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Organized Panel Session

1 - Homoromancing the Three Kingdoms: Dynasty Warriors Game-Based BL Dōjinshi in Japan, China, and Taiwan

Saturday, July 7
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Kadamba, Lower Ground Floor

The Japanese-produced action video game series Dynasty Warriors (JA: Sangokumusō; CH: Sanguo wushuang) is dominated by beautiful and memorable male characters. Based on the oft-romanticized Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history, the popular game series provides fertile ground for the romantic and sexual “coupling” typical of the homoerotic boys love (BL) fandom. This paper focuses on BL dōjinshi (fan-produced works) from China, Japan, and Taiwan, which have been inspired by the Dynasty Warriors series. In these works, the Chinese historical figures of Three Kingdoms, who have already been re-imagined within the context of the Dynasty Warriors games, are further re-imagined within the homoerotic context of BL fandom.

With reference to theories conceptualized by Prasenjit Duara and Patrick Galbraith, in this paper, I demonstrate how the Chinese Three Kingdoms legend is being transformed through a process of successive transnational interpretation. While BL based on Dynasty Warriors is a niche genre, it is noteworthy for its unique juxtaposition of cross-cultural artifacts and fandoms. Not only has the Chinese historical legend of the Three Kingdoms collided with the contemporary Japanese gaming world, but the result is then translated within the BL subcultures of Japan, China, and Taiwan. By referring to these dōjinshi, this paper examines the intersections of gaming, myth, and BL. In doing so, it aims to highlight the different ways in which Three Kingdoms is eroticized through the BL filters of Japanese, Chinese, and Taiwanese fans.

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