Top 15 Queer Anime to Watch

Top 15 Queer Anime to Watch

A little tired of all the cutesy and cool but heteronormative anime? Or are you curious about uncelebrated queer anime? Here is a definitive list of queer anime that we recommend watching (ranked in no particular order)!

1. Given 

Given centres on Mafuya, a high school boy who joins a local band and meets Uenoyama, a gifted guitarist, who brings him love and healing. 

This beautiful anime allows you to see how a quartet of gifted musicians experiences the sensitive and transformational power of love.

2. Antique Bakery

The charming animation "Antique Bakery" centres on a unique bakery and its colourful cast of people. The story recounts the exploits of a gifted pastry chef, a troubled heir, and a stoic bodyguard under the direction of the mysterious owner. 

As GameRant mentions, “Its creator Fumi Yoshinaga has said that he wanted to make a shonen story with gay characters over just a boys love manga and thus created a story with an extremely different vibe than most other queer media, let alone anime.”

3. Yuri!!! on Ice

An anime about figure skating that follows the journey of Japanese skater Yuuri Katsuki and his growing closeness with his Russian coach, Victor Nikiforov, as their relationship develops beyond simple mentoring and blossoms into a sensitive and passionate love tale that defies social norms.

The series presents a sincere and real representation of their relationship that connects with viewers rather than limiting it to stereotypes or sensationalising it.

4. Yuri Kuma Arashi

Kureha is a young girl who is troubled by the death of her mother and becomes caught up in a web of secrets, passions, and the fragile equilibrium between human and bear communities.

This anime examines same-sex relationships, queer identity, and the strength of acceptance via an enthralling fusion of fantasy and symbolism.

5. No. 6 

Set in a dystopian future, it follows the friendship-turned-romance between Shion, a privileged boy, and Nezumi, a fugitive with a mysterious past, As they uncover the dark secrets hiding beneath the surface of their utopian city and take on the oppressive government that stifles freedom and individuality.

6. Revolutionary Girl Utena 

A bizarre anime where Utena Tenjou challenges conventional ideas of femininity and masculinity with her androgynous looks.

Utena's love interest, Anthy Himemiya, exhibits a nuanced picture of a gay character imprisoned in an oppressive and cruel relationship.

Utena challenges each student council member to a sword battle in an effort to break the cycle of manipulation and control because she is determined to keep Anthy safe from the Student Council's grasp.

7. Land of the Lustrous

Humanity has developed into crystalline beings known as Gems in the captivating world of Land of the Lustrous, where they live on a barren Earth. Phosphophyllite, a weak and inexperienced Gem yearning for a purpose, is one among them.

The usage of they as pronouns in both the sub and the dub, as well as its non-binary portrayal, sets it apart from the rest of anime.

8. Bloom Into You 

Bloom Into You is about Yuu, a character who doesn't believe in love until she meets Nanami, a woman whose romantic declaration makes her wonder about her own emotions.

Although Yuu is unable to feel the same way, she decides to assist Touko in exploring her feelings because she is impressed by her unshakable will.

9. A Kiss in Paradise

Before meeting a group of fashion design students known as Paradise Kiss, Yukari Hayasaka, an astute and obedient high school student, used to dream of a traditional future. 

In their final project, a fashion show intended to express their outlandish creative vision, Yukari finds herself acting as the model.

With numerous outspokenly gay characters, including the openly bisexual George and the transgender Isabella, this anime addresses perceptions of love and identity.

10. Wandering Son

This anime centres on Shuichi Nitori and Yoshino Takatsuki, two transgender middle school students, as they confront the challenges of adolescence. 

Shuich, who was assigned male at birth but identifies as female, and Yoshino, who was assigned female but identifies as male, confide in each other, seeking solace in their shared experiences and navigating the intricacies of their gender expression.

11. Cardcaptor Sakura

Although not exclusively queer-themed, the series features the character of Tomoyo Daidouji, Sakura's best friend, who demonstrates a profound affection and devotion to Sakura that transcends traditional friendship boundaries. 

Her unwavering support, admiration, and the subtle romantic undertones in her interactions with Sakura suggest a deeper connection

12. Doukyuusei

Two high school students named Hikaru Kusakabe and Rihito Sajou develop an unexpected attraction to one another. While Rihito is a quiet and devout class representative, Hikaru is a popular and extroverted student.

As they cross paths in the school's music room, a unique connection begins to blossom. Despite their contrasting personalities, Hikaru and Rihito grow closer in their shared moments of practising for the school choir.

13. Princess Jellyfish

Living in Amamizukan, an all-female apartment complex inhabited by a bunch of quirky otaku ladies, is Tsukimi Kurashita, a young woman with a profound passion for jellyfish.

When Tsukimi meets Kuranosuke Koibuchi, a sophisticated and well-dressed lady, her life is completely flipped upside down. Tsukimi has no idea that Kuranosuke is actually a young cross-dressing man from a prominent political family. 

Kuranosuke is intrigued by Tsukimi's love of jellyfish and makes friends with her as well as the other Amamizukan locals.

14. The Great Pretender

The thrilling exploits of master con artist Makoto Edamura and his mysterious sidekick Laurent Thierry are told in The Great Pretender. Together, they set out on a global odyssey that is full of daring heists, high-stakes scams, and unexpected turns.

Here, Laurent Thierry is a bisexual con artist whose bisexuality is portrayed in a natural and non-stereotypical manner.

15. Sasaki and Miyano

Sasaki and Miyano is a delightful story of two high school students, Sasaki Shuumei and Miyano Yoshikazu. Sasaki, a popular and outgoing boy, becomes fast friends with Miyano, a shy and introverted otaku. Caught in the whirlwind of emotions, Miyano must navigate the complexities of his own heart while keeping his true feelings hidden.

As you might have noticed, most of these anime are limited to gay coming-of-age and romance. We look forward to more anime that will go beyond and represent the whole spectrum of queerness, especially more trans and asexual characters.