This Week in BL - Buff Boys Shirtless
Dec 2021 Wk 3
Being a highly subjective assessment of one tiny corner of the interwebs.
Ongoing Series - Thai
Bad Buddy (YouTube) Ep 8 - Official secret boyfriends being adorable and getting exposed. I’m live blogging it here.
Not Me (YouTube) Ep 1 - oh goodie, Gun is crying already! You know he is the prettiest crier in the biz. Normally, I’m not a fan of the separated twins plot, it too soap opera, but this one seems like a serviceable (if patently absurd) execution. It’s generating lots of tension and Gun can handle the acting chops required. I’m liking it, but Not Me is NOT your mother’s BL, it is way more Manner of Death-ish (read: gay romantic suspense). But like with MaxTul I feel like I am in safe hands with OffGun so I’m happy to be taken for a ride. (That said it’s getting flack on 2 fronts right now: Thai government & international kpop dumbass fans, so I wonder if it might get pulled or delayed for edits.)
Paint with Love (Gaga) Ep 4 - Yoon really is good, no matter who he plays against. This ep the leads got tropes like beach frolic, there’s only one bed, baby is a floppy drunk, and The First Kiss. Actually it was a REALLY good kiss and the first time I got any chemistry from Tae & Singto. Will that save the show? Maybe. A good kiss can do that, plus we get domesticity in the next ep. Meanwhile, Phuket beaches look hella clean after a year of lockdown.
Loveless Society Ep 3 - the actors are doing their best but the sound, post production editing, and script = absolute pants. It’s not a matter of watching but surviving this BL at this juncture.
Between Us (YouTube) special 6 - omg they dredged up the daddy/boy trope for us to chuckle at. These specials are the gift that keeps on giving.
(Japan got the memo)
Ongoing Series - Not Thai
Utsukushii Kare AKA My Beautiful Man (Japan - Gaga) Ep 5 - it’s still great (if you like this kinda thing, which I do). I LOVED getting Kiyoi’s perspective at last. Still not sure if they are gonna end this one happy or not. The suspense is killing me.
Kieta Hatsukoi AKA My Love Mix-Up! (Japan - Viki/Netflix) Ep 9 - we jumped right back into the cartoon high school slapstick that is Aoki + first love. There’s something about this show that pushes absurdity to the limit but also stays so genuine and earnest about the high schoolness of it all. It’s a balance only Japan seems to be able to hit, and not all that often. Again, we’re in Cherry Magic territory. Oh and a quite cute first date was had!
My Type (Taiwan indie - hard to find) Ep 7-8fin - they just leaned all the way into the ultimate puppy/cat pairing. It’s adorable. The ending was charming. Like if Mr X and I got courage, cuteness, and no censorship, but still kinda old fashioned Chinese BL but with no problematic tropes. What a bit of unexpected delightful fluff. Thank you, as always, Taiwan. 7/10 RECOMMENDED but it is VERY short.
Mr Cinderella (Vietnam - YouTube) Ep 3 - the side dish couple are shaping up to be super cute. Another one to add to the list of pining since childhood. Honestly tho, is this Cinderella, as they are laying it out? I mean, I think we all thought the doctor was the prince. I’m confused. Meanwhile, is “bisexual awakening musical montage” officially a THING now? I think it might be.
In Case You Missed It
Until We Meet Again is now on Viki. I think Wabi Sabi must have cut a deal with Rakutan, I keep seeing more and more of their stuff pop up there.
Korean BL/GL production house STRONGBERRY (who released 6 titles via YouTube & Vimeo in 2021 including one of my favorites of the year: A First Love Story) announced recently that if they reached 100K subs on their YouTube channel, their next movie will release for free there. They are very gentle with their channel and never clutter up my Subscriptions with unnecessary content. So yeah, if you’re at all inclined please sub them.
BL 2022 Gossip - Thailand
Physical Therapy dropped a trailer, stars unknowns, starts Jan 23, on One31 Thailand with reruns on AISPLAY & GaGa. When a physical illness leads two hearts to meet, a young man and a therapist heal each other.
Heart by Heart is coming from Half Toast Production, adapted from the y-novel of the same name, stars all unknowns, teaser here. (Original trailer staring Gameplay is here, it’s now with a different production company and new cast.)
Work From Heart announced, stars Love With Benefits couple Gameplay and Folk, from DV8. A romance between two men set in the office.
One Love is rumored in production, billed as a BL sitcom (read: pulp) staring unknowns starts Jan 23 on One31 no word on international distribution. Follows the story of two young men who never stop flirting with each other.
Once In Memory a new short series (microfilm?) from Mind Trio got a teaser. It looks like it might be sad.
MaxTul are indeed co-posting stuff again to their various social medias, which would indicate they are filming something together. ALL HAIL THE KINGS.
BL 2022 Gossip Elsewhere
Taiwan announced The Ghost and I Becoming Family for 2022, a movie about gay and traditional marriage with a police officer who creates a bond between a human and a ghost. Stars Lin Bo Hong and (I think) Greg Hsu. (Back into early Chinese BL territory - Mainland China used to LOVE a gay ghost.)
More promo material and rumors of an idol star in Korea’s Love in Spring. 2022 historical BL from WATCHA (Light On Me) which has started filming. Adaptation is based on the webtoon Spring of Crush by Noh Myung Hee. Plot: Hye Seong lives disguised as a woman because he seeks to flee the country, until one day a Geum Seong discovers his secret and falls in love with him.
H I S T O R I C A L!!!!!!
Next Week Looks Like This:
Reminder: Kieta Hatsukoi’s final ep, Mr Cinderella, and (hopefully) Not Me drop over this weekend.
Upcoming 2021 BL master post here. I keep a full record there of everything I announce.
Adventures in miss-captions:
“Do not spill any bean to anyone.”
~ Paint with Love
After studying Thai for a while now, I get why they struggle with English plurals, but I still find it amusingly adorable especially when combined with an idiom.
This week’s best moments?
Paint with Love giving us Singto’s career best BL kiss? That’s unexpected.
(srsly Pharm? what happened to you?)