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This manga is one of the funniest I've ever read (it's funny because it's true) and I relate to the main character on a truly spiritual level :D

The main character is Sakaguchi Ryou (the "fudanshi" from the title) - a high school student whose greatest passion is BL (Boys Love) manga. He's not gay, he just loves BL and would really like to have more like-minded friends. Because his best friend - Nakamura - while being quite understanding of Gucchi's passion, doesn't share the interest and occassionally looks at Gucchi weirdly. Or with despair.

However, later Gucchi does meet a fujoshi freind - Nishihara Rumi - and the two couldn't be happier than discussing favourite pairings, anime, manga, slashing real people etc. They get on really well - to the point Nakamura asks himself (and them as well) why they aren't a couple since they share the same interests and seem to have great fun together.

Yes, he clearly ships them. Although it seems he ships them quite in vain because both say they don't see the other as anything other than a "fu" friend - sort of like a comrade in arms (BL is srs bizns, guys).

And that's another thing I like about this manga: the total lack of romance. Admittedly, at the end of 1st volume, there is something like additional yonkoma showing another character: Yamashita, who has a gigantic crush on Sakaguchi. To which Gucchi is completely oblivious. But in general, we get exactly what it says on the tin: fudanshi koukou seikatsu, which means: the high school life of a fudanshi. And it is hilarious. The manga is also well-drawn (I'd almost say 'pretty') and relatable to every otaku/slasher/fujoshi/fudanshi.

There's a similar - at first glance - manga and anime: Watashi ga Motete Dousunda (English title: Kiss Him, Not Me!, polski: "Pocałuj jego, kolego!" wydawane przez Kotori), telling a story of a fujoshi, but in my opinion Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu is better. Funnier and does not have the harem-type romance (totally realistic that, totally). But to each his or her own, I guess.

Anyway, the manga will be released in English on June 1st - go check it out. And in the meantime, you can also check the anime - it's not as prettily-drawn as manga, but it does have a fantastic opening and a very good ending and Hatano Wataru singing them and voicing the main character. It is a real shame the anime did not include the story of Gucchi discovering BLCDs. Nishihara lends him one CD at one point, but Gucchi is sort of freaked out the uke sounds like Nakamura. He very well could be, especially if his voice actor starred in some BL dramas in real life. Hatano-san certainly did and how hilarious it would be if the anime went that route: creating a tiny in-universe snippet of the CD Gucchi listens to, with Nakamura's seiyuu as uke and Sakagucchi's seiyuu as seme. Gucchi could get a double freak-out :D

So yeah, read or watch, and if you decide you like the visual style of the manga, you can also check other stories by Michinoku Atami. Beware though, they are all prettily drawn but it's all m/m porn. With feelings, tho :D


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You know what I didn't expect to hear today? The cunning and skillful use of dummy head microphone* by a professional seiyuu. I mean, I'm trying to work, flipping through Soundcloud (what? music helps me to work. sometimes), listening to various Japanese radio shows, music, pieces of drama CDs etc. and there I find Hatano-san talking about his drama CD Thanatos Night among other things (hey, my Japanese is still nearly non-existent - I'm still hoping to learn it by osmosis. Or wishful thinking) and then at the end he - very politely - asks the listeners to buy the CD and... thanks them for it. And that's the moment I kinda went "Wah, wait a chotto, I am not ready for this! Too close!" :D

Use the headphones, and for the full effect at the end, listen from the beginning. And, as they say, tanoshinde kudasai :)







* Here's a very interesting article on wiki about dummy head mics
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Returning from the dead because I've found a new, sort of, fandom. Tying nicely with my not-so-recent interest in learning Japanese (2nd year course and I can confidently state I can say a bit more than "My cow is red" now. But only a bit.). And I said "fandom", but in reality I'm just obsessing over one voice actor. But there sort of seems to be a seiyuu fandom, so well... let's go with that for now.

OK, starting at the beginning. Last year by total accident I stumbled on Yuri!!! on ICE. I actually saw the fan merchandise (pins to be exact) with the title and I remembered I thought 'Why is it named yuri when it looks like yaoi?' LOL, famous last words.

Anyway, long story short, I liked the show but I'm not going to describe/review etc. it because you can find those things all over the net now. I do recommend it though - funny, interesting plot and great characters. And music. Music was good. The opening I liked right from the start, but the ending sneakily grew on me, since I'm not really into that music genre. And I sort of found it really funny that the guy singing the ending was also the voice actor for one of the characters. DIY, that's what I always say.

Also at about the same time I finally caved and bought the first volume of Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai manga. It was published in Polish by one of our manga publishers a couple of years ago, but I always had my doubts about the title. I mean, lewd masochistic Yakuza boss... *makes sort of WTF face*. Plus the cover art of that first volume did not inspire confidence in the title either.

But well, I did like other books by the same mangaka: Yoneda Kou. So I thought, eh, maybe it's not that bad... One volume will not ruin my finances and the worst case scenario is I will never read it again.

So I bought it. And whoa, I did not expect to actually like it that much. Because even if the blurb at the back and general plot descriptions seemed iffy, the plot was really good, the characters sufficiently nuanced to hold attention and the drawings nothing to sneer at either. Yes, we do have that masochistic Yakuza boss there (Yashiro), but he's actually not a drooping infuriating uke, but quite a commanding presence. And then there's his big oaf of a bodyguard (Doumekiiii) and his subordinates/lackeys (Nanahara and Sugimoto mostly) and his bosses (Mizumi-san is scary af in the right light. And Hirata-san is just plain bastard). Oh, and there's also sex, so you know, if you wanted to give it a go, be prepared for it. And yes, it is yaoi.

Anyway, I got the remaining two volumes and got through them in two days. One of the best stories I've ever read.
And in the course of looking through internets for all things Saezuru Tori related I also saw there was someting like a drama CD made for the manga. Cool, I thought. Maybe will check it some day.

And then I heard in some youtube video a new word: "fudanshi". What the hell is that? Uncle Google helped and lo and behold, not only did I find the definition of the word, but I also found Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu anime.

And let me tell you, it's not every day that you see something so relatable (LOL, but yes). I'm much much less obsessed than Gucchi but the general set up is there, complete with a 'normal' friend to whom I sometimes babble about fandoms/pairings and the likes and he bears it stoically and doesn't roll his eyes too much. And sometimes even gets into those fandoms himself (Whitechapel was a big hit heheheh).

Only, we're not actually in high school anymore. We did meet in high school, though. I sometimes wonder if Sakaguchi and Nakamura will end up similarly: Nakamura married, but still friends with Gucchi, who still babbles to him about fandoms and yaoi manga :D

So yes, all 12 episodes of Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu were watched in one go (well, each is only 3-4 minutes long), and upon hearing opening and ending I was like YES, THIS MUSIC, GIMME MORE. WHOSE IS THAT AMAZING VOICE?

Apparently it was the voice of the main character in the anime (Sakaguchi) and the actor voicing him is - now pay attention - Hatano Wataru.

The guy who sang the ending for Yuri!!! on ICE.

The guy who I read voiced Doumeki on Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai drama CD.

Coincidence? Or is it? :D

So now I'm kinda obsessing over Hatano-san's work. And I'm sort of going through all (or at least as many as I am able to get my hands on) the drama CDs and singles/albums he released. This is certainly an... interesting experience. Because he's very er... prolific in the BL (boys love) drama CDs department.

To be honest, though, I haven't laughed that much since seeing Macierewicz/Misiewicz memes. Or possibly writing Kaczyński/Tusk slash (sorry, this joke is only understandable to Polish poeple). Because, really, hearing your favourite seiyuu moaning, panting and making sucking, slurping and kissing noises is certainly a novel experience. One that makes me totally appreciate Japanese approach to entertainment. I had no idea such a huge market existed - I mean BL really: manga, drama CDs, games (I'm still not sure what those otome games are, hmmm). We here - up West, let's say - are like those cats in the desert: we have no hope of comprehending this litter box.

Also, Hatano-san's dedication to his work is a thing of beauty *chokes on laughter*. All the seiyuu really - damn, those things require some serous skill. I'm even inclined to think voice actors are better than actors who work with their body (for lack of better definition). I mean, it's obviously a completely different thng, but I'm possibly slightly in favour of seiyuu. I mean, listen to this and remember the backing vocals are done by Hatano-san as well. BTW, it's a song, so completely work-safe, if anyone had any doubts.

So yeah, currently I die of laughter a bit each day, but it will be a very nice way to go. Also, all laughter aside, listening to those CDs is a great way to familiarise oneself with how Japanese speak and it's actually a great help in learning Japanese. We're not exposed to this language the way we are to English - practically since birth - so having this opportunity to listen to the cadence, accent (though I still cannot hear that), vocabulary etc. is honestly helpful.

And next time: Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu and why Michinoku Atami is a goddess.

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