A city library has faced harsh criticism for being packed with boys love/yaoi novels and manga, with the complainant demanding to know just how much the library has spent on its collection of homosexually themed erotica.
The library for its part reports nearly six thousand BL books, having spent nearly $40,000 amassing them.
The outraged citizen, calling it the “shame of the city”, complains that having the titles on the same shelves as other books amounts to nothing more than “sexual harassment” towards library goers, and speaks darkly of it being “harmful to children”.
The complainant cannot conceal their surprise over there being explicit titles targeted at the “shoujo” market (just what kind of market this is you can see here), and regards as positively scandalous the fact that the library carries so many titles featuring prominent illustrations of men kissing and embracing on their covers.
Answers were demanded of the local government, wanting to know just how large a BL library the city had amassed, and how much it had spent doing it.
A precise answer was given: “We have 5,499 volumes, costing ¥3,668,883.”
The city seems unlikely to take heed of these demands for it to carry more “beneficial” books, since BL books are extremely popular amongst Japanese women, and the library probably feels justified in ignoring limited complaints, in favour of continuing to satisfy the lust of female readers.