BL which is short for Boy’s Love is an Anime genre that focuses on homosexual relationships between males. It was previously known as Yaoi anime and it remains very popular in Japan. As a genre, BL is adored by hordes of fans, criticized by others and often parodied in more mainstream media. “Boys love” as an expression first came into existence in the 90s, and was used to describe commercial manga and light novels with a focus on male relationships, but the concept of “Boy’s love” has been in development for more than 50 years. In this guide, we will introduce 12 of the best BL or Yaoi anime series that you can watch today, and we will also show you some free websites where you can watch or download them free of charge.
Part 1: 12 best BL anime series
Boy’s Love Anime primarily consists of love stories between male characters, and an interesting fact is that this genre has more boys than any other anime genre. Here is a list of the best BL anime series you can watch today.
- Junjou Romantica
- Yuri on Ice
- Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi
- Hybrid Child
- The Tyrant Falls in Love
- Embracing Love
- Antique Bakery
- Descendants of Darkness
- Super Lovers
- Hey, Class President
- Love Stage
It has multiple seasons, and it tells the stories of multiple different gay couples.
This is an anime about figure skaters, you and you should expect a Yaoi love story.
Takano, who becomes Onodera’s new boss still has feelings for him since they were in high school.
It is about androids that are created to be conscious, feel emotions, and which are raised like regular children by their masters.
It tackles the classic story of falling in love with someone who is not homosexual, and it does touch on homophobia.
The main characters are adult video actors, and when they meet on audition one falls in love while the other denies it.
An owner of a bakery hires a pastry chef who is very good at making others fall in love with him.
The story is about two roommates, both which have split personalities.
One of the Yaoi classics, with a supernatural twist.
The plot involves an eldest son of a family who takes care of an adopted younger brother.
This BL anime series has a comedy side to it, if you want to have a good dose of laughter.
Here is another comedy BL anime series, which revolves around the working environment.
Part 2: Free websites to watch BL anime series & How to download anime series
Dozens of websites exist that offer BL anime series and movies free of charge. We will recommend the best websites where you can find the best BL anime for free watching or downloading. Here is the list:
This website offers movies and TV shows with dubbed and subbed anime, including Yaoi anime. The only downside is that it has a limited collection of animes, but its video quality is better than most anime websites.
It has a lot of free anime, including the best BL romance anime, and if you want to go premium to watch more anime, this website can allow you to do it.
This is another excellent website if you want to watch anime, free of charge. Almost all anime series can be found on this website, which is one of the reasons why it is probably the best anime streaming sites. And yes, it has a catalogue of BL romance anime.
To download from these websites, you can make use of Leawo Video Downloader, an advanced video downloading software that supports thousands of websites.
Part 3: How to convert downloaded video to another format
Upon downloading your BL Anime series or movies, you could discover that the video formats are not supported by your mobile device. If you do not want to use an alternative video player that can support the particular format, you can simply convert the videos to more compatible formats. We will recommend Leawo Video Converter Ultimate, the best video and conversion software available.
This is because it supports and it can convert between 180 video and audio formats. We are aware that video quality is important when you convert between formats. We have made sure that Leawo Video Converter Ultimate does not reduce the video quality, unless you are compressing the videos. Packed with some of the most advanced, but easy to use video editing features, you can easily trim, watermark, remove noise and more before you convert your videos. You also get the ability to convert video from 2D to 3D.
Converts any videos and audios with ease
It integrates Blu-ray/DVD Ripper, and Blu-ray/DVD Creator into the program suite.
Allows users to enhance Blu-ray/DVD/Video output effect in terms of trimming, cropping, watermarking, effecting, 3D creating, noise removing, etc.
Here is how you can convert your Yaoi anime to other formats that are compatible with your mobile device.
Step 1: Open Leawo Video Converter Ultimate
Launch Video Converter module from the 4 modules, by clicking on Video Converter.
Step 2: Import your downloaded Yaoi anime TV shows or movies
Use the drag and drop feature to import the movies you want to compress. You can also click the Add Video button located on the top right-hand corner of the file list and select your movies manually.
Step 3: Select the output format
Next to the Convert button on top of the file list, you should see the currently selected output format, for example “MP4 Video”. Click it and from the drop down menu, select Change. Next you click Format, then under Common Video select a format most suitable for your mobile device.
Step 4: Edit the profile settings
Click on the output format button again (labeled MP4 Video or the selected video format). From the menu, click the Edit button to enter the Profile Settings pane where you can adjust the video and audio parameters.
Step 5: Convert your videos
Click the green Convert button. From the sidebar that will show up, set the output directory under Save to box for containing the output files. Click the “Convert” button at the bottom of sidebar, which is shown above, to start conversion process.
Part 4: How watch BL anime series on PC offline
In case you are looking for a media playback software that is just as advanced as the video converter we suggested, you can try Leawo Blu-ray Player. In case you have gay anime movies on Blu-ray or DVD, this software is a dedicated Blu-ray and DVD player, which supports Blu-ray Discs, folders and associated file formats, no-matter it is from the regions A, B or C. DVD discs from region 0 to 6 are also supported. For instance, you are allowed to watch region A Blu-ray in Europe easily using this media player.
Region-free Blu-ray player software to play Blu-ray disc and DVD disc for free, regardless of disc protection and region restriction.
Play 4K FLV videos, 4K MKV videos, 4K MP4 videos, etc. without quality loss.
Play 1080P videos, 720P videos with lossless quality.
To play your gay anime movies, you can follow the steps below.
Step 1: Load your BL anime
After launching Leawo Blu-ray Player, click the Open File button to browse and load any videos or audios for playback. If you have BL anime on Blu-ray/DVD disc(s), insert the corresponding disc into the disc drive, then click the disc name on the home interface to start playing. You should see your movies listed on playlist.
Step 2: Activate the BL anime subtitles (if available)
When you load your videos or movies, the software will begin the playback. During playback, move your mouse to the Title Area. From the 4 available options, click the "Subtitles" icon. You can enable, disable, select or import the subtitles.
Step 3: Adjust the video settings
On the top left corner, or by right clicking on the main interface, choose the Videos option to enter the ‘Video-Settings’ panel. The video adjustment options include video cropping, post-processing, view mode, zooming etc.
Step 4: Adjust the audio settings
Move your mouse over to the top left corner, or right click on the main interface and select the Audios option to enter the ‘Audio-Settings’ panel. The audio adjustment options include audio volume, amplification, offset, stream, output, output device, etc.