Hello from futekiya! Here’s our monthly list of the Ten Most Read Boys’ Love (BL) titles read in the futekiya Library in February 2021, based on pageviews.
Country boy Haiga has many questions he wants to learn the answers to when he moves to the bustling capital for his university life – and one of them happens to be, “do I like guys, too?” When his upperclassmen dare him to check out a box spa behind Shinjuku’s Nichoume District, Haiga uses this opportunity to find out the answer to his question – and runs into his senior Kanae, who has one simple solution for him – clothes, off!
Ayumu Satou, a bartender at Bar Crisis, hates how full-fledged adults suddenly lose all decency. A stickler for structure and following rules, Ayumu is not the typical 20- year-old college student. During his usual shift one day, a new face walks through the door, Yoshitaka Bandou. Immediately enticed, Ayumu tends to the new customer. Meeting a mischievous and devilish Yoshitaka, Ayumu becomes further intrigued. Upon the manager’s return to the bar, the mood changes, and suddenly, Ayumu is left alone in the dark. What are they exactly? What is going on under the table? And why does Ayumu want to know more?
With a bad harvest and more mouths to feed, the Hare village struggles to come up with ways to get through the year. One night, the answer to their prayers comes from… the WOLF Tribe? Monthly food rations for two years, enough for their whole village, in exchange for one of their own to betroth the Kuroe Family’s son.
After a long journey to the Wolf Tribe, Kaede, who has sworn to find happiness in his new life, is immediately thrown into a pre-marriage ceremony with his new fiancé, Ren. What will Kaede do after meeting the completely insufferable and mean Ren, who he has to marry?!
When they were younger, cool, collected Kousuke was the one who asked tiny, adorable Hiraku to be his lover – even when Hiraku couldn’t quite understand what being lovers meant. Now that they’re older and hopefully wiser, can they finally figure out what they got wrong the first time?
When he was young, Oto would visit his grandma in the summer. But, because he was from Tokyo, Oto had no friends to play with and sat alone in the shade. That was until a boy two years older named Sora came and invited Oto to play with him and his friends. To Oto, Sora was his knight in shining armor and was destroyed when he disappeared the following summer, making Oto regret not communicating his true feelings for Sora. Several years pass, and it’s finally Sora’s last year of high school. All he wants is to focus on studying for his university entrance exams. Sora thought his only distraction would be his loudmouth best friend, but on his first day back, he runs into an old face – or rather, that old face runs into him, professing his love for Sora all the while.
Keisuke works in a Chinese restaurant near a train station. He has a type for sophisticated-looking salarymen who pass by their shop. One rainy night, his co-worker pushes him to offer an umbrella to an office worker seeking refuge under an overpass. Upon going there, Keisuke is surprised to find that said office worker is crying.
Keisuke then learns that the office worker, Yukifumi, is abandoned by his partner. Said partner was already married while their affair lasted for seven years. He also learns that the reason Yukifumi is waiting under the overpass was in hopes of someone else coming along. Seeing a chance to hook up, Keisuke offers himself to Yukifumi.
But when Utsugi, Yukifumi’s ex-lover, shows up the next day, things become more complicated for everyone involved.
Yusuke and Chizuru are known actors in the showbiz industry. To everyone else, they appear to be amicable work colleagues, but off cam, they are in a secret and complicated sexual relationship. While their relationship just sort of happened, Yusuke wants nothing but to monopolize Chizuru, but the latter is insistent on riling him up by seducing other people. At times, Yusuke finds something familiar about Chizuru here and there, and it seems Chizuru has his secrets and a plan he’s been plotting for all this time.
Shouma Tsuji was on his way home from work when he finds a drunk man plastered all over a garbage heap. Pitying the man’s state, he decided to help and brought the man to his home. He lets the man use his shower, and once the stranger is all sober and cleaned up, Shouma’s surprised to find that the man he helped was Kakeru Ashida, a school mate from his middle school days. Kakeru was well-known back then, and his gay reputation didn’t exactly endear him to his Shouma’s peers.
Now, looking at an adult Kakeru, Shouma is left with mixed feelings. Kakeru reassures him that he doesn’t really remember much though he points out that Shouma has a kind nature for taking him in. He also shared that he was drowning his sorrows due to another rejection. Kakeru then takes advantage of Shouma’s kindness, which leads to more things than one.
Yasutaka can’t peel his eyes off his classmate Takakura’s face – it’s just so beautiful and well-balanced, like that of a perfect porcelain doll. But it doesn’t mean he likes him or anything – so it means he won’t feel awkward when he gets the chance to draw him up close, right?
Kosuke Ano transferred to a new high school, and everything is new and exciting… or maybe he’s just loud and oblivious to his surroundings. He didn’t even know the school he entered was built by the temple nearby.
Tomoyuki Zuisen, on the other hand, son of a monk, has been raised in the temple but is susceptible to severe mood swings. Regardless, he guides the clueless Ano through the basics of monk disciplines like the practice of meditation, Zazen. Kosuke, although enthusiastic and full of energy, ends up falling asleep during Zazen. Will Ano be able to prove to Zuisen that he is not just noisy and easily elated? Or will Zuisen be quicker to suppress Ano’s spirit?
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