5 LGBTQ Manga Recs that Will Melt Your Heart

The only thing better than romance is LGBTQ romance. Read on to discover 5 sweet LGBTQ manga recs

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Book covers of 'Whisper Me a LOve Song,' 'Bloom Into You,' and 'Sasaki and Miyano' against a whitebackground with pink flower petals.

Who doesn’t love a sweet romance that makes you believe in love? Romance in any type of media is wonderful, but I have a particular soft spot for romance manga. There are so many out there, including ones focused on LGBTQ characters and couples. Read on to find manga that make you “awww” out loud and giggle uncontrollably.

Bloom Into You

'Bloom Into You' by Nakatani Nio book cover with Nanami cupping Yuu's cheek.

Yuu loves reading shoujo manga, and she awaits the day she has her own love story. But when a male classmate confesses to her, she doesn’t feel anything at all. As she starts high school, she feels disappointed, lost, and confused. When she sees the gorgeous student council president Nanami reject a classmate so elegantly and maturely, she feels compelled to ask for advice. But when Nanami is the next to confess to Yuu, will her anticipated love story begin at last?

Whisper Me a Love Song

'Whisper Me a Love Song' by Eku Takashima book cover showing Yori and Himari standing close together

Cheerful first-year high school student Himari falls in love with her upperclassman Yori after she saw Yori’s band perform on the first day of school. She confesses that she fell in love at first sight, and she’s shocked when Yori says she felt the same way. But Himari soon realizes that they are talking about two different types of love, and she begins to wonder what “love” actually means.

She Loves to Cook, and She Loves to Eat

'She Loves to Cook, and She Loves to Eat' by Sakaomi Yuzaki book cover showing Nomoto flipping a pancake and Kasuga holding a plate of pancakes

This beautiful story is about two neighbors who bond over a mutual love of food. Nomoto cooks as a way to relax, but one day, she makes way too much food. She can’t eat it all by herself, so she invites her reserved nighbor, Kasuga, who also lives alone, to eat with her. Lucky for her, Kasuga loves eating as much as Nomoto loves cooking. Something more may come out of this unplanned dinner invitation.

I Think Our Son Is Gay

'I Think Our Son Is Gay' by Okura book cover showing Tomoko calling after her husband and Hiroki

The Aoyama family has four people, but the house usually only has three since Dad is away at work. The mom, Tomoko, and her two beloved sons, Hiroki and Yuri, go through their lives and familiar routines. But when Hiroko starts high school, Tomoko starts wondering if her son has a crush on another guy. She’s content to just support him from the sidelines and let Hiroki figure things out himself, but it’s hard to ignore his slips of the tongue! Being such a terrible secret keeper, Hiroko may die of embarrassment before anything can happen.

Sasaki and Miyano

'Sasaki and Miyano' by Shou Harusono book cover with Miyano holding a manga and Sasaki sitting behind him.

This starts out just like any other boys’ love plot: the semi-delinquent upperclassman — Sasaki — meets the awkward but adorable underclassman — Miyano — and love starts to bloom. But Miyano, despite being a closeted fudanshi, a boy who likes reading boys’ love manga, doesn’t realize that he’s in one himself. So it’s up to Sasaki to make sure their story ends happily.

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