That time of the year dedicated to those who love each other is drawing near. It's almost Valentine's Day! For those who already have someone to spend that day with, we are sure you all are excited and up to something wonderful and full of love. For those who are still single, are you ready to prepare chocolate? Are you ready to receive chocolate? To confess? To be confessed to? We are sure you all are!
Since it's that special time of the year, even boys love characters are ready to have an amazing Valentine's Day with their beloved ones. We thought of a ranking meant to list down 10 of the most beautiful and lovely couples in the BL manga and anime universe! So, if by chance, some of you are willing to spend February 14th home and sheltered from the cold wind, why don't you cuddle up with one or two of these amazing BL couples? Here we go!
10. Haru Kaidou and Ren Kaidou from Super Lovers
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: April 2016 – June 2016
We start this ranking with this amazing anime revolving around two brothers. Fear not, they're not actual brothers, but they do have a huge difference in ages. Haru is your 23-year-old former host, and Ren is a 15-year-old boy without family. The two of them met in Canada when Haru was 17-year-old, and they made a promise: one day they will live together in Japan! Since life is unpredictable, and things happen, because of some circumstances Haru forgets about Ren, so when Ren keeps up their promise and shows up in front of Haru, things turn for the worse! Their love is so pure, though, and it will be able to overcome all the hardships.
Haru and Ren are so attached to each other and their love is so tender that we had to put them on this list. Haru cares so much for Ren, that he doesn't want to spoil things by doing, or saying something wrong. But since Haru is an adult, and Ren is at his most sensitive age, they frequently misinterpret each other. What matters, though, is that love prevails over everything, so after saying sorry, they are all over each other once again, stronger than ever! We guess Haru would be so overjoyed receiving chocolate from Ren, he'd cry!
9. Masamune Takano & Ritsu Onodera from World's Greatest First Love (Sekaiichi Hatsukoi)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2011 – June 2011
What about a high school first love never resolved? Onodera was in love with Takano, and supposedly Takano loved him back. Due to a misunderstanding, though, they split up and lost track of each other. Years after, Onodera starts his new job at the Marukawa Shouten, shoujo manga division, and guess what? His editor-in-chief is Masamune Takano, his first love! Onodera doesn't immediately recognize Takano, but Takano does and so he starts teasing Onodera non-stop. Discovering the truth, Onodera will play the victim of a possessive Takano, but actually he will realize that his feelings for him are still there!
Takano and Onodera are a must as a BL couple for Valentine's. Even though they play cat & mouse, when pushes come to shove, Takano shows Onodera how much he loves him. Onodera is shy, and during years he turned into a cowardly when it's about love. Yet, step by step, slowly but surely, his feelings will catch up once again. Really, if you want to have a fun time during your Valentine's at home, you should consider giving this couple a chance. Takano's teasing and Onodera's reactions are just too hilarious, and fluffy moments of pure love are always around the corner!
8. Hikaru Kusakabe & Rihito Sajou from Classmates (Doukyuusei)
- Episodes: 1 movie
- Aired: February 2016
Let's go on and here we have a love story full of teenage angst! Hikaru Kusakabe – a guitar player – and Rihito Sajou – the honor student – are literally on the opposite sides. Consequently to something happened during the preparation for the chorus festival, they end up practicing together and that's when they fall madly in love with each other. Since they are both teenagers, a lot of trouble arises to tear them apart... but their love will be stronger!
Kusakabe and Sajou are the perfect example that opposites attract. At a first glance, their personalities clash as we have the honor student dealing with the one who hates school. Then again, Kusakabe is popular and confident, while Sajou is shy and insecure. Yet, their differences will be the glue that stick them together! If you wish to have a happy and serene Valentine's, you should spend it with these two boys that will make your heart flutter faster.
7. Ryouma Ichijou & Izumi Sena from Love Stage!!
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: July 2014 – September 2014
Let's keep going with the comedy couple! Ryouma Ichijou is a popular actor who, during a shooting, was tricked by Izumi Sena's appearance, who was playing the female role. That misunderstand starts a concatenation of events that will make Ryouma fall head over heels with Izumi, in spite his being actually a guy. Izumi, on the other side, just wants to spend time reading manga and trying to become a manga artist... He doesn't have time for love, nor for a showbiz debut!
Ryouma, after overcoming the shock of discovering that Izumi is actually a boy, decides to face the situation head on and so he turns into the perfect man. He is supportive, caring, loving, and his way of acting will crush Izumi's facade who will eventually understand that he loves Ryouma back. This is an idiotic couple of boys who can make you crack up because of absurd situations and gags. They are probably the funniest ones, if you decide to spend your Valentine's with a BL couple!
6. Raizou Shichikawa & Kon from Ze
- Mangaka: Shimizu, Yuki
- Genre: Comedy, Drama, Yaoi, Supernatural
- Volumes: 11
- Published Date: 2004 - 2011
Let's switch to manga for a bit now, and here we are with Ze, a popular series by the amazing Yuki Shimizu! Every “kotodama” master – a person who can hurt people by simply pronouncing a curse – has his own paper doll similar to human beings in all, to take the repercussion of the curse. Raizou, upon the death of his last relative, finds himself living in the house of Wakeari, as a hired help. Raizou can't use the power of words, he isn't a kotodama master, and yet he can't take his eyes off a paper doll: Kon, the only paper doll in the house without a master to serve.
Ze is a manga full of couples, it literally can suit everyone's tastes. If we need to choose one couple as the purer, fluffier and most Valentine's Day oriented, then it has to be Raizou x Kon! These two boys, due to their insecurities, are slow at understanding what the other thinks or wants. But when Raizou finally muster the courage to confess to Kon, and after Kon's feelings catch up, these two will become the sweetest couple. You can consider reading Ze on Valentine's, and find out what your favorite BL couple is!
5. Qaltaqa & Ryouichirou Tsutsuzuki from Mother's Spirit
- Mangaka: Enzou
- Genre: Comedy, Romance, Yaoi
- Volumes: 1
- Published Date: 2014 - 2015
Ryouichirou Tsutsuzuki is a university employee who can speak English. That's why when it's about dealing with exchange students, everything is up to him! When he is ordered by the Chairman to go and fetch the new exchange student to the airport and take care of explaining him the rules, Ryouchirou can't refuse. The problem is that when Ryouichirou meets Qaltaqa, the beautiful exchange student from a developing country, well... Not only doesn't he speak Japanese, he doesn't speak English either! That's how Ryouchirou's trouble begins!
Here we are with a little gem from Enzou, who created a non-conventional couple who goes beyond racial differences, gender and prejudice. Ryouichirou can't help falling in love with Qaltaqa who is hardworking, caring and struggles to survive in a society of conventions he didn't even know they existed. Qaltaqa happens to love Ryouichirou back, but he has some obligations toward his own country so the time to go back comes sooner than expected. Yet, their love is so powerful that it can't just end like that and the two of them will work together tirelessly to stay together! We gave you plenty of reasons why Qaltaqa and Ryouichirou had to be one of the best BL couple for Valentine's... Their love is shining!
4. Irie & Tsubaki from Ibérico Pork and Love and Camelia (Iberiko Buta to Koi to Tsubaki)
- Mangaka: Shoowa
- Genre: Drama, School, Yaoi
- Volumes: 3
- Published Date: 2009 - 2016
Irie “Iberiko” is the leader of the Pigs Raging Clean Up Crew. To say it differently, they simply collect the garbage someone forgot to throw in the designed location. Rumors say that Irie is like a mad dog, that when he is angered he goes berserk beating to a pulp all the people around him. When Tsubaki's friend litter around Irie's high school, though, Irie doesn't get mad at all. Instead of getting mad, he listens to what Tsubaki and his friend have to say, and later he invites Tsubaki to dinner. So what about the rumors? Were they all just rumors?
If you can't get enough of idiotic couples who can keep you in high spirits, Ibérico Buta Series is what you should read. Irie, who is supposed to be the bad boy, is actually quiet and relaxed. And he falls in love with Tsubaki, but it's a forbidden love since behind the curtains hide the fact that Irie is the son of a yakuza boss. They will have to overcome a lot of hardships, but since their love is stronger than anything else, they'll do it somehow! With the right amount of comedy and drama, this couple is so cute and funny that it was obvious it had to be in here.
3. Kaito Tachibana & Isuke Takaoka from Good Morning, Good Night and Then (Ohayou to Oyasumi to Sono Ato ni)
- Mangaka: Hamada, Kamome
- Genre: Romance, Slice of life, Yaoi
- Volumes: 5
- Published Date: 2014 - 2016
Kaito Tachibana meets Isuke Takaoka in front of the restaurant where he's working... It's love at first sight! There's only one problem: Kaito mistakes Isuke for a girl. When Isuke takes his resumee to Kaito asking to be hired there, Kaito realizes how “Isuke” is a very manly name. And so what it seemed to be the fated person of his life, turned out to be a whimsical, moody and hot-tempered boy who can't shut up. Overcoming that shock, Kaito begins to act like his guardian and in the end, when due to some circumstances they start to live together, love strikes!
This is a perfect couple that had to be mentioned in this list. Kaito and Isuke share a relationship that depicts the reality as it is. As this is a slice of life manga, this couple will face daily trouble, third wheels who'll appear out of nowhere, the hardships of dealing with parents who don't understand your choices, the pain of losing a beloved person. Kaito will have to deal with his future plans, while Isuke will have to understand what is the right path to take. But what matters, is that they are always there for each other when it's the right time. Kamome Hamada has created an amazing couple who can melt everyone's hearts! We love a couple like this for Valentine's Day.
2. Misaburou Hanabishi & Keiichi Sawada from My Darling Kitten Hair (Itoshi no Nekokke)
- Mangaka: Kumota, Haruko
- Genre: Slice of life, Yaoi
- Volumes: 6
- Published Date: 2010 - ongoing
If Ohayou to Oyasumi to Sono Ato ni wasn't enough for a slice of life manga, we can give you some sort of power up and make it even nearer to reality! Misaburou Hanabishi – Mii-kun – and Keiichi Sawada – Kei-chan – are childhood friends. While Mii-kun has always been in love with Kei-chan, Kei-chan was straight to begin with. Sadly, life happens, and what you gave for granted until yesterday, disappears before your eyes. Mii-kun and Kei-chan's lives separate and they will meet once again in Tokyo, years after, finally ready to live their love... Maybe!
Haruko Kumota is amazing when it's about depicting a relationship in all its aspects and hardships. For Mii-kun and Kei-chan she didn't spare tragedy, failures, pain, but on the other side she didn't spare tender moments, love, and comedy parts as well. Mii-kun and Kei-chan's relationship is simply amazing. They don't hide, even when the truth can hurt the other, on the contrary they try to understand the other's point of view and be understanding. This couple is a perfect fit for Valentine's, as these two can convey a lighthearted feeling full of love and at the same time touch your deepest chords with consideration.
1. Victor Nikiforov & Yuuri Katsuki from Yuri!!! on ICE
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2016 – December 2016
Let's end this ranking with this wonderful anime and the golden couple who were a revelation for the fans around the world! Since Yuri!!! on ICE's tags didn't mention “yaoi”, nor “shounen-ai”, no one would have guessed it, and so everyone focused on the sport – figure skating. And yet their love story was right there, perfectly depicted in the purest way.
Yuuri is a figure skater and a super-fan of Victor Nikiforov. After the defeat at the Grand Prix Finale, though, Yuuri just wants to give up skating and go back in Japan and eat pork cutlets non-stop. When by chance he is filmed while performing a routine executed by Victor Nikiforov, and when the video becomes viral, Victor decides to become Yuuri's mentor and appears in Japan in front of Yuuri's very eyes. Being Yuuri a huge Victor's fan, he accepts right away and that's how these two's journey together begins!
This anime depicts a very healthy gay relationship, in all of its aspects. It's indisputable how much Yuuri and Victor love each other, going to the extent of exchanging engagement rings. And yet, since it's a sport anime, we can see them interacting as coach and rookie as well. What can we say? They basically deserved this first position, as their love is as clear as daylight! You still have to catch up with this amazing couple, Valentine's Day is the right time to dedicate your time to this amazing story full of love!
With the golden couple, our ranking came to an end, but we truly hope you enjoyed the ride. We gave you 10 fantastic BL couples to spend your Valentine's with, making sure they are the fluffier, lovelier and tenderer! Whether you prefer watching anime, or reading manga, we gave you equal choices. We wish you all an amazing Valentine's Day! And please, don't forget to let us know what you think in the comments below!