“BL Metamorphosis” virtual film screening with VanCAF

To kickoff the 2024 Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, we are proud to support the virtual screening of BL Metamorphosis, adapted from the acclaimed slice-of-life manga of the same name by manga artist TSURUTANI Kaori.

TSURUTANI-sensei is a featured guest at this year’s VanCAF and will be in-attendance at the festival in Vancouver. The screening of BL Metamorphosis is co-presented by the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival and The Japan Foundation, Toronto.

BL Metamorphosis

Friday, May 17, 5:59PM (ET) – Sunday, May 19, 11:59PM (ET)
Virtual Film Screening | Free to Stream | Canada-wide

Directed by KARIYAMA Shinsuke • 2022  Comedy / Slice of Life  118 minutes • Presented in Japanese with English subtitles  Trailer

Ichinoi, a 75-year-old woman living a peaceful life, unwittingly buys a Boy’s Love manga one day…and is fascinated by what she finds inside. When she returns to the bookstore to buy the next volume, the high school girl working there–Urara, a seasoned BL fan–notices a budding fangirl when she sees one. When Urara offers to help Ichinoi explore this whole new world of fiction, the two dive into BL fandom together, and form an unlikely friendship along the way.

BL Metamorphosis is a live-action adaptation of the manga of the same name by TSURTANI Kaori, which garnered awards such as the New Face Award of the Manga Division at the Japan Media Arts Festival, and was also ranked #1 in the women’s category of Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (meaning “this manga is amazing!”), a renowned annual manga magazine.

Pre-recorded introduction by TSURUTANI Kaori to play before the film.

VanCAF Featured Guest Biography:

Born in 1982 in Toyama Prefecture, TSURUTANI Kaori made her manga debut in 2007 after winning silver in the 52nd Tetsuya Chiba Awards for her story Okina Daidokoro (Big Kitchen). She went on to receive the New Face Award in the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival Manga Division for her series BL Metamorphosis, which was adapted into a live action film in 2022. She is also the author of don’t like this and has contributed to stories to such manga anthologies as Ironna Watashi ga Honto no Watashi (All These Mes are the Real Me) and BL First Crush Anthology: Five Seconds Before We Fall in Love. She currently lives in Tokyo.

—Vancouver Comic Arts Festival