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Best Boy Love & Yaoi Manga That Need Anime

The BL genre has always been a pretty popular genre among manga readers & has become popular in anime. Thanks to the success of shows like Given, Yuri on Ice, No. 6, & Sasaki & Miyano, it’s become a pretty mainstream genre to watch. More BL manga are slowly getting anime adaptations, but there’s a large pool of them that don’t (at least not yet).


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These BL mangas might not be the most dramatic or over-the-top out there, but they have very good stories & great characters. Watching their friendship turn into a relationship or just working on their relationships, these BL manga deserve an anime adaptation to show viewers their stories.

Update on November 19, 2022, by Sarah Prado: The BL genre is slowly becoming more & more mainstream in the anime world. Just as it’s becoming popular in anime, it’s also becoming more popular in the manga world. Some past yaoi manga have problematic tropes, but more modern works are slowly moving away from them & giving better LGBTQ+ representations. They’re not perfect, but these manga are some of the best because of how they tackle some real-life issues for queer couples. It would be great to see these Incredible stories & characters Advance to life with anime adaptations & fans can only hope their favorite works will get them.

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15/15 Escape Journey

A manga about two young men who went out during high school & had a rather ugly breakup that reconnects in college. Naoto Hisami is ready to have fun as a freshman in college & Start a new chapter in his life. Unfortunately for him, he runs into his ex from high school, Taichi Hase, on his first day. The two of them were together for a while during their high school years, but had a rather ugly breakup. They try to keep their relationship to just being friends, but the feelings of love are still there. Now they must Inquire themselves if they want to try being together again, or just be friends.

Taichi & Naoto’s relationship does have some ups & downs, but readers do see how far they’ve Advance since their high school days. Aside from being a couple, they also discuss things about their relationship & issues about it. Problems like how marriage isn’t legal for them, coming out to their families, & other societal issues are talked about & shown in the manga. It’s not just about the relationship & fluff, but this BL manga tackles real-life issues that would be great to see in an anime adaptation.

14/15 Only The Flower Knows

Boys Love BL Yaoi manga Only The Flower Knows

A sweet manga that’ll leave readers with all kinds of feelings. University students Youichi Arikawa & Shouta Misaki meet each other on campus then at a train station. Arikawa doesn’t know what Misaki looks like since he wasn’t wearing proper lenses to help his eyesight, but knows that he feels strongly for him. All he has besides a fuzzy image is a glass flower pendant that Misaki dropped. The two eventually meet again for a third time & Arikawa boldly declares his love, starting the beginning of a sweet relationship.

For anyone wanting to read a sweet, wholesome manga, this one is a very good one & worth it. The romance between Arikawa & Misaki develops slowly that might make some readers question if it’s really a BL, but it’s at a good pace. Seeing a relationship develop at a slower pace would be great to see since most BL relationships move pretty fast.

13/15 Kazoku ni Narou yo, AKA Let’s Be A Family!!

BL boys love yaoi manga Kazoku ni Narou yo, AKA Let's Be A Family!!

A manga that explores the struggles of parenthood. Chiaki & Kazuma have been a couple for almost a decade. Their free-spirited friend Tomoe shows up one day & reveals she’s pregnant. The two of them help her out in her pregnancy & all seems well after she gives birth to her daughter, Ayumi. However, this is short-lived & Tomoe more or less ab&ons Ayumi, leaving her in their care. Now, Chiaki & Kazuma must navigate the new & unexpected roads of parenthood that test their relationship in a way they never thought about.

It’s not everyday that a manga starts off with a couple already together, let alone having been in a long-term relationship & now raising a child. Though they didn’t expect this at all, Chiaki & Kazuma adjust to having a daughter & do a pretty good job raising Ayumi. Even though it’s only volume, this bl manga has everything it needs that could make it a great anime show or movie.

12/15 Hello, Green Days

BL boys love yaoi manga Hello, Green Days

A manga that manages to have a compelling & sweet story. Tomo Mikage is a graduate student that meets junior Youji Nanajoshi at a seminar they study at. Though intimidated by Nanahoshi’s large size, Mikage gets to know him & finds out that he’s a very nice & sweet man. Nanahoshi notices Mikage’s well-being not looking good, so he invites him to live with him. What starts off as a roommate relationship slowly blossoms into more.

With just one volume, readers get everything they want in a BL manga. From a relationship starting off great to the characters becoming a couple, this manga is a great read. It would be great to have an anime adaptation just to see a sweet romance Advance to life.

11/15 Unmei no Hito to Deaeru Koisuru Appli

BL boys love yaoi manga Unmei no Hito to Deaeru Koisuru Appli

A manga that has technology Advance into play when finding a soulmate. Hiroto Kyouno is a popular student that has received plenty of love confessions from females, but isn’t interested in them or pursuing a relationship. His friends make him download Meet Your Soulmate, a fortune-telling app that tells one’s future companion, & he finds someone that matches the description, Horikita Kazusa.

Not many love stories in anime or yaoi manga Start with an app or have modern technology playing a Huge part. But this doesn’t have a typical start with most online relationships & it would be fun to see this play out in an anime.

BL boys love yaoi manga Tonari no Metaller-san

Sometimes a series of unfortunate events have to happen for love to blossom. Graduate student Kentou Sasaki moves into an apartment after the dorm fees increase, but unfortunately the stove or bath don’t work. After a horrible snowstorm, Kentou nearly freezes to death but is saved by his neighbor, Soushi Ikematsu. Though he looks scary & is aloof, Soushi gives him a warm meal & the two Start sharing meals together. Kentou does fall in love with him as time goes, but keeps his feelings to himself since he doesn’t know if Soushi is gay or not.

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It’s a classic love story between a tall, scary-looking man who’s actually shy & nice, & a friendly extrovert who helps them open up. This is just a warm, slice-of-life BL that’s a good read & would be nice to see have an anime adaptation.

9/15 Change World

Change World manga

This manga shows a couple going through life changes that could threaten their relationship. Yosuke Ito & Ikuo Arimura have known each since high school but have only been dating for a year. Their relationship is going well, but they do have some trouble expressing their real feelings. Then there’s Masato Hozumi, a former classmate of Arimura & a man who’s still in the closet, putting doubts about their relationship in Yosuke’s mind. It also doesn’t help that Yosuke has an opportunity in his company, but it requires him to work overseas.

For only being two volumes, the story & characters do have some pretty good development. While there are some dramatic moments, it’s not really over-the-top, & Yosuke & Arimura h&le their problems like mature adults. This could be a short series since Sayonara Game is a prequel to Change World that shows how the couple got together. Plus, it even has a sequel series, Love Nest, that follows Hozumi & his life.

Links manga

A manga that follows four different couples & their stories. Akiha & Yahiko are in a friends-with-benefits type of relationship, but the former doesn’t know what to truly think of their relationship. Sado & Nakajo are always arguing with one another that some might think they’re already a couple, but they’re not. Nakajo doesn’t think they could ever be together but still remains close to Sado. Sekiya is a socially awkward man who finds himself at the center of attention of Shibata, a man who hits on him every chance he gets. Then there’s Kameda & Ogikawa, who bond over a stray cat that Ogikawa found in the streets.

The manga is only one volume, & it does get a little confusing to keep up with all four couples, but it is a good read. An anime adaptation would be nice to watch since it’s four very different couples with very different stories. Plus, the anime could make the story flow a little better & make it easier to keep up with the story.

7/15 Glass Syndrome

Glass Syndrome manga

A manga that is a little more on the dramatic side. Glass Syndrome is about high schooler Nijou, who is seemingly perfect at everything he does. He’s the class president, Incredible at sports, & very popular in school. His teacher asks him to check on fellow student Toomi, a student who’s been absent a lot recently. It turns out Toomi has a secret that explains why he’s been absent, but this secret could very well destroy his life if it gets out. Nijou finds out his secret & must decide if he should confront Toomi about it or not.

This manga does have a lot of emotional baggage between Nijou & Toomi, but for very different reasons. Toomi is extremely insecure & fears others rejecting him if he’s not perfect, so he’s constantly making sure to keep his facade up. Toomi, on the other h&, is emotionally drained from dealing with his family’s financial circumstances. The only time the two of them can be themselves is around each other.

6/15 Our Dining Table

Our Dining Table manga

A manga that is good for anyone wanting to read a good slice-of-life story. Yutaka is a salaryman who has a talent for cooking, but he struggles to eat around people at a dining table because of past trauma. One day, he meets two brothers, Minoru & Tane, after Tane eats one of his homemade rice balls. They Inquire Yutaka if he can help them make meals, & he agrees, finding himself sharing meals with them.

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The romance between Yutaka & Minoru is a slow burn, but it’s not painful or boring to watch happen. Both men have had different lives & are dealing with their own problems, but watching them work through them & realize their feelings for one another makes this story great. This would make a great anime & let viewers have something just sweet & wholesome to watch. Also, Tane is just so cute & adorable; it’d be a crime not to see his antics animated.

5/15 I Cannot Reach You

I Cannot Reach You manga

A sweet manga with a slow-burn romance. Kakeru & Yamato have been best friends for a long time, but most of their peers don’t underst& why. The two of them are complete opposites. Kakeru is more friendly & outgoing, whereas Yamato is quiet & almost expressionless when talking to others. When Kakeru sees a girl talking to Yamato, he thinks his best friend is going to get a girlfriend. However, Kakeru realizes that the idea kind of bothers him & tries to figure out why it does.

The story kind of follows the typical best friends-to-lovers trope, but it takes its time building up. Yamato already knows he likes Kakeru & admits it when asked who he has a crush on. Meanwhile, Kakeru grapples with his feelings & concerns, asking himself if entering a romantic relationship is worth risking their lifelong friendship. Seeing this become an anime would be an entertaining watch & give viewers another sweet romance.

4/15 Toritan: Birds Of A Feather

Toritan Birds Of A Feather manga

A manga that has some hilarious moments revolving around birds. Inusaki is a detective, along with being known as a h&yman & doing a lot of odd jobs for his neighborhood. But there is one thing that haunts Inusaki: he can underst& & talk to birds. However, there is one bird, whom he calls Kuro, that reminds him of his l&lord’s son, Mitsuru. It seems like Mitsuru has a secret of his own, but not what Inusaki thinks.

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The story is full of hilarious interactions between Inusaki & r&om birds, along with quiet & sweet moments between him & Mitsuki. Their relationship doesn’t move too fast or too slow, but it still has a pretty good development that would be great to see on-screen.

3/15 My Love Mix-Up

My Love Mix-Up manga

A manga with a pretty funny love triangle. Aoki is a male student that has a crush on female student Hashimoto. When he borrows her eraser, he is heartbroken to see classmate Ida’s (a male student) on it. Ida just happens to see the eraser on Aoki’s desk & assumes Aoki has feelings for him. From there, a series of hilarious miscommunications happen while feelings between Aoki & Ida blossom.

Love triangles are common, but a few are as funny as this one. The love triangle between the three students is resolved pretty quickly instead of frustratingly carrying on for a long time. Having a story that took a different route with the love triangle tropes would be a refreshing sight to watch. It’s a romance story with slice-of-life elements & comedy moments that is sure to keep viewers watching.

2/15 The Two Lions

The Two Lions manga

A manga where old classmates discover each other. Junpei Shishido is a first-year college student that is friendly & warm to anyone he meets. One day, he runs into Leo Onizuka, a loner who keeps to himself & feels like he’s familiar. After Leo brushes him off, Junpei discovers that he & Leo went to the same high school, & Leo was rumored to be a gang leader. Junpei sets out to be his friend despite these rumors, & Leo begins to slowly open up to him.

It’s a classic opposites attract story, but it’s really good to read. Leo is more than just a grumpy-faced guy, & he genuinely wants to make friends, but so many people fear him. Junpei is more than happy to befriend him & realizes that his feelings are becoming something more than friendship.

1/15 I Hear The Sunspot

I Hear The Sunspot manga

A manga with a relationship so sweet, it deserves to be animated. Kouhei has a pretty difficult life because of his hearing disability, so he tends to avoid people. Then comes Taichi, a loud & boisterous man who is very friendly to everyone but is misunderstood because of his loudness. The two of them meet & start a friendship that slowly becomes more as Kouhei learns to open up to someone who doesn’t mind his disability while Taichi helps him & pushes him to have more happiness in his life.

Both characters have plenty of layers to them, & fans can easily relate to something in their personalities & hobbies. The story is solid, & the romance is so slowly built that it might Advance off more as a bromance, but it’s still great to see develop. It’s also pretty rare to have a character with a disability & even rarer to see one in a BL manga. Making this manga into an anime would add to the very small pool of shows that do have disabilities & be a nice progressive step in the anime world.

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