Courtesy of Urban Dictionary, uke is from the Japanese verb ‘ukeru’ (to receive), used in anime and manga for the bottom or passive male in a homosexual/yaoi/shounen-ai relationship.
First, let me calm any rabid fans who think I am implying Kevin is gay. As I have beaten to death in other previous posts, I don’t care about idols’ personal affairs, so Kevin can like boys or like girls, and whatever, it’s all good. Kevin can be gay or straight, but whether he is gay or straight, when I watched him in a variety show for the first time—
I have never had this strong uke reaction towards any person, whether in kpop, in real life, or in fake life. Whether or not Kevin spends time being on the bottom (yes, I’m legal, and yes, in the manga reading world, it’s inevitable you stumble across BL), or he actually has the following characteristics, he exactly fits my imagining of an ideal uke– he has distinctly feminine facial features, a soft and pretty voice, is slender and delicate, and comes off as cute, shy, naive and unresisting.
I believe what sealed it for me was his spoken voice. It was just so rounded and conscious of being cute that I fall over every time I hear Kevin speak English. Given my predilection for SHINee, most people would ask why I do not think of Taemin as uke. Well, he does not have the voice– though it is young and faintly feminine, his voice is not slight and soft enough. Moreover, I think he is a bit too gangly to be ‘delicate.’ Also, if you ask me who would be the seme and uke in Jongkey pairing (my OTP), I can’t say. I can only say that Kevin is my OTU. One True Uke.
It’s my 2011 kpop epiphany.
It’s my 2011-so-stressed-from-finals-that-Michelle-read-238734-manga-and-Michelle-is-finally-going-delirious-and-imagining-random-boy-in-shounen-ai. No, seriously. If you’re willing to go new places for new laughs, and especially if you enjoy Perfect Girl Evolution, read Aitsu no Daihonmei, which has the same kind of exaggerated humor. I was reading this hilarious shounen-ai during the last stretch of finals, when everyone had mostly gone home. For about three nights, from a strange room at two in the morning, you could hear a nutty girl laughing her brains out.
When was I ever sane?! I miss those days.
(Click to read more on my extra ramblings on ideal seme.)
Since then, I’ve done some thinking about which kpop idol could possibly be an ideal seme. Characteristics of a traditional seme include:
- older, taller
- stronger chin
- masculine, muscled
Racking my small fangirl brains, I keep coming up with G-Dragon and TOP from Big Bang. G-Dragon has the dominating attitude, but not the ultra-masculine looks. TOP has the looks, but who are we kidding?! We all know that kid is secretly a big dork.