I’m no expert, but I’m guessing that one of the reasons why manga is so huge in Japan is not only because the Japanese have been creating manga in all sorts of genres that appeal to various audiences, but also because they have a spread of guidebooks and reference material available to aid budding manga artists along the way.
I mean, there are even illustration guidebooks that specifically teach artists how to draw men’s butts, what else isn’t there? Well, if you’ve ever wanted a posing reference for drawing two men frolicking by the pool, they have a book for that. Just in case you were wondering, that’s just one of the various kinky situations featured in said book!
The title of this posing reference book series is 漫画家と作るBLポーズ集 (A BL Pose Collection Created Together With Manga Artists). As its title suggests, it’s a posing reference book for Boy’s Love illustrations created from the viewpoint of actual manga artists, ensuring that the poses featured in the book are poses that can be effectively applied in illustrations.
The sixth and most recent installment of this reference book series revolves around a “celebrity” theme, and features the roles of a wealthy president of an entertainment company and his capable secretary and lover.
▼ Kentarou Takisawa, 24-years-old, 180cm
Role: CEO of an entertainment company, uke (“bottom”)
▼ Kaito Akagi, 24-years-old, 188cm
Role: Secretary and lover of the CEO, seme (“top”)
To achieve the golden touch, the photoshoot was done at a tastefully done up luxury mansion with tall ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, and a real fireplace to boot. Not to mention, the legendary indoor swimming pool that has appeared in countless TV dramas, gravure photobooks and most of all, adult videos. This particular swimming pool has gained such extensive exposure in the adult entertainment industry that most of the AV-watching population in Japan simply refers to it as “that pool”.
As mentioned earlier, the book does not only feature suave young men frolicking by the pool. Photos of the other contents have not been revealed, but as far as the revealed content suggests, there seems to be scenes involving rose petal baths, handcuffs, blindfolds, roulette, drenched shirts and feather play. (Don’t ask, we have no idea what feather play explicitly means either. Sounds ticklish, though.)
Looks promising, huh? Apparently, both Takisawa and Akagi have never taken on BL roles before, but they seemed to adapt quickly enough, and commented that they actually had fun doing the photoshoot. In fact, they could be seen chatting happily between shoots and genuinely playing in the pool, further fueling the fantasies of fangirls (or fanboys).
▼ Cast’s comments
▼ Behind the scenes
Perfect atmosphere, well-proportioned models and a variety of situations… this book definitely feeds the imagination of fujoshi (or fudanshi, guys who are fans of homoerotic fiction)! Volume six of 漫画家と作るBLポーズ集 was released earlier this month and retails for 2,160 yen (US$20.80) on Amazon Japan and various bookstores in Japan.
▼ Other volumes in the series
If illustration or BL isn’t your cup of tea, you can still feast your eyes on the two lanky models by following them on Twitter, or visit their blogs!