BL magazine GUSH’s 15th Anniversary Exhibition Photo Report

KAIOHSHA’s GUSH, a monthly Boy’s Love magazine, has produced over 300 BL series including hits like Koisuru Boukun (The Tyrant Who Falls in Love) over the past 15 years and become a stronghold for best the genre has to offer. With the tagline “Sweet & Happy Boy’s Love Life,” GUSH continues to publish just that-stories about love and more between men that varies from super sweet to spicy hot.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the iconic BL magazine and to celebrate this achievement Manga10 held GUSH’s 15th Anniversary Exhibition from April 6 to April 15, 2018. The exhibit featured pages from the manga, color illustrations and an R-rated corner where fans could see uncensored manga. Additionally, Manga10 had a host of original, limited edition goods based on manga series like Kotetsuko Yamamoto’s Honto Yajuu (Like the Beast) and Moegi Yukue’s Shinobeba Koi  (I Recollect Love).

Thanks to our friends at Manga10, we had the chance to take photos of the exhibition for all our fans!

GUSH’s 15th Anniversary Exhibition Photo Report

GUSH’s 15th Anniversary Exhibition Photo Report

Yankii (Yankee)

Not to be confused with American, a Japanese yankii is a type of delinquent often associated with high-school gangs, motorcycles, dyed hair, and creative school uniform modifications. They frequently pop-up in BL manga and create a ruckus when they aren’t…say kissing.

color illustration from Koisuru Taka wa Tsume o Kakusu (The Falcon Hides His Love) by Hitomi Mito
This color illustration from Koisuru Taka wa Tsume o Kakusu (The Falcon Hides His Love) by Hitomi Mito appeared on the cover of GUSH in November 2013.
BL manga (The Falcon Hides His Love) by Hitomi Mito, After School by Youko Toriumi, Shishi mo Kobamazu (The Lion Doesn't Refuse) by Kiyoi Kiriyu, Aka to Kuro (Red and Black) by Komachi Katsura, Shita Kara Kazoete Saikou ni Suki by Susu Katou, Iberiko Buta to Koi to Tsubaki (Iberico Pork and Love and Camellia) by SHOOWA, Ore wa hen daga omae mo hen da by Keita Nishihara, and Nirameba Koi (I Glare at You, Because I Love You) by Moegi Yukue.
The exhibit showcased highlights of yankii from their many manga series. Credits for the series start from the upper left corner and snake around to the lower right corner. (Koisuru Taka wa Tsume o Kakusu (The Falcon Hides His Love) by Hitomi Mito, After School by Youko Toriumi, Shishi mo Kobamazu (The Lion Doesn’t Refuse) by Kiyoi Kiriyu, Aka to Kuro (Red and Black) by Komachi Katsura, Shita Kara Kazoete Saikou ni Suki by Susu Katou, Iberiko Buta to Koi to Tsubaki (Iberico Pork and Love and Camellia) by SHOOWA, Ore wa hen daga omae mo hen da by Keita Nishihara, and Nirameba Koi (I Glare at You, Because I Love You) by Moegi Yukue.)

Suits

Suits are a common sight in Japan, and it is no wonder they appear so often in BL. More often than not, suits are shorthand for salarymen…or even the underworld. Whether it’s from a day job or a night job, business suits always add a slick appeal to any love story.

Mashita no Fudanshi-kun by Chihaya Kuroiwa from the April 2016 issue of GUSH.
Mashita no Fudanshi-kun by Chihaya Kuroiwa appeared on the cover April 2016 issue of GUSH.
(Renai Kinshi Library by Isami Matsuo, Midnight Delivery Sex by Neneko Narazaki, Himitsu no Josou-kun by Koda, Only You, Only by Mitsuaki Asou, Ahiru no Oujisama by Kazao, Saishuu Densha by Shiki Natsuo, Docchi mo docchi!!! ~Naisho no Asobi~ by Nozomu Hiiragi, Hana to Tsuki by Nawako Mineshima)
Fans could see the greatest hits of highlights of suits in GUSH’s BL. Credits for the series start from the upper left corner and snake around to the lower right corner. (Renai Kinshi Library by Isami Matsuo, Midnight Delivery Sex by Neneko Narazaki, Himitsu no Josou-kun by Koda, Only You, Only by Mitsuaki Asou, Ahiru no Oujisama by Kazao, Saishuu Densha by Shiki Natsuo, Docchi mo Docchi!!! ~Naisho no Asobi~ by Nozomu Hiiragi, Hana to Tsuki by Nawako Mineshima. )

Nonhumans

Boy’s Love…doesn’t always mean that love is between human boys. Otherworldly creatures often grace the pages and charm men off their feet.

(Datsuryoku Kei Maou-sama no Yuuga na Hibi by Neneko Narazaki, Juujin Kareshi no Dokusenyoku (Desire to Monopolize of Beast Lover) by Umi Touno, Akuma to Hitotsu Yane no Shita by meco, Uchūbito Ni Deattara Natsukareteshimatta Ken by Togii Kasutamu, Onedari Hitsuji to Koisuru Ookami by Kurumi Ohtsuki, Hakushaku-jū to Torawareta Danshō by Tina Yamamoto, Novalis - Kimi wa Boku no Chimera - by Shiori Natsukawa, Kedamono Arashi by Morry Kuroi)
GUSH presented their finest werewolves, demons, and more at this exhibit. Credits for the series start from the upper left corner and continue from left to right until it reaches the bottom right corner. (Datsuryoku Kei Maou-sama no Yuuga na Hibi by Neneko Narazaki, Juujin Kareshi no Dokusenyoku (Desire to Monopolize of Beast Lover) by Umi Touno, Akuma to Hitotsu Yane no Shita by meco, Uchūbito Ni Deattara Natsukareteshimatta Ken by Togii Kasutamu, Onedari Hitsuji to Koisuru Ookami by Kurumi Ohtsuki, Hakushaku-jū to Torawareta Danshō by Tina Yamamoto, Novalis – Kimi wa Boku no Chimera – by Shiori Natsukawa, Kedamono Arashi by Morry Kuroi.)

Glasses

Ah, yes, glasses. The Manga Planet editorial team has a weak spot for an excellent bespectacled seme and uke, and we were glad the GUSH exhibit had a glasses section! What do glasses mean to you? Smarts? A-type? Or maybe even the potential for gap moe?

Masaki and Morinaga from Koisuru Boukun were on the cover of GUSH’s July 2016 issue.
Masaki and Morinaga from Koisuru Boukun were on the cover of GUSH’s July 2016 issue.
Pick a megane, any megane. Credit for these manga pages start from the top left corner and winds around to end at the bottom left. (Hiru mo Yoru mo by Yugi Yamada,Tada Omou Koto wa by Sangatsu Masao, Rimokon Kareshi by Karari Shisito, Furete, Aishite, Dakishimete by Neri Kinoshita, Kuchizuke wa Uso no Aji by Waka Sagami, Koisuru Boukun by Hinako Takanaga, Buka ni Sexual Harassment Saareterunndesuga by meco, Black x Black by Yuuya)
Pick a megane, any megane. Credits for these manga pages start from the top left corner and winds around to end at the bottom left. (Hiru mo Yoru mo by Yugi Yamada,Tada Omou Koto wa by Sangatsu Masao, Rimokon Kareshi by Karari Shisito, Furete, Aishite, Dakishimete by Neri Kinoshita, Kuchizuke wa Uso no Aji by Waka Sagami, Koisuru Boukun by Hinako Takanaga, Buka ni Sexual Harassment Saareterunndesuga by meco, Black x Black by Yuuya)

Kiss

BL wouldn’t have an L without kissing. These handsome men swap saliva and maybe more in these pages at the exhibit.

Tetsuya and Toranosuke from Shinobeba Koi by Moegi Yukue share more than a popsicle in the manga on the cover of GUSH in August 2016
Tetsuya and Toranosuke from Shinobeba Koi by Moegi Yukue share more than a popsicle in the manga on the cover of GUSH in August 2016.
(Shinyuu to H Shite Mimashita by Noriko Hakutou, Saiyaku ni Shite Madowazu by Shimaji, Ai wo Oboete by Nica Kitabeppu, Rakuen wa Te no Naka ni by Sai Asai, ROUGE by Komachi Katsura, Mashita no Fudanshi-kun by Chihaya Kuroiwa, Bitch na Neko wa Koukishin ni Katenai by Mio Tennouji, Honto Yajuu by Kotetsuko Yamamoto)
Have you ever had a kiss as sweet as these? Credits for these manga pages start from the top left corner and winds around to end at the bottom left. (Shinyuu to H Shite Mimashita by Noriko Hakutou, Saiyaku ni Shite Madowazu by Shimaji, Ai wo Oboete by Nica Kitabeppu, Rakuen wa Te no Naka ni by Sai Asai, ROUGE by Komachi Katsura, Mashita no Fudanshi-kun by Chihaya Kuroiwa, Bitch na Neko wa Koukishin ni Katenai by Mio Tennouji, Honto Yajuu by Kotetsuko Yamamoto)

High Schoolers

With so many Yankees in BL, it is no surprise many stories take place in high school. These high schoolers put the boy in Boy’s love.

Iberiko Buta to Koi no Dorei by Shoowa are filled with high schoolers and all their growing pains. This color illustration appeared on the cover of GUSH in June 2016.
Iberiko Buta to Koi no Dorei by Shoowa are filled with high schoolers and all their growing pains. This color illustration appeared on the cover of GUSH in June 2016.
(Koi ni Dake Kiku Torokeru Mahou by Kotoko Miroku, Iberiko Buta to Koi no Dorei. By SHOOWA, Bara to Knife by Miu Ootsuki、Garasu Taion Shoukogun by Eiko Ariki, Kataomoi x Katamoi by Niku Ueda, Karasu to Kuma Soshite Sakana by Chihaya Kuroiwa、Ryoute ni Hana ja Dame desu ka? By Tama Hatoya, Sore wa Tabun Kyuuai by Iroha Megu)
Credits for these manga pages start from the top left corner and winds around to end at the bottom left. (Koi ni Dake Kiku Torokeru Mahou by Kotoko Miroku, Iberiko Buta to Koi no Dorei. By SHOOWA, Bara to Knife by Miu Ootsuki, Garasu Taion Shoukogun by Eiko Ariki, Kataomoi x Katamoi by Niku Ueda, Karasu to Kuma Soshite Sakana by Chihaya Kuroiwa, Ryoute ni Hana ja Dame desu ka? By Tama Hatoya, Sore wa Tabun Kyuuai by Iroha Megu)

Tears

Between the boys and the love, tears often lube the way. GUSH certainly lives up to its title with the sheer amount of misty-eyed men on the pages.

Mou Hitori no Omega by Amama Akatsuki has more than enough tears and maybe more fluids….
Mou Hitori no Omega by Amama Akatsuki has more than enough tears and maybe more fluids….
(Kirikae Switch by Mimeko Miyako, Kasa no Shita, Futari by Junko, Ore no Kaikata Shikarikata by Chiaki Kasai, Zen ni Itte wa。by Romeda Ando, Shitateya to Bocchan by Kamome Ohshima, Ore to Joushi no Kakushigoto by Chiaki Kashima, Bitch na Neko wa Koukishin ni Katenai by Mio Tennouji, Goshujinsama wa Ouji ga o Suki by Akira Yoshio
Feeling hydrated after reading these pages? Credits for these manga pages start from the top left corner and winds around to end at the bottom left. (Kirikae Switch by Mimeko Miyako, Kasa no Shita, Futari by Junko, Ore no Kaikata Shikarikata by Chiaki Kasai, Zen ni Itte wa。by Romeda Ando, Shitateya to Bocchan by Kamome Ohshima, Ore to Joushi no Kakushigoto by Chiaki Kashima, Bitch na Neko wa Koukishin ni Katenai by Mio Tennouji, Goshujinsama wa Ouji ga o Suki by Akira Yoshio)

Confession

The story doesn’t start rolling without a love confession. (Manga Planet has a confession though-we really like BL).

These two from Kuchizuke wa Uso no Aji by Waka Sagami have their confession captured on the cover of GUSH’s November 2016.
These two from Kuchizuke wa Uso no Aji by Waka Sagami have their confession captured on the cover of GUSH’s November 2016.
How many ways can you tell a person you love them? GUSH shows us.
Credits for these manga pages start from the top left corner and winds around to end at the bottom left. (Honki ni Nara Sete Mitainja by Ryouko Chiba, Jouzu no Neko wa Sen no Ue by Mekky Kuroyama, Mayoeru Hitsuji Wa Rakuen o Omou by Akira Kanbe, Okane de Kaenai Koi Da Mono by Reno Amagi, Ore to Joushi no Kakushigoto by Chiaki Kashima, Nyushitsu Knock wa Wasurezuni by Enuko Kuroki, Nyan to Unmei na Otonarisan by Yuuko Kuwabara, Kare ga Ore wo Suki Sugite Komaru by Nase Yamato)

Blushing

With a kiss and a tear, a blush is sure to follow. While these boys aren’t blushing brides, they have plenty to make their faces turn red.

These two from Taku-san Taberu Kimi ga Suki by Neneko Narazaki appeared on GUSH’s front cover on September 2015.
These two from Taku-san Taberu Kimi ga Suki by Neneko Narazaki appeared on GUSH’s front cover on September 2015.
(Omairi Desu yo by Kotetsuko Yamamoto, Koisuru Boukun by Hinako Takanaga, Kuchizuke wa Uso no Aji by Waka Sagami, Datte Zettai Omae ga Warui by Morishita Ahiru, Hoshi no Dobutsuen Koi Monogatari by Koyama, Shokkan Harasument by Shimahokke、Burlesque Night by Wataru Nagi, Kigurumi Honey by Roku Yoshidaya)
Blushing boys are aplenty in GUSH. Credits for these manga pages start from the top left corner and winds around to end at the bottom left. (Omairi Desu yo by Kotetsuko Yamamoto, Koisuru Boukun by Hinako Takanaga, Kuchizuke wa Uso no Aji by Waka Sagami, Datte Zettai Omae ga Warui by Morishita Ahiru, Hoshi no Dobutsuen Koi Monogatari by Koyama, Shokkan Harassment by Shimahokke、Burlesque Night by Wataru Nagi, Kigurumi Honey by Roku Yoshidaya).

Color Illustration

Along with the categories, also graced the walls of the exhibit of some of GUSH’s popular series.

  • Along with the categories, also graced the walls of the exhibit of some of GUSH’s popular series.

Goods

Like all Manga10 exhibits, the goods section was well stocked and displayed. See any prints you like from the exhibit?

  • GUSH 15th Anniversary gift shop at manga 10

If you are interested in other BL manga events in Tokyo, be sure to read our articles on the Explore Your Wild Side at the Remnant and Pendulum Fair at Kinokuniya,  Embrace Ten Count at the Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Store Kizu Natsuki at Manga10, and the Yoneda Kou’s Op: The Colourless Days of Yoake Itaru Book Fair@Shosen.

 

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