Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.
This week’s topic: Yaoi and Yuri
Okay, so most of you who read this blog already likely know what these terms mean, but I needed a Love-themed topic to end February and this was first to come to mind. I won’t go too much into it, but here is an introduction of sorts.
Anyways, these words refer to the romantic relationships between those of the same sex. Yaoi (or commonly also “BL – Boys Love”) referring to males; Yuri referring to females. The genres are wildly popular among fans that delve into the more erotic levels of the Otaku-verse. Unsurprisingly, it works that a majority of females like the Yaoi and males are more into Yuri.
Both genres usually carry the same character types for relationships: Seme and Uke. Seme referring to the character on top/attacking end, and Uke referring to the character on the bottom/receiving end. Yaoi follows this rule most often. Pairs are often labeled “<Character A> X <Character B>,” following Uke/Seme order respectively. These roles are often switched to boost the aggressive and passive personalities in fan fiction material.
Some very popular series in their respective genres are as follows: