The 25 best yaoi anime that will captivate you

Yaoi , also known as BL, Boy ‘s Love, and shounen-ai, is an anime subgenre dedicated to showing relationships between two boys. The term can be applied to novels, manga, and video games. Currently, the word yaoi is obsolete in Japan, and all media with these characteristics are classified as BL or, failing that, shounen-ai, regardless of the age range of the audience they are directed to . The West is also trying to implement the new terminology.

In this list we will show you the most romantic and recognized ones, as well as some unmissable classics. We will also include movies. Let’s get started!

1. Given (2019)

1 - The best yaoi anime - Given

Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance, Shounen-ai, Slice of Life
Available on: Crunchyroll
Episodes: 11 + Movie + OVA

Mafuyu Satou carries around a Gibson guitar that he can’t play. No one understands why, and a chance meeting with Ritsuka Uenoyama shows her that he has her neglected, even. Ritsuka offers to repair her strings as well as teach her how to play, which Mafuyu latches onto with heartwarming enthusiasm.

Ritsuka also has a band that, until now, has not had a vocalist. When he hears Mafuyu sing during a break, a determination is born to join him in the band.

2. Sasaki to Miyano (2021)

1 - Animes yaoi - Sasaki to Miyano

Género: Boys Love, Slice of Life, Romance, Comedia
Disponible en: Funimation
Episodios: 12

Sasaki is a juvenile delinquent who, after a chance meeting with a younger student named Miyano, is completely captivated. Miyano, for his part, is closed and quiet, and enjoys his days of peace reading his favorite manga: BL stories. Due to this interest on Sasaki’s part, he ends up calling the attention of the other boy, whose way of establishing a friendship is to recommend him the manga that he likes the most.

3. Banana Fish (2018)

2 - The best yaoi anime - Banana Fish

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Shoujo
Available on: Amazon Prime
Episodes: 24

The prologue of the story begins with the Vietnam War in 1973, where we see a group of American soldiers being massacred by one of their comrades. After finishing off his squad, the soldier is seen collapsing and muttering the words “banana fish”.

Twelve years later, that same soldier finds himself mentally unstable and in the care of his little brother, Ash. Ash is the leader of a street gang in New York. One day, he meets a seriously injured man who hands him a vial of liquid he calls “banana fish”. Tying this liquid to the state of his brother, he begins to investigate the origin of it.

After meeting a reporter and his assistant, Eiji Okumura, Ash’s investigation leads him back to Dino Golzine. This is the mobster who has Ash trapped in the crime ring he is in because he intends to make him his heir.

Note: Banana Fish was published in a magazine dedicated to shoujo and BL, so we qualified it as such. In addition, the author has confirmed on several occasions that Eiji and Ash are soul mates, not platonic, but romantic.

4. Doukyuusei – Classmates – (2016)

3 - The best yaoi anime - Doukyuusei

Genre: Slice of Life, Romance, School, Shounen-ai
Available on: Amazon Prime
Feature Film

Hikaru Kusakabe has a band and enjoys his high school days very much, but prefers to focus on the present. During the summer, his class is asked to participate in a festival, and the task is to prepare a song together as a choir. One day, he accidentally walks into one of the classrooms and discovers Rihito Sajou, the best student in the class, practicing the song.

Hikaru is very amused to learn that something is wrong with Sajou when he notices that he is having trouble with his homework, but feels bad for him, so decides to help him practice. As they begin to spend more and more time together, they will discover an electric chemistry that they share and establish a relationship. Now, the future after graduation is not so easy for Hikaru to ignore.

5. Yuri!! On Ice (2016)

4 - The best yaoi anime - Yuri!! On Ice

Genre: Comedy, Sport
Available on: Crunchyroll, Funimation
Episodes: 12 + Feature film to be released

Yuuri Katsuki finds himself depressed after a humiliating loss in the Grand Prix Final. Once Yuuri was the most promising Japanese skater, but now he will have to return home to assess his future. He is already 23 years old, and should consider retiring if he doesn’t improve his skills.

But a twist of fate brings him notoriety when a performance of his goes online. In it, Yuuri performs a routine for five-time champion Victor Nikiforov, who is captivated by his honesty and innocence. Shortly after this incident, Yuuri comes face to face with his idol, Viktor Nikiforov, who offers to become his trainer.

6. Love Stage!! (2014)

5 - The best yaoi anime - Love Stage!!

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Shounen-ai
Available on: Crunchyroll
Episodes: 10 + OVA

From Izumi Sena nothing more than absolute stardom is expected, considering her lineage. Her father is a producer, her mother an actress, and her brother is a rock star. However, the boy is a complete nerd, and his dream is to become a renowned mangaka. His only experience with the television industry is a commercial he did when he was a child, and for his 10th anniversary, he is contacted again to shoot another commercial.

When she meets her co-star, Ryoma Ichijou, a well-known actor whose first experience was that commercial, things get complicated for Izumi. Due to his unisex name and his androgynous appearance, Ryoma thinks Izumi is female, and has had a crush on him since they were little. Trouble begins when, despite discovering the truth, Ryoma can’t seem to put those feelings behind him.

7. No.6 (2011)

6 - Best yaoi anime - No.6

Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Available on: Crunchyroll, Funimation
Episodes: 11

Shion lived a quiet and normal life in a world that had long since been destroyed. After the wars, humanity was divided into a series of city-states, and when Shion shelters a mysterious boy by the name of Nezumi, he is banished to the outskirts of the city.

He has lost all his privileges, and things take a turn for the worse when, thanks to a series of questions he asks about mysterious deaths, he is arrested on suspicion of murder.

As he is being transferred to the correctional facility, the mysterious Nezumi appears to rescue him and change his entire perception of the world.

8. Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu. (2018)

6 - Los mejores anime yaoi - Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shounen-ai
Available on: Funimation, Crunchyroll
Episodes: 13 + Feature Film

Takato Saijou is confident in his acting skills, and he is more than aware that he is attractive. He has been considered the “sexiest man of the year” for five years, and has more than 20 years of experience as an actor.

But when he is outdone by a rookie named Junta Azumaya with three years in the industry, trouble begins. At first, Takato is shocked, but this evolves into jealous hostility. On top of that, he will have to work with Junta in a new drama, and the young man has taken away the leading role.

When they meet to record, Junta does not stop telling him how much he admires him, and that he loves his work. This makes Takato increase her anger, and when during a meeting she drinks too much, she releases that frustration in front of the same object that caused it, insulting it and being aggressive with it.

Junta records it, and this puts Takato’s image in danger. When Takato realizes the mistake, he begs Junta for the conditions for him to delete the video. And upon receiving the enthusiastic response from Junta, who asks him to maintain a romantic relationship, he will have to establish a limit or accept his condition without question.

9.Hitorijime My Hero (2017)

7 - Best yaoi anime - Hitorijime My Hero

Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Shounen-ai, Slice of Life
Available on: Funimation, Crunchyroll
Episodes: 12

Masahiro Setagawa is a young man with little prospect for his future. For as long as he can remember he has been abused by everyone around him. Now, he is dedicated to fulfilling errands for the criminals in the neighborhood, without being part of them or intending to follow in his footsteps. But the strong rumor of a man who is dedicated to taking down small gangs, gives him a slight hope. And when he meets this guy, he steals his heart.

Some years later, Masahiro is a high school student who likes to cook and has a very close friendship with Kensuke Ooshiba. During the teachers’ introduction to him, Masahiro is surprised to discover two things. One, Kousuke Ooshiba, the man who saved him all those years ago is his math teacher, and two, he is Kensuke’s older brother.

Kousuke seems very happy to be able to take Masahiro under his wings, but their relationship is complicated by the dynamics of being a student and professor at the same institution.

10. Umibe no Stranger (2020)

8 - The best anime yaoi - Umibe no Étranger

Genre: Shounen-ai, Romance, Slice of Life
Available on: Funimation
Feature Film

Shun Hashimoto has just told his family that he is gay. Due to the rejection that this brought about, Shun distances himself from them and moves to Okinawa, where he works as a novelist. There he meets Mio Chibana, an orphaned high school student who lives with his relatives. As their relationship begins to evolve, Mio tells Shun that he should return to the city, and the two part ways.

Three years later, Mio returns, confessing to Shun that she is in love with him. At first, Shun rejects him in favor of him having a “normal” life, but Mio is insistent and shows her feelings for him freely and honestly.

11. Romantic Junjou (2008)

9 - The best yaoi anime - Junjou Romantica

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shounen-ai
Available on: Not available on streaming platforms
Episodes: 12 + 12 + 12 + OVA

Junjou Romantica follows the story of three couples. The main one, Junjou romantica , shows us Misaki Takahashi, a high school student who is preparing for university entrance exams.

To improve his chances, he starts working with a tutor, Akihiko Usami, his brother’s best friend. Usami is a famous novelist, but soon Misaki will find out that he is an eccentric and that he is hiding a secret that he does not dare to confess.

Junjou Egoist follows the relationship of a university professor, Hiroki Kamijou, and Nowaki Kusama, a pediatrician. When Nowaki meets Hiroki, she falls in love with him at first sight, but soon discovers that Hiroki has been chasing unrequited love for years.

Junjou Terrorist follows young Shinobu Takatsuki, who falls head over heels for literature teacher You Miyagi. You is a man who is related to his family so deeply that love for him may be impossible.

12. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi (2011)

10 - Los mejores anime yaoi - Sekaiichi Hatsukoi

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shounen-ai
Available on: Funimation
Episodes: 12 + 12 + 2 OVAs

Ritsu Onodera has been suffering from the jealousy and prejudice of the literary industry for years. Due to his last name, they consider him to have no abilities, and that everything has been earned by his family connections. To change that perception, Onodera quits his job at his father’s company and starts working at Marukawa Publishing.

There he awaits a position in the literary department, but when he is assigned one as a manga editor, he begins to realize how difficult such a job really can be. He meets the editing department team, who respect but loathe his boss, Masamune Takano.

When Ritsu and Masamune reunite, Ritsu realizes that this cruel and cold man was the same one who broke her heart when she was a teenager. So much was the shock of their breakup, that Onodera has never fallen in love again. Now that the two are back together, Masamune attempts to establish a new relationship with Ritsu, who promptly rejects him due to his past.

13. Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru (2021)

1 - Animes yaoi - Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru

Genre: Boys Love, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural
Available on: Crunchyroll
Episodes: 12

Known in English as The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window.

Kousuke Mikado has always had the ability to see ghosts, but it’s not something he’s proud of. Rather, it is something that terrifies him, and he tries to avoid it by wearing glasses.

However, this ability brings into his life the eccentric Rihito Hiyakawa, a medium who promises to help him overcome his fears if he helps him catch spirits. Thus, they begin to work together.

14. Gravitation (2000)

11 - The best yaoi anime - Gravitation

Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance, Shoujo, Shounen-ai
Available on: Not available on streaming platforms
Episodes: 13 + 2 OVAs

Shuuichi Shindou has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of Nittle Grasper, his favorite band. As a singer and lyricist for his own band, Bad Luck, he has a hard time producing new music to meet the schedules his manager demands of them. The only thing he lacks is inspiration, which is hard to come by lately.

Now that he knows he has a new deadline, he’s desperate to write something special. During a walk in a park, the sheet he is writing his lyrics on flies off, and falls into the hands of Eiri Yuki, an acclaimed writer. Eiri doesn’t seem impressed by Shuuichi’s lyrics, and is deeply offended by this. So much so, that he is willing to prove to Eiri that he is more talented than he thinks.

15. Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka (2020)

12 - The best anime yaoi - Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
Available on: Crunchyroll
Feature Film

Kei Kunieda is a famous and beloved news anchor whose career is on the rise. He is perceived by his colleagues as a sweet and kind boy, but in his head he is stubborn and complaining. The only way to deal with the image of perfection of him in public has been to adopt a kind of second identity: when he comes home he is messy and clumsy.

One night, after interviewing a plastic artist named Ushio Tsuzuki during the morning, he bumps into that same artist. But Kunieda is in the home version of her, in a face mask and workout gear. Luckily, the man doesn’t seem to recognize him as the same person, and as he begins to speak, he asks her for help by assisting in studying him.

Thus, the reporter ends up adopting a second identity as Owari. A quiet and carefree young man who assists him from time to time in his study. The problem begins when they establish a nice relationship based on honesty, and he develops feelings for Tsuzuki.

Now, Kunieda doesn’t know how to reconcile her two identities, much less identify if Tsuzuki loves Kunieda or Owari.

16. Loveless (2005)

13 - The best yaoi anime - Loveless

Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Shounen-ai
Available on: Not available on streaming platforms
Episodes: 12

Rituska Aoyagi is about to start her life at a new school. During the first day, she meets a man named Soubi Agatsuma. The young man tells him that he was a good friend of his deceased brother, Seimei, and that he has information that can help decipher the mystery behind his death. Soon, Ritsuka discovers a world full of magic and intrigue as she realizes that a mysterious organization is behind the death of her brother, whom Soubi protected with magic.

Together, they will have to face the organization, forming a romantic relationship in the process.

17. Super Lovers (2016)

14 - The best yaoi anime - Super Lovers

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life
Available on: Crunchyroll
Episodes: 10 + 10 + OVA

Haru Kaido travels to Canada forced by his mother, who insists that he is about to die. When he arrives, he discovers that this is false, and that what he really wants is for Haru to take care of a new adopted “cub”. That puppy is a little boy with antisocial characteristics, rude and practically wild. Haruko, his mother, asks Haru to make the boy a civilized person by spending time with him.

At first, Haru refuses, but eventually she warms up to the little boy, and spending time together helps them establish a good relationship. But the summer is short, and Haru must return to Japan, but not before promising Ren that when Haru graduates from high school, he will take him to live with him.

Unfortunately, Haru suffers an accident that leaves him as the only survivor. In it he loses his father and stepmother, and when he wakes up, the doctor tells him that he has lost his short-term memory. Which means that when Ren shows up in Tokyo five years later, claiming to be his brother, Haru is confused. Will he be able to accept Ren as his brother, and remember the promise they made that summer?

18. Yami No Matsuei (2000)

15 - The best yaoi anime - Yami No Matsuei

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Drama, Comedy
Available on: Not available on streaming services
Episodes: 13

Tsuzuki Asato is 26 years old and is a shinigami , a god of death who ensures that the deceased remain in their respective kingdom. Even though he has worked in the same division for 70 years, he never gets promoted, and he is paid very poorly. Also, he doesn’t seem to get along with his teammates, since shinigami work in pairs and he isn’t able to keep up with one.

But now he has a 16-year-old brat as a partner, rude, unsociable and very serious. As they begin to investigate together, they stumble upon the case of a serial killer named Muraki Kazutaka, who is deeply connected to Hisoka’s past.

19. Hybrid Child (2014)

16 - Best yaoi anime - Hybrid Child

Genre: Drama, Romance, Shounen-ai
Available on: Not available on streaming services
Episodes: 4

The Hybrid Child is a wonderful program of androids that are able to grow if they receive love and care from their owners. In this story, we follow various owners and their androids. Models develop very deep emotional bonds with their owners.

Kotaro learns responsibility when his Hybrid Child exhausts its life cycle. Seya, a swordsman, learns to love again with the help of his own, named Yuzu. And the last story follows Kuroda, the creator of the Hybrid Child designs, and shows how his experience of lost love led him to create the androids.

20. Gakuen Heaven (2006)

17 - The best yaoi anime - Gakuen Heaven

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shounen-ai
Available on: Crunchyroll
Episodes: 13

When Itou Keita is invited to the elite institution, Bell Liberty Academy, he can’t help but think it’s a mistake. Upon arrival, however, he finds himself caught up in a sea of ​​different social dynamics and a very particular group of young people who take a keen interest in him as soon as they meet him.

Despite this attention, Keita seems drawn to Kazuki, the mysterious and intelligent young man who is in the same class as him.

21. Modao Zushi (2018)

18 - The best yaoi anime - Modao Zushi

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action, Fantasy, Mystery
Available on: Not available on streaming services
Episodes: 15 + 8 + ? (On broadcast)

After the Wen clan brought suffering to the nation, the other clans banded together to finish it off. Even though Wei Wuxian helped bring down the Wen clan’s reign of terror, he was stigmatized and punished for being considered too powerful. He was persecuted by thousands of people.

Thirteen years later, Wei Wuxian has been brought back to life by a ritual, and he meets his old allies. However, Wei’s past remains a mystery, and the conflicts of the war continue.

22. Heaven Official’s Blessing (2020)

1 - Animes yaoi - Heaven Official‘s Blessing

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Supernatural
Available on: Netflix
Episodes: 11

Xie Lian returns to the heavens again, but this time, he is a god with no followers or believers. Upon arrival he is assigned a mission, where he finds himself alone on a dark night. There he finds himself, as if it were destiny, with a man dressed in red, who guides him through the gloom. He eventually discovers that this individual is Hua Cheng, a ghost god, feared by demons and gods alike.

23. Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru (2010)

19 - Los mejores anime yaoi - Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen-ai
Available on: Funimation
Episodes: 24

Yuki Sakurai is an orphan with a mysterious ability. She was found at the door of her current home, the Asahi orphanage, and Yuki just wants to feel independent and not be a burden to anyone. But his ability makes it impossible, as when he touches a person, he can feel what they feel, and see the darkness within their hearts and why such darkness exists.

Now, Yuki doesn’t know what to think when a man shows up at the orphanage claiming to be her brother, much less when she’s been receiving death threats.

24. Togainu no Chi (2010)

20 - The best yaoi anime - Togainu no Chi

Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Available on: Funimation
Episodes: 12

Japan has been divided in two after the third world war. Now, Tokyo is known as Toshima, and the city is dominated by the criminal organization called Vischio. To entertain themselves, they hold a tournament called Igura.

Akira, the protagonist, is wrongly convicted and sentenced for incrimination. When he is arrested, a mysterious woman offers him his freedom if he participates in the Igura and defeats the king of the game.

25. Orenchi no Furo Jijou (2014)

21 - The best yaoi anime - Orenchi no Furo Jijou

Genre: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Comedy, Josei
Available on: Crunchyroll
Episodes: 13

Tatsumi is a high school student who lives alone. One day, on his way home from school, he bumps into a man who needs help near a lake. But when he gets a closer look, he discovers that he is a very attractive mermaid named Wakasa.

Tatsumi offers him his bathtub to live in, as Wakasa’s home is too polluted for him to live in. Now, Tatsumi has a very peculiar roommate, and soon he will meet his aquatic friends who are just as eccentric as he is.