Welcome to Part II. This time I will introduce some Shonen Ai recommendations which I just love. I put Shonen Ai and not Yaoi on purpose because for all I remember these recommendations are part of the Shonen-Ai genre and less Yaoi-ish…I know that’s not a word but still.
So these recommendations now are very dear to me. I only discovered them after some time but I grew to love them. Most of them are completed works and not too long but I still recommend reading and enjoying them ^.^
My first two recommendations for the Shonen-Ai list are teases. Seriously. But I can tell you, you will still enjoy 19 Days. Don’t be put off when at first or inbetween you see some artwork and no story. It tells the story of a high school boy and his best friend (who he is not-so-secretly in love with) and later on features a really really cute other couple ^.^
The story is very very very slow progressing but it’s just really funny and enjoyable to read so I definitely recommend it.
Note: Yes, I know it is actually not a manga but a …Chinese one?
This story is another tease mostly. It is also gender-bender (meaning cross-dressing) but I thought the story was just too nice not too include it especially since there is so much “it could happen somewhen in the future”.
Story: One day, Kunisada Haruichi who is specializing in Japanese dance in his high school dance department, meets Yuri Arbatov, a famous and young ballet dancer who comes for a short-term study abroad. However when he gets a hold of Haruichi’s weakness, Haruichi is forced to cross dress on stage… (source: myanimelist.net)
I really enjoyed reading it and thought it was a really nice and beautiful story. It starts of with some jokes but quickly turns to a more serious tone. You should check it out!
Koi Nante Shinai!
KNS! has such a nice and promising storyline, unfortunately it has a open ending, if you can even call it ending. I think it was just that somehow it’s not gonna continue, I don’t know why, but well…I’ll still recommend it.
Story: Udou Ryuuji loathes his classmate Kujou Ritsuki. He hates it that the good-looking boy is like always smiling and flirting and has everyone believing he is perfect. One day Ryuuji discovers that Ritsuki has a secret part-time job and sharing a secret brings them closer together…or something like that. It’s kinda hard putting the story line together.
Well, it is very well drawn and I really enjoyed reading the story, especially because compared to other stories, there doesn’t seem to be a definite “top” in the relationship. And I don’t mean this in the sexual sense but more in the “who has the pants on in the relationship”. Both of them are shown to fall for the other person and having a weak spot for them, so yea, I really enjoyed that.
Story: Kohitsuji Project is about a boy being accepted into a prestigious school not knowing he is the “sheep” that is meant to let the vampires learn that humans are not to be treated like food! (source: myanimelist.net)
What I liked about this one? It is a fantasy BL manga, well drawn and with a good storyline. It is not just about ero stuff but actually a lot about storyline. Unfortunately it is only 2 volumes long but I enjoyed it so much, I had to share it here. I also really appreciated the detailed and beautiful drawings.
Bokura ni Matsuwaru Etc.
Story: Iku and Keita are childhood buddies. Naturally, having been friends for as long as they can remember, when one started to play baseball, so did the other. During their final year in middle school, Keita’s baseball career abruptly ended as a result of the severe injuries he sustained when saving Iku from being hit by a truck. Presently, they go to the same high school. But ever since that accident, Iku has distanced himself from both the game and his friend, presumably out of guilt. What does Keita think about this? (source: myanimelist.net)
This one is just…just…just oh-so-good. I loved reading this. This one is like all the Thai BLs where you only get one kiss but you are soooo happy with just that one kiss. This manga really relies on the chemistry between the characters and the chemistry is off the tops. I really enjoyed this story. Sadly, it is only 3 chapters but those three chapters really are great. I love it!
Uragiri Wa Boku No Namae Wo Shitteiru
Finally one that is longer. Well, it took a really long time for UraBoku to end and I still haven’t read the ending. I’m afraid it is an open ending but since I haven’t read it, I wouldn’t know.
Story: Plagued by re-occurring dreams he can’t quite recall and a strange power that allows others’ thoughts and emotions to flow into him, high school student Sakurai Yuki has always longed to know the reason for his existence. Soon after a hauntingly beautiful, nostalgic stranger named Zess saves Yuki from an oncoming car, the head of the Gioh Clan shows up at the foster group home where Yuki lives, claiming to be family. Who are the Gioh Clan? What is their connection to Zess? Most importantly, can Yuki accept his role in the destiny laid out before him? (source: myanimelist.net)
UraBoku is probably one of the most beautifully drawn mangas I ever read. It is detailed but also shows some of those comedic chibi styled images sometimes. The story is pretty detailed and heavy but really enjoyable and nice to read. I definitely recommend reading it and see for yourself if you like it!
Oh, also there is an anime!
Story: Tobari’s always loved cute and feminine things. Which sparks his eventual venture into drag. One day, while he was out in public dressed as a high school girl, he bumps into fellow classmate, Inui. It’s annoying to Tobari how amusing Inui finds it, but at least he’s promised not to tell anyone. But with no plans of letting him off for this hobby, Inui proposes something outrageous. He is twisted and unstable, but for some reason, his words are reassuring. A story of a secret love woven with something unnerving. (source: myanimelist.net)
Houkago Edge is such a jewel. Really. I read it around 5 times already and I can tell you a little story about that. I read it and then forgot its name so when I remembered it and wanted to re-read it I searched for three hours to find it again, just so I could read it again. That’s how much I love this one. The characters are kinda strange but lovingly so and the ending is really really nice. It is only one volume long but here it is definitely quality over quantity.
So these are my BL Shonen-Ai recommendations. I hope you like them and enjoyed reading the post as well as check out the mangas. I really enjoyed all of them and I hope you to too ^.^
Look out for Part III. I already put the recommendations together, I just have to finish writing it 😀