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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yummy Yaoi and Other Tantalizing Tidbits!





A while back, I mentioned that I'd be posting other avenues of yaoi. I've done a couple of blog posts on BL movies, yaoi fandom/fan fiction and various yaoi writers, but have you ever heard of video games done yaoi style?? Eight out of ten people would probably say no, the product isn’t new but in North America it isn’t that well known (yet).

Sweet Pool
BL games (yaoi games) are usually–but not necessarily, a take off on a popular manga or anime series, where the central characters are placed into a homosexual relationship. Almost like a dating SIM or what's referred to as a visual novel. Of course the game’s storyline/theme is sexually based and revolves around those central characters. There is an assumption that the majority of the market base is female. And this is partly true. But now that other groups have shown an interest in yaoi manga and anime, another type of BL game is growing in popularity. These video games are called 'otome' games. The homoerotic content is supplementary, which is at times called ‘bara’ and aimed to entice a homosexual audience. 

Sweet Pool
And anyone who knows ‘bara’ knows it’s definitely not geared for women. We’re talking very muscular, usually hairy characters (a man’s man) and not the effeminate type you’d generally find in yaoi. Plus in the storyline there’s little to absolutely nothing in the romance department. Bara is what I like to call bag ‘em and shag ‘em yaoi; pretty brutal content. I don’t know why bara artists assume that every man out there enjoys graphic, sadistic torture and rape? But that seems to be the trend in bara. That’s not to say yaoi is any better – rape and angst is a huge theme among many popular Ukes and Semes.

Absolute Obedience
Okay, I went off on a tangent there! LOL Back to BL games. I’ve seen them for sale at various websites and on Ebay, but I’ve never purchased or played one. From what I’ve found most are only available in certain formats like Windows and PS2-PS3. So if you’re seriously thinking about purchasing make sure the game has been translated into English and is formatted for a North American game system. I’d watch buying from Japan–the odds of locating the game you want would probably be great but getting it in your language, not!


Absolute Obedience
I’ve got the manga series Togainu no Chi, this is what’s called a shonen-jump manga (boy’s comic). It’s rough, action packed and contains violence – just what every growing boy needs! LOL Shonen-beat manga is for girls. These manga’s contain the fluff – the cutsie love, think happy thoughts stories. YUCK! Shonen-beat is so boring…**snores** Oops sorry, did I doze off there? Anyway, Togainu no Chi has been made into a BL game because it’s so popular. Tokyopop has done it again! And if I could play the game I would because I love Shiki and Akira together…you get the idea! I’ve added a few pictures with this post. The artistry is bloody scrumptious!

Togainu no Chi - Akira & Shiki
*According to Wikipedia: A 2006 breakdown of the Japanese commercial BL market estimated it grosses approximately 12 billion yen annually, with video games generating 160 million yen per month.[1] Only a very few BL games have been officially translated into English. In 2006, JAST USA announced they would be releasing Enzai as Enzai: Falsely Accused, the first license of a BL game in English translation.[2] Some fan communities have criticized the choice of such a dark and unromantic game as the US market's first exposure to the genre. JAST USA subsequently licensed Zetta Fukujuu Meirei under the title Absolute Obedience,[3] while Hirameki International licensed Animamundi; the later game, although already nonexplicit, was censored for US release to achieve a 'mature' rather than 'adults only' rating, removing some of both the sexual and the violent content.[4] The lack of interest by publishers in licensing further titles has been attributed to widespread piracy of both licensed and unlicensed games.[5]

List of titles
       Animamundi
       Angel Knight
       Angel's Feather
       Apocripha/0
       Dynamite Darling
       Enzai
       Fragrant Tale
       Gakuen Banchou
       Gakuen Heaven
       Gigolo
       Hanamachi Monogatari
       Hotel Chronos
       Hunk's Workshop
       Kannagi no Tori
       Kichiku Megane
       Kuro no Tsuki
       Lasting Snow
       Laughter Land
       Lucky Dog 1
       Miracle Heart
       Mori no Kioku
       Ore no Shita de Agake
       Oujisama Level 1
       PrinceXPrince
       Saikyou Darling
       Seikai Houretsuden
       Seraphim Spiral
       Silver Chaos
       Soshite Bokura wa
       Suits wo Nuida Ato...
       sweet pool
       Teikoku Sensenki
       Togainu no Chi
       Zettai Fukujuu Meirei



Shiki and Akira
Happy Yaoi Hunting! ^_^!!
Blak Rayne

3 comments:

  1. Mmm, great pictures to go with the great post!

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  2. Thanks Scarlett - do I detect perhaps a yaoi fan...?
    Great to see you!
    xoxox

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  3. Thanks for helping bring these games to a broader audience, but I think you've got your Japanese a bit mixed up.

    "These video games are called 'otome' games. The homoerotic content is supplementary, which is at times called ‘bara’ and aimed to entice a homosexual audience."

    "Otome" means "maiden" and refers to heterosexual romance games aimed at a female audience. Otome games sometimes have some yaoi tease, but like yaoi proper they're not aimed at gay men in any way. "Bara" means "rose" and is (for complicated reasons) used for material aimed at gay men; bara games exist but they are completely separate from otome games (and yaoi games).

    "I’ve got the manga series Togainu no Chi, this is what’s called a shonen-jump manga (boy’s comic). It’s rough, action packed and contains violence – just what every growing boy needs! LOL Shonen-beat manga is for girls. These manga’s contain the fluff – the cutsie love, think happy thoughts stories."

    I'm not sure how you managed to get this idea! "Shounen" (also spelled "shonen") means "boy" and is the Japanese name for the category of manga aimed at boys. "Shoujo" (or "shojo") means "girl", and designates girl's manga.

    "Shonen Jump" is the name of a best-selling boy's manga magazine in Japan, and is also the name of both a sister English-language magazine and a manga imprint, both from US publisher Viz (which publishes the US editions of manga from the Japanese company that puts out Shonen Jump, and so has the right to use the trade name). Viz used to also publish a companion girl's manga magazine called "Shojo Beat", which may be where the confusion comes from.

    Togainu no Chi was originally a quite explicit BL game, and was later adapted into a couple of different shoujo (girl's) manga series. But the shoujo magazine in which Tokyopop's version originally ran didn't want the yaoi content, so it was all removed (this is also true for the anime series). Tokyopop is marketing the manga to a mixed audience because of the gritty violence, but don't be fooled; it was originally 100% girl-targeted material.

    Incidentally, the plural of "manga" is also "manga", like "sheep" or "fish".

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