10 Must-Read Boy Love Manhwa For BL Fans
Queer representation in popular media has been able to establish a mainstream presence. Whether it’s fiction, fantasy, or science fiction, the boy love, or BL, genre has taken the entertainment industry by storm. Through anime, TV shows, sitcoms, movies or comics, the BL genre is now attracting attention like never before.
With moving stories and impeccable design, BL manhwa spans various genres and artistic styles. Some of them can move readers to tears, while others manage to terrify fans. Dark themes, love triangles, and mysterious origins among other tropes combine to create some of the best-known BL manhwas that are immensely popular these days.
ten A Notorious Nobleman Takes Over the Life of a Painter (Painter of the Night)
Bye painter of the night follows a young painter named Na-kyum, who is exceptionally talented in a particular genre, and a young nobleman named Seungho, who is infamous for his insatiable lust.
Na-kyum decides to stop painting after his teacher, whom he admires, rejects him. Crossing Seungho’s path, he enters a world completely different from the one he is used to. With a realistic art style that uses warm tones, this manhwa quickly became famous.
9 Love emerged from tragedy and kindness (cherry blossoms after winter)
Cherry blossoms after winter was an instant hit among readers. Bamwoo’s manhwa managed to touch the hearts of a large number of fans. Haebom, after losing his parents in a terrible misadventure at a very young age, was adopted by the Jo family. Haebom quickly became friends with their only son, Taesung.
This manhwa is a coming-of-age and love story neatly wrapped in one cover. A cute art style and smooth storytelling, plus relatable characters and situations make for a fairly enjoyable read.
8 There’s more than one way to pay off a debt (legs that don’t work)
Created by Black Apricot, Legs that don’t work is about a former boxer who is forced to retire due to a crippling leg injury. Held responsible by a private moneylender known as Tae-Seung to pay off his father’s debt, Soo-Young finds himself in a predicament.
Forced to choose between living in poverty for the rest of his life while paying off his debt or working for this notorious moneylender, Soo-Young tries to make the best choice for himself. A black and white art style perfectly depicts danger, lust and fear.
seven Being a good Samaritan changes the life of Hwa Gok (Blood bond)
As the various events unfold, the plot thickens, revealing secrets and conspiracies in the supernatural world. The tall, buff characters with the gorgeous eyes grab the attention of most readers.
6 Dooshik makes the discovery of a lifetime (Pearl Boy)
pearl boy is unique and widely popular. Inking’s manhwa tells the story of Dooshik, who is on the run and hiding in a coastal town after robbing his old workplace, and Jooha, who is perpetually trying to pay off a debt while retaining the last memory of his mother.
Exploited without any concern for his health, Jooha finds solace in Dooshik and agrees to accept his help after much persuasion. Vivid images and light shades make the manhwa look fantastic.
5 A Rejection Comes Back to Haunt Yoonseul (Third Ending)
Chovom tells a heartbreaking story in Third ending. Yoonseul has always had a pretty easy life as he is smart, popular and good at his job. Kang Jun, a baker, had confessed to Yoonseul when they were in high school, only to be rejected. As they cross paths again, Yoonseul finds himself confronted with his feelings towards Kang Jun.
Kang Jun is fed up with Yoonseul and is determined not to get too close to Yoonseul. However, Yoonseul, on the other hand, pursues him relentlessly. Beautifully inked, this manhwa is a fan favorite.
4 A reality show becomes an idol’s saving grace (turn off the camera!)
Idol group member Jihoon gets the chance to save his failing group by Turn off the camera! Written by Kang Unnie, this manhwa captures Jihoon’s anxieties as he films a reality show with top stars Yohan and Yoojin, who make his life very difficult.
MissPM’s art aptly captures the beauty of the characters. As Jihoon tries to navigate his way through filming and avoid any scandal, he tries to make sense of his feelings. Conflicted and worried about being played for a fool, he tries his best to get through it.
3 Taeyi’s brother’s favorite song helps him find love (Jazz For Two)
Clariju’s jazz for two is the story of Taeyi, who lost her brother to suicide. Absorbed in grief, he finds light solace in music, which his brother adored. Seheon, the transfer student, loves music, especially jazz. Taeyi hears Seheon playing her brother’s favorite song on the piano and wonders if her brother is back.
Much to his disappointment, he finds a stranger at the piano. Sorrow and anger rise inside him as he yells at Seheon and threatens him. A heartbreaking story at its core, this manhwa has a very sweet art style.
2 Size doesn’t matter when it comes to loving (two sizes, too small)
Ben, a tall and broad nerd, has a crush on Keaton, a below average stature vet student in Mizore. Two sizes, too small. Currently in progress, this manhwa depicts the beginning and development of Ben and Keaton’s relationship.
Keaton’s brother, Karl, is overly overprotective of his little brother due to his sensitive past. Trouble arises due to Karl’s interference in Ben and Keaton’s relationship. With short chapters and a dynamic art style, this manhwa is too cute to skip.
1 A sculpture student and a gangster in a twisted romance (under the green light)
Under the green light is an ongoing manhwa by Jaxx. Matthew, a sculpture student who prefers to live in isolation, is taken by Jin’s captivating body at first sight. Matthew asks Jin to be his model for a sculpture because he wants to preserve that perfection.
Somewhat reluctantly, Jin agrees to this request. Thus begins an unwitting and twisted relationship between the two. An art style that enhances the dark plot themes portrays the two protagonists with handsome faces, detailed eyes, and tall builds.
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