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Synonyms: Het
See also: BL, GL
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NL is a term in Japanese fandom used to refer to heterosexual romance. It is the counterpart to BL (Boys' Love), and GL (Girls' Love).

NL is widely understood to stand for "Normal Love", a meaning that has been extremely controversial among many fans for its implied homophobia (the implication being that BL, GL and other types of romance are not "normal"). Some fans insist that NL is intended to stand for "Neutral Love", or "Nonke Love" ("nonke" being LGBT slang for "straight" in Japanese[1]).[2]

Some alternatives to NL that have been proposed are HL, which stands for Hetero Love, and BG, which stands for Boy and Girl.[3]


  1. ^ nonke ノンケ, Japanese With Anime. Published February 21, 2018 (Accessed May 23, 2020).
  2. ^ Tweet by @FrancotiradoraC, posted May 22, 2020 (Accessed May 23, 2020).
  3. ^ Tweet by @yeomk2, posted May 22, 2020 (Accessed May 23, 2020).