Tuesday Terminology: “Forbidden” Love

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

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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.

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Some very popular series in their respective genres are as follows:

Yaoi:

Love Pistols/Sex Pistols (manga/OVA anime)

Loveless (manga/anime)

Gravitation (manga/anime)

Yuri:

Maria-sama ga Miteru (novel/manga/anime)

Revolutionary Girl Utena (manga/anime)

Strawberry Panic! (novel/manga/anime)

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