You are never too old for fandom, whether you are sixteen or sixty if you find enjoyment in something you love, then enjoy it! Within reason of course, I’ve got nothing against teenagers reading boys love, but when it comes to the more hardcore 18+ yaoi side of things well I have made my stance on this part of the fandom very clear, but one of the coolest things about many fandoms is the fact that many fandoms can bridge the generations and have people interacting with people from an older or younger generation and finding friendships they never knew they could have. Some of the greatest of friendships I have made in fandoms have been with other fans ten to twenty years older and some even older than that and BL Metamorphosis Vol 1 shows the beginning of one of these amazing friendships.
Ichinoi is a seventy-five year old widower who is just going through her daily life with nothing overly exciting, but as the world around her continues to change – Cafe’s she has fond memories of visiting closing down for good she finds herself intrigued by the world of boys love manga when she decides on a whim to purchase a boys love manga to ease her boredom. The art style reminds her of the kind of manga she read when she was younger and she goes in looking for some nostalgia and upon finishing her first boys love manga she finds herself hooked and wanting to read more!
Urara is a high school girl who considers herself a veteran of the boys love genre and I would consider the girl a closeted fujoshi because she hides her love of the genre from her classmates at school. She comes across as very shy and awkward around those who own age, but gets along well with her work colleagues at the bookstore and yes this is the bookstore where the elderly Ichinoi made her first purchase and when she returns to the store to look for the second volume of the story the two begin talking and a tentative new friendship begins.
When I was a teenager, I loved reading classical literature which was something none of my classmates where interested in. I spent a lot of my free time at the local library and ended up talking to and making friends with a lot of the local seniors. In the years of volunteer work I have done in various op shops it was the senior staff that accepted me more so than the people my own age bracket. Inter generational friendships are something to truly be cherished and I look forward to seeing the one within this story continuing.