Kazuya is an idol whose life is filled with rehearsals and signing autographs for his loyal fangirls – but he also enjoys playing video games with his friend Akihiko. The duo argues frequently, but when a rich old man named Kudo arranges Kazuya’s kidnapping (in an attempt to force him to sign a contract with a management office), Akihiko puts up a fight to protect him. It turns out that the management office is nothing but a cover for its president’s taste for pretty boys; can Akihiko manage to save his beloved from this evil scheme?
Having recovered from a mysterious accident that caused him to suffer amnesia, Hashiba Sora is just starting to get his life back together. On the road to recovery, his steady progress is interrupted when he acquires a new roommate (who supposedly is his childhood friend), Fujimori Sunao. Their relationship becomes even more complicated with the appearance of Ran, an alternate personality inhabiting the same body as Sunao! Faced with the shadows of his past, can Sora regain his lost memories and make sense of what is happening around him?
Sukisho and Be-Boy are shounen-ai productions that play on the mains misunderstanding each other. Sukisho is mostly a comedy but has a very dark backdrop while Be-Boy is cute and mostly harmless. In both the relationship between the boys is tested and it is likely that these anime share the same fanbase.
Koji Nanjo has everything a person could possibly want – good looks, wealth, a successful pop career – and yet he is unhappy with his life. After getting utterly drunk one night and collapsing on top of a garbage heap, Koji is rescued by a young man who takes him home with him. This young man is Takuto Izumi, a boy with a tragic past and a dream to become a professional soccer player. Overwhelmed by Izumi’s show of kindness and his passion to better his situation, Koji finds himself falling in love with the youth; however, Izumi is intimidated by Koji’s self-destructive nature and is reluctant to return any romantic feelings. Can Koji convince Izumi that they are meant to be or will his insecurities only end up driving them apart?
A music setting, shounen-ai and plenty of angst dominate Be-Boy and Zetsuai. In both we have a romantic relationship between a singer and a person not involved in the music business. Be-Boy is more light hearted, though, and has plenty of fluff while Zetsuai is virtually charged with extreme angst, dark pasts and plenty of emotional suffering.