Top 10 Greatest Yaoi Anime of all Time!

best yaoi anime

If you’re the word “Yaoi” for the first time, then we might have to elaborate it for you in a simple way. While Yuri refers to the relationship or attraction between two females, Yaoi is entirely opposite.

There has been a theory of how Yaoi anime always directs towards the female audience. Even though a part of it is true, it is also likable to the male audience, and it isn’t what you think either.

Like every other anime genre, Yaoi anime shows have emotional love stories, thrilling plots, and what else; this genre adapts every element of anime concepts and turns it into an excellent Yaoi anime.

Thanks to the fans who support every anime genre equally, we’re enjoying every ounce of Yâoi and yuŕi shows. So, here we are with the list of best Yâoi anime to help you choose a good one to watch. Well, then let’s dive into the Yâoi anime world.

Best Yaoi Anime!

Given (2019)

Given is one of the most heart-warmingly pleasant and beautiful yâoi anime shows out there. Yet, the plot is even more appealing. Ritsuka Uenoyama is a high schooler and a talented guitarist.

When he meets Maguyu Sato and fixes his broken guitar, he discovers Sato’s singing talent. He invites him to join his band and later finds out that he could not sing songs heartfully because his guitar is a relic of his childhood friend who died. However, one day he sings with all of his heart in a live performance and impresses Ritsuka.

When given the basic premise into account, it seems quite ordinary considering it a yâoi anime. However, some things can be seen rarely in any other anime. It’s not good to spoil anything, so we’ll just give you a slight touch of it.

It’s more like an anime where two main characters’ lifestyle changes when they meet each other. There can only be a few words to express this anime, but it would only become a drag. So, let’s put your valuable time watching it.

Yuri!! On Ice (2016)

Fans often refer to this anime as beautiful and inspirational anime. That’s pretty much true because the story is so good you can’t resist watching once you get into it. Yuki Katsuki is a top-notch skater in Japan, but he faces a crushing defeat during the Grand Prix finals.

He loses his confidence and even thinks about not pursuing his dream. But soon, one of Yuri’s videos that mimics the Russian skater Victor Nikiforov goes viral and reaches him. Victor decides to become Yuri’s coach. On their journey of pursuing their dream, they both develop an unbreakable bond.

As we mentioned earlier, yâoi anime shows consist of fantastic storylines and Yuri!! On Ice is not an exception. If you get into this anime without any idea, you’ll be surprised, delighted, and, more importantly, you’ll connect well with the characters.

It’s beautiful, fun, and more likely to become one of your favorite anime. The anime does have some yâoi scenes, but it shows romantically. If you’re looking for a good yâoi anime with a fantastic plot, then this one is for you.

Junjou Romantica (2008)

You probably already watched this anime or at least heard of it. But we couldn’t stop ourselves from mentioning it in the list. The story follows Misaki, a high school student who prepares for his university exams.

Since he troubles to study by himself, his brother’s best friend Akihiko Usami offers his help. He is a famous author who wrote many bestseller books by himself. Later on, he finds the kind nature of Usami and develops feelings for him.

Junjou Romantica features three couples, but the main story revolves around Misaki and Usami. You’ll find every yâoi element an anime needs to possess in this one. However, there isn’t much you can expect from the storyline because it is sweet and straightforward.

The characters are too adorable, and you’ll love their relationship until the very end. With the solid plot, love and hardships, and boy-on-boy action, you’ll enjoy this yâoi anime with all your heart.

No.6 (2011)

No. 6 is more like an Ai thriller than a yâoi anime, but it does revolve around the yâoi theme. The story sets in an apocalyptic world where the remains of the world divide into six cities.

In city No. 6, an elite student Shinon helps a local prison escapee known as Rat. After a few years later, they both meet again and unveils the dark secrets of the city. In the meanwhile, they also discover their love for each other in good times and bad times.

No. 6 is mature and has well-balanced execution in the storyline. If I had to express it in one word, it should be Amazing or Gorgeous in every way. The most common in some yâoi anime can be found rushing through the relationship between the main characters.

However, you’ll love the way how they managed to make it successful. If it were a typical yaoi anime series, we wouldn’t have praised it like this. But we can tell one thing for sure, and that would be, you’ll enjoy this anime heartfully.

World’s Greatest First Love (2011)

This anime is more like a real-life experience, but we miss those chances very often. The story is about Onodera Ritsu, who works at Mayukawa Publishers, and the only vacancy is the editor of the Shojo manga division.

Masamune Takano is the division chief, and when he meets Ritsu and spends some hours together, he remembers that Ritsu is his high school love. But when he confesses about his past relationship with him, Ritsu refuses and rushes home. But his memories didn’t fade away, and Tanaka has to spark a new love, which is the world’s greatest first love.

If you’re into some beautiful yâoi anime full of emotions, then you’ve hit the jackpot. From the beginning, you’ll find both main characters lovely, and as the story progresses, you’ll love them even more.

While the artwork is splendid, what stands out as its significant aspect is its story. It gets you emotionally, and at the same time, it feels pleasant. It doesn’t rush like other yâoi anime, and romance progresses steadily.

Embracing Love: A Cicada in Winter (2007)

Embracing Love: A Cicada in Winter resembles the love story between Romeo and Juliet but with a different setting. The story follows the love story of Keiichirou and Touma, but their families forbid it.

However, it doesn’t stop them from letting out their feelings. Since its story is of the premise, like Romeo and Juliet’s love story, you can pretty much expect the tragedy and grief from the anime.

The best thing about this yaoi anime is it’s realistic. The romance in the anime builds up slowly, and you’ll connect deeply to the characters until the very end. And if you like some historical setting anime, then get ready to witness a beautiful love story of the Meiji era.

It doesn’t go too far in presenting the romantic scenes, but it won’t suppress either. You’ll get the perfect amount of love to store in your hearts and emotions that even your heart can’t bear. If you’re looking for a yâoi anime with a sweet plot premise and mature characters, then this one is for you.

Love Stage!! (2014)

Love Stage!! is a tale of an Otaku who was born in a family of stars. His father is a famous producer, and his mother is a movie star. While even his brother has the lead vocalist position in a famous band named “The Crusherz,” he wants to become a mangaka (who writes manga).

But somehow, he ends up appearing in a TV commercial even though he doesn’t have any interest. He meets a super-talented actor Ichijou Ryouma and falls for him at first sight even though he is a boy. Who knows where this sweet love story leads to?

With this premise, you can already expect where the story will go. Despite being unsuccessful and the way Izumi lives, Ryouma still accepts him, and that’s the beauty of this anime. In this cheerful and emotional plot, you’ll encounter some romantic yâoi scenes with enough boy-on-boy action.

With many ups and downs, this sweet couple will make your heart flutter, and within no time, you’ll be shipping them. So, if you’re looking for some best yâoi anime with a simple and emotional premise, then go for it. After all, you can’t afford to miss such a gem of yâoi anime.

The Tyrant Falls in Love (2010)

The Tyrant Falls in Love is definitely not your typical yâoi anime, but it will satisfy you in terms of the scenes you wish. The story follows Morinaga, who loves his senpai Tatsumi for five years but couldn’t tell him because he is a homophobe.

A homophobe is a person who doesn’t support homosexual people. Even though it seems impossible, he never gives up. Considering their personalities, it might even be possible. But can Morinaga make Tatsumi fall in love with him? I guess you can find it on your own.

In this anime, comedy plays an important role. The things Morinaga does to impress Tatsumi are incredibly hilarious. But the story gets into a full erôtic mode once the actual relationship between the main characters gloom.

A homophobe guy falling in love with the other guy is quite unnatural, and that’s what makes the story more challenging. However, the characters are too lovely at some points. So, if you’re here to watch a good yaoi anime, then this one is for you.

Betrayal Knows My Name (2010)

If you love watching anime that showcases some gorgeous guys, then you shouldn’t miss it. The plot is about Yuki Sakurai, who always questions the existence of his life. He has a strange ability to see through a person’s painful memories just by touching them.

He often receives anonymous notes that tell him to die. It confirms his suspicion that someone is watching him, and he doesn’t know that he is also being watched by someone trying to protect him. At least until one foggy night, a beautiful young man saves his life and becomes the meaning of Yuki’s existence.

As I said earlier, gorgeously showcasing the characters is its specialty. However, don’t underestimate that phrase. It was only an additional praisable aspect besides its pretty animation and lovely story.

Also, this anime isn’t meant for everyone. Some people may find it not worthy of our praise. But still, we couldn’t stop mentioning it in the list of best yâoi anime. Well, since it also has a great storyline, you can pretty much expect a lot from it. So, if you’re thinking of watching it, don’t hesitate.

Sukisho (2005)

Even though Sukisho isn’t one of the most popular yâoi anime, it still is fantastic. The story follows two high school students named Hashiba Sora and Fujimori Sunao. While Sora is a person who lost his memories when he met an accident, Sunao is the one who disappeared for years with a similar incident.

However, they both meet as roommates, and more interestingly, they both have a split personality. Sunao’s other personality, known as Ran and Sora, both have fallen in love with each other. But what fate awaits them in the future? It is a mystery only you can unveil after watching it.

While you can deduce the anime’s nature, it seemed like a romantic psychological anime with some boy-on-boy action. Yeah, you’re right to the most part, but the one more thing that catches your eye is its humor.

As I mentioned earlier, it isn’t a popular yâoi anime but a must-watch one. Some people might find it weird and confused initially, but once you are caught with the storyline, there is nothing to worry about. Anything you should worry about compared to the other aspects is its animation (Well, it is a bit unique).

Conclusion

There it is! The ultimate list of best yâoi anime has come to an end. So, you have pretty much concluded that a yâoi anime is simply a guy-on-guy action with some romantic encounters and humorous moments.

Well, that’s pretty much it, but some anime like No. 6 takes our views to a whole new level. But at the end of the day, all you can expect from a yâoi anime is an engaging plot, beautiful characters, and, more importantly, the chemistry between the main characters. Otherwise, why would they get this popularity?

Well then, we hope you liked our list of best yaoi anime and make sure you enjoy it to the fullest. But before giving a send-off, why don’t you let us a minute of your free time. What do you think of the yâoi anime genre?

Do you love this genre or watching these anime for the first time? And if you have any anime in your mind that deserves a spot on the above list, make sure you let us know through the comment section below.

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Hanumanth Reddy

Hanumanth is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Anime Ukiyo. He's a seasonal anime watcher and shares his knowledge on anime through his writing. He loved anime for a long time and in the process of loving it more, he created this amazing website.

2 Comments

  1. What is the anime from the top

    1. It is from Star Driver anime!

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