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Sep 02 2022, 2:58 PM | Updated May 11, 3:40 AM
Anime for a common audience that includes representation of marginalized communities without being narrowly focused queer or quuerbaiting content. The purpose of the list is to try and neutrally compile a list of shows with a diverse cast that isn't subject to the heavy fascination with ships and other wishful thinking. Therefore, you will not see any "heavily hinted" and other typical speculation for such stocks here.

Warning, for some of the included shows, this topic, as well as its image, may be a spoiler. Also, English is not my native language, so if my vocabulary in describing a particular topic may sound problematic, feel free to let me know. I will correct the text as soon as possible.
Hourou Musuko
TV, 2011, 11 eps Me:- Author:8
Exploring gender dysphoria and transgender experiences from different perspectives.
Cardcaptor Sakura
TV, 1998, 70 eps Me:- Author:8
Demonstration of all kinds of love is one of the show's official themes, and significant side characters include a positively depicted lesbian and male bisexual representation.
Hoshiai no Sora
TV, 2019, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
The main cast includes a non-binary biological male character who is in love with one of the male leads.

Summertime Render

Summer Time Rendering

Summertime Render
TV, 2022, 25 eps Me:- Author:8
Neutral lesbian representation among the main cast.
Golden Time
TV, 2013, 24 eps Me:- Author:8
A sympathetic representation of a important person with severe memory loss. Study of the psychological consequences that may accompany this.
TV, 2006, 47 eps Me:- Author:8
One main lead openly explores her sexuality through a close friendship with another. Although it doesn't get further developed, that it doesn't turn into queerbaiting is unusual even for a shoujo show about female friendship.
Sakamichi no Apollon
TV, 2012, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
A representation of the so-called "haffu", Japanese of mixed Asian and non-Asian ancestry, and the discrimination associated with them.

Sakamoto desu ga?

Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

Sakamoto desu ga?
TV, 2016, 12 eps Me:- Author:7
Positive portrayal of homosexual affection.
Koi Kaze
TV, 2004, 13 eps Me:- Author:8
An attempt at a serious depiction of voluntary incestuous relationships and their impact on the characters themselves and the people around them.

Kanojo mo Kanojo

Girlfriend, Girlfriend

Kanojo mo Kanojo
TV, 2021, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Sympathetic depiction of a polyamorous relationship.
Kuzu no Honkai
TV, 2017, 12 eps Me:- Author:7
Sympathetic representation of lesbian affection among main cast
Wonder Egg Priority
TV, 2021, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Positive portrayal of transsexuality, lesbian and bisexual affection, and POC people.
Carole & Tuesday
TV, 2019, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
A very different progressive representation + a fantastic metaphor for the migrant crisis.
TV, 2017, 25 eps Me:- Author:8
The MC's best friend is bisexual and breaks gender stereotypes.
D4DJ Double Mix
TV Special, 2022, 1 ep Me:- Author:7
Positive portrayal of lesbian (bisexual?) affection.

Evangelion Movie 3: Q

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

Evangelion Movie 3: Q
Movie, 2012, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
A not-so-subtle study of male sexuality

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal
ONA, 2014, 26 eps Me:- Author:-
Various lesbian and transgender representations, a positive portrayal (albeit old-fashioned) of a lesbian couple.
Blue Period
TV, 2021, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
The main character's best friend is non-binary and bisexual.
Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta...
TV, 2020, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
Hugely positive depiction of female bisexuality, although in the original LN the romance is moving in the straight route.
TV, 2011, 24 eps Me:- Author:9
A positive albeit old-fashioned representation of transsexuality and male homosexuality.
Zombieland Saga
TV, 2018, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
Positive, albeit comedic, transsexual representation

Kumichou Musume to Sewagakari

The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting

Kumichou Musume to Sewagakari
TV, 2022, 12 eps Me:- Author:7
A positive homosexual representation, although somewhat stereotypical.
Non Non Biyori
TV, 2013, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
A positive, albeit comedic, lesbian representation.

NHK ni Youkoso!

Welcome to the N.H.K.

NHK ni Youkoso!
TV, 2006, 24 eps Me:- Author:9
A sympathetic representation of people with various mental problems ranging from depression to suicidality.
TV, 2009, 15 eps Me:- Author:8
Sympathetic female bisexual representation
Bokura no Nanokakan Sensou
Movie, 2019, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Positive portrayal of lesbian relationships. The main twist of the show is based on this and this, according to some of the audience, somewhat breaks the plot, so I warned you.
Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight
TV, 2018, 12 eps Me:- Author:-
Pretty subtle positive lesbian representation in the anime (until that character reveals herself at the end of her arc), although the original game adds some more overtly queer characters.

Koi to Uso

Love and Lies

Koi to Uso
TV, 2017, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
Unusual for this genre, positive male homosexual representation

Baraou no Souretsu

Requiem of the Rose King

Baraou no Souretsu
TV, 2022, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
Representation of intersex and non-binary experiences against the backdrop of heavily altered English history.
Banana Fish
TV, 2018, 24 eps Me:- Author:-
A show about male bromance that is not afraid to touch on the topics of bisexuality and asexual relationships.

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.

O Maidens in Your Savage Season

Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo.
TV, 2019, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
One of the main cast is lesbian and explores her sexuality

Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi
Movie, 2020, 1 ep Me:- Author:8
Representation of people with disabilities.

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans
TV, 2015, 25 eps Me:- Author:-
Representation of polyamorous relationships, gay and bisexuality, as well as research into the experience of war's orphans. Also, gay marriage.
Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu.
TV, 2021, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
50/50. Although Najimi can be interpreted as non-binary due to the constant jokes about their "real gender", the show's lesbian representation is just awful.
Made in Abyss
TV, 2017, 13 eps Me:- Author:9
As in the previous show, the gender of one of the important characters is deliberately hidden. However, in Nanachi's case, they is completely androgynous and the plot never raises questions about their gender.

Kanata no Astra

Astra Lost in Space

Kanata no Astra
TV, 2019, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
Positive intersex representation
Darling in the FranXX
TV, 2018, 24 eps Me:- Author:8
Positive lesbian and ... to put it mildly, controversial bisexual and non-binary representation

Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia

Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front - Babylonia

Fate/Grand Order: Zettai Majuu Sensen Babylonia
TV, 2019, 21 eps Me:- Author:-
Positive pansexual and non-binary representation.
Skip to Loafer
TV, 2023, 12 eps Me:- Author:9
The main character's aunt is a neutrally portrayed transgender woman.
Buddy Daddies
TV, 2023, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
This show does not have queer content in the truest sense of the word (the writers deliberately avoided any opportunity for straight or gay romance), but with some nuances, it can be seen as a positive representation of same-sex parents raising a child.
D4DJ All Mix
TV, 2023, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
In addition to the already mentioned Tsubaki, this season's lesbian (bisexual?) representation has expanded with Muni and Haruna. Also a brief cameo by the franchise's first canonical lesbian couple, Hayate and Kokoa.
TV, 2008, 24 eps Me:- Author:8
A neutral trans male representation that is portrayed as a common character trait. Also, you can consider some major characters as bisexual or pansexual if you like, based on their seductive behavior.

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (TV)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (TV)
TV, 2012, 26 eps Me:- Author:9
I don't remember exactly which season it was confirmed in, but the main antagonist is canonical bisexual and it was never denounced by anyone. Also, with each part, an increasingly positive depiction of androgynous looking men and women.

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Suisei no Majo
TV, 2022, 12 eps Me:- Author:7
One could argue at length about how well this show portrays queer relationships, especially by the standards of our time (the overuse of tropes and the unwarranted subtlety and ambiguity included), but at least it's shown as something common and perfectly socially acceptable.

Yuzuki-san Chi no Yonkyoudai.

The Yuzuki Family's Four Sons

Yuzuki-san Chi no Yonkyoudai.
TV, 2023, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
Yes, it was probably more about gender norms than any identity or genders in the modern Western sense, but the way the show deals with androgyny, gender discomfort and makes lines like "did you think I was a boy? Who cares!" (given the romantic tension between the characters and the popularity of this phrase in bisexual romance, this seems to have a double meaning), can be quite relatable for genderqueer people.

Yubisaki to Renren

A Sign of Affection

Yubisaki to Renren
TV, 2024, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
Wholesome romantic shoujo anime with a deaf protagonist. A deaf girl falls in love with a linguist guy and helps him learn sign language to communicate with her. Many nuances of the life of hearing impaired people and their loved ones in modern Japan are demonstrated. Unlike the subsequent show, this one explores the daily lives of deaf people more than the sensitive topics of socialization issues or bullying.
Koe no Katachi
Movie, 2016, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
Another show about the life of deaf people in modern Japan, but from a different perspective. The main character initially participates in the bullying of a deaf girl, but later he himself becomes an outcast and, years later, realizes his guilt and devotes his life to the girl whom he previously bullied. It's also a romance, but the anime tones it down considerably compared to the manga.
Sasaki to Pii-chan
TV, 2024, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
One of the important male side characters openly talks about his homosexuality and everyone around him is okay with it.
AI no Idenshi
TV, 2023, 12 eps Me:- Author:8
Good positive queergender and lesbian representation, anti-homophobic message.
Yozakura-san Chi no Daisakusen
TV, 2024, 27 eps Me:- Author:-
The work has a rather unusual number of gay or bisexual characters for an old-fashioned silly battle shonen, including important side characters. And while not all of them are portrayed quite wholesomely, their sexuality is never criticized or portrayed as something strange or wrong.

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