WATCH: Long-distance BFs finally meet in this sweet standout in the “boy love” genre
Image Credit: ‘Gameboys: The Movie,’ Dekkoo
In parts of Asia, “boy love”—or BL, for short—has become a genre all its own, with countless new films and series releasing every year that focus on young adult gay romance and have audiences of all ages swooning.
With origins in Japanese manga known as “Yaoi,” BL stories first became a phenomenon in Thailand before exploding in popularity across South Korea, Vietnam, and beyond. In the Philippines, a 2020 web series by the name of Gameboys is widely considered the country’s first mainstream BL story.
Conceived of during the early days of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it followed a budding romance between young “gaymers” Cairo (Elijah Canlas) and Gavreel (Kokoy de Santos) who meet via a livestream gaming