Top 10 Boy's Love Anime [Recommendations]

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Let's enter the world of Boy's Love anime!

In anime, there are different genres of stories following relationships between men. There are shows where you totally lose control and fantasize about the characters being in yaoi relationships, and then there are the official Boy's Love anime, where you don't have to feel guilty and where the guys are clearly fond of each other.

Of course, each BL anime is different and there are a lot of genres covered, so that everyone (especially the fujoshi that we are) can enjoy a great relationship between men with a lot of cuteness and/or drama aspects.

So, take a deep breath, prepare your ovaries and let's see which are the best BL anime that you could watch!

10. Gravitation

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Oct 2000 – Jan 2001

Shindou Shuuichi dreams of following in the footsteps of his idol, Sakura Ryuichi, a member of the pop band Nittle Grasper. With his best friend, Shuuichi decides to form the group Bad Luck and they luckily manage to sign a contract with a major recording label. But then, Shuuichi struggles with the lyrics of their song and is even told that he has no talent.

The story is quite funny and interesting and any fans of music should really enjoy this show. The main character is really energetic and determined to show that he can stand on stage. The relationships of rivalry/love shown in this anime are entertaining and there is some fan-service and lovey-dovey moments so you should really watch this show.

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9. Loveless

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 2006 – Jun 2005

After his older brother Seimei had been killed, Aoyagi Ritsuka has to go live with his insane mother. As he enters a new school, he meets Agatsuma Soubi, who apparently knew his brother and fought at his side in a particular battle. Soubi was the “Fighter” and Seimei, the “Sacrifice”. Finding himself to inherit from his brother, Ritsuka has to enter the battle while investigating the murder of Seimei.

A peculiar story full of mystery and drama with a strong supernatural element because of the types of battles the characters participate in. The BL aspect is well-mixed with every aspect of the scenario and this is a pretty enjoyable show.
The relationship between the main characters is beautiful and complex and it feels like the two of them really complement each other.


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8. Togainu no Chi

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct 2010 – Dec 2010

After the Third World War, also called the Third Division, Japan has been split in two. After a few years, the destroyed town of Toshima is controlled by the criminal organization Vishio, which organizes a fighting game called Igra.

After being wrongly accused of murder, Akira is arrested. Then, mysterious persons propose that he participate in the game Igra in exchange for his freedom. In order to dismantle Vishio, Akira will have to enter the fight in Toshima.

The atmosphere is dark and sometimes creepy, but it is what makes the story interesting. The BL part may not be as present as some other shows, but as the story is pretty dark, it makes sense that there are not really any lovey-dovey characters. If you enjoy fantasy and drama stories, you will like this one!


7. Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru (Betrayal Knows My Name)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr 2010 – Sept 2010

Sakurai Yuki is a young man who is living in the Asahi orphanage. He dreams of independence, but has a peculiar ability which makes this quite difficult. When he touches somebody, he can see that person’s past and the darkness which it caused. As he tries to help them, he usually has a problem of being overly sensitive towards them. Unable to control his power, which keeps growing stronger, he meets a man who claims to be his brother.

A mysterious, yet endearing story in a fantasy and supernatural atmosphere. The characters are all charming and each one has a pretty dark past. The story is also entertaining and the excellent voice casting completely plunges us into the setting of the show. Though the relationships between the characters are quite soft and not clear, the fujoshi that we are should have plenty to fantasize about!


6. DRAMAtical Murder

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2014 – Sept 2014

In the future, “Rhyme” is a virtual fighting game which is very popular and is played by many gangs. Living an ordinary life, Aoba is a young man working in a junk shop. Not affiliated with a gang, he stayed away from this virtual game until now. But after mysterious events, he finds himself investigating this game and the various gangs associated with it.

Full of sci-fi and action, the story offers a quite complicated psychological scenario involving the main character and his mysterious past. Adapted from the game of the same name, the main character has his own harem of guys and it is quite an enjoyable anime that’s worth watching.


5. Yami no Matsuei (Descendants of Darkness)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Oct 2000 – Dec 2000

Tsuzuki Asato became a Shinigami after his death and his new job is to make sure that the dead remain dead. Every Shinigami has to work in pairs, but Asato never kept a partner for too long because of his temper. Then, he has to team up with Kurosaki Hisoka, a young man whose temper is as bad as Asato’s. As they investigate together about a serial killer, they become closer and closer.

In a supernatural world of fantasy, full of Shinigami, the two main characters are involved in many horrific crimes, but humor is still very present in this show, so everyone can enjoy. There is clearly an attraction between the two main characters and we can see some fan-service so it should be enough to make any fujoshi melt.


4. Love Stage!!

  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: July 2014 – Sept 2014

The Sena family is famous in the show business industry. The father, the mother and the eldest son are all great faces of the industry. Only the youngest son, Izumi, is the dark sheep of the family, as his dream is to become a famous mangaka. Against his will, he is involved in a commercial shoot where he has to dress as a girl and because of this, the great Ichijo Ryoma falls in love with him, without knowing that she’s actually a boy.

This show is full of humor from the beginning until the end, which makes it really enjoyable as there is no need to think that much about the story. Based on a misunderstanding, the relationship between Izumi and Ryoma is cute and as the characters are all full of energy, this anime is easy to watch and entertaining.


3. Hybrid Child

  • Episodes: 4
  • Aired: Oct 2014 – Jan 2015

The Hybrid Child is quite an old invention made by a man who lost his loved one. It is an android, not completely human, who can have feelings and has the ability to grow according to the amount of love he receives from his owner. Each one is quite different and continue to grow closer to being humanlike.

In each episode, the story is about different characters and the relationship between a Hybrid Child and his owner. Each story is really cute and touching and some of us could even shed a tear or two while watching this. But this is what makes Hybrid Child a great show !


2. Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 2011 - Jun 2011

Onodera Ritsu is transferred to the publishing company Marukawa Shoten, after being able to work in his father's company until now. Though he was in charge of editing novels in the previous company, he is now assigned to the Shoujo manga section, which only consists of men. After meeting his chief editor, he finds out that he is actually the senior in high school for whom he had a feelings for.

Centered around different pairings and characters, the story is generally funny and touching. Every character is so energetic that it just increases the hilarity. There are even several points in the show where the cuteness is exaggerated, such as when characters are shown sparkling all over.


1. Junjou Romantica

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 2008 – Jun 2008

Revolving around three different pairings and relationships, the story mainly follows Takahashi Misaki, who wants to enter a famous university despite his bad test results at school. In order to help him study, he lives with Usami Akihiko, a friend of his brother’s and a famous novelist. Usami is actually in love with Misaki's brother, but the relationship between the two of them, as they live together, takes a different direction.

Each of the three stories and pairings is interesting and enjoyable, so there is no reason that you should not watch this show if you haven’t already. Every character is funny as they struggle with their feelings in order to accept them as they are in quite complicated relationships. This show has to be one of the best BL anime that have aired until now so you just have to watch it and discover why!


All the anime listed above are really famous and are certainly among the best Boy's Love anime that exist, even though there are many others worth watching. As there are a lot of different genres, there should be something to watch for everyone, no matter your taste in anime and BL !

So, what do you think about this Top 10 listof recommendations ? If there is any other show you would like to see in it, let us know in a comment !

Nafarik

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Author: Nafarik

I am a French girl of 23 years old. I was 7 years old when I saw my first anime and since then I couldn't stop watching anime. This is also the reason I decided to learn Japanese so I entered the university. Just before graduating, I had an opportunity to do an internship in Japan and I was clearly the otaku type, spending a lot of time and money on my passion for anime. As soon as could, I return Japan and here I am now !

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