We interviewed the author of the original work, Konkichi, and their managing editor. We asked them a few questions about how this hit work saw the light and rose to fame.
The news of the drama adaptation was trending on Twitter
── Congratulations on the live-action adaptation! How did you feel when you learned that Zettai BL was going to become a TV drama?
── I'm sure the readers were delighted to hear the news too.
── Atsuhiro Inukai plays the main character and Yutaro Goto plays Ayato. What an impressive cast!
── Have you read the script yet?
On Twitter, delivering the right amount of content is key
── How did Zettai BL come to life?
── After only one episode! How do you get more people to read a manga that you've published on Twitter?
── How did you come up with the protagonist, Ayato, and the other characters?
BL漫画の世界の住人だと気付いてしまったので絶対にBLにならない行動を取る男みたいなやつ描きたい…道端に雨に濡れた寂しげなイケメンが行き倒れてたら迂回して帰るクズみたいな…— ぽん酢茸 (@kn_sousaku) October 27, 2017
As for Ayato, I created him because I thought it would be more interesting to have someone around the protagonist who is a main player in the BL world.
── Who is the character you can relate to the most?
── I think many readers will recognize many situations typical of the BL genre in this work. It must have been hard to come up with all those tropes...
── Do you have a favorite BL situation or pairing among those you've drawn so far?
As for the pairings, what I draw is pretty far off from my personal preferences... So, if I had to pick a favorite pairing, I guess I would go with World/Main Character.
── When vol.2 was released, a voting contest for the most popular pairing determined people's OTP to be the one formed by Kakei and Yamazaki. Was the result as you expected?
A series, a drama CD, and now a live-action TV drama
── Before becoming a TV drama, Zettai BL was also made into a drama CD, right?
── What are your fondest memories of the recording sessions?
── Zettai BL even has its own LINE stickers. What else would you like to see in the future?
(excitedly) An anime adaptation!! We've already put down some ideas, so we're just waiting for an offer!
── Judging from how popular Zettai BL already is, I have a feeling that an anime adaptation won't be long. Why do you think this work has so many supporters?
Of course, the theme of BL manga, but meta was also a factor; this work resonates with many people, from those who have only ever read a tiny bit of BL to the die-hard fans.
Moreover, the characters are very charming even though they only have a few scenes and lines. It's amazing how you go, "Oh, I like this character, he's so sexy!" and yet you can't read the rest of their story. (laughs)
── Finally, could you send a message to the fans who are eagerly awaiting the live-action adaptation?
── Thank you very much!
Aired on March 27th, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. (JST)!
Air date and time: March 27th, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. (JST)
Screenwriter: Izumi Kawasaki
Music: Erina Koyama