KAIOHSHA’s GUSH, a monthly Boy’s Love magazine, has produced over 300 BL series including hits like Koisuru Boukun (The Tyrant Who Falls in Love) over the past 15 years and become a stronghold for best the genre has to offer. With the tagline “Sweet & Happy Boy’s Love Life,” GUSH continues to publish just that-stories about love and more between men that varies from super sweet to spicy hot.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the iconic BL magazine and to celebrate this achievement Manga10 held GUSH’s 15th Anniversary Exhibition from April 6 to April 15, 2018. The exhibit featured pages from the manga, color illustrations and an R-rated corner where fans could see uncensored manga. Additionally, Manga10 had a host of original, limited edition goods based on manga series like Kotetsuko Yamamoto’s Honto Yajuu (Like the Beast) and Moegi Yukue’s Shinobeba Koi (I Recollect Love).
Thanks to our friends at Manga10, we had the chance to take photos of the exhibition for all our fans!
GUSH’s 15th Anniversary Exhibition Photo Report
Not to be confused with American, a Japanese yankii is a type of delinquent often associated with high-school gangs, motorcycles, dyed hair, and creative school uniform modifications. They frequently pop-up in BL manga and create a ruckus when they aren’t…say kissing.
Suits are a common sight in Japan, and it is no wonder they appear so often in BL. More often than not, suits are shorthand for salarymen…or even the underworld. Whether it’s from a day job or a night job, business suits always add a slick appeal to any love story.
Boy’s Love…doesn’t always mean that love is between human boys. Otherworldly creatures often grace the pages and charm men off their feet.
Ah, yes, glasses. The Manga Planet editorial team has a weak spot for an excellent bespectacled seme and uke, and we were glad the GUSH exhibit had a glasses section! What do glasses mean to you? Smarts? A-type? Or maybe even the potential for gap moe?
BL wouldn’t have an L without kissing. These handsome men swap saliva and maybe more in these pages at the exhibit.
With so many Yankees in BL, it is no surprise many stories take place in high school. These high schoolers put the boy in Boy’s love.
Between the boys and the love, tears often lube the way. GUSH certainly lives up to its title with the sheer amount of misty-eyed men on the pages.
The story doesn’t start rolling without a love confession. (Manga Planet has a confession though-we really like BL).
With a kiss and a tear, a blush is sure to follow. While these boys aren’t blushing brides, they have plenty to make their faces turn red.
Along with the categories, also graced the walls of the exhibit of some of GUSH’s popular series.
Like all Manga10 exhibits, the goods section was well stocked and displayed. See any prints you like from the exhibit?
If you are interested in other BL manga events in Tokyo, be sure to read our articles on the Explore Your Wild Side at the Remnant and Pendulum Fair at Kinokuniya, Embrace Ten Count at the Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Store, Kizu Natsuki at Manga10, and the Yoneda Kou’s Op: The Colourless Days of Yoake Itaru Book Fair@Shosen.
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