Exploring the World of Yaoi Through BLCD’s

Ah, yaoi.  (/≧ω\)

Ever since the Internet became the hub for many manga and anime fans, you WILL always find someone who has a taste for Boys’ Love (BL).  It took a while for me before I became comfortable reading and watching BL manga & anime.  Now I don’t mind them at all.  Sometimes, I even prefer them over many shoujo series out there.  Besides, almost most of the time, BL series feature incredibly HOT guys whose personalities I prefer more than many of the male characters in gyaku harem (reverse harem) series.

I don’t normally search BL titles by myself.  Most of the series that I read/watch are recommended to me by fellow anime/manga fans who are also BL lovers.  Those of them who are proficient in Japanese recommend listening to BLCD’s.  I always reply to this recommendation with a non-committal “I’ll do that next time.”  This “next time” never really happened until last month.

love stage

I was messing around Youtube, trying to search for something interesting to watch.  Then for some reason, videos of BLCD recordings appeared on my “Recommended to You” list.  Not really thinking too much about it, I clicked on one video.  Boy, was I shocked!–in a good way, of course.

Before I knew it, I was clicking on the next video, and the next one after that, and so on.  Then I began to recognize some of the seiyuu from my favourite shounen anime, and I was like $#@&!* Nanja koryaaaaa????!!!  ヽ༼ ಠ益ಠ ༽ノ

After hyper-ventilating, I moved my shaky fingers and clicked on the next BL recording.  I didn’t care about the titles.  All I wanted was to listen to as much as I could.  I don’t even remember most of the titles and the stories, but I DO remember the voices, especially the ones of my favourite seiyuu.  Of course, I know that many of my favourite male seiyuu are also doing BLCD’s, but this is the first time that I’ve heard them in this kind of drama CD.  Wow.  No wonder female fans go “Kyaaaaaaaa! <insert seiyuu name>-sama! Kekkon-shite kudasai!” whenever these seiyuu have public appearances.  As I thought, it doesn’t make sense that they get this kind of reception for their shounen roles.  It’s because of their BL roles that they manage to create this female hysteria.

During the first week of listening to BL recordings, I alternated between horror and mirth.  Horror at hearing some of my favourite seiyuu making moaning and, ahem, sucking and slurping sounds.  Then mirth. . .for all the exact same reasons.  Oh well.

Now that I’ve taken a taste of the world of BLCD, there’s no going back.  I’m going to hunt for the proper CD’s.  I can’t just settle for those short Youtube clips.  I want the complete BLCD’s. (*≧艸≦)

How about you?  Have you tried listening to Boys’ Love CD’s?


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20 thoughts on “Exploring the World of Yaoi Through BLCD’s”

    1. BLCD means Boys Love CD. They’re recorded stories, usually based from yaoi manga. They feature male-male relationships. Some of them can be quite explicit, if you’re into that kind of stuff. They’re not for everyone, that’s for sure. But if you’re a yaoi or BL fan, they’re awesome.

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  1. Lol reading about your experience getting into BLCD made me laugh xD and also curious a lot, since I also have seiyuus I hold very dear to my hear :3
    If you don’t mind can you share who your favourites are?

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      1. Well I suppose I’d ask for both, if you don’t mind ;P

        PS: btw I just noticed a typo in my initial comment, it’s supposed to be ‘heart’ instead of ‘hear’ 😛

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      2. Hmmm. I guess I’ll just share some of my favourite male seiyuu in general because most of them have experience in BLCD’s anyway.

        First up are of course the DG5 members: Kamiya, Ono, Sugita, Nakamura, & Yasumoto. Although I admit that if I didn’t begin translating DGS, they would probably not even be on my list.

        Takehito Koyasu’s voice is so masculine. Love it!
        Namikawa Daisuke’s voice is one of the most versatile in the industry.
        I’m also a big fan of Furukawa Toshio.
        Yamaguchi Kappei’s voice is also very versatile & of course, I love the manly voice of Nakai Kazuya.

        I’m also watching out for Yonaga Tsubasa, Terashima Takuma, Maeno Tomoaki, Hino Satoshi, Okamoto Nobuhiko, & Kakihara Tetsuya.

        I’m pretty sure my favourite male seiyuu is longer than this and I’m forgetting a lot of names, but this will do for now.

        How about you?

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      3. Ooh a lot of seiyuus I love as well 😀
        As for me, Kamiyan and OnoD will always occupy a special place in my heart since they were admittedly among the first seiyuus that I became aware of.
        The seiyuus that I also absolutely adore based on their talents/voices include NamiDai (he really is one of the most versatile seiyuus that I know of), Suzumura Kenichi (I’ve loved every single role of his that I’ve known of – no kidding), and Midorikawa Hikaru. Ishida Akira-san also has a very special voice imo.

        Seiyuus in the ‘younger generation’ (dubbed by me :P) that I also absolutely love are Suzuki Tatsuhisa (Tattsun), Hatano Wataru (Waccha), Kaji Yuuki (Yuu-tan), Okamoto Nobuhiko (Pikorin), Yonaga Tsubasa (Wingu), and of couse Sugitan. Ishikawa Kaito, Hino Satoshi, and Hosoya Hoshimasa are also quickly climbing up my list of bias 😛 (And Ono Kenshou’s pretty cute xP But he truly does have a unique voice as well)

        Veterans like Morimori, Junjun, Sakupyon, Yucchii, Konitan, Masayan, Non-tan are veterans for a reason and I have high respects for them also. And a lot of the time, it’s not just their talents but also their personalities that draw me into them, making me end up fangirling for men some of who are the same age as my dad xP

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      4. We have pretty similar favourites. I also want to mention Miyano Mamoru; although I admit that I like his personally better than his voice. But nobody can deny that that guy has charisma.

        Haha! I’m the same, as well. Fangirling over these male seiyuu is fun. One of my favourites, Furukawa Toshio may as well be my grandpa, you know.
        😉

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  2. Oh my gosh….. Yaoi….. I have tried before but I don’t think I’m ever trying to read it again. It’s just too much! I can’t help it. I wouldn’t mind the element if it was really subtle or without too much imagery (you know what I mean!). Anyway, nice blog! 🙂

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    1. That’s alright. Yaoi is not for everyone. But it’s quite fun fangirling with other yaoi fans. 😀
      And thank you very much. I appreciate it. Take care & keep blogging. Cheers!

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  3. I’ve had interest in Yaoi as a genre by itself. Are there any works (preferably anime) that you’d recommend? I feel like there is some writing potential in Yaoi beyond “OH MAH GOD LOLOL YAOI BOYS”.

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    1. Hmmmm. I don’t think I’m knowledgeable enough to recommend a really good yaoi series, as it’s only recently that I really called myself a fan. But I’m really enjoying “Love Stage” right now. The romance is good & it’s a hilarious series. Kyou Kara Maou has yaoi element, as well, but not too intense.

      I recommend connecting with these bloggers, if you really want good yaoi recommendations:
      http://joyofyaoi.com/
      http://seattlekifujin.wordpress.com/

      Have fun!

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  4. Good for you … and your shaky fingers.

    Of course, Yaoi is not my thing at all. I am ALL ABOUT the girl-on-girl genre (Yuri) instead. However, I respect the Yaoi fans, and the conventions. (You GO girls.) I consider those who like the Yaoi genre FRIENDS, even though I am not part of the market.

    I mean, I’m not going to read a manga about two hunky guys kissing, taking showers together … shaving each others pubic hair and …

    Oh, CRAP … it might have moved a little just now : (

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    1. Same here, wrong gender/orientation to be much into yaoi myself, but the BL fans I’ve known tend to be pretty cool.
      I noticed Gravitation in that slideshow, which brings back memories despite the fact that I never even saw the series; images of it were everywhere on the corners of the the internet I hung out it when it was new.

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      1. Me, too. As I mentioned in my post, it took a while since I became comfortable reading/watching yaoi. But once I got past that uncomfortable zone, everything’s good, and found that I enjoyed talking about it with other BL fans.

        Gravitation is one of the more known yaoi series out there, that’s why. Well, thanks for dropping by & commenting. Cheers!

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    2. Oh. 😀 As for me, I’m not interested at Yuri/Shoujo-Ai at all. There is this really good anime though called “Maria ga Miteru” but the Yuri theme is very subtle.

      XD You’re so hilarious! Wait until you listen to these BLCD’s. There may not be images, but the audio. . .Oh, well. It just forces you to use your imagination.

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