While looks can be discerning, reality shows aren’t exactly the best judge of character; especially dating shows that could be farce or scripted. Reality shows have always existed in the broader sense and these days they are being inculcated into the Boys’ Love diaspora. Makes us question the belief of “How a fictional genre could incorporate a dating show which is undeniably being marketed as realistic?”. We could keep arguing about the technicalities, but it doesn’t change the fact that BL sells and nestling these shows under the hugely popular genre helps in promotions and marketing. So, when the Korean launched their very own version of dating shows like “His Man” and “Merry Queer”, they were applauded for their efforts. The format was new, and the contestants were intriguing. They had a story to share, each of them. While “His Man” was intentionally gay oriented, “Merry Queer” was blissfully more aligned with the queer community because of its diversified selection of contestants. Both shows ended on a positive response; although “His Man” did court controversy later. Hong Kong’s “Boyscation” wasn’t much appreciated, but it did open the floodgates for future remakes.
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“Destiny Seeker” Series Review (Ep.1 to 10)
The BL series Destiny Seeker takes viewers on a journey through the lives of Songkhram and Ai, two engineering students who, by chance, end up running Dormitory 2 and Dormitory 3, respectively. The backdrop for a story with charming sequences, shocking turns, and a quest for destiny is the long-standing rivalry between these two dorms. The rivalry-turned-love romance between Songkhram, played by the charismatic Earth Chitsanupong, and Ai, portrayed by the endearing Bank Nuttawat, is the core of the series. Songkhram has always been Dormitory 2’s bulwark of strength due to his extraordinary athletic prowess. His encounter with Ai, a rival who matches him in both charm and competitiveness, however, upends his entire universe. As the series investigates the strange transformation of passionate adversaries into lovers, viewers become engrossed and eager to learn the cause for this unexpected change of events.
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Weekly BL Updates- Part II
It’s been a busy month with a sturdy onslaught of new BL announcements. They seem to be dropping left and right; as such, we are trying our level best to keep you abreast with the brand new happenings in the Boys’ Love industry. In today’s feature, we have some familiar and not-so familiar releases. Join us, as we dig deeper and get you the latest new reports!
“Stormy Honeymoon” Movie Review
A sequel to “The Star Always Follow You”, “Stormy Honeymoon” is a ‘stand-alone’ production. I personally think the prequel was so much more powerful and dramatic. This epilogue to one of the love stories, however, took the main couple from where we saw them in the prequel to where they are now at such a galloping speed that I felt like a missed something in between. Besides, it went from a serious theme to a light-hearted and silly narrative. A somewhat big schism for me to jump.
Weekly BL Updates
Ask anybody and they will tell you the world of BL is a lot to keep up with these days. There’s a seemingly never ending pile of new shows, returning shows and shows we keep meaning to catch up on. This week was no different as it came with a few surprises. Frank and Lee filmed a whole series in secret, Vietnamese Production house ‘MCV’ released their TIKTOK series ‘Ey Mi Amor’ and Strongberry decided to let fans vote on which series they should produce next. All in all, it was a great week. So sit back and catch up on what happened.
Favorite BL Dramas in the First Quarter (Jan to Apr 2023)
We are taking roll call for the first quarter of 2023. With the steady outflow of quality dramas this year, our authors had a difficult time choosing their favorites, but we endeavor to do the impossible. So, join us as our team members share their best choices, the ones that made all the difference!
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Anticipated LGBTQ/Queer Dramas/Movies- Part II
It has been a busy first quarter with announcements dropping left and right. While this is quite conceivable in the popular BL genre, the Western media is quickly adapting to queer culture. As such, we have a surprising number of LGBTQ productions lined up for release this year and the next. The hoopla isn’t enough, so we are here to make some noise. Join us, as we talk about some of the most exciting projects that are set to premiere in 2023/2024.
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“Love Mate” Series Review (Ep.3 to 8)
“You learn through hurting.”
The trope-filled Korean BL Love Mate starring Cho Hyun Min as love-shy team leader Seo Yi Jun and Cho Han Gyeol as the persistent new employee Ha Ram has come to an end. And with it, it brings an unexpected slew of emotions I was not expecting to feel.
“Love Syndrome III” Series Review (Ep.3 to 12)
The show is about the love-hate relationship between the main characters, Day (Lee Long Shi) and Itt (Frank Thanatsaran).
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Weekly BL Updates- Part II
Every day something new pops up in this BL universe, every day it’s a different story, a different country, a different actor. And every day we will be here to give you the 411 on what you need to know.