Shounen Ai Recommendations

1. Goodbye Lilac

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Goodbye Lilac by YUKI Ringo

Synopsis:

To high school teacher Kasai, Kato Reiji is a troublesome, yet cute student. Despite being confessed to by Kato, Kasai does not overstep student-teacher boundaries.

Spring goes by and he sees Kato off at graduation. A few years have passed and Kato is now a teacher himself. And he happens to come to the school that Kasai works at…

No. of Chapters:  5 chapters + 1 EXTRA


2. 23:45

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23:45 by Ohana

Synopsis:

Two months after coming to Tokyo, Iku is enjoying otaku life, but something mysterious is happening to him: He’s started to see ghosts!

One particular ghost – who’s always standing on top of the pedestrian bridge at night – catches his interest, but he studiously ignores it… Until one day the guy turns up at his apartment holding a doujin Iku had dropped. He says his name is Seo Mimori, and seeing as he’s a lost soul with nowhere to go, Iku doesn’t really resist when he “moves in.”

But then a shocking secret about Mimori’s death is revealed…

No. of Chapters: Volume 1 (6 chapters + 1 EXTRA)

Sequel -> 23:45 Re:


3. Number Call

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Number Call by FURUYA Nagisa

Synopsis:

After being cornered, a path opens up.

Ever since he was little, he’s been carrying the weight of the name “Eighto”. Through the power of “8”, he is drawn to classmate, Hatta Tomoya, nicknamed “Hachi”. Exchanging greetings and small talk, his daily exchanges with Hachi begin to build up. With this, it begins to instill change in Eighto.

Before labeling this as friendship, if you were to give this feeling a name, it would be……

No. of Chapters: 6 chapters + 1 EXTRA


4. Yorimichi

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Yorimichi by KAZUKI Rai

Synopsis:

A sweet, sincere story about a developing high school love…..

On the day of the school festival, Inui Kenta mistakens fellow schoolmate, Sarukawa Makoto, as a pretty girl.

Even after the incident Inui still insists on hanging out with Makoto and begs him to give him his number.

No. of Chapters: Oneshot


5. Slow Starter

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Slow Starter by ICHIKAWA Kei

Synopsis:

It’s a story about two boys, Kiyo and Ino, who go to different schools but take the same train every morning. As time passes by they become aware of each other but never engage in conversation until one day when Kiyo oversleeps in the train and is awoken by Ino.

From that point on they begin talking to each other and eventually become good friends…

No. of Chapters: Volume 1 (6 chapters + 1 EXTRA)

Sequel -> Slow Days


6. Tamayura

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Tamayura by YUKI Ringo

Synopsis:

As the only son of a trading firm, Asakura Michitada enters the dormitory at an all-boys school. There, he is put in the same room as his childhood friend and only person he could trust, Tachibana. But for Asakura, their reunion is something of a more complicated nature.

Note: The magazine and tankobon have different versions of the epilogue.

No. of Chapters: 5 chapters


7. No.6

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No.6 by ASANO Atsuko (author) & KINO Hinoki (artist)

Synopsis:

The story is set in “No. 6,” a future model city in 2013. Raised as a top-ranking elite since the age of two, a boy named Shion lives in an exclusive area in No. 6.

On the night of his 12th birthday, he rescues a boy who calls himself “Nezumi” (“Rat”). Nezumi ran away from the city’s Special Security Area. From that moment on, Shion’s life is changed forever…

Note: Adapted from a novel (No.6)

No. of Chapters: 35 chapters


8. Doukyuusei

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Doukyuusei by NAKAMURA Asumiko

Synopsis:

A boy met a boy.

They were in the flush of youth.

They were in love that felt like a dream, like a sparkling soda pop.

No. of Chapters: Volume 1 (10 chapters)

Spin-Off -> Sora to Hara

Sequel -> Sotsugyousei


9. Ramune no Shalala

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Ramune no Shalala by TAGURA Tooru

Synopsis:

Even if summer ends, some fevers will never pass! 

A story about summer….

pool …..

and Ramune.

No. of Chapters: Oneshot


10. Seven Days

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Seven Days by TACHIBANA Venio(author) & TAKAI Rihito (artist)

Synopsis:

Bright and early one Monday morning, Shino Yuzuru asks Seryou Touji out on a lark when they run into each other at the school gate. Seryou, who’s immensely popular, has the odd habit of going out with anyone who asks him out first at the beginning of the week, then promptly dumping them at the end of it.

“Anyone” apparently includes male upperclassmen like Shino, and as a boyfriend, Seryou is perfect–unfailingly thoughtful and kind. Shino, obviously, has no intention of being in a serious relationship with Seryou. It’s not like it’s actually love or anything like that. …Right?

No. of Chapters: Volume 1 (7 chapters), Volume 2 (9 chapters)