I decided to make the list because of my own curiosity(?) and desire to share this with you :P (I made another two list with yaoi/shonen ai recommendation ..you can check it here –> PART 1 and PART 2)
I’m in BL for about half a year and I must say that I really like the genre :) I mean I don’t like the typical yaoi with rushed story and relationships…like i don’t anything typical (shojo,kdrama,anime) And for those I’m about to talk about you could check it out even if you are not in yaoi genre ;)
My number ONE story is Doukyuusei (Movie+manga sequels). It’s probably biased because its holding special meaning for me. It was my first BL story and it was actually the movie which made me also read the mangas too. I decided to watch it because i saw a lot of gifs on tumblr and i thought that Kusakabe was a girl (how silly of me). I’m glad i watched it, because it actually changed me as a person, or better my views on people with same sex orientation changed completely –> my family is Quite traditional so I was thought that same-sex relationship was wrong (not acceptable). The story show us pure feeling about falling in love (it’s not about the gender but about the person–> you are my most important person) and here we have also portrayed realistic, healthy relationship (sweetness, misunderstandings, make ups) =D The movie i recommend to everyone. Then you’ ll see if you want to continue with mangas.
Author: Asumiko Nakamura
2. Canis Series
This story and it’s way of showing same-sex relationship was definitly far from typical shonen ai. This story contradicts every comment about manga or anime., especially shonen ai genre where’s lacking depth or meaning or creativeness. The story and relationship are not rushed, the most appealing was ending of first story(it’s still going on). The art is outstanding compared to other mangas. It really fits the story. I definitly recommend it…even to those who are not it this genre :)
Author: ZAKK, Hachie Ichie
3. Soredemo, Yasashii Koi wo Suru
Thank god Yoneda Kou made that spin off into a actual story/masterpiece. I love all Yoneda Kou’s work and i have 2 in my TOP 5 :) This story is spin off from Doushitemo Furetakunai and talks about two really good friends when one is in love with another. It can be said that the trope of “gay man and straight man” tends to be overused, but Yoneda Kou pulls it off flawlessly. I like the whole process of falling in love and acknowledging that love-confessing-confusing feeling-akward situations-decide or chose between romantic relationship or brake up the friendship. I read it so many time that I don’t count anymore…and it’s really satisfying.
Author: Yoneda Kou
4.Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai
I just can’t describe with words how many emotions this manga brings out of me. It’s still ongoing so maybe that’s the cause because every new chapter is nerve wracking but satisfying at the same time. When I saw summary of the story i decided to read it because i was really interested in which way/how Will the main character recieve happiness (from summary: This is the story of a man who has never known happiness and of a man who is reborn by getting to know him.). Now that I read it till now I must say that I truly want that Yashiro find his own happiness (the prequel really touched my soul and I just pray that Yashiro would be told that he’s not alone anymore by Doumeki–> look prequel). This one is pretty great masterpiece by Yoneda Kou which i think is really good read for any yaoi fan.
Author: Yoneda Kou
I think this one was my first actual yaoi(after Doukyuusei) and I wasn’t disappointed. The story is simple and the relationship is not complicated. The manga is truthfully one of the most refreshing ones. Yamamaoto Kotetsuko is known for one of the most cutest artstyle and stories. And it’s true…this manga is with one Word…CUTE :D <3
Author: Yamamoto Kotetsuko
This are my TOP 5 BL stories…yet i still have some of honorable mentions:
6. Smells like green spirit : great shonen ai…realistic
7. Hana nomi zo shiru : my favourite Rihito Takarais work.
8. Border : for those who like shonen ai and crime genre.
9. Sojou no koi wa nido haneru : one of the most realistic interpretation of gay-straight relationship.
10. Bokura no negai/Neon Sign Amber/Doushitemo Furetakunai : MUST READ ;)
That’s all…maybe you could send your own top 10 list :D really appreciated :D