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Yaoi? I mean, people can like shows that aren't targeted towards them (I'm a girl and I cannot tolerate most shoujos).
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There's quite a few series out there in manga that I keep wishing would get picked up (like many of the works from Yamamoto Kotetsuko, who's actually a real-life lesbian but close enough lol) that would probably cater more to the gay male demographic, but like others have pointed out -- it's such a niche market that I'm not sure any production companies would take the risk to convert them into an anime series. I happen to enjoy both yaoi and bara but realize that neither is really very representative of actual gay male relationships (or any relationship in general lmao); I guess beggars can't really be that choosy as they say.

The release of Super Lovers (which I've read but was honestly surprised got picked up, due its content) and some of the upcoming Fudanshi titles gives me a glimmer of hope that some production companies realize that there's some sort of market out there.

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I think that yaoi anime and other anime that offer a lot of what's considered "female" fanservice can be appreciated by gay guys. Generally, yaoi that is more realistic in its portrayal would cater to them even though the yaoi genre is typically aimed at women. I think the reverse (anime targeted as lesbian women) would be even harder to find since lesbians (of bisexuals) aren't going to appreciate the overly sexual, incredibly unrealistic and somewhat rape-y fanservice that tends to be targeted at guys.

Either way I think the root of the problem is that the lgbtq+ community in Japan is probably pretty small and not as outspoken as the community is in places like America, and even then it's difficult to find good queer media.
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Going to say boys idols shows/Genre usually zero female characters last season great show call High School Star musical also called Starmyu all male cast at a all male school just no BL scenes


This season is a anime called Tsukiuta 2 boys bands are the characters
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It's manga but it's supposed to come out August...but Ten Count is a pretty sweet romance between a OCD patient and the counselor/therapist who takes a shine to him.


Unfortunely all I can think of is yaoi.

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"Real gay men" aren't all any one way. Neither are "real straight men", "real straight women", etc.

I'm a girl and I like the girls in Love Live, High School DxD, both the guys and girls in Code Geass... I don't need a show to be targeted to girls in order for me to enjoy it. I don't get caught up over the fact that the creators were picturing big fat sweaty 35-year-old male otaku when they drew those characters. (And yes, Love Live is geared to that just as much as the jiggle shows are. Even though people somehow got it into their heads that it's basically the girl version of what you're asking for... it's not.)

And anyway, "fujoshi" tastes are moving towards manly-men. See the sports trend, especially "All-Out".

I dunno, say what you want about "real men", whatever their sexuality, but I see it as my personal mission to bring back the long-haired pretty boy. With actual plot, without the seme-uke stuff and other romance-genre trappings.

. . . . . . I think "Heroic Legend of Arslan" fits both tastes, though.


Look. At this. Perfection. (though obviously I prefer Narsus <3)

There are other anime besides sports anime that have attractive male characters who aren't seme/uke types, and aren't reverse harems. Like K, or Attack on Titan. You shouldn't let things like target audience bother you - the only reason yaoi is a thing at all is because they just didn't care that Shonen Jump was for little boys. So if it doesn't bother them, why does it bother you? Also, now shonen manga are full of characters made to appeal to that demographic because of that audience responding to them and buying merchandise.

And "ゲイ” and "ホモ" tags are popping up on Pixiv a lot, sometimes on yaoi, but often on what you're looking for. And there are guys in the "top ranking by male members" thing quite a bit (and girls in the "top ranking by female members", too). So take a look.
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LavenderMintRose wrote:

"Real gay men" aren't all any one way. Neither are "real straight men", "real straight women", etc.

I'm a girl and I like the girls in Love Live, High School DxD, both the guys and girls in Code Geass... I don't need a show to be targeted to girls in order for me to enjoy it. I don't get caught up over the fact that the creators were picturing big fat sweaty 35-year-old male otaku when they drew those characters. (And yes, Love Live is geared to that just as much as the jiggle shows are. Even though people somehow got it into their heads that it's basically the girl version of what you're asking for... it's not.)

And anyway, "fujoshi" tastes are moving towards manly-men. See the sports trend, especially "All-Out".

I dunno, say what you want about "real men", whatever their sexuality, but I see it as my personal mission to bring back the long-haired pretty boy. With actual plot, without the seme-uke stuff and other romance-genre trappings.

. . . . . . I think "Heroic Legend of Arslan" fits both tastes, though.


Look. At this. Perfection. (though obviously I prefer Narsus <3)

There are other anime besides sports anime that have attractive male characters who aren't seme/uke types, and aren't reverse harems. Like K, or Attack on Titan. You shouldn't let things like target audience bother you - the only reason yaoi is a thing at all is because they just didn't care that Shonen Jump was for little boys. So if it doesn't bother them, why does it bother you? Also, now shonen manga are full of characters made to appeal to that demographic because of that audience responding to them and buying merchandise.

And "ゲイ” and "ホモ" tags are popping up on Pixiv a lot, sometimes on yaoi, but often on what you're looking for. And there are guys in the "top ranking by male members" thing quite a bit (and girls in the "top ranking by female members", too). So take a look.


Pretty much this.

Any show has shipping potential really....whether it's Girl x Girl or boy x boy.

Also, Binan. It's basically a dead on parody of magical girl shows and even some yaoi-ish tropes.

Watch whatever you want OP and ship whomever. Hell, I"m a straight female and while I like looking at pretty males, I like looking at pretty females as well.

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Like others have said, Free! is the first anime that comes to mind, but it doesn't have any "outwardly" gay innuendo.
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LavenderMintRose wrote:

"Real gay men" aren't all any one way. Neither are "real straight men", "real straight women", etc.

I'm a girl and I like the girls in Love Live, High School DxD, both the guys and girls in Code Geass... I don't need a show to be targeted to girls in order for me to enjoy it. I don't get caught up over the fact that the creators were picturing big fat sweaty 35-year-old male otaku when they drew those characters. (And yes, Love Live is geared to that just as much as the jiggle shows are. Even though people somehow got it into their heads that it's basically the girl version of what you're asking for... it's not.)

And anyway, "fujoshi" tastes are moving towards manly-men. See the sports trend, especially "All-Out"


I think Jojo is a better example for muscular men that popular among women. There's more than 10k Jojo BL in pixiv. All Out bombed in BD and DVD sales and it "only" got around 800 tag in pixiv.:sweatingbullets: I must admit I prefer bishonen feature with a little muscle like in Free rather than All Out.

As for anime aimed at gay men, it's a bit difficult. Is there any successful and good bara manga?
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It's not that gay men can't appreciate other types of anime, it's more wondering if there's any anime that is marketed to gays or at least avoids the stereotypes.
I think one issue with anime marketed towards gay males is that homosexuality is still largely unaccepted in Japan. While I hear that's changing, it's changing slowly, and it's hard to market to a small demographic that's often closeted.

As for yaoi, I've watched and enjoyed some, but I have to go into it knowing it will very likely be unrealistic and deal with the same old tired stereotypes gay men have to work hard to overcome, even where people are generally tolerant of gays. Uke and Seme? Please! Most gay men are much more ambidextrous! I also hate the 'I'm not gay but I like you' stereotype, and I especially hate the lack of trust, where the second someone walks out of a room, their boyfriend starts worrying that they are cheating and really doesn't love them. Nice way to discount gays' ability to form stable relationships!

I've seen some of the series mentioned earlier. Free! was fun, but tons of fanservice aside, wasn't yaoi or gay themed. Pretty, muscular boys in skimpy bathing suits constantly drape themselves all over each other, but display all the sexuality of a genital-free Ken doll. It's one of those shows that wants to suggest things without taking a stance. As a story about the pressures people face when nearing the end of high school and trying to figure out what comes next, it's not bad. It's pretty good for fanservice too. For gay representation? Not so much.

Junjo Romantica and Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi were interesting, but really indulge in those ridiculous stereotypes I mentioned above.

Super Lovers is an odd one. It's yaoi, but the subject matter-a 23 year old and his 15 year old adopted brother are in love-squicks a lot of people. I'm watching it, but it's more a slice of life comedy than anything, and again, not really something the average gay man would likely relate to.

The one I'd recommend is Yuri On Ice. The relationship that develops between Yuri and Victor is natural feeling, and avoids stereotypes. Other characters are strongly hinted as being gay, but it's all presented in a very matter of fact way. No one is alarmed, concerned, or otherwise any different acting around gay people. The director and writer both being women also gives it a different viewpoint, and the female gaze is both refreshing and (as a gay man) enjoyable. The most unrealistic element here is that they worked to show a world where homophobia doesn't exist. That's unfortunately NOT like real life, but it sure feels good watching it.


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I think yaoi would definitely suit gay guys. Why wouldn't it?


Because it's not for gay guys, it's for straight girls to drool over. It's kinda like lesbian porn for guys. Nothing wrong with that but that doesn't do anything for gay guys.

It's like being asked what anime girls might like and answering Keijo because all the main characters are female.
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Yuri On Ice is not targeted towards gay males because there are few gay males in Japan. This is because Japan has a traditional culture. Either way, you can't say anime about gay males (yaoi, Shounen ai) is not something that would be popular with gay males. I just won't believe you.
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Just watch Yaoi
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For situational content, try these four:
(all written by women)

Gravitation is an older series full of disclosure that I personally find to be an intense rollercoaster.

Super Lovers is a light, slightly over-the-top comedy that is more like a sitcom.

Yuri on Ice is a flamboyant and fun comedy, but doesn’t express the relationship with typical confession. Due to the time skips, character point of view, and amount detail stuffed into the season, you need a good eye for detail to deduce how the relationship is actually progressing.

No. 6 (try the manga) is an overall good drama.

However, if you're just seeking eye candy, then any muscle show would suffice. Free comes to mind first, then All Out and Kuroko no Basuke. These are NOT shounen ai.
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zubbyzub wrote:

It's not that gay men can't appreciate other types of anime, it's more wondering if there's any anime that is marketed to gays or at least avoids the stereotypes.
I think one issue with anime marketed towards gay males is that homosexuality is still largely unaccepted in Japan. While I hear that's changing, it's changing slowly, and it's hard to market to a small demographic that's often closeted.

As for yaoi, I've watched and enjoyed some, but I have to go into it knowing it will very likely be unrealistic and deal with the same old tired stereotypes gay men have to work hard to overcome, even where people are generally tolerant of gays. Uke and Seme? Please! Most gay men are much more ambidextrous! I also hate the 'I'm not gay but I like you' stereotype, and I especially hate the lack of trust, where the second someone walks out of a room, their boyfriend starts worrying that they are cheating and really doesn't love them. Nice way to discount gays' ability to form stable relationships!

I've seen some of the series mentioned earlier. Free! was fun, but tons of fanservice aside, wasn't yaoi or gay themed. Pretty, muscular boys in skimpy bathing suits constantly drape themselves all over each other, but display all the sexuality of a genital-free Ken doll. It's one of those shows that wants to suggest things without taking a stance. As a story about the pressures people face when nearing the end of high school and trying to figure out what comes next, it's not bad. It's pretty good for fanservice too. For gay representation? Not so much.

Junjo Romantica and Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi were interesting, but really indulge in those ridiculous stereotypes I mentioned above.

Super Lovers is an odd one. It's yaoi, but the subject matter-a 23 year old and his 15 year old adopted brother are in love-squicks a lot of people. I'm watching it, but it's more a slice of life comedy than anything, and again, not really something the average gay man would likely relate to.

The one I'd recommend is Yuri On Ice. The relationship that develops between Yuri and Victor is natural feeling, and avoids stereotypes. Other characters are strongly hinted as being gay, but it's all presented in a very matter of fact way. No one is alarmed, concerned, or otherwise any different acting around gay people. The director and writer both being women also gives it a different viewpoint, and the female gaze is both refreshing and (as a gay man) enjoyable. The most unrealistic element here is that they worked to show a world where homophobia doesn't exist. That's unfortunately NOT like real life, but it sure feels good watching it.




Wait, someone recommend Free as a great gay anime? From what I know, it get a lot of flack as "queerbaiting" or something like that. All teasing but there's still no canon gay couple.

Have you ever read Otouto no Otto? It's a seinen manga staring gay man written by Tagame Gengorou, a GAY mangaka. As for anime, what do you think about No. 6?


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