Happy Yaoi Day!

Learn how "801" became shorthand for "yaoi"

In Japanese, a short reading of "801" can be reading 8 as "ya," 0 as a western influenced "o" and 1 as "i." So, the "yaoi" numeric sequence has become otaku shorthand for the genre of male romance media and, following that logic, in countries that list the date month-day, August 1st is yaoi day!  So, fire up a Kuroko's Basketball marathon and celebrate after the jump!

 

Perhaps the best known representation of "801" is from Ajiko Kojima's yaoi fangirl comedy Tonari no 801-chan. The four panel comic strip follows the relationship between a 28-year-old otaku and his 22-year-old girlfriend, whose yaoi obsession crawls out of her body as a fuzzy green monster.


 

 

So, what's your favorite yaoi? My personal pick is the Australian one.

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

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