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LGBTQ+ on Anime and Manga
Further Reading on Queer Studies in Manga & Anime
Boys Love Manga and Beyond by
Publication Date: 2015-01-28
Boys Love Manga and Beyond looks at a range of literary, artistic and other cultural products that celebrate the beauty of adolescent boys and young men. This collection provides the first comprehensive overview in English of the BL phenomenon in Japan, its history and various subgenres and introduces translations of some key Japanese scholarship not otherwise available. Some chapters detail the historical and cultural contexts that helped BL emerge as a significant part of girls' culture in Japan. Others offer important case studies of BL production, consumption, and circulation and explain why BL has become a controversial topic in contemporary Japan.
Queer Japanese by
Publication Date: 2010-04-14
Abe presents a comprehensive picture of the linguistic strategies employed by Japanese sexual minorities in various social contexts, from magazine advice columns to bars to text messaging on cell phones to private homes.
Tokyo Vanilla by
Publication Date: 1997-11-01
A unique literary insight into Japanese gay life. Not another "Westerner-looks-at-Japan" story, this is a Japanese novel written in English by a writer of mixed parentage born and living in Tokyo, where still today homosexuality is seen as a dirty secret best hidden away. College student Fumio follows a tortuous route to discover his sexual identity. Introduced by his straight fellow-student Tatsuya to the "host clubs" where good money is to be made, he is torn between his unrequited passion for his schoolfriend and the comfortable life of a kept boy he is offered by a rich professor. When the professor proposes that Fumio marry his daughter, the web of deceit grows steadily more complex.
Manga / 漫画
Girl Friends - The Complete Collection by For fans of Strawberry Panic comes a new tale of forbidden love in 496 pages When it comes to grades, bookish high school student Mariko Kumakura is at the top of her class. Socially, however, she is shy and lonely, typically eating lunch by herself. Enter the charismatic and beautiful Akko Oohashi, whose goal is to befriend Mariko and burst her out of her introverted shell. In the process of transforming Plain Jane Mariko into one of the cutest, most popular girls in school, deep feelings begin to emerge that suggest something deeper than friendship. Will these feelings destroy the budding relationship between Mariko and Akko, or will it turn into something else?
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
Massive by Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hypermasculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is the first English-language anthology of its kind: an in-depth introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists making work for a gay male audience in Japan. Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi, and Kazuhide Ichikawa are three of the irresistibly seductive, internationally renowned artists featured in Massive, as well as Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga. Get to know each of these artists intimately, through candid interviews, photography, context-providing essays, illustrations, and manga. Massive also includes the groundbreaking, titillating work of gay manga luminaries Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, Inu Yoshi, Gai Mizuki, and comic essayist Kumada Poohsuke.
Publication Date: 2014-12-18
MW by Yukis is a young bank employee, charismatic but devoid of all morality. Garai is the guilt-ridden Christian priest who atones for Yuki's sins. 15 years ago they witnessed and survived the chemical decimation of a seaside village rumoured to have been the hiding place of an experimental psychotic drug used by American GIs called MW. Driven by nothing but the desire to inflict evil, Yuki's salvation will only come from Garai's negotiation of the guilt-ridden torment of their forbidden love, and his responsibility to stop the vicious killer that the MW chemical has created.
Publication Date: 2007-10-30
My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 by ***WINNER OF THE 2018 EISNER AWARD FOR BEST U.S. EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL -- ASIA*** Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki and father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it. (Please note: This book is a traditional work of manga, and reads back to front and right to left.)
Publication Date: 2017-05-02
Only the Ring Finger Knows by At Wataru Fujii's high school, it's all the rage to wear paired rings with the girl you love. Wataru wears one though he is single, and one day inadvertently discovers that his ring pairs up with that of tall, handsome, and smart Yuichi Kazuki, the senior classman idolized by the entire school. Though Kazuki has a reputation for being kind to all, when dealing with Wataru, he is strangely harsh. Their paired rings somehow draw them together and the two alternately clash and attract, as they must sort out their budding feelings for each other.
Publication Date: 2004-09-14
Wandering Son by In the first of eight volumes, readers are introduced to fifth gradersShuichi Nitori and his new friend Yoshino Takatsuki. They have happy homes,loving families, and are well liked by their classmates. But they share a secretthat further complicates the already-complicated verge of puberty: Shuichi is aboy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. Wandering Son: Book One is written and drawn by one of today's mostcritically acclaimed creators of manga, Shimura, who portrays Shuishi andYoshino's very private journey with affection, gentle humor, and unmistakablegrace. Wandering Son: Book One is a sophisticated work of literary mangatranslated with rare skill and sensitivity by veteran translator and comicsscholar Matt Thorn.
Publication Date: 2011-07-05
Whispered Words by Whispered Words is the story of two high school girls, Sumika and Ushio. One is in love with the other, but unable to confess. Both of them prefer girls, but Ushio likes cute and petite types while Sumika prefers the athletic outgoing girls. To complicate things, a cross dressing boy, Masaki, is in love with Sumika. What ever will happen to this mixed-up bizarre love triangle mess?
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
Anime / アニメ
Ranma 1/2 OAV series by Its not easy being a teenage martial artist named Ranma. His martial artist father Genma takes him at an early age on a decade-long training mission and insists on bringing him to the cursed training ground known as Jusenkyo, where falling into one of many springs instantly turns one into whoever -- or whatever -- drowned there last.
Publication Date: 2000
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This page is to introduce various mangas and animes that exhibit contents that may not conform hegemonic, heteronormative views on gender and sexuality.
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