High school life is good for Morifuji Shizuka. With good grades, popularity and a fair share of friends, he is not to be left wanting -- except for one thing. Although the all-important finals are around the corner, the one thing on Shizuka’s mind is his classmate, Ichitaro Sakura. But is this attraction real love, or simply something physical? And what will the innocent-minded Sakura think of another boy having feelings for him?
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?
Lesson XX and Be-Boy Kidnapp'n Idol both bear the same "aged" feel to the animation style, similarly aged (high school) characters, and the theme of discovery of love between two good friends, as well as being a single episode affair. While Be-Boy takes a more whimsical tone and chain of events, Lesson XX draws out the relationship in a much more realistic fashion, but yaoi fans should not pass up the opportunity to see another part of the history of shonen-ai anime.
Lesson XX and Be-Boy tell a similar shounen-ai centred story in which two male leads go through the first awkward stages as their relationship goes from friendship to romantic. They have the same look in terms of artwork and the mood is somewhat akin, however, Lesson XX is considerably more realistic and goes in depth regarding character development while Be-Boy has a contrived plot that feels somewhat rushed.
As a member of a musical duo on the verge of making it into show business, Shindou Shuichi has a lot on his mind -- especially since he writes the songs for his Bad Luck band. His life gets no less hectic when he bumps into Yuki Eiri, a successful yet cynical author extraordinaire, who immediately insults Shuichi’s lyrics upon reading them. Seeking him out to demand an apology, Shuichi nevertheless sees other facets of Eiri’s personality. Can he accept the fact that he might be developing feelings for the novelist who discredited his work on their first meeting?
The obvious shounen-ai content is enough to warrant this recommendation. Gravitation is considerably more hyper and hilarious than the much more subdued and serious Lesson XX, but they both cover the same ground in terms of romantic overtures between two male characters.
During a much needed vacation in England, American cops Dee Laytner and Randy McClane find out that danger has found them yet again. Their hotel, it seems, is under investigation for a series of murders which cannot be solved, perplexing local authorities and visitors alike. Now, Dee's clever plans to take Randy's virginity must be stalled in lieu of the investigation, since hesitation might cost both of them their lives!
Fake and Lesson XX revolve around the growing romantic entanglement of two male leads. Fake has plenty of comedy and is action-packed, while Lesson XX can be described as shounen-ai, slice of life, and is spiced with romance. Both deal with the conflicts of same gender relationships and the occasionally thin line between lust and love.
As Ito Keita looks at the envelope in his hand, he is both excited and worried. Inside is the renowned "Platinum Letter", an invitation to the most esteemed boys-only high school in the country: Bell Liberty. Only the very best students are considered for this special academy, and each must display an outstanding skill or talent to be admitted. So with average grades and no special skills to speak of, why is Keita now finding himself on the bus to Bell Liberty? Will he be able to find his place among the elite, or find out why the school chairman himself issued the invitation?
Shounen-ai in a school setting is the basic outline of both titles. Gakuen Heaven has lively artwork and develops a rather convoluted subplot along the way, while Lesson XX is rather bland in terms of artistic content and deals almost exclusively with romance. Both follow the first stages of a romantic relationship between two male characters, and lavish on dramatic moments.
Misaki Takahashi has little hope of getting into a university, so his older brother Takahiro's friend, Usami Akihiko, offers to tutor Misaki as a favor to Takahiro - for Usami is secretly in love with him. However, as time passes Misaki realizes that he has uncomfortable and budding feelings for Usami. Meanwhile, Hiroki is a man who can't get over an unrequited love with Usami in the past - and with the help of Nowaki, he may finally learn to love again. These couples and more experience the joys and sadness of love between men under the most unlikely conditions.