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Are You A YAOI Type Of Person??
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I think the shonen-ai elements in anime like Yami No Matsuei and Kyou Kara Maou are more of fan service (to inspire the making of doujinshi) rather than real romance. The well-known yaoi/shonen-ai anime mentioned by everyone on this thread don't interest me since I've read better manga.

Read my profile for my opinion on BL manga. Now I find they have lots of unrealistic stuff (By realism I mean behavioural realism, not that the events in manga will happen to everybody everyday) and cliches. I am really sick of them. But I can say similar things about shojo romance too. Most BL authors are women and the target readers are YOUNG girls. That's why we have this kind of result.

Yaoi (in Japan) is the term for doujinshi featuring male X male pairings rather than BL anime and manga with sexual content (this is the Western usage I know). I've read some hilarious and funny Death Note and Hikaru no Go yaoi doujinshi. I personally prefer those to BL manga because the former is pure entertainment while many BL manga are trying to make connection to real life gay life or romance but FAIL. Check out this one if you are interested in yaoi: http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=5458

There are two types of yuri: male oriented and female oriented. I think the male oriented one is usually more unrealistic, ecchi or porn in nature.

I am currently interested in josei yuri manga. They aim at mature female readers and tend to have realistic and serious portrayal of lesbian and generally women's lives and social issues rather than fan service or ecchi.

Shojo-ai (the opposite is shonen-ai) is only used by Western anime fans for yuri with lesser sexual content. In Japan, only GL and yuri are used for all female X female relationships in manga, anime, and novels.

There are doujinshi with yaoi AND yuri. They can be fun. If I could draw well I'd make a xxxHolic one. I think it has lots of yaoi and yuri potential. Anyway doujinshi is just fan entertainment. There is nothing serious about it. Doujinshi is not just hentai. It can have a nice storyline and the characters can be true to the original manga/anime. I think most fans would use this as standards for good doujinshi unless they are just into weird hentai. Some mangaka even started their careers from drawing doujinshi.
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I won't call my self a yaoi/yuri fan but I am open minded so I have read some yaoi and yuri before.....
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no
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28 / F / ChocoTown, Oregon
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Posted 8/6/08
why yes... yes i am... ... i love fanservice
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28 / F / Australia
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no definately not! not that i have anything against them though, they are a just a bit too out there for me!
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25 / F / Lisbon
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I like shounen-ai and Yaoi...
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i like shounen-ai and yaoi..i mostly write/read/watch shounen-ai and occasionally yaoi..to intense for me sometimes
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yeah.. i recently took interest in em. i read yaoi quite mostly but i cant seem to find that much yaoi anime. O.o shounen ai is rather nice too, i read it as well wen i cant find any good yaois. lol

as for yuri, nah, i find it a bit weird. lol.
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I support Yaoi and shounen-ai ALL The WAY
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34 / F / usa
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yaoi
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shounen-ai
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whatever gives me a stiffy ( if you know what i mean lol)............ baka im just joking i didn't know their are yaoi types
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I love yaoi Shounen-ai too XD I prefer a nice plot though.

Too bad there's not much BL anime out there
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i like yaoi but i like shonen-ai more better because yaoi is too extreme and make me fall off my chair shonen-ai is really cute sometimes!
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I'm not exactly a yaoi person, I read some yaoi am not obsessed with it, some yaoi manga have really plotless stories like Love Neco the idea behind it wasn't great so I don't read them but if the story is interesting and attracting like Junjou Romantica then yeah I read them.

And yeah the first time I read a yaoi manga my face was all red as there are some extreme scenes... So I guess I would accept shonen ai more than yaoi
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