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BL manga that don't suck

I've actually stopped reading BL because of its rapey suckiness, so this list will rarely be updated. please recommend me some good titles, ta
1 Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu

Tadayoedo Shizumazu, Saredo Naki mo Sezu

the first prequel to Twittering Birds

2 Don't Stay Gold

Don't Stay Gold

the second prequel. the main story in Twittering Birds follows straight from here

3 Twittering Birds Never Fly

Twittering Birds Never Fly

this hard-hitting manga just keeps getting better on rereading. the author has a pared-down art style but every line is purposeful, with sparce sex scenes used only to help characterisation, good paneling and witty dialogue.

yes, there are plenty of BL yakuza stories, but in this one all the characters feel like real people - from their to and fro banter all the way down to their mannerisms - who gravitated towards the organisation because they were dealt a bad hand in life or had sadistic tendencies

4 The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese

The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese

I don't like the art style but the story explores the themes of insecurity and growing up so well. This mangaka writes for the josei demographic and it shows; how often do you get worthwhile female characters in a BL manga?

5 The Carp on the Chopping Block Jumps Twice

The Carp on the Chopping Block Jumps Twice

vol 2 of the Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese and an improvement

6 Ten Count

Ten Count

I don't care for Takarai Rihito's other works but Ten Count gets everything right. More than just one-note characters, Shirotani's and Kurose's motivations stay the right side of spoon-fed to the reader. a successful combination of character development and ahegao

7 No Touching at All

No Touching at All

Kou Yoneda for the win, she manages to convey so much with so little. probably the best introduction to the genre

8 Intense


this manhwa excels at atmosphere, baring the unglamorous side of the underworld

9 Killing Stalking

Killing Stalking

here's your 1st class ticket for the misery train. this really succeeds as a horror, I was gripped by 1 thought throughout: please, please let Bum be alright in the end.

the 1 aspect I disliked about it are the gratuitous sex scenes. the initial depictions of rape worked well at being utterly terrifying and contributing to the helpless horror of it all. but it undermines the tone in the end if there are too many of them. there r only so many untitillating sex scenes one is willing to consume (I get it already, Bum opens his diary every morning n it says 'threat of rape' on every page in capital letters)

I feel like Painter of the Night suffers from the same problem. the very interesting plot and themes have to take a back seat because there r so many scenes of rape. and again, it works initially, to show Kyum's predicament before someone who can extinguish his life with a wave of the hand but after a while I can tell that these scenes are drawn to be arousing not to horrify. on the other hand, it is less interesting storywise to dismiss Seungho as just a murderer/rapist who will never go to prison for his crimes than to give him an arc where he has to learn that he cannot take/ demand/ pay for the one thing he most desires - unconditional love and acceptance. I hope Na-Kyum will be alright in the end

10 Neon Sign Amber

Neon Sign Amber

damn, the human art is so gloriously correct in this one. the 'I'm not gay but you're special' trope done right

11 Hakidame to Tsuru

Hakidame to Tsuru

I like roundhouse kicks in the feels

12 Color Recipe

Color Recipe

in all of Harada's manga characters are either abusive, manipulative, deceptive or coercive, a feeling of unease slowly creeping up, and coupled with quite outstanding art in Colour Recipe, it sets their style apart.

do you also love it when homosexuality is conflated with paedophilia? test how much discomfort you can bear by reading 'Nii-chan'

13 Pornographer


a slow burner that turned out surprisingly poignant

14 On Doorstep

On Doorstep

no tropes here, officer

15 Blood Bank

Blood Bank

far from perfect, sometimes inconsistent, deus ex machina ending, but just so much fun!



a nice introduction to guro.

but whatever you do, don't start exploring the genre with 'The Orc Bride', that stuff can't be unseen

17 I'm the Only One Who Knows Your Body

I'm the Only One Who Knows Your Body

here's an example of something completely unoriginal that is nevertheless enjoyable because the dialogue doesn't bore me to tears and the characters make sense (the bar is so high, I know). it's one of those single volume BL that don't even have a plot, I've seen tons of similar stories but this one DOESN'T SUCK

18 Doronuma


19 Spin Out

Spin Out

was Doronuma too mild for you? try this

20 Gelateria Supernova

Gelateria Supernova

I'm keeping an eye on this author because, within the confines of a well-trodden genre, she creates characters that struggle with relatable issues

21 Joou to Shitateya

Joou to Shitateya

oh look, you don't have to assault a guy to get in his pants. I love this mangaka's art, so too bad that more of her stories don't imitate how a relashionship might progress in reality

22 NightS


I like the main story

23 Namae mo Shiranai Machiawase

Namae mo Shiranai Machiawase

only the 1st story is worth bothering with and it's delicious


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ShiroKiraKitsune Feb 10, 2021

Know what I love about your list? You took time to write a little something on each of them. Thank you for this.

ProtectTheGayGremlin Sep 23, 2018

Wow thanks for this list! 

I'll definitely check these out! ^~^

KuroiTsubasa Nov 7, 2017

Wow, thanks for putting this list together! I've read around half of these mangas, and most of them are among my favourite bl works, so i hope to find some gems among the others.