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(2021) Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time Ranked

People on the internet may or have heard the word Yaoi,’ but what does it stand for? Generally, it means Boys Love or BL and is also a genre in both manga and anime. Without a doubt, it has its own fan base. And in recent years, it has even taken to the mainstream media. Moreover, it doesn’t stick to romance only but covers various other genres like fantasy, a slice of life, action, and even psychological thriller.

Before delving further into the topic, we should discuss a bit about the difference between Yaoi and Shounen-ai. To make it simple, Shounen-ai depicts a romantic relationship between two males but without any NSFW content. And Yaoi is the opposite of it and will contain mature content. So, without delay, let’s know some of the Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time.

Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time –

  • 15. Kachou no Koi –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 6.17

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Plot – Not only does this OVA contain romance, but it also has comedy as its main genre. The story begins with a manager named Odakara Kazuhiko, who lives an ordinary life. In addition to that, he didn’t have any lover in his 33 years of life. But what happens when he meets Harada and realizes he is gay?

Total Number of Episodes – 1 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


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  • 14. Finder Series –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 6.50

Plot – Takaba Akihito isn’t ones’ normal freelance photographer as he takes pictures of crime syndicates and their members. But one day on his attempt to get a bigger scoop ends up catching the attention of crime lord Asami Ryuichi. Will he be able to get out unscathed? And what will unfold when Fei Long also takes an interest in him?

Total Number of Episodes – 2 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 13. Yarichin☆Bi**h-bu – 
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 6.51

Plot – Takashi Toono, upon enrolling in Morimori Academy, ends up joining the Photography Club as a compulsory club policy. But soon finds out that the club is not normal at all,1 and finds himself in a nightmarish predicament. Join Takashi as he tries to save himself from the club members and live his normal school life.

Total Number of Episodes –  2 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 12. Hyakujitsu no Bara –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 6.62

Plot – Sometimes even love can be found in the middle of a war. And this seems true in this story. Taki Reizen and Klaus are two soldiers from warring countries where Klaus has pledged his dedication to Taki as a knight. Will their love be able to overcome the ongoing war or will be able to stay true to themselves?

Total Number of Episodes – 2 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 11. Kirepapa –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 6.68

Plot – Chisato Takatsukasa, an author, is often mistaken as a young man even though he is in his mid-thirties. Moreover, he is very much overprotective of his only son and will go as far as to ban his friends from entering their house. But soon, his life turns upside down when he meets his son’s best friend, Shunsuke Sakaki.

Total Number of Episodes – 2 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 10. Kizuna: Koi no kara Sawagi –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 6.69

Plot – This story centers around Kei Enjoji, who falls in love at first sight and begins a relationship with Ranmaru Samejima. Now they are both adults and settled in their lives. But everything starts to change when one day, Kei returns home after a night out drinking with a client. Will their love stand strong, or will they crumble?

Total Number of Episodes – 1 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 9. Haru Wo Daite Ita –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 6.74

Plot – Love can be found even in varied places. Both Kyousuke Iwaki and Youji Katou work as actors in the adult entertainment industry and are rivals. But Katou believes he loves Iwaki whereas the other totally denies it. And soon Iwaki’s life takes a turn when a new actor arrives and realizes his feelings for Katou.

Total Number of Episodes – 2 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 8. Sensitive P***ograph –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 6.75

Plot – This OVA contains not one but two stories featuring two couples in it. The first story involves Seiji Yamada and Sono Hanasaki, and both of them fall for each other after a chance meeting. And the second tale begins with Koji Ueno, a part-timer pet sitter, who gets hired to look after a rabbit. But meets an eccentric man person named Aki.

Total Number of Episodes – 1 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


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  • 7. Ikoku Irokoi Romantan –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 6.99

Plot – Being drunk has its own consequences and the same goes for the Yakuza clan heir Ranmaru. He marries on a cruise ship just for the sake of an appearance but ends up spending the night with ship captain Albert. But when Ranmaru thought of it as a one-time occurrence he meets him again in Italy. And soon their love story begins.

Total Number of Episodes – 2 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 6. Hey, Class President! –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 7.02

Plot – The plot revolves around the student council president Kokusai and vice president Chiga. Kokusai is from the countryside and is simple in everything but Chiga is the complete opposite of him in terms of looks and intelligence. As the saying goes opposite attracts, Chiga finds himself slowly falling for his strength and power.

Total Number of Episodes – 2 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 5. Koisuru Boukun –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 7.07

Plot – Even though it follows a cliche trope, it is still one of the well-known anime. Love can make someone fall for anyone and Tetsuhiro Morinaga manages to fall in love with Souichi Tatsumi. And even confesses his love to him but ends up learning he fell for the  “walking personality disorder”, who is also a loud-spoken aggressive homophobe. But one unfortunate accident brings both of them closer. Will it bring them closer, or will it drive a wedge between them?

Total Number of Episodes – 2 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 4. Ai no Kusabi –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 7.12

Plot – One of the Yaoi anime created in the 20th century and contains the Sci-Fi genre. The story is set on a planet named Amoi where the hair color represents the status of everyone. People with blonde hair are of higher status and dark-haired humans live in the slum Ceres. Riki, leader of the Bison, gets kidnapped by the elite Iason and endures various blows to his pride. After three years, he is back in the slums, but there is danger everywhere and one can sell him out anytime.

Total Number of Episodes – 2 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 3. Hyperventilation –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 7.22

Plot – We have now entered in the top three and though this anime is fairly new being released in late 2017 it was well-received by the viewers. Lee Myeongyi often feels like an outcast due to his pneumothorax, a collapsed lung, and often receives pity from his classmates.

But that is not the life he wants, he also wants to enjoy like others. And that opportunity arrived when Han Seonho befriends him and shows understanding. Myeongyi soon forms a crush on him. Nine years later, he has the chance to confirm Han’s feelings for him but his hope diminishes after seeing a ring on his finger.

Total Number of Episodes – 6 (ONA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 2. Embracing Love: A Cicada in Winter –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 7.51

Plot – The plot is set in a historical setting in the early Meiji Period and has the Romeo-Juliet setting. The story focuses on Akizuki Keiichirou and Kusaka Touma and both of them are from opposite enemy factions. Despite the ongoing war, they fall in love with each other. And thus begins a story of love, friendship, and sacrifice.

Total Number of Episodes – 3 (OVA)

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


  • 1. Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai: The Clouds Gather –
Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time
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Rating – 7.52

Plot – Yashiro is the young president of the Shinseikai Enterprise, but he hides a secret from everyone, i.e., he leads a double life. Enter Doumeki Chikara, who works as a bodyguard for him and learns of his secret. But he declines Yashiro’s advances for his pwn mysterious reason. What will become of these two men? Will they fall in love?

Total Number of Episodes – 1

Where to Watch – Yaoimangaonline


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And here we will conclude the Top 15 Best Yaoi Anime of all time. The list was created and ranked according to our research and their ratings. GRIZZLY studio’s anime, as anticipated, took first place as it was well-favored by the audiences, and it even has a sequel. There are other anime out there, so fans can also give them a try. We will be back with more recommendations. Till then, stay tuned.


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