7 #LGBTQ #Anime You Need to Binge Watch Now

Representation is important.

Anime in its many forms have been at the forefront of being inclusive to LGBTQ peoples. But for those who are new to anime and looking for a good series may not know where to begin.

Here are 7 fantastic LGBTQ anime series that you won't be sorry you watched--and got hooked on!


Ritsuka, a 12 year old boy is searching for his brother's murderer. He meets Soubi, who claims to be a friend of his deceased brother, Seimei. Soubi tells Ritsuka that an organization called Septimal Moon may be responsible for his brother's death.


Zetsui (1989)

Koji Nanjo is good-looking, wealthy and self-destructive. One night after binge drinking, he collapses on top of a trash heap. He's rescued by Takuto Izumi. The attraction is there, but Koji is just too much.


Yuri on Ice

The relationship of Yuri Katsuki and Victor Nikiforov offer (rarely seen in media) a front row seat into the couple's ups and downs and support through some major life obstacles.


Revolutionary Girl, Utena

Fandom's Zuleika Boekhoudt says that "Revolutionary Girl Utena,  revolutionized the anime industry" by tackling some major issues such as feminism and dismantling the fairytale prince to the rescue that's been pushed on girls for centuries.

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Love Stage!!

Izumi Sena was born into a family of entertainers. Izumi is an aspiring manga illustrator but is convinced to star in a television commercial. On the set of the commercial it's love at first sight with his costar who, it turns out, they've met ten years prior!


Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko)

When the shy Shuichi transfers to a new school, he befriends Yoshino, a tomboy. Together, they grow, learn about life, relationships and being trans.


Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School is an elite school for those of the highest pedigree. Haruhi Fujioka is a bright scholarship student but is not one of the elite students. Looking for a quiet place, Haruhi stumbles upon the Host Club,where a harem of boys entertains girls. 


Aoi Hana (Sweet Blue Flowers)

The shy Fumi returns to the school she had transferred from, having left her best friend, Akira behind. When Fumi returns, she falls in love with Akira. 


There's something about anime's melodrama, excitement and ability to draw emotion out of you like a crashing waterfall. These anime series are fun, beautifully illustrated and exquisitely written. They are classics among anime fans and staples among LGBTQ anime fans. Have you seen any of these series? Which series do you believe should be on this list? What did you think? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.


Review: Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Studio Ponoc invokes the magic of Miyazaki for the next generation in a new endearing tale.

Fans of Studio Ghibli films everywhere rejoiced at the announcement of the newly created Studio Ponoc and their first feature film, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, which premiered in theaters January 2018. Studio Ponoc, composed of several animators from the former studio, seemed well equipped to take on the challenge of inspiring the next generation with the stylings of Hayao Miyazaki. Based on the English book, The Little Broomstick, Mary and the Witch’s Flower combines elements that are reminiscent of every magic school we’ve ever wanted to attend with a brilliant yet unsure, even unlikely heroine.

I had the privilege of attending an opening night screening and quickly noticed that, true to the spirit of Studio Ghibli, the attendance was filled with people from all walks of life. Within the first few moments of the film, we are introduced to our protagonist Mary whose fiery personality is only outmatched by her brilliant red hair. Living with her Aunt Charlotte in a small town in the countryside, it’s clear that Mary is a loner outside of her derisive relationship with a nearby neighbor. Ironically enough, it is the cat of this same neighbor that Mary is following into the forest when she stumbles upon a rare flower called a Fly-By-Night which grants her magically abilities, but only within a certain time limit. Armed with a broom and her furry sidekick, Mary and the audience are whisked away to a magic school where nothing is as it seems.

Source: Studio Ponoc via Fathom Events

Source: Studio Ponoc via Fathom Events

As a fan of Ghibli's work, the challenge is the urge to compare. Subtly splashed through the coming of age tale are moments that scream “ah-ha” from Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away - all Studio Ghibli classics that any fan, young or old should familiarize themselves with if they haven’t already. At times, the pacing feels rushed, like the viewer is being shuffled from scene to scene with a sense of urgency that lacks justification other than time is literally money. The fantasticalness and gorgeously wonderous world that Mary is thrusted into and resides in seemed one dimensional and untapped into in terms of her interactions with it and even our interaction with it as the audience. I’m reminisced of Chiro and the Spirit World in reflecting on this.

Source: Studio Ponoc via Tumblr

Source: Studio Ponoc via Tumblr

Overall, the story was cutely told, cutely executed, and cutely concluded in that there didn’t seem to be a sense of true depth. The story is just well...all around cute and whimsical. It didn’t linger around in my brain much afterwards as Spirited Away had nor did it have me pondering over allegories or allusions as with Princess Mononoke and quite frankly, that’s okay. It’s difficult not to compare the two Studios, but the fundamental truth is that Studio Ponoc is its own entity carving a new path. While the film didn’t fully live up to the grandiosity of what we could call its predecessors in many ways, it did manage to remind us of the themes we love and look forward to from Ghibli.  It established  its place as a solid staple and thus the story of Mary and her adventure marks a strong foundation for which Studio Ponoc can certainly build up. There’s no doubt that Mary is worth seeing and worth knowing so old fans and newcomers alike should grab a friend and a seat for an endearing and magical journey.

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Skylar Wynn

Coily-headed Gaming Nerd. Binge watcher of Anime. Amateur Photo-snapper. Tea-enthusiast. Protector of Girls. 

Skylar is writer and video game lover with a passion for evaluating the socioeconomic status of women and girls and addressing the misrepresentation of women and girls in the media. In her spare time, you can find her gaming,  indulging in cup of tea, taking selfies with her cats, or volunteering.