While Western viewers are more acquainted with gay representation in Western media, Asia also has its fair share of gay portrayals in the Asian BL and Japanese yaoi genres. While mistakenly viewed by some as explicit, there are some BL titles that are more on the sweet side, and I Cannot Reach You is one of them. The show might go through the typical childhood best friends to lovers plotline, in overly soft lighting and too many flashbacks, but the cheesy approach can come across as charming to romance fans, as Yamato and Kakeru go through the classic coming-of-age moments other straight teen romances have. The romance isn’t particularly deep, but viewers wanting something easy and lighthearted to explore the genre might appreciate this live action adaptation of the widely popular BL manga.
Actor: Ayaka Konno, Kashiwagi Haru, Kentaro Maeda, Matsumoto Leo, Momose Takumi, Taketo Tanaka, Tomo Nakai
Director: Masahide Izumi, Masaki Hayashi, Takayoshi Tanasawa