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Synonyms: Geikomi/ gei comi
See also: Yaoi, Boy's Love,
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Bara (ばら or 薔薇, literal meaning "rose") is a genre of manga and other artwork that target a gay male demographic. The art style emphasizes 'masculine' traits, such as large muscles and hairy bodies.

The term arose from a Japanese magazine titled "Barazoku" (薔薇族, "rose tribe") that ran from 1971 to 2008, and was Japan's first commercial gay culture magazine.

Some specify that only erotic media can qualify for the "bara" genre, and take issue with the label being applied to SFW media such as My Brother's Husband.[1]

Further reading


  1. rottenboysclub (May 2, 2018). "U know what fuckers? Bara isn't a genre of yaoi. (thread)". Retrieved February 13, 2019. In Japan, “My Brother’s Husband” isn’t even marketed as gei comi / what westerners call ‘bara’, as gei comi is specifically gay erotic/porn manga. “My Brother’s Husband” is just a general audience comic, in a regular/non-porn comic magazine, intended for a mostly STRAIGHT audience  (Archived version)