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The 24 Best BL Manhwa (Completed and Ready to Binge!)

When your heart beats as you gaze at someone with rose-colored glasses, you may have the lovebug—or you’re just reading a steamy new BL manhwa!

While love is always a classic topic for manhwas, the rage nowadays lies in a somewhat unfamiliar yet exciting world. Yes, I’m talking about boys’ love.

Although same-sex materials can be a bit controversial, this doesn’t mean that the stories aren’t honest and rewarding for readers. BL manhwas are quirky, exciting, romantic, and relatable. Some may end up among your favorite reads!

In this article, I’ll guide you through the top BL manhwas of all time. I’ll also discuss the distinction between mangas and manhwas and give a brief introduction to boys’ love content. Are you ready to feel the love?

The Difference Between Manga and Manhwa

Manga is a term for comics or graphic novels originating from Japan. They are incredibly popular around the globe and have provided the source material for anime like Naruto, Inuyasha, and Demon Slayer.

There are a lot of genres to indulge in when it comes to manga. You have shonen, seinen, josei, shoujo and many more. An individual who creates a manga is referred to as a mangaka.

If you have the chance to grab a physical manga, you’ll realize that it’s a lot different from a western comic or book. For starters, manga is read from right to left and back to front! And, mangas are always in black and white.

Manhwa is a graphic novel that originated in South Korea. If you’re a fan of Korean TV, you’ll notice that some K-Drama shows and movies are adapted from manhwas.

Unlike manga, you can read manhwas like Western comics—from left to right. Manhwas are also often printed in color, unlike manga. Just FYI, manhwas created on digital platforms are referred to as webtoons.

Understanding Boys’ Love and BL Manhwa

Boys’ love was initially referred to as yaoi in Japan, where the genre originated. While the history of the genre is long, we’ll sum it up for you quickly: Boys’ love content features stories about male-to-male relationships. It was initially created by women mangaka to be marketed to women audiences.

Nowadays, boys’ love is an umbrella terminology that covers any material that features boy-to-boy relationships regardless of form, language, or country of origin. One area where boys’ love content has thrived is in South Korea, where BL (boys’ love) manhwas line the shelves of every bookshop. Many manhwas have become international hits, and you can find dozens of them to satisfy your need for comedy, romance, heartbreak, and endless boys’ love drama! 

Best BL Manhwa Titles You Need to Read

It’s time to take out your notepad or bookmark this page for some juicy and heart-melting BL manhwa recommendations. Please note that the titles listed here are for completed manhwas only. Ongoing ones are omitted. Come back to check this list regularly, as we will update it with new completed manhwas over time!

At the End of the Road – Haribo (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/attheend)

Waking up to find that you’re inside another person’s body can be terrifying. But, for Taemin, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With this new body, he finally escaped the ragged life of working to pay off his selfish parents’ debts. Now, he can live as a rich boy. However, his childhood friend Woojin knows that within his new body is none other than Taemin!

At the End of the Road explores school life with a supernatural twist. While the plot is a bit dark, the art style of this manhwa is bright and refreshing, which keeps the pages turning. The romantic scenes are also worth swooning over!

King’s Maker – Kang Ji Young (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/kingsmaker_en)

After several years of hiding, the fourth prince, Wolfgang Goldenleonard, comes back to claim the throne. Although he despises the royal ways, one particular person piques his interest: the King’s catamite, Soohyuk.

King’s Maker is a plot-heavy BL manhwa that doesn’t deviate from the story once the romance is established between the main characters. In fact, the lovey-dovey scenes only add to the story’s complexity. Although it’s a bit slow at first (especially the earlier chapters), this manhwa is worth a read.

The Warehouse – Killerwhale (https://www.tappytoon.com/en/book/the-warehouse)

If there’s one thing we can all agree on (even fictional characters), it’s that adulting is hard. Nothing can prepare you for the day when responsibilities crush your soul and you transform into an NPC working 9 to 5.

This is the case for Kim Dohyun. He was stuck in a dead-end job and undeniably broke. Then, he woke up to realize he’d been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by Sungho—a person that begs Dohyun to remember the warehouse he’s in.

This manhwa is a psychological thriller and not for the faint of heart. It deals with gore, violence, and rape. This may not be for you if you want to read wholesome stories, though it is an excellent story.

University life can be boring when you’re going through the motions. That’s what it was like for Hwa Gok, until he jumped to a woman’s defense after seeing her in distress. This moment would turn his life upside-down forever.

If you find werewolves and vampires fascinating, Blood Link is a definite must-read. After all, who wouldn’t want to witness how these creatures navigate the human world and find love?

Heart Silent – Han Kyeul (https://yaoi.fandom.com/wiki/Heart_Silent)

What if your heart didn’t need to beat for you to be alive? You might try to blend in and live a normal life—until you met someone who made your heart beat for the first time.

That would throw you off the loop! Heart Silent is a somewhat chaotic yet cheerful manhwa that captures the moment that made Hyeon-Jin’s heartbeat for the first time. And for a cat mascot, no less! Though, just wait until you see the buff man underneath the mascot costume!

Escape into Oblivion – Gawee (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/escapeoblivion)

At times, living life and simply existing can be exhausting. But one experience can turn our lives into topsy-turvy chaos that we never saw coming.

This is the case for Woojin, who is tired of life and wants to escape reality. However, anchoring him to life is Hwon, who’s obsessed with him and won’t stop at anything to make Woojin understand his love for him.

Escape into Oblivion is a conflicting BL manhwa where tragedy looms for both MCs, the plotline is heavy, and every turn of the page brings more twists!

Never Understand (Out of Control) – Bbong (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/outofcontrolnetcomics)

You can never judge a book by its cover, right? At first, Never Understand’s plot, in which the most handsome student is paired with the school’s ugly duckling, seems a recipe for a comedy. But there’s more to this pairing than meets the eye.

Following Yuri and Jaerim grow together makes you feel as close to these characters as they are to one another. At its heart, this is a fun school life story—but it’s so much more. Full of bullying, drama, and love, this BL manhwa captures the intermingling emotions of young love and high school drama like lightning in a jar. 

For readers who want to indulge in a light, comedic, and adolescent BL manhwa, this gem is worth a read!

Let Dai – Woon Soo-Yeon (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1126597.Let_Dai_Volume_01)

A certified oldie but goodie, Let Dai explores the lives of Dai and Jaehee. This manhwa follows the story of a sociopathic delinquent and a goody-two-shoes whose love comes across as inspiring, but mostly toxic.

One of the oldest manhwas, Let Dai is not for the faint-hearted. It touches on topics including rape, homophobia, and suicide. While the story is compelling—it describes how a gang leader establishes a relationship with a schoolboy who only wanted to save a girl from being robbed—it’s definitely adult in nature.

Let Dai is a heavy and complex BL manhwa that exposes the realities of life and love. Although it’s fast-paced at the beginning, the story calms a bit in the middle and toward the end.

December Rain – Kimon (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/december)

Suchae just wants to see the world and experience the many pleasures that life has to offer after completing his military duty. But, on the first day of his trip, he is captivated by someone and drawn to him—even though this person has done something indecent in a public restroom.

As Suchae finds the courage to talk to Gusam, he starts their unlikely journey to finding a place they can call home. December Rain is anything but romantic. However, it’s a story where every tear you shed is worth it.

My Pet Bat – Jade (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/mypetbat)

There’s something about BL manhwa stories with fantasy themes that makes you want to read every word in one sitting.

My Pet Bat is a BL with a supernatural plot line to keep the reader at the edge of their seat. But it’s not scary. In fact, it’s quite funny and cheerful most of the time.

At first glance, the art style may seem too plain, but the characters are super relatable, which makes every reader root for them as they traverse through college and life with each other.

Sign – Ker (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/sign_en)

To fall in love with someone’s deep (and undoubtedly sexy) voice seems out of the norm, right? That’s not the case for Cafe Goyo’s part-timer, Soohwa.

Soohwa is expected to brew coffee and serve Cafe Goyo’s delectable off-the-menu meals. However, he needs to learn basic sign language to support Cafe Goyo’s manager, Yohan.

Yohan is a gentle giant who became deaf in an accident. While he mostly communicates through sign language, he speaks in specific instances, especially if someone can’t decipher what he’s signing.

Although Yohan’s voice helps Soohwa understand what he wishes him to do, its irresistible timbre makes it “hard” for Soohwa to be around Yohan (if you know what hard means in this context *wink). If you’re looking for something adorable with funny characters, Sign is a BL manhwa for you.

Love is an Illusion – Fargo (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/loveillusion)

Set in an omegaverse world where alphas dominate omegas. That makes Hye-sung and Dojin’s relationship magnetic—in the sense that opposites attract even if they don’t want to! Chaos is the norm when these two are together. But that’s what makes the story so appealing.

After living his life as an alpha, Hye-sung turns out to be an omega. Worse, he now seems to cross paths with Dojin, an alpha who couldn’t care less about omegas. Will they always fight like cats and dogs or succumb to nature’s mating instincts?

Aside from the cute art style, the plotline is a breath of fresh air for its quirkiness and comic relief.

Make Me Bark – Sagold (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/bark)

Who in their right mind would demand another human being to act like a dog to satisfy their pleasures? Well, there’s Lee Hyo-In.

Sungjoon was getting by just fine when his apartment caught on fire. While seeing the flames eat up his home, he realizes he has no one to ask for help. Fortunately, he remembered a fellow university student looking for a roommate. And this is where the fun begins!

With bold lines and colorful characters, it’s not hard to get lost in this swoon-worthy story.

Moritat – Lee Seon-Ui (https://yaoi.fandom.com/wiki/Moritat)

Waking up in a hospital bed with no memory of how you got there can be overwhelming and scary. This was the case when Jesse gained consciousness.

Even more worrying is that the only memory he has is a man trying to kill him—the same man who’s by his bedside, insisting that he’s Jesse’s lover.

If you’re on the hunt for mystery, drama, and a lot of plot twists, Moritat is a great find. Just brace yourself to play detective with Jesse as you navigate the story and untangle the truth from a web of lies.

Totally Captivated – Yoo Ha Jin (https://www.goodreads.com/series/59485-totally-captivated)

Many readers tout this title as a classic BL manhwa. Released in 2008, Totally Captivated explores the story of Ewon, an errand boy for some shady underground people.

As he navigates this violent, life-threatening world, Ewon’s existence piques the interest of Mookyul, a gang leader that has the nasty habit of biting people’s necks when drunk.

This story combines action, comedy, and drama, which may be overwhelming for readers looking to read light-hearted BL titles. However, if you’re looking for a story that can make you laugh and cry (and you don’t mind the violence that comes with a gang/mafia plotline), this one is worth a read.

Wolf in the House – Park Ji-Yeon (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/wolf_en)

Having a furry companion and being loved unconditionally is one of the most fulfilling experiences in the world. Lucky for Minsuk, he’s cuddling with a furry friend and basking in steamy nights with an unexpected “partner.”

After breaking off a 10-year relationship, Minsuk decided to foster a Siberian husky named Bexan. This decision starts a journey involving laughter, heart-tugging moments, and steamy scenes that naturally bloom into a love story.

Aside from the plot, the artwork is refreshing and light, making this selection a top one to beat!

Miss You, Lucifer – Moscareto/Ok Dong (https://yaoi.fandom.com/wiki/Miss_You,_Lucifer)

Miss You, Lucifer is a BL manhwa where quirky misunderstandings can lead to life-changing outcomes.

Lee Jungwoo, otherwise known as Lucifer, is a member of a rookie idol group whose claim to fame is a rather revealing slip-up on live TV. This incident leads to a collaboration with superstar Kang Kwonjun. After getting acquainted, misunderstandings ensue—could it be a prelude to a blossoming romance?

Both Kwonjun and Jungwoo are way too adorable for their own good in this manhwa. The humorous plot will make you feel some secondhand embarrassment as these characters navigate young love. But each mistake makes the romance that much sweeter.

K’s Secret – Morak (https://yaoi.fandom.com/wiki/The_Unquenchable_Mr._Kim)

Usually, plotlines surrounding vampires involve a lot of blood. However, blood is off the menu for a half-vampire like Do Yoon. Instead, he absorbs sensual energy (yup, you know what this means).

Because of his declining health, he makes a clumsy mistake at work and braces to get fired. But Kang Woo, his boss, offers to help him with his predicament instead! Can romance thrive in this seemingly transactional deal? You have to read K’s Secret to find out.

Cherry Blossoms After Winter – Bamwoo (https://www.webnovel.com/comic/cherry-blossoms-after-winter_18849177806441301)

If you’re looking for a story with eye candy, you don’t have to look any further. This coming-of-age story explores the conflicting yet blossoming emotions between Haebom and Taesung.

After the death of his parents, Haebom was taken in by Taesung’s family and grew up to be his brother. However, Haebom’s relationship with Taesung becomes strained and awkward after the latter’s declaration that he doesn’t want to be brothers with Haebom anymore.

Cherry Blossoms After Winter is a not-so-heavy yet emotional read for BL lovers. It features a lot of cute interactions between Taesung and Haebom. It’s worth investing in how their relationship progresses as they navigate through confusion and family complexities.

The New Recruit – Moscareto (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/thenewrecruit)

Seunghyun has been chasing his ultimate unrequited love and a dream career but can’t seem to achieve both. He’s now 29 years old and finally realized how following his love interest leads to an unfulfilling life.

That is until he’s accepted for an internship with a prestigious advertising company. With a fresh start, he vows not to get romantically attached to someone who belongs to the same industry as him. But his tenacity is tested by the charming yet strict Kim Jongchan!

The New Recruit is a romantic BL manhwa that breaks free from the stereotype of the rude or overly-demanding boss. Instead, both the MCs are affectionate and excellent together!

Unromantic – Jung Seokchan (https://yaoi.fandom.com/wiki/Unromantic)

Contrary to its title, Unromantic is definitely oozing with romance and affection. This BL manhwa reverses the typical omegaverse setting where alphas are set to conquer the society and omegas are treated as individuals used for breeding.

In this manhwa, alphas are seen as ordinary beings. On the other hand, omegas are treated as high and mighty individuals. In this topsy-turvy situation, will a common alpha capture the heart of a gallant omega?

If you’re hunting for a love story between a cold seme and a lovable uke paired with remarkable character development, this is a must-read for you!

All About Lust – Kim Gong Lyong (https://yaoi.fandom.com/wiki/All_About_Lust)

Love can be interpreted in so many different ways. There’s love between friends, family members, and even pets! However, the kind of love Jeon Wooseung envisions is romantic kind, so this manhwa is full of kissing, cuddling, and hugging!

After being emotionally conflicted, Wooseung concludes that he’s in love with Sunjin. He confesses to Sunjin, only to be utterly shocked by the kind of love that Sunjin has in mind….

All About Lust is a top favorite of BL manhwa readers for its funny plot, adorable characters, and romantic scenes.

How to Snag an Alpha – Kimnyeong (https://www.tappytoon.com/comics/how-to-snag-alpha)

Another story in an omegaverse setting, How to Snag an Alpha explores a one-night stand between a submissive omega, Yoon Wooyoung, and a dominant alpha, Cha Kyungjoo—and how this complicates everything for Wooyoung!

Because of the bodily changes brought about by interacting with a dominant alpha, Wooyoung has to mate with an alpha (none other than Cha Kyungjoo) to stabilize his symptoms. But how will this mission turn out? Will Wooyoung be successful in snagging this alpha?

How to Snag an Alpha is one of the few BL manhwas where the storyline seems like a tug-of-war between the seme and uke. At the same time, their bickering makes you feel like you’re part of the fun.

BJ Alex – Mingwa (https://www.lezhinus.com/en/comic/bjalex_en)

Dong-gyun is a typical university student who likes to stay cooped up inside his room all evening. Why? Because he likes to watch a cam boy show hosted by a broadcast jockey named Alex.

Aside from Alex’s drool-worthy body, Dong-gyun adores how Alex speaks so honestly about his sexual experiences. For him, meeting Alex would be a dream come true. One day, his university networking event forced him to drink way too much, and one of his sunbaes brings him home. To his shock, Jiwon sunbae has the same body and build as the Alex he fantasized about—or is he Alex?

There’s a limit to the amount of secondhand embarrassment you can feel from fictional characters, but BJ Alex takes it up a notch. You can’t help but wonder whether the author likes torturing Dong-gyun—to the reader’s benefit! You don’t want to miss this one.

Final Words

BL Manhwa is a growing genre of comics, but it’s actually so much more than just one genre. BL stories aren’t just about romance. Some of the best BL manhwas are thrillers, crime stories, comedies, fantasies, and more. Whatever your preferences, you’ll find a BL story for you! To get started, we’d recommend choosing a light-hearted story from this list, such as Sign or The New Recruit. If you’re looking for something heavier or darker, you can try Let Dai or Totally Captivated. But to be honest, all the titles on this list are worth your time!

Jack is an avid anime enthusiast with a passion for all things Japanese culture. He spends his days watching the latest series, reading manga, and discussing the merits of his favorite characters with his friends. When he's not writing (or debating) about manga and anime, Jack can be found playing video games or practicing Ju-Jitsu. Despite his nerdy interests, Jack is confident and outgoing. He's always eager to share his enthusiasm with others.