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10th Manga Café -- What is "Boys' Love"?

2011-4-20 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The 10th Manga Café, a popular program of the Lab Café, will be held on Wednesday, April 20. The theme will center on "Boys' Love", commonly referred to as BL. "Boys' Love", a homoerotic manga category about male relationships, is a popular discussion topic among young ladies recently.

Beginning with the simple question, "What is Boys' Love?", the café will discuss, the history, special terms such as "seme" (literally meaning attacker) and "uke" (receiver), and the allure of this category of manga.

A special guest at this café is est em, a young manga author active mainly in Boys' Love magazines and noted for her outstanding artistic abilities.

The café has also invited Jessica Bauwens SUGIMOTO as a commentator. Ms. Sugimoto is currently studying Boys' Love and "slash fiction" in Europe and the US.

Individuals who like BL manga, persons can't resist looking at this world out of curiosity, come and get involved in the sensual Boys' Love world!

This particular lab café does not have a set start or ending time. Please come and leave as best suits you.


  • est em, Graduate of the School of Manga, Kyoto Seika University. Her major publications are: Eiji Koorudo Buruu, Seduce Me After the Show, Work Number 20, Kinein!, ULTRAS, Red Blinds the Foolish
  • Jessica Bauwens SUGIMOTO was born in Belgium. After serving as a Specially Appointed Researcher at Osaka University, she served as an Associate Professor at School of Manga, Kyoto Seika University (through March 2011). Ms. Sugimoto has a doctor's degree in Human Science and her research centers on the acceptance of Japanese manga and animation overseas and the confusion in gender roles in Boys' Love manga.
  • KURAMOCHI Kayoko, Researcher, International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University

Café masters:

  • ITO Yu, Researcher, International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University
  • KINSUI Satoshi, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University

  • Organized by: Center for the Study of Communication-Design, Osaka University, Dance Box
  • Sponsored by: Art Area B1 (Osaka University, Dance Box, Keihan Electric Railway)
  • In cooperation with: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, International Manga Center, Kyoto Seika University, NPO recip (Regional Culture Information and Projects)
  • Capacity of the venue: 50
Date: 2011-4-20 (Wed) 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Art Area B1, Concorse, 1st basement, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Center for the Study of Communication-Design, Osaka University

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