No, it's not April Fool's, I am shutting down The Yaoi Review. Don't worry… it's for good reason! You may have heard that Viz Media was recently looking for a Boys' Love Editor. Well, after some prodding by a few of you I applied for the position and got it! Monday was my first day and it was great. I'm very excited about the position and how I'll be able to help the boys' love industry grow. Although it is sad for me to close the site, it is due to some amazing circumstances.
Thanks to those of you who made me believe I could actually go for this position and/or offered your advice… I hope I'll make you all proud! As soon as the details of the new venture are sorted out I will post again so you know where to find us on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I will still have my TYR Twitter and Facebook accounts as those will continue to be my personal accounts to talk about yaoi but it will strictly be from a fan perspective. There will be no new reviews or news posts going forward, although I will leave the site and all of its existing content up for you to peruse. Anyway, thanks for all of your love these last few years and I hope you have enjoyed the site as much as I have.
Who knew we had our own holiday? In case you're wondering why today is "Yaoi Day" it comes down to understanding the meaning behind 801. I wrote a Word of the Day post on 801 ages ago so I'll just recap it below:
"Another term for yaoi is 801. "801" can be read as "yaoi" in the following form: the "short" reading of the number 8 is "ya", 0 can be read as "o" – a western influence without doubt, while the short reading for 1 is "i" (see Japanese wordplay). For example, an Internet manga called Tonari no 801-chan, about an otaku guy who dates a fujoshi, has been adapted into a serialised shojo manga and a live-action film. 801-chan, the mascot of a Japanese shopping centre, is used in the manga." Source
Now you know why 801 Media uses 801 in their name. So what does that have to do with today? Well, for most of us it is still August 1st or 8/01. Get it? Now go celebrate!
A couple days ago ANN confirmed that the second season of Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi has been green lit and now the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi LiveJournal Community has posted an image of the below ad confirming season two is to start airing this October. However, at the time of this post the website for the series had not been updated to confirm this information.
It appears Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi is following in the same footsteps as Junjo Romantica, which had a very similar airing schedule and time between seasons. If you are unfamiliar with Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, season one aired in Japan in April of this year and was simulcast by Crunchyroll. You can catch the entire season one on Crunchyroll here.
If anyone wants to provide a complete English translation, feel free to post it below in comments and I will add it to this post with proper credit.
I forgot about this one until someone brought it up on twitter. I can't believe I never posted it! This AMV won Best Comedy at YaoiCon 2010. Enjoy!
Since this is now listed on Amazon, I can finally tell you that DMP has finalized their licensing on Black Sun Volume 2! Amazon has it listed for release on December 6th. Here is the synopsis given for volume 2:
"As the former Crusader commander Lord Francis and the king continue their manipulations of both Leonard and General Jan, it is quite apparent that they intend to drive the two lovers apart. But why is that? Is Leonard really just a plaything for General Jan as the spoils of war? Or will General Jan continue to defy convention and risk everything by disobeying his king in order to claim the heart and body of the knight he conquered in battle?"
This is one of my all time favorites so I am very excited that Uki Ogasawara have finally released volume two in Japan. I'm also very happy that we will only be waiting a little over five months to see it in English! Thank you DMP! If you are unfamiliar with this title, here is my review of volume one way back in January of 2009.
Here are some updates regarding the various yaoi conventions around the world!
This year's AniFET convention takes place in a few days from July 4th to July 7th in Calgary, Alberta Canada. July 4th and 5th are for all ages 16+ and July 6th and 7th are for all ages 18+. You can find their website here and their Facebook group here.
Bishie Con Announces Bishie Con Cabaret 2011!
"Bishie Con 2010 was such an amazing event that we just couldn't go through with our plan to stop having Bishie Con after this year. Though we do not have the time resources to host an entire Bishie Con in 2011, we will be offering an event for yaoi and slash fans ages 18 and up. Bishie Con Cabaret will be a 12-hour event on a Saturday in mid-December. Starting at 3:00 in the afternoon, Bishie Con Cabaret will have stage events (karaoke, improv, game shows, etc.), limited panel programming, and a vendor room open into the night. We will hold the event in a hotel and serve snacks throughout it just like we did at Bishie Con the past two years. More information on the date and location are coming soon! We hope you will grace us with your presence at this Bishie Con event!"
This year's YaoiCon in San Francisco is two weekends before Halloween, October 21st through the 23rd. It is strictly an 18+ convention. This year's guest of honor is Fusanosuke Inariya of Maiden Rose fame. Updates are coming fast and furious so check out the official site for AMV contest theme, bishie auction, advertising, scheduling a panel, etc. See you there!
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