Essentially, how fast does a BL-lover see BL in shows that aren’t?
It all started innocently. In fact, it remained that way for a full seven episodes. And then, it happened – fujoshi goggles suddenly picked up a tiny vibe in a scene, and BOOM! Instant BL… and a trip to 4ch /cm.
Of course, when I say ‘instant BL’ I mean ‘Day suddenly decided that two characters could be slashed and it’d be awesome.’ So not exactly anything concrete here, don’t get too excited. However, it made me wonder – how long does it take me to see BL in, well, anything?
So I wrote down a list of shows I’ve either been watching or re-watching, and then recorded at what point the notion of BL entered my brain. Think of this as a preview, though, as I fully intend to do this for the shows I watch in the fall. Should be at least somewhat amusing; at the very least, you may get a better idea of how depraved of a BL fan I am.
Do note that UraBoku isn’t included here since it is technically BL, although thus far it is of the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ variety, and I sincerely doubt it’ll go beyond that before the series closes out.
Shukufuku no Campanella
Or ‘Proof that I’m a Loser’. I’ve been watching this every so often, and I began watching it solely because… some of the girls looked cute.
Wow. I suck.
Anyway, the quality’s pretty bad and the cuteness of the girls is looking less and less compelling with the passage of time, so its probably isn’t long for my world. However, one thing that can be said is that this show definitely isn’t supposed to be taken as a BL fan’s potential playground. In fact, there are only three guys in it versus seven-ish girls (so far), with one guy as the clear male lead. So – harem!
And yet… when the third guy showed up in episode two while everyone was at the beach, the moment he opened his mouth, looked at the male lead, and this deep voice came out – hello! Guess who thought, “Hey, I could totally ship those two, that one’s voice is hot.”? I think you know the answer to that.
How fast to BL? 2 episodes
This is actually the show I was talking about above. I’ve been enjoying it, and not shipping anyone since it doesn’t really lend itself well to shipping (at least, I don’t think it does). But there I was, merrily watching episode seven, and the priest and the doctor were having one of their little conversations about the mysterious ‘disease’ plaguing the village. Normal, right? They’d been doing this for the previous five episodes, after all. But, no, in the mind of the BL fan, the thought suddenly creeped in that, yeah, these guys? Hmm, they’d be kind of good together, wouldn’t they?
In my minor, minor defense, it isn’t as if there really is anyone else I would’ve shipped them with, anyway. I think some would suggest the green-haired nurse be paired with the doctor, but I was kind of partial to Yuuki’s friend Tohru getting paired with her since he had a crush on her. Even if he is dead now (I bet he’ll be a vampire, though).
How fast to BL? 7 episodes
One of these days I’ll probably get the spelling of that right.
Anyway, YP has three pretty boys as part of the core cast, and one girl. The girl will clearly be paired with one of them… which leaves two of them. Hmm, wonder what I’ll do with them?
Episode eleven brought the notion of BL for them into my brain, though, not the mere existence of two more guys than girls. It was a flashback episode, one wherein we learned about how the three guys all became friends. One of them runs away after an argument and, uh, falls off a cliff. So then they have to rescue him, and there’s a piggyback involved. Yes, it was at that moment that a ‘Hmm…’ popped into my brain.
Actually, though, yuri for the show surfaced earlier in my stupid mind than did BL. But, yeah, that’s not really relevant to this post.
How fast to BL? 11 episodes
Actually! I thought of it before the totally fey guy showed up. No, I thought of it when Welkin’s fellow-lieutenant showed up, but not for the two of them. No, it was when his little assistant surfaced and was all indignant about his superior being around the stupid squad and got wicked tsundere about him. But then he got tsundere about Isara a few episodes later, too… I still retained the BL vibe, though.
How fast to BL? 4 episodes
Nabari no Ou
Uh, yeah. The gay ninja show. Um, well… Nabari no Ou isn’t actually BL, although it really does feel that way a lot of the time, and I would make strong arguments for shipping two gay couples that are backed up with fairly solid evidence. However, the notion of BL really didn’t surface until episode 9, when Gau was gushing about Raikou. Sure, there’d been some jokes about Miharu’s moe charm in earlier episodes, but I wasn’t taking those seriously, that’s for sure.
I was able to get such an accurate bead on where I noticed the BL in NnO due to my blogging of the show back in the day. Good thing since it’s hard to dismiss it once you are aware of it, so my re-watch/finishing of it that I’m doing at the moment couldn’t really give an accurate idea of when it occurred to me the first go-round.
How fast to BL? 9 episodes