Heartbreak, happiness, and hope. These emotions are all stepping stones in life, from the heartaches that shape the adults we become to the hopes and dreams that motivate us to move forward. And while these emotions never die, never are they more vividly felt than in our youth, a time when everything seems possible and heartache feels like the end of the world.
South Korea is relatively new to the BL scene compared to others. While Japan remains number one in manga/anime production, others have started to catch up. South Korea has released so many manhwas – the Korean term for graphic novels – over the past couple of years that even I am having trouble following them all, and I’m a massive consumer of yaoi. Yet, even with such a large production of yaoi manhwa and novels, I confess I did not expect South Korea to join the BL series bandwagon so soon. After all, South Korea is still very conservative. Then again, society in general is still quite conservative, isn’t it?
I have always thought the shots used in Japanese BLs are beautiful. I felt the same way about ‘My Beautiful Man’, even the BL anime, “Sasaki to Miyano”. Now, I feel the same way about Takara-kun to Amagi-kun.
Disappointment can’t be projected, unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to veritable BL content. Though it is impossible to tag each drama/movie, with the amount of shows premiering each quarter, we have tried our level best to square off the choices that left us shaking our heads in regret. In today’s feature, our authors will be talking about dramas whose ratings couldn’t keep up with their promising trailers!
From the moment the first episode of the Thai BL Love in the Air opened, the lyrics from the 1983 song “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls started playing in my head. Mainly because of the characters’ names and the fateful connection they seem to have with rain.
Trigger Warning: Mentions of death
There should be a disclamer to anyone wanting to watch Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, don’t go into it expecting or hoping for a queer love story; that is not what the movie is about.
I’m not going to say this anywhere in this review that “180 Degree Longitude Passes Through Us” is a tour de force cinematically charged experience.
“Isn’t that how falling in love so often works? Some stranger appears out of nowhere and becomes a fixed star in your universe.”
― Kate Bolick, Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own
Love is a very multi-faceted thing. Sometimes it develops quietly, sneaking into our lives so subtlety we don’t realize how deep it is until something challenges it.