BL Anime – Top 10 RecommendationJuly 9, 2021
BL or Boys Love is a genre that depicts the romance between male individuals. In recent years, BL anime has received a lot of attention. Hence, making it one of the popular genres among the female demographic. Below are some of the popular top 10 recommendations of BL anime along with some notable mentions. Please read till the end, and let me know which one is your favorite.
1. Yuri on Ice
Yuri on Ice is a sports anime adaption focused on figure skating. Although it does not fall under the mainstream yaoi genre, the anime does highlight the depiction of homosexuality which is apparent at some point and at few scenes hidden behind subtext.
Yuri on Ice narrates the story of a 23-year-old figure skater, Yuri Katsuki. In his earlier year, he was captivated by Russian figure skater Victor Nikiforov and wants to become a figure skater like him.
This anime series has a beautiful visual and graphics which will enchant the audience to fall in love with the beautiful story and its every character.
Given is a BL anime with an 11 episode series and a sequel movie adaption of the manga series of the same name. Owing to its popularity, recently it was announced to release a live-action adaption. This anime series although has a slow start will definitely find a way to your heart with its heart-warming story and enchanting music.
The anime series has put focuse on Mafuyu and Ritsuka’s relationship. While the movie that is a sequel takes on to narrates the story of Akihiko and Haruki. Embrace their story as it takes us on a beautiful journey.
Doukyusei is a BL anime film that takes on to narrates the story of Rihito Sajo and Hikaru Kusakabe who are completely opposite of each other. One of the rare BL adaptions where the movie is wholesome and takes on to depicts pure love rather than mature stuff. This BL movie although doesn’t have an extraordinary and unique plot, still it manages to deliver the right emotion to the audience with a realistic approach. It is a very good option for the first-timer BL watcher.
Commit yourself to watch Doukyusei, the movie is an absolutely beautiful adaption with the right soundtrack.
4. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi
Sekaiichi Hatsukoi has to date has released 2 season anime series adaptions along with 2 OVA and 2 anime films. The story revolves around the people from the publishing house lead by the main couple Ritsu Onodera, a shoujo manga editor, and Masamune Takano, a shoujo manga editor-in-chief, and Ritsu immediate superior. Shungiku Nakamura has done an amazing job in balancing out all the stories of the couples, each narrating a different story. Buckle up for a romantic comedy journey that will give a heart-warming feeling and behind the scene of a manga publishing company. Like the title of this BL anime series it has incorporated the element of ‘first love’.
5. Junjou Romantica
Another one of the Shungiku Nakamura’s hit manga series that received an animation adaption which has 3 season anime series and 1 OVA. The lead couple is a famous novelist and a new college student. The story depiction of pure love is going to warm your heart and make you smile but beware of R-rated scenes.
6. Hybrid Child
When it comes to Shungiku Nakamura, she is reigning over the BL genre. This is her third manga series which received an anime adaption of having 3 OVA. Each OVA features a different couple with a different story all connected by Hybrid Child. A hybrid child is an android with a concept that it can grow if it is showered with love and affection from its owner. Hybrid child anime series takes on to narrate beautiful love story which will make you crave for more.
7. Dakaretai Otoko 1-I ni Odosarete
Dakaretai Otoko 1-I ni Odosarete is a BL anime adaption of the BL manga of the same name by the author Hashigo Sakurabi. The anime series is focused on Takato Saijo a veteran actor and Junta Azumaya a newcomer actor. With the 13 episodes anime series it is a quick watch and a BL anime worth binge-watching.
8. Hitorijima My Hero
Hitorijima my hero is a manga series by Memeco Arii that received a 12 episode anime adaption. The story narrates the romance between Kousuke Ooshiba, a high school teacher, and Masahiro Setagawa, a delinquent student. A heart-warming story that will surely warm up your heart.
9. Love Stage
Love stage is a romantic comedy anime adaption of the manga of the same name by Eiki Eiki and Taishi Zao. Izumi Sena, the main protagonist wants to be a manga artist despite clearly lacking the ability to do so. Izumi doesn’t want to do anything with the entertainment industry after an incident 10 years ago that left him traumatized. However, since his family is well-known in the Entertainment business they want him to follow the same path as them even while being supportive of his decision. Another male lead is Ryouma Ichijo, who fell in love with Izumi 10 years ago thinking that Izumi is a girl. Enjoy the romantic comedy of this chaotic couple that will definitely keep you amused till the end.
10. Super lover
Super lover is a manga series by Abe Miyuki that received 20 episode anime adaption. The series narrates the story of the stepbrothers Haru Kaido and Ren Kaido. Besides the romance, this anime will give a glimpse of the character’s personal struggles as they try to adjust themselves to their new role.
Mo Dao Zu Shi and heaven’s official blessing are Donghua also called Chinese animation. Both of the series are adopted from a BL web novel. But due to the censorship, the studio had to cut out the BL parts.
Mo Dao Zu Shi
An absolutely stunning animation adaption of the novel of the same name written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. The series takes on the major element of Xiaxia that is the major theme of the story. The author has done an absolutely stunning job in writing a structured story involving an alternate narration of past and present which brings together the major plot of the story. The art, design, and beautiful soundtrack will enchant you and hold your attention till the end.
The story takes on to narrate the story of Wei Wuxian, a lunatic and unorthodox cultivator who fell in the dark path, and Lan Wangji, an upright and righteous cultivator from a famous sect.
Heaven’s Official Blessing
Another adaption of the Mo Xiang Tong Xiu novel of the same name. The story is focused on Xie Lan, a crown prince who had made a record of ascending thrice in heaven. His kindness will surely touch your heart as it did with the other main lead Hua Cheng, a ghost king.
This donghua is absolutely beautiful with its storytelling, art, direction, and soundtrack. It will allure you into the world of Xianxia.