November 24, 2011

Yokozawa no baai FTW!!!!

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! I'm currently having to wipe the tears from my red face having just finished reading September Scanlations' English translation of Sekaiichi Hatsukoi(SH) - Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai! There are only a few pictures, but mostly it is a light novel. Although it is not 100% Nakamura Shungiku, it still comes across in that same, wonderfully BL way!

I mean, I love Nakamura sensei's works, like Junjou Romantica(JR) and the SH manga, but holy crap did the peeps over at September Scanlations do an awesome job! It has a nice flow and was sooooooo touching! I had started reading it directly from their site but then just downloaded the files once they were available. If you like JR, SH, touching love stories, grumpy tsunderes, and HOT HOT MAN SEX, then you have to read it! And if you don't, why on Earth are you reading this blog? (Seriously, I'd really like to know!)

November 11, 2011

Real or imaginary?

I always have questions going on in my head about the yaoi I read. For instance, there are some that clearly depict sex acts, with full on genitalia, some with creative angles in order to tastefully hide them, and then there are some that just "blur" it... (Level C! Invisible penis!). Sometimes the blurring is pointless, since we have outlines, fluids depicted, hands and fingers defining it...

So, it makes me wonder. Are there some yaoi mangaka who are just being help back by Japanese decency and censorship laws? But then, if that's the case, how come others are able to go all out? Does it depend upon the magazine that initially publishes it? I also believe that sometimes it is the mangaka who does not want to draw it, but does not want to leave it out, either because of personal discomfort or because of lack of confidence drawing realistic penises. Remember, MOST yaoi mangaka are women, so these are both plausible possibilities.

What do you think?