For a long time, anime has included themes of homosexuality. Most shows have at least one or two homosexual characters. When depicted realistically or interestingly, they are often used for humorous purposes. After compiling a list of lesbian-themed anime, it’s time to do the same for gay-themed anime, too. Listed here are the best anime with homosexual characters. Crunchyroll, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are all good places to find some of the best gay anime.
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22. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi (2011)
As of 2006, the book that inspired the film “Sekaiichi Hatsuko” was out in print. The manga has been adapted into four anime series. An Original Video Animation (OVA) is one of the three anime series. Ritsu Onodera and Masamune Takano are the show’s central characters. His father’s publishing company employs Ritsu as an editor. People still assume he has the job because his father is the owner despite the fact that he is very good at what he does at work. When he can no longer endure the coworkers’ jealousy, he chooses to leave his job and join a new publishing business to prove his worth.
Interested in working in the literary department, he submits an application to the Marukawa publishing company. A job at the literary area is granted, but he is instead assigned to work in the shoujo manga section. In order to preserve his dignity after being called “useless” by his employer, Ritsu decides to continue on in the company of Masamune Takano. Masamune later discovers that Ritsu is a former classmate who had admitted to him. Reunited, Masamune pledges to make Ritsu fall in love with him again, as the latter had become hesitant about love after the heartbreak of his high school days. Funimation is where you can watch the series.
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21. Kono Danshi, Mahou ga Oshigoto Desu (2016)
Because ‘Kono Danshi, Mahou ga Oshigoto Desu.’ has a lot of potential, it’s on this list. Shounen-ai fans value the characters highly, even more so than the story itself. Because of the plot and the characters, the manga version has a devoted following; yet, the anime version could have done far better. It’s difficult to get to know the characters because each episode is so short and there are only four episodes. But if you’re just looking for a quick dose of shounen-ai, this is a good option. In the novel ‘Kono Danshi, Mahou ga Oshigoto Desu.’ there is a fantastical theme.
Hero Chiharu Kashima is a magician. He’s a pretty good magician. Chiharu is a regular at a pub that he enjoys. Toyohi Utsumi, a man with a passion for magic, approached him one day and told him about it. To Chiharu later, he tells her that he is in love with her. They become closer and spend more time together as time goes on. Chiharu, on the other hand, is terrified that Toyohi is only attracted to him because of his magical abilities. Crunchyroll has the anime episode up and running.
20. Ling Qi (2016 – 2018)
Because ‘Kono Danshi, Mahou ga Oshigoto Desu.’ has a lot of potential, it’s on this list. Shounen-ai fans value the characters highly, even more so than the story itself. Because of the plot and the characters, the manga version has a devoted following; yet, the anime version could have done far better. It’s difficult to get to know the characters because each episode is so brief and there are only four episodes. But if you’re just looking for a quick dose of shounen-ai, this is a good option. In the novel ‘Kono Danshi, Mahou ga Oshigoto Desu.’ there is a fantastical theme.
Hero Chiharu Kashima is a magician. He’s a pretty good magician. Chiharu is a regular at a pub that he enjoys. Toyohi Utsumi, a man with a passion for magic, approached him one day and told him about it. To Chiharu later, he tells her that he is in love with her. They become closer and spend more time together as time goes on. Chiharu, on the other hand, is terrified that Toyohi is only attracted to him because of his magical abilities. Crunchyroll is where you can see the show.
19. Hybrid Child (2014 – 2015)
Based on the manga series of the same name, ‘Hybrid Child’ is an OVA. It’s a good introduction to the shounen-ai genre in a small package. Each episode of the OVA clocks in at roughly 25 minutes in duration. Having a solid premise and well-developed characters is the best part of this series. If you’re new to anime of this type, you might be tempted to watch a lot of shows that use cheap tricks to pique your interest, like making the content visually vulgar or inserting cheap jokes.
Artificial beings and their creators are the focus of three romantic stories that appear in the anime. Kuroda is an accomplished artist. He created a series of dolls called Hybrid Childs, which are neither machines nor humans. These dolls are not only able to perceive human emotions but also need them to grow. One story centres around Kotarou Izumi, an aristocrat who brings home an abandoned Hybrid Child home. None of his family members backed him in his decision and attempted every conceivable means to get rid of the fake person. Human-doll love prevails as Kotarou makes every effort to overcome the challenges he faces. However, the realization that hybrid dolls have a finite lifespan changes everything.
18. Patalliro! (1982 – 1983)
For those looking for a zany and unusual comedy-filled anime, Patalliro! is a wonderful pick. The love for shounen-ai anime adds to the total entertainment value. Mineo Maya is the author and illustrator of the manga that inspired ‘Patalliro!’ ‘Patalliro!’ includes 49 episodes, with each episode clocking in at 24 minutes, which may seem excessive for a shounen-ai.
Patalliro du Malyner VIII, a ten-year-old monarch of Malyner, a country famous for its diamond mines, is the protagonist of the anime. Children with diabetes are Patalliro’s primary concern. Maraich Juschenfe, a former assassin, is one of the more unusual characters. When he was 18, his ex-lover urged him to kill MI6 agent Jack Barbarosa Bancoran, who was working undercover for the agency. Then Jack comes along and woos him with his passion for attractive men and his knowledge of the art of seduction. The kingdom of Malynera and the titular protagonist’s amusing mishaps are the primary emphasis of the series.
17. Xiao Lu He Xiao Lan (2018 – 2019)
‘Xiao Lu He Xiao Lan,’ like most Chinese anime, is an Original Net Animation, which means it’s available to watch online via a ‘direct to stream’ model. Many shounen-ai fans may be scared off by the fact that this series spans over 70 episodes, even though the plot and characters are decent enough to watch. The brief episodes of ‘Xiao Lu He Xiao Lan’, like other Chinese anime, only last 8 minutes. There are many different subjects that the anime series touches on, including computer games, science fiction, drama and magic..
I’m not a huge fan of Chinese anime, but the premise of this show piqued my curiosity. Every episode takes place in a distinct location, making it a unique type of animation. Sometimes the episode is a serious one, while at other times, it is infused with a mystical element. Sapphire and Beryl keep running into each other all the time, but that’s about the only thing that’s constant. They can be pals one moment and sworn foes the next. The slice-of-life anime has a slew of amusing stories, but the way the story closes elevates it to a new level.
16. Super Lovers (2016 – 2017)
By Studio Deen, the film “Super Lovers” tells the story of two brothers who had an incestuous relationship. Haru Kaidou is the oldest son in his family and resides in Japan. In the wake of the news that his mother is nearing death, he flees to Canada, where she is currently living. As it turns out, his mother lied to him about her condition in order to smuggle him across the border into Canada. It’s her desire that Haru meet his adopted brother, a socially awkward teen named Ren. Mother Haru wants Haru to look after Ren and make him more social, and she wants him to do it. Haru finds it difficult to get to know Ren because of Ren’s tendency to withdraw from social situations. However, time heals all wounds, and their connection grows stronger. Finally, Haru agrees to stay in Japan after high school graduation with Ren. Haru, on the other hand, is engaged in an accident and has no recollection of his past. When Ren returns to Japan years later to fulfill Haru’s pledge, he is completely unknown to the Japanese. A taboo bond develops between the two characters as the story goes on. VRV offers free access to all of the shows.
15. Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru (2010)
‘Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru’ is a shounen-ai anime that tells a heartwarming story of betrayal and friendship. Touching someone brings back the worst memories of that person’s life for Yuki Sakurai, the heroine of the story. He’s bewildered and perplexed as to how he came to possess this power. Because of his skills and charisma, he is a target for both admirers and detractors. One day he is saved by a handsome black-haired man named Luka. However, even though it is their first encounter, Yuki feels a stronger connection with the man, which helps him discover the true meaning of his life. Funimation is a good place to view the anime.
14. Love Stage!! (2014)
‘Love stage!!’ is an anime rom-com based on the same-titled shounen-ai manga. There are ten episodes in total, each clocking in at roughly 23 minutes. The entire Sena clan is involved in the entertainment industry. There is a rock star in the family, as well as an actress, a producer, and a producer. When he was a kid, Izumi had a brief moment in the limelight when he appeared in an ad for a wedding magazine. Everyone expects Izumi to follow in his family’s footsteps and go into the entertainment industry, but that’s not his plan. Instead, he aspires to be a manga illustrator.
Due to the magazine’s requirement that the original child actors be present, Izumi is forced to leave. Ryouma Ichijou, who appeared in the ad with Izumi, greets him there. Even though Ryouma is now a well-known actor, he admits to Izumi that he has had feelings for her since they first met. Aside from Izumi’s gender-neutral name and feminine appearance, this is because Ryouma believes Izumi is a girl. Even after learning the truth, Ryouma still has trouble letting go of his feelings for Izumi. Here, you can watch “Love Stage!!.”
13. Junjou Romantica (2008 – 2015)
In ‘Junjou Romantica,’ three couples’ stories are intertwined. Misaki Takahashi, the main character, is a typical high school student. He’s putting in a lot of effort to prepare for the next university admission examinations. Misaki’s brother’s best friend is Akihiko Usami, a well-known author. This leads Misaki to believe that she can take a break from studying when he asks her for help. However, things turn out differently. Misaki finds Akihiko’s stories dirty at first, but he soon discovers his naughty side.
Professor Hiroki Kamijou and pediatrician Nowaki Kusama, as well as professor You Miyagi and Shinobu Takatsuki, are the other two couples. Professor Hiroki has captured Nowaki’s heart, and she is determined to do everything it takes to keep him happy. Shinobu’s relationship with You Miyagi is a little on the obsessive side since he falls for him, but he knows he can’t have him. The show is available on Crunchyroll.
12. No. 6 (2011)
It was a long time ago when I saw No. 6. It’s a solid story, although it could have been better at moments. The plot takes place after a war. The peaceful six city-states, which on the surface appear to be a utopia, have now become home to humans. One of No. 6’s most privileged residents is Shion. A youngster named Nezumi from the wastelands outside the city enters his life, and everything changes. He resolves to defend him even after learning that the youngster is on the run. Shion and his mother are exiled after their secret is revealed. In the wake of their long separation, Shion and Nezumi are reunited and set out on a quest to learn all there is to know about Number 6. Here’s where you can catch the show.
11. Cardcaptor Sakura (1998 – 2000)
As a fantasy/magic show, this anime is classified as such. Sakura, a little child, is the focus of the story. Suddenly, she finds a book filled with cards that are mistakenly blown away and spread all over the world before she can comprehend anything. Soon after that she learns from an unnamed creature from her books about how dangerous the cards can be to the world. It’s time for her to reclaim them and put them in the book. Toya, Sakura’s older brother, and Yukito, Sakura’s best friend, are two of the series’ many gay characters. VRV can be used to watch all of the episodes.
10. Hetalia Axis Powers (2010)
You won’t find anything like this on the market. It’s almost like the entire globe is being mocked. The story takes place during the First and Second World Wars. It is as though the countries have taken on personalities of their own and are endowed with unique characteristics. As an illustration, Italy enjoys eating pasta, whereas Germany has a short fuse, etc. In order to make light of numerous political and historical events, the series was created. The series briefly explores France’s flirty nature and reveals him to be queer. All the episodes are available for viewing here.
9. Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure (2012-)
In 1868, Dario Brando saves an English aristocrat named Geroge Joestar. After Dario’s father dies, George chooses to house Dario’s son Dio as a means of repaying Dario for his kindness. Dio, fed up with his current situation, decides to demolish the Joestar house and take all of its contents as his own. A formidable stone mask is also at his disposal. Those events sparked a rivalry that has lasted for more than a century. With George’s great-grandson at the center of the action, the drama continues nearly five decades later. In general, the series has a homoerotic tone, and Dio is bisexual. Netflix has the show available for streaming.
8. Hitorijime My Hero (2017)
Masahiro Setagawa’s life takes an unexpected turn when he enrolls at his high school and begins taking classes. While there, he discovers that his friend Kousuke Ooshiba will be serving as his Maths professor. Intriguingly, he’ll be attending the same school as his old pal Kensuke Ooshiba. The protagonist regards his maths instructor as a hero, while Kousuke feels compelled to defend him. When Kensuke’s childhood friend Asaya Hasekura begins to exhibit romantic interest in him, the dynamics of this trio are thrown into a loop. The drama that unfolds as these high school students strive to cope to unexpected events in their lives is the focus of ‘Hitorijime My Hero.’ On Amazon Prime, you may watch the series.
7. Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom (1996)
Track and field athlete Mizuki hails from Japan. She enrolls in the high school where her idol, the accomplished jumper Izumi, is also a student in order to develop herself as an athlete. Mizuki disguises herself as a male student at the all-boys school since she doesn’t want anyone to know her actual identity. When she causes kids at her new school to question their sexual orientation, her troubles spiral out of control. Many of the show’s protagonists, including Hokuto Umeda and Akiha Hara, are in relationships with one another that could be described as homosexual.
6. Steins; Gate (2011)
‘Steins; Gate’ enthusiasts will understand why this sci-fi classic is on this list. It was Ruka Urushibar, the slim and slender-looking lad, who tricked the entire anime fans for a few episodes due of his appearance. Ruka, although being biologically male, enjoys dressing up as a lady and displaying feminine traits. With his persistent questioning about whether Okabe has feelings for him too, he demonstrates an interest in Okabe. The show is available on Crunchyroll.
5. Devilman: Crybaby (2018)
A human host is required for demons to take form, although a human with a strong enough will can exert control over them using supernatural means. When his friend begs Akira Fudou to accompany him on a Sabbath, the timid young man agrees, even though he’s afraid of devils. As the devils begin to wreak havoc, the celebration becomes increasingly tense. When Akira needs to save his friend, he combines with the devil Amon and defeats everyone. Akira and Ryou Asuka fall in love, despite the fact that the main focus of “Devilman: Crybaby” isn’t on same-sex relationships. Here’s where you can catch the show.
4. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995 – 1996)
This anime, like many other mecha science-fiction shows, depicts a mankind on the verge of collapse. Robots known as “Evangelions,” which can only be piloted by a select few, are the only hope for humanity in the face of the angels. It’s up to Shinji Ikari to save humanity from this world of death and destruction. While Shinji has love for both Asuka and Rei, he also expresses his appreciation for Kaworu Nagisa’s affections for him. The two have a strong connection and a fascinating friendship. On YouTube, you may rent the anime.
3. Tiger and Bunny (2011)
‘Tiger and Bunny’ fans will understand why this anime is on this list. Yes, Nathan Seymour, the effeminate warrior known as the Hot Fire Emblem in the series. He has been caught on camera hitting on males and attempting to develop a relationship on several occasions. Not only does the show feature some outrageous action sequences, but it also centers on a gay man who is looking for love. On Hulu, you may watch “Tiger and Bunny.”
2. Yuri!!! On ICE (2016)
To put it simply, ‘Yuri!!! On ICE’ is one of the best sports anime out there. Yuuri Katsuki, a Japanese figure skater, returns to his family home after a disappointing loss and nearly quits the sport. The time he has to make a comeback is getting shorter, and he has gained weight to make matters worse. When a video of him performing a difficult move that had previously been performed by a seasoned skater named Victor goes viral, everything changes. Victor feels compelled to reach out to him and take on the role of mentor as a result. In the end, the two have a romantic relationship and fall in love with one another. Crunchyroll makes it easy to watch your favorite anime series.
1. Doukyuusei (2016)
‘Doukyuusei’ is a romantic animation film centred on the love affair between the male duetragonists, unlike most of the other anime on this list, which contains a few homosexual characters whose affairs do not always effect the storyline. Hikaru plays guitar in a band, while Rhito is an A-level student. Hikaru and Rhito are strangers, but fate brings them together when Hikaru assists Rhito in preparing for a chorus. As time passes, the two spend increasingly more time together and finally develop feelings for one another. On Amazon Prime, you may rent the show.