(EDIT: For links to English-language bara — and for a deeper comparison of the contrasts between yaoi, bara and Western gay male comics, check out our post “How To Find Bara In English”. Also, be sure to check out the comments of this post for more general information.)
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. EDIT 8/30/09: Yay! Wikipedia now finally has an entry for Bara — and it’s absolutely excellent! Very thorough and illuminating. Alex says “Check it out!” [And thank you to commenter SykoSilver for giving us the heads up!])
Well, Tina Anderson again comes to our rescue with her excellent overview of the topic in Bara is Not BL…but it Could Be? In it, she discusses the history of BL, its ups and downs in the Japanese market and why it might appeal to those of us in the states. She even has a nice selection of covers to share with us with the cute (muscular) boys.
Definitely worth a visit to Guns, Guys and Yaoi to check it out.
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- Want to check out some bara manga for yourself? Be sure to read our post “How to Find Bara in English”!
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