It’s one thing to write smut it’s quite another to admit you run around like a 16-year-old Japanese girl looking for anatomically improbable pictures of feminized boys going at it with the magical, self-lubricating asses. (Stop looking at me like that, it’s not like I advocate magical self-lubricating asses.) Still, I figure I’m probably not the only one out there, and since this blog is pretty heavily “loser!” oriented, I might as well share the wealth.
I’ve mentioned it before, but “yaoi” stands for “Yama Nashi, Ochi Nashi, Imi Nashi,” which translates in Japanese to “no climax, no resolution, no meaning,” but is funnier if you say “no ass no money.” It’s a female-dominated genre in Japan and subgenre in America (although increasingly less with the sub as publishers like June and BeBeautiful are bringing smut to you) that focuses heavily on gay banging. What? I just gotta be me.
It’s also a print medium, yaoi anime, while it’s not new, isn’t often found. Whereas your options in terms of images of buttfucking are almost unlimited.
So how do I enjoy this visual, anatomically improbable, magically self-lubricating buttfucking, my friend?
It’s easy! But you’ll need some basic programs to ease your reading pleasure. (See how I refrained from making a “ribbed for her pleasure” joke there? See? I’m growing up! I’m becoming more mature.)
â€¢ For PC users: CDisplay is unquestionably the best out there — don’t bother to look at the competition: CDisplay is the best in the business and everything else (yes, even everything I’m about to list below for the Macs) is pretty mediocre compared to it. Nonintuitive at the beginning, but the keystrokes and program are easy to pick up, especially if you use the computer often. Very, VERY easy to use, and the best part? No unzipping your files required — we all love that.
â€¢ For Mac users: My best recommendation is FFView, does pretty much the same thing as CDisplay does, but not quite so stripped down and right on the mark. As easy as any other Mac program to use and also does not require you to unzip files in order to view them.
All right, I’m equipped with software, what do I do now?
Firstly, be aware of two things:
(1) In Japan, rape = handshake.
(2) Seriously, I’m not joking about that.
ETA:!!!! GAAAH. I cannot BELIEVE I forgot to mention this: shota = chan If you DO NOT know what chan is, YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT, therefore, you WILL NOT LIKE shota.
When I first started reading yaoi I was like, “Oh my GAWD WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY — oo, that looks kind of interesting.” If you’re easily squicked, tread lightly, there’s questionable consent in almost everything. For reasons beyond my feeble grasp. On the other hand, the art is really gorgeous, and pretty you know. Hawt. Now that you’re appraised of that situation:
Where do I find these magical butt-licious mangas?
Best place to get started without having to commit to learning IRC, navigating the scanlation communities, or, joining the livejournal yaoi_daily community (which I actually recommend you do if you do become interested in this particular smut medium), is to go to SexCrazed Neko’s BL Site, and yes, I’m not shitting you, that is its actual name. Once you get in, click on the link labeled “Hosted DDL Manga” and you’ll hit a file tree of different scanlating groups. Download a file and start up either your CDisplay or FFView and opening the zip directly — welcome to the world imagewhoring.
Some scanlators you’ll want to keep your eye are Nakama (one of the oldest and largest), Obsession and Hochuuami — all excellent groups. I would also recommend you look for Shi-Ran, which was my first experience with yaoi ever, and an amazing primer, they chose fantastic artists to scanlate and are one o fmy favorite groups still, even though they are largely retired. ETA: Someone in the comments brings up she’d only recommend Obsession’s projects to her worst enemies — I’ll be honest: I haven’t really read their stuff, but they are prolific, so, fair warning: at least one person has reservations, so it’s probably going to be more if I had a statistical sampling of the population.
Once you start digging around, you’re going to find more and more out there — and it’s a big community, as big as the written slash community, but if you get hooked on one story or another (COUGH WHERE IS MORE BUKIYA NO SILENT WHY IS IT NOW UNFINDABLE RIGHT AT THE BRINK OF HOT HOT JEALOUSY GOD DAMN IT COUGH) brace yourself that a scan group might close down, or the manga might be licensed (as Harudaki was). Still, it’s good times and good reads, or er, eye candy. And if you don’t believe me, check below the cut for some examples.
ETA: Images should show up now. Stupid tagged image files.