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Queer BL anime (chronological order)

BL anime in a wide sense. But I will try to give each title an explanation why I consider it BL. (This list lacks a couple rather well known BL titles. The reason being that they are not listed on Anime-Planet, probably because of their mature/explicit content.)
1 Song of Wind and Trees

Song of Wind and Trees

風と木の詩 SANCTUS―聖なるかな―

  • OVA: November 1987

Commonly listed as a non-BL anime with BL themes. A classic. The anime is based upon a 1970’s manga that helped define the very shounen-ai genre, in its original meaning (in this context). Depending on definition, this may be considered the first BL anime.

2 Be-Boy Kidnapp'n Idol

Be-Boy Kidnapp'n Idol

BE-BOY KIDNAPP’N IDOL

  • OVA: February 1989

Commonly listed as a non-BL anime with BL themes. Quite obvious BL romance.

3 Earthian

Earthian

アーシアン

  • OVA 1: July 1989
  • OVA 2: September 1990
  • OVA 3: September 1996
  • OVA 4: December 1996

Commonly listed as a non-BL anime with BL themes. The main characters are quite clearly gay, in a world of homophobia and strict rules. This is somewhat downplayed in the anime adaption though.

4 Zetsuai 1989

Zetsuai 1989

絶愛―1989―

  • OVA: July 1992

Commonly listed as a non-BL anime with BL themes. Some BL romance and sports theme.

5 Ai no Kusabi

Ai no Kusabi

間の楔

  • OVA 1: August 1992
  • OVA 2: May 1994

BL with a bit of bondage.

6 Houkago no Shokuinshitsu

Houkago no Shokuinshitsu

放課後の職員室

  • OVA 1: April or August 1994 (?)
  • OVA 2: January or September 1995 (?)

BL with romance between two teachers.

7 Boku wa Kono Mama Kaeranai

Boku wa Kono Mama Kaeranai

ぼくはこのまま帰らない

  • OVA: June 1994

Typical BL with romance and its complications.

8 Bronze: Cathexis Koji Nanjo

Bronze: Cathexis Koji Nanjo

BRONZE KŌJI NANJŌ cathexis

  • OVA: July 1994

BL. Reportedly this is a number of music videos set to the story told elsewhere.

9 Fish in the Trap

Fish in the Trap

おさかなはあみの中

  • OVA: July 1994

BL with romance between two swimmers.

10 Kizuna

Kizuna

KIZUNA―絆―

  • OVA 1: August 1994
  • OVA 2: December 1994

BL.

11 Lesson XX

Lesson XX

Lesson XX

  • OVA: April 1995

Typical BL.

12 Kusatta Kyoushi No Houteishiki

Kusatta Kyoushi No Houteishiki

腐った教師の方程式

  • OVA 1–2: November 1995

BL.

13 Seikimatsu Darling

Seikimatsu Darling

世紀末★ダーリン

  • OVA: February 1996 (OVA)

BL.

14 Level-C

Level-C

快楽の方程式LEVEL-C

  • OVA: May 1996

BL.

15 Fake

Fake

FAKE

  • OVA: December 1996

Gay partners, in the double sense of the word.

16 Bronze: Zetsuai Since 1989

Bronze: Zetsuai Since 1989

BRONZE ZETSUAI since1989

  • OVA: December 1996

BL.

17 Fujimi Orchestra

Fujimi Orchestra

富士見二丁目交響楽団

  • OVA: July 1997

BL.

18 Kasho no Tsuki

Kasho no Tsuki

火宵の月 〜秋狂言〜

  • OVA: December 1998
  • OVA: January 1999

BL hints.

19 Gravitation: Lyrics of Love

Gravitation: Lyrics of Love

GRAVITATION

  • OVA 1: July 1999
  • OVA 2: September 1999

Typical BL.

20 Descendants of Darkness

Descendants of Darkness

闇の末裔

  • TV: October–December 2000

Gay subplots, gay hints.

21 Gravitation

Gravitation

GRAVITATION TV-SERIES

  • TV: October 2000 – January 2001

Typical BL. Depending on definition, this may be considered the first BL anime shown on TV.

22 Kizuna: Much Ado About Nothing

Kizuna: Much Ado About Nothing

KIZUNA―絆― 恋のから騒ぎ

  • OVA: March 2001

BL.

23 Mirage of Blaze

Mirage of Blaze

炎の蜃気楼

  • TV: January – April 2002

BL.

24 Shiritsu Araiso Koutougakkou Seitokai Shikkoubu

Shiritsu Araiso Koutougakkou Seitokai Shikkoubu

私立荒磯高等学校生徒会執行部

  • OVA 1: March 2002
  • OVA 2: July 2002

BL.

25 Saint Beast

Saint Beast

Saint Beast 四聖獣〜聖獣降臨編〜

  • TV: May – June 2003

Commonly listed as a non-BL anime with BL themes.

26 Mirage of Blaze: Rebels of the River Edge

Mirage of Blaze: Rebels of the River Edge

炎の蜃気楼〜みなぎわの反逆者〜

  • OVA 1: July 2004
  • OVA 2: September 2004
  • OVA 3: November 2004

BL.

27 Legend of DUO

Legend of DUO

Legend of DUO

  • TV: October 2004

Commonly listed as a non-BL anime with BL themes.

28 Sukisho

Sukisho

好きなものは好きだからしょうがない!!

  • TV: January – March 2005

Typical BL.

29 Haru wo Daiteita

Haru wo Daiteita

春を抱いていた

  • OVA 1: March 2005
  • OVA 2: May 2005

A somewhat more “mature” BL.

30 Loveless

Loveless

LOVELESS

  • TV: April–June 2005

Commonly listed as a non-BL anime with BL themes.

31 Papa to Kiss in the Dark

Papa to Kiss in the Dark

パパとKISS IN THE DARK

  • OVA 1: November 2005
  • OVA 2: December 2005

A more “mature” BL with shouta?

32 Saint Beast: Ikusen no Hiru to Yoru Hen

Saint Beast: Ikusen no Hiru to Yoru Hen

セイント・ビースト〜幾千の昼と夜編〜

  • OVA 1: December 2005
  • OVA 2: March 2006

Commonly listed as a non-BL anime with BL themes.

33 Gakuen Heaven

Gakuen Heaven

学園ヘヴン BOY’S LOVE HYPER!

  • TV: April–June 2006

BL.

34 Angel's Feather

Angel's Feather

Angel’s Feather

  • OVA 1: April 2006
  • OVA 2: May 2006

BL.

35 Marginal Prince

Marginal Prince

マージナルプリンス〜月桂樹の王子達〜

  • TV: October–December 2006

BL subtext, based on a BL game.

36 No Money

No Money

お金がないっ

  • OVA 1: February 2007
  • OVA 2: June 2007
  • OVA 3: September 2007
  • OVA 4: December 2007

A slightly more “mature” BL.

37 Fuyu no Semi

Fuyu no Semi

冬の蝉

  • OVA 1: February 2007
  • OVA 2: March 2007
  • OVA 3: June 2007

BL.

38 Close the Last Door!

Close the Last Door!

最後のドアを閉めろ!

  • OVA: March 2007

Typical BL.

39 Saint Beast: Kouin Jojishi Tenshitan

Saint Beast: Kouin Jojishi Tenshitan

セイント・ビースト〜光陰叙事詩天使譚〜

  • TV: April–June 2007

Commonly listed as a non-BL anime with BL themes.

40 Ikoku Irokoi Romantan

Ikoku Irokoi Romantan

異国色恋浪漫譚

  • OVA 1: December 2007
  • OVA 2: October 2008

A somewhat more “mature” BL.

41 Kirepapa

Kirepapa

キレパパ。

  • OVA 1: January 2008
  • OVA 2: November 2008

BL.

42 Junjou Romantica

Junjou Romantica

純情ロマンチカ

  • TV: April–June 2008

Typical BL.

43 Antique Bakery

Antique Bakery

西洋骨董洋菓子店 〜アンティーク〜

  • TV: July–September 2008

Gay characters, gay subplots.

44 Junjou Romantica 2

Junjou Romantica 2

純情ロマンチカ2

  • TV: October–December 2008

Typical BL.

45 07-Ghost

07-Ghost

07-GHOST

  • TV: April–September 2009

BL subtext.

46 Maiden Rose

Maiden Rose

百日の薔薇

  • OVA 1: May 2009
  • OVA 2: October 2009

A somewhat more “mature” BL.

47 Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku

Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku

生徒会長に忠告

  • OVA 1: November 2009
  • OVA 2: April 2010

A slightly more “mature” BL.

48 Kachou no Koi

Kachou no Koi

課長の恋

  • OVA: March 2010

A delusive gay boss. Be ready for many laughs.

49 Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols

SEX PISTOLS

  • OVA 1: March 2010
  • OVA 2: April 2011

BL.

50 Yebisu Celebrities

Yebisu Celebrities

YEBISUセレブリティーズ

  • Animix: May 2010

BL.

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