War of Y
Directed by Cheewin Thanamin Wongskulphat & Copy A Bangkok
Total Episodes: 20
Airing Tuesdays on AISPLAY Starting: 8/2/22 – 12/13/22
War of Y will be five different stories, each with a commentary or dilemma facing the actors, managers, and agencies of y or bl series.
1 – New Ship
Our two main characters are Pun, a seasoned BL veteran, and Nott, his new partner, an enthusiastic newcomer. The lines between fiction and reality become blurred when the two begin to share off-screen moments. Plus, managers are eager to cash in on the Y ship trend. Are they just the shipped couple or genuine? Where do fan service end and real feelings begin? Nott & Punn will appear in other sections, with each story bleeding into another, showing the interconnectedness of this small niche industry. As a side note, the lead actors have said they don’t know the ending, as they filmed several scenarios.
2 – War of Managers (synopsis from https://www2.myasiantv.tv/show/war-of-y)
The story of a shipped couple who are privately a real couple. Managers and drama clash until the couple is forced to separate.
3 – Y-Idol
A reality search for new actors—who can sing, dance, and act—and the chaos of the Idol Camp will showcase the lengths to which these actors will go to succeed in the industry.
4 – Wife
When one-half of a shipped couple has a wife, will their future in this industry be ruined?
Director P’Cheewin has commented that the series is based on actual life observations inside the Y industry. I’m interested in New Ship and War of Managers because of controversies I’ve witnessed while watching BL and following the communities associated with shipping culture. I hope the fans will rethink their behavior and the power they hold over the industry. Suppose the demand decreases for disingenuous over-the-top fan service; instead, the fans demand authenticity. In that case, the managers will go with what will yield them the best outcome in terms of popularity because it affects revenue. The managers ultimately want what will bring in purchasing power. The BL industry is a crazy genre. From the western point of view, the idea is foreign that these actors are forced to interact as if they are real couples for the amusement and thrill of the fans doesn’t sit well with me. It’s one thing when both parties agree to pseudo flirt with each other a little. Still, it is another thing entirely to convince the fans they are dating for the sake of selling the couple, so they will get more engagement and more contracts with sponsors to generate more revenue. It seems as if they don’t sell the couple; it limits the overall money they make. People want fantasy without thinking that the people behind the screen are real people with relationships, thoughts, feelings, and motivations. They are not their character.
After each of the story arcs, let’s start a discussion regarding what issues were raised and our thoughts on them. I look forward to it. The more we discuss, the more power we realize we hold as consumers of bl content.