Is BL Popular

Boy Love, abbreviated as BL, is a TV genre popular in many Asian countries - especially Thailand. They have also given rise to large online fan communities where viewers say they feel safe to be their authentic selves. In Thailand's "2Gether: The Series," Tine is a self-described "chic" college student who has a reputation for dating a string of girls, but always breaking up with them. In an attempt to squelch the affections of an unwanted admirer, Tine convinces the popular football-playing Sarawat to fake a date with him. Eventually, their fake dates turn into real ones, and the two boys have to confront how real their pretending has become. The show is one of many in a genre known as Boy Love, usually abbreviated as BL. These shows focus on a romantic relationship between two boys who seem to exist in a world that's unapologetically queer, free of the everyday obstacles that many members of the LGBTQ community face. In many Asian countries, BL shows are among the most popular on TV. According to streaming service LINE TV, "2Gether" surpassed 100 million views on their platform by April 2020 becoming one of their most popular shows that year; the first episode of "2Gether" has garnered over 28 million views on YouTube. Thailand has become one of the biggest producers of these shows - over 20 BL shows were produced in the country last year alone. The BL genre is essentially a modern-day adaptation of the manga genre yaoi, which originated in Japan and initially focused on stories of relationships between two men.

The genre emerged in the 1970s and has since grown to mainstream popularity. While yaoi originally existed as manga, modern day BL genres have expanded to many types of media, including anime, web comics, TV shows, films, and video games. These shows have brought together millions of fans from around the world, regardless of age, race, or gender identity. On Twitter, hashtags trend weekly as new episodes of shows are released, and subreddits are overflowing with comments about fan-favorite moments. Some even have entire YouTube channels dedicated to BLs. Jordan S. from California. Jordan told Insider, though now, he said, he mainly watches Thai BL shows. Jordan was always fond of the genre, but wasn't aware of just how large the fandom was until he fully immersed himself. In 2019, he began making BL reaction videos for YouTube. He said he was initially drawn to BL shoes because the gay characters don't have to overcome obstacles in order to live their authentic lives. They are the love stories he hoped to see on screen. Jordan told Insider. "I've made a group of friends online who I can open up to and be comfortable around." He's even been able to meet up with some members of his online community in person.

39;s a place where I can learn about myself and learn about the world without the male gaze.

For many fans, BL shows have created safe spaces across social media. 27-year-old Alexa J. told Insider. Through other online spaces, Alexa found a Discord server for fans of BL - an online forum for fans to gather. This is where she met 32-year-old Pixie O., who was active in some of the same channels. As they became closer friends, Pixie pitched the idea to Alexa that they should host a podcast, which led to the inception of "Lovecast: A BL Podcast." Despite living in different countries, Pixie and Alexa said they maintained a friendship through the BL fandom and created a community where people can engage with each other and have meaningful discussions. Unlike Alexa, who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community, Pixie identifies as straight and is aware of the common conception that, through BL, straight women may be taking up queer spaces. Insiders. "It's a place where I feel safe. It's a place where I can learn about myself and learn about the world without the male gaze. " Historically, straight women created yaoi as a form of entertainment free of misogyny and traditional gender roles. Their small community has since grown, and their podcast has added a third host: 26-year-old Kayla who had her own YouTube channel to discuss BL shows. Kayla used her platform to discuss social issues within various BL dramas, such as colorism, homophobia within the industry, bullying, and the romanticization of abuse. Insider. She was a guest on the podcast for two episodes before joining as a host In a recent episode of their podcast, Kayla and Alexa addressed some of these issues directly, starting a conversation about colorism within BL shows. Kayla echos the notion that it's sometimes difficult to consume media that perpetuates these colorist ideals where fair skin is represented as superior. The trio now use their platform to discuss their favorite parts of these shows, while also sparking important conversations around issues that impact their communities. They said the podcast helps them learn and grow from each others' lived experiences.

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This list describes characters from the anime and manga series Doraemon. Also listed are their original NTV voice actors (1973), followed by their TV Asahi voice actors (1979-2005; 2005-present). Part of the 22nd century characters are listed in The Doraemons. Each main character represents a primary school student archetype. Nobita appears in every episode of the anime, while Doraemon appears in most episodes, sometimes being substituted (for medical checkup or on leave) by his sister, Dorami. Note: In some translations of Doraemon, the names of these characters are different from the original names. 2.9 Nobisuke Nobi Jr. Albert in the Cinar dub of the series, is the title character and co-protagonist of the series. He is a cat-like robot from the future. He was yellow-skinned and had ears originally. However, his ears were accidentally eaten by a robot mouse. It left him heartbroken and caused his skin to turn blue. People often mistake him for a raccoon dog. He is sent back in time by Sewashi (Nobita's Great-great-grandson) to aid Nobita. Doraemon possesses a 4-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store.

His favorite food is Dorayaki.

He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of household items and unwanted gadgets. Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita's antics. Since Sewashi sent Doraemon to the past, Doraemon has been living as the unofficial fourth member of Nobita's family and acts like a second son to Nobita's parents, since despite being a robot, he requires basic needs for a person, such as eating, and also sleeps in the closet of Nobita's bedroom. He also fears mice greatly (due to a robot mouse having eaten his ears), even go crazy about it and pull out devastating gadgets, and most of the times, Nobita saves Doraemon in such situations. Although he has no fingers in most media, he can hold things because of the suction cups in his hands. His favorite food is Dorayaki. He has also been shown to date with normal female cat. He is the elder brother of Dorami.

Nobita Nobi (野比, Nobi Nobita, English dub: Sidney in the Cinar dub, Specky in the Speedy dub, and Noby Nobi in the Bang Zoom! dub) is the co-protagonist of the series. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue or black shorts and white socks and light blue shoes. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting. He is usually accompanied by Doraemon, who functions as his caretaker. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting and has been reflected in the movies many time. He's also good at string figure which sometime considered a girls' game. Son of Tamako and Nobisuke Nobi. Future father of Nobisuke (his son). Future husband or boyfriend of Shizuka and great-great-grandfather of Sewashi. Taurus), nicknamed Shizuka-chan (しずかちゃん) is a smart, kind and pretty girl. She is often represented by the color pink, and is seen wearing a pink shirt and skirt.

39;s gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese).

The word 'Shizuka (しずか)' means 'Quiet'. She is Nobita's best friend. She does not shun Nobita due to his failing grades, lazy disposition or constant failures. In fact, she often tries to encourage him to do better, though she usually fails to convince him. Shizuka likes to take a bath several times a day; however, a running gag in the series is that she is sometimes interrupted by a sudden appearance of Nobita (sometimes Doraemon, Gian, or Suneo) usually due to misuse of Doraemon's gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese). Shizuka's skirt is also frequently seen getting flipped, either by Nobita misusing Doraemon's gadgets, or by the wind. Scenes in which her underwear is seen, or she is seen bathing, have been removed from the dubbed versions, especially in India, Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her true passions are sweet potatoes, which she would rather keep to herself out of the knowledge of others, and the violin, in which her playing is just as horrendous as Gian's singing. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly due to her mother's wishes (as she loves violin more), which is sometimes a reason for declining to hang out with friends (but she plays piano better than violin). Shizuka is an animal lover and keeps two pets at home: a dog, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon in one story; and a canary which runs away on multiple occasions and causing Shizuka and Nobita to run around the city chasing her down.

She sometimes fansies some handsome idols on TV. Besides Nobita, Shizuka is also close to her classmate and popular student Dekisugi. Though they consider each other only as friends. Gemini), named Buster in the Cinar dub and Bob in the Speedy dub, usually known by the nickname "Gian" (「ジャイアン」, "Jaian", English: Big G) is a strong and quick-tempered local bully. He also frequently steals other children's stuff (especially Nobita's and Suneo's) under the pretext of "borrowing" them, unless the toy is damaged. He is known for his awful singing voice, though he considers himself a great singer. To prove this, Gian sometimes "invites" others to attend his concerts, under the threat of beatings. His singing is so horrible that, once, Nobita and Doraemon try to mute it in a silent world, his writings of the song lyrics in a board end up having the same effect as when they hear them. Though his voice is terrible in one of the episodes it was shown that a girl liked his singing. In some films, his singing is enhanced to become an effective weapon (as in 'Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas'). In some episodes when his voice is recorded and he hears it, he instantly denies it being his voice and threatens to beat up the person who his songs in a very bad way (which is an irony).

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