Yaoi/BL Basics

Yaoi

Yaoi/BL (Boys Love) is a Japanese genre of novels, short stories, manga, and anime (among other media) with romantic and/or sexual relationships between males. The concept of YAOI was coined back in the 1980s from the Japanese words ” “Yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi” (ヤマなし、オチなし、意味なし) meaning “no climax, no point, no meaning.” Generally written/drawn by women for women (fujoshi), the genre also has male fans (fudanshi).