It’s no secret that I’m a huge BL fan with a few years of experience with the genre under my belt. So, I’m always amazed to see how much the genre has grown over the years. Newer series have started moving away from the sex heavy stories towards more realistic depictions of same sex relationships, opening up the genre to more general audiences.
And with greater mass appeal comes more anime adaptations of popular BL series. However, Boys Love anime tend to do poorly, mostly due to low production value, but every so often a true gem of a series will crop up that redeems the genre. So, that got me thinking about some of the some of my favorite BL anime adaptations, and thus this list was born! So, whether your a fan of BL media, or just an anime fan looking for something new to dive into, there are some pretty fun titles for you to check out!
Dakaishi isn’t the most revolutionary shounen-ai anime series, nor is it the best, however it’s still a rather fun rom-com that hits all the BL marks. The main couple is cute, Takuto is a tsundere uke and Junta is an eager enthusiastic seme… It’s a match made in heaven! Actor Takato Saijyo has enjoyed five years as Japan’s No. 1 Most Desirable Man, that is until a newbie, Junta Azumaya dethrones him, taking his coveted number one spot. Pissed at being outdone by someone younger than him Takato is hostile towards Junta. But, when a strange turn of events lands the two in bed together, Takato’s world turns upside down!
Antique Bakery is one of my favorite BL manga series, so I had high expectations of the anime and I was not disappointed. Ono has come a long way since the agonizing day in high school when he confessed his love to his crush, Tachibana. Now, 14 years later Ono, is a openly gay playboy and a world-class pastry chef, no man can resist his charms or his cooking skills! But, when he is reunited with his first love Tachibana when he accepts a position working in his bakery. And so begins the hilarious romance between a former boxing champ turned baker and the irresistible chef, Ono. This series is everything I love heartwarming and funny, the main focus of the series is the day to day goings on of the bakery and it’s definitely one of the series’s many highlights.
Given is one of the break out anime series from the Summer 2019 season, which is impressive since BL anime adaptations tend not to do so well with general audience. But in swooped Given with its heartfelt story, compelling character drama, and absolutely stunning music and anime fans were floored! Ritsuka Uenoyama started becoming disillusioned with basketball and guitar, the two things he loved most, but then a chance encounter with Mafuyu Sato changes his life forever… There was just something captivating man, who’s singing awakens something deep inside him.
It’s no secret that I hate Junjou Romantica, despite the fact that most BL fans absolutely love the series… However, I don’t hold the same sentiment for it’s spin-off Sekaiichi Hatsukoi (The World’s Greatest First Love). It’s a charming and fun BL series that has an actually good story! In order to strike it out on his own, Ritsu Onodera leaves his father’s publishing company and transfers to Marukawa Publishing. But, instead of being placed in the literary department, he winds up working as a rookie manga editor There he meets editor-in-chief Masamune Takano, who also happens to be his high school first love! Their reunion is marred by heartbreak from the past, but Ritsu vows to win his first love over again… whatever it takes!
I love this series to bits and pieces, I must have watched Hitorijime My Hero about a dozen times and it never gets dull! There is just something heartwarming romance between high school student Masahiro and his hero and teacher, Kousuke… It’s just so damn cute! Masahiro Setagawa has had a rough childhood, playing gopher for the local gangs and a living with a neglectful mother, Masahiro has learned to stop believing in heroes. That is until Kousuke Ooshiba swoops in and saves Masahiro from his life of neglect, showing him there’s more to life than his circumstances. Over the years, Masahiro’s admiration for his personal hero Kousuke, change into something more… but, maybe his feelings aren’t as one-sided as he imagined… maybe his hero loves him too
No. 6 is one of the more subtle entries on this list, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have one of the most heartfelt romances ever. Technically, this is a sci-fi action anime, No. 6 follows Shion, one of the residents of No. 6 an elite district and relative utopia. He’s on track to become one of the city’s youngest scholars, but a chance encounter with Nezumi, a boy from the desolate wasteland beyond the city’s walls, sends him on a fall from grace that changes his life forever. Part action adventure, part sci-fi mystery, No. 6 delves into the secret past of his home and the dark past the powers that be will do anything to keep hidden.
BL anime isn’t just for the fujoshi and the fudanshi, there are some truly amazing shounen-ai anime out there just waiting to be discovered! Each of these titles will keep you entertained and who knows I might just convince a few of you to join me here in the darkside!! So, watch one of these cream of the crop BL anime picks today!!
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