Yaoi News July 24 2020

I hope all you lovely fujoshi, fudanshi and everyone in between have had a happy and safe week. Maybe you caught up on some of your reading or anime watching? I know I still have so much to catch up on. This will be small post this week with only one story that is yaoi specific but the other story I feel is worth sharing because it relates back to a post I made earlier this year.

BlLits is an independent Yaoi/Boys development team behind the game Camp Buddy, a yaoi visual novel set in a summer camp themed camp. It is a game that has been on my own to play list for quite a few years and I do plan to play it when I get a chance to, the art is just so adorable! Well, on July 22nd BLits made an announcement of job opportunities with the company on their official site! These jobs are to help the team translate the game into various languages including French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese. For this task they are looking for a Translation Manager and Translators/Translation Reviewers. If this sounds like the kind of job that interests you check out there site here!

The second story I have to share might not at first seem like a yaoi/boys love story but it is an issue that can and will eventually hit the genre we all love, especially my fellow yaoi lovers here in Australia and this all goes back the Senator Stirling Griff. His people are moving forward with their plans to remove certain manga from sale in Australia. Now I will say this, the following titles have not been legally banned from sale in Australia yet, but they have been pulled from the shelves of bookstore Books Kinokuniya at their Sydney store.

The titles pulled from store shelves are the following…

  • Sword Art Online
  • Eromanga Sensei
  • No Game No Life
  • Goblin Slayer
  • Inside Mari
  • Dragonar Academy
  • Parallel Paradise

And why were these titles removed? Why for promoting child pornography because they depict young looking characters and sexually suggestive content. I wish I was not being serious with that statement but sadly this is the argument behind this. Eventually I will have to write a post I think about how I personally believe how out of touch Australia’s child exploitation laws are when it comes to media but that is a discussion for another time, but all I will say is this. The government is so concerned with saving fictional children and at the end of the day the characters in these stories are fictional children when there are still so many actual children falling through the cracks of our system and past victims begging for some justice who deserve attention more than some drawn pictures.

It might not seem like it now, looking at that list of titles that this does not affect the yaoi community here in Australia but it will eventually reach the titles we read and watch. I can easily see titles like Super Lovers, Loveless and even Junjou Romantica (because of the Junjou Terrorist story line) being taken off the shelves or outright banned from being owned eventually here in Australia. So yes this is a problem that will affect us as well.

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