What is Yaoi?


For those of you who are not quite sure of the term "Yaoi" then brinnybubbles is here to help.

'Yaoi' is essentially an umbrella term for Boys Love (BL)which is love between two males. Now, yaoi is a term used in western world but it now doesn't really exist in Japan, (aka. say that to someone you there and you'll look like a noob)

There are different types of yaoi including: shounen-ai, shota, BL, and bara.
Shounen-ai which is now called bl in japan(I know confusing) is the soft core stuff. So in these mangas you would typically see hugging, kissing and touching but nothing too raunchy. Its nice and sweet and just the way I like it. Now the hardcore stuff is what most people think of with yaoi, in these mangas you would see all of the above and a lot more, this is when the relationship turn sexual but fear not, not all Bl manga out there are pwp oneshots, there are some real shockers and tearjerkers out there.
                                       
Shota usually depicts young children (or presumably looks young) in malexmale relationships. Now, shota seems to be some sort of taboo cringe worthy area of bl but although it is questionable most times i have nothing really against it.


     
 Lastly Bara is basically more muscular men in relationships. So you would never see any wimpy or girly looking ukes in this area. 

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