What is Yaoi and Shōnen-ai (Shounen-ai)?

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If you are here, you probably heard the mysterious word “yaoi” or “shounen-ai” somewhere, and decided to go online and expand your knowledge. You’ve come to the right place!
So what does yaoi mean?

Having friends or colleagues who are otaku – young people who love anime and manga, you are probably already accustomed to Japanese language inclusions: from ohayo as a greeting, to long phrases you can never remember, if you are not in the fandom.

But don’t you worry! You will learn everything here, so – fandom is a group of people, a subculture made up of fans of a particular universe: a book (i.e. Harry Potter), anime (i.e. Naruto), manga, manhwa, manhua (about this later) or even TV series or movies.

What manga is – you probably know: the simplest explanation is: Japanese comics. Mentioned above manhwa are comics originating from Korea and manhua – from China.

Returning to the beginning – in this article you will learn what are that two main concepts, that this particular website revolves around. So, based on the knowledge you just learned – you will find out what yaoi fandom is!

Shōnen-ai, which means boys love (abbreviated as BL), – because ai in Japanese means love, and shōnen (shounen) – boy. So it is in the literal translation – love of boys – love between boys.

Yes, exactly that kind of love!

This term defines the motive of such male-male, homosexual love – mainly in anime, manga and related. It has been gaining popularity for centuries – starting from Japan.

Is yaoi only for girls? No! The truth is, that the majority of fans are young girls and mature women (yaoists, yaoi-fangirls, fujioshi), but there are obviously also male fans (yaoists, yaoi-fanboys, fudanshi) and all of other genders.

If you already know, more or less, what Shounen-ai is and you’re coming out of shock (or not!) then let’s continue – what is, and why is Yaoi different from Shounen-ai?

Let’s start by saying that in one way or another, both motives are usually romantic. But, while Shounen-ai stops on this invisible, romantic border of light allusions and delicate kisses, Yaoi is simply the extension of Shounen-ai to erotic aspects and threads.

In the first one they are omitted or absent, and in the second one they appear – for the joy of fans.

So, when you already know what these two terms mean, I can only invite you to explore this website, yaoi-online.com, because who knows… maybe you’ll also find yourself in this fandom!


If you are looking for more information, you can look up this article on Wikipedia:



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