What it Means to be a Yaoi Fan

Annyeong! If you’re an anime or manga fan, you might know that yaoi is basically stories and series that feature or focus on guy x guy relationships. Calm your tits (or nipples). It isn’t as gross as you guys are thinking.

Have you ever shipped two boy band members together? Yes, I’m looking at you all JiHope, KookieMonster (not sure if that one is real), Jongkey, Markson…you know, all of you ‘shippers’ out there. No, I don’t actually ‘ship’ anyone (especially not boy band members) but this is a really good example of what exactly ‘yaoi’ means.

My college friend and I often joke about this. There are two types of yaoi.

  1. Super cute storyline, but there may be some mature scenes.
  2. Super psychological, disgusting, deals with a lot of things like BDSM, blah, blah, blah, not dongsaeng material, blah.

Often times, you can’t be sure how the manga is going to turn out. This is especially true for yaoi. Some yaoi that I would recommend would be Loveprize in Viewfinder, and recently, I’ve really fallen in love with Ten Count although it’s been licensed in English, so online translations are not allowed anymore. (Don’t even get me started on that.) Read my manga review of Loveprize here.

So, anyway, you never know how a manga is going to turn out. Guys, never, ever, ever, ever, ever judge a book, ESPECIALLY manga by its cover. There have been times when I’ve picked up a book and really marveled at the cover, but the plot sucked. But, I’ve also chosen books with the most basic, boring background but I found the most lavish storyline I’ve ever encountered. The same can go for manga. You might find a really provocative cover, but find a really adorable storyline. You might find a really adorably cover, but quite the provocative storyline. Sometimes it’s even hard to tell by the first chapter as well, so maybe just skim through a few chapters before you make your decision and start out.

So anyway. What does it mean to be a yaoi fan?

It means you’re a pervert of course. Ah…you byuntae.

Well, maybe that’s a little bit extreme to say. My college friend and I joke about this all the time. Usually, yaoi manga is paired with graphic scenes. Yeah, you might see a penis from time to time. But, if you find the right series, it might be somewhat censored.

Well anyway.

Yaoi can be very pretty. It can feature characters you love with legitimate problems and a legitimate storyline. Now unfortunately, that is not true for all yaoi, but don’t let that ruin the experience for you.

You know what, all of you dongsaeng, (ESPECIALLY all you dongsaeng-who-just-so-happens-to-be-my-sunbae) please do not read yaoi. Just play it safe. Unni (I’m waiting for that moment when I’ll be a Noona blogger too for those specific Crazies) will be sad. Because, it’s basically reading porn. Now, I don’t SPECIFICALLY go looking for that. My college friend reads them more than I do, so she’ll tell me, hey, this one is super graphic, or, hey, this one is really cute, check it out. But, I’ve stumbled upon a few that I wish I hadn’t.

Read manga online.

Here’s the cite me and my friend use for yaoi. I have an app on Kindle that I use as well, but this cite is good for giving recommendations and things.

FIGHTING

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