Gay and feminist Japanese vlogger and critic Masaki C. Matsumoto began streaming a video about their thoughts on yaoi and boys-love on their YouTube channel in February. The English-subtitled video is a reupload of a previous Japanese video that did not include subtitles. The video "discusses sexism and heterosexism surrounding the whole anti- BL culture as well as [Matsumoto's] own personal history with BL. Kolbeins is currently holding a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to fund post-production of the documentary.
Being Gay in Japan: The Ups and Downs
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In terms of sheer quantity, there are a lot more queer characters in anime than there are in American cartoons. Until recently, queer representation in American animation has faced two ridiculous obstacles: the idea that cartoons are just for kids, and the idea that it's inappropriate to expose kids to the existence of queer people. Thankfully that first obstacle started being challenged in the '90s with shows like The Simpsons and South Park , and the second obstacle's being challenged now thanks to shows like Steven Universe and The Loud House. In Japan, however, neither of obstacles exist. There's been anime for adults almost as long as there's been anime, and kids anime have long featured openly queer characters. As for the quality of queer representation in anime, it's a mixed bag.
Anime, mon amour: forget Pokemon--Japanese animation explodes with gay, lesbian, and trans themes.
This is a list of fictional characters that either self-identify as gay or have been identified by outside parties to be gay , becoming part of gay media. Listed characters are either recurring characters , cameos , guest stars , or one-off characters. For the purpose of this article, anime are considered any animations created in Japan and does not include any anime-influenced animation in the United States, Europe, parts of Asia, and elsewhere in the world. Also see the corresponding lists of lesbian and bisexual anime characters. See the lists of lesbian , trans , bisexual , non-binary , pansexual , asexual , and intersex characters for information about fictional characters in other parts of the LGBTQ community.
With the increasing popularity of Japanese animation outside of Japan, lots of fans are developing an interest in the Japanese language and many are choosing to study it at a university or self-learn through the use of books, CDs, and even video games. Occasionally, though, due to cultural misunderstandings, miscommunications, or the rapid spread of incorrect translations through online communities, some Japanese words develop an English language usage that can be unintentionally funny, offensive, or even totally wrong, such as with the word " cour. Whether you're looking for a career in translation or simply planning a trip to Japan, make sure you know what these 10 words really mean to native Japanese speakers.