We’re smack dab in the middle of Pride Month and to celebrate, I thought it’d be fun to list out five of the best LGBTQ anime series out there.
For these picks, I chose ones that have LGBT relationships and/or gender identity at the forefront of the plot or, at the very least, play a major role. And I’m also going to stay away from the more explicit stuff for obvious reasons.
5. Adachi and Shimamura
Adachi and Shimamura is the most recent series on this list, being less than a year old. It’s based on the light novel series of the same name and it’s a really simple premise. It’s about the budding relationship between Adachi and Shimamura, the leads, and their journey of self-discovery and love.
6/7: the halfway point of Adachi and Shimamura! adachi buys shimamura a present, the girls go on their christmas date, and adachi almost confesses but chickens out at the last second. it was sweet pic.twitter.com/DKSn7uqIHr
— june 💜 real 🦁🚀 hours (@nekowafers) June 8, 2021
The charisma of the main girls drives this show. Adachi is a total dork, yet charming, and you end up rooting for her to succeed in asking out the dubious Shimamura. And spliced in the show are these great moments of intimacy and sincerity.
4. Wandering Son
Wandering Son is a pretty unique anime/manga because it’s about two trans children and that’s a type of story that you don’t see very often.
The anime is about Shuuichi, a young trans girl, and Yoshino, a trans boy of a similar age, who go through unfamiliar waters at a new school. They go through the reality of growing up trans, making friends, falling in love, and societal acceptance.
Happy Pride Month!! For this month I strongly recommend the anime Wandering Son, a very underrated show about gender dysphoria that is one of my personal favorites. I’ll be rewatching it soon so I hope you guys check it out!! pic.twitter.com/fDIOgWmRw9
— DeltaEuph (@DeltaEuph) June 1, 2021
The series has been praised for being a serious exploration of gender identity and the issues LGBT people face. It’s a fantastic slice-of-life, the studio does not shy away from issues, and overall a great watch.
3. Yuri!!! On ICE
Yuri!!! On ICE came out in 2016 and it was an instant hit for various reasons– the animation is gorgeous, the soundtrack bombastic, and skating choreography is second to none. But on top of all that is the relationship between the two main characters, Yuri Katsuki and Victor Nikiforov.
I’ll admit that when I first saw this, I thought Yuri would fall into a lot of yaoi cliches and have cringey gratuitous scenes. But to my pleasure, Yuri is a great sports anime with an equally well-done romance subplot that made me happy to see unfold.
2. Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon is the ultimate classic girls’ anime. It’s the DragonBall for that genre, and the show has the power couple of Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus. They are my favorite characters for how they demand attention and all focus shifts to them. Neptune and Uranus have a presence.
Uranus and Neptune are OTP 🌙 PRETTY GUARDIAN SAILOR MOON ETERNAL THE MOVIE 1 & 2 are now on Netflix! pic.twitter.com/QmxxZLI3mt
— Most (@Most) June 3, 2021
Plus, the whole series is rife with LGBT characters and themes. Usagi is teased to be bisexual with how many times she blushes at female characters, and even kisses Uranus in Crystal.
1. Revolutionary Girl Utena
Number one has to go to Revolutionary Girl Utena. It’s one of my favorite anime series of all time with fantastic action, great characters, and one of the best anime soundtracks. The music in Utena is mind-blowing.
Breaking gender stereotypes is a core theme of the series as we follow Utena, the hero prince in this fairytale-esque story.
This show quite literally revolutionized the anime industry as it explores themes of feminism, assault, love, and deconstructing the idea of a fairytale prince.
Have you watched any of these picks? If not, you better start with number one!