📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

Ooh hey same
Although I’m bi

Yeah that trope annoys me too
Like I can’t seem to read anything with two guys without it being R-rated

What kinds of stereotypes? I mean I kinda know a bit but I can never pinpoint it

Translated by a trans guy, too! my idol

Gosh you should read ヒゲとナプキン at some point. It’s a super relatable book about a trans guy and the ending is so heartwarminggg


Ooh I see
Maybe that’s why I don’t notice as much? Cause my mental image of romance has always been on the 可愛い!! side thanks to the ちゃお mags I read as a kid

Although ngl I think bl has a reputation of being almost bizarrely sexual?


Yeah that mighta been it.

Admittedly I don’t pay attention to (or even really try to find out) whether an author is queer or not (plus even if they are, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re out), I just go, “Oh, this story sounds good, lemme try reading it,” and it’s either:

a) good
b) has an otherwise good story but is ruined by grossly-drawn sex scenes (not even considering any gross tropes there may or may not be, just the art itself)
c) ooh, no, don’t like those tropes

…which is why I generally don’t buy BL manga in Japanese unless I’ve already read it or it’s by an author I’m familiar with, so I hope I didn’t make a mistake with 星だけ lmao. Well, it was less than $14 with shipping, which is about the same as an English manga volume new, so, at least if it is, it ain’t too much of one.

I’ll check those out, thanks!

Ooh! I don’t remember where I’d seen that explanation of the categories, though it was likely an article somewhere (since I don’t remember it being tumblr), and for all I know it coulda been older. Did definitely seem to fit what I’d observed, though. I’m glad that’s starting to change!

FukaBoku is already on my list (or I thought it had been, but I didn’t see it on my bookmeter, so it is now!), and I’ll check out 弟の夫, too.


Is BL not an umbrella term for all m/m stories? That’s how I’ve been using it. I though it included both yaoi (sex) and shounen ai (no sex)


Probably in English? I tried searching up 少年愛とは in Google and it’s defined as relationships between adult men and prepubertal boys. Which maybe relates to Japan’s history of like wakashu

It seems like maybe the distinction is between 801 (yaoi, always sexual, at least according to a Yahoo answers commenter) and BL (sometimes sexual)


:tiger2: :books: Tanuki Den (aka Homepost): Date 20220421 :cherry_blossom: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll XXI: フクロウの染め物屋 :owl: & ポンポコリン :raccoon:

Read two highly cute stories today, the first, today’s folktale - about an owl who opens a dye shop and helps to dye birds all varieties of colours.

The second is today’s other folktale, from Oita prefecture! About tanuki’s pompoko song.
I was originally gonna look for something else today, but these cute stories distracted me


:seedling: Japanese found in the tall grass :seedling:

New Things

染め物屋「そめものや」ー Dye shop
行水「ぎょうずい」ー a tub bath; washing yourself in a tub
カンカン ー Super angry; furious

Shiny New Kanji
the kanji for フクロウ - owl.

Additional word learnt from the SHINY NEW KANJI
梟鸚鵡「ふくろうおうむ」ー The very cute: Kakapo

臼杵「うすき」ー Usuki, Oita prefecture

Best of luck on your quest for a tasty waterfall, may you too one day have such a joyous face as ol’ Ojiisan here.


There’s also apparently “JUNE” which has the following impression

BLとJUNEの違い -イベント等でオリジナルJUNEとオリジナルBL、二- | OKWAVE

June: pursuit of beauty, competition between men, serious
BL: bright, in school setting, like a light novel

Edit: Also I’d just like to mention that in briefly researching this I found an article from a “fudanshi” asserting that he wasn’t gay, just a lolicon


Day 19 - Calendar

I continued on with chapter 4 of 魔女の宅急便 and read from page 71 to 78.

Day 20

Finished chapter 4 of 魔女の宅急便 and read from page 79 to 87.

Day 21

Today I started chapter 5 of 魔女の宅急便 and actually read 18 pages. I think there are about 5 pages left in this chapter. I’ll keep them for tomorrow, since I will be busy then and this amount sounds doable.


Huh, so I did not know “shounen ai” is just the term in English. That’s nice to know, thank you


Hmm, I mean ones that stick out is there always needing to be a super femme and a super masc person in a relationship, or the gay (or particularly trans) characters just having misfortune upon misfortune piled upon them. Or just the story always being a coming out story which is fine but I’ve seen that five million times haha. Or sometimes it’s just the kind of language that’s used where I’m like “okay a straight person definitely wrote this lol”. But in fairness, I’m picky enough that most of the things I have read (even those targeted at straight women like free! or given) have been a good fun time :v:

Nice! Will add it to the list! thanks for the recc!


Day 20 :heavy_check_mark: :cat2:

三毛猫ホームズの推理 ~81% to 85%

Day 21 :heavy_check_mark: :cat2:

三毛猫ホームズの推理 ~85% to 88%, end of 4.2

No time for a proper update (these days are busier than expected), but I still managed to read at least! The story is developing faster now as we’re approaching the end. If I still have some energy, I may try to read some more before the day is over.
No time for fun vocab either, I’ll post all interesting words I’ve been collecting next chance I get.


Ooh I think I get it now

It’s probably like how I feel about isekai? Eventually you see the same things so many times that you wonder if the writers have run out of creativity, and then you start to notice how xyz trope is kinda fishy anyway

Happiest moment of my life /hj


I think the thing with tropes is that sometimes you love them (I’m all about detective novel tropes. Like golden era crime solving stories are nothing but tropes and I adore it) but others rub the wrong way (I can’t get into 男向け light novels for this reason I think).

BTW re the BL convo and looking for nontropey and nonadult content: 三角窓の外側は夜 (I think that’s the name - on mobile) is like 80% ghost story and 20% BL tension. It has some err… Suggestive scenes but there’s no actual adult content. PG-13 and most of that is for the ghosts. It’s a manga and a live action movie. Movie is closer to 95% ghost content though.



Anw my reading thing for today

Gonna go through some Aozora 5-minute reads, make vocab cards, report back

Also I will time myself to see if they actually take 5 minutes for me (probably not)

  1. 日記帳 江戸川乱歩

Comments: Lol I don’t get how he got the letters here


Also man was that an interesting twist! To think that his dead younger brother was in love with a woman set to marry his older brother (the mc) and that the woman loved him back but he didn’t notice it because she used coded stamp positioning even though he coded his dates to spell out “ILOVEYOU”

It took me not 5 minutes but 35 minutes to read. I’m kind of tired (old texts are way harder than I thought they would be) so I’ll stop here.


That reminds me to look through a post you made a while back listing some I think detective novels you liked
Golden stuff right there, detective novels

Same but for their anime adaptations. Often too many harems with five versions of the same girl who seem to have no wills of their own and insane main characters who are always op compared to everyone else for me lol
Although I do like them a lot or for the first few eps whenever they have an interesting premise

I think there was an anime about that? That came out like a couple seasons ago
I didn’t know there was a manga or a live action movie. The anime was ehhh for me but those might be better. Maybe I’ll try the manga


April 21st.

My family were still visiting today so it was a lovely, but busy day :slight_smile: My niece is so adorable.
I’m a little tired out this evening, so I read a few chapters of Shirokuma Cafe.
I’m hoping to tackle the long Yotsuba chapter tomorrow since its Friday and that means I don’t need to go to bed at a reasonable time to get up for work the next morning!

(Home Post)


Which VN is that? How difficult would you say it is?
I started the Clannad VN a while ago but dropped it because it was too hard. Then again, that was a while ago so I should probably give it another chance :laughing:


16 pages of かがみの孤城 🪞 Week 20 today and it went quite well, so I’m happy with that :slightly_smiling_face:

Some words:


Summary post :bookmark:

April 21st :cherry_blossom:

・薬屋のひとりごと (38% → 40%)

Finished chapter 15. It did a cliffhanger. Maomao’s secret???


Hah, I did the same thing pretty early on in my studies with Clannad. Need to give that a second look for my curiosity, see how much I’ve improved.

The game is Summer Pockets! Specifically the Reflection Blue edition, a Japan-only version with tons of extra routes. I think as VNs go it’s on the relatively easier side but it definitely pulls out grammar points from all across the spectrum, mid-long sentences in narration at times, and loads of odd words. A texthooker (I can talk more about the setup if you need) would be very useful. I think SP is a little simpler than I remember Clannad’s writing being, and JPDB.io does rank it at 4/10 while Clannad is 5/10, though I have no idea if their automatic difficulty guesses are reliable at all.

The worst thing with SP is they really do not make it easy to get. I had to go to some effort to launch the game as someone not in Japan, and it’s really expensive if you get it the way I’m allowed to talk about getting it on Wanikani :sweat_smile:. Will just leave that as a neutral statement.

This is a lazy update post but I went for a small walk because the weather is good today, so I’m now being tormented with my migraine-adjacent vision disturbances and head pains. Achey joint day today too. I read like 2000 characters. If my health was better I’d be a lot better at Japanese and I’m mad, heh. Will read more later if I’m capable of it.