A complete walkthrough of how to download manga and art from the Japanese e-manga site Surpara.comâ€”a site featuring tons of great yaoi and bara and that accepts Western credit cards!
Popular English-language bara site Baralover mysteriously went down at the end of July. I and many other fans wondered why. Now Kyo the webmaster responds.
Like any blogger, I keep an eye on my Web site’s stats and visitors and I’ve discovered that a significant number of readers come here though search engines looking for “bara” — that is, Japanese gay male romance manga written by gay men for gay men (referred to by some as “muscle yaoi” due to the fact that the character design often is fairly muscular — particularly compared to traditional yaoi-style bishonen.)
In online discussions about yaoi and gay men appreciating yaoi, the subject of bara — Japanese gay male comics targeted at a gay male audience — invariably gets mentioned, but rarely does anyone seem to have much information to offer. I myself have often been curious about finding out more about this genre, but as the big publishers here seem to have taken little notice of it, I’ve had difficulty finding out anything of substance. (Let’s face it, even my ever-trusty Wikipedia draws a blank.)
Well, Tina Anderson again comes to our rescue with her excellent overview of the topic in Bara is Not BL…but it Could Be?