Chinese BL manhua, a genre encompassing Boys’ Love comics from China, has garnered immense popularity in recent years. These manhuas offer captivating stories that revolve around romance, friendship, and personal growth, often featuring LGBTQ+ themes.
We delve into a curated list of 10 Chinese BL manhua titles that fans badly wish to have a danmei donghua or anime adaptation. These manhua gems have captured the hearts of readers with their compelling narratives, endearing characters, and heartfelt relationships.
10 Chinese BL Manhua in Need of Anime Adaptations
Our curated list features 10 outstanding Chinese BL manhua that deserves to be adapted into anime. From the emotional rollercoaster of “Here U Are” to the delightful humor of “Starting With a Lie,” each title brings its unique blend of romance, character dynamics, and compelling storytelling.
Here U Are
First on our list is “Here U Are,” a captivating drama and romance-filled Chinese BL manhua by author and illustrator, DJUN. In “Here U Are,” Yu Yang finds himself tasked with welcoming newcomers, including the unsociable and towering Li Huan. Despite initial impressions, as they get to know each other better, Yu Yang realizes that Li Huan isn’t as bad as he seems. Follow their journey as unexpected connections and heartfelt moments unfold.
19 Days (19 Tian)
Next on our list is “19 Days” by author Old Xian. This heartwarming Chinese BL manhua begins with a group photo taken in kindergarten, marking the start of a lifelong friendship between Jian Yi and Zhan Zhengxi. As they grow up together, they meet other friends like He Tian and Mo Guanshan during their school days. “19 Days” not only showcases the relaxed and happy moments of their school life but also delves into their personal growth, mutual understanding, and the bonds that strengthen their friendship along the way.
This beautifully written Chinese boys love manhua is a creation of EUN and Wu Yi Ning Si, 10 Years That I Loved You The Most is a touching tale of unrequited love. The story revolves around the protagonist who has cherished a love that remains unreciprocated. From being the most significant presence in their life to becoming a mere afterthought, the protagonist yearns for a moment when their beloved will once again return their affection. However, fate seems to have a different plan for them.
Starting With a Lie (Cong Huang Yan Kai Shi)
Starting With a Lie is a charming story filled with romantic entanglements by author Azha Liang. When faced with confessions from both Xia Yiyi and Qiu Mang, Tang Tang finds himself in a predicament. To navigate this delicate situation, Tang Tang claims that he is not interested in girls. However, the persistent girls refuse to back down and challenge Tang Tang to prove his words. To maintain his facade, Tang Tang enlists the help of his friend Chen Qingye to stage a performance that would deter unwanted confessions. Despite his attempts to resist, Chen Qingye finds himself drawn into Tang Tang’s scheme, reluctantly playing along with his friend’s charade.
“Guangxiang,” is another BL manhua in this list by DJUN, the author of “Here U Are.” The story revolves around two young boys who find themselves grappling with the challenges and pressures of reality. Faced with uncertain circumstances, they must make pivotal decisions that will shape their lives. Guangxiang follows these characters navigate their emotions, relationships, and the complexities of their choices.
Salad Days (Jing Jiu)
“Salad Days,” written by Shuibian Jing and illustrated by Liu Zang Tang, is a captivating story that follows the dreams and aspirations of two unlikely individuals. Shen, known as “the little swan” in his ballet studio, harbors ambitions of leaving his humble farming town to pursue stardom. Meanwhile, Jinyi, a stoic and wealthy individual, dedicates himself to boxing. Despite their contrasting personalities, they form a bond, supporting and uplifting each other through thick and thin. As they face personal challenges while striving to achieve their individual goals, their deep connection is tested. Will their unwavering bond withstand the journey and allow them to soar toward their dreams?
My Dear Nemesis (Guodu Jiechu)
My Dear Nemesis by author Ji Jing Jun and illustrated by Shou, presents a compelling story centered around Tianyu Lin, the leader of the student council’s Discipline department, and Ze Xu, a new first-year senior high student. During a routine inspection, Tianyu discovers Ze Xu sleeping in the last row near the window, leading to a demerit being issued. Little did they know that this seemingly trivial incident would become the catalyst for a deep and transformative connection between them. Follow their journey as their lives become intertwined, navigating challenges and discovering the unexpected bond that grows between them.
Bromance (18 Bu Xian)
Bromance (18 Bu Xian), written by Jiu Gong and illustrated by Xiao Ji Ding, takes place in Clear Waters High School, where the lively and humorous Justin was once good friends with the diligent Class President, Ian. However, due to an unexpected note, their friendship is perceived as a romantic relationship by others. In their extraordinary journey through the ups and downs of being 18 years old, Justin and Ian must navigate the complexities of their “fake” gay partnership. Will their evolving bond and shared experiences lead them to discover a deeper connection beyond friendship?
Touch Your World (Fei Se Chupeng)
Touch Your World, is a BL manhua written by Zhi Wen and illustrated by Xiaoke Chen, and tells the story of Xie Cheng, who has lived his life in a colorless world due to his inability to see colors. Everything changes when he encounters Bai Lu, who is being pursued by unknown forces. In a serendipitous moment, Xie Cheng discovers that he can suddenly perceive brilliant colors. As these two individuals with stark differences come together, a captivating tale unfolds, filled with unexpected sparks and the exploration of the boundless possibilities that arise when two contrasting worlds collide.
Act Wildly (Saye)
SAYE is based on the original novel by Wu Zhe, with the manga by Zuo Er Cong Yue and art by Xi Yao, is a captivating story that follows Jiang Cheng, an accomplished student who finds himself unexpectedly sent to the steel mill where his biological father works. In this unfamiliar and gritty environment, Jiang Cheng’s spirits plummet. However, his life takes a turn when he crosses paths with Gu Fei, known as the “Delinquent of the Steel Mill.” Their chance encounter sets in motion a tale of redemption and newfound hope as Jiang Cheng and Gu Fei embark on a journey of self-discovery, defying expectations, and finding solace in each other’s presence.
However, SAYE had been already announced to get a Chinese anime adaptation titled Warm Sun from Tencent and Colored Pencil Animation Group, but we haven’t heard new updates about it this past 2 years.