*Que Britney Spears*
I know, I know. I keep screwing up my blog schedule! I usually post Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays but this week seems like a jumbled up mess. I can’t help it! I work late afternoons until about ten at night. Then all I want to do is lay in bed and watch anime. I’m a lazy p.o.s…merp. Things would be a lot easier if I could have someone write my blogs for me. You know…like a ghost writer type of situation. Man! Wouldn’t that be nice. To sit back, have a tropical drink in my hand and just laze about like the fat hippo that I am…but noooo! I have to do everything myself. Welcome to adulthood. #adulting
Today is another Senpai Saturday…well Sunday but you guys get the point. We are going to explore the term “fujoshi.” That beautiful otaku term related to many ladies in the anime community. Usually you will see this term used for girls who love anything with the concept of BL (Boys Love). It seems this two terms go hand in hand or you can’t really think of one without the other…that type of thing.
So lets get on with our bad selves!
“Fujoshi (“rotten girl”) is a self-mockingly pejorative Japanese term for female fans of manga and novels that feature romantic relationships between men. Men who, like fujoshi, enjoy imagining relationships between characters in fictional works when that relationship is not part of the author’s intent may be called fudanshi (“rotten boy”) or fukei (“rotten older brother”), both of which are puns of similar construction to fujoshi.”
While “otaku” has been the main term used to describe fans of anime, another term has been making its way through the ranks in the anime community. Hence forth the term “fujoshi!” This term typically pertains to women ranging in their early-teens to mid-to-late forties. Many of these “fujoshi” fans are correlated to the term BL (Boys Love), as I mentioned above. BL (Boys Love) has been consumed by many women since the 1970’s, but the concept of this term (and particular type of woman) gained more mainstream popularity in the early 2000’s on 2-chan (a popular messaging board website in Japan).
As my lovely friend Emma over on https://honeysanime.com/what-is-fujoshi-definition-meaning/ states:
“Since its first appearance on the Internet (within Japanese BL fan culture), fujoshi has become only one of many terms used to describe women with these interests. Despite this, it is by far the most commonly used term among BL fans and mainstream media in Japan.”
Just like the term otaku, the word fujoshi has spread far and wide in the anime community. It has even appeared outside of Japan, making its way to the western culture. Many anime series such as Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (Kiss Him, Not Me!), Ouran High School Host Club, Yuri!!! On Ice, Super Lovers, and Junjou Romantica (To name a few…because there is a shit ton more :P) have made the term “fujoshi” a main concept of their story-lines.
If you want a good laugh then I highly suggest you check out AkiDearest’s video on the term fujoshi. Hey…maybe you’re still trying to figure out if you’re a fusjoshi or not. Then you have come to the right place my sweet innocent little panda. Mama Aki will take care of you! *Clicky clicky*
The term fujoshi isn’t limited to just women though. If you are a male who likes BL (Boys Love) or anything in the yaoi community then you my friend are a “fudanshi.” Which is pretty much the male version of fujoshi.
It is estimated that 80% of all consumers of BL (Boys Love) and yaoi media is women. Which does not surprise me at all…(considering I am part of that percentile). Ain’t nothing wrong with having a little gayness in your life! Most of the viewers/readers of BL (Boys Love) and yaoi/yuri are heterosexual but straight males who view/read BL (Boys Love) are few and far between.
Hoshi-kun over at https://honeysanime.com/what-is-fujoshi-fudanshi/ gives us a general idea on why this is:
“Because heterosexual males consume Boys’ Love and similar media a whole lot less than their female counterparts in real life, they are featured a whole lot less in anime, but given changing times, they are being centred a lot more in manga and will probably appear more in anime. Fudanshi personalities are vastly different from the stereotypical fujoshi; however, they do have a lot of the same tendencies – fudanshi can be obsessive and in pursuit of the creation of the same experiences they see in BL media in their everyday lives. In contrast to that desire, fudanshi seem to be under more pressure in a social context – they work hard to keep their “fu” a secret and therefore live under a more stifled experience, since they find it difficult to explain why they enjoy homosexual romantic media as heterosexual males.”
Whether you’re a “fujoshi” or “fudanshi,” it seems like BL (Boys Love) and the yaoi/yuri fandom will only keep on growing. I think we will start seeing more shows catering to the yaoi/yuri genre in the upcoming years. I actually wrote about the terms “yaoi” and “yuri” in another Senpai Saturday if you guys want to check that out. You can find that blog post here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/senpai-satur-eh-sunday-oops-time-to-be-gay-for-a-day-just-kidding-im-gay-all-the-time-and-you-might-be-too-if-you-like-yaoiyuri/.
I have very high hopes for the fujoshi kingdom. I believe (us) ladies will demand more of it from anime producers/creators. You can only go up from here! I am totally down with some yuri action too. *Keeps eyeing the news about the upcoming anime Citrus* As long as the story is done right I don’t care if the characters end up with the same sex. Just make sure I am properly entertained! That’s all I ask. Nothing like a good story concept and execution.
What are some of your favorite “fujoshi” catered shows? Do you have a favorite yaoi/yuri couple? Do you think we will get more “fujoshi” and “fudanshi” centered shows in the future? Do you think the “fujoshi” fandom will continue to grow or stay the same? Let me know all of your thoughts in the comments section below! ❤
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