When boys meet boys, sometimes sparks fly, and sometimes things get pretty steamy -- or at least that's what happens in yaoi and shonen ai manga. Yaoi manga fans are pretty passionate about their favorite authors and stories, and the voting in this category reflected their enthusiasm. It was close, but in the end, A Foreign Love Affair by Ayano Yamane got a last-minute surge of support to claim first place.
Author & Artist: Ayano Yamane
Publisher: 801 Media / Digital Manga Publishing
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Ranmaru Ohmi is a hot-tempered Japanese gangster who is spending his honeymoon on a luxury Mediterranean cruise. But when he encounters Alberto Valentiano, a suave Italian hunk with a taste for all things Japanese, Ranmaru meets a man who isn't afraid to stand up to him. To make matters even more complicated, Alberto makes Ranmaru an offer that he can't refuse.
Anima is set in a world where robotic science has advanced to the point where androids can pass for humans. Danya Arsiniev is a superstar dancer who enthralls audiences with his graceful, emotionally powerful performance. Patrick is an investigative reporter who is fascinated by Danya, both for journalistic and romantic reasons. But when Patrick delves deeper into Danya's past, will he dig up secrets that will put both men in danger?
Kento is a straight-laced high school teacher who craves a 'normal' family life, with a wife and kids. But after his half-hearted proposal to his girlfriend is shot down, Kento drowns his sorrows at a bar, and the next thing he knows, he wakes up next to Akira, an androgynously gorgeous gay man. Kento's left confused by his feelings for Akira -- and his confusion only gets worse when Akira shows up at his school as the new art teacher.
Author & Artist: Youka Nitta
Publisher: 801 Media / Digital Manga Publishing
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Shiraishi is a rising star in the Japanese diplomatic corps, so when he's sent to Thailand, he meets Yoshinaga, a senior diplomat who's got a reputation for being a shrewd negotiator. Yoshinaga is also engaged to Shiraishi's sister, so Shiraishi is horrified when he sees his future brother-in-law kissing another man in a bar, and even more shocked when Yoshinaga comes on to him as well.
5. 5th place: Silver Diamond
Rakan is an orphan with a green thumb who finds comfort in his lush garden. When he finds a stranger from another world sleeping in his backyard, Rakan finds out that he, like his visitor Chigusa, originally came from another dimension and that he resembles the prince who is currently ruling that other world. While Silver Diamond isn't a boys love title, it brings together a bevy of bishonen hunks with a mix of fantasy, sci-fi and a touch of humor.
Shusuke and Atsushi were childhood pals, but it's been six years since Atsushi left to attend school in England, and Shusuke figured he'd never see him again. When Atsushi returns to his hometown unexpectedly, Shusuke finds that he feels more than deep friendship for his old pal. As the two twenty-somethings rekindle their relationship, Shusuke wonders if his crush is one-sided, or there's something more in store.
Artists, actors, musicians and musicians are the stars in Seduce Me After the Show, a collection of sensual short stories by est em. Instead of pretty boys in lust, Seduce Me After the Show depicts grown-up males dealing with real-life (but no less romantic) realities of gay relationships in a mostly hetero world.
Author & Artist: Yugi Yamada
Publisher: June Manga / Digital Manga Publishing
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13-year old Makoto pays a visit to his twenty-something cousin Toshi, and discovers that Toshi has given up on his dreams to become a filmmaker. Makoto is disillusioned that his childhood hero has decided to settle for a boring career, but there's more behind his decision than meets the eye. Toshi's side of the story is told through a series of flashbacks that show how his days in his college's film club were filled more drama, comedy and romance than any movie he could ever make.
When Akabane and Moriya are transported to a fantasy world, a scantily-clad female warrior tells the pair that they must 'exchange bodily fluids' to fortify her magic powers. Akabane isn't into it, but a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do to avoid being eaten by dragons. Meanwhile Moriya finds that this situation works out quite nicely, because he's had a crush on Akabane for a while.
Edgar Allen Poe's gothic short story gets a sci-fi remake and gets charged with yaoi-inspired erotic tension in Wendy Pini's Masque of the Red Death. When Anton Prosper invites geneticist Steffan Kabala to his luxe island retreat, he gains a partner in science and in love. But their happiness is destined to be short-lived, as Anton's extravagant and decadent birthday party becomes a setting for passion, jealousy and betrayal.