21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by The Fans

It is inevitable for anime of any genre to evolve every day. This is especially true for the Yaoi genre. The Yaoi genre revolves around the romantic relationship between two men. As anime fans grow in number, the yaoi genre, or boy love (BL), is becoming more popular day by day. That said, below is a list of the 21 best Yaoi anime, old and new.

21. Vassalord

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Vassalord.
Photo credit:
Vassalord.
  • Genres: Action, Boys Love, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Supernatural
  • Theme: Vampire
  • Aired: 2013
  • Studio: Production I.G

Vassalord is one of the best BL anime out there. It tells of a vampire who does the dirty work and is a slave to another vampire. The plot of this show revolves around the love between vampires and their hunters, Johnny and Charles. The conflicts that arise in this series revolve around some of the problems caused by their murky past.

20. Umibe no Étranger

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Umibe no Étranger
Umibe no Étranger
  • Genres: Boys Love, Romance, Slice of Life
  • Aired: 2020
  • Studio: Hibari

Umibe no Étranger is one of the Best BL Anime it’s ranking at 20th, Tells the story of Shun Hashimoto who is a gay novelist who lives in Okinawa and was abandoned by his parents. Then he meets Mio Chibana, a high school student who is an orphan. They meet at the beach because Mio often spends his time by the seashore. Since their first meeting, Shun found himself falling in love with Mio.

Their story continues as they get closer day by day until one day, Mio leaves Shun for the mainland. When Mio finally returns to Okinawa and meets Shun, will he be the same person who fell for Shun three years ago?

This anime focuses on how relationships develop and the process of accepting something, no matter how heartbreaking, as time passes.

 

19. Tight Rope

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Tight Rope
Tight Rope
  • Genres: Boys Love, Romance
  • Aired: 2012
  • Studio: Prime Time

Tight Rope tells the story of the reluctant heir of a yakuza family and the childhood friend who he shares a blossoming love affair with since they were teenagers.

18. Gakuen Heaven

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Gakuen Heaven
Gakuen Heaven
  • Genres: Boys Love, Romance
  • Aired: 2006
  • Studio: Tokyo Kids

In this yaoi anime with a mystery setting, Keita Itou receives an unexpected invitation to join the elite BL academy school. The elite school attracts some of the best and brightest minds in the country. Problem is, he had not enrolled himself in the first place. As he starts attending school, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of two of the most notorious men in the school following a strange accident on his bus.

17. Haru wo Daite Ita

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Haru wo Daiteita
Haru wo Daiteita

Haru wo Daite Ita tells the story of the romance between two popular porn stars in the entertainment industry. Katou, who believes he has feelings for Iwaki, must accept that his co-worker, Iwaki, is in denial. As time goes on, several gay actors return to the country to star with Katou. This is where the conflict begins, eventually leading to the two realizing their feelings toward each other.

16. Hey, Class President!

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Hey, Class President!
Hey, Class President!
  • Genres: Boys Love, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Erotica
  • Theme: School
  • Aired: 2009
  • Studio: Prime Time

Hey, Class President! tells the story of a love that blossoms inside a high school student council. It revolves around the character of Chiga, who is the vice president and always tries his best to protect the student council president from getting into trouble. In the end, he ends up getting attracted to the power and strength of the student council president. He finds this impossible to accept because, while Chiga is an intelligent individual, the president is a simpleton.

15. Koisuru Boukun

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Koisuru Boukun
Koisuru Boukun
  • Genres: Boys Love, Comedy, Erotica
  • Aired: 2010
  • Studio: Prime Time

The story of this series begins when Tetsuhiro Morinaga falls in love with his senior, Souichi Tatsumi. When he musters up the courage and manages to confess his feelings to his senior, it is revealed that Tatsumi is an arrogant, outspoken, and selfish homophobe.

Even after knowing this, Tetsuhiro still harbors feelings for Tatsumi with him.

One day, under the effect of an aphrodisiac, they end up sleeping together. For Tatsumi, this incident goes both against his will and preferences. The experience changes the lives of both. But will it unite or drive a wedge between them forever in the end?

14. Gravitation

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Gravitation
Gravitation
  • Genres: Boys Love, Comedy
  • Aired: 2000
  • Studio: Deen

Gravitation tells the story of Shuichi and his bandmates as they struggle to become Japanese music stars. They face difficulties when Shuichi is not able to finish the song lyrics even as the deadline draws close. Hiro suggests that Shuichi should find a girlfriend so he can find inspiration to write the lyrics.

One day, as Shuichi was walking through the park late at night,  the paper with the unfinished lyrics he was working on slipped away and fell on top of a stranger's shoe. This is how he finds out that the stranger is Eiri Yuki, a famous novelist. Shuichi is very annoyed when Yuki loudly declares that the former has no talent. Frustrated, Shuichi finishes the song and is determined to confront Yuki and prove that he is talented.

But, in the end, was Shuichi's motivation really anger? Or is he just in denial of his true feelings for Yuki?

13. Finder no Hyouteki (Viewfinder)

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Viewfinder
Viewfinder
  • Genres: Action, Boys Love, Drama, Erotica
  • Aired: 2012
  • Studio: ANiMix Project

Akihito Takaba is a young freelance photographer who is twenty-one years old and is enthusiastic about his work trying. He is always trying to find the perfect subject for his photographs. This is how he ends up capturing a photo of Ryuichi Asami, a crime lord. Because of this, Takaba is kidnapped and raped by Asami.

After that incident, they start a relationship since the attraction they feel toward each other is undeniable. Liu Fei Long, a Chinese crime boss and forever rival of Asami, bears a personal grudge against Asami and blames him for his father's death. Liu Fei Long ends up being attracted to Takaba and he starts looking for a way to take revenge on Asami successfully.

12. Okane ga Nai

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Okane ga Nai
Okane ga Nai
  • Genres: Boys Love, Drama, Romance, Erotica
  • Aired: 2007
  • Studio: Lilix

Okane ga Nai tells the story of Ayase, who is 18 years old and lives with Tetsuo, his cousin and the only family he has. Unfortunately, Tetsuo betrays him and sells off Ayase to the highest bidder at an auction so that he can get a lot of money to pay off his debts.

The highest bidder at the auction turns out to be Somuku Kanou, an arrogant and wealthy moneylender. He was willing to buy Ayase for 1.2 billion. In reality, Kanou knew Ayase and the relationship they shared in the past. Unfortunately, Ayase couldn't remember him and couldn't comprehend why Kanou was willing to save him at such a great price.

The story continues to develop as the two characters grow closer and end up in a relationship that is far more valuable to them than all of the money in the world.

11. Maiden Rose

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Maiden Rose
Maiden Rose
  • Genres: Boys Love, Drama, Erotica
  • Aired: 2009
  • Studio: Prime Time

Maiden Rose tells the story of two soldiers who come from warring countries and somehow get bound as master and servant. Taki Reizen is a great commander dedicated to the safety of his nation. He is a handsome character but has a rough and fierce temperament. Taki is supported by Klaus van Wolf, a man who is firm but willing to help him out in any situation.

10. Sensitive Pornograph

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Sensitive Pornograph
Sensitive Pornograph

This series features two separate romances. The first part recounts the romance between Seiji Yamada and Sono Hanasaki, a mangaka. They are close because they have the same occupation. After getting to know each other, Seiji is surprised to find out that Sono is a man and ten years older than him. Their relationship continues to grow. But conflict arises when Seiji discovers the story of Sono's past.

The second part of the story features the romance between Koji Ueno, who works as a part-time pet sitter. He is hired to take care of a rabbit named Aki. When he heads to the location where Aki is supposed to be, he is surprised to find a man tied up in the closet and no rabbits anywhere. Aki tells him they are both in danger, and the only way for them to be safe is to have sex.

9. Loveless 

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Loveless
Loveless
  • Genres: Action, Boys Love, Drama, Mystery, Supernatural
  • Aired: 2005
  • Studio: J.C. Staff

Loveless presents a loveless world setting where everyone has cat-like ears and tails. In order for their ears and tail to disappear, the person must make love to someone. The story itself revolves around the life of 12-year-old Ritsuka Aoyagi who suffers from amnesia.

He has experienced a bitter life since his brother was killed. At school, he is approached by Agatsuma Soubi, who claims to be close to his brother and is willing to help him investigate the truth. While looking for the truth behind Ritsuka's brother's death, the relationship between the two children grows deeper than they could ever imagine.

8. The Titan's Bride

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: The Titan's Bride
The Titan's Bride
  • Genres: Boys Love, Fantasy, Erotica
  • Aired: 2020
  • Studio: Hokiboshi

Kouichi Mizuki is a handsome basketball athlete with a tall stature. The anime begins with him preparing to enter college.

One day he suddenly disappears from his bedroom and, in the blink of an eye, he found himself transported into a spacious room. He feels confused and strange as he finds one giant man and woman staring at him. The giant man turns out to be Prince Caius Lao Bistail, who explains to him that Kouichi was summoned because the latter is the former's bride.

Of course, this does not make sense to him, so Kouichi asks to be returned to the house where his friends and family are. But Caius doesn't accept this easily, so Kouichi is given a month to think about it. Now he needs to make a decision about whether he will remain as Caius' bride or return to his everyday life. What decision will Kouichi take?

7. Papa Datte Shitai

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Papa datte, shitai
Papa datte, shitai
  • Genres: Boys Love, Hentai
  • Aired: 2019
  • Studio: Magic Bus

Asumi Kouya is a college student who wants to have additional income. He, thus, takes up a part-time job as a housemaid because he has a talent for cooking and cleaning the house.

Keiichi Naruse, a single father who becomes Asumi's employer, has a handsome face and often caused problems with his previous workers. Naruse has a son named Ichika.

Being a part-time housemaid, Ayumi realizes that the single father is also sexually frustrated when he finds a collection of adult videos in Naruse's room while cleaning it. Even though Naruse is a guy, Asumi realizes that he is attracted to the face and personality of his boss. Because of an agreement between the two, their relationship begins to develop in a more romantic direction.

6. Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu
Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu
  • Genres: Boys Love, Comedy, Drama
  • Themes: Adult Cast, Showbiz
  • Aired: 2018
  • Studio: Clover Works

The title of the sexiest man of the year has been given to Takato Saijou for five consecutive years. He is an actor with 20 years of experience and a very handsome face.

However, the record breaks when Junta Azumaya, a newcomer actor, snatches the spotlight that usually belongs to Takato.

The enmity between them then starts unconsciously and culminates when Junta catches Takato while the latter is drunk and ruins his own good reputation.

When Takato asks Junta the price to keep his mouth shut about the incident, he is surprised to find out that Junta wants the payment in the form of things that can only be done in bed.

5. Hybrid Child

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Hybrid Child
Hybrid Child
  • Genres: Boys Love, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
  • Theme: Historical
  • Aired: 2015
  • Studio: Deen

Hybrid Child is set in the warrior era and tells the story of a Kuroda craftsman who creates dolls that can live like humans. These creatures are a reflection of the love they are shown so they need love in order to survive.

The anime is divided into three short stories and is quite pitiful because it describes the sexual relationship between humans and hybrid children. And how the owner struggles to maintain the hybrid child.

4. Doukyuusei

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Doukyuusei
Doukyuusei
  • Genres: Boys Love, Romance, Slice of Life
  • Theme: School
  • Aired: 2016
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures

Doukyuusei tells the story of Rihito Sajou, who is the brightest student in class, and Kusakabe Hikaru, who is a member of a band.

At first, Kusakabe thinks Rihito is not interested in music, let alone singing songs at the school festival. But one day, Kusakabe finds Rihito singing alone in class.

From then on, Kusakabe starts to feel interested in the boy and strikes up a conversation with him. As time goes by, Kusakabe realizes his feelings and confesses to Rihito

3. Love Stage!

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Love Stage
Love Stage
  • Genres: Boys Love, Comedy, Romance
  • Aired: 2014
  • Studio: J.C Staff

Love Stage! tells the story of Sena Izumi, who was born into a famous family, with all his family members being popular in the entertainment world. However, Izumi's only experience with the entertainment world was being a magazine model when he was little. This is because he wants to be a mangaka, not a celebrity like his family.

Ten years pass, and Izumi gets an offer to become a magazine model for the special decade anniversary issue. This opportunity brings Izumi back to Ryouma Ichijou, who has become a famous actor. It turns out that he has harbored a special feeling toward the former since the first meeting! However, misunderstandings continue to occur because Ryouma always thinks that Izumi is a girl because of his feminine appearance. One day Ryouma realizes that Izumi is a man. But his feelings don't go away still.


Will gender be a barrier in this romance between the famous actor and the child from the showbiz family?

2. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Sekai ichi Hatsukoi
Sekai ichi Hatsukoi
  • Genres: Boys Love, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Aired: 2011
  • Studio: Deen

Ritsu, who wants to prove he can also be successful, quits his job at his father's company and joins Marukawa Publishing. Unfortunately, he is charged with the position of a beginner manga editor with high-pressure deadlines. This is when he is introduced to the famous editor-in-chief, Masamune Takano.

Their introduction surprises him because Takano was Ritsu's high school love and the person who made him too afraid to fall in love again. Because of their work, they keep being thrown together, motivating Takano to get Ritsu to confess his love to him again.

1. Junjou Romantica

21 Best Yaoi Anime Chosen by the Fans: Junjou Romantica
Junjou Romantica
  • Genres: Boys Love, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Aired: 2008
  • Studio: Deen

There are three romance stories in this anime series. The first follows the relationship between a student and a famous novelist. The second story depicts the passionate but complicated relationship between a professor and a pediatrician. The final story tells how the obsessive romance between an eighteen-year-old man and a professor. This anime is ranked number one because it manages to present more than one story and has a well-built conflict in every relationship.