Yaoi in the US?
Posted 11/19/11
OK, so this is my first time posting in a forum EVER so please forgive me if I have somehow done this wrong or if someone has already asked this question. Also, Please do not bash me for my question as I am asking a serious question that I am genuinely concerned about.

I recently got into anime and manga, pretty heavily I might add and I have recently been reading a lot of yaoi from various online manga sites and I have a few questions/concerns; you probably knew this was coming.

This concerns the "age/underage"factor of the characters in the manga since a good majority of them have explicit sexual content. Some of the manga clearly define the ages of the characters as adults (Junjou Romantica) while some show a relationship between an adult and a high school student (A Bloody Kiss Tonight), however, some even show a relationship between high school students (Friends Like a Lover and Hey, Class President!) while not clearly saying their ages.

My concern is, is when is this considered "illegal" in the eyes of US laws because of the age factor? I have read about the Chris Hanley (sp?) case and the uproar that happened over the Dance in the Vampire Bund anime and I am just confused as to when something is considered illegal or not. I just don't want the police showing up at my house saying I was looking at "child porn" or something. With that said, I have no interest whatsoever in the "shota" aspect of the yaoi genre (I have read Loveless but that is not sexual in nature however I would discontinue to read it if anything sexual happened among the two main characters for obvious reasons).

Again, I am confused because Junjou Romantica, A Bloody Kiss Tonight, Hey Class President!, and Dance in the Vampire Bund are all sold at Books a Million (online only that I've seen). These manga's are sold there in English on the US site but one of them shows a relationship between an adult (vampire) and a high school boy (I believe he is 15) and two others have relationships between high school students but only one is sold in the US (Hey Class President), while Bund shows a "child" half naked with no sexual content (I have not completed the this manga so I cannot say for sure in later volumes/chapters). I just don't get how some of it can be considered legal enough to be sold in the US but others may be subject to question.

I guess I am worrying for nothing, but I am just confused as to what defines it as legal or acceptable and I just don't want to get caught up in something unnecessary or stupid. I live in the US and I am over 18.

Thanks in advance for any replies.
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