Since we check a lot of manga here at Renta!, it’s easy to notice certain things that pop up a lot.

No, I’m not talking about… sound effects… *ahem*

It seems like for all the hundreds and thousands of characters we meet, most of the them fall into a surprisingly limited number of professions. Here is the list of common jobs for BL manga characters that I came up with off the top of my head:

  • Currently a student in high school or studying in university
  • Porn Star
  • A Porn Star who is currently studying in university
  • Working in the sales department of a large corporation or business
  • CEO of a large business/New employee at a large business
  • Chef/Waiter
  • Florist
  • Cross-dressing bar staff
  • Host at a Host Club
  • Baker
  • Cafe/Coffee shop staff
  • Bartender
  • Teacher
  • Massage Therapist

I showed this list to my senpai, who pointed out a few big ones that I missed:

  • Policemen/Detectives
  • Working at a Library or Bookstore
  • Author or Manga Artist!
  • Butler or Servant
  • DOCTORS!

(How could I forget doctors…)

I challenged myself to find the occupations above on our New Release page. This is what I came up with!*

*I was unable to find recent releases for a few categories (in official English translations anyway!), but I’m surprised at how quickly I came up with recommendations for all the series below. Let me know if you have any requests, and I can probably list at least a few options!

High School Student Uke… AND a P-… Police Officer Seme. Sort of.

Lovesick Odd Couple

Title: Lovesick Odd Couple
Artist: Wai
(Chiguhagu Lovesick)

Porn Star Uke and University Student Seme

Bossy Bottoms On Top

Title: Bossy Bottoms On Top! (Volume 2)
Artist: Yahiro Kaji
(Bitch na Ano Ko no Iutoori)

A University Student Who Is Also A Porn Star!

Kiss and Tell

Title: Kiss and Tell
Artist: Anna Takamura
(Himitsu wa Kiss de Abakareru)

Salesmen

 

Title(s):
Volume 1: Me, My Boss, and Our Love Story
Volume 2: Me, My Trainee, and the Sequel to Our Love
Volume 3: Me, My Boyfriend, and the Future of Our Love
Artist: Nanameguri
(Ore to Joushi no Koi no Hanashi)

CEO of a large business

The Man Bra

(Okay well actually this seme is just the top employee of the company, and not the CEO. Still! This was the first thing that came to mind.)

Title: The Man-Bra
Artist: Ikuji Ikuta
(Osu♂Bra)

Cafe or Restaurant-Related

 

(Again, not technically employees there, but close enough!)

Title: Gelateria Supernova
Sequel: Gelateria Supernova – Royal Vanilla
by Kitahala Lyee

Cross-Dressing Bar Staff

Love Is a Battlefield

Title: Realization from Transformation – Love Is A Battlefield!
Artist: Nengorou
(Kawatte Kidzuite Ai La Bu Yu!)

Professional Host

 

Title: Satoshi and Kakeru
Prequel: The “Flow” in Flower
Arist: Tsutako Tsurusawa
(Niizuma-kun to Arao-kun) (Kusakanmuri ni Bakeru to Kaite)

Bartender

Negative

(Okay technically the bartender is a side character but he shows up in multiple stories. It’s wonderful.)

Title: Negative
Artist: Harada
(Nega / Poji) (はらだ:ネガ・ポジ)

Teacher

 

Title: I Never Taught You That!
Sequel: Listen To Your Teacher!
Artist: Nerima zim
(Sonna Koto Oshietenai!) (Sensei no Iu Koto Kikinasai!)

Massage Therapist

Moobstretch Stretch Session Obsession

Title: Moobstretch: Stretch Session Obsession
Artist: Oshizu
(Yokoshima Moobstretch)

Bonus Massage Therapist

Minoris Hand

Title: Minori’s Hand
Artist: Scarlet Berico (Scarlet Beriko)
(Minori no Te)

Police Detective

Spill It

Title: Spill It!!
Artist: Tamaki Kirishima
(Ittoke)