The great Yaoi debate ...

United States
January 26, 2007 7:49am CST
I have been wanting to get opinions on this for a while now. Both guys and girls are welcome to respond. I wanted to know what you think of Yaoi? For those of you who don't know, Yaoi is a genre of anime featuring men that love men. I have found some Yaoi storylines to be extremely interesting and cute. For example, I am a huge fan of Gravitation. It's one of the cutest shows I've ever seen. So what are your opinions of Yaoi? Should it be sold in stores? Should it come with warnings?
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@blindedfox (3315)
• Philippines
3 Feb 07
I'm not really into these genre of anime. I stay away from them completely. I just think it is absurd to watch two guys/two girls fall in love with each other. It's just sick. I watched Koi Kaze before. And when I hinted that THAT anime was incest, I dropped it instantly. Too bad it was starting to be a great anime. Oh well. I stick to my morals. I don't like Yaoi, Yuri and Incest.
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
same goes here. i dont like seeing two anime characters of the same gender being so "fondly" attracted with each other. its kinda...."dirty". ^.^;; in real life im not against gays and lesbians but i dont like seeing them getting too "close" and doing PDAs and all that. and this goes with anime too. if i had the power, i would like anime to be exempted from this kind of genre.
• United States
28 Jul 09
I'm personally a die-hard Yaoi fan! I agree with what you said, there are some really great story themes out there that has great plot. I think what attracted me to Yaoi are the beautiful drawings of those manga characters. The artists of Yaoi really know how to draw beautiful people and I appreciate fine art. I love to read Yaoi, but when it comes to Yuri, I'm just not interested in it. I can tolerate it and accept it but it just doesn't hold my interest like Yaoi does. I have been an Yaoi fan for a few years now but even though I love it, I just can't tell my friends though. Like you mentioned, it usually generates a huge debate, it comes down to whether some people can accept boy/boy. I don't know what my friends would say if they know that I like to read these kind of mangas so I have never mentioned it. I don't think they mangas anyways. To some, it's an acquired genre, but to others like me, we just love it, plain and simple!
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
25 Mar 08
They are definitely avaialble, in stores as well as have warnings on them. In my opinion, its okay. Different people have different interests and this one happens to be one among those that some girls, and some guys for that matter, have interest on. They find it more interesting compared to the usual relationships that most people are able to accept. Its complicating for me to understand when I even asked a classmate of mine about it and her interest. I really couldn't ask her to justify such a relationship compared to the usual or what others consider the natural relationship between two individuals having different genders. As I said, when it comes to interest, we can't insist our own ideas for other people to be against what they seem to like. Most of what my classmate would mentioned would be characters are somewhat effeminate, being those "beautiful guys" that are most common for anime characters. Even though its really unsettling for me, I try to be objective about it and how other people find interest to something that seems to be intriguing for them. "To each their own"
• United States
12 Dec 07
Yay yaoi!! Yaoi is beautiful as is yuri. I think every one should be able to read it if they like it. Its all a matter of taste.. I personally like yaoi pairings no one would think of .. and in series that were not ment to be yaoi in the first place muaha
• United States
10 May 07
I think yaoi (and Shounen-ai) should be as available in stores as any other anime, but I don't think it requires a warning unless there are graphic scenes. Just because the characters in love happen to be male doesn't mean it warrants a higher rating than any other romance, I think~ For example~ the relationship of Touya and Yukito in Card Captor Sakura is one of the most cute and innocent situations I have ever seen in anime! When Sakura finds out Yukito is in love with her brother, she doesn't react in shock, she just accepts it completely, even though she is just a little girl. I wish all people reacted that way to boys in love ^^;
@mercchan (133)
• Chile
25 Apr 07
I love yaoi. Any yaoi plot you'll see will have more deepness than any heterosexual plot. I love angst, also, and yaoi is full of angst. (You gotta love Shuichi suffering for Yuki: "Yuuuuki~!")
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I think something many people forget that not all yaoi has explicit content. And not all regular genres of manga and anime have explicit content either..I don't think there's much difference between shounen ai and yaoi, shoujo ai and yuri..from what I've seen they can BOTH and NIETHER be explicit, and they both feature same gender love. I personally have a fondness for it, which has nothing to do with my sexuality..and more of an intrest in stories and my own personal weakness for 'cuteness' since it seems those tend to have a tendency to be more cute than other stories in other genres with some exceptions. Sure! It needs to be sold in my local stores! So I could read and watch 'em more..I get tired of living in rural areas sometimes 'cause some people are so uptight..trying to ban perfectly good and not always 'not so good for many children under thirteen' things. I'm not some sick pervert or anything..I'm just very fond of good stories. With all of this cut-and-dry stuff plots-wise going around lately I appreciate something unique and not overdone.
@lizeri (533)
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
Actually, I don't like much of this genre. I just watched it because of the story concept and the graphics. I am a wholesome person and I would just appreciate the comic twists rather than those explicit content.
@pidgey (181)
• Philippines
16 Mar 07
i dont like yaoi and i dont want to read one.. eewww sorry for this comment for those yaoi fans... sumimasen!
@kstrzwsk (146)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I like yaoi, especially Gravitation. Some yaoi us sold in stores, you can go to bestbuy.com and they have gravitation on DVD there. For the warnings part, it would be a good idea to have a sticker on the movie that says yaoi on it, even though alls you have 2 do is read the back of it.
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
well... as far as im in it! GRAVITATION ROCKS!!!![sings: Spicy Marmalade] yaoi stories are cute...
• Brazil
6 Feb 07
I think yaoi is a simple kind of anime that the most has a love story. The only difference is in the main characters... Usually the main characters are all boys and the main couple are boys too.
• Indonesia
27 Jan 07
Hmmmm many people missunderstand about yaoi. I cant said mature content. But Shonen-ai and yaoi is different even they similar. Shonen-ai is only love betwen man. BUt yaoi more than that. ^^ I dont like both. BUt I still able to accept shonen-ai. Did U read gravitaion anga? Thats yaoi. BUt gravitation anime is shonen-ai ^^ I have gravitation anime. ^^ But my sister like Saint Beast. Fr her that is best Shonen-ai story ^^ She was crossplay (Cosplay as opposite gender) as one of Saint BEast character (Shin no genbu). Her favorite yaoi manga is "Wild Rock" Ever read that?
• Brazil
26 Jan 07
Hey i like yaoi so musch ^^ I have read Colors (manga) and I have watched sukisho and Papa to Kiss in the Dark. These 3 yaois are very cute and interesting. I Think yaoi could be sold in stores... if hentai can be sold why not yaoi??
@misskatonic (3726)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I've enjoyed a few yaoi stories. Though I don't think Gravi counts as yaoi - but then again, the term yaoi has become so far removed from its original meaning that I don't even know what counts anymore. Speaking in strict terms, there needs to be NC-17 material for something to be considered yaoi. I'd put Gravi under shounen-ai, but that's just me. But I guess it has somehow come to mean anything that's male/male. I don't really care much about the genders or sexuality of characters in a story, as long as the story is compelling and the characters interesting. I'll read anything: shoujo-ai, shounen-ai, yaoi, yuri.... heck, I've even got a guro manga tucked away in my collection. That has all of the above in it! I think if there's R or NC-17 content, there needs to be a warning. But the summary of any male/male manga or anime will clue anyone into what it is.