A heart-warming masterpiece that depicts a very unlikely friendship.
BL Metamorphosis Metamorphose no engawa
Publisher: KADOKAWA CORPORATION
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 5 volumes (finished, 5th volume is to be published in Japan Dec.2020)
Copyright: ©2017-2020 Kaori Tsurutani/KADOKAWA CORPORATION
“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.
Original pages in Japanese
English Translation © Seven Seas Entertainment
2. THE THING ABOUT TIME IS…
3. IT SLIPS PAST YOU BEFORE YOU REALIZE IT.
4. OH DEAR!
5. WHAT…? BUT...BUT WHEN…? OH DEAR, OH DEAR…