What is Yuri and Yaoi? Ohayocon 2019

What is Yuri and Yaoi? Ohayocon 2019

The Greater Columbus Convention Center was part venue and part classroom as Ohayocon provided more information and experiences than we were prepared for. The night was pressing on and the panel selection was gradually moving from the family friendly to the 18 plus. There was a certain excitement flowing around when the lisiting changed to Fan Service, Hentai: Mystery Meat and Behold Corn! A Yaoi Panel! When the question was asked what is Yaoi the eruption of giggles filled the lines. The response was, “Its the opposite of Yuri!” Followed by,“Ah, ok. So what’s Yuri?”. The giggles turned into laughter and the explanation began.

Yuri
Yuri

Yuri: Ladies Night

Yuri can be simply defined as girl on girl love. This can be a simple romance between to female characters all the way to the extreme love affair. Before the popular anime, Sailor Moon, normalized this connection, Yuri was really a taboo thing. Typically taking place in a high school setting involving a younger student and an older, more dominant protagonist, usually a teacher. These anime used to have many classic troupes that are talked about in the video below.

Yaoi
Yaoi

Yaoi: Alright Gentleman

If Yaoi is the opposite of Yuri then you are now looking at bromance that is more like a love affair. Yaoi actually means “No Climax, No Resoulotion, No Meaning.” Yaoi anime or manga was originally tailored for a female audience but as the times progress writers began keeping their male audience in mind. Similar to Yuri, the main characters exhibit the submissive vs dominant roles. The video below dives deeper into the origins.

Conclusion

The accompanying Ohayocon panels revealed unlike its far right counterpart this is not hentai. This is the graphic depiction of the Senpai Kohai relationship. Both genres have audiences from both genders and preferences. Do you have a favorite Yaoi or Yuri series? Let us know in the commention below.

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