What BL really is?
Bl, also known as Shounen Ai or Yaoi is being very loved genre among the girls. It is a genre that depicts the homosexual relationship between men, written by women, for a woman. The Boys Love genre explores cases such as a straight boy falling in love with someone of same-sex, exploring their own sexuality and accepting it, boys struggling to come out of the closet and being accepted and in the midst of abyss experiencing sweet blooming romance. Bl anime is a niche that is filled with lots of imperfection yet so endearing.
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Best 10 BL Anime of all the Time
1. Banana Fish
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Shoujo
Banana Fish is anime filled with lots of action, adventure, drama, and a beautiful bond between our main characters Ash and Eiji. It is a wholesome anime that keeps us entertained through the end and surely also makes our heartbreak.
Ash Lynx in his seventeen, is a leader of his own gang. He is fierce, ruthless and a badass who is like a machine gun killing whoever stands in his way. He was the adopted heir and sex toy of “Papa” Dino Golzine. On the other hand, deuteragonist Eiji is a soft-hearted Japanese photographer who is in a job to report on American street gangs. Their first encounter was very action-filled, dramatic, and for sure interesting.
The two words ‘Banana Fish’ are a complete mystery for Ash whose brother happened to whisper after he return from the Iraq war in a paralyzed state. Ash is investigating on his own about the mystery hidden in the word ‘Banana Fish’. You should check out what actually is ‘Banana Fish’. I personally loved this anime very much. The character development of anime is very beautiful especially of our little Eiji.
IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
Genre: Music, Drama, Romance, Shounen Ai, Slice of Life
One who has lost his beloved one and the other who has lost his interest in the instrument he was fond of, when both of them start being in one another’s company, a heartwarming story is formed that is Given.
Highschooler Mafuyu Sato carries a broken guitar with him all the time despite not knowing how to play. Ritsuka Uenoyama, who is a guitarist randomly met Mafuyu Sato one day. Mafuyu request Uenoyama to teach him to play guitar and he accepts his request unwillingly. One day when Uenoyama hears Mafuyu sing is when the string of his heart is pulled by the melody sang by Mafuyu.
3. Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation
IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Historical, Supernatural
Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi also known as The founder of Diabolism is taken from the novel of the same name i.e Mo Dao Zu Shi having 3 seasons and is a completed anime. Xian: the state of immortality is what every cultivator in the cultivation world dream to achieve of. However, there is dark resentment energy that lies underneath-called demonic path. After losing the golden core, Wei Wuxian chooses to cultivate through the demonic path. Hence, he becomes a major threat to humanity and is killed by his most trusted ally.
After 13 years, he is reincarnated in the body of a lunatic and is reunited with Lan Wangji, a former classmate of his. This marks the beginning of the supernatural mystery, unfolds the truth from the past and the feelings Lan Wangji had for Wei Wuxian.
4. Heaven official blessing
IMDb Rating: 8.4
Genre: Action, Adventure, Historical, Supernatural, Drama
Heaven’s official blessing is made from the novel of the same name Heaven official blessing written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu. It portrays the longing of the ghost king for the beautiful God, whom the world has forgotten.
Eight hundred years ago, Xie Lian was the crown prince of the kingdom Xian Le. He was loved by his citizens and was considered the darling of the world. Due to his alluring appearance and great martial art, he was able to ascend to heaven at a very young age. But due to unfortunate circumstances, he was descended to the mortal realm. And after a year, he ascends to heaven only to befall into the mortal realm once again. Now for the third time, Xie Lian ascends to heaven: who now has become the laughing stock among the three realms.
On his first day of the task as a God as thrice ascended, he meets a mysterious red attire wearing man who helps him to find his way through the forest. Later, when heaven knows the identity of a man who Xie Lian encounters, everyone gets terrified. A man who helped Xie Lian is the ghost king, all the realms fears. And furthermore, Crimson Red Snought flower Hua Cheng has been paying close attention to Xie Lian.
IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
Genre: Romance, Shounen Ai, Slice of Life, School
The storyline of classmates is very simple. A reserved, introverted honor student Rihito Sahou who is very good at studying but lacks in music meets Hikaru Kusakabe, an outgoing student who struggles with his grade but is a guitarist and performs at live events along with his bandmate. These boys’ paths would have never crossed. But one day Hikaru offers to help Rihito prepare for their upcoming chorus festival and two begin to talk. Their bond gets stronger and they explore their feeling for each other.
So begins an extremely endearing and pure tale of first love between two young boys. The movie is a thoughtful, subtle thing, and the art is beautiful in its simplicity. On the whole, Classmates is a charming, affecting story.
6. Umibe No Etranger/ The Stranger by the Beach
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10
Genre: Romance, Shounen Ai, Slice of Life
“There is nothing wrong with liking another man.” Two strangers meet on a beach in Okinawa and are romantically attracted to each other. Shun Hashimoto is gay and aspires to be a novelist. . Mio Chibana is a reserved, orphaned high school student, often found spending his time by the sea. When both of them meet, they start to befriend and grow closer than they expected until Mio suddenly announces that he has to leave for the mainland.
Three years later, Mio returns and approaches Shun with the words, “I’ve thought about it for the past three years. I like you, Shun, even if you’re a guy.” However, when hearing his confession and thinking to be a lover with his friend, Shun is afraid to take his first step towards commitment. An anime filled with simple, sweet stories along with a little gay scene.
7. Yuri on the Ice
IMDb Rating: 7.9/10
Genre: Comedy, Sports
Yuri Katsuki is the protagonist of the anime Yuri on the ice. The story revolves around Yuri, who carries Japan’s hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He then returns to his home in Kyushu and loses half of his hope in his dream of winning the Grand Prix Finale. He turns himself into a couch potato confining himself in his room.
When the five-time consecutive world championship ice skater Viktor Nikiforov appears before him and expresses his will to want to be his coach is when the great turn takes over Yuri’s life. The ambiguous relationship between Victor and Yuri is what makes anime interesting. Give it a watch, you will enjoy it a lot.
8. Hitorijime My Hero
IMDb Rating: 7.4/10
Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Shounen Ai, Slice of Life
This anime is aired in 2017 and has been popular among BL fans within a short period of time. If you are into teacher-student romance then this anime is for you. High schooler Masahiro Setagawa is a helpless delinquent whom the other neighbors delinquent bullies and use him as their errand boy.
Kosuke, Bear Killer shows up in his life as the ray of hope whom Setagawa considers his Hero. The “Bear Killer” soon eradicates all the gangs in Masahiro’s neighborhood. Later on, Setagawa and his close friend Kensuke, find out Kosuke is their Math teacher.
The story gets even more interesting when a pretty-looking character is introduced as Kensuke’s childhood friend, Asaya.
9. No. 6
IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Drama, Mystery
The plot of the anime is set in a dystopian future where humankind has taken residence in six city-states that were not affected by the world war that destroyed the rest of the world.
Many believed that the lives they lived inside these walls were all that Earth had to offer but they were wrong. Shion, who is the main character found out about the people who lived in the wastelands when he encountered a boy named Nezumi.
The anime later progresses into Shion and Nezumi getting closer together as they find out about the secrets of No. 6, the sixth city in the world.
Even if you are not a fan of Shounen Ai, you should watch for its story content. It has a lot to offer for its viewer.
IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
Genre: Action, Comedy, Magic, Shounen Ai, Supernatural
Keika You is an heir of an old famous exorcist family who endured the life of poverty due to the sudden demise of his parents. He tries his luck on everything to make money but failed. One night in a junkyard, he meets the mysterious yet charismatic exorcist, Ki Tanmoku, fighting an evil spirit. This encounter is the beginning of a fated story for Keika You. Unfortunately for him, he got hit by a truck and dies.
Ki Tanmoku proposes a contract to him to be his spirit pact. By doing so he can still have contact with the human world in his spirit form and Keiko accepts his contract to be Tanmoku spirit pact. Their adventure begins from then so their overwhelming feelings for one another.
If you are a fan of BL, then these anime should be on your watch list. Trust me guys, these all listed above anime are mindblowing. They are very enjoyable and make you want to watch more anime of such genre. I hope this article has been helpful for you to choose which anime to watch on your vacation or free time. Thank You!! for your love and support everyone. Have a wonderful day.