‘Ships in the Night’: BL Ventures Outside of Asia

Ships In The Night

Boys’ Love, or BL, has been thriving within Asia for many years, without much spread outside the region – but that might be slowly changing.

While the Boys’ Love category of queer media has typically been used for Asian productions, with a wide selection from countries such as Japan’s ‘Cherry Magic’ (30歳まで童貞だと魔法使いになれるらしい), South Korea’s  ‘Semantic Error’ (시맨틱 에러), Thailand’s ‘Bad Buddy’ (แค่เพื่อนครับเพื่อน), and the Philippines’ ‘Gameboys’, among countless others, queer media from other regions, such as the UK’s Heartstopper and Sweden’s Young Royals typically have not used the label of BL. This is beginning to change, however, with ‘Ships in the Night’, a series from New Zealand, or Aotearoa in the native Māori language, which proudly presents itself as “Aotearoa’s first BL series.” Now, you may be wondering: what can viewers expect from Ships in the Night?

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The series, which is being released in 15 episodes, each a minute long on Tiktok, currently has 5 episodes available and tells the story of Manaaki and Johnny, two boys who meet each other by chance when they are both stood up by their respective dates. Instead of letting their nights get ruined by failed dates, the two make the most of their night by spending it together. While Johnny’s spontaneous personality occasionally clashed with Manaaki’s tendency to plan and organize everything, the two grow closer in spite of this. Will this newfound bond between the two boys grow into something deeper and long-lasting or will it be nothing more than a fleeting moment that fizzles out once the night ends and they go their separate ways? Tune in to @shipsinthenight.bl on Tiktok to find out!

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