I was strongly pressured to write this post. I am apparently the Queen of Gay Terminology. (I was going to be king, but we all enjoyed the implications of queen.) I'm sure I forgot alot, because, I am very sleepy. Also, they made me read the Gravitation Megamix before writing this, and it burnt. Badly.
Somewhere along the way, Utena became really gay.
No, not like, lesbians holding hands and suff.
I mean like, manly gay.
I have traced this to Terayama's play Baramon.
Baramon is home to the Gay Can Can, the girlyman I Love You Mr. Ken, the Gay Political Address and such. (Also some of La Marie Vison. Is Miwa in Baramon? I'm not sure.)
"Men are the best, money comes in second. Women are useless for relationships! Useless! The thing that shines brighter than the stars in the sky is men! Men! Men men men men!"
-The Gay CanCan, (Heaven and Hell) from Baramon, badly translated. (SUKI YOOOOOOOOOOOO) Also, the CD is covered in roses. Tis pretties.
Baramon means, the Rose Gate. In Utena, in the last episode, they must pass through the Gate of Roses, bara no mon, to... well, they don't really do it. But we're forced to assume its pretty cool. (AND GAY.) Regardless, they don't, and lesbians hold hands, and I won't spoil the end, cause for being over ten years old, a ridiculous amount of people sitll haven't finished it.
But, Ikuhara, the director, loved Terayama's works. Did he think of this? Did he even see or hear Baramon? (I think it was generally a lesser known thing and people didn't want it out in the world.) However, Ikuhara's dreams of working with Terayama were shattered, due to Terayama being like... dead and all. So he worked with J. A. Seazer. Cause, Seazer is awesome. And Seazer inherited Terayama's theatrical troupe, Tenjo Sajiki, which became Banyu Inryoku.
Generally, lots of gay Japanese things have Rose in the title.
I set out to figure out why.
...And I didn't really fnd out. D:
But I learnt alot.
People just... started calling gay things bara. in the 60's, the gay publication Barazoku came out, which called gay men barazoku, the tribe of roses. Barazoku recently has gone under, and many revivals have been attempted in the last few years, but none have been successful. Probably because, now gay men have the internet. Also, Barazoku had fewer pictures and manga. I had pictures of gay men and articles and... stuff. I dunno. I never read it. Also, Miwa-sama apparently liked it. AND YOU LOVE MIWA.
Geicomi and the bara forms of manga are generally by men, for men. They're usually filled with meaty man thighs, spectorals and hair. (In theory, if a man made stuff with less manly men for other men, I suppose it could still be bara.)
But generally, gay comics are called yaoi. I don't know why. I guess a non Japanese person thought it was a good name and named EVERYTHING that. Yaoi generally has several qualifications- it should NOT have a plot. There's a sentence for what it means. But i forget. I can only remember YAmete, Oshiri ga Itai! (Stop it, my butt hurts! Much more memorable.) Yaoi is generally just sex.
Boys Love / BL is the actual genre. (the BL genre used to be June, named after a magazine that was for aesthetically pleasing gay comics.) BL has them getting into eachother's pants, with plot points like romance and stuff.
Generally, assume that something like Junjo Romantica is BL. A short doujinshi based off it could be yaoi, because it will generally just get straight to sexy time.
Shonen-ai would be cutesy stories about boys falling in love, but they might just kiss and hug. They don't get into eachother's pants. The lack of sexy time in a gay romance makes it shounen-ai. (Which, translates to boy love, which makes these VERY unfortunate choices in terms.)
Shota is little boys. Stop touching little boys, that's illegal!
They've also invented new ways of boys love, like gachi muchi. Which hass more muscular or chubbier guys, often made by men, but usually made for women. It;s like, bara is infiltrating BL.
Fujoshi is a pun on a word for decent woman, and is sorta kinda like an otaku. Sometimes. Kinda. These are the kind of girls who watch things with YAOI-GOGGLES (tm) on. Prone to rabid slashing and seeing the gay in eveything.
A good fujoshi example would be Yinghua while watching White Collar. We have no idea if that show is intended to be that gay, but it REALLY seems so. ...Actually, you can see that without living in yaoi goggles, so maybe its not. Hmm. Well, you get the idea I hope.
Yaoi likes to be TRAGIC. Especially bara. (So I'm told.) This is apparently some kind of viewer/creator coping due to the real life status of homosexuality.
It also likes rape. Presumably this is to keep the uke, the guy that the other one is going at during sexy time, from being corrupted by the idea of sex. If he isn't willing, but the rapist loves him, he's still pure. I'm... not entirely sure how this works or become so popular, but hey.
While I'm at it, obviously, the seme is the one who is, uhh, being active, while the uke would be receiving. Everyone knows that. Figuring out which is which is apparently the trick.
On the ladies side, the magazine Barazoku also had coined the term Yurizoku, the tribe of lillies for the ladies. Yurizoku was generally lesbians, and they had their own small section of the publication. Yuri became the ladies versions of comics, but the genre doesn't seem to be as broad as yaoi.
Despite popular opinion, yuri would be the matching term to bara, not yaoi. (You know, they're both flowers, and have sorta similar roots, no pun intended.) Yuri can go from girls being cutesy together, to having sexy time. You can also have GL, Girls Love, like BL.
A ye olden genre of yuri is Class S, which was apparently banned way back when, and came around when girl's schools did. It's kinda schoolgirls havng crushes on the upperclass-ladies and what not. Or something. I'm not too wellup on this.
Shojo-ai is thought to be more girls being cutesey and lovey in a non explicit manner, but its apparently actualy just liking girls. As in, kinda underaged stuff. Sorta like lolicon, which is just ridiculously young. STOP TOUCHING THE LITTLE GIRLS. THAT'S ALSO ILLEGAL.
Regardless, when everyone talks about ROSES ARE VAGINAS. THE SWORD PENETRATED THEIR ROSE. ITS LIKE, MEN DOMINATING WOMAN IN A SEXUAL WAY.
That was just really gay. I imagined large hairy men kissing.