Arria’s Top 4 Shounen-Ai Manga (With Hot Bishies, of course!)

You should see the expression on my face as I write this post. I’m beside myself with giddiness and excitement that I’m finally, actually, really writing this post. Besides my Yuri on Ice posts, I haven’t really written any BL-centric posts here. I’m remedying that and will start posting more BL content from now on. Yay yay!

But I’ll take it easy for this post, so as not to shock you too much with the hardcore stuff that I usually read. More of that coming soon. The following are my top 4 recommended shounen-ai manga. Shounen-ai focuses more on the love and friendship between two male protagonists, as opposed to the sexual relations usually found in yaoi. So these 4 manga are more for the pure-hearted. (wink wink) They are my absolute favourites. I highly recommend all of them.


Arria’s Top 4 Shounen-Ai Manga

4. Koori no Mamono no Monogatari (冰之魔物語)
By Sugiura Shiho (杉浦志保). This manga is very shoujo-esque in the sense that Ishuca, the protagonist, is too much of a martyr. I wasn’t immediately sold into the story, but as I read more chapters, I found myself liking it more and more. Ishuca is portrayed as an airhead and clumsy most times—very typical of shoujo heroines—but since he’s selfless, he’s oddly charismatic. The other protagonist, Blood, is a hot demon. The angel and the demon—that’s basically what this manga is about. Ishuca and Blood’s relationship starts from uneasy friendship and then it’s up to you whether to interpret the blossoming of their connection to romance. I would suggest to give this manga the benefit of the doubt as it won’t absorb you immediately…at least, it didn’t for me. However, it has some quite emotional scenes that may move you to tears. Definitely worth reading.

3. Silver Diamond (シルバーダイヤモンド)
By Sugiura Shiho (杉浦志保). An absolute favourite. I read this 3 times. As you may have noticed, it’s created by the same mangaka as Koori no Mamono no Monogatari. But Silver Diamond has nicer art style, more solid characters and storyline, perhaps because it’s Sugiura-sensei’s later work. The characters are definitely hotter compared to Koori no Mamono no Monogatari. Yay! The story premise is a bit weird, but a good kind of weird. Rakan, the main protagonist, is also selfless but I like that he has spunk and more spine compared to Ishuca. Not to mention that he’s manlier in the effeminate bishounen way. The other protagonist, Chigusa, is (oh my gosh) so freaking hot! As a matter of fact, it seems that most of the characters in this manga are hot bishies. Definitely a treat for the eyes.

Silver Diamond also has a lot of comedy scenes, mostly because of Chigusa. He’s a pervert but in an adorable way. You’ll see what I mean when you read this. The relationship between Rakan and Chigusa starts from friendship that deepens as they spend more time and go through dangerous situations together with their other bishie friends. As a treat, I’ll tell you that this has a happy and quite satisfying ending. I highly recommend this manga.

2. Doukyuusei (同級生)
By Nakamura Asumiko (中村明日美子). A lot of my pals who are also BL fans have been recommending this manga to me for quite some time. Their insistence increased when the film adaptation released in early 2016. I was very noncommittal as I wasn’t really that much of a BL fan during that time, but as some of you noticed recently, I’m hardcore now. It’s only literally last week that I decided to follow their advice and read the manga…and oh boy…I wanted to kick myself in the head for waiting this long. Doukyuusei is so beautiful! So pure! I almost feel like someone like me shouldn’t be reading/watching something as pure as this. It’s very short but sweet…and oh so romantic. I also recommend that you watch the anime film. It’s really good. And for fellow Kamiya Hiroshi fans like myself, yes! Kamiya Hiroshi voices Kusakabe in the film. Yay yay! I was squealing like a pig giving birth while watching…okay, that was an ugly description, but you get what I mean.

The art style is very unique but beautiful. Kusakabe and Sajou’s relationship makes me envious…in a good way. They’re so adorable. Their story will make your heart sing with joy but also clench because of their sweetness. Ah! You must read this manga or better yet, watch the film! Highly recommended!

Fun fact: I originally planned this as a Top 3 Shounen-Ai Manga list, but when I read and watched Doukyuusei literally just last week, I know that I had to revise this list in order to include it. And so it became a Top 4 Shounen-Ai Manga list.

1. Komatta Toki ni wa Hoshi ni Kike! (困った時には星に聞け!)
By Abe Miyuki (阿部美幸). Same creator of Hakkenden -Touhou Hakken Ibun- (八犬伝 -東方八犬異聞-) & Super Lovers (スーパーラヴァーズ), both have their own anime adaptations.

Komatta Toki ni wa Hoshi ni Kike! is my #1 favourite shounen-ai manga. I’ve read this about 5 times already! It’s so GOOD! I love that the main protagonist, Takara, is manly even if he looks like a cute girl. In fact, the funny part is that people are deceived by his fragile-looking girly appearance when the truth is he can beat up a group of thugs by himself…in the coolest way possible to boot. The other protagonist, Kiyomine, is (of course) super hot. At first, Takara and Kiyomine don’t get along but they form an unlikely friendship until other characters automically consider them as a set, incomplete without the other.

The story is really good, plus it has lots of bad-ass fight scenes that I love rereading as much as the lovey-dovey scenes. I would go as far to say that this is the best shounen-ai manga that I’ve ever read so far. The setting of this manga is the same as the one in Abe-sensei’s other work, Super Lovers. The school that Takara and Kiyomine attend here is the same school that Ren attends in Super Lovers. And the lawyer named Kashiwagi Mikiko in Super Lovers is probably Kiyomine’s mom. So if you’re a fan of Super Lovers (like myself), then reading Komatta Toki ni wa Hoshi ni Kike! is a must. Don’t expect sex like in Super Lovers, though. Just pure friendship and barely-there romance…but let me tell you that things can get quite intense. I wish that they would make an anime adaptation of this manga. A super-duper highly recommended MUST-READ!!!


That’s it for my Top 4 Shounen-Ai Manga. I have watched a lot of shounen-ai anime that are really good, but since I haven’t read their original manga sources, I didn’t include them here. If you’re new to the BL world and still testing the waters, I recommend these 4 titles as they’re not too intense compared to yaoi, yet you’ll still get great stories with beautiful and meaningful relationships between the male protagonists.

Now for my fellow hardcore BL fans, I know that you’ll want more, so please stay tuned. I promise that I’ll post more BL content here…and yes, including the hardcore stuff. Things are going to get hot, sweaty, and crazy, folks! Fujinsei is becoming SINFUL. Watch out.

Have a delicious day. (wink wink)

/Wild Arria fled/


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30 thoughts on “Arria’s Top 4 Shounen-Ai Manga (With Hot Bishies, of course!)”

  1. Actually i already read all of this manga except for Doukyuusei ( i think i will try to read it), and i 1000% agree with you. they’r all very good shounen ai manga, especially Komatta Toki ni wa Hoshi ni Kike! i don’t even know how many time i read this manga.

    But what make me curious is the time setting in Komatta toki ni wa hoshi ni kike! and super lovers. Is komatta toki ni wa hoshi ni kike! setting before super lovers or in the same time? cause if they’r occure in the same time, why their mntion each other protagonist? cause we all know (for one who already read komatta toki ni wa hoshi ni kie!) Takara and Kiyomine are famous couple in their school, and for Ren in super lover, he was already famous cause of Haru ( school entrance ceremony) and his outstanding academic.
    Evenmore for school nurse is different, in super lovers, takamura sensei is their school nurse while in komatta toki ni wa the school nurse are a girl (remember when takara and kiyomne goes to infirmary cause they’r drench in water for help akari). So which time is their setting manga?

    Please help me to understand this manga setting cause i keep thinking about it whenever i read Komatta toki ni wa hoshi ni Kike! or watch super lovers anime

    Thanks…

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    1. Hello! I’m glad to hear that you’ve read most of the manga in this list. I really recommend Doukyuusei. It’s a really cute and romantic series. Perhaps you’ll also want to watch the anime film adaptation for it. It’s quite a treat.

      It’s always a delight to encounter other Komatta Toki fans. Most are more familiar with Super Lovers. I wish that they make an anime adaptation of Komatta Toki ni wa Hoshi ni Kike! As for the timeline between the two series, I’m also a little confused about it. I discussed this with a fellow fan before and she told me her theory that Super Lovers may be in an earlier timeline than Komatta Toki, rather than the other way around. So if this is the case, then Ren (Super Lovers) will be a grown-up when Takara & Kiyomine starts school. She told me that it’s because Kiyomine’s mom still retains the name Kashiwagi in Super Lovers. Kashiwagi is Michiko’s maiden name and she kept it when she married her first husband, a policeman, who was Kiyomine’s older brother and older sister’s dad. But since her second husband, Kiyomine’s dad, came from another powerful family and also a successful lawyer like her, it’s probable that she took her second husband’s last name, Hosoka.

      If this is the case, then Kiyomine’s mom might not still have been married to Kiyomine’s dad during the timeline in Super Lovers. But of course, this is just a theory. But I think it makes sense because it explains the different staff at the school and also why we haven’t seen the characters from both series at the school.

      Anyway, thanks for dropping by. Have a lovely day. Cheers!

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      1. Thanks for your answer. Actually i read Komatta toki first before Super Lovers, I like all manga created by Abe Miyuki Such as Hakkenden. Well i think Super Lovers created before Komatta Toki too.

        I hope they make animation ver for Komatta toki, i just listening for their drama cd and that’s wonderfull. Takara has same seiyuu as Ren. i imagine how amazing it is when komatta in anime like Super Lovers.

        Thanks for your answer. Have a lovely day too for you

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      2. You’re welcome. Same here. I read Komatta Toki first before Super Lovers. And Komatta Toki was published first before Super Lovers. However, the timeline of Super Lovers being earlier than Komatta Toki kind of makes sense, although we might be wrong. I haven’t read anything from the artist herself clarifying this.

        I haven’t listened to Drama CDs for a long time, so I haven’t listened to both of each series. Who’s the seiyuu?

        Thanks again for dropping by. Cheers!

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      3. Seiyuu for Komatta toki are same seiyuu as Kaidou Ren in manga. Her name is Junko Minagawa

        At First i surprise that the seiyuu are woman not man. her voice are so match with both of the character.

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  2. I LOVE THIS LIST AND NEED TO READ Komatta Toki ni wa Hoshi ni Kike! !!!!!!

    and i just love that miyuki abe’s characters start off as ‘mistaken as a girl’, i know in hakkenden they did that and ren is pretty girl-looking (remembers that part where he’s dressed in a girls school uniform /sighs dreamily/ LOL)

    also i bought 3 books that may or may not be Doukyuusei but they’re by the same mangaka and im pretty sure it’s those characters on the covers and they’re still wrapped in plastic, unloved and awaiting my fujoshi hands to fondle them lovingly :”D

    silver diamond OMG i love that series, i have no idea when i picked it up but it’s so cute and hilarious and i stopped reading it because it wasn’t done yet i think and now i need to go back and finish it because i’m sure someone told me it was done xD

    haven’t heard of Koori no Mamono no Monogatari but i’m curious to at least browse through it, the art looks a bit older and not my style so not sure if i’d pick it up ^^;;;

    can’t wait for more BL 😉

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    1. Thank you! I’ve been wanting to write this list for so long, it feels. Oh my gosh. Please do read Komatta. It’s so good. It’s long, too, but so entertaining. I love it. It’s my favourite shounen-ai manga. And indeed, I also love that Miyuki Abe’s characters are all strong and manly yet they look like pretty girls. Oh my gosh. Check if it’s Doukyuusei! I still have to hunt for the sequels. People have been telling me to go read them.
      Silver Diamond is really good. Koori no Mamono was drawn by the same mangaka, but Koori is older; thus, the difference in art styles. Still good, though. But I like Silver Diamond better. And thanks again, Crim! yay!

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  3. You must read the sequels to Doukyuusei the way their relationship progresses after high school is just so sweet!! Doukyuusei is one of my favorite BL manga and the film was perfect!! Awesome post Arria!!

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      1. Awww okay LOL

        But you have to promise to read them, they are so good I love, love, LOVE that series so much I wish there was more! The author even did a special oneshot for the release of the movie and it was perfect!!

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  4. Given how little manga I’ve read I was amazed that one I’ve actually read was on your list (Silver Diamond). I loved this story and the characters so much. It was great fun to read.

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    1. Oh my gosh. High-five! I know, right? It’s so good. And the characters look really good. The other titles in this list are really good too. If you have the time, give them a try. Thank you for dropping by. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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  5. You’ve finally succumbed 😏😏👌👌👌
    Hardcore stuff you usually read 😏😏😏😏
    YES, ICE-COLD DEMON TALE YES, I love it and even made a post about it woo, so glad to see you enjoyed it too 🙌🙌
    Silver diamond yaaaaas!!! 🙌🙌🙌💖 I actually cried a lot with the Ending, it’s why I haven’t been able to write about it yet hehe 🙏
    Haven’t read or seen doukyuusei yet, need to if it’s on your list 👀👀✨
    I’m not sure I’ve read Komatta, another to put in the pile 👀✨
    You’ve always been sinful, you’re just showing it now 😏😏😏👌👌👌
    Wild Arria has been awakened ohohoho 😏😏🙌

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    1. Hehehehe. Indeed, bb, indeed. I have finally succumbed. And I’m ready to embrace it with open arms and open eyes. Oh my gosh! If you liked Koori no Mamono, you must read Silver Diamond. They’re created by the same mangaka. It’s really good, too. And you must read Doukyuusei. Oh my gosh, Cat. Or better yet, just watch the film. So good! So sweet! Although you might find it too vanilla for your taste. Who knows? You might like it?
      As for Komatta, YOU MUST READ IT!!! SO FREAKING GOOD! AH!
      Ahahaha! Sssssh, Cat! (looks around) Let them believe that I’m only turning sinfully hardcore now. It’s only you who’ve known from the start my hidden nature. Ehehe. Ohohoho.

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      1. You’ve embraced with your whole body, you mean 😏😏
        I’ve read Silver Diamond, cried buckets at the ending 😹
        I’ll write down the movie to watch of Doukyuusei then 👌 hey, I like sweet and cute, vanilla is one of the flavors I most enjoy 😏👌
        I will, I will! /furiously writes Komatta down on her To Read
        I’ll get to it for sure 👌
        Shhhh, there’s no one here but me and you, baby, look at no one else //slapped 😹
        Ffff. Only turning sinfully hardcore now wahahaha, you should go for comedian 😹😹👌👌
        Oh yes, I could see your true nature from the start oho 😏

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      2. You’ve already seen my true nature before anyone else, bb! 😇
        Silver Diamond was so good! Oh my gosh. You must watch Doukyuusei, so sweet. Oh, I recently watched Koisuru Bou-kun. Have you? Oh my gosh, some of my favourite seiyuu voice the characters. I was so shocked.
        And I highly recommend Komatta. My favourite ever. No sex, but lots of action, cute & funny, and dramatic scenes. Love it!
        Ahahaha! We’ll see in the future. Thanks, bb!

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  6. Have you read Sotsugyousei too? I watched the Doukyuusei movie last year. It’s very beautiful and adorable and as you wrote, Kusakabe voiced by Kamiya Hiroshi is <3.

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