Filters Applied Medium: This archetypal pairing is referenced more often in older yaoi volumes - in modern yaoi, this pairing is often seen as already encompassed by seme and uke or simply unnecessary to address. Boyfriends Anime. Gann Head. Literature, Media, Film and Televisioned. He-romance for her — yaoi, BL and shounen-ai.
Fernwood Publishing. Active 3Hz 8-Bit A. Suzuki suggests this is because the character and reader alike are seeking to substitute the absence of unconditional maternal love with the "forbidden" all-consuming love presented in yaoi. Literature, Media, Film, and Television.
Schodtan American manga writer and translator, has observed that portrayals of gay male relationships had used and further developed bisexual themes already in existence in shoujo manga to appeal to their female audience.