The Fujoshi Files 166: Ayame

Name: Ayame (アヤメ)
Alias: N/A
Relationship Status: Single
Origin: Hacka Doll The Animation

Information:
Ayame is a fujoshi who’s considering applying for Comic Market when she’s visited by the Hacka Dolls, semi-incompetent AIs who attempt to help people with mixed results. Though Ayame’s experience with them is mostly stressful, they help to inspire her to stick with her fandom on more than one occasion.

Fujoshi Level:
Ayame enjoys more typical bishounen-style BL, as well as beefier guys closer to the “bara” style of homosexual manga.

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The Fujoshi Files 165: Nogi Kiyona

Name: Nogi Kiyona (乃木樹衣奈)
Alias: N/A
Relationship Status: Single
Origin: Nudist Beach ni Shuugaku Ryokou de!!

Information:
Along with her friend and fellow otaku Inui Shizuha, Nogi Kiyona attends a school trip to a nudist beach. There, she makes carnal discoveries alongside Shizuha.

Fujoshi Level:
Nogi is particularly a fan of male idol BL.

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The Fujoshi Files 164: Sugar

Name: N/A
Alias: Sugar (シュガー)
Relationship Status: Single
Origin: Girls Saurus DX

Information:
A member of her high school’s Manga Study Club, she assists the club president Maria in creating BL manga, notably one of student Chiryuu Shingo, who has a reputation for avoiding women. When Maria nearly loses her ability to create yaoi due to a kiss from Chiryuu, Sugar actively removes Chiryuu and decides that they can no longer create manga of him, lest it taint Maria further.

Fujoshi Level:
Sugar at one point punches fellow club member Kitty, because Sugar believes in the “Mike x Keith” pairing instead of the “Keith x Mike” one.

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The Fujoshi Files 163: Angel

Name: N/A
Alias: Angel (エンジェル)
Relationship Status: Dating?
Origin: Girls Saurus DX

Information:
A member of the Manga Study Club at her high school, Angel works as an assistant for the club president Maria on her BL manga. In particular, she works on a manga based on the student Chiryuu Shingo, who is known for avoiding women. Angel claims she has a boyfriend, though this boyfriend is supposedly in a parallel universe.

Fujoshi Level:
Angel is considered to be a peer to her fellow club members in terms of being a fujoshi.

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The Fujoshi Files 162: Kitty

Name: N/A
Alias: Kitty (キティ)
Relationship Status: Single
Origin: Girls Saurus DX

Information:
A member of her high school’s Manga Study Club, she acts as an assistant for the club president Maria on their popular BL manga based on one of the students at her school, Chiryuu Shingo. At one point she argues about how many times Chiryuu should orgasm in a specific scene.

Fujoshi Level:
Kitty gets into a fight with one of her fellow club members because she supports a pairing of characters named Keith and Mike, in that order.

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The Limits of the Fujoshi Files

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In 2008, I had an idea: archive every fujoshi character I could possibly find. At the time, it seemed like an achievable task. Fujoshi characters were around but fairly rare, especially compared to the “girl otaku” that tended to share the same interests as the guys. However, a lot can change in eight years, and over this period the position of the “fujoshi character” has changed tremendously, leading me to think about all of the limitations imposed on the Fujoshi Files as they currently exist.

First, while the 2007-2009 period featured a kind of “fujoshi boom” as the term came into prominence, if you look at the fujoshi character today she’s basically been kneaded into anime and manga as a whole. The archetype doesn’t exist in its own universe, and she’ll appear in works more disconnected from the realm of hardcore fandoms. I mean, a yuri school detective comedy? A weird political satire light novel?

Where once the Izumi Konata-style female otaku was taken as the standard, now the de facto girl fan in anime and manga is the fujoshi. They’re basically everywhere, and it can be hard to keep up with all of them, which is why I’ve slowed down the pace a bit. Perhaps this means I should be doing more for the Fujoshi Files than ever before (and believe me, I’m still on the look-out), but I also want to make sure that the blog remains diverse thematically, as I think that’s one of its strengths. In other words, I don’t have the time to tackle every single work with fujoshi characters, but I wish I did.

Of course, if you find any fujoshi not currently on the list, by all means please leave a comment.

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Second, the number of fudanshi (rotten boy) characters steadily increases. Back when Genshiken Nidaime first came out, I was faced with a decision: do I include Hato in the Fujoshi Files? Ultimately, my decision was to not give him an entry because he identifies as male, and the list is for female characters. Then I found out about the series Fudanshism. A brand new series, Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsufeatured prominently in the summer season. Now the fudanshi is in the position the fujoshi once was, and to ignore them seems something of an issue.

Third, these Fujoshi File profiles I’ve written are very basic, and tend to be in-universe, but there are are often interesting aspects to these characters, like how they’re utilized in terms of narrative, elements of their designs, etc. Not including these factors leaves the Fujoshi Files without any real analytical teeth, though I’m not sure if that should change.

So I’m left with a few questions.

Should the Fujoshi Files branch off into a “Fudanshi Files?”

Should the Fujoshi Files go from being a series of small blog posts here to an entire Wikia?

Has the Fujoshi Files served its purpose already, in that it’s already over 150 characters strong?

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The Fujoshi Files 161: Maria

Name: N/A
Alias: Maria (マリア)
Relationship Status: Single
Origin: Girls Saurus DX

Information:
The president of the Manga Study Club at her high school, Maria draws a BL manga of one of her fellow schoolmates, Chiryuu Shingo, which becomes popular throughout the school. Chiryuu, who is reluctant to be with women due to a case of gynophobia, is considered an ideal subject for yaoi.

Maria is of the belief that if she ever so much touches a man she will lose her ability to draw pure, uncorrupted BL. This very nearly comes true when Chiryuu accidentally kisses her.

Fujoshi Level:
Maria is considered the center of the Manga Study Club and its most important member because of her imagination.