The Yaoi Day made me think of how I started getting into BL and all the worlds it opened to me www. It’s almost ten years since the first time I read BL, according to this post. That time, I was still an active member of the Japinoy forum, and some of my friends were big fujojos. They tried to drag me to the dark side, but I resisted. I loved bishies but them liking each other wasn’t so appealing to me.
Then, one of my friends was raving about Junjou Romantica, and that got me interested… a bit. With a lot of reservations, I tried watching JR, and I couldn’t get past the op vid! Www
I was so scared! Ahahaha. They were just holding hands, but I was like O____O. I thought I wouldn’t touch any BL with a 10-feet pole.
Past forward to a year later, by some forces of nature, I got so into the series Only the Ring Finger Knows. To my dismay, it doesn’t have an anime, so I resorted to the series I avoided previously. Www
Okay, from here on out, I’ll be listing the titles that have a special spot in my heart for ruining my innocence. 83
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Only the Ring Finger Knows [(Rakuten Kobo (JP), Book Depository (Paperback ENG), Amazon] – First manga. I’ll forever and ever have a soft spot for this series. I wouldn’t mind reading and re-reading this again and again. It doesn’t have the best story. Seasoned fans might even find it a bit cliche. But OTRFK ticks a lot in my list of favorite tropes, so I’ll continue to sing praises to this series.
Junjou Romantica [CDJapan, Book Depository, Amazon]
– First anime. My heart ached for the lack of OTRFK anime, but JR filled that just as fine. This is also my first lemon (do people still use that term? LMAO) title. And Junjou Egoist is still my favorite couple. (Nowaki <3)
Bitter (Minami Haruka) [Rakuten Kobo (JP)] – Minami Haruka opened a lot of doors for me – porn without plot, super feminine ukes, shotacon, and more pwp lol. I think I did read their entire works at one point in my life which makes me wonder what the hell did I do with my time www.
– First BL game. I loved this game to bits. Clear is my forever angel, and Aoba is the coolest and sexiest uke.
A Promise of Romance, Caged Slave, or The Lonely Egoist – I couldn’t quite remember which I read first since it felt like I started all of them at the same time. I had a light novel phase before, and I just randomly read whatever BL light novel I could get my hands on. I read them before the OTRFK novels.
Pink Gold 1 – First BL anthology and perhaps the first uncensored BL I got? I remembered the slew of tweets after a snippet of Asami’s (Finder series) uncensored *ehem* got around. :3
Sensitive Pornograph – First hardcore BL. So hardcore, it traumatized me for days lmao. I was so shocked it took me some time to get back to the genre. Thanks to this, my tolerance for smut increased www. Now, I’m just “oh, that’s it? /cackles”. /smacked
Sex Pistols – The series that introduced me to mpreg. I didn’t know that trope even existed before. www
Koketsu Dining – A pretty recent discovery and until now I don’t know how to classify this first. First beastiality genre????? But then I have to consider Tsuki no Hohoero and Sex Pistols. But the characters there changes appearance. In KD, Hyuuga is in an animal form? Or is it? I’m so confused. @_@
That’s all I can think for now. I think I’ve come a long way regarding tastes and other BL tropes. Next post is hopefully about recommended titles for newbs.