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An only semi-articulate article on Boy's Love. 
31st-Aug-2005 10:00 am
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People get PAID for writing this shit!? Let us count the errors together:

Gals swoon over Boy's Love media boom

Mainichi Daily News
By Ryann Connell
August 29, 2005

Huge numbers of schoolgirls in their teens through to middle-aged housewives are smitten with stories about pretty young men in love with other pretty young men in an increasingly lucrative genre called Boy's Love, according to Shukan Bunshun (9/1).

All sorts of Boy's Love media have popped up, each apparently appealing to the different demographics swooning over the saucy stories of boys falling in love with each other.

Although Boy's Love extends into comics, manga, novels and computer games, they all share the common trait of being what are called dojinshi.

Dojinshi are doing a roaring trade at Japan's countless comike, or comic markets, and what makes them stand out is that they are all produced by ordinary fans who've taken characters from a famous manga, anime or novel and then parodied or paraphrased to create their own original stories.

Boy's Love dojinshi run the whole gamut or garishness, such as the "Captain Tsubasa" tale that takes the leading proponents from a well-known Japanese anime about elementary school baseball players and makes them lovers, or the more modern take on Harry Potter, who teams up the young wizard with his chum Ron Weasley to play with magic wands of an entirely different type to those J.K. Rowling wrote about in her books.

While many are shocked at the graphic content of the Boy's Love media, its creators continue grinding out ever more works, with some artists becoming top professionals in the mainstream market.

Many have ideas about why so many Japanese women have this fixation for homosexual stories featuring young boys. "The world of Boy's Love is a complete fantasy," a woman working a stall at a comike tells Shukan Bunshun. "When normal manga or novels pick up love stories, they occasionally touch on the bitterness of love, which can provide a sort of stimulation, but with Boy's Love, it's always about not hurting. I suppose in a way Boy's Love is kind of a way to escape from reality."

Boy's Love initially only made its way into comics and novels, but the market has recently swelled courtesy of Boy's Love computer games selling like wildfire.

"Suki na mono ha suki dakara shoganai (You Can't Help What You Like)," was released five years ago to become Japan's first Boy's Love game given an R-rating (because of its vulgar language), which basically made it a hit. "Gakuen Heaven (School Heaven)," another story about pretty young boys in love, has also sold phenomenally well, driving the market to an unprecedented size.

Both games have been made into highly successful series and spawned their own collections of related merchandise ranging from dolls to comics. An animated TV series is also apparently in the works.

"What's popular in the women's market is said to lag about three years behind what guys like, so women have only just started to fall for the charms of plastic figures," the comike seller tells Shukan Bunshun. "Guys have shifted their taste from figures and dolls to things like maid cafes (where female staff members wear the uniforms of 19th century European maids), so perhaps it won't be too long before we see Boy's Love cafes start to pop up."

END

Error #1: "Although Boy's Love extends into comics, manga, novels and computer games, they all share the common trait of being what are called dojinshi."
WTF!??? Doujinshi are independently-published materials. Independently-produced games are called "doujinsoft." Boy's Love is a designation used exclusively for original professional works; original guy-on-guy homoerotic stories published as doujinshi are called "Original June."

Error #2 and #3: "Dojinshi...are all produced by ordinary fans who've taken characters from a famous manga, anime or novel and then parodied or paraphrased to create their own original stories."
Incorrect. Not all doujinshi are parody books or even narratives. You'll find plenty of sketch and art collections, essay books, diaries, etc. as well. Moreover, not all creators of doujinshi are "ordinary fans"! Mangaka as illustrious as Takeuchi Naoko and Togashi Yoshihiro and novelist Kurimoto Kaoru have produced their own doujinshi, and even bestselling writers revel in the freedom to create whatever they want that doujinshi gives them.

His "expert" opinion was far more knowledgeable than he; too bad it didn't rub off effectively. :P
Comments 
31st-Aug-2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
I started headdesking *hard* when I read the bit about *all* boys' love material being doujinshi -- and the writer *also* seems to imply that *all* boys' love stuff is explicit, which is another cause for headdesking.
31st-Aug-2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
the writer *also* seems to imply that *all* boys' love stuff is explicit, which is another cause for headdesking.

*rereads article* Hmm. Maybe. Although, in all fairness to the guy, BL these days has gotten increasingly explicit, and the popular games he mentions are very much so. ^^; At least, the genre is virtually synonymous with sex; platonic relationships between men just aren't "BL."
31st-Aug-2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
You finally found this? I linked this at AMLA with the same reaction as you. ^_^
31st-Aug-2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
It was during my penalty box phase I don't think it ever made it up.
XDD
31st-Aug-2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
No, I don't think it did. ^^; I first heard about it from Anime News Network. :P

Why are most articles on yaoi and BL in English exercises in total horror? *sighs*
31st-Aug-2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
Eh. I read it this morning, when "The fuck" when I saw the reference to dojinshi and left the building :P

I am still not sure I've read ONE good article about BL manga (or anime, for that matter) in any "official" media as of yet...
1st-Sep-2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I wrote a small, joke one for Sukisyo for the Oct. Anime Insider...we'll see if it gets published and what alterations are made to it if it is. :P
31st-Aug-2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
The thing that annoys me the most about this article? The continuation of the apparent belief in the media that the Japanese language really doesn't need those long vowel sounds. Dojinshi? Shojo was bad enough, and the fact that every article I've read everywhere since Shojo Beat's announcement has used that spelling just drives me insane.

Maybe long vowel sounds aren't that important in English, but they sure as hell are in Japanese. If "shojo" is now the accepted romanization for "girl," how the hell do you romanize "virgin?" *rage*
31st-Aug-2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
Also, I find the idea of BL cafes to be really, really strange. What, you're going to have pretty boys having sex in them?
31st-Aug-2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
*sighs* In all fairness, there are *plenty* of respected scholars who choose to romanize Japanese without long vowels *if* the technical, linguistic aspects of the information are not that important. I'd prefer they didn't; consistent romanization is important because this is language, and consistency in language is how language is mutually-understood...but Lord that "shojo/shoujo" thing has bothered me for YEARS!

What, you're going to have pretty boys having sex in them?

More like pretty boys waiting on you, I suppose. Sort of like Cafe Kichijouji de, perhaps. ^^;;;;;
31st-Aug-2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
Jesus, the article in the Boston Globe was better than this piece of crap. Did this person bother to do ANY research?
31st-Aug-2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
I got the feeling, honestly, that he was writing practically as a hostile observer. He doesn't like the genre and didn't want to write about it (and yes, I know how that feels), but he couldn't get away from the dubious tone of voice. Which isn't in itself so bad, but it also apparently made him less willing to do his research, and *that* is unforgivable.
31st-Aug-2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
Well, Ry-ann Connell needs to come sit on my lap for spell so I can give him an education.
What can I say, there are some people you have to sodomize to get your point across.

31st-Aug-2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
After reading this dreck masquerading as serious journalism, I'm thinking he richly deserves whatever you can dish out. ^_~

(Love the icon BTW. Is it new?)
31st-Aug-2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
That is moi...according to Kheelan! It's on our freetalk page in the Camilicat doujinshi, now coming out NEXT month from Class Comics!

Freetalk chibis --->http://www.livejournal.com/~gynocrat_rex/57946.html

31st-Aug-2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
It's cute. I like your little "additions" to it. ^_^
31st-Aug-2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
Just got my trib copies of Dangerous [the new one] and it looks good! The Liberty from Hell story is funny. ^_^ Of course! Getting ready to put up in our catalogue for $8.

I like the new layout very much.

-G
31st-Aug-2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
Just got my trib copies of Dangerous [the new one] and it looks good! The Liberty from Hell story is funny. ^_^

So they're still doing additional side-stories for that series? I read it awhile ago and enjoyed it quite a bit.
1st-Sep-2005 11:03 am (UTC)
Too bad we can't go flame this guy^^
1st-Sep-2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
You know, most newspapers supply some sort of contact info for the author...but this one doesn't. *bleh*

No point in flaming the newspaper itself about it, and I guess it's too late to write the editor.
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