ballet dancer who comes for a short-term study abroad. However when he gets a hold of Haruichi’s weakness, Haruichi is forced to cross dress on stage… (source: myanimelist.net)

I really enjoyed reading it and thought it was a really nice and beautiful story. It starts of with some jokes but quickly turns to a more serious tone. You should check it out!

Koi Nante Shinai!

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KNS! has such a nice and promising storyline, unfortunately it has a open ending, if you can even call it ending. I think it was just that somehow it’s not gonna continue, I don’t know why, but well…I’ll still recommend it.

Story: Udou Ryuuji loathes his classmate Kujou Ritsuki. He hates it that the good-looking boy is like always smiling and flirting and has everyone believing he is perfect. One day Ryuuji discovers that Ritsuki has a secret part-time job and sharing a secret brings them closer together…or something like that. It’s kinda hard putting the story line together.

Well, it is very well drawn and I really enjoyed reading the story, especially because compared to other stories, there doesn’t seem to be a definite “top” in the relationship. And I don’t mean this in the sexual sense but more in the “who has the pants on in the relationship”. Both of them are shown to fall for the other person and having a weak spot for them, so yea, I really enjoyed that.

Kohitsuji Project

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Story: Kohitsuji Project is about a boy being accepted into a prestigious school not knowing he is the “sheep” that is meant to let the vampires learn that humans are not to be treated like food! (source: myanimelist.net)

What I liked about this one? It is a fantasy BL manga, well drawn and with a good storyline. It is not just about ero stuff but actually a lot about storyline. Unfortunately it is only 2 volumes long but I enjoyed it so much, I had to share it here. I also really appreciated the detailed and beautiful drawings.

Bokura ni Matsuwaru Etc.

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Story: Iku and Keita are childhood buddies. Naturally, having been friends for as long as they can remember, when one started to play baseball, so did the other. During their final year in middle school, Keita’s baseball career abruptly ended as a result of the severe injuries he sustained when saving Iku from being hit by a truck. Presently, they go to the same high school. But ever since that accident, Iku has distanced himself from both the game and his friend, presumably out of guilt. What does Keita think about this? (source: myanimelist.net)

This one is just…just…just oh-so-good. I loved reading this. This one is like all the Thai BLs where you only get one kiss but you are soooo happy with just that one kiss. This manga really relies on the chemistry between the characters and the chemistry is off the tops. I really enjoyed this story. Sadly, it is only 3 chapters but those three chapters really are great. I love it!

Uragiri Wa Boku No Namae Wo Shitteiru

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Finally one that is longer. Well, it took a really long time for UraBoku to end and I still haven’t read the ending. I’m afraid it is an open ending but since I haven’t read it, I wouldn’t know.

Story: Plagued by re-occurring dreams he can’t quite recall and a strange power that allows others’ thoughts and emotions to flow into him, high school student Sakurai Yuki has always longed to know the reason for his existence. Soon after a hauntingly beautiful, nostalgic stranger named Zess saves Yuki from an oncoming car, the head of the Gioh Clan shows up at the foster group home where Yuki lives, claiming to be family. Who are the Gioh Clan? What is their connection to Zess? Most importantly, can Yuki accept his role in the destiny laid out before him? (source: myanimelist.net)

UraBoku is probably one of the most beautifully drawn mangas I ever read. It is detailed but also shows some of those comedic chibi styled images sometimes. The story is pretty detailed and heavy but really enjoyable and nice to read. I definitely recommend reading it and see for yourself if you like it!

Oh, also there is an anime!

Houkago Edge

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Story: Tobari’s always loved cute and feminine things. Which sparks his eventual venture into drag. One day, while he was out in public dressed as a high school girl, he bumps into fellow classmate, Inui. It’s annoying to Tobari how amusing Inui finds it, but at least he’s promised not to tell anyone. But with no plans of letting him off for this hobby, Inui proposes something outrageous. He is twisted and unstable, but for some reason, his words are reassuring. A story of a secret love woven with something unnerving. (source: myanimelist.net)

Houkago Edge is such a jewel. Really. I read it around 5 times already and I can tell you a little story about that. I read it and then forgot its name so when I remembered it and wanted to re-read it I searched for three hours to find it again, just so I could read it again. That’s how much I love this one. The characters are kinda strange but lovingly so and the ending is really really nice. It is only one volume long but here it is definitely quality over quantity.

 

So these are my BL Shonen-Ai recommendations. I hope you like them and enjoyed reading the post as well as check out the mangas. I really enjoyed all of them and I hope you to too ^.^

Look out for Part III. I already put the recommendations together, I just have to finish writing it 😀

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BL – Yaoi Manga Recommendations Part I

As requested I decided to just try and recommend some BL (meaning Shonen Ai and Yaoi mangas). I can tell you what happened, after I started thinking about it…I had too many!!! Seriously, I had so many recommendations that I had to make a list and put them in order and give away points. Well, in the end it was too exhausting so I just decided to wing it. I can always make more Parts right? XD

So here are some (mainstream) BL manga recommendations. In Part II I will reveal some hidden gems that I discovered overtime and that I love sooooo much.

Note: I will put some general notes to everythings about whether it’s Yaoi or Shonen Ai and how long and so on. Since there IS a difference and some might appreciate the difference.

Super Lovers

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Details: long, and as far as I know still ongoing / there is an anime with 2 seasons / earlier on it’s Shonen Ai, later on it gets a little bit of Yaoi…but not much tbh

Super Lovers is one of the biggest mainstream BL mangas out there. If you read BL manga and haven’t at least heard about it then…where have you been? It tells the story of Haru, the oldest of three brothers (two half-brothers), who one day goes to Canada to visit his mother. Right after his arrival he meets Ren, a little boy who is closer to the wild than to humans and is taken in by Haru’s mother. With a lot of work and dedication Ren opens up to Haru. On his way back to Japan Haru has an accident and forgets everything that happened in Canada. After some time, suddenly there is a young boy on his doorstep saying that he is there to collect on their promise.

To say the least, Haru is the most amazing and strangest brother ever told about. Seriously, he gives everything for his family whether they are directly related or not. And it’s just heart-warming to see his and Ren’s feelings grow and how they become closer.

I love this manga and I regularly read the new chapters and volumes, although I admit, that the mangaka seems to repeating the story archs a little bit at the moment, but let’s see where it goes.

Junjou Romantica

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Details: long…still ongoing as far as I know / there is an anime with 3 seasons! / definitely Yaoi, no doubt, no doubt at all

The classic of the classics. This is like Love Sick of Thai BL series. It’s the classic of the BL stories and the one that paved the way for so many others. It tells the story of Misaki who is struggling with his college exam, so his dear older brother Takahiro introduces him to his best friend, the popular novelist Akihiko Usami. It doesn’t take long for Misaki to notice that Usami is secretly in love with Misaki’s brother. While in the beginning seemingly at odds Usami and Misaki become closer and when Takahiro introduces them to his lovely fiancée, some things happen and their relationship changes into something more…

So first off, JR includes three storylines and couples, all of them a little bit intertwined with each other but not so much that you would actually see a lot of the characters cross over. It’s just mentioning some names and so on. The other stories are definitely wonderful too and also manage to mesmerize but the main story is and will always be Misaki and Usami. Misaki is such a lovely and hardworking character, you just cannot hate him and Usami is such a strange person. Yep, that’s all I’m gonna say about Usami. Let’s just say, his whole character (and his family) make up pretty much 80% of the manga’s comic relief. JR is definitely one of my favourite long running BL mangas and mangas in general. Do not get turned away by the drawing style though, you will fall in love with it over time ^.^

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Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Onodera Ritsu no Baai

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Details: from the same mangaka as Junjou Romantica / still ongoing as far as I know / Yaoi but maybe not as hard and often as in JR, still YAOI / there are 2 anime seasons and I think a few OVAs

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi proved to me that Shungiku Nakamura (the mangaka) is good at what she is doing. Definitely. Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi tells the story of Onodera Ritsu, a very jaded and cynical person. He just transferred from his father’s publishing company to Marukawa Shoten (also publishing company) and while he wanted to go to the literature departement he lands in the Shoujo Manga division. There he meets the departement chief Takano. They rub each other the wrong way right from the beginning but soon they discover that they have actually met before…before, when they were in a relationship and (in short) broke each other’s hearts and it ended badly.

Maybe it’s old to compare it to JR but I just have to. SH is (and not just the manga but also the anime) a lot more romantic than JR, at least the beginning. I think that is because the mangaka had more experience but also because the characters are already grown-ups, have a backstory and because it is not as comical as JR. For me, I will always JR, since it was one of my first BL addictions but SH comes close after because the story is just so sweet and all those feelings!!!

Seven Days

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Details: two volumes / completed / there is a life-action movie / Shonen-Ai, no Yaoi at all – a good start for beginners

I already recommended the Seven Days life-action movie in my BL recommendations but now I am talking about the manga. This manga made me consider buying the special manga version in the shop. I had the normal one but the other one had some extras, bigger pictures and some more colours and so on. Normally I don’t do stuff like that because as long as I can read it in the other manga I’m happy but I am totally in love with this manga, seriously.

The story: Senior high school student Shino Yuzuru has a beautiful face and an undesirable personality: he is laid back, impolite, and blunt. A lot of people dumped him because of difference in expectation and reality before. His junior Seryou Touji is a well-known ladies’ man. There is a rumor, stating that Seryou will agree to go out with the first person to ask him out on Monday and date that person for a week. When he doesn’t fall in love he dumps the other person on Sunday. Hearing the rumor, Shino becomes curious. One day he jokingly asks Seryou out. Seryou takes him seriously, and so begins Shino’s seven days with him.

The movie is nice and all but I think the manga is really really nice. Nothing more to say than that though ^.^

Ten Count

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Details: 6 volumes, completed / DEFINITELY YAOI / there is gonna be an anime!!!

Story: When the President got into an accident, Shirotani Tadaomi met Kurose. On their very first meeting, Kurose could tell right away that Shirotani is mysophobic and said that it’s pretty bad while suggesting it would be better to consult a doctor about it. Shirotani was left perturbed by the encounter. Who is Kurose? And how was he able to tell Shirotani’s condition? (source: myanimelist.net)

I was too lazy to write about the story so yea…Ten Count has really nice drawings and is really nice to read. For me the story was kinda heavy even if there were no real reasons for it to be…it just had this heavy feeling – and I don’t mean this in a bad way, not at all. I really enjoyed reading it and I will definitely re-read it. I warn you though: If you are only into Shonen-Ai and have not read a Yaoi manga yet, DO NOT START with Ten Count!!!

Elektel Delusion

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Details: 4 volumes, completed / definitely Yaoi

Story: Skipping class on the rooftop one day, Shunpei’s best friend Fumi tells him he thinks he might be gay. All set to freak out (“Then up ’til now he’s been thinking that way about me?!”) Shunpei’s a bit nonplussed when Fumi’s confession turns out…to have nothing to do with him at all! In fact, Fumi’s already going out with someone else. Cue adolescent meltdown. (source: myanimelist.net)

I love this manga. I love it. I love the characters, the drawings, the story, the little jokes inbetween, the character development. I love it. The ending could be a bit more satisfying, I admit, but otherwise I love it ^.^ You will fall in love with the characters and the relationship between the main leads is really funny and heart-warming.

Escape Journey

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Details: ongoing / the mangaka has sooo many good works, check them out / Yaoi

Story: In college, Naoto has an unexpected reunion with ex-boyfriend Taichi who he broke up with for denouncing him as “sexual gratification.” Naoto had been firmly influenced by his hatred of this past incident but, little by little his heart is starting to forgive Taichi who has really grown when compared to their time in high school… While that’s happening, their friend Fumi-chan seems to be in love with Taichi…? When they are friends, they have extraordinary compatibility, but turning it into love isn’t going too well. A love story filled with emotional scars. (source: myanimelist.net)

EJ is drawn really really really well. Maybe it is just me liking this kind of drawing style, maybe but still, I love it. The story line is full of emotions and reading the feelings behind someone’s actions and less about what they say to each other. There seem to be serious communication problems between the leads but otherwise this manga is definite recommend from my site.

Note: it is currently stuck on a very big cliffhanger though, so I hope it continues soon…

Hidoku Shinaide

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Details: ongoing, as far as I know / Yaoi / from the same people as Elektel Delusion but sometimes seems like it’s from someone else

Hidoku Shinaide tells more than one story. I think there is the good student – bad boy relationship (Maya and Nemugasa) …no wait…the other couples were in another manga…I think. Well, the main couple is a good student with good grades and a playboy / bad boy. It starts off pretty superficial and more on Yaoi than on actual storyline but soon the focus shifts more into the story departement and the sexy scenes are just a bonus. HS is a story you read for the overall development and I think it’s really nice seeing the main characters fall more and more for each other.

Ameiro Paradox

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Details: ongoing / starts out strongly as Shonen Ai and includes a little bit of Yaoi but not much – good for beginners / there is supposed to be an anime somewhen in the future

Story: A change in the stakeout team throws Onoe, reporter for a weekly magazine, together with his contemporary, Kaburagi, a photographer. Onoe secretly considers Kaburagi his rival, and Kaburagi’s haphazard way of doing things goes against Onoe’s strong sense of ethics—there’s nothing but conflict between them.
But, in joint pursuit of a scandal, the two of them begin to care about each other…? (source: myanimelist.net)

I like this manga as an inbetweener. It is not my favourite, no, but it is nice to read. The reason why it’s not my favourite? Because it seem like they never really figured out if this is a comedic romance story, a romance or a comedy story with some romantic inclinations…

Honto Yajuu

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Details: ongoing / Yaoi, but I think in the beginning it starts with Shonen Ai? I’m not too sure though

Story: Ueda Tomoharu is a cop manning a local koban station, and he’s quite happy with his job and relatively quiet life until he happens to run into yakuza member Gotouda Aki while chasing down an underwear thief… and is suddenly confessed to! Aki doesn’t seem bothered in the least about their “star-crossed lovers” status and eagerly dives into a super lovey-dovey relationship with his policeman, but Ueda’s about to find out just how dangerous it can be dating a mobster… in more ways than one. (source: myanimelist.net)

The dynamic between the characters is definitely one of the strong points of this one. It is really nice to see the character development and how they try to figure out how to handle their relationship. What I like with this one is how they present a problem in their relationship, have some drama but then solve it pretty quickly. It’s not just drama but two characters trying their best to make their relationship work.

 

So these were my (mainstream) BL manga recommendations. In my next post about BL manga I will recommend some not so known mangas, which also means that a lot of them will not have too many chapters but who cares if the story and the feelings are awesome XD

I hope you liked it, tell me in the comments below if you want some specific recommendations or if you have any questions and I will answer as soon as possible.

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