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This series title gives it some pretty big expectations to fulfill, but it lives up to them. The story follows a young editor named Ritsu who works for his father’s publishing company. However, after some co-worker jealousy, he switches to a new company in order to prove himself on his own merits. There he ends up placed in the manga division where he meets his editor in chief, Takano, who strives hard for results. However, Takano is actually Ritsu’s high school love who broke his heart. Yet, in the workplace, the two end up rekindling their relationship, with Takano out to make Ritsu fall in love with him again. As you’d expect, it follows the same typical yaoi tropes, but it is all those tender moments within that make it so beloved.

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Love Stage


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For long-time yaoi fans, Loveless is famous and infamous. It has all those somewhat creepy things those unfamiliar with the genre think all yaoi is – the young characters, the coercion, the creepy forced nature of it all, the catboys… Along with that, it also has a slightly supernatural and dark story about fighting pairs where one attacks and the other receives damage. It’s a dark show with a lot of mind games and predatory men, but that just makes it so intriguing.

Hybrid Child


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Newer on the scene, Given has given (!?) yaoi fans a tender and new romance to chew on with the added benefit of having the excellent soundtrack that comes with music anime. Unlike Yuri on Ice where it languishes in the “will they won’t they” fall in love, Given makes it pretty apparent early on.

Dakaichi – I’m Being Harassed by the Sexiest Man of the Year

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Isekai has infiltrated anime so far that it has made it to the yaoi genre. Personally, I could do with a few more of these as they have the potential to be pretty sexy. Titan’s Bride features a guy getting transported to a world of giants and having a giant prince declare that he shall be his bride. It’s as fun of an adventure as it is a sultry love affair.

Mirage of Blaze

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While there are some Chinese and Korean yaoi anime out there, I have avoided them on this list mostly because I can’t find and watch most of them. Hyperventilation, however, I did find! And I loved! It is the typical love affair between tormented individuals that you are likely used to seeing in yaoi manga as a guy with lung problems starts a torrid love affair with a married man.

Banana Fish

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On occasion, yaoi can mean glamorously beautiful boys in glamorous jobs. However, this series is a little more low-key. it tells the story of a single father and his new young housekeeper. You watch feelings grow and them grow together as a family. It’s really quite the touching romance without much of that drama that feels the need to be injected into boy’s love.

Togainu no Chi

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This series, like Togainu no Chi, is also based off a BL visual novel game by the same company. In this adaptation they did a little better job wedging the story in, but not the yaoi elements. There is lots of innuendo, beautiful boys, and one kiss for you. Of course, the OVA, which compiles all the bad ends from the game, is a little more …Rewarding? Graphic? Depressing?

Monochrome Factor

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This one is an odd beast. In the Monochrome Factor manga, there are no boy’s love elements. In the anime they put a whole bunch in for reasons no one understands. I guess there are a lot of handsome men in it, but since it is a battle show, you’d think their audience would be more male-oriented.

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Unlike yaoi manga choices, the pickings for yaoi anime are actually relatively slim, which is why there are so many shorter OVAs on this list. However, if we missed a really good yaoi anime to watch, let all the other thirsty fujoshi know in the comments section below.