In Blog 3 I wrote about BL culture and why female readers are so obsessed with BL. In fact, most women will also be exposed to the BL culture when they are exposed to the Japanese animation culture. Now, the BL couple can become a big selling point of the work. As far as I am concerned, I started in Form 1 as a Fujiko. I liked the Japanese anime at first, but when I looked at it, I suddenly felt in love with BL and I find out that BL is particularly interesting.
Experience of watching BL
The word BL originated from the rise of the Tanbi cultural. Nowadays network society to accelerate the diffusion of Tanbi culture and its subordinate groups of fans which are called Fujoshi. As a subordinate group of the Tanbi culture, Fujoshi developed specific ways of speaking and behavior, established its own symbolic system and distinguished it from other people, and established identity through group communication and interaction in the main activity place of the network. Strong closedness and identity.
In this society nowadays, there are such a group of young women who don’t like to go shopping, rarely contact with outsiders, but are active on the Internet, like to play games at home, watch anime, especially addicted to BL novels and comics. They respect male and female love, pay attention to homosexual groups, and their sexual attitudes are more open, and they are more fanciful than the general population. They call themselves “the same woman", “Fujoshi" or “Tanbi wolf." Many people may not be familiar with these concepts. However, with the rapid development of the Internet industry in recent years, this cultural phenomenon is infiltrating into the life of the young generation at an unpredictable speed, involving all cultural fields, including comics, novels, animation, radio dramas, games, and many other forms.
What attracts the young girl to watch BL? And why they are so interested in it? I choose to watch what Fujoshi are doing in their daily life. A Fujoshi describes her life like this: The first thing when she gets up is to fill the mobile phone with a BL drama (radio drama), and the mobile phone that is carried around is also filled with BL novels and animations. In the waking hours that I can control, more than two-thirds of them are online, and most of the time they spend in the favorite forums to watch essays, and they don’t feel uncomfortable when they don’t look at them. There are more and more young women like this, and there are many people among them who love to watch BL and go on the road of BL creation.
“I am not gay, but the person I love is a man!" The famous quote in the classic BL comic “Love" tells BL’s view of love, that is, to some extent, the pure essence of love. Beyond gender restrictions and secular concerns, and no interest considerations, only the absolute two hearts are attracted to each other.
I have also tried to search BL comics and anime for some webpages dedicated to watching the comics on the Internet and also there are some of the BL groups on social media have specifically published “resources". Whether you are on a network or a group in social media, you need to apply and verify if you want to join. Most of the websites are for some verification questions about the beauty of the anime / about the beauty of this aspect, and the group is the administrator needs to confirm that you are a Fujiko to let you go in and get resources.
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is probably the first time I have come across a positive BL work. This comic is connected with Nakamura Chunju’s comic book “Innocent Romance" and uses a different depiction from “Innocent Romance". In the background of a very close to the real publishing house, the story is discharged at the right rhythm and the appropriate funny shop. The work named Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is due to the fact that the four stories depicted in the comic are all about the various “first love" stories. Because of the popularity of the manga, the TV was animated and screened in April 2011 and October of the same year.
As I mentioned above, Fujoshi’s life is full of the shadow of BL works, so why is BL so attractive to them? Through the online data search and some of Fujoshi’s daily life, many Fujoshi love to be beautiful, because of the disappointment and helplessness of the status of men and women in real life. The two same-sex in the beautiful works always stand on the level of equality. This relationship between the same sex is far simpler than the opposite sex in reality, and thus it is more beautiful.
In my individual project, I decided to do about the BL manga/animation. For the data collection, I would like to follow 3 of Fujoshi and watch them how they will find out the"resource" of BL manga/animation. Also, I would like to do an interview with them (if they are willing to do this) about how BL affect their life such as Love view or interpersonal relationship.