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Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan

Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Katsuhiko Suganuma, and James Welker


Boys Love (or simply BL) has emerged as a mainstream genre in manga, anime, and games for girls and young women. This genre was first developed in Japan in the early 1970s by a group of female artists. By the late 1970s, many amateur women fans were getting involved and creating and self-publishing homoerotic parodies of established male manga characters and popular media figures. The popularity of these encouraged a surge in the number of commercial titles. Today, a wide range of products, produced both by professionals and amateurs, is rapidly gaining a global audience. This book provides an ... More

Keywords: boys love, BL, manga, anime, Japan, homoerotic parodies, beautiful boy, pop music, animation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781628461190
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2016 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark McLelland, editor
University of Wollongong

Kazumi Nagaike, editor
Oita University

Katsuhiko Suganuma, editor
University of Tasmania