Episode 22: Queer Rivals, Misogyny, and Giving Thanks (ft. Cristal Marie)


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BL Garden sits down with professional fujoshi Cristal Marie (our first host!) to talk about the inherent queer subtext of anime rivals, homophobia, misogyny in shounen fandoms, and our God-given right to be horny. Plus, a little thanks light in the craphole that was 2020.

Cristal Marie is an anime, BL culture, and video game expert by day and an award-winning recording artist by night! She is a member of the diverse nerd collective Beyond The Bot, an anime-focused YouTube channel that promotes inclusivity for weebs from all walks of life. Check out her website, follow her on Twitter, and learn how you can support Beyond the Bot.

Mentioned in This Episode

  • Anime Girl (listen to Cristal's music here. keep a lookout for the follow-up, Glitch!)
  • Bad Boys, Happy Home (bl manga, coming to SuBLime 2021)
  • Beyond the Botcast (Beyond the Bot podcast)
  • Boyfriend Material (M/M romance)
  • Captain Tsubasa (anime)
  • Dead Dove: Do Not Eat (fanwork warning)
  • Death Note (anime)
  • Demon Slayer (anime)
  • Dick Fight Island (bl manga, coming to SuBLime 2021)
  • Does The Flower Blossom? * (bl manga)
  • Doukyuusei (bl manga + movie)
  • Embracing Love (bl anime + manga)
  • Free! (sports anime)
  • futekiya (digital bl subscription service)
  • Hikaru no Go (anime)
  • FujoCon (returning in 2021!)
  • IneffableCon (Good Omens fan convention)
  • Kuroko's Basketball (anime)
  • Maiden Rose (bl manga)
  • My Hero Academia (anime)
  • Naruto (anime)
  • Pride and Prejudice (classic lit)
  • Princess Mononoke (anime movie)
  • Promare (anime movie)
  • Red, White, & Royal Blue (M/M romance)
  • The Titan’s Bride (bl anime + series)
  • The Untamed/Mo Dao Zu Shi (bl danmei, donghua + series)
  • Yaoi Crate (bl goods subscription service)

* Cho mistakenly referred to Does The Flower Blossom? as Shouko Hidaka’s Restart


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Thank you to our patrons!

  • Barbcult
  • Cristal Marie (!!!)
  • Christina Kollman
  • Emily Snyder
  • Joiekiss

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