gender rebels — when uke and seme switch: yaoi’s top 10 reversi manga

too hot to handle? The reversible (or switch or reversi) couple is probably my favorite pairing. When a couple trades sex roles — the pitcher becoming the catcher and vice versa — it’s such a pleasing violation of yaoi conventions. If there’s one basic move in yaoi that both ratchets up the sexy and pushes gender boundaries, it’s the act of throwing the roles of seme…

yaoi-con 2014: sekaiichi hatsukoi, a lullaby for the lost — best romance AMV

For all the Sekaiichi Hatsukoi fans out there, we have the final BL-themed award winner at Yaoi-Con this year: Mad World Productions’ heart-achingly tender take on Takano and Ritsu, “A Lullaby for the Lost”. Enjoy! Don’t miss the other Yaoi-Con 2014 award-winning AMV’s: Best AMV and best comedy: “Ship Happens” by Vivifx Best technical AMV: “The Story…

hybrid Japanese

Welcome to some moderately geeky reflections on Japanese. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m absolutely, completely fascinated by the differences between Japanese and English. I love how Japanese twists my brain into pretzels, and I love that manga, anime, and drama CD’s offer glimpses into the brain-twisting nature of Japanese. But today isn’t really a pretzel day. Today is pure play. adoption and…

seduced by yaoi’s J-food (…and a quick recipe)

beloved foods of manga and anime… Watching boys grilling yakiniku at the table, munching on the mysterious “melon bread” (was it really melon-flavored?), joking about curry-flavored soda, how could I keep reading those scenes and not become curious about food in Japan? Driven by this curiosity, I gradually learned about Japanese foods, which quickly led to cooking them. Honestly, the ingredients, cooking techniques, kitchen toys, and…