Welcome to Queer Fudanshi! Let’s Talk. Today, we’re going to talk about Fujoshi Trapped in a Seme’s Perfect Body Volume 2.
Fujoshi Trapped in a Seme’s Perfect Body is a comic series created by The Yaoi Army, a fairly new and small (about a year or two) American publishing company headed by Seru, a man who’s strong work ethic has built a lot in a year. Fujoshi Trapped’s sotry was first created on Wattpad before being transformed into a comic.
The plot follows Misa Nanase, a regular high school student who’s an extreme fujoshi (female lover of gay content), and her straight best-friend. Misa one day saves an older woman from getting hit by a car, and to thank her the woman gives Misa a magic pendant. Misa then makes a wish to turn into a man to live out her BL fantasies.
My Thoughts Before Reading
I’ve read the first volume of the series, and liked the main character for her personality, but also felt like this story is the perfect example of over-fetishizing queer love, sex, and life. That said, I really respect Seru and how much work he has put into The Yaoi Army in such as short time. Because of that, I’m giving this story a second try by reading Fujoshi Trapped in A Seme’s Perfect Body Volume 2.
I hope that I like the comic, I really do. So, let’s get reading and see.
This is Fujoshi Trapped in a Seme’s Perfect Body Volume 2.
*Warning: This comic contains sexual content and is NSFW.
**Note: I’ll refer to Misa/Misaki as the name that fits her physical body at the scene I’m referencing. But, I’ll always refer to her with female pronouns since she still identifies as a woman. “I just wanted to be a guy for a day or two and try BL things along the way.”
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The Talk (Non-Spoilers):
If you are a fujoshi who loves to see guys get it on, this comic is for you. Its all about the love of BL and gay sex. That said, if you are a fudanshi/fujoshi who’s a member of the LGBTQ community or someone who cares for proper LGBTQ representation in media, this comic will raise some flags.
At a first glance, the main character is the perfect representation of a fujoshi. She is energetic, personable, and funny. Sadly, once you really think about the stuff she says and does, you’ll see she’s really messed up. She exploits and overly-fetishizes men & gay life/content (which is normal for BL, but not to the extent she takes it). In addition, this second volume introduces another character who somehow trumps her!
While yaoi and BL is great for empowering female sexuality, this comic is the female equivalent of frat boys preying on women.
That said, there is a ray of sunshine in this series and his name is Kazuo. He is caring and understanding of the fujoshis in his life. Plus, he still harbors feelings for Misaki even though she is now in the body of a man. While there’s a lot I don’t like about this comic, Kazuo is the one consistent blessing.
At the end of the day, Fujoshi Trapped in a Seme’s Perfect Body Volume 2 is made for the fujoshi gaze, and definitely not a story for me or people like me. Honestly, I want to like this comic because I want to support The Yaoi Army, but this comic series just keeps leaving me disappointed.
The Talk (Spoilers):
I don’t talk much about art in these posts because, once again, I’m not an artist, but I do have to say that I like the artwork. It doesn’t distract, and it gives off a cute/simplistic feel to me.
That, of course, isn’t always true though. All the shirtless shots and glamour shots give off a little of the earlier cutesy vibe, but they also have a very manly and meaty look to them. It’s kind of has the same feel as the pinup girl drawings of the 50s. Or rather, the pillowcase drawings I got at BishounenCon.
At first, I didn’t like that Fujoshi Trapped in a Seme’s Perfect Body Volume 2 started off with flashbacks. It felt like a cheap attempt to fill in holes that weren’t explained in volume 1. That said, I later on realized that there was actually some care put into the Kenji backstory.
In chapter 1 of the first volume, Misa explains that she “was at [her] lowest point… being ignored and isolated. BL saved [her] from that loneliness.” This either proves that writer planned out Kenji’s storyline before writing the first volume, or at least had the idea that Misa was being ignored by her classmates.
After realizing that this was all planned out, I stopped feeling like it was a mistake to have all these flashbacks in volume 2. That said, it still felt off to me as a reader.
Also, I appreciate the fact that Misaki struggled with wanting to be an uke for Kazuo. The idea that this story presented, and Misaki wanted, was of the super seme. So, its a pleasant surprise to see the story isn’t going in that direction. That makes the plot feel fresh because now I know things can shift and change in unexpected ways. (One suggestion though, reversi!)
Some Story Complaints
Next, around the middle of Fujoshi Trapped in a Seme’s Perfect Body Volume 2, the story becomes like an instruction book on how to be a guy. How to pee and men’s underwear styles. It was funny, necessary, and ultimately boring for a male reader. I honestly skimmed during the underwear bit.
Lastly, I hated the kiss scene and that it was brought on by a fujoshi. That’s like emphasizing what I don’t like about this comic series. It wasn’t inspired from communication or a developing romance, but from a sister who wanted to see two dudes do it.
Now to our lead character. At first, I was reminded why I liked her in volume 1. She’s just so quirky, energetic, and true to herself. Sadly though, I was then reminded why I didn’t like her.
A section in chapter two made me see the problem with Misaki’s thinking. Misaki gets to class and starts fantasizing about Yukino (in chibi form) and the two speech bubbles are “Take it. Take it,” and “Please stop. It hurts.” If that isn’t rape, I don’t know what is.
That made me realize, Misaki’s talking about raping any guy she can get her hands one. Plus, she constantly makes physical passes at her friend Kazuo even though he clearly doesn’t like it. Then, she gets mad at Kenji who does the same thing to her. The only difference is that she does it “jokingly.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to find reasons to hate this comic. I did think, “Ok Devin, yes that one page was a little much, but does that really mean she wants to rape all the boys in school?” Problem is, I could easily make a claim saying yes.
And then I realized, “Wait, didn’t I say all this in my volume 1 thoughts?” Its like I’m going in a cycle of not liking the content cause its pandering to rape culture or fetishizing LGBT life, giving the story a pass ’cause I want to see the Yaoi Army succeed, and then being reminded of all of the messed up stuff going on in this story.
Thankfully, as messed up as the Misaki character is in all of her being, I think the real hero of this story is Kazuo. He understands and tolerates Maski’s crazy antics. In addition, he’s showing that he can still like her even though she’s in the body of a man. He blushes at her words and cares for her all the same.
I feel like while Misaki is the classic example of a fujoshi who over-fetishizes LGBT life, Kazuo could be real representation for LGBT life. He would still love Misaki if she were to be truly trans and were to stay as a man.
After reading Fujoshi Trapped in a Seme’s Perfect Body Volume 2, part of me’s like, “I’m good. I don’t need to read any more.” But, I’m conflicted. I want to know how it ends, and I want to know what happens to Misaki and Kazuo. I’ve become invested in them.
Right now, I didn’t back volume 3’s Kickstarter (because I was waiting for my copy of volume 2 to get to me so I’d know if I still wanted to follow the series). At this point, I’m on the edge about if I will buy it. I’ll give it some time to breathe and then decide later.
At the end of the day, Fujoshi Trapped in a Seme’s Perfect Body Volume 2 is definitely not written for me or people like me. In fact, its the first BL comic that’s been this ostracizing to me. That said, I still respect and want to support Seru and The Yaoi Army. I’ll keep sharing news about them and their projects, and I may try to read a comic or two. I just might not revisit the Fujoshi Trapped world. That might be for the best.