Looking for a new Japanese animation to watch? We’ve put together a list of the top gay animes of all time.
Were you an LGBT kid who enjoyed anime? If so, chances are there were some shows that had characters that explored their sexuality, and helped you to make better sense of what might have seemed so confusing at the time (Sailor Moon is one of these characters).
There have been some pretty great anime LGBT relationships, and those characters represent gay couples in many different and positive ways.
You got to see what romance really should look like, and got to see yourself in a different way, thanks to LGBT anime. With this in mind, we would like to talk about five of our favorite gay anime shows. If you haven’t seen any of these shows yet, you really should check them out.
Loveless is a running manga series, as well as a 12-episode anime. Yun Kouga created the story of Ritsuka, a 12-year-old who is looking to find out what really happened when his brother, Seimei, was murdered.
In the process, he inherits Seimei’s Fighter Unit. After being told by college student Soubi that he is in love with Ritsuka, upon their very first meeting, Ritsuka ends up involved in a fantasy world with Fighters and Sacrifices. He discovers that he is Loveless. This is a series that focuses on many different types of relationships and relationship issues.
In this anime gay issues are often dealt with, as well as numerous other situations, including the sexual molestation of children. Loveless was once licensed by Tokyopop, in English, and it is scheduled to be re-released, and continued, by Viz, which is something that should delight fans of this popular anime series.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
In this anime series, a group of teenagers works with NERV, a dark and shadowy organization, piloting bio-machines (Evangelions) and fighting horrific creatures (Angels). Their goal: to save a future Tokyo.
The main character, Shinji, fights the Angels while dealing with a very dysfunctional relationship with his father. Shinji deals with existential crisis after existential crisis, while exploring his sexuality with Kaworu Nagisa. This character only appears in two episodes, but he makes a major impact on Shinji, and on fans of the show.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a 26-episode anime series which originally aired on Japanese television in 1995. In 1997, many of the characters could be found in the film, “Death and Rebirth”, which is basically a clip show version of the original series, and featured the first half hour of the full-length movie version of the show, “The End of Evangelion”. This movie was just as controversial as the original series, but gave fans a bit of closure on the story.
Junjou Romantica is a series about high school student Misaki Takahashi, who while studying for his entrance exams to university, gets help from the best friend of his older brother, Akihiko Usami, who is also an author. Misaki finds out that the books written by Akihiko are very sexual in nature, and at the same time, begins to make some discoveries about himself. Misaki and Akihiko become a couple, and the series focuses on their relationship. This is considered to be among the best gay animes, with four seasons about Misaki and Akihiko, as well as another couple.
Created by Shungiku Nakamura, Junjou Romantica, the anime adaption of the manga offers 12 episodes per season. The season three finale aired on September 24, 2015. At this time, there is no information forthcoming about a new season of this popular gay anime series.
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Utena Tenjou is a teen girl who, after the death of her parents when she was a young child, is approached by a prince, who gives her a special signet ring. As a teen, she longs to be like that prince, and decides that she wants to become a prince herself. While attending Ohtori Academy, she meets Anthy Himemiya, who is involved in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. Utena fights to protect her friend, and over time, they develop an unexpected romantic relationship.
This show began airing in the spring of 1997, and was popular on Japanese television, with a 6 pm timeslot each Wednesday until Christmas Eve of that same year. It received the “Best TV Animation” award at Kobe Animation ’97. There are 39 episodes in total, and this anime show has inspired an original animated feature film, a pair of novels, and a Sega Saturn game. The show began as a five-volume manga, and the anima and manga were created simultaneously.
Sasameki Koto (Whispered Words)
This anime series focuses on Sumika Murasame. Sumika is in love with her best friend, Ushjo Kazama, who is also attracted to girls. The only problem is, Sumika is afraid to reveal her true feelings to Ushjo, because Sumika is tall and athletic, and Ushjo is attracted to girls who are small, feminine, and cute. But, her problems go just a bit deeper than being tall. She is at the head of her class, a class representative, a black belt in karate, and a master of other sports, and more. This makes potential romantic interests nervous when it comes to approaching her, and the last thing she wants to do is ruin her friendship with Ushio by proclaiming her love.
Sasameki Koto is a 13-episode anime adaptation that aired late in 2009. The manga is published and licensed by Clair de Lune, in French, since 2011, and it is also licensed by Crunchyroll. In fact, you can view Sasameki Koto for free on their website whenever you get the urge for some awesome anime.
This is just a small sample of the many great anime shows that you are going to want to check out, if you haven’t done so already. If you have never seen any gay anime before, you are going to be pleasantly surprised by the deep story lines, and the exceptional artwork that brings the stories to life. These are shows that LGBT people can really relate to, and they are favorites of anime fans the world over.
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