Basic Yaoi Info

Yaoi As an Umbrella Term- Media about romance between men (two or more, sometimes the same man). Can be very mild to hardcore and of any type of media about male romance but mainly media from Japan. 

Yaoi As a Genre- Female-oriented fictional media that focuses on homoerotic or homo-romantic male relationships. Typically hard-core.

Shonen-ai (Current definition)-  The terms shōnen-ai is used by Western fans to differentiate between the contents of the genre. In this case, yaoi is used to describe titles that contain largely sex scenes and other sexually explicit themes and shōnen-ai is used to describe titles that focus more on romance and do not include explicit sexual content, although they may include implicit sexual content.

Shonen-ai (Original definition) – From the early 1970s to the late 1980s, shōnen-ai was used to describe a new genre of shōjo manga, primarily by the Year 24 Group, about beautiful boys in love. Characteristics of shōnen-ai include that they were exotic, often taking place in Europe, and idealistic. Suzuki describes shōnen-ai as being “pedantic” and “difficult to understand”, saying that they required “knowledge of classic literature, history and science” and were replete with “philosophical and abstract musings”. She says that this challenged the young readers and expanded their minds. Although they could not understand the works at first reading, as they grew older they would come to understand the works more. In the meantime, “the readers’ attention became focused on the figure of the male protagonist” and how he navigated his sexual relationships.

Seme - A person who  takes a more dominant role during sexual
interactions. May also be known as ‘The Pitcher.”

Uke -  A person who takes a more submissive role during sexual interactions. Also known as ‘The Catcher.”

Seke- A slang word usually used in yaoi culture, made by combining the Japanese terms seme and uke. It describes a person that enjoys both positions in a relationship and moves between the two based on his mood, the mood of his partner, and the situation itself.

Reversible- Means that there are no ukes and semes. Those involved take turns leading and penetrating each other. This is rare to see in Yaoi, but is most common in real relationships.

Slash - This is a genre in fan fiction or fan art with male/ male relationship between two straight male characters.

Pairing - Pairing is used when two straight characters from non-Yaoi anime or manga are paired together. This can also be called “slash”. This usually happens in Yaoi Fan Fiction or Yaoi fan art.

Shipping - A term used to describe fan fictions that take previously created characters and put them as a pair. It usually refers to romantic relationships, but it can refer platonic ones as well.

OTP - (One True Pairing) Meaning the your favorite combination of characters in a fandom.

Doujinshi - Parody of published manga, anime, story, people, games, etc. they can be in the form of mangas or novels. “Slash” is frequently used in Doujinshi.

Bara - Is a term for a genre of art and fictional media that focuses on male same-sex love and desire, usually created by and for gay men. The characters are both more masculine than typical Yaoi.

Shota - A term for a genre that includes little boys doing sexual acts, usually pre-teenage. Shouta is commonly seen as child pornography which is illegal in many countries. It is legal in Japan.

Fujoshi/Fundashi  - Fujoshi (“rotten girl”) and Fundashi (“rotten man”) are self-mockingly pejorative Japanese terms for fans of manga and novels that feature romantic relationships between men.  The names were coined by mass media, (Rotten was most likely used because of how society looks at not only Homosexuality but sexuality in general and otaku).The terms was later reclaimed by Yaoi fans.

BL-The current name of the genre in Japan is called ‘BL’ or ‘Boy’s Love’, which is an extension of Shoujo and categories for women.   

ML- Another word for Bara.

BL Live Action - BL (Boy Love) Live Action are live action movies and television shows. They are made in many Asian countries, such as Japan, KoreaTaiwan, etc. They are NOT porn and usually have a PG13 or R rating.

Yaoi (umbella Term) Media: Yaoi Manga, Yaoi Anime, Yaoi Fan Art, BL Live Action, BL Games, Yaoi Novels, Gay Romance Novels, Gay films, etc.

Yaoi Stands for

YAma nashi -No climax

Ochi nashi -No point

 Imi nashi -No meaning

Yaoi (Umbrella Term) Graph 

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