Highlights From best bl anime

Looking for some good Boys Love animes? Well, your search ends here. In this post, I’ve compiled a list of the 15 best BL Animes of All-time.

There are dozens of anime genres, some are very popular like ecchi, sports, and mecha and some have less audience but a very dedicated one. Boys Love anime comes in that category. These animes are not for everybody but the quality is top-notch. 

As for me, what I look for in an anime is a good story and I don’t care much about the character’s sexuality. I hope you find some good suggestions from here to watch.

1. Hitorijime My Hero | ひとりじめマイヒーロー

  • Logline: Two students and a maths teacher are linked together with an uncanny love affair. 
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: Drama, School
  • Studio: Encourage Films
Hitorijime My Hero

Honestly, the story here isn’t anything different from the Bl anime cliche. However, Hitorijime My Hero has a “sensual love story” element that makes it hard for me to ignore this. 

It is a perfect anime for the time when you want to watch a light-hearted and healthy relationship between boys. 

Synopsis

The plot puts in center three boys who find themself caught up in a love triangle. 

Masahiro Setagawa sees his maths teacher Kensuke Ooshiba as a hero. Since Masahiro is an absolute loser, Kensuke has come to his rescue numerous times. 

These repeated encounters create a strong urge in Kensuke’s heart to get closer to Masahiro. 

Everything runs well until one day, Masahiro’s childhood friend, Asaya Hasekura, joins the same school. Kensuke is disheartened to learn that Asaya sees Mashiro as more than just a friend. 

2. Dakaichi | 抱かれたい男1位に脅されています。

  • Logline: Two successful actors find themself in a jealous rivalry for fame and publicity.
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Studio: Cloverworks
Dakaretai Otoko 1 i ni Odosarete Imasu

Romance comes in all shapes, forms, and genders. This boy love anime is a perfect example to support this statement. If you have just started exploring gay animes, then this will be the perfect toast of heartwarming romance for you. 

Although the manga is far better than the adaptation, it still makes a good time killer.

Synopsis

Takato Saijou is a prominent face of the drama industry and is the lead role of the most popular TV Drama in the country. He has 20 years of experience and multiple international awards under his belt. 

Takato’s self-esteem is hit by jealousy when he learns that a new debut, Junta Azumaya, is gaining massive popularity among the masses. 

Junta possesses an equivalent personality but is a new face to the audience. Hence he surpasses Takato in no time. 

Out of jealousy, Takato Saijou faces Junta in a drunken state. Junta sees this as an opportunity and records a video of Takato cussing and abusing. Junta blackmails Takato with this video and asks him to sleep with him as extortion. 

3. Kiss him, Not me | 私がモテてどうすんだ

  • Logline: Kae Serinuma is a very big otaku and she is obsessed with BL or Boy’s Love.
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Harem, Comedy, Romance
  • Studios: Brain’s Base
Kiss Him Not Me gay anime

This is an anime made for every fangirl who likes Boys Love anime. It is created with a perspective of a girl who likes BL so much that she is always fantasizing about it. It’s a fun anime that’ll make you laugh and cringe at the same time 

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Synopsis

Kae Serinuma is a High school otaku girl who is obsessed with BL or Boy’s Love. She spends most of her class time shipping male classmates with each other and fantasizing about their relationship. But when 4 boys from her class try to woo her, she finds it bothersome and hopes that they rather spend time falling in love with one another.

4. Gravitation | グラビテーション

  • Logline: A love story between a boy from a music band and a novelist.
  • Year: 2000
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Music
  • Studios: Studio Deen
Gravitation bl anime

Gravitation is the OG anime that brought popularity to the Boys Love genre. It is a simple story but so beautifully presented that is worth appreciating. If you haven’t watched it yet, you must watch it for the culture.

Synopsis 

Shuichi is a part of a music band and he is finding it difficult to write songs. One night while working in a park, Shuichi’s lyrics for a song is read by Eiri Yuki who is a famous novelist. Yuki crushes Shuchi by saying that he has no talent. This sparks the rivalry between the two which leads to changing of hearts later.

5. Love Stage!!

  • Logline: Ryouma Ichijou meets his childhood love in an unexpected state but his feelings remain intact. 
  • Year: 2014
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Studio: J.C. Staff
Love Sage

It breaks my heart to see that most gay anime emphasize much upon the fanservice and forced sex. If you don’t belong to the group that feeds on radical fanservice but rather, look for deep-meaning gay love stories, Love Stage!! is the show for you. It is one of the finest gay romance comedies that came out as an anime. 

Synopsis

Izumi Sena belongs to a prosperous family. His parents and siblings are big names in the Japanese cinema industry. In these situations, everyone expects Izumi to be an actor but he chooses to be a manga artist. 

Ten years after he shot for a magazine, he recalled as the producers wanted original child actors for the new magazine. This situation reunites him with Ryouma Ichijou, who was one of the co-stars in the magazine. Ryoumo is now a popular actor. 

This meeting reignites past feelings between the protagonists. What follows is a series of adventures that tangles them together.  

6. Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi | 世界一初恋 TV

  • Logline: Three interconnected couples from the manga industry are in a race to make their love story.
  • Year: 2011
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Studio: Studio Deen
Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi

As a straight male, I am very selective about the show I decide to watch. Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi came as a suggestion from a friend. Like always, I was skeptical about watching a BL anime. 

Although, it’s always hard to enjoy romance scenes. But due to beautiful storytelling, I kept going, and before I knew I binged both seasons at once. 

Synopsis

It is a story of three male couples struggling to balance love and work life. 

Ritsu Onodera is the main protagonist of the story. He leaves his job at his father’s publishing company and settles for a job as a low-grade manga editor. 

The Editor in chief of the company turns out to be Ritsu’s high school crush, Masamune Takano. Ritshu recalls his heartbroken memories from the past and vows to make Masamune love him back now.

7. Super Lovers | スーパーラヴァーズ

  • Logline: Haru is surprised to find out he has a new brother waiting for him at the airport. 
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Slice of life, Drama
  • Studio: Studio Deen
Super Lovers

There are times when I take 1-2 hours to find a perfect anime to watch. This search often ends when I see a particular anime is receiving positive reviews for its comedy.  

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Super Lover is one such anime that I found during the same process. It is one of the best gay anime that beautifully incorporates comedy into it. If you are like me who loves comical shows, I highly recommend you to watch Super Lovers. 

Synopsis

The plot centers around Haru Kaidou. Haru is deceived by his mother to come to Canada. When he reaches Canada, he is surprised to see his new adopted young brother. Adding to the confusion, his mother asks Haru to look after his young brother. 

At first, Haru hesitant around his antisocial brother Ren but eventually they get together. Haru promises Ren to stay together in japan once he is done with high school. 

Things get upside down when Haru meets an accident and loses his memory. Ren reaches Tokyo only to find that his brother can no more recognize him and have no memories of the summer they spend together. 

8. Junjo Romantica | 純情ロマンチカ

  • Logline: Three interconnected stories of three young male couples.
  • Year: 2008
  • Genre: Romance
  • Studio: Studio Deen
Junjo Romantica

This show was one of the first bl anime I watched(forced to each by my partner). After watching Junjo Romantica, I realized what if the bl theme of this anime is interchanged with a girl-boy romantic story. I am sure doing so will make this show popular among the otakus. That is one sad reality gay anime fandom have to acknowledge. 

Synopsis

Junjo Romantica is another bl anime that revolves around more than one couple. All involve a student and a professor. 

Firstly it highlights the kinky story of Misaki Takashi and his newfound teacher Akihiko Usami who is the author of naughty books. 

Secondly, it shows an egoistic relationship between a professor and a pediatrician that starts with fierce hate but ends with love.

And at last, is the story of a rich Shinobu Takatsuki who is obsessed with his literature professor- You Miyagi.

9. Given | ギヴン

  • Logline: Satou’s desire to become a musician is fueled when he meets Ritsuka.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Music, Drama
  • Studio: Lerche
Given

Next up we have an anime that bought a revolution to the bl genre. People who are into bl must have already watched it. If you still haven’t, I urge you to close this tab and stream this anime somewhere online. Given works on a fairly simple plot yet manages to portray a heartwarming love story. 

Synopsis

Mafuyu Satou is a rookie guitar player. One day while he was dozing off on a staircase, he is scolded by a fellow classmate Ritsuka Uenoyama for recklessly using his guitar. 

Satou is amazed to see Ritsuka’s knowledge of the instrument. He pleads to him to tune his guitar and make him his disciple. Uenoyama doesn’t want his band to waste time on a rookie but after emotional pleads by Satou he finally agrees. 

10. Spiritpact | 灵契

  • Logline: A story of the relationship between an exorcist and his spirit.
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Magic
  • Studios: Haoliners Animation League
Spiripact male couple

Spiritpact is a BL anime based on Chinese Manga. It is a story of a master and servant doing challenging stuff together and along the way, they do some intimate stuff to get more strength. The anime is good and entertaining, so you can watch it if you find the premise to your taste.

Synopsis

You Keika dies of an accident and becomes a spirit. He is confronted by Tanmoku Ki, a high-ranking exorcist who offers You to form a pact with him. You agree and from then on, the two face countless challenges in the spiritual world.

11. The Betrayal Knows My Name | 裏切りは僕の名前を知っている

  • Logline:
  • Year: 2010    
  • Genre: Music, Drama
  • Studio: Lerche
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The Betrayal Knows My Name

Quite late on this list, I have an impressive title, “The Betrayal Knows My Name. To all the fangirls out there, I haven’t forgotten about your preference. This anime is a perfect choice if you are a fetish for seeing hot anime boys making love on screen. It a plain story of two males find themselves in a sensual relationship of lovemaking. 

Synopsis

Yuki Sakurai grew up with a strange ability. He can experience a person’s painful memories just by getting in physical touch. However, Yuki isn’t very proud of his abilities and rather considers it as a curse. 

He suffers an existential crisis and has given up on all hopes to survive. Until one day, when he was rescued by a beautiful man named Luka Crosszeria. 

12. No.6 | ナンバー・シックス

  • Logline: A riveting adventure story of two young boys.
  • Year: 2011
  • Genre:  Action, Sci-Fi, Mystery
  • Studios: Bones
No. 6 cover image

Unlike most BL animes on this list where one guy aggressively pursues the other and practically harasses him, No.6 is a sweet story of a growing relationship between two boys. Even if you remove the main relationship, the story is so good that you’ll enjoy watching it.

Synopsis

Shion and his family were stripped from their elite status because Shion helped a boy named Nezumi who was a fugitive. When fate brings them together years later, they both team up to embark on an adventure.

13. Gakuen Heaven | 学園ヘヴン

  • Logline: Life of Itou Keita in a prestigious academy.
  • Year: 2006
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Harem
  • Studios: Tokyo Kids
Gakuen Heaven gay kiss

There’s nothing really special about this Boy’s Love anime aside from the fact that it tries to present a story that would be consistent and okay to watch. All in all, it is an anime that you can watch if you have too much free time left.

Synopsis

Itou Keita is an ordinary boy who is allowed to be a part of an elite institution called Bell Liberty Academy. Surrounded by handsome boys who are very talented, Itou is confused as to why he is invited to join this academy. In seah of answers, he makes some good relationships with boys around him and he is also very fascinated by a guy called Kazuki Endou.

14. Antique Bakery | 西洋骨董洋菓子店 ~アンティーク~

  • Logline: A story of two guys, one is straight and the other is gay.
  • Year: 2008
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Studios: Nippon Animation, SynergySP, Shirogumi
Antique Bakery main characters

 If you are looking for a Boys Love anime that keeps it casual and does not force it too much to the audience then Antique Bakery might suit you well. It is a unique story with an element of comedy that makes this anime a good one-time watch.

Synopsis

Ono confessed to Tachibana when in high school but got rejected. 14 years later, Ono is a successful chef and a gay playboy. But this time too Tachibana seems to not fall for Ono’s charms.

15. Gakuen Handsome | 学園ハンサム

  • Logline: School adventures of Yoshiki Mada.
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Comedy, Parody
  • Studios: Team YokkyuFuman
Gakuen Handsome cover img

Gakuen Handsome is the kind of anime that either you love or hate, there is no in-between. This anime does not take itself seriously and that’s the beauty of it. The animation is bad, the story is bad, characters are bad too. It is so bad that it is actually good, you’ll probably have to watch it to find it out.

Synopsis

Yoshiki Mada joins an all-boys high school and there he encounters many guys who are handsome but also very nonsensical and into Boys love. On top of that, Yoshiki’s sister Yuu seems to take pleasure in teasing her big brother about them.