Steam is a treasure trove of hidden gems, but their search feature is absolute trash, so finding anything new can be impossible on the platform. While browsing the Steam Visual Novel Fest listings I discovered the Korean boys love game, Hard to Make a Romantic Cartoon! (순정만화가 너무 어려워) and this game is everything!
College student Yunjae is transported into the body of a side character in a romantic webcomic and forced to fulfill his intended role in the story. But when Yunjae inadvertently changes the story, he must deal with some unexpected consequences… an isekai adventure with a boys love twist~
Happy Yaoi Day! That’s right, it’s August 1st, a day of celebration for boys’ love fans, but what makes this day special.
Well, August 1st is celebrated as Yaoi Day because when you write “801“ in Japanese, it can be read as “yaoi”. The 8 can be read as “ya” (や) in the Japanese number “8”, when read as ‘yattsu’ (八つ). The 0 can be read as the western letter “O.” And the 1 can be read as “I” (い). Together that makes Y-A-O-I!!
Well for fujoshi, fudanshi, and fujin it is a day to celebrate our love all things BL! Since I focus on games, I’m going to spotlight some BL games y’all need to play! Like ASAP!
Anime Expo 2023 has been tons of great reveals and sneak peeks. During their industry panel, boys love publisher JAST Blue announced they would be localizing two PIL/SLASH BL games: Masquerade: Hell Academy and Paradise! JAST Blue has been the exclusive publisher of Nitro+chiral games, and earlier this year they dropped Varenyett’s fantasy BL, Sorcerer’s Choice: Angel or Demon. So, it’s exciting to see JAST introducing western fans to other publishers!
There are currently no release dates for either title, but during the panel staff revealed that the translation work had been done for both titles.
Indie studio, Man Eater Games recently launched the Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming 18+ BL visual novel, The Frozen Kingdom. This will be a commercial release ($9.99USD). Join the barbarian Einar in his quest for revenge!
The Frozen Kingdom is inspired by the sword & sorcery fantasy films of the 80s such as Fire and Ice, Deathstalker, and of course, Conan. The idea behind it is simple: take the homoerotism of a genre full of hot, scantily dressed men and make it textual. There is a short demo available on itch.io and steam.
Genre: Fantasy | BL | 18+ (Explicit sexual content)
BL fans rejoice!! Seven Seas Entertainment is licensing another BL webcomic series!! Today, Seven Seas announced the license acquisition of the webtoon series ENNEAD by Mojito, the full-color Boys’ Love comic/manhwa hit inspired by ancient Egyptian mythology!
Depraved souls trapped by their own desires, Kou Yoneda’s Twittering Birds Never Fly offers a unique look at the relationship between a masochistic yakuza boss and his stoic bodyguard. In a world where dark deals and violence reign, can they find solace in each other or is their relationship just another twisted liaison between two lonely men?
Yashiro is the young leader of Shinseikai and the president of the Shinseikai Enterprise, but like so many powerful men, he leads a double life as a deviant and a masochist. Chikara Doumeki comes to work as a bodyguard for him and, although Yashiro had decided that he would never lay a hand on his own men, he finds there’s something about Doumeki that he can’t resist. Yashiro makes advances toward Doumeki, but Doumeki has mysterious reasons for denying. Yashiro, who abuses his power just to abuse himself, and Doumeki, who faithfully obeys his every command, begin the tumultuous affair of two men with songs in their hearts and no wings to fly.
From Parade, the developers of NO, THANK YOU!!! and Room No. 9, comes a dark fantasy action BL game, Lkyt. Can two people find hope for the future with an outlook so bleak? Is it possible for friendship to turn into intimacy on the eve of humanity’s destruction? Can love save the world?
Boys Love | Fantasy | Action | 18+
Rating: M (18+) (explicit, uncensored adult content)
Sorcerer’s Choice: Angel or Demon? is a boys love fantasy visual novel developed by Varenyett and published in English by JAST Blue. After being driven from his home, young sorcerer, Lucil is approached by an angel and a demon, each want to use his powers for their own ends. It is up to Lucil to choose which he will follow. Will he give himself over to the Light or will he fall into Darkness?
Doki Doki Dollmaker is a fantasy boys love visual novel developed by Karitsa. After the death of his parents, Lyle is forced to start over with his older brother in a new town. To help him cope with the changes in his life, Lyle makes five dolls. But, he gets more than he bargained for when the dolls come to life?! Be immersed in this heartfelt tale of love and discover what it means to find yourself, no matter who, or what, is willing to lend a hand!
Seven Seas Entertainment is pleased to announce the license acquisition of the manga Training Mister Sakurada by Kaya Azuma. This Mature-rated Boys’ Love rom-com about a businessman and his new coworker takes “corporate power play” to a whole new level!