Glossary of terms
atogaki: The afterword in a collected volume of manga. It is often accompanied by manga shorts (or sometimes entire chapters) published exclusively in the tankouban.
Boy's Love: A blanket term for any manga dealing with male homosexual relations, whether explicit or otherwise. These manga are almost exclusively written by women, for women. (abbreviated "BL")
CD drama: A CD, or series of CDs, that have stories performed in radio-drama format by professional seiyuu, or voice actors. This is a popular way to bring manga series to life, without the cost of producing an entire anime series.
doujinshi: Fan comics. Can be based upon an existing series, or a completely original work. A doujinshika is the author of such material.
furigana: "Helper" hiragana (or katakana) printed by kanji to help readers with pronunciation and comprehension. Most commonly used in books aimed at younger audiences.
hiragana: One of the writing systems used in Japanese. Used for Japanese words and grammar.
June: Another term for male homosexual relations, named after the oldest magazine to offer such material. In our experience, it's also by far the most graphic.
kanji: The complex characters in Japanese writing borrowed from Chinese.
Kansai-ben: The popular dialect of the Kansai region, including Osaka and Kyoto. People from this region are stereotypically tough, hot-headed, and energetic.
katakana: One of the writing systems used in Japan. Used for foreign words or words with some sort of special emphasis.
Ladies' Comics: A genre aimed at women in their twenties and up. Generally, the target audience is "OLs", young single Japanese secretaries looking for quality escapist fare.
Lolita Complex: A term typically used to describe older men who fall for underaged girls. Often abbreviated as Loli-con.
manga: Japanese comic books. They account for about half the printed material in Japan, with series for every age and genre. A mangaka is the author/creator of a series.
Puchi: "Petite"; the extreme version of a Shouta-con, with very young characters. Usually it's obvious which magazines cater to this sub-genre, and certain mangaka are more keen on it than others. (Consider this the biggest, scariest, flashing-lights and sirens warning on the site, because most other warnings are general and focused on a few pages of manga, but Puchi is extremely specific and highly objectionable.)
seinen: A genre aimed at older men.
seme: Slang for "on top" in a BL relationship. Typically the dominant, more masculine character.
sensei: A multi-purpose term, here generally used to refer to an author, but can also refer to a doctor, teacher, artist, etc.
shoujo: "Girl", here used to describe the entire genre aimed at girls and young women.
shounen: "Boy", here used to describe the entire genre aimed at boys and young men.
shounen-ai: Literally "boy's love". A general term for shoujo or Ladies works focusing on male homosexual relationships.
Shouta Complex: The male equivalent of a Lolita Complex, with the desired party being a younger boy. Often abbreviated Shouta-con.
tankouban: A collected volume of manga. Most stories are originally published in serial form in monthly magazines, and are collected in these smaller individual books after about 4 or 5 installments.
uke: Slang for "on bottom" in a BL relationship. Typically the passive, pretty, more feminine character.
yaoi: What has come to be the accepted term amongst English-speakers who actually mean Boy's Love. Literally, it is an acronym meaning "no climax, no point, no meaning", implying a short plotless burst of eroticism.