Manga, diversity and inclusion


A heart-warming masterpiece that depicts a very unlikely friendship.

BL Metamorphosis Metamorphose no engawa

22nd Japan Media Arts Festival Manga Division New Face Award
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 5 volumes (finished, 5th volume is to be published in Japan Dec.2020)
Copyright: ©2017-2020 Kaori Tsurutani/KADOKAWA CORPORATION

Director’s comment

BL Metamorphosis” is a heart-touching work about a young girl who befriends an old lady and introduces her to BL (Boy’s Love) manga. The story starts when the elderly lady, ICHINOI Yuki, casually enters a bookstore and discovers a book that catches her eye. She buys it and is immediately fascinated. Later, SAYAMA Urara, a young and shy bookstore employee, helps guide her into the BL and dōjinshi (self-published books) world. This is the start of an unconventional and touching friendship. Urara has hidden her passion for these kinds of stories, as do many BL readers in Japan. However, Yuki is not prejudiced and embraces it as natural.

BL depicts homosexual relations between men – from romantic love stories to hardcore porn. The genre was and is created mostly by females and for female readers. It has often not been represented outside of Japan, with a few exceptions. However, BL is finally catching the attention of readers in Western countries. More and more stories are being translated and published every year.

This unique manga conveys joy, hope, and infinite tenderness. Readers discover the possibility of communication through the power of manga regardless of age. It shows how manga gives birth not only to stories and characters but also to great friendships that can, as in this case, bridge generation gaps.

BL Metamorphosis” (5 volumes, finished -5th volume is to be published in Japan Dec.2020) is available in English from Seven Seas Entertainment.

About the author

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TSURUTANI Kaori was born in Toyama Prefecture in 1982. In 2007, her manga “Okina Daidokoro” won the runner-up award at the 52nd Chiba Tetsuya Awards. TSURUTANI’s first serialized manga was “don’t like this”, which ran on web magazine LIKE THIS. Her current manga, “Metamorphose no engawa (BL Metamorphosis)”, has been serialized on the web comic platform Comic Newtype since November 2017. The manga has gained fans among both men and women across a range of age groups, and has been selected by many as one of the top manga of the year, including Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2019 (#1 for women), THE BEST MANGA 2019 Kono Manga o Yome! (#1) and Bros. Comic Awards 2018 (first prize). In 2019, TSURUTANI won the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival Manga Division New Face Award. “Metamorphose no engawa” is expected to come to a close in December 2020 with the release of its fifth volume.

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Online events featuring this author

Interview with TSURUTANI Kaori
Friday, Oct. 30
12 p.m. - 12:17 p.m. CET (UTC+1)
TSURUTANI Kaori’s Masterclass
Saturday, Oct. 31
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Original pages in Japanese

Rough designs in comparison with the published page

Character settings

Making of the original illustration