The anime universe has started to evolve. From typical slice-of-life anime to inspirational action-packed stories, there are so many shows to choose from. The stories continued to develop over time and became more diverse to tackle socially relevant stories, including LGBTQ+-themed stories. In fact, we have decided to compile the top 10 LGBTQ+ anime of all time.
What is interesting about this genre is that it talks about the hardships that members of the LGBTQ+ community encounter, how society perceives them, and of course, the love stories that fans love. There might also be a lot of fanservice and cross-dressing that add spark and entertainment to the story.
1. Junjou Romantica
One of the classic BL series is Junjou Romantica. It follows the story of Misaki and Akihiko, although there are a total of three couples in the show. Akihiko is a novelist who works as a tutor too. Misaki’s brother requested Akihiko to tutor Misaki to help him get into his preferred university.
Another classic LGBTQ+ anime released was Gravitation. It is about Shuichi Shinzo who is a singer in a rock band. He became attached to Eiri Yuki, a romance novelist.
Aside from their love story, the series tackled violence and homophobia, making it one of the most-watched series in this category. Fans will also enjoy the funny and inspirational scenes that the series has to offer.
3. Antique Bakery
The series was created by Fumi Yoshinaga and talks about Tachibana who decided to start a café. While looking for cute and young waitresses, he ended up working in an all-male elegant café.
Themes related to workplace homophobia and other stereotypes can be seen in the series. Each character has a unique backstory that will add depth to the story.
Yuzu Aihara transferred into an all-girls school after her mother remarried. At first, she hated the school because she was always bullied and beaten. Eventually, she became close to Mei, who was actually her step-sister.
Their relationship blossomed into a romantic relationship. This paved way for them to learn more about their sexualities.
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5. Wandering Son
Shu-chan is a fifth-grade transfer student who was into fashion and dresses. He wanted to make more female friends to discuss his interests but since he was born as a male, it was difficult for him.
Good thing, his friend, Takatsuki helped him. Suichi’s story tells how he was able to form a small queer community. All of the characters are early in puberty which showcases how they are still learning more about themselves.
The premise of No.6 can catch the attention of any anime viewer. It is set in a world where a class system is followed. Shion came from a privileged class where he met Nezumi who was trying to break into his house.
The two of them started learning about the other issues that their world has to the point that they formed romantic feelings towards each other.
7. Bloom Into You
While Yuu was a fan of love songs and romance anime, she was surprised that she felt nothing after a boy confessed to her. She eventually learned that her reaction towards the confession might have something to do with her classmate, Touko.
The series was one of the well-loved coming-of-age lesbian series that caught the hearts of anime fans.
8. Flip Flappers
Cocona is a middle schooler who pleases everyone. She does not want to get into trouble. Her life changed when she met Papika who encouraged her to have an adventure. The series gives off a breath of fresh air to the viewers.
There are different adventures in store for the two protagonists from robots to magical girl transformations.
9. Sasameki Noto
The series centers on two best friends: Sumika Murasame and Ushio Kazama. Sumika has been in love with her friend since middle school.
The series focuses on how lesbians are depicted in society as well as how unrequited love works. It might be a different approach to a love story that involves best friends.
10. Yuri on Ice
One popular LGBTQ+ anime is Yuri on Ice. It is about Yuri, a figure skater who almost quit the sport. An incident convinced Victor, Yuri’s ice skating idol, to become his coach. The two will learn more about each other that led to a romantic relationship. This sports anime inspires people to never give up on their dream.