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! :D

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!

Fujojocast #9 – Clearly, we can’t stop talking about Free!

Has it really been a year? Is the eternal summer really over? Well, clearly, Nozmo, Airin, and I cannot have enough of Free! Now the second season came and went with fantastic new characters who even made some of us cry in misery. The second season also showed us our boys’ attempt in sorting out their future. There were meat pies, cute dogs, adorable little bros, and AUSTRALIA! So if you feel like reminiscing over the season that came and went, feel free to listen to this episode! Download OP/EP Music: Future Fish, Style Five If you want to see more of the fan stuff that Nozmo and Airin do, just head on to their tumblrs. You can also read Nozmo’s Todd Allison and the Petunia Violet here. As for Airin’s fic, check out her Ao3 (and for the HaruRins, don’t forget to read Wind Waves!) Like this:Like Loading…

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Lessons from Manga Futures

To try to encapsulate the entirety of Manga Futures in one blog post is difficult. There were so many amazing people, many of which were experts in studies of Japanese popular culture. Their presentations ranged from foreign censorship to misrepresentation of manga and anime in media to the political agencies of fans. There were serious discussions and there were also sexy fun times. I don’t think a summary would give justice to the wealth of knowledge exchanged over that weekend! The best that I can share are some of the lessons that I have learned from the weekend. There are many things about sexuality in manga that remains to be understood It’s easy to think that with all the information online and with all the things published (especially with books that claim to capture the entire history of manga), we know absolutely everything about manga. Yet this conference proved that there were many things that remain to be misrepresented in media, particularly sexual content such as yuri, moe, erotic manga, and lolicon. Japan’s leading critics on manga, Kaworu Nagayama, author of Eromanga Studies, and Yukari Fujimoto, author of Shōjo Manga Tamashii, were present to clarify some issues that surround sexuality in manga. Manga’s quite “notorious” for its sexual content. Media often represent (or misrepresent) manga’s content as too sexual, erotic, or violent for its “primary” consumers, children. Nagayama and Fujimoto clarified that manga is quite diverse and that erotic manga for men and women have been healthy outlets for sexual expression for both male and […]

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35. Sono Otoko Amatou ni tsuki

This is the manga for the chocolate lovers. This is also not the manga for chocolate lovers. This manga excites me because it’s written by Est Em. It also makes me feel distraught because it’s by Est Em. This conflicted feeling lies on the fact that this is perhaps one of the most beautiful manga I’ve seen published and at the same time it’s the most troublesome manga when you’re devoid of chocolate. Rarely do I bother with such titles, but if it’s Est Em, I don’t mind this bittersweet affair. Unboxing like a box of chocolates I actually read Sono Otoko Amatou ni Tsuki online via Ohta Shuppan’s Web Comic portal: Poco-poco. This was earlier published in a now discontinued magazine and Poco-poco rescued it from possible oblivion. The story takes us to Paris where we meet Jean Louis, a man who has nothing but love and admiration for chocolates so much so that he lives his life driven by chocolates. Like everything in his life relates to those things and it’s quite amazing how he doesn’t seem to gain weight. To add, Jean Louis has the sexiest way of eating chocolates. Seeing him slip a truffle in his mouth makes you want to bite and lick the aftertaste of the chocolate from his finger or his lower lip. IT’S THAT HORRIBLE! Never have I thought of falling in love with a man just by how he eats his chocolate. But damn, Jean Louis is such a sexy beast that it’s not hard not […]

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34. The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window

I have my fair set of expectations when it comes to my favourite authors. The fact that I consider them my favorite entails a kind of resonance, a hive mind of sorts where you just know what kind of title to expect whenever they release new works. As such, when I got one of Yamashita Tomoko’s newest titles this year, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window (Sankaku Mado no Gaisoku wa Yoru), I was expecting some kind of emotional turmoil. Except, as with everything Yamashita Tomoko has done in my life, she takes a different turn and gives me a bit of a fright when she brings these two ghost hunters in this title. In this story we first meet Kousuke Mikado, a bookshop clerk who has an eye for dead people. I can understand his worries that THIS WAS NOT THE BEST GIFT TO HAVE, however, a young man convinces him that his gift could be quite useful. This man was Rihito Hiyakawa, a president of a cleaning company by name but is actually an extremely efficient exorcist. He believes that it was fate that led him to Mikado and if Mikado helps his business, he’ll make sure to get rid of Mikado’s fears. Sounds good but as Mikado discovers more about the spiritual world, it becomes less and less convincing that their relationship was fate. I am not a big fan of ghost stories and would often drop stories like this in a heartbeat but Yamashita’s casual yet gripping narrative of these ghostbusters […]

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Manga Futures and Protean Borders in Australia

I’m so excited to tell you guys about this awesome thing happening in my university at the end of this month. In cooperation with Kyoto Seika University’s International Manga Research Center, University of Wollongong is hosting Manga Futures, a conference that discusses various issues surrounding manga and its audiences from Japan and various places around the globe! The program includes a talk by Keiko Takemiya on the future of manga, Jaqueline Berndt on Manga Studies and Kirsten Cather on Manga in the 21st Century. There are also various talks from experts in manga and otaku studies. Scholars like Patrick Galbraith will speak of the issues surrounding lolita and we even have Ling Yang to talk about the troubles China’s BL fandom. You can read more about it in the program and for those who live in Sydney or New South Wales or Australia, you can register as a guest to listen in all of these amazing talks!! Register as soon as you can as slots are limited!  In addition to this conference, UOW is also putting up an exhibit called Protean Borders! This exhibit features some of Australia and Japan’s up and coming artists who challenge definitions of manga. It features artists like Sonoko Fukushima and Sookyung Yoo from Kyoto Seika’s IMRC, Japan and the likes of Sydney artists such as Sarah Boxall, Fiona Chor-Kay Chan (Miyukiko), Queenie Chan, Tatiana Davidson, Carolyn Gan (Wrat), Agnieszka Golda & Martin Johnson, Jessica Thomas, and Amei Zhao. The exhibit’s running in UOW’s TAEM Gallery from 24 October – […]

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