19+ BEST BL and GL Donghua (Recommendations)

Boys’ Love (BL) and Girls’ Love (GL) are two categories of Chinese anime (Donghua) that have become increasingly popular over the years. You may also know these terms as Yaoi and Yuri. People who are more invested in these genres know that there are a lot of good titles in these categories in the anime world.

But what about the Donghua world? Well, it is also not far behind but in the case of donghua, BL is more common compared to GL. So let us take a look at some of the best BL and GL Donghua recommendations that you can ever find.

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21. Star Fall

stars fall
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
12/20
6/10
6/10
6/10
30/50

Genre: Action, Drama

Donghua Storyline:

This particular BL donghua is more focused on the mysterious aspects of the story than BL. In this donghua, we take a look at the journey of four men who are surrounded by danger on all sides. At first, we will come to know about two characters named Xi Bai and Chunchun Liu. They are the victims of a strange car accident and barely survive it. Meanwhile, an assistant named Zhuo Han makes his appearance.

We later come to know that his true profession is being a bodyguard and he also possesses some mysterious abilities. Another bodyguard, Yuanchen Wang is also introduced to us who has a past shrouded in mystery. In this BL donghua, you will get twists at every turn of the story as you will be left wondering about what will happen next.

 

20. Drowning Sorrows in Raging Fire

drowning sorrows in raging fire
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
13/20
6/10
6/10
6/10
31/50

Genre: Action, Drama

Donghua Storyline:

 It takes place in a period where people with special abilities exist. Although their number is quite low, they have powers different from normal humans. There is always a chance that some people with special abilities can turn to the dark side.

This is why an organization called the Deviant Control is set up to keep an eye on these people with special abilities. Their task will be made very difficult by the people who want to misuse their power for their own selfish interests. Not everyone will have a righteous sense of justice and use their powers for the benefit of other people. 

 

19. Link Click

Link Click
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
14/20
6/10
6/10
6/10
32/50

Genre: Fantasy, Drama

Donghua Storyline:

Link Click is a BL donghua that causes some debate among the fans. Many consider that the bromance aspect is more than the BL parts. Despite that, it is still a series worth watching. The story is about two boys named Cheng Xiaoshi and Lu Guang. They work at a photography shop.

But it is not a normal shop as they have superpowers to enter the photos of their customers. Some of the orders that they receive are quite dangerous at times. However, the duo refuses to let it get in the way of their job and complete the tasks with due diligence.

 

18. The Defective

the defective
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
15/20
6/10
6/10
6/10
33/50

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

Donghua Storyline:

You have probably read about various calendar systems in history. Now get ready to know about the Nova Calendar in The Defective. Set in the year 270, we come to know about the Star Alliance. Their general is Lin on whom there are some major allegations. We come to know that he is being framed and ultimately he had to take shelter at the edge of space.

Five years pass since that incident and one day the interstellar pirates decide to invade. General Lin has not been sitting idly all this time. He has been busy gathering his defectives with whom he is planning to uncover the truth behind the incidents that led to him being thrown out of Star Alliance.

This is not all. There are also techs called Eden that can link the minds and allow their control. But some people who are immune to it are considered outcasts by society and labeled as defectives. General Lin will work with one such defector, Lu Bixing, and try to gather all the information. Together, they will find other defectives and persuade them to rally for their cause.

 

17. Mo Dao Zu Shi Q

BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
15/20
7/10
6/10
6/10
34/50

Genre: Comedy, Chibi

Donghua Storyline:

Everyone is quite familiar with the donghua, Mo Dao Zu Shi. It is one of the most popular titles that are a combination of a variety of aspects including BL. Mo Dao Zu Shi Q is a spin-off of the main series that adds an extra level of cuteness to the plotline. It is a chibi version of the main donghua and there are also Boys’ Love elements here.

The main target of this spin-off is to provide something wholesome to the fans of this series. The original storyline is quite serious and can get pretty depressing at times. So if you want to heal your mood, the best way to do so is by watching this story. It will take you through three stages of Wei Wuxian’s life and only focus on the cute and warm parts of the story.

 

16. Scumbag System

scumbag system
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
15/20
7/10
7/10
6/10
35/50

Genre: Drama, Supernatural

Donghua Storyline:

Shen Yuan is a massive fan of Xianxia novels. This has led him to believe that whatever happens in Xianxia novels will also happen in his life. He thinks that the protagonist will win against his evil master by taking the path of demonic cultivation. Not only that he will also get a pretty sweet storyline along the way.

That sounds wishful thinking but when he somehow finds himself in the Proud Immortal Demon Way world, he thinks his story will be exactly like in the novels. The only twist is that instead of being the protagonist he has to serve the role of the master who is ultimately going to be defeated at the end.

How the tables have turned for him! But Shen is not one to give up. After becoming a cultivation master, he decides that he will take every step possible to prevent his disciple from defeating him. For this, he will need to become friends with his disciple at first which can be a very daunting task.

 

15. Legend of Tang/Tian Bao Fuyao Lu

BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
15/20
7/10
7/10
7/10
36/50

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Donghua Storyline:

Our focus in this donghua is on a handsome man named Kong Hongjun. He has lived in the Yaojin Palace his whole life and is not familiar with the outside world. Still, he decides to leave Taihang Mountain on which his palace was situated and arrives at Chang’an.

It is a land filled with prosperity. But Kong is not on a vacation. He has got three important tasks that he also needs to complete. The first building that he enters in that place is the Datang Exorcism Division whose general also happened to be Li Jinglong.

Interestingly, Li had already completed one of the tasks but broke Chen’s heart lamp while trying to do that, which led to the lamp entering his body. Overall, this story is about this duo and how they will write the Yao-vanquishing records of the Great Tang.

 

14. The Emperor's Strategy/Diwang Gonglue

BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
16/20
7/10
7/10
7/10
37/50

Genre: Action, Adventure

Donghua Storyline:

Chu Yuan belongs to the imperial family and he treats his tenure as the head like a game of chess. He makes every move with the utmost patience, knowing that even a slight bit of hesitation can disrupt everything and lead to his loss.

The fact that he had to sit on the throne at the mere age of eighteen did not help his cause. He was still a child but he refused to use that as an excuse. Things were made even worse when civil strife started in his kingdom just 6 months after that.

Moreover, the members of the Imperial Court Old Guard do not exactly have complete confidence in Chu Yuan but they are ready to let things play out and see how they turn up. Chu Yuan may have his answer in the form of Duan. Although most people think that they are at odds with each other, it is not the case. In his journey of becoming the best emperor, Duan will serve as his best assistant and make sure he succeeds in his journey.

 

13. Defective Lovers/Daihao: Kuangxin

BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
17/20
7/10
7/10
7/10
38/50

Genre: Action, Horror

Donghua Storyline:

In this donghua, we will come across some Boys’ Love mixed with criminal investigations. So for people who are love crime thrillers, this is going to be an absolute treat. There are two main characters in this donghua around whom the plot is set.

One of them is the captain of the Criminal Investigation Department, Qian Cuo. The other one is a detective with an incredibly high IQ, Teng Ruiyu. They are polar opposites to each other as Qian Cuo is a hot-headed character while Teng has ice in his veins.

The duo has worked together on many cases over the years until two years ago they were involved in some alchemy crimes. Daihao: Kuangxin mixes BL perfectly with a thriller plot and makes it the perfect donghua to be binge-watched on the weekends.

 

12. Dinghai Fusheng Lu

Dinghai Fusheng Lu
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
18/20
7/10
7/10
7/10
39/50

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Donghua Storyline:

Watch this BL donghua and explore a world filled with immortal arts, magic weapons, magical powers, and spiritual qi. But one day, the qi suddenly vanished and it resulted in the exorcists becoming mortals. After three hundred years of that incident, the Five Hus travel through the pass which comes before the start of massive turmoil in China.

The Divine Land can collapse anytime soon and it may well and truly mark the end of the world. But as a certain person once said, light can appear even in the darkest of times and light did appear in the form of the Heart Lamp. It was like a single star shining brightly in the sky.

In such a scenario, we are introduced to a teenager who starts his journey of getting back to the qi of the earth. It isn’t going to be an easy journey in any way and he will face countless challenges before him.

 

11. Dragon in Distress/Aoao Dai Bu

Dragon in Distress
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
18/20
7/10
7/10
7/10
40/50

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Donghua Storyline:

This BL donghua is quite unique in its own way. This is because it does not involve humans in the story. It involves dragons. This is the only BL donghua that combines BL with dragons. On one side, we have an eastern blue dragon while on the other side, we have a western black dragon.

This is a story about their adventures and how they go on about each day. The animation is quite cute with chibi figures involved. It is also worth keeping in mind that they are dragons in the form of humans.

 

10. Beryl and Sapphire

Beryl and Sapphire
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
18/20
7/10
8/10
8/10
41/50

Genre: Comedy

Donghua Storyline:

Beryl and Sapphire is a classic wholesome donghua about Boys’ Love. That doesn’t mean things don’t get spicy here and there in the story. If you are someone looking for a BL donghua that sticks to that theme only, then this is the perfect one for you. It is also one of the more popular donghua with the two protagonists, Beryl and Sapphire. While Beryl is very mild in his manners, Sapphire always seems to get embarrassed in every situation.

It is very hard to judge the chemistry between the two of them since at one time it feels like they are best friends while at the other time it feels like they are mortal enemies. The story is also set in a different world in every episode making it all the more enjoyable for the viewers. They are also in for a big twist at the ending.

 

9. Soulmate Adventure/Feng Ling Yu Xiu

Soulmate Adventure
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
18/20
8/10
8/10
8/10
42/50

Genre: GL

Donghua Storyline:

Why on earth will a mysterious girl suddenly appear around a thief? People in the martial art world could not make head or tail of the situation when it occurred. The girl had white hair and was too strong to be defeated by the master of the martial world.

It led to a heated debate all around the world. People began to question the source of her power and how she became so powerful. No one seemed to know about her origins and her purpose in meeting the thief, Feng Ling Er. On the other hand Feng Ling and the mysterious girl, Bai Yu Xiu could care less about it.

They were more interested in travelling the whole world while they remain completely oblivious to the fact that their lives might be in danger. Watch as a conspiracy brews up against them and how they work together to tackle it.

 

8. Without Parallel/ Qian Wu Gu Ren

without parallel
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
18/20
9/10
8/10
8/10
43/50

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Donghua Storyline:

When the smartest man in the world and a prince get together to work on something, you can bet there are going to be lots of BL scenes.  This is the story of Luo Xiao and Yan An Cheng, as they travel to various places in order to gather clues regarding the legendary “Heavenly Staircase“.

Each of the clues on their journey leads to something bizarre as they slowly progress towards the ultimate conspiracy that is being kept hidden from people’s eyes.

 

7. Reflection of Crescent/Xian Yue Meng Ying

reflection of the crescent
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
19/20
9/10
8/10
8/10
44/50

Genre: Action, Drama

Donghua Storyline:

This donghua popularly known as Reflection of Crescent is a story based on a plot mixed with fantasy, sci-fi, and BL. It is based in a world where humans and demons co-exist together while there is also a love square between the male characters in the story.

To make things even more interesting the love square is between a demon, a human, a half-demon, and half-human. In this world, both humans and demons try to reach a higher stage which leads to them being continuously at odds against each other. After waging war for a long time, an institute was established where both clans will send their youngest representatives to live together and maintain peace.

 

6. Nuan Yang

warm sun
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
19/20
9/10
8/10
9/10
45/50

Genre: Action, Drama

Donghua Storyline:

Jiang Cheng leads a good life. It is quite natural after all he is an accomplished student in his school. But hell broke loose when he is sent to exile with his biological father who worked in a steel mill.

It marked the start of rough days for Jiang as his biological father was quite vulgar and he became depressed in no time. Like a light in the darkness, he met the delinquent of the steel mill one day. Thus, began the story of the duo as they embarked on a journey of healing and hope.

 

5. Antidote

antidote
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
12/20
6/10
6/10
6/10
30/50

Genre: Action, Drama

Donghua Storyline:

There are two characters around whom the story of Antidote revolves around. Firstly there is Cheng Ke. He is a young master who has been labeled as a good-for-nothing by everyone around him. He is soon forced out of his home as now he has no place to live. Secondly, there is Jiang Yuduo.

He is a street thug who lets his fists do the talking. He has turned out like this due to his dark childhood and a subsequent mental illness. When the two of them meet, it sparked a sort of reaction as they might be the antidote to each other’s sickness.

 

4. Shanhe Jian Xin

Shanhe Jian Xin
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
12/20
6/10
6/10
6/10
30/50

Genre: Action, Fantasy

Donghua Storyline:

Shen Qiao is the chief disciple of Mount Xuandu who is well known for being a strong cultivator. But everyone meets their match and Shen Qiao did so too in the form of Beimu clan’s leader. After his defeat, he falls from a high cliff and suffers grave injuries. He escapes death just by a whisker.

In the meantime, we are introduced to the leader of the Cleansing Moon Sect, Yan Wushi. He is cunning as a fox and ruthless as a tiger. He sees this as a golden opportunity to plant the seeds of vengeance in Shen’s heart.

Shen Qiao does not take well to this betrayal and he starts to question his beliefs and ideals. He has always believed that people are good but it is only a matter of time before he changes his belief. Also, I am quite sure if Shen Qiao lived in this time period, he would have changed his life principles long ago.

 

3. Spiritpact

Spiritpact
BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
20/20
10/10
9/10
9/10
48/50

Genre: Action, Drama

Donghua Storyline:

You Keika’s life is not blessed with good fortune as he has to do a part-time job in order to get through the day. One day, after meeting a strange white-haired man, he finds himself reawakened as a spirit. He comes to know that the mysterious man belongs to one of the most high-ranked exorcism families in the country.

The man named Tanmoku Ki decides to make a pact with You. You will provide him protection as a spirit while he will protect You from other exorcists. As the two go about helping each other the bonds between the master and servant begin to thin, as a new bond emerges between them.

 

2. Heaven Official's Blessing

BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
20/20
10/10
10/10
9/10
49/50

Genre: Action, Comedy

Donghua Storyline:

How the mighty martial god has fallen! Xie Lian used to be the Crown Prince of his province but now he has lost everything in his possession. He makes a third attempt to get to the Heavens but breaks the Gold Palace of Heavenly Officials in that process.

As a result, he is again sent back to the world where he has to spend his days while exorcising ghosts. Luckily for him, he meets two heavenly officials and a mysterious man in red. The four of them team up together as a new tale of adventure awaits them.

 

1. The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation

BL/GL Aspect Character Development Plot/Storyline Animation Total
20/20
10/10
10/10
10/10
50/50

Genre: Action, Adventure

Donghua Storyline:

The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation is not only one of the most popular donghua of all time but it is also one of the highest-rated ones. This story is about Wei Wuxian, the grandmaster. He made the foundation of the demonic sect which caused a lot of chaos.

Naturally, the people did not take a liking to him, and clans grouped together to bring him down. Later he found himself reborn in the body of a lunatic who was left behind by his own clan. To make matters even more complicated, he is taken away against his will by one of the famous cultivators of the clan, who also happens to be his archenemy.

This donghua has the power to make you stick to the screen and only leave after you have finished the series. But be careful since you may need a box of tissues later.

 

Which one are you watching next? Comment!

BL genre is quite common among donghua as is evident from this list. We can also see that the story does not necessarily need to stick to the BL theme. It can be a solid combination of various themes with the common combination being cultivation and BL. 

This list contains some of the best titles in the BL and GL world of donghua and we can expect more such titles to be aired in the future. This will only help in the rising popularity of donghua as it can give a solid competition to anime.

 

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