801. Yaoi. Boy’s Love. Tanbi. Shounen-Ai. BL. Pr0n.
Call it whatever you want.
Fujoshi. Fudanshi. Fujojo.
Call us whatever you want.
We probably wouldn’t care because all we know is that 8/01 is our special day and here in Otaku Champloo we’ll be celebrating a fiesta for what we fujoshi love: Boy’s Love manga.
From 8/01 until 8/10 (OMG YES!) Otaku Champloo will be celebrating Boy’s Love manga with all you fujojos and curious bypassers out there. For ten days (FO REALS!), we’ll be talking about those comics where boys who like boys who do boys like they’re girls or like boys! We’ll be talking about our favorite titles, our favorite ships, and our favorite kinks.
The 801 MMF will be a celebration of a genre that has been around for forty years and has given countless of women thousands of feels which eventually transformed manga conventions by producing works that challenge Japanese concepts of aesthetics, fiction, and sexuality.
It’s an exciting time to be a fujoshi! So if you have some thoughts and feels about Boy’s Love, feel free to join us in the 801 MMF!
BUT OMG, KHURSTEN! I have so many feels and thoughts about BL manga, can’t I just give you my entire website!
Worry not! I’ll do my best to contain your feels! In fact, here are the categories where you can contribute to the 801 MMF!
OUR BL FAVORITES
– Write a post about your top five favorite BL titles, the kind that you have double copies of just so you can lend it to people! Tell us why you love it and why other people should be reading it too. You can do this by titles or by authors!
OUR BL LIFE
– One of the things I’ve learned is BL has changed a lot of people. Throughout the years, BL’s transformative power has been studied by many people but nothing amazes us more than hearing the voices of fellow BL fans and their BL . Tell us your thoughts about BL: from your feels about kinks in BL manga, to the crazy fandoms, to the love and hate of fujoshis, and maybe just how BL has changed things in your life.
BL WEBCOMIC UPDATES
– We’re listing again our favorite BL Webcomics! And we want to hear from you your favorites that didn’t make it to last year’s BL webcomic list! <3 I have a few titles in mind but let’s see what you fujojos and fudanshis have found on the internet.
Throughout this week, I’ll be keeping up with your links while posting my own posts on BL too! Let’s share stories and hopefully encourage more fujoshi to get back into their BL habit!
Is my contribution a BL title?
The easiest solution is to look at the publisher. In the US you have Sublime and DMG who publish BL titles. If it’s in their roster, it’s definitely BL. Old publishers like Blu, Netcomics, and Aurora also sold BL titles!
If you’re sending in a review of a Japanese title, check the publishers. Anything by Libre is BL/yaoi in nature. Asuka, Akaneshinsha, Tokyo Mangasha, Shodensha (particularly their On Blue line), are also BL.
It becomes tougher if you want to tackle classic BL manga. According to the Fujoshi manga issue of Eureka, titles that tackle homosexuality by the Year 24 group are considered BL. In the 1980s, titles by Akimi Yoshida such as California Monogatari, Banana Fish and Yasha are also runners for BL. Even Yun Kouga’s Loveless is a BL classic.
If you tell me that Kuroko no Basuke and Tenipuri should be here, well no. We’ll leave that for another event! 😀
Hold it, Fujojo! There’s more!
In celebration of this fiyaysta, I’ll also be giving away 8 special BL books to fans. One of them can serve as a fujoshi’s lethal weapon! So watch out over the next few days on how you guys will get to have a chance to win some lovelies from me!
Okay, my body’s ready!
Join us in this 801MMF by using the #801MMF hashtag on tumblr and twitter or by sending me an e-mail with the subject [801 MMF – name of category (if applicable)] at punkednoodle-at-gmail.com. Follow me on twitter, @khursten, and tag me if you’ve posted something!
So stand up, fujojo! Our battle will commence soon!
Title art is from Shinjuku Lucky Hole by Kumota Haruko