I’ve been kicking around the idea of a list covering favorite BL fantasy and/or shoujo/BL fantasy manga ever since I started my blog. But I always dismissed it as not very useful. What changed was that I actually felt like reading some new fantasy BL manga. So I peeked at those genre searches on MU/MAL and was met with a cesspool of horrific manga (most of which I already knew about). That’s no good. So installing a filter should prove somewhat useful to fish out any gems you might have missed hidden in that sludge.
Just like my previous lists, this is stuff that I like, so it’s not all inclusive (thank god). It’s a mixed bag: there’s old and new titles, popular and obscure, translated and untranslated. Some are new, possibly passing fancies while others are definitely tinted by rose-colored glasses. But even those titles are part of the experience, so if you skipped one, think about going back to see what it was about. I had to poke my fuzzy memory and ran out of patience while creating this baseline list, so it’s somewhat incomplete. I’ll add to it as I read, discover, and revisit more relevant manga. Particularly that last one–sometimes I just don’t remember titles or if I actually liked them. I’ve also been wanting to renew my hunt for good fantasy BL manga and this will let me record the stuff worth the paper it’s printed on.
So here’s some recommended fantasy/supernatural BL manga in no particular order. Unless I’m modding on MAL, I don’t bother differentiating between the two: if it’s weird shit that can’t happen in real life, it’s fantasy to me. There’s so little high fantasy stuff that it’s a moot point. So you’ll find angels, demons, dragons, magicians, spirits, and supernatural phenomena all listed below. Titles, artists, and a tidbit of information are given for each manga. If one catches your attention, begin your hunt for more information or feel free to ask questions here that Google can’t answer.
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Here’s another update to the Oyaji BL Manga Primer with some long overdue additions. These short updates make it much easier to handle that big entry. Unfortunately, there’s only two entries so far under the “bad boy” oyaji, but they are two great ones and I couldn’t leave it be. I forgot how much I enjoyed Division.
The Bad Boy
Division by Nishida Higashi
Tanaka is one of Nishida Higashi’s bad boys, as evidenced by his elaborate back tattoo and missing pinkie. Desperate and on the run in a foreign country, an innocent lawyer latches onto Tanaka, for better or worse. Tanaka is cunning, but unstable and unpredictable. On a whim, he might help you out. On a different whim, he might leave you to be gang-raped. One minute he’s smiling and calmly eating dinner, the next he’s stabbing a guy in the hand with a fork while laughing his ass off. Despite that (or because of it?), there’s still something thrilling about Tanaka that attracts the other man (being stranded in hostile territory with no language skills probably helps). Ever had a psycho boyfriend? He’s got nothing on this oyaji.
Aiso Tsukashi by Yamada Yugi
Previously a side character in Takaga Koi Daro, Sawaragi gets his own love story in Aiso Tsukashi. Sawaragi is a former yakuza who was recently released from prison. He decided to leave that part of his life behind until a former inmate, Shuuya, shows up on his doorstop with nowhere else to go. Sawaragi is the strong, silent type, but has a soft spot for lost kittens, both the furry and human kind, and reluctantly takes in Shuuya. Yamada Yugi oyaji are always great. There’s more oyaji scattered throughout her oneshot collections.
More Random Oyaji
Saka no Ue no Mahoutsukai by Meiji Kanako
Lee is a magician who is much older than he looks (and he still falls within oyaji range!). Normally serious and somber, Lee seems particularly world-weary due to past circumstances, but there’s a young apprentice to keep his cottage bouncing with curious energy. Lee lives a rather austere, simple life for a powerful wizard and mostly keeps to himself. However, others seek him out, including many magical beings, other wizards (not all friendly), and even royalty. Meiji Kanako has numerous older men in her manga–just make sure you’re familiar with her odd style before plunging in!
Hana wa Saku ka by Hidaka Shoko
Sakurai works long hours at an advertising agency and doesn’t have much time for anything else. Nothing else even seems worthy of his attention or motivation–until he meets a younger artist. Sakurai is an adult–practical and level-headed. He doesn’t blindly fall into love/lust, but can’t deny there’s something there and must work up the courage to pursue it. A beautiful love story for a beautiful man.
Shodensha (publisher of Feel Comics) is releasing a new BL imprint entitled “on BLUE collection.” After being colossally disappointed with gataeu, I was wary of trying another new BL imprint from a trusted, yet non-BL publisher–until I saw on BLUE’s initial lineup. With seasoned, talented mangaka on board, I’m game. Here’s some information about the first releases, taken from their website. There’s more to come in August.
At some point, you get tired of reading manga about 16 year old kids. You crave something different. The further you get away from age 16, the more prominent this feeling can become. Thankfully, there’s a trend within BL that gives us some grown, adult men and it’s been growing in popularity: the oyaji!
“Oyaji” literally means father, but is also casually used to refer to middle-aged men. The lower age limit to qualify as an oyaji is typically early 30’s. Common oyaji “cues” include visible signs of age like wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, an established family, and, of course, crotchety old man behavior (my favorite). Within manga, there’s certain character types associated with this term. The majority of oyaji seem to fall within the 30-45 year old range, particularly for BL.
Yamada Yugi teaches us oyaji moe points
First, if you’re completely new to this subgenre, here are some of the most highly regarded mangaka that reliably produce fantastic older men. Their works are a great place to start and are relatively well-known, so I’ll only briefly mention a few of their relevant works.
- Ono Natsume (basso)- noticeably older, professional men
- est em – all types, very versatile
- Yamashita Tomoko – natural characters
- Suzuki Tsuta – one of the best at the gentle, sweet type
- Nishida Higashi – mostly salarymen (this is a good thing). Kudos for having real oyaji, including some in their 50s (and still hot!)
- Naono Bohra – her oyaji feel more fetishy, but there’s many and a wide range of them
This would be best titled “shin’s Oyaji BL Primer” because it isn’t all inclusive (too much!) and I’m blatantly playing favorites. Hey, what can I say–it’s my blog and I think I have decent taste in oyaji. ♥ I’m not including everything, as I’d actually like to finish this list at some point (yet I know I’ll add to it later). So this will be an overly large manga snippets post describing my favorite oyaji within those works. And boy do I love my oyaji.
So here’s some hand-picked BL works that I’ve enjoyed which feature an older man, whether top, bottom, in the middle, on the side… I don’t discriminate!
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