Boys Love comics are thriving, and here are 10 fan-favorite English webtoons that fans of the genre should check out.
Kodoani.com – Webtoons are getting more and more popular. This news is not surprising, as this webtoon allows authors of all genres to freely express themselves without limitations. This platform has given BL webtoons the opportunity to grow and thrive. BL refers to Boys’ Love nice yaoia subgenre dedicated to romantic or erotic relationships between male characters.
Some webtoons have even been adapted into popular anime. With many webtoons serving international readers, there are always new BL webcomics for everyone to learn about and enjoy. BL webtoons on various platforms provide fans with compelling stories that are sure to attract fans. Thankfully, a growing number of stories are now available for even more fan favorites.
Updated by Alexandra Locke & Ajay Aravind on July 19, 2023: Webtoons BL has been a booming market in recent years. More and more fans flocked to the (usually grown-up) stories of male romance. With many sites featuring new and exciting content, there are plenty of stories for BL webtoon fans to indulge in.
17. A Thousand Cranes
Written and illustrated by Jung Seokchan, A Thousand Cranes explores the growing pains of adolescence through a rather macabre lens. Protagonist Craig must bear the brunt of an abusive father, and thus seeks to run away from his nightmarish circumstances back home. Unfortunately, Craig has no choice but to stay to protect his younger brother. The story takes an even darker turn after his father disappears, when a group of evil debt collectors turn their attention to the poor teenager. As expected from all BL manhwa storylines, Craig will meet the man of his dreams at some point. One can only hope this happens sooner rather than later.
16. Castle Swimmer
Castle Swimmer follows Prince Siren and Kappa as they deal with a terrifying prophecy. To save Siren’s people from doom, one of them must die. However, neither of them wanted to take their lives, and the two mercenaries fell in love instead. Conversations between the two are both sly and reckless – often ending with a fiercely red-faced Siren. Although they both face many challenges in the future, Siren and Kappa remain committed to each other and their relationship, and seek an end to the Shark’s suffering.
The central pair of 19 Days are best friends Jian Yi and Zhan Zheng Xi, both of whom have developed an undeniable attraction to each other. As they struggle to identify their feelings and accept their own circumstances, the two are joined by another couple, He Tian and Mo Guan Shan, who are also going through a similar situation. The four boys form a chaotic team that helps them work through their problems while still having a lot of fun in the process. 19 Days focuses on relationships that are developing gradually while maintaining all the little gestures of love present in their daily lives.
14. On or Off
Ahn Yiyoung is a college student who meets attractive director Kang Daehyung while presenting a business proposal for his startup company. Due to spoiling, Yiyoung spent the night with strict director Kang. This one-night stand begins with an unusual connection, and eventually both guys work in the same building. Despite starting off the wrong way, the two men find themselves searching for each other. Yiyoung, who has always been gay, is willing to take risks and suffer for her love. But for Kang, who has never shown any interest in men before, this is an uncharted attraction that is both confusing and exhilarating.
13. Red Candy
Red Candy is a secret agent whose real name is Shihyeon. He was a high-achieving agent who manipulated and killed dozens of people until he met Hajun for the first time. Luckily, Shihyeon falls in love with the university professor. In fact, the secret agent is so fascinated by his new mistress that he begins to evade the mission, occasionally forcing Hajun to rescue him. Red Candy contains some of the popular BL manhwa comic styles, but somehow retains its endearing quality.
12. Fathoms of Atonement
Fathoms of Atonement is a beautiful webtoon by jayessart. Jinshuilang searched for the reincarnation of his lost love and eventually found him as a young man with a weapon. Knowing that he cannot tell Wen Honglin who he really is, Jinshuilang must find a way for the human to remember his past as Huoliu, so that they can be together again. This story is an emotional ride through love and loss. The two main characters also share a lot of romantic tension that makes the situation start to get complicated. Fans looking for an emotional webcomic should check out Fathoms of Atonement.