Sometimes you don’t want to commit to a lengthy drama, with a multitude of characters and intricate plot twists. You’re not actually looking for something to get obsessed over; you can’t afford the time or energy to go through a late-night binge-watching session. What you’re looking for is something easy and entertaining, a power nap for your brain in-between all of life’s obligations.
If you’re someone who likes rom-coms/romance dramas, and who has some familiarity with the Boys’ Love genre, I’d recommend the Japanese series A Man Who Defies the World of BL
Our protagonist, a very average college student, has worked something out: he’s living in a BL manga universe. There are handsome boys all over the place, and the girls have a very marginal presence. All around him these pretty boys are hooking up, and there are all sorts of scenarios — a run in the rain, a mutual drunken staggering home — in which a couple might suddenly fall in love.
This doesn’t bother our hero too much at first. It’s not going to affect him, he assumes, because he’s part of the “mob” — the background characters who are basically part of the scenery for the lead BL characters. He just wants to live his quiet, average life, far away from the spotlight of being a lead.
It all changes one day, when his younger brother comes up to him to say that he’d received a love confession from another boy.
😱 😱 😱
Our hero — who doesn’t even have a name and is referred to in the credits simply as “Mob” — is horrified. He’d thought that he and his family were too average and mediocre to become the stars of any BL story, but realises that there is a market for stories where the hot guy falls for the ordinary boy. It’s a common enough trope in all romance stories, after all, he thinks to himself as he watches his mother sob over a (spoof of) a romantic k drama in which the devastatingly handsome male lead falls in love with the plain female lead (thus allowing women everywhere to fantasise and insert themselves into that pairing).
For a dude who is determined to just remain a calefare in this BL manga world, this is a huge problem.