If you think about anime as a whole, you probably don’t think of many series that focus on or include characters who identify as LGBT+.
As a medium, anime encompasses a wide range of styles and subgenres. For those who enjoy fantasy, action and even romance, there’s an anime for everyone. As a result, anime isn’t known for having many series that focus on LGBT+ characters. Even when LGBT+ characters are featured in anime, they often rely on stereotypes and objectification.
However, there are a number of LGBT+-themed anime that everyone should check out. In addition to romance, these anime incorporate fantasy, action, sci-fi, and even a few Olympic sports.
Sora Hashiba, a high school student, falls from the fourth floor of his school building and wakes up in a dorm with a strange boy he hasn’t seen in his life, with no memory of his previous experiences.
As he strives to reclaim his memories from before the fall, Hashiba is the focus of the episode. There’s little doubt that the young man he was reawakened as was Hasiba Fujimori, a close friend of Hasiba’s for many years. They share a strong and loving connection.
Gravitation, one of the first LGBT+ anime to be released, depicts Shuichi Shinzo, a rock band vocalist who falls in love with Eiri Yuki, a romance novelist.
There are also significant implications of homophobia and brutality in Gravitation that make this a far more sophisticated animation.
Junta Azumaya, an up-and-coming young actor, takes the title of ‘World’s Sexiest Man’ from Takato Saijo, a veteran actor. The plot of the show revolves around two people who find themselves in the middle of a scandal.
There are more serious anime on this list, but if you’re looking for something to make you smile on a Sunday afternoon, this is it.
4. No. 6
According to the dystopian novels, No.6 takes set in a future where class inequalities are stark and severe. Shion, a boy from a wealthy family, is shocked to see another child, Nezumi, breaking into his house in the middle of the night.
The two become closer and finally fall in love as they delve deeper into the concerns underlying this dystopian society. This anime is sure to appeal to young adult dystopian fiction fans.
Yuzu Aihara, a young woman who moves to an all-girls school after her mother remarries, is the protagonist of the film, which is based on the popular manga of the same name. Mei, the president of the student council, regularly berates Yuzu for his disdain for this institution (who also happens to be her step-sister).
The bond between the two girls develops into a more intimate one, and they begin to explore their sexuality as a result. Despite the show’s flaws, LGBT+ anime aficionados should definitely check it out.
6. Antique Bakery
When Keisuke Tachibana and Yusuke Ono, two of Japan’s most famous pastry chefs, are both out of work due to the fact that they are alluring to men, their coworkers find themselves fighting for their attention.
The plot is amazing, yet the show’s LGBT+ relationships aren’t the primary focus, which helps to mainstream it as a TV show.
7. Aoi Hana
A ten-year separation from her childhood friend, Akira Okudaira, brings Fumi Manjme, a shy young woman, back to her childhood pal in Aoi Hana.
When it comes to portraying a lesbian character, the show does a good job of staying away from stereotypes.
All of the typical high school drama is brought together in a way that’s enjoyable to watch, with each character engaging in their own right.
8. Hourou Musko
They are both transsexual, and this anime follows their journeys. As the manga’s protagonists grow up, this anime focuses on their hardships and tribulations as they struggle to come to terms with their own gender dysphorias.
Transgender fans will find a lot to love in this show, thanks to its upbeat tone and diverse cast of characters.
9. Sasameki Noto
Since they first met in middle school and have been together ever since, a young woman named Sumika Murasame has harbored romantic feelings for her best friend, Ushio Kazama, in the anime Sasameki Noto.
Unrequited love is also examined in the anime, which focuses on lesbian issues in Japanese society.
10. Yuri On Ice
In recent years, Yuri on Ice has become a cult favorite among anime fans. Yuri, a figure skater, is on the point of quitting the sport in the story. Victor, Yuri’s ice skating hero, is forced to relocate to Japan after a humiliating setback.
They get romantically attracted to one another as their friendship deepens. Fans of LGBT+ anime should still watch the show, even if it does it in an ambiguous manner.