Log In

Categories

Archives


Series are multiple stories that go together; the order they are listed in on the tables of contents and directory pages are their chronological orders within the universe, not the order they were written or posted in. A tilde (~) denotes an original fiction series, while an abbreviation such as HP denotes a fanfiction series.

Yaoi Rating

The Yaoi Rating System is a tool for rating just how good a normal, popular anime or manga series is for writing realistic yaoi fanfiction, where the characters can stay in character and the situation is believable. Some series just scream “yaoi me!”, while others that don’t necessarily seem that different have to have yaoi pried from them with sweat and blood and tears (and possibly other bodily fluids). Sometimes you see gorgeous bishounen in a show and you want to pair them, then when you sit down to write it’s just not happening… other times it writes itself when you may not even be all that interested.

Maybe this can help pinpoint why.

The Series

The Explanation


Cardcaptor Sakura - 8.1

Cardcaptor Sakura - 8.1

Inuyasha - 5.1

Inuyasha - 5.1

Pet Shop of Horrors - 7.9

Pet Shop of Horrors - 7.9

Rurouni Kenshin - 5.75

Rurouni Kenshin - 5.75

In rating a series on how good it is for yaoi, I try to be both objective and honest. Some factors can be determined mathematically and don’t have much room for interpretation… others leave a lot of gray area and I have to go with a gut feeling. When possible, I research independently anything that can be researched or is based in reality.

I also base it purely on canon resources, but there are different levels of canon.

  1. The author (including resource books)
  2. The manga
  3. The anime
  4. Movies/OVAs
  5. Reinterpretations (live action, secondary/retelling manga, books)
  6. Unofficial (fanfiction, doujinshi)

Of course, if the series started as anime or books instead of manga, then the anime or books are the official source and the order gets shuffled around. I’ll always state my sources in my analysis.

Also, I only plan to do series I actually like, but if anyone feels like providing me with physical or downloadable manga (er, remember, kids, always support the authors and buy your manga ) so I can do your favorite series, go for it. ^_^

Finally, these are the determining factors I use in rating.

Any that are followed by an asterisk (*) are categories I think are particularly important; if the series scores a 10 in any of them, I weight it in the final score by counting it twice.

_ – =*= – _

Plot

Ratings having to do with the actual story and plot of the series. All of these values are ultimately subjective, and there aren’t tables or equations for determining them.

Bonding* – Does the plot force male characters to become close friends or allies?

IsolationAre the male characters isolated together for any length of time? Isolation completely from female characters increases the value.

Backstory* – Do the characters have a past that implies sexual tension or chemistry, or otherwise ties them closely together? A previous sexual relationship is the best, but any sort of history the characters have is good.

_ – =*= – _

World

The setting and social situations of the universe in which the story takes place.

Setting* – Is the setting yaoi-friendly? To what extent does it allow or encourage yaoi? An all-boys school would obviously breed more yaoi than, say, an arranged married or being the manager of a girls-only hotel. The only way to score a 10 is if gay men are the rule and heterosexual relationships the exception.

CompanyAre there other, canon, gay couples? Value is increased for more couples or a greater degree of obviousness. One background couple that openly kiss on screen is better than three that are barely hinted around. Yuri is included in this on the assumption that where one is acceptable, so would the other be.

RatioThe female to male ratio of the main characters of the series.

0:1 10
1:5 9
1:4 8
1:3 7
1:2 6
1:1.5 5
1:1 4
1.5:1 3
2:1 2
3:1 1
1:0 0

_ – =*= – _

Characters

The characters themselves, with all their foibles and interactions, are the most important part of the show as far as yaoi is concerned. I actually weight the average so that the characters affect the overall ranking of the series more than the other factors.

VarietyThe number of different male main characters available to mix and match for yaoi. For this, I don’t include filler arcs, minor characters, anime-only characters, different incarnations of the same person, or characters you would really have to stretch to involve in yaoi.

11+ 10
10 9
9 8
8 7
7 6
6 5
5 4
4 3
3 2
2 1
1 or 0 0

The characters I used follow, with basic pros (anything that can be exploited for) and cons to (anything that stands in the way of) their use in yaoi. What you do with the characters is your own business, but I feel legally obligated to list being under the age of 18 as a Con.

-
character name
Age:
Pros:
Cons:

-

AgeThe average age of the main characters listed for the “variety” rank. It’s arranged in a parabolic and unbalanced arc; the rank is rounded to the nearest whole number, unless it is a perfect “_.5”. If there are multiple possibilities for a characters age, I always go with the more favorable possibility – giving them the benefit of the doubt, so to speak; for example if a character could be fifteen or sixteen, I say they’re sixteen. If they’re somewhere between thirty and thirty-five, I go with thirty.

18-30 10
17, 32.5 9
16, 35 8
15, 37.5 7
14, 40 6
13, 42.5 5
12, 45 4
11, 47.5 3
10, 50 2
9, 52.5 1
8, 55 0

BishiPretty self explanatory – the rating of how beautiful and fascinating the bishounen are, in general. A few gorgeous, well-developed boys can really make an otherwise poor series very yaoi-worthy.

Canon*Are any of the characters gay in canon? If one character is one hundred percent, absolutely, designed by the creator as gay or bisexual, this is automatically a five. Otherwise, this number can’t rise above a four, no matter how many hints there are that there might be something. To get a ten, all the major male characters must be gay or bi.

I’ve found I have to include ‘yaoi situations’ which are not exactly consensual in this rating. No, such scenes don’t make them gay, but they are canon. I’ll explain the situation in each case.

Possibilities* – Also called ‘lack of het’. How possible or likely is it for the characters to actually make a yaoi situation work, within their world? A rank of zero indicates that all the male characters are in loving relationships with female partners. One would indicate that most are, or there are a few difficulties in their relationships. Nine means that the boys have no relationships or crushes at all throughout the series. Ten means that there are no girls around whatsoever for them to even have relationships with. Aside from that, it’s a subjective range of grays, and the particular situation is explained with the rating is given.

Chemistry*What sort of chemistry do the male characters have with each other? How do they interact? This rating is complicated. The amount, quality, and focus of the interaction all play a role. Sheer hatred is a higher rating than ambivalence, but mild interest is about equal to that hate, and a complicated love-hate relationship would be higher than even pure but shallowly explored love. Overt sexual tension has the highest rating, while apathy or simply not interacting at all have the lowest.

_ – =*= – _

At this point I’ll offer suggested pairings for the series and a conclusion about it.

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>