This refers to works or fan works depicting romantic relationships between boys or men, marketed primarily for a female audience, and Ike Gaku is so well-known among the subculture's circles that virtually anyone claiming to be a BL fan knows of its existence. Visitors to the cafe take on the roles of 16-year-old high school freshmen who attend a mixed gender school that had been boys-only until the year 2011. As you're taking a break between lessons and chatting with the zaikōsei, or permanent students (played by staff members), you get to catch glimpses of tantalizing BL scenarios in a school setting.These little scenes are what visitors look forward to and expect to see, and you can be sure the shop certainly delivers them in spades!There are BL genre novels and manga (Japanese comics) available on the shelves in the shop as well, known as "textbooks", and you're free to browse through and read any of them.Enjoy the delicious food and drinks the shop has to offer, chat with your zaikōsei schoolmates, and be awestruck by their top-notch BL performances tailored specially for you.Eventually, they make up with each other with a sweet, sweet Pocky game, a game where they have to share a single stick of Pocky (a chocolate-coated biscuit stick).The thrill of getting to see these preciously dramatic scenes performed live in front of you is an experience that's unique to Ike Gaku.
We've narrowed down the list to three must-visit cafes featuring good-looking guys and BL fan service that will appeal to fans of 2D art, good-looking guys, and the idol celebrity subculture of Japan!
Like Akihabara's twin but for women, Ikebukuro is one of the most popular tourist destinations within Tokyo.
It's well-known for its subculture-centric areas such as the Otome Road west of the iconic Sunshine 60 skyscraper.
Otome Road is where female fans of anime, manga, and other suchlike hobbies gather together to indulge in their interests.
And the dynamics between these fans and the area has given birth to a new type of attraction that has been steadily gaining visibility and popularity in recent years!