Total Recommendations: 252
Both manga are funny takes on two young men who constantly day dream about other men who they have set their eyes on.
A meek uke and a loving seme - it's a rare combination to see in BL. Both stories are 100% fluff and involve heavy doses of consent and loving between the two couples.
This rec is for the 2nd story in Hitotsu. Both stories feature an uninterested/stoic seme and an enthusiastic uke whose paths cross in the past...... and how being in the same school changes everything for them both.
Both manga begin with our dark haired seme just randomly coming across our blond haired uke. Both the seme are straight, but they realize they love the uke a lot, and you know how this shit ends. You can consider Koi da Ai a more mature/smutty version of Ohayou.
Similar plotlines and character dynamics - both have a super shy and awkward uke, who likes this good looking and confident seme. Luckily for him, the seme likes him back, and, surprise, surprise - isn't an asshole. Both seme are extremely kind, loving and patient and they encourage both the uke to be a better version of themselves.
Similar themes - a Japanese man finds his life turned upside down when he gives shelter to an extremely beautiful foreigner, who has a mysterious and dark past.
In both these manga, you have a single young man who takes an inordinary amount of interest in a single dad's life - all thanks to his little child, who has taken a shine to said young man.
A child's love for superheroes brings two lonely souls together, who are looking for nothing but solace in the company of each other.
Both stories focus on a young man who falls hard for a single father. You get to see romantic feelings develop from the dad's side, and ofc, the child is already in love with said young man.
Similar character dynamics - a young man with a very young brother, and the man's love affair with another man. Both are cute stories that you can easily finish in one sitting.
The last chapter in Renai Junkie is a continuation of Aitsu to Ore. God knows when (if) the DB mods will update this info, this is a heads up for those looking for sex between the MCs of Aitsu.
Well written works that romance across all genders. And honestly, while the main romance in Ao no was predictable and boring (mostly bc of the useless female lead and your generic shounen male lead), the one on Cherry Boy was interesting and unpredictable bc of the spunky female lead and the shy, but strong headed, male lead.
Both are extremely well written manga that start off as average (at least in my opinion), but get a LOT better the more you read them. You see het and gay romances, you see teen angst and mature discussions, you see developments in major and minor characters, and even though you know where the manga is headed (at least with its main leads), you still end up enjoying both manga.
A delinquent with a soft and pure heart, but a rough exterior, finds an unlikely partner in the blond and beautiful popular guy of his class. You'd expect blondie to be an asshole, but nope. The dude genuinely likes his uke and goes out of his way to accommodate his unusual nature.
I cannot believe how similar both manga are! You have a suuuuper cute, shy, tsun-like uke who ends up falling hard for our bespectacled honour student. Megane chan initially goes out with the uke out of curiosity, but later one ends up developing genuine emotions for him.
Both these comedies feature a dedicated police officer's fruitless pursuits to capture an infamous thief from his town.
A regular guy at school catches the eye of a delinquent. Perturbed by this, he decides to get rid of the delinquent by making him do stuff he wouldn't like, but things backfire majorly for our MC.
Similar themes - a young delinquent feels like he owes something to one of his schoolmates, as a result of which he ends up going out with him
If you enjoy watching incredibly gorgeous hunks, with beautiful, long hair, who are dressed in ancient East Asian garments, then this is the recommendation for you. As is expected of such shows, there's no plot - both shows are episodic in nature, where all the focus is between the interactions that these hunks have with each other. Both shows also have a healthy does of humour, btw.
Both are well written BLs that focus on the development of the relationship between two young men, in the backdrop of their mutual passion - biking.
Both stories involve love triangles (sorta) among biker dudes.
An avid biker needs money in order to fuel his passion, as a result of which he ends up getting involved in dubious activities
Both shows have a sci fi setting, with a protagonist who isn't too bright - he acts first and thinks later, which, expectedly, lands him (and his companions) in a host of troubles. Both shows don't take themselves too seriously, which means there's a LOT of silly comedy and humour that's totally out there. The women, too, don't serve much of a purpose in both shows, except for being a big-breasted hardass or being nameless characters.
If you enjoy cute guys doing cute *and* hot things together, this is the perfect recommendation for you. It doesn't take much of a leap to realize that Namu Amida is essentially an upgraded version of TouRan, where you have beautiful bishies in colourful and eye catching costumes (which have clearly been inspired from Egyptian, Arabic, Greek and ofc, Japanese cultures), who fight against supernatural evil in order to maintain balance in the human world. You also get to see these bishies while away their time in their temple/shrine when they're not saving the world, where they perform household chores and bicker with each other over their duties (exactly like in TouRan). I'd go on with the similarities, but I do believe the ones I've listed more than enough for TouRan fans to pick up Namu Amida Butsu!
What begins as superficial rivalry between two extremely good looking and popular office men (from the same company) with dominant (seme-like) personalities, ends up becoming a "who's gonna fuck with whom?" kind of a love story.
A hard ass yakuza (with a soft heart) ends up falling for a soft little smol bean, who he's afraid to approach bc he feels he might scare the smol bean away.
Both are cute stories about young boys who come into sudden contact with a child, and how an adorable relationship develops between the two.
This rec is for ch1 of Bannin - both stories feature extremely dysfunctional relationships between master and butler, which a healthy dosage of "what the fuck" added to both.
The character dynamics between the two male leads are nearly identical - an outwardly strong uke who hides his weaknesses and insecurities from everybody, and an extremely kind and patient seme who's willing to wait forever for the uke to open up to him.
Both are extremely well written and character based manga, that focus on the relationship between an insecure uke and his hetero, but extremely loving and compassionate, senpai.
Otouto's art will be a turnoff for many, but I'd highly recommend you to pick up this manga if you enjoyed Kinou Tani. That's bc both of them deal with the topic of adult gay men, and society's reaction to them, pretty realistically. Both are well written and I'm sure many LGBT+ people will find many relatable panels/dialogues in both of them.
There's a reason why, despite featuring LGBT+ characters, neither manga is tagged as 'yaoi'. And that's bc the characters being gay is merely incidental on both stories - what the manga truly focus on are the struggles of gay people, and the behaviours of those around them.
Both manga revolve around the relationship between two adult men, their courtship and their realization of their feelings for each other. It's truly a pleasure to come across manga in the BL verse where characters are treated as humans, and not caricatures of stereotypical uke-seme dynamics..
Cute and fluffy stories about a caring seme who falls in love with the uke first, and the involvement of the fetish of smell, bc of which the two end up being together.
Ah, long white coats, a smell fetish and a whirlwind of feelings between two "het" guys - this is what makes both stories pretty interesting to read.
For some inexplicable reason, a young man is attracted to the scent of one of his colleagues, and soon realizes he's developed very strong feelings for said colleague.
What happens when a man (invested heavily into a painting) realizes that the subject in one of his paintings, has suddenly come to life? What relationship does he and this mysterious boy share?
Both stories deal with childhood friends, where one has had a crush on the other for a long time. But due to certain incidents, one of them loses his memory, which gives the other boy to use this opportunity to make his crush fall in love with him.
After an intense argument with his boyfriend, a young man loses his memories due to a physical trauma. But despite his memory loss, he can't help but be surrounded by strong feelings towards another young man (his boyfriend), and this confuses him
What happens when you lose your memories unexpectedly? How does it affect your life and your relationship with your partner? This is the central theme of both manga
Both stories show a young man's memory loss and how it affects his life, as well as that of his boyfriend's.
What if your beloved lost all of his memories one day? Would you come clean to him about his past with you, or would you want to create new memories? Both manga explore this theme, but sadly, Tsugou goes down a predictable and disappointing path.
It's rare to come across a Shota/One pairing, romantic or otherwise, in the world of manga. Both these stories are cute and fun reads about the gradual development of strong bonds between a shota and a 30+yr old professional woman.
Extremely well written (and shocking) pieces that focus on how crazy people can fuck someone's life up, once they truly put their minds to it.
Similar themes - a gifted music (piano) teacher who has no interest in his craft, a young college student who takes a shine to this teacher, and how the teacher gradually falls in love with music (and the young boy) over the course of time.
Similar themes of demons and their fascination with humans, a human who doesn't wanna be near a cute demon, but is forced to work with him, a demon who's besotted with the human, and the poor human who tries his hardest in order to not be tempted by the charismatic demon. And did I mention that both manga feature a gender bend aspect?
A Young and cute boy suddenly turns into a girl, and becomes the target of romantic interest of another guy. What ensues are cute BL moments where the guy-girl ends up questioning his sexuality.
Both manga are gender bends where a guy suddenly turns into a girl, and how his life changes drastically bc of that.
Two individuals with questionable repute, spontaneously decide to be with each other. The result, ofc, is a dysfunctional relationship that's based on mistrust of each other. Both manga also have solid smut in them.
I'm making this rec bc unlike in many manga we get to read, the relationship between the MC and his stalker hasn't been romanticized. The MC realizes his stalker is deranged, behaves exactly like a normal person would, but due to the persistence of his stalker, eventually ends up giving in to his charming ways.
Both manga dive into the psyche of young boys who were abused in their past, as a result of which they feel that they can't confide their emotions into anybody - till ofc, the day they meet their future partner.
Surprised nobody has made these recs yet. Their being BL is purely coincidental, bc in both manga, the focus is on two young boys who've been abused in their formative years, and how the resultant abuse damages their psyche (and their trust in people) permanently.
Shounen Ais with vampires, beautiful art and uke that aren't useless. There's a healthy dose of comedy and if you enjoyed one, you're gonna love the other.
Kinda sad to see how underrated both these shows are, especially seeing how both of them have two solid female leads - a rarity in the 2D world. Both are donghua that are set sometime in ancient China, where people and supernatural entities live together. Humans possess inhuman powers, and our MC undertakes a hard/dangerous journey in order to achieve the goals she has in her mind. Sure, she's saved by guys, but she saves MORE guys in turn. She doesn't need anybody's help to achieve her goals, the romance (if you can call it that) is never the main focus, she carries a heavy emotional burden that she's unable to share with anybody, and best of all - she's extremely smart and knows how to get out of a sticky situation by using her BRAINS. Shocking, right?
Created by the same mangaka, you can clearly see how Kiniro has influenced Adeka. You have a bespectacled, freckle-faced blond beauty with wavy hair, a cute/fem boy with black hair, and the everyday shenanigans that a police officer faces, thanks to the goings on in his village. Also, both have gorgeous art worthy of an eyegasm.
A het guy is exposed to the world of gay love, when he realizes that the girl he likes, is an intense fujo. He tries his best to see things the way she sees, and while sometimes he succeeds, sometimes he fails terribly.
A guy suddenly pushed into the world of BL bc of someone who's a fan of the genre. And instead of being disgusted, he open-mindedly accepts it as an acceptable taste that some people have.
Both manga feature a guy and a girl who have a crush on the same person. There's some unnecessary drama, but you can forgive that in favour of the more realistic and age appropriate reactions some of the MCs have. Both manga also have a clear couple towards their end, so if you're a homophobe, these manga aren't for you.
Ah, the big dork in Himitsu reminded me of the big dork in Merry Checker. While the premises and even age groups of the characters in both manga are vastly different, what's similar is the relationship between the two characters - a dark haired male who doesn't make friends easily, and a really big/tall blond oaf whose most likable personality trait is his soft heart.
Both stories feature a young school boy who cross dresses, but is found out by his class mate. The boy wants to keep his hobby a secret, and the other guy (the seme) encourages him to keep cross dressing bc, in his words, the uke looks cute in a girly avatar.
Super cute stories about a big, silent and lovable guy, and his relationship with a short and ill tempered tsundere, who'd rather express his feelings through his fists, than with his words.
Toraneko is essentially a sequel of Saiaku. We see love blossom between a blond delinquent and a black haired patient boy in Saiaku, while in Toraneko, the focus is more on how a couple with the exact dynamic between them, moves on to having sex for the first time.
In both the manga, you witness similar character dynamics - a school delinquent, and a young boy who's the only one in the school who knows the delinquent to be a softie at heart.
If you enjoy stories about delinquents with a heart of gold, who are the ones *being* wooed, then this res is def for you.
Both story feature a short tempered school delinquent, who finds himself an unlikely friend in a quiet boy at school - the only one who's seen his good side. Both are super sweet and extremely cute stories of the development of love between the two, and how neither of them just jump into love.
Both manga deal with the delicate and insanely complicated relationship between a high school boy and a much older office lady.
Not surprised that nobody's made this recommendation, honestly. Well, similarities between both shows include a medieval fantasy setting where people have supernatural powers, a female MC who sets out to avenge the wrong that was done to her parent, her being out of her element in a world she's never set her foot on, meeting handsome young guys on the way who are inexplicably attracted to her and finally coming face to face with the people who made her life miserable. On a side note, I'd like to add that while Yona is often perceived as a "strong" female lead, I'd say that Xiaojie is a *legit* strong lead.
Similar character dynamics - a likeable and friendly guy ends up befriending a cold, stoic guy, basically pushing his way into the man's solitary lifestyle. And ofc, this ends up being a turning point in the lives of both these men.
Both stories focus on a couple that not only has a huge age gap, but polar opposite personalities. In both stories we have the youthful blond boy who's enamoured by the dark haired mature man (who coincidentally used to like girls), and how, despite their contrasting personalities, but end up falling for each other.
Well written angsty love triangles where the uke is in a relationship with a man he loves, but due to certain circumstances, is made to face someone from his past. The characters are well written and situations/circumstances are realistic, without being cliche or melodramatic.
Both are sweet and fluffy stories about a guy who loves to cook food, and how he falls in love with another guy who really enjoys eating his food.
These two manga take on the subject of paeodophilia without glorifying or romanticizing it. Needless to say, both are dark works with disturbing graphics, but if you can move beyond that, both offer an intriguing insight between a pedo and his changing relationship with his victim, throughout the years.
Both these manga are well written works that explore the psyche of being gay, in a world that views gays as an aberration.
I'm surprised nobody has made a rec for these two, mostly bc they're just so similar. Both are Chinese BL shows from the wuxia genre, where a lot of focus is given to world building and the political occurrences in the backdrop. Both shows also have a lot of Bs but very little L, to the point where you can easily call both these (first) seasons featuring more of a bromance, than a legit romance. Side note: You can clearly see in both shows how in love the seme is with the uke.
A supernatural being falls in love with a human, and while his brethren are shocked at this forbidden love, the two parties in love go through a lot of hardships to figure things out.
A beautiful angel and a human fall in love. The consequences of this love are extremely grave for the angel, but he doesn't care about what happens to him.
Both stories focus on the love between a human and a supernatural creature, and both are tragedies.
Both stories focus on the forbidden love of two men, who were never meant to meet.
Set in a parallel world, both manga feature a man whose relationship just ended, and his relationship with someone he'd never thought he would bond with.
Both stories have the uke having dreams which he believes to be forecasts of what is to come, and a seme who is resistant to such thoughts
Without revealing too much, both manga feature a manipulative relationship, where one partner guilts the other into having a physical relationship with him bc of how hurt partner 1 in the past.
Both stories have an interesting premise - a love triangle between two young boys and....... a ghost! Despite their plots being similar, both stories are treated very differently.
This rec is for ch1 of Ushiro - both stories are about a young boy and his interactions (and ofc gradual development of romantic feelings) with a spirit that is bound to an earthly body, and is visible to only him.
Both shows are essentially situational comedies that are largely episodic in nature. The episodes are extremely short (which means you can binge watch them in one go), and if you enjoy jokes where you don't have to think too much to laugh, then you're gonna enjoy both these shows.
Similar character dynamics - a uke who's been betrayed by his long term partner bc he wants to get married, a kind and patient seme who helps the uke feel love again, the return of the asshole ex after his divorce, and the uke's final decision. Both stories are well written, have mature dialogues and extremely believable situations.
A common salary man suddenly finds his life being turned upside down when he realizes he has to take care of a tan and extremely handsome foreigner, who isn't too familiar with Japanese customs.
A blond young man with excessive emotional trauma from his past, resorts to becoming a gay prostitute. But as expected, his life takes a turn for the better when our extremely sweet and patience seme shows up in his life.
Both these shorts have, apart from stunning visuals and beautiful music, are set some,where in the future, and feature the same underlying theme - love between family members.
A uke who's been in a long term relationship with his bf, is dumped bc said bf decides to marry a woman. Then our knight in shining armour (the seme) comes swooping in to provide comfort to the uke. The seme is a sweet and loving boy, while the uke is impressionable and sorta stupid. The ex isn't also a complete asshole, and we get to see a one shot dedicated entirely to him. Keep in mind that while Doronuma is a drama, Jounetsu is a comedy.
Both seinen manga have their mangaka inserting themselves into their stories to further the plot. Both works are fairly meta in nature. But do keep in mind that while Opus has a strong shounen feel to it, Fraction is an out and out gore/horror manga.
A man, reeling from a separation from his wife, gets drunk enough to say "Yes" to a beautiful, young gay man who approaches him for sex. However, their one night stand unexpectedly turns into something more meaningful.
Our dark haired uke has had a crush on his gorgeous senpai since his school days, but his love never came to fruition. Fast forward a few years, and they bump into each other quite by accident. This is when the uke decides to confess his feelings, which the het seme surprisingly accepts.
Similar plot lines and character dynamics. You have a uke who's in love with a man that abuses him (both emotionally and physically). Then you have the seme who's secretly in love with the uke but is afraid to make a move bc the uke is in a relationship. Even so, he helps the uke feel comfortable with him and waits patiently for him to break up with his abusive ex.
Apart from beautiful artstyles and plots that aren't cliche, both manga feature a uke with a lot of emotional baggage and a suuuuuuuuuuuper loving seme. The uke betrays the trust of the seme, but despite that, he's forgiven bc apparently, angels do exist in the 2D world
Written by the same mangaka, both these josei manga are very simple but relatable takes in the lives of girls/women who are at important crossroads of their lives. The simple dialogue, and the extremely natural reactions of the characters, is what makes both work so similar to each other.
You have a sweet and tolerant seme (the employee) who falls for our tough-as-a-cookie uke (the employer/senior) very quickly. He confesses his feelings, only to be left hanging. The entirety of the manga focuses on the development of trust and romance between the two, with the uke often resorting to bullying the seme (in order to find out his true intentions towards him). But while Tokyo is light hearted and shounen ai, Kimi ga is a lot more mature and has explicit sex scenes in it.
Similar character dynamics - an aloof blond who's a tsundere, a black haired puppy-eyed black haired guy who shows unusual interest in the tsun, and how the tsun eventually warms up to a guy he previously thought to be nothing but a nuisance.
Both are super fucked up stories that involve relationships between blood relatives.
Even though both stores have a human-angel BL relationship, One Day is light and funny, while Eien no is slightly more mature and dark.
Both manga feature on the relationship between a human and an angel, where the uke is innocent and naive, while the seme has selfish purposes for hanging around the uke.
Both are sweet and slightly longer BLs that focus on the development of trust and love between our two MCs. The uke is a cute and reserved boy, while the seme is taller and outspoken. The bond that these two share develops slowly, is realistic, and there is a LOT of healthy consent going back and forth between the two. Keep in mind, tho, that Bukiyou was never completed by its scanlation group.
Clearly, Mizu no was a rough draft of Eve no Jikan. Apart from having the same director and the same studio, both anime also have the same atmosphere - everything is awash with the colour brown to give the show a slightly jaded/serious look. Then we have a young male MC, who is obviously a first timer at the cafe, who notices that people of different age groups sit in the cafe, discussing trivial and important things over a cup of coffee. We have a waitress who also observes these people, and a surprise revelation towards the end of both the series.
This rec is for ch3-4 of Beauty Stock, where two young boys bond with each other due to a secret that they share - nail polishes!
Both stories feature a person who is afraid of the dark and is unable to sleep due to his fear. He soon realizes that there's only one person who can help him overcome his problem.
ch1 is simply an extension of the one shots in Smoker, wherein two men become closer to each other bc of something as insignificant as smoking.
This rec is for ch2 of Datte - both stories are about a supernatural creature that feeds on the dreams of humans. Wary of the creature at first, the human slowly forms a bond with him
Both manga feature a rare BL trope - the dark haired, bespectacled and straight laced model student, ends up falling first for the blond, slightly angry, delinquent.
Honestly, these two manga have nothing in common, except for the fact that they're both BLs. However, both have well written uke who don't fall into the BL cliche of being over emotional, feminine, submissive and without a personality. They're both strong individuals (in their own ways) and if you enjoy reading manga with uke that aren't complete losers, give this rec a go.
Driven by the urge to exact revenge on a school mate who made his school life hell, our uke goes to great lengths to make the seme like him, just so that he (the uke) can break his heart into two by distancing himself from the seme. But ofc, things don't turn out the way that he planned them to.
Both these manga are incredibly well written pieces of work that handle the struggles of young LGBT+ folks. Love and sex take a backseat, and the relationship of young gay boys with each other, their families, society and even themselves - take the front seat. Extremely well written, both tackle the doubt, fear and humiliation that LGBT people have to face on a daily basis, how you make and break relationships simply because of your sexuality, and how, often, some dreams are never meant to be realized.
A dark-haired pretty boy is bullied by his blond school mate during his school years. Hurt, he resolves to take revenge, come what may, by making blondie fall for him. However, years later when they do meet, it doesn't take long for our pretty boy to realize that he's actually fallen for his 'bully'.
This rec is for ch4-5 of Guutara. Both stories feature a young boy who has feelings for his ex brother in law. The sister is not in the picture, and the BIL is a lot older than the young boy.
Short and cute office romances between a straight guy and an openly gay colleague.
Both manga deal with a fudanshi who's curious about gay sex, and a gay man who's attracted to said fudanshi.
Dark haired seme and light haired uke - apart from these, both manga are one shots that are cute/fluffy reads. We have a sorta serious/mature seme who finds the uke irresistibly cute, and ends up confessing his feelings to the uke first.
Both are period dramas (Chinese/French) where they focus on political (and personal) developments in the lives of the people who live during those times. Magic and supernatural happenings form the crux of both anime, and in both cases, are complete ass pulls bc NO explanation is given as to how or why certain people can perform such complex/high levels of magic, which are also conveniently shown only when said people are about to defeat their enemies. Watch this if you like slow burning dramas, altho I give Le Chev an automatic +1 for not being slow paced, and for having female characters that AREN'T laughable, sexist and regressive stereotypes of their gender.
Despite gaining superpowers, our MCs are made to realize that sometimes, the best you can do is to be yourself
Two school students suddenly find their wishes coming true, but at a high cost. Willing to pay that price, they realize that at the end of the day, even magic can't grant you what your heart desires the most
Two teens have their most desired wishes come true..... but there's a huge catch involved.
Nearly identical plots - a weak and useless uke (who has no will of his own), is forced into being in a physical relationship with two dudes who "love" him. The two dudes also have a healthy competition between them regarding who can manage to win the affections of the uke more. Both manga have pretty art styles, which are, honestly, wasted on this train wrecks.
Both manga share similar points - a cute and blonde uke type guy, a bestie who's in love with him, and the blonde's boyfriend. The bestie and the boyfriend initially dislike each other bc they both have to share the blond, but eventually, they grow to tolerate each other.
Both manga involve an older, het male, and his feelings towards his ex's cute younger brother.
Both manga feature the complicated lives of a brother and sister, and the sister's boyfriend.
My 500th rec! Wow. And to think I'd be recommending such fantastic manga! Frankly, I'm surprised nobody has recommended them, bc their base plot lines are strikingly similar. You have a mature, working adult, who is suddenly thrust with the responsibility of a child (from the opposite sex). Both manga deal with how, very gradually, the lives of both the parties involved, change, and how both form deep and meaningful bonds with each other.
I would have never imagined that my life would get to a point where I'd be making such recommendations, but........ both manga deal with dudes whose penises become mini-humans due to certain supernatural occurrences.
A young delinquent boy is picked up by an older man, and forced to work with him (as payback for his rogue lifestyle). It's also this young boy who falls for the older man first.
This rec is for ch5-6 of Dare ga. Similar plot lines and character developments - a gay uke (with bad rumours surrounding him) and a het seme work in the same office space. The uke is indifferent toward everybody due to his past, but gradually, he warms up to the seme. The manner in which both the mangaka have dealt with this subject is mature and believable, and I encourage you to read the other recommendation.
A teacher who is interested in a student and another teacher who is interested in the first teacher - this is what's common in both the manga.
The uke in both manga faces the same problem - due to his frail and feminine appearance, he develops a certain amount of self doubt/insecurity. And in order to make a change in his appearance and attitude, he decides to follow the footsteps of a more "manly" guy. Bonus: both the uke are NOT useless - in fact, they have a short temper and are quick to use their fists.
Both manga have a uke who, due to his timid frame and feminine appearance, is often teased about it.. He's annoyed by not being "manly" enough (sexist, I know), but the seme helps him realize that the uke is "manly" enough, according to him, by loving him for who he is. Also, the seme is the one who falls first for the uke, and he's very loving and respectful of the uke's feelings.
Similar themes in both manga: # A closeted fudanshi # The fudanshi is the uke # He has BL fantasies in the real world # An open minded seme who doesn't mind him being a fuda # The seme makes the uke realize that he's actually bi.
Both these BL stories revolve around boxing.
Both these dark one-shots feature a demon who offers to make a young girl's most intense desires come true.
It's a little sad to see that Turning Point isn't as popular as Kyuuso, especially seeing how well written both are, and how both have a character who is confident on the surface, but needy, insecure and selfish on the inside. His attitude affects his relationship with his partner, who, thankfully, doesn't give up on him.
It's refreshing to see manga with older uke and younger seme, who aren't so for the sake of it. Their interactions, their inner monologues (esp that of the older guys) makes you realize (and in my case, empathise) as to how things would be in reality (between the couple), if an older, het man were to hook up with a younger guy.
Both are thrillers/mysteries where mysterious creatures from the sea have managed to turn a small town into a circus. Are they aliens? Mermaids? Monsters? Only a very, very small section of people know what's really happening, and both manga will keep you at the edge of your seat till the end.
The seme secretly has feelings for the uke, who happens to be very passionate about baseball.
The young uke wants to play baseball bc of something associated with his childhood, while putting up with the crazy behaviour of the seme
Both BL stories revolve around baseball
Written by the same mangaka, these manga have nearly identical plots: 1. A blond uke who agrees to be the brunette seme's sex slave for the sake of a family member's monetary expenses. 2. A side character (black haired uke) who is the sex slave of a very old man, but dreams of being our seme's slabe 3. The side character views our uke as a rival 4. An almost love triangle 5. The seme gives up a lot of money for the sake of our uke 6. The uke returns the favour, but almost!
Both are nice, cute and fluffy manga that feature a CONSENSUAL relationship between two very loving high school boys. Both take the relationship slowly, especially the sex, and if you're into BL manga that put an effort into making their stories believable, then you're sure to enjoy this recommendation.
Cute stories about two adult men, who are close friends, not wanting to change the status quo between them due to the development of gradual romantic feelings between the two.
Similar stories - a light haired MC who works as a designer, meets our dark haired MC2 who's a gorgeous model. MC2 decides to work for MC1, while eventually falling for him. He is also the one who pursues MC1. But while Canis is more serious, He Is Beautiful is a lot more lighthearted (and pretty cliched in some parts). All in all, both are fun and fluffy reads.
Similar art styles, and similar uke-seme dynamics. On one hand we have the useless, weak and pathetic light haired uke who takes whatever treatment is meted out to him. On the other had, we have the assertive, stoic (but with a heart of "gold") rapist seme who thinks that "No" means "Yes". And ofc, the victim falls in love with his rapist and both live happily ever after.
Similar plots - we have MC1 whose guilt weighs him down bc of something terrible he did in his past. Then to make matters worse, the recipient of his antic shows up to take revenge for what happened to him during his childhood. Both stories obviously contain rape, and in case you didn't realize it already, both these couples are in highly dysfunctional relationships.
Both manga have an MC who possess supernatural powers, which are a source of major headaches for him, because he's able to see through people's lies immediately. However, his fated meeting with his future soulmate changes everything for him.
A regular 9-5 man suddenly finds himself being responsible for an exotic beauty, who has no idea about Japan's customs. So our MC takes it upon himself to educated said foreigner, and in the meantime, both find themselves falling in love with the other.
Both stories are about young uke (who are mermen) that fall for humans (the seme).
While both these manga deal with the central theme of male ballet dancers, We Are takes the generic BL route of guys falling in love with each other for no believable reason. However, Tsumasaki does an excellent job with not only its art, but its character development as well
Strikingly similar characters and plot line - a tall, dark haired, quiet/shy MC who falls for a short, blond and tsun delinquent from his school, who also happens to be in love (sort of) with an older man.
Both these comedies revolve around a narcissist who hides his narcissism from everybody,. for fear of being shunned. But one day, his secret is found out by someone he knows. That person promises to keep his secret, but in exchange for something......
Both these manga are lighthearted and cute stories of the blossoming love between two teachers, working at the same school.
Both manga have a kuudere type Mc who's beautiful enough to be a model. He works in a fashion related industry, where his senior happens to be a happy go lucky kinda dork. The senior is attracted to our model, who is quite slow to understand that he too likes his senpai.
On the surface, these two manga are quite different, seeing how Yasashii is about two guys courting each other, while WL focuses on a couple in a long term relationship. But the reason I'm making this rec is bc of how cutely both manga manage to cover the lives of two adult men, who are completely in love with each other. There are no unexpected plot twists, no tropes and cliches, and definitely nothing sexist about these characters. They're all real *men* with real reactions - a rarity in BL.
While both manga have remarkably different treatments (with Aka no being way darker than Harlequin), what is common between both is, apart from both taking place in the world of high fashion, we have a broken yet determined uke, and a seme who eventually learns to love the uke the way he (the uke) wants him to.
Both manga have an MC who has a very specific type of fetish - that for uniforms!
A young boy who witnessed the murder of his parents and is looking for revenge, follows an assassin about whom he knows next to nothing.
Both are the stories of emotional dependence between an assassin with a hard exterior (but a soft heart) and a very innocent young boy.
Both stories deal with an unhinged seme who is in a dysfunctional relationship with the uke - he's mentally and physically abusive (and distant) due to his own set of insecurities and trauma.
This rec is for ch5-6 of Koori ga - a young man suddenly finds himself in the presence of a ghost and gradually, he forms a strong bond with him.
This rec is for ch1-2 of Gesu - a super masochistic uke who will go to great lengths to get what he wants, including provoking the people he loves.
I see why so many people recommended Binan Koukou as a show similar to Mahou Shouj. Both are parodies of the magical girl sub-genre, have silly/stupid comedies in them, are colourful in appearance, and have slight gay undertones.
Written by the same mangaka, it's no surprised that beneath the superficial layers, both these manga are nearly identical to each other. You have a possessive and abusive seme who mistreats the uke, who, despite knowing about the seme's terrible personality, still loves him and accepts that he's in an unhealthy relationship. What's enjoyable about both is how the characters are pretty believable. And honestly, Sasayaku is a vast improvement over Deep Flower.
Written by the same mangaka, both these manga have the same trope - a seme who confesses his feelings to the uke, who immediately rejects them bc obviously he's not gay. But he agrees to remain friends with the seme, and gradually, he falls in love with him. Do keep in mind that the seme in Mukuchi is a gentleman, while the one in Saa Koi is a selfish prick. Both the uke, however, are stubborn, strongly opinionated and prideful young boys who look down upon the seme simply for coming from a rich family.
We have MC1 who is in love with his best friend, MC2. Due to certain reasons/confusion they cannot be together. Seeing this, MC3 swoops in, confesses his love to MC1...... and by the end of both manga, you have yourself rooting the most for poor MC3
While their premises are entirely different, what binds both these mystery-thrillers together is how both force you to push your boundaries. While reading them, you begin to wonder - is this science? Is this something supernatural? Is it a mixture of both? And it's only towards the end of both that you get your answers.
In the backdrop of a war, we get to see how someone from the enemy's camp is captured, who is tortured and raped, and but he refuses to be broken by his enemy.
Written by the same mangaka, it's no surprise that these two works share a similar premise. We have a bespectacled, blond and mature man, who is in contact with the teenage son/brother of his friend. The young boy confesses his feelings to this man, who then decides to reciprocate them.
Apart from sharing a similar old-shoujo like art style, what makes both these manga similar is how well both explore the thought processes and mental breakdowns of young boys who suffer from guilt, trauma from death and abuse, and loving people of the same sex. Both also have exceptionally well written characters for their genre, and if you enjoyed one, you're sure to enjoy the other.
I was re-reading both these manga, when I realized how similar they are. We have a dark haired het man whose life is turned upside down one day when he realizes that this young, blond and beautiful boy that he's known for long, is not only gay, but has been in love with him since forever. Not only that, but being in an unrequited love for this long has made the blond become slightly unhinged - he's jealous, obsessive, insecure, has a lot of emotional baggage and constantly fears that his love would leave him for another girl.
Nearly identical dynamics between our MCs. On one hand we have a mature, dark haired employee of a wealthy estate, who has his eyes set on a certain personal goal. On the other hand we have a young and impressionable man, who's been in the 'care' of said employee ever since his childhood. This man heavily influences the life decisions that the young boy makes, in order to achieve his goals. But on the way, he ends up developing feelings for the boy as well, leading to the two having a twisted *and* open relationship.
Both are mature stories that move forward with a gay man confessing his feelings to his het colleague, where, to his surprise, his confession is accepted and his feelings are reciprocated by the het man.
Cute love stories between a shy, straight laced and dark haired boy, and his senior, who happens to be a famous delinquent in school.
Both manga are very cute stories about two shy and awkward students who have a crush on their irresistibly gorgeous (and eccentric) seniors. When they confess their feelings to their seniors, their proposals are accepted..... out of sheer curiosity, but we slowly get to see how genuine feelings develop between the two.
Both manga deal with dysfunctional relationships between two strong willed butlers who aren't afraid to go too far when it comes to "protecting" their young master.
Apart from having beautiful art, what both manga have in common is an eerily similar character dynamic. You have a tall and extremely gorgeous young man, who has girls and guys falling for him left, right and center. Surprisingly (even to this man himself), he ends up falling for a timid and bespectacled guy, who find it very hard to believe that such a heartthrob would show even the slightest interest in him. The biggest difference would be in the attitudes of both the seme - while the one in Akuma is an asshole, the one in Koi wo is a gentleman through and through.
Both manga have two guy best friends, wherein one day one of them turns into a girl. What ensues are situations where the two of them are tested regarding their feelings for each other. Honestly tho, Kanojo is your regular sexist gender bender BS, while Idol P actually puts forward a beautiful message - "gender doesn't matter"
Nearly identical plotlines - a young boy who is tired of his life, and a thug who has nothing better to look forward to. The two cross paths and one becomes the victim of the other. Always on the run, the two end up having strong feelings for each other.
A man who has a troubling relationship with his father, is kidnapped because the kidnapper wants something from his father.
We have an MC who is facing a personal crisis in his life, when he's suddenly abducted by an unknown man. While on the run from the law, both these guys develop a strong bond between them, which could also be viewed as an extension of Stockholm Syndrome.
Written by the same mangaka, it's no surprise that you find an incredibly rare love triangle trope in both these manga - that between a doctor, a father and his own son! Both manga also have well written characters, which is always a pleasure to read!
You can see how Tenshi inspired Kimi ga. Both stories have a mature man who loses his family, due to which slowly, he starts noticing (romantically) the presence of another (flamboyant) man in his life. This man is quite open about his feelings for our MC, who eventually accepts his feelings only towards the end of the manga. Both manga also have complex character developments, which is a complete bonus!
The one where a gay man has affections for a het man, but ends up being in a relationship with the het man's son.
"This is the story of a man who has never known happiness and of a man who is reborn by getting to know him." This line perfectly describes the story of Kimi ga as well. If you ignore Saezuru's yakuza setting and Yashiro's masochism, you'll find that both manga have nearly identical character relationships - a master/employer who's a dick to his newly appointed employee, makes him work hard and do jobs that purposefully humiliate him, while his hard working and perseverant employee takes it all in bc he's besotted with his master. The master is aware of his feelings, which he eventually starts returning after realizing how genuine his employee's feelings are for him And oh, both stories feature a man who's impotent.
If you enjoy reading about pretty boys within a military setting (that has an actual plot and character development), then this recommendation is perfect for you
Both these short stories focus on the cute romantic developments between a human and a shinigami assigned to collect his soul.
Both these stories have their leads meet each other for the first time in prison, where one of them is instantly attracted to the other.
In the backdrop of a war, we get to see how someone from the "other side" is captured by their enemy camp, is tortured and raped, and yet refuses to be broken by his enemy.
Surprisingly similar themes - two doctors having an affair with each other, out of which one is married. The married guy moves out of the picture, and his place is taken by a persistent young boy who has his eyes set on the mature surgeon.
It's amazing how similar their premises are. You have a beautiful blond who you expect to be a dick, but who instead turns out to be a good guy. Then you have a dark haired pure boy who's in love for the first time, and then finally, you have very cute developments between both these adorable boys <3
Written by the same mangaka, both manga have a similar theme - the mutual attraction between a well educated/sophisticated man and a yakuza member, their misgivings about their relationships, the hardships that they face and how they overcome those hardships to be with one another.
Both manga have an eerily similar vibe - two adult, professionals who are openly gay and are attracted to each other the moment they see each other, both are seme, both have secrets they're hiding from the other, both are from opposite camps of their jobs/duties, and despite every hurdle that comes along their path, both manage to find a way to be together with each other.
A weak child who was bullied in school by his senpai, grows up and years later, takes his revenge by raping his senpai. You know, the stuff that true love is made of <3
A man in uniform who works at a Japanese public transport facility, comes across a passenger who has his eyes set on our MC. This man then proceeds to force his love on the MC by assaulting/raping him, and the end up living "happily" thereafter.
A relationship between two unlikely men develops amidst the theft of a precious piece of art. However, while the theft in Aoiro is simply a plot device to get our MCs together, in Code, the theft forms the central premise of the manga
Yakuza, gang wars, honour, loyalty, betrayals, and a lone wolf that ends up falling for a rather 'helpless' young boy - these are the themes which bind both these BL manga together.
Love blossoms between two guys because of the unique scents of their bodies.
A guy who falls in love with another guy simply because of the way he smells
Both stories deal with a young man who has a secret fetish, who is then attracted to another young man bc of how perfectly he adheres to his secret fetish
It's a funny recommendation, I know, but the stories between the main couples both begin with an impotent man and a handjob given to him by someone he's not (yet) emotionally attached to.
We see two young boys seduced by older men, but what happens years later after they've grown apart? Do they share the same dynamic, or do the tables turn? Expect the unexpected!
Both manga spring several couples in front of its readers, with the readers forming their own ships. What's most interesting about both, tho, is which couples the mangaka makes canon, and which ones she doesn't. You'll keep guessing till the end!
What do you do when you summon a demon who's only interested in having sex with you? Both these manga deal with this subject in a comedic fashion
Similar plots that are dealt differently - a spirit/demon that happens to meet a human boy during his childhood years, ends up being his protector/guardian spirit due to certain circumstances in the young boy's life (which involves the death of loved ones)
Both stories are light comedies (and beautiful art) which focus on the budding romance between a human boy and a demon that he accidentally summoned.
A spirit/demon suddenly appears in front of a young man in order to honour a pact/pay a debt that he'd made with one of the boy's ancestors
Both stories involve crows and humans. But while one features a Crow Spirit, the other features a supernatural being that is able to transform from a crow into a human being.
Both manga feature a budding romance between a human and the God of Calamity/Poverty. Both are very good reads with aesthetically pleasing art styles, that avoid going down a tropey path.
Both manga deal with the forbidden relationship between an uncle and his nephew.
Now, while their set ups are entirely different (with UGH being more "dark"), the relationship between the two guys is the same - a powerful, dark haired guy offers his protection (in exchange for companionship) to the 'weaker' guy in order to keep the other guys, who want to prey on him, away.
Nearly identical theme - aggressive seme bullies and forces the shy and reticent uke into being with a relationship with him
This recommendation is a no-brainer. However, despite the 12 eps that were dedicated to After the Rain, I found that Garden or Words did a far superior (and realistic) job of handling the romantic undertones between a school student and an adult, a relationship that is undoubtedly looked down up by society and even the characters involved in both these shows.
A cute girl who's a badass, a bevy of pretty boys who may or may not have romantic feelings for our MC, MC's regular interaction with each one of the boys, decent number of action scenes and good quality animation - this is what's common between these two anime. If you liked one, you're definitely gonna enjoy the other
If you enjoy watching young men with supernatural powers belonging to a secret organization, who work in order to fight bad guys, then you're sure to enjoy this recommendation. Bonus: Both the anime have a bright colour palette.
It's like Drrr, except with a better pacing and genuinely hilarious dialogues+settings. We have a bunch of individuals in a big city, who possess special skill sets that they use to make money, have fun or simply defend themselves from outside forces. Everything that happens to our MCs, keeps overlapping with what happens to the rest of the cast, creating situations that keep you on your toes and go,"What the fuck??"
It was Sanrio's beach episode that made me make a connection between that show and Free. On the surface, it might seem that both shows are very different (and honestly, they are), but what makes them similar to each other is the same basic premise - how a group of boys become closer to each other emotionally, based on a mutual passion that they (and only they) share. Initially, the boys aren't taken seriously and are even ridiculed for their passion, but they persevere and while doing so, they become even closer to each other. So if you enjoy seeing 17 year old boys bond with each other, then I'd highly recommend this series to you!
If you enjoy the very rare Cute Guys Doing Cute Things trope in anime, then this recommendation is up your alley. Not only do we see young and cute boys partaking in activities considered traditionally as feminine, but you also get to see them grow closer to each other as of their interest and involvement in said activities.
On the surface it may seem that these two shows are very different from each, but if you look closely, you will find many uncanny similarities between the two. For example, we have a black haired and green eyed MC, who is a hot head that constantly shouts at the top of his lungs, disrespects authority and has made it his life's mission to kill the non-human entities that have brought humanity to the bring of extinction. Oh, and him witnessing his parent's death is what triggers this blood lust in him. Much like in SNK, humanity lives inside a wall in the God Eater world, where humanity has been on the brink of extinction for long, thanks to creatures the humans have very little knowledge of. Then you have the black haired and powerful female who saves our MC's ass time and again, and a blond dude who is in-charge of the entire battalion. Soldiers from both the anime wear ridiculously inconvenient clothing during their missions, which include long boots and green capes swishing majestically in the wind. And ofc, since this division has the best of the best, the main characters never die, despite being in life threatening situations time and again.
If you enjoy seeing regular people with super powers, living in a contemporary world, then both these shows should suffice. Oh, and be careful of their colour palettes - both these shows are very colourful. Especially Hamatora.
Surprised no one has made this recommendation yet. Both anime start off the same - an average looking high school girl, under pressure from society/friends for being single, lies to her "friends" about her boy friend, who coincidentally is an extremely handsome man. So while everybody goes gaga over him, only his "girlfriend" knows the truth about his true nature as a person. However, while Kare Baka is a mindless comedy meant for shits and giggles, Wolf Girl actually has a story that moves forward, with the biggest focus being on the developing feelings between our MC and her fake boyfriend.
So what happens when you're living in one part of the world, closed off from the other part, and are very curious about what happens in the other world? Both anime explore this theme, but obviously since Pale Cocoon is only 22 minutes long, it leaves much to be desired.
I'm surprised nobody has made this recommendation yet. We have a sci-fi world in the distant future, where humanity has been on the brink of extinction for long, thanks to creatures the humans have very little knowledge of. All that they know is that these creatures attack humans mercilessly, and that the must fight back in order to survive. Our dark haired MC, of course, is the key to saving humanity, which has survived this long by shutting itself off from the outside world. They also make use of tech that's made specially to kill these creatures in combat. You also get to witness completely unnecessary hints of romances and relationships, so, yeah.
A MC in his late 20s is stuck at a dead end job, who lives his life daily and has no aim for his near future. However, due to unforeseeable circumstances, he is able to live his school life, which in turn not only helps ease his mind about the problems he was facing in his present life, but also helps him find a purpose in his life. And not to mention - making friends that are easily a decade younger than him! Wasn't a massive fan of the pedo vibes in Erased. ReLIFe handled that aspect much better and more realistically.
Both shows feature high school students who not only have the special ability to see yokai, but is able to exorcise them in order to make them move on to the Underworld. Both are true slice of life shows that are very episodic in nature.
If you enjoy silly comedies that focus more on entertaining you and less on keeping a consistent plot, then both these anime fit said criteria well. Both shows focus the interactions of a human with non-human entities, and how, eventually, he befriends them and realizes the existence of a world he was entirely unaware of. The bromances between both the MCs are cute too!
If you're looking for a a slice of life anime that features a cute little (and slightly clueless) alien boy who makes his home on earth, forges relationships and has one cute little boy dear to him, then this anime is perfect for you! Bonus: Both anime have a very light Shounen Ai-ish feel to them.
Both anime are lighthearted takes on an alien visiting the earth, and his gradually developing relationships with the humans around him.
If you're a fan of zombies, then both series will prove to be enjoyable to you, because a large portion of both focus on the reanimation of corpses. While in Le Chevalier (pre-revolutionary France), it's because of magic/alchemy that corpses come to life and act as killers, in Shisha (Victorian England), the zombies are controlled by humans to further their standard of living. Both are very interesting concepts that are treated very differently.
Both series take place in a decidedly steam punk environment, take is somewhere in the past. There, a large portion on the anime is about dealing with re-animated corpses, aka zombies. If you're a fan of the steam punk genre, then you're definitely gonna enjoy the other series!
Both shows are Hunger Games-esque series, where people from different walks of lives (with different sets of skills and talent) are pit against one another in order to win this mysterious game that they are a part of. Both shows have their fair share of action and mystery solving, and the last few episodes in both bring forward a twist that nobody could have possibly seen coming. The biggest difference between the two is that Duan's MC is OP, while Mirai's MC is totally useless. Warning: The MAL synopsis of Duan Nao gives away massive spoilers. I had reported that to the Mods, but ofc they didn't bother editing the description.
A group of individuals with hidden talents and skill sets, are made to kill each other in order to win a 'game'. Both series involve manipulations, surprising alliances, lots of action, gore and deaths, as well as a completely unexpected ending.
A group of misfits are put together in an isolated environment, so that they can deceive and kill each other. Why? Because the game can have only one survivor, and that can happen only when you kill the rest of the people you stand with you. Both anime feature lies, betrayals, unusual alliances and the deaths of the most unexpected characters. Both also have fairly questionable plots, but if you're someone who enjoys blood, death and gore more than the intricacies of the plots of anime series, then both these series should prove to be entertaining to you.
Both these Netflix productions in the sci fi genre may not look similar on the surface, but they have enough similarities for you to pick the other, if you enjoyed one of them: # We witness a dystpian-ish future where humanity's numbers have dwindled considerably. # From once being the hunters, they are now the preys # Every day is a battle for survival, as small pocket colonies of humans constantly battle reduced water and food rations. # Morally questionable decisions are taken in order to keep the human population surviving. # In both series, the threat to humanity takes the form of an in-human entity which is stronger/smarter than all of humanity combined, making it near impossible to defeat it # An outsider/rule breaker becomes the obvious leader of a group of individuals who bravely go out into the real world in order to destroy their God like enemy. # Fantastic CGI (until and unless you're the type to whine about CGI if it doesn't involve cute girls which shimmery hair styles) # Both series are to be viewed for their entertainment value. Because content wise, there are important details that have been skipped, which ofc, shouldn't have happened. # Both are almot Slice of Life action movies - the focus is more on the journey than the resolution/end of the journey # Despite being 50% of the population, women are magically outnumbered/out-represented by men in a roughly 1:10 ratio in both these dystopian worlds.
Both are light hearted and funny anime with a few commonalities as listed below: # The MC is a teenage girl but she looks and sounds like a pre-pubescent girl # She comes from a rich family and sheltered backgrounds, and longs for a normal life # Her appearance is scary, because of which people often mistake her intentions. # An older man shows a lot of interest in her, but to rough over the edges of a questionable pedo-relationship, he's shown to be a complete dork who is head over heels in love with her. # You get a wide variety of characters in both shows, including a woman with unbelievably huge breasts for her body type. # Nothing really happens in both anime - it's your typical SoL formula.
Both anime are slice of life comedies that gradually begin focusing on the budding romance between our two MCs - both high school girls who unintentionally become tangled in the lives of our gorgeous white haired (and eared and tailed) fox spirits. If you enjoyed one, you're sure to enjoy the other.
Both these anime are actually pretty similar, as both play with the themes of humans and vampires co-existing in each other's worlds. I'd say that when it comes to the MC, the one from Dance is faaaaaar better than the one from Diabolik, who was just dumb as a rock. Anyway, getting to the similarities> # Female who inadvertently gets caught up in the world of vamps/devils # MC is a high school student # Vamps/Devils feel an inexplicable attraction to her, which is later on explained and explored # Both actually have a plot going on for them, which came as a surprise # Despite being reverse harems, both have a way darker feel to them # Lots of pretty boys fighting over the MC. # MC's parents are absent from both the anime. # Both anime have a crazy sadist/masochist with purple hair who stands out from the rest of the cast, design wise.
# Both MCs are reverse traps # Both are adept at physical fights # Forced to dress up as boys in order to fight their way to the top # MCs are surrounded by beautiful boys # Their companions don't know they're fighting alongside girls # Bromance between MC and her male companions # One of the male MCs fall for the 'male' MC (huehuehuehue) # MCs aren't annoying, stupid, weepy or need constant saving (like most female MCs in anime)
It's not exactly like Ouran, seeing how it's not a reverse harem, nor is its comedy as good. But here are a few similarities I found: # Male MC works in a host club # MC is a reverse trap # MC is forced to 'work' for male MC after she breaks expensive stuff, in order to pay off her debt. # Male MC is blond, attractive and a ladies' man.
Let me begin by saynig that Arslan is far better than Yona in every conceivable way. Having said that, here are some similarities: # Both royals live a privileged life till their fathers (the kings) are overthrown # The coup happens bc of betrayal by someone they trusted # Both have loyal servants by their side who are loyal (in the beginning) bc of their allegiance, but remain loyal (later on) bc of how good a rule they think their prince/princess would make # Both MCs are stupid, weak and idealistic, but that is covered up by the show as a synonym for being a good/kind hearted person # Both MCs show little to no growth, but fans will kill you if you say this out loud. # They find people along the way that they add to their entourage - a motley group of misfits, if I might add # The villains in both the series are far capable rulers (seeing how they are pragmatic, have more experience and are NOT cruel people) but the series will still want you to root for the MCs
I am surprised that nobody has recommended this anime has a fantastic sub for Prince Sama, bc Magic Kyun practically the 2017 version of the latter. And with lesser tropes+stunning visuals. Here are the similarities (copied from a YouTube comment): - Both main characters have a dead family member - Both talk to their dead family members about their accomplishments - They transfer to a school for talented people - Both characters fell ill on the day of their entrence exam - They meet beautiful and super talented guys who gradually start liking the MCs - Their room mates both have the same personalities - Both characters are not nearly as talented enough as they need to be for the school - They both are going to work super hard to get talent Oh, and unlike in Prince Sama, the animators of Magic Kyun have made it clear which guy they're rooting for in the series.
I just couldn't shake off how similar The Royal Tutor is to Ouran (And not in a bad way). # The MC is a commoner who is suddenly thrust into the word of rich brats # Brats appear to be brats only in the beginning - with the progression of every episode you see they're actually complete sweethearts # You have the nerd, the strong-silent type, the naughty guy, the beautiful guy... and ofc, the younger sibling meant for the 'aww' factor # The strong-silent type opens up the most with the youngest sibling, and also cares for them the most. # All siblings/friends have a deeper backstory which shows us their characters in a different light (each has their own struggles that they have to conquer) # The initial few eps are 100% comedic, which slowly pave way to slightly more serious episodes # MC exposes them to the ways of the commoners # MC is not taking any of their shit # All the rich guys put up with the no-nonsense MC bc they all slowly start liking MC! # Everybody sees/understands news sides to them thanks to MC # Jarring chibi sequences that could have completely been done away with # No major story arcs - they're both episodic in nature. # Unnecessary emotional ending.
Both anime have a wide eyed protagonist who wants to work for the military bc he aspires to do good. However, with the passage of time and the help of rebels within the country, he realizes that his great city is not what it seems - it is being eaten away by sheer corruption, and is headed by a figure head that is deliberately allowing it all to happen for their own personal agenda. Both characters undergo changes, mostly because of the revelations that they face + the deaths of those close to them. I found Akame ga Kill a watered down version of FMAB, because it lacked the character development of the latter. The anime focuses more on the fight scenes and making it more visually appealing. Nothing wrong in that, if that's the kinda stuff you prefer watching!
Hamatora is a slightly light-hearted version of BSD and I'm surprised it doesn't have more recommendations. This rec is based on only the first seasons of both anime. Similarities include: # Everybody living in a world where only certain individuals possess superpowers # MC and his gang of rag tag friends are part of an agency that takes on cases to help people or organizations # Tension between MC and his bestie (who also happens to be his partner) bc of the difference in their natures # The MC is easy going while his bestie is stricter, more mature. # Both have antagonists sort of obsessed with the MC # Both aim at being serious but the comedy in them seem jarring at best # Both had a lot of potential but it was wasted due to poor direction/character development. Differences: # The biggest difference, honestly, is in the colour palette of the two. While Hamatora is colourful, fun and is clearly aimed equally at both girls and guys (which I really respect and appreciate), BSD has muted colours and is aimed more at guys.
If you're a SebaCiel shipper like I am, then Super Lovers is the closest you're going to get to SebaCiel being canon. The teenage protagonist (Ren) looks eerily similar to Ciel, while Haru is absolutely eye candy, just like Sebastian. There is also a power struggle between the two, just like there is between Ciel and Sebastian (even though his contract states he has to obey his master, no matter what). Just take my word for it and watch Super Lovers.
If Attack on Titan and Blue Exorcist had a love child, then Owari no Seraph would be it. I've already recommended AOT, and now I'm gonna recommend BE. Parallels/similarities include - # Protagonist who's lost his family due to supernatural elements and swears to take revenge # Their eagerness to not be in class but instead be out in the field, hunting/killing creatures # Their complete disregard for authority # Asshole in the class who ends up being his second or third bestie. # Magic, enchantments and weapons like scythes and swords being used to slay creatures # Classroom scenes that test students on their practical and bookish knowledge (and obv our hero excels at the practical knowledge but sucks at the bookish ones) In short, if you enjoyed Ao no then you're sure to like Owari no Seraph.
The first two eps of Owari were so similar to SNK that I was afraid it was a case of blatant plagiarism. I had to pause the series and check their background to see if this was a case of plagiarism or not. Turns out, both anime come from the Same studio - WIT. So I guess they were trying to replicate the success of SNK. # Eren and Yuu both have anger issues and don't respond well to authority # Armin and Yoichi are the shotas that are saved by the protags from bullies, and end up being besties # Levi and Guren are the strict father like figures in the lives of the protags (which doesn't stop fangirls from shipping them with each other) # They both live in a world where roughly 90% of the human population has been rid of by supernatural creatures, whose origins remain a mystery # Supernatural creatures in both series look at humans as nothing but "cattle" # Both male protags are obsessed with ridding the world of these supernatural creatures. There are many other similarities, but they don't immediately come to mind. If you liked SNK, then Owari is a watered down fantasy version of the same. Go in with low expectations and you'll end up enjoying the series.
Both anime focus on the male protags travelling through time to save the girls most important to them. However, SG focuses more on the science aspect of the story, while Erased's focus is more on solving a mystery, as well as the protag's feelings about the "new" set of people around him. In my opinion, SG is far better because it does not have one tenth the number of plot holes that Erased does, but then again, others will have a different opinion.
If you enjoyed Ao No Exorcist, you're gonna love Noragami too. There are quite a few similar elements in both the series, like: 1. A hero who's very powerful but doesn't know it/utilize his power to its potential 2. He's awkward, goofy and lovable 3. There's a female lead who acts as the tether between him and his "humanity" (when his powers go out of control) 4. The beginning has a lot of humour but that paves way to sudden drama, feels and action. 5. A bespectacled HOT nerd (Yukio and Kazuma could practically be twins) 6. A strong, fierce fighter who wears a bra and short bottoms. Both anime provide great entertainment value, provided you don't put their plots or character developments under scrutiny
They're written by the same writers, the female protagonist looks exactly like Angel, protagonist has a sappy back story, high school setting, music inserted via a pop idol + pop rock band, tsundere protagonist who's bossy, leader of the group, misunderstood and hence disliked by others, lonely.... does this sound like anybody else? Yeah, she's a mish-mash of Yuki and Angel. Loads of other similarities too, including how the series jumps from comedy to drama to loads of other things I can't mention because I don't want to spoil the series.
They have the same author, and the protagonists are pretty similar - average looking with unbelievably strong powers, who yet are somehow too dense to realize the great potential that they hold. I didn't like both of them, but if you liked either one of them, you're sure to like the other.
Both these shows tackle the theme of what happens to you (or your soul) once you die. Heaven, hell, reincarnation or the void - your deeds decide your fate. Angel Beats had great potential but was a let down to me. Death Parade, on the other hand, is a must watch for those wanting to view something different from what anime usually has to offer.
A tale of two brothers who love each other to death, have a sad past and live in a world of fantasy. AND they have a female friend they've known for a long time. Both the animes are surprisingly similar and I'm shocked nobody has yet been able to make a connection between the two.