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Our Guide to Boys Love Anime and Manga [Podcast]

By June 26, 2023No Comments2 min read
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Pride month is about to end, so we invited special guest Kate Sanchez of But Why Tho? to join Travis Hymas and Ally Johnson for a discussion on all things Boys Love (BL) and general queer romances you can find in manga and anime across all kinds of genres. Our panel covers a lot of the false preconceptions people have about Boys Love, particularly when it comes to official translations and its popularity in Japan and Korea, plus how it’s continuing to resonate with western audiences. If you’ve been meaning to break into BL for the first time or are looking for some new recommendations, the rookie pirates got you covered.

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Extra Credits

Our intro music is a remix version of “Overtaken” from the One Piece anime, cut together by Jon Negroni. Our podcast artwork was created by Jon Negroni. Travis Hymas is the Anime & Manga editor of InBetweenDrafts, and Jon Negroni is the Film Editor of InBetweenDrafts. You can find more episodes of Rookie Pirate Radio right here.

Jon Negroni

Jon is one of the co-founders of InBetweenDrafts and our resident film editor. He also hosts the podcasts Cinemaholics, Mad Men Men, and Rookie Pirate Radio. He doesn't sleep, essentially.

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