For any avid Boys Love/Shounen Ai fan, Gravitation is probably a title that brings back some powerful memories. The action and drama along with an engaging plot, keep fangirls on the edge of their seats! The tumultuous relationship between Shuichi and Yuki make every small gesture, every fleeting kiss, that much more powerful. However the journey to stardom of Shuichi’s band, Bad Luck, creates a complicated expansive world outside of romance. While we won’t find the catchy songs Gravitation is also known for, these 6 titles focus on sweet boy love trying to find its place in the world!
Similar Anime to Gravitation
1. Suki na Mono wa Suki Dakara Shou ga Nai!! (Sukisho!!)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 2005 – March 2005
Suki na Mono wa Suki Dakara Shou ga Nai!!, or Sukisho for short, will not keep a fujoshi waiting when it comes to boy on boy action. Sora is, in his mind, an ordinary high school boy who gets attacked by his new roommate the first night he’s there! When Sora confronts Nao the next morning, he’s in for an even bigger shock! This is not the first time the two have met… When everyone in Sora’s life confirms he and Nao were childhood friends, he’s not sure what to make of the pink-haired boy who kissed him in the night and then denied the event taking place. But the two boys have another consciousness inside them: Yoru and Ran. These two try desperately to be together much to Sora and Nao’s frustration! Before they can hope to understand their own feelings though, they’ll have to understand their past together, which they might not want to remember.
Sukisho and Gravitation both share a similar brand of comedy where completely crazy scenarios become all too common place for our main characters. From cross-dressing to the ridiculous demands of others, it seems turmoil is inevitable. Sora and Nao also have a rocky start to their relationship with constant fighting and bickering, much like Shuichi and Yuki. Both couples also have a huge network of friends and family involved with them, which is different from the usual dynamic of adding characters only to cause drama in the established relationship. While Sora and Nao share part of a dark past, it is Nao and Yuki who suffer far more and thus are more damaged. Both Sora and Shuichi are also victims to certain horrors, yet they keep a pretty positive outlook. No worries about a sad ending, though, as there is plenty of love and laughs in store!
2. Gakuen Heaven (Heaven Academy)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2006 – June 2006
Without any explanation, Keita is suddenly called to the prestigious high school BL Academy where only elite students with special talents are accepted. Thanks to his kind upperclassmen, Keita enjoys his new life filled with interesting characters. He’s even able to move past the fact that in truth… he himself has no talents to speak of. But his new friend Kazuki will stop at nothing to reassure Keita and keep him safe; even if it means hiding their past and the shady actions going on in the school.
Gakuen Heaven is another comedy with some dark elements, and we definitely mean darker than a bad breakup. There is no lack of innuendo and cute moments, though like Gravitation, it’s not as explicit as some of the other titles out there. We are granted a huge cast full of personality that exists beyond simply being love rivals. Just as Shuichi grows closer with the people he meets in the music industry, so too does Keita form meaningful friendships with his new schoolmates. If you’re left wanting more, make sure to check out the dating simulator it’s based on!
3. Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru (Betrayal Knows My Name)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2010 – September 2010
Yuki has always had strange powers that allow him to see someone’s inner pain, a power he and others wish he did not possess. It seems more of a bother than anything, until he meets the Gion Clan, those with other exceptional abilities that wish for him to learn to control his powers under their guidance. Fighting alongside them is Luka, a quiet and powerful fighter, who only shows concern for Yuki. While the two have never met, Yuki can’t ignore an overwhelming urge to be by his side. He must leave his old life behind in order to battle Reiga and his army of Duras, creatures of darkness. As he goes, Yuki comes to realize this strange new life isn’t nearly as unfamiliar as it first seemed.
Uraboku is definitely the darkest show on the list. While both Gravitation and Uraboku contain death and violence, there is a distinct lack of comedic relief in Uraboku. Both shows focus on a story outside of the relationship; Uraboku’s being the struggle to stop darkness from destroying the world. Both Shuichi and Yuki take on pain so they can protect the ones they love, not just their lovers. This story definitely shows more feeling than physicality, saving the action for the battle field. If you want a more mature boy’s love where the stakes are higher than a broken heart, look no further.
Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru PV
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4. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2011 – June 2011
When Ritsu changes careers from literary editing to shoujo manga editing, the once confident man feels more lost than he did after his first love broke his heart… How fitting then, that his new boss is none other than Masamune himself! Ritsu decides to take this opportunity to focus on a new future while Masamune wishes to return to the past. Unfortunately for Ritsu, his boss is not only a shameless pervert hell-bent on getting back together, he’s also a genius in the field of editing. When his whole job revolves around love stories, what hope does he have to escape from this love himself?
Ritsu and Masamune’s relationship is filled with the fighting and butting heads that made Shuichi and Yuki’s relationship so fun to watch. Just as Shuichi tries to move up in the world of music, Ritsu does his best to prove himself in the world of shoujo manga editing. One big difference is that Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, just like Junjou Romantica, focuses on three different stories. Ritsu and Masamune are the main couple, sharing space with other troubled lovers. Raunchier than Gravitation, this title has as many laughs as it has steamy scenes!
Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Official Trailer
5. Love Stage!!
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: July 2014 – Sept. 2014
When Izumi and Ryouma meet 10 years after shooting a commercial together, Ryouma is overjoyed to see his costar! Izumi is less than happy at their reunion, considering that, still to this day, Ryouma thinks he’s a girl. Just as Izumi feared, Ryouma finds out and is horrified that the crush he’s been harboring for so long is for another male! Izumi is an otaku who hates the spotlight as it is, and this only solidifies his will to be a hermit mangaka (manga writer). Fate definitely has different plans for the boys as they’re pulled further into the entertainment industry and into each other’s arms! Tenderness replaces disgust, understanding overtakes anger, and there are stars in the boys’ futures!
Love Stage is a super cute and fun story of two kids who start out feeling repulsed by each other and slowly find themselves falling in love. We have much of the same comedy we encountered in Gravitation, and a cast of characters that add depth to the story. Though Izumi doesn’t possess talent for his passions as Shuichi does, the two similarly get fired up and work hard to achieve their dreams. In the beginning, Ryouma harbors the same disgust Yuki felt towards Shuichi when Izumi is discovered to be male. However Izumi and Ryouma get lovely-dovey much more quickly. As it is a newer title, the artwork is much nicer than some of the older ones, and you can easily get lost in Izumi’s eyes!
Love Stage PV 2
6. Super Lovers
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: April 2016 – June 2016
Haru can’t believe the task his mother gives him; to rehabilitate a young wild boy who would rather be around wolves than people. Despite their incredibly tumultuous start, Haru’s patience wins over the untrusting Ren. Haru is like a big brother, and the older man promises Ren one day they’ll live together. When an accident causes Haru to forget his promise, and Ren entirely, the younger boy takes it upon himself to fulfil their oath. Even without his memory, Haru quickly returns to his old patterns of doting on and spoiling Ren. Haru’s brothers are reluctant to accept Ren as their new brother, but Haru works hard to achieve his dream of living with all of them. While Haru considers all his brothers to be precious, there’s something special about the bond he shares with Ren. The two must work out exactly the nature of their relationship with the pressure of their family upon them.
Super Lovers focuses on family dynamics in an incredibly nontraditional family. Just as Shuichi would do anything for Yuki, even give up music, Haru is willing to give up a better paying job so he can be by Ren’s side. Like Gravitation, the younger lover gets into harm’s way due to a jealous individual and is rescued by Haru, whose love Ren was starting to doubt. While there is a fair amount of drama, hope is kept alive by absurd reactions and hilarious circumstances. The tender moments between the two are sure to get your heart beating! Check it out, and keep an eye out for season 2 announced for January 2017.
TV Anime Super Lovers PV
While Gravitation is a fun story about achieving your dreams, the boy on boy romance is what really sells it. It’s unfortunate there isn’t a wider range of BL anime to choose from, but we hope this list will help you fill the void! We know you came here for the shounen ai, but we also wanted to give a special mention to Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl and Black Prince). It has amazing similarities between the main characters and is similarly hilarious. In the everlasting search for more Boys Love, we ask you to leave a comment telling us your favorite one!