Yaoi has been a popular genre these past years among female fans, termed as fujoshi. And because of it, live-action movies of such came to the entertainment scene. Termed as Boys Love Movies (BL), stories of such revolves around romantic relationships between men. These stories were adapted from famous yaoi mangas and novels by famous authors.
Most of the known BL actors of today are non other than tokusatsu ones. Some of these actors started at BL and some in toku who gained so much popularity from it, especially for the fangirls. Maybe one reason of which is their physical appearances as good-looking young men.
So far, we've listed 20 tokusatsu actors who took part of the said genre. Some are just minor characters but still made a huge turning point in the movies. Here they are:
In 2006, Zan Saber's Izumo Takuya, Kotani Yoshikazu starred in 'Boys Love Movie' as Mamiya Taishin, a magazine editor together with Magiranger's Ozu Tsubasa/MagiYellow and Go-Buster's Masato Jin/BeetBuster, Matsumoto Hiroya as Furumura Chidori, a classmate and best friend of Kisaragi Noeru, Mamiya's lover, played by Saitou Takumi.
In 2007, five BL movies came out starring with our favorite tokusatsu actors.
First, 'Boys Love 2 (Theatrical Edition)' get into the scene with Kotani Yoshikazu working on the same director of the first Boys Love Movie. Though coming up on the same main title, it is a total different story. Here, Kotani plays the role of Aoi Kaiiro, a teacher in a prestigious school. It was release in 2009 under the title, 'School Boy Crush.'
Next is 'Ren'ai Shindan' which came out as a series of 3-episode stories on forbidden love including yaoi, incest and yuri. One of which is 'Unmei no Kodou,' the fourth story, featuring Kawai Ryuunosuke, Zan Saber's Hyuga Imasaki and Kumai Kouhei, Kamen Rider Kiva's Eritate Kengo/IXA playing the roles of Katsuragi Kei, a doctor and Kanade Maki, a boy who has a heart failure.
Moving on, we have here, 'Itsuka no Kimi e' with Kawai Ryuunosuke as Hayase Kouhei, a photographer. He was paired with Saitou Takumi who starred in 'Boys Love Movie.'
Coming to the list is the first of the five 'Takumi-kun' Movie Series under the subtitle, 'Soshite, Harukaze ni Sasayaite.' It was starred by Kamen Rider Kiva's Nago Keisuke/IXA, Kato Keisuke as the famous and most admired student Saki Giichi. Alongside with him, Boukenger's Inou Masumi/BoukenBlack, Saitoh Yasuka played the role of Takabayashi Izumi, the school's prince and has a huge crush on Gii in the first movie and Kamen Rider Decade's Kagami Arata/Gattack, Makita Tetsuya played Nozaki Daisuke, a student who frequently asks Hayama Takumi (Yanagishita Tomo) on a date. Also in this movie, Shinkenger's Ikenami Ryuunosuke/ShinkenBlue, Aiba Hiroki made a brief appearance as Inoue Sachi, Gii's violinist friend and Takumi's idol.
Lastly we have 'Sukitomo,' a mild BL movie about an unusual love triangle between a boxer, his sister and his friend. It is the third BL movie having Saitou Takumi as a cast and lead playing the role of Aoi Tomokazu. His friend, Yoshiko is played by Aiba Hiroki.
Moving to the year 2008, another four BL movies falls on the list.
First of, we have 'Kindan no Koi' with Boukenger's Mogami Souta/BoukenBlue, Mikami Masashi as Ritsu, a fashion designer and his relationship with his boss' son, Sho played by Katou Ryousuke.
Next we have, 'Ai no Kotodama' starring Go-Onger's Suto Hiroto/Go-On Gold and Kamen Rider Kabuto's Yaguruma Sou/Kick Hopper, Tokuyama Hidenori as Ootani Shinya and Saitoh Yasuka who played his lover, Tachibana Miyako.
Now, let's have 'Taiikukan Baby' starring Kamen Rider Den-O's Sakurai Yuuto/Zeronos, Nakamura Yuichi as Shibahara Jun, a senior ace swimmer who lost to his rival, Murai Naoki played by Takahashi Yuta.
Lastly, 'Bokura no Ai no Kanade,' a classical music related BL starred by Kamen Rider Kabuto's Kageyama Shun/Punch Hopper Uchiyama Masato playing the role of Sakizawa Ruiku, a passionate pianist and talented student.
Taking over 2009, we have the second installment of 'Takumi-kun Series.' Under the subtitle, 'Niji-iro no Garasu,' former Takumi-kun masin cast didn't return except for the character of Gii's best friend Akaike Shozo (Takiguchi Yukihiro). Kato Keisuke and Yanagishita Tomo was replaced by Ultraman Mebius' Ikaruga George, Watanabe Daisuke as Gii and Goseiger's Agri/GoseiBlack, Hamao Kyousuke as Takumi. The two of them played the same roles until the fifth movie. Saitoh Yasuka's character as Takabayashi Izumi was replaced by a brief appearance of Gokaiger's Basco, Hosogai Kei who was shown only for a few times in few seconds with a line or two.
Running on the first line, 'Ai no Kotodama 2' entered the scene under the subtitle, 'Sekai no Hate Made.' It falls under a different story but still connected on the first movie since Saitoh Yasuka reprised his role as Tachibana Miyako who works as a computer teacher. This movie became Kawai Ryuunosuke's third BL movie and as a lead. Here, he plays the role of Shinji, an elite employer in an advertising company.
Next we have two 'Takumi-kun' movies falling under the subtitles 'Bibou no DETAIL' and 'PURE' introducing another Toku actor Go-Buster's Iwasaki Ryuji/BlueBuster, Baba Ryouma as Misu Arata, Gii's rival and plays as the secondary couple in the story together with Go-Buster's guest character Koyama, Kawasumi Bishin as Shingyouji Kanemitsu, their underclassman and a close friend to Takumi. Also, there's a brief appearance of Saitoh Yasuka playing a different role. Takumi-kun 3 revolves around Takumi and Gii while the Takumi-kun 4 sticks on the relationship of Misu and Shingyouji which is played by Naito Taiki replacing Kawasumi in the role. Scene in these movies became more intense.
Lastly, we have 'Junjou' (Pure Heart). Kamen Rider Hibiki's little boy Adachi Asumu, Tochihara Rakuto plays the role of Tozaki, a guy who has a crush on his former classmate Kurata (Takahashi Yuta).
And finally, the year 2011 is conquered by the last 'Takumi-kun' movie, 'Ano, Hareta Aozora' with Watanabe Daisuke, Hamao Kyousuke and Baba Ryouma reprising their roles as Gii, Takumi and Misu.
Also, there are two drama series in our list which were said to be under the genre of Yaoi. I'm not very sure but maybe it's because of the plot in the manga.
First we have 'Princess Princess D' in 2007, starring Kamen Rider Den-O's Nogami Ryoutarou/Den-O, Sato Takeru as Konou Tooru who is originally the lead character in the manga and anime; GARO's Suzumura Rei, Fujita Rei as Shihoudani Yuujirou, one of the three princesses with Tooru; lastly, Nakamura Yuichi played the role of Hanazono Otoya, the leader of the Dark Princesses.
The last but not the least is the vampire drama 'RH Plus' with Tochihara Rakuto as Seto Ageha, a young vampire who tends to help the police to solve cases which they cannot solve the cases.
So, this is the list that we came up to for connecting Tokusatsu to Boys Love movies. Well, as you noticed, these actors were originally stage-play actors who gained more experiencein live performances and were improved by their different roles on TV and silver screen.
And I extremely believe that this genre really made toku actors a higher rank in popularity among girls and gain more support from them. In all honesty, all of the movies and series on the list were watched by me; I also had watched some of them even before stepping into Tokusatsu so I don't feel disappointed or anything. Now, it's on you.
Note: If I missed something, just tell me and I'll update it right away!
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