It has been over a year since I started this blog on July 10, 2012 as a resource for a presentation I did on Yaoi manga. I’m so grateful that other people have found it of interest.
I’ve finally posted most of the pictures I used in the presentation, plus additional ones (kind of got carried away toward the end of the “Required Reading 801 - Mangaka” section). Since then, I’ve presented a revised version — Yaoi Kisses 101 - Introduction to BL, Shounen-ai, and Yaoi Manga. This version was intended as an introduction for new fans, or for other fujoshi who wanted to know more about the history, tropes, and themes of BL. The changes I made from the original presentation were to: expand the history section, add more examples to the tropes section, and re-work the themes section to switch some of the former tropes to themes, plus adding new ones. I cut the “Required Reading” section, but hope to in the future develop a presentation that will be only that. Instead I added a few introductory titles. So I’ll start putting up the new examples, and revise my “Presentation In Order” page to reflect the changes.
Again, thanks so much for following along and humoring my obsession. If you’re in Pittsburgh for Tekko 12, April 4-6, 2014 — and if they let me do Yaoi Kisses 801 — stop by and talk yaoi with me!
Cinematic quality of manga Miyamoto-sensei is adept at using the cinematic quality of manga to tell her stories. In a novel, it is difficult if not impossible to show such things as overlapping conversations, two things happening at once, or the reaction of one character to what another is saying as it is being said - yet in film it can be done easily. In the hands of a skilled mangaka, it can also be done in print. Here Hitomi, Ryuu, and Taira are reflecting on their tangled relationships, with a radio broadcast tying them together temporally.
The Rules universe continues in Lovers, Souls, where Tooru is introduced as a new main character. Hikaru (Taira) becomes the central character of Rules, and Hitomi and Ryuu are only mentioned in passing.