Although most BL dramas focus on romance between the BL/GL couples, another element that plays an important role in the storyline is- Friendship. Confused teenagers often seek advice from their friends that encourage and support them. Being a member of the LGBTQ community is difficult, so friends become a big part of the support system that drives them forward. In today’s feature, we will be talking about such varied friendships that offer comfort and solace when the need arises.
As far as I recall, BL anime has always existed since the early 90s. Before BL dramas and movies became mainstream, BL animated series were essentially frontier films portraying male romance even though they were taboo in society.
Emotional, high-quality productions are in demand, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the results of BL Xpress’s 2022 “Top BL Dramas”.
“Giving voice to characters that have no other voice—that’s the great worth of what we do.” — Meryl Streep
The reckoning number of BL dramas released in 2022 was overwhelmingly varietal.
It has been an interesting year, with a surprising surge of BL dramas, that were both contemplative and riveting.
We often find ourselves annoyed with the female depictures in BL dramas, some of them intrusive, whilst others are unnecessary. But there were a few female characters who smashed these preconceived notions with their strong portrayals of honest love and convictions. In today’s feature, we will be talking about such influential female ladies who left a deep impression on our hearts!
Creating a top favorites list has always been hard for me. How I feel about a drama depends mainly on my mood when watching. So, I generally hesitate to number my lists. Therefore, to put together my top ten favorite Korean BLs from 2020-2022, I revisited my Twitter posts, taking note of the ones that left me reeling enough to spill my feelings into the Twitterverse. Considering the amount of BLs South Korea released over the last few years, narrowing them down was no easy task, but certainly a lot of fun to revisit.
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?
Semantic Error drama quite literally took the internet by storm. If it was not famous enough as a webtoon, which it was; it reached new heights with the live adaptation. I cried tears of joy when I saw an excellent webtoon adaptation for once. Live actions can go either way, as we all are aware, but this one was a welcome change. The plot is definitely no error, and neither are the characters. In my opinion, it is pretty unique. But today, we bring you some subtle and some big differences between the manhwa and the live adaptation.