Best Gay Bara Manga to Treasure Always

Gay Manga series you will love, if you love bara manga, featuring all the best bara characters, from hunks to the boy next door, bara manga boys of pretty much every kind. We've had Best Yuri Anime Shows, now let's take a look at a different shade of the rainbow of LGBT manga and anime - Bara, which can be compared to Yaoi, meaning Boys’ Love or BL. Bara can be considered to be the love and romance between men who are often manly, muscular or hairy. Bara is written for men, by men, fuelled by testosterone and high intensity situations. If you are looking for a good bara manga to get into, below are some of the best out there. From a Bara manga that is like Killing Eve, with assassin manga characters, to more hentai bara manga like Kyokan Hunter, The Man of Tango or Fisherman's Lodge, here are the best bara manga to read to suit everyone's tastes!


Best Gay Bara Manga Series


1. Akkan Complete

Best Gay Bara Manga
Life is looking up for Yasuo, he's finally become master of his own home and moved into his new condo, that is till he meets his next door neighbor, Ichijou, who comes across as a gangster, but Yasuo is soon drawn in by his neighbors cute kitten and... open shirt. Ichijou somehow reminds Yasuo of his favourite wrestler, Phantom Cross. He notices that Phantom Cross isn’t quite the same in the ring anymore, and it's up to Yasuo to put two and two together. Everybody loves a muscular, wrestling man, and this manga is no exception. A great read if you love hunky anime characters!

2. Sanzensekai no Karasu o Koroshi

Best Gay Bara Manga
Karasuma is a construction worker going about his daily life, when he is recruited by his boss, Hato, who has close ties with the Yakuza family. Karasuma finds himself tied up in this new world, showered with affection and gifts and made to feel truly special by Hato, who requests his company for three days in a whirlwind of expensive suits and exquisite jewellery and shows him a whole new opulent way of living. But Karasuma knows his boss expects something in return - what could it be?

3. Darkness Hound

Best Gay Bara Manga
A story detailing what happens when assassin meets prey, a runaway soldier, Lozzo tends to keep to himself until he learns one day that in order to recapture him, the army has sent Darkness Hound, one of the best assassins at their disposal, to kill him. The tense cat and mouse game is gripping and raises anticipation for them to finally meet - and there is more to the both of them than what meets the eye. This Bara Manga is similar to Killing Eve in many ways!

4. Ookami Shounen To Hamu No Hito

Best Gay Bara Manga
Yudai is not open about his feelings towards other men, he considers himself ‘in the closet’. To everyone who knows him, he puts up a straight and perverted act, but that really isn’t who he is. He meets Kimikazu, who he soon develops a crush for. The problem is that he has been lying to everyone about his feelings for so long, that he can’t admit his feelings to Kimikazu, even after Kimikazu shows interest. Yudai needs to learn to accept himself, and show others who he truly his, hopefully starting a romance with Kimikazu as well.

5. Itai Itai Itai

Best Gay Bara Manga
In this manga we follow three high school male students who find themselves trapped in a love triangle, involving Tachikawa, the Judo club president, Narumi Shusaku, a member of the Judo club, and Shikou’s best friend and classmate. With the premise that only two of them can find a happy ending together, the three must work to untangle themselves and figure out their feelings and avoid heartbreak if they can at all costs. A heartfelt manga that would be great to watch as an anime! 

6. Priapus

Best Gay Bara Manga
This is a fantasy romance manga with divine themes and characters! It begins as Zeus, God of thunder, has long grown tired of the sin, envy, selfish traits and violence committed by humans on earth. In order to end the human race and thus stop them from reproducing, meaning no children will be born in order to further the species, he sends Priapus down to earth and tasks him with making all males homosexual. Will the love between men be stronger than the willing to reproduce and continue the human race? A test between the survival of your species vs the desire to find true love begins! A really unique manga with a unique and memorable concept.

7. Tabun Sore ga Love Nanjanakarou ka

Best Gay Bara Manga
Keita has been in love with Hiroto for 7 years. They are classmates, but Hiroto has a reputation for sleeping around, especially with people who pay him to do so. The two do share a past, but Hiroto doesn’t seem to remember this. Keita finally finds the courage to confess his feelings for Hiroto, but Hiroto responds thinking that Keita is like all the other guys, and even offers him a freebie. Things change one night when Keita witnesses how true the rumors about Hiroto might actually be.

8. One Fourth

Best Gay Bara Manga
A more hentai bara manga, that takes more of a sexual kind of route and kind of documents a fantasy, as our protagonist Ooshima is somehow shrunk down to a miniscule size, and discovers that the only cure and way to return to normal size is to have sex with the one person he truly loves. This turns out to be his best friend Suga. It is an exploration of themes of friendship, romance and lust, all in a saucy and sensual way. The saucy manga version of Honey I Shrunk the Kids, just with no kids, just lustful bara manga characters!

9. Popular Baseball Club Boys

Best Gay Bara Manga
A teen romance Bara manga that focuses on two guys on the same baseball team at school. It begins as Matsuda cannot stand popular teammate Sonohara, who is a magnet with girls at their school. But one night, Matsuda discovers Sonohara reading a text from Miki, the popular girl at school, rejecting him. In order to promise silence, Matsuda convinces Sonohara to strip. What happens after that is still to be discovered.

10. First Class Daddy

A single father of a teenage boy Hideroi, Douzyo Hideyosi is lazy, laid back, and constantly getting drunk. He often passes out from drinking but still manages to be a dad when the time comes. Things become complicated when Hideroi brings home his friend Tsukamoto, who doesn’t have a father of his own. Hideyosi takes on the role of teaching this boy everything a father should, but boundaries soon become distorted. A rather lewd manga that is a little creepy, some may argue that the story isn't its strong point, that the sexual fantasy is the focus.

11. The Melancholy of GOGO-BOY

Best Gay Bara Manga
A romantic bara manga, where a romantic connection between cousins begins to form, perhaps a bit controversial, but I guess we have to look back to Pride and Prejudice times, where it was quite normal to marry and have children with your first cousin. Anyhow, Atsushi and Maki are cousins. Atsushi recalls the scrawny and fragile Maki from his childhood, so does not recognise this new hunk, giant muscled man that now calls himself Maki. He just happens to be exactly Atushi's type. As Maki ends up living in his cousins apartment, Atsushi finds himself overjoyed that his cousin is living with him, but is troubled by the feelings he now has for his blood relative. A good bara manga if you don't mind a cousin romance - just think, Pride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen times.

12. Terpenoid

Best Gay Bara Manga
This bara manga follows Takahashi, who is very much in love with his blue collar neighbor, Shige. It just so happens that takes in his nephew Haru, who was abused and neglected as a child, and was therefore left unable to speak. Shige helps him regain his confidence and love. Takahashi’s feelings become stronger for Shige seeing this love for Haru, but he catches Shige in the car, embraced with another. How will he overcome his one-sided feelings for this blue-collar who obviously has a very different side to him. An unrequited love bara manga that tackles some important themes and keeps you guessing.

13. Senya Ichiya – Shitone no Himegoto

Best Gay Bara Manga
A positive healing bara manga that is also equally a really good psychological study and is heart-wrenching at the same time. If you want a romantic bara manga to read that is wholesome and cute, with all the feels, read this one! MC Shouta is a young guy who gets roped in with 10 years older bartender at the bar he works as a bouncer for. Bartender Aoi is deeply troubled with many issues, but Shouta is up to the task of breaking Aoi out of the tailspin he's been in for years. Shouta swears to try and help Aoi feel good about himself again, not just by using his body, but by forming a unique and powerful connection to help Aoi feel safe.

14. The Man of Tango

Best Gay Bara Manga
This more sexy bara manga is set around the heat of Latin dancing, so already has a saucy theme. Although main character Angie is known as the Man of Tango, he has never truly experienced the deep and fiery connection and passion with Latin dance. The chance presents itself when he meets Hiro, a man born to a Latin mother, who lives with his Japanese grandfather. Hiro finds himself drawn towards Angie because of his Latin roots, but it soon develops into the both of them opening their hearts and body to the heat of Latin dancing, and their partners.

15. Raiatea

Best Gay Bara Manga
This manga is based around the real life French Polynesian destination of the beautiful island of Raiatea! In the manga, a photographer suffering with lupus loses sight in one eye. He strongly wants, due to his affliction, to revisit the South Pacific island that gave him the inspiration he needed to begin his career as a photographer and absorb all of its beauty all over again. He now tries to convince the man he met there three years ago, who practices as a medical researcher in Southern California, to take the trip with him, and relive all of their memories all over again! A travel bara manga to give you wanderlust!

16. Kyokan Hunter

Best Gay Bara Manga
A hentai bara manga that explores more lustful themes, it begins as a phantom art thief has been haunting the area, bypassing all security fuctions and stealing many pieces of valuable art. Until one day he is caught. A guard grants him passage to escape, so long as he leaves the art behind, but there is something more to this odd pairing. This guard and the thief contract a consensual sexual aggreement in exchange for each others' help, but this soon turns into something much more than a business agreement.

17. Hide and Seek

Best Gay Bara Manga
Takeru is incredibly possessive and obsessed with his sister - which is kind of a red flag in itself - so he completely loses it when he sees her out on a date with his rival Wanigawara. He fights him on the street, which only attracts the attention of police. The two are forced to run and hide closely together in the alley, but the energy and chemistry between them is not at all what they expected. Soon they embark on a journey of hide and seek, but it becomes harder than they would think to hide the passion they discover for each other.

18. Sailor Men

Best Gay Bara Manga
A range of hot bara romance stories, including the tale of Maki and Kana. The two have always been best friends, and nothing more than that until one night, Kana dresses up in a sailor uniform for some entertainment, and Maki suddenly discovers he has some feelings for Kana that he never had before. A story of first discovering feelings for a friend, lust and love between men.

20. Carrot & Stick

Best Gay Bara Manga
Naruse works at a leisure facility and has been asked to become the supervisor of, and keep a close eye on new employee there, Kousaka. Kousaka is besotted with Naruse on a love at first sight basis, and realizes how deeply he feels for him the night before his final day at work. Kousaka finds himself drunk and, before he knows what is happening, confiding to Naruse about how he really feels about him. Will his feelings be reciprocated?

21. Bachi Bachi (Hyougo Kijima)

Best Gay Bara Manga
A funny 'will they won't they' bara manga love story, where Tsudanuma, the captain of the soccer club, and Toui, the vice-captain of the club, harbour strong feelings for each other, both not knowing how the other feel. Ichita, their Kouhai finds out about their love for each other and tries to support them, but finds them both confessing to him on one day!

22. Hey Doctor!

Best Gay Bara Manga
A doctor and nurse scenario manga that is erotic, but also kind of creepy as it features a high school boy (but we have to go with it), who accidentally trips and falls into a river on his way home after school. Somehow he develops a fever and ends up in the hospital for treatment, under the care of a very questionable and unorthodox doctor. Possibly a controversial bara manga but I guess that, as the age of consent in the UK is 16, this encounter between doctor and schoolboy could be totally legal!

23. Bespoke

Best Gay Bara Manga
This story follows a seductive tailor, a good yakuza, a bad yakuza, a tattoo artist and some more hunky men. Read as their stories and lives intertwine with each other in a very interesting way.

24. Omae to Dynamite

Best Gay Bara Manga
Comedian Ashina happens to have the annoying and awkward trait of having nipples that are way more sensitive than most people, which is definitely an inconvenience for him. He thus decides to undergo a special nipple training from his partner Kamiya. However, it does not seem to go as anyone plans. There are also more erotic bara manga stories in this compilation, full of strong and muscular characters, if that is your thing!

25. Ore ni Honey Trap

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Higashiyama went from being a security guard stationed at a gay beach to now working part time at a Sentai show. He decides to become a bodyguard, but has no idea what might be awaiting him in his new role.

26. Takuhai Spirits!!

Best Gay Bara Manga
This multiple story bara manga contains many tales, including Takuhai Spirit, the first story, which centres on, Mitsuo, an earnest man who begins a job at a delivery company. Mitsuo is assigned to shadow Shouta, a laid-back, yet still somewhat intimidating guy. Shouta seems like a slacker, making Mitsuo’s job rough. Forced to always take the stairs, to take lunch breaks in remote locations, and to carry all the heavy stuff unassisted, Mitsuo begins to doubt his coworker. Left alone in the truck while Shouta “talks” with a customer, Mitsuo realizes that nonsense helped him gain a sense of driving routes and his work load. However, his admiration is short-lived. Mitsuo then stumbles upon Shouta having sexual relations with the customer and is completely thrown off balance.

27. Fisherman’s Lodge

Best Gay Bara Manga
An erotic fantasy bara manga, where an old mysterious watchman of a sea lodge is required to entertain a male mistress. Together, the two men must discover their new feelings of desire and sexual needs towards each other.

28. The Confession

Best Gay Bara Manga
A police bara manga, where a gangster is sent on a suicide mission to catch a cop that is at the center of his case. However, there is a twist that nobody saw happening as their night together turns into one of romance and lust, far from what was meant to happen.


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