50 best Shounen Ai, Yaoi, Boys Love Gay Anime

Hi guys, how are you? In this article, we are going to talk about yaoi anime, Shounen Ai or BL (Boy Love) which is so successful among girls known as fujoshi. For those unaware of the genres, Yaoi are anime that show the love between 2 men in a light or heavy way. 

Anyway, without further ado, let's go to the list, and if you're asking if I watched the anime on this list, some yes and others were people's indications. As a boy I don't like this genre, but honestly there are characters with much more attitude in yaoi anime than the protagonists of harem anime and ecchi.

The world of anime is an interesting place to navigate and it would be much better if there were more characters like these in the genres we are going to present. Before the list, let's leave a summary:

Why do women like yaoi? Unraveling the fujoshi

What is the difference between yaoi, shounen ai and BL?

The anime in this article is classified as Shounen-ai, Boys Love or BL in Japan. It is a genre written mainly by women, for women, which portrays homosexual relationships between men.

In practice, shounen-ai anime are lighter than yaoi, which can even be a hentai. It's just that people usually use yaoi to refer to any anime with BL (Boy Love) love between boys, which are the anime in this article. We will not list any anime with inappropriate content in this article.

In Japan they usually use a single category for all anime, whether they have sex or not. Let's use the western form, where shounen-ai for light anime and yaoi for heavy anime, with ecchi Or until hentai.

I always wonder why girls like these anime with gay characters so much, in such a different way from men who watch the genre Yuri. Then I remembered that Kevin answered this question in the article Why do women like Yaoi? Unraveling the fujoshi. 

Crossdress anime characters

Maybe you are looking for anime characters who dress like a woman, they are called Femboy or Trap. These young people who practice crossdress are not always homosexuals.

50 best yaoi, shounen ai and bl anime
How the Fujoshi React!

Boku no pico - The Yaoi that everyone knows

This is that famous anime that friends indicate to watch as a prank, but it was actually a great success among anime of the yaoi, shounen ai and BL genre. Remembering that this anime is really a Yaoi that fits the Hentai genre.

Pico is an optimistic and extremely effeminate BOY who works at his grandfather's coffee shop, Café Bebe, during the summer. Tamotsu is a white-collar worker looking for an escape from the routine and inherence of his everyday life. 

When they meet at the cafe, sparks of love and lust quickly bring the two together. Conventional notions of age, gender and sexuality are shattered as the pair seek carnal gratification in each other's company.

50 best yaoi, shounen ai and bl anime
The Anime Yaoi Boku no Piko that takes everyone by surprise.

My opinion on Boku no Pico

To start well, this one that because of its plot, characters and other things, became a joke for men, in the homo phobic sense and that generated several bad jokes. But it also served to increase its fame which, for better or for worse, led a good amount of people to watch and satisfy their curiosity, I confess that I am one of those people.

Its opening or opening in English, is widely used to "play" with people in the sense of making jokes. An extremely effeminate boy, working in a cafe that belongs to his grandfather. Just with this description is enough to realize that it wouldn't be a normal and common anime.

And we have to focus on “extremely effeminate” as this is not a kind of exaggeration. Immoral? I don't know if it gets that far, but it comes pretty close, that's just in my opinion. Well, there had to be a good reason for this anime to become a joke, in a genre that is full of things like that, only not as “blatantly” as this one. My grade is 7! 

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi – Yaoi anime

Ritsu is a literary editor who wants to establish himself in the market without his father's influence and to achieve this he is transferred to another publishing house. At this publishing house he finds himself working as a rookie manga editor rather than an editor. There, Ritsu is introduced to the infamous editor-in-chief Masamune Takano, a persistent man who always seeks results.

The plot begins to unfold at this point, because in fact, Takano is the love of the high school Now, with the two reunited after several years of separation, the re-establishment of their relationship is marked by Takano's promise to make Ritsu say she loves him again.

sekaiichi hatsukoi
One of the classic yaoi anime Sekaiichi Hatsukoi

My opinion on Sekaiichi Hatsukoi

This yaoi anime also follows three other couples who are intertwined within the manga industry, with each being subject to the emergence of first love. However, there is little focus. As you can see, this one is mainly focused on the story that first love is the best.

I even agree, but there is also the story of summer romances that are fleeting, and especially teenage romances that often don't work out and only make us depressed and make us suffer when they end. I prefer stronger, lasting love that often requires maturity, but I enjoyed this anime. It's always nice to see that not all loves are lost forever. My grade is 8!

Junjou romantica

Misaki Takahashi is a high school student who is preparing for the university entrance exams. In order to reduce the stress of studying, he accepts help from his best friend. older brother and famous author, Akihiko Usami. However, he discovers that Usami's books are of a very vulgar genre, and that there may be something vulgar creeping into them as well.

In addition to this one, the anime follows the story of two other couples loosely linked to the previous one. One being the very passionate but often complicated relationship between university professor Hiroki Kamijou and pediatrician Nowaki Kusama.

The third story shows how obsessive love can become when wealthy eighteen-year-old Shinobu Takatsuki finally discovers something he can't have so easily - literature teacher You Miyagi.

Romantic Junjou - yaoi anime
Junjou Romantica fits a lot among BL anime.

My opinion on Junjou Romantica

This is a full plate for people who like love, love and a little love for distraction. Yes, that thing that is so sweet it gets sticky and it takes work to get out. All this in a good way and without any kind of bad intention behind the words.

There is plenty of passion as these three couples try to achieve their goals in life while also falling into temptation and anguish with their partners. Sharing experiences, feelings, sensations and other things that make the plot hotter and more interesting.

Things like that just aren't better because they're between men. Unfortunately, anime authors can't make or are afraid to make a story with protagonists of this type in genres like fantasy and drama. I can't understand why this happens, there is no logic in them making protagonists so "cowardly" when they have a harem just for him. My grade for this yaoi anime is 8! 

koisuru boukun

Tetsuhiro Morinaga is in love with his veteran Souichi Tatsumi. He even managed to confess his love. The problem is that Tatsumi is an aggressive, self-centered and outspoken homophobe.

However, somehow Tetsuhiro managed to fall in love with Tatsumi, who is the kind of man who declares that all gay men should be wiped off the face of the planet. But an unfortunate or happy accident with an aphrodisiac drug brings the two men together physically against Souichi's wishes, and this experience has a transformative effect on both of them.

Koisuru - yaoi anime

My opinion about Koisuru Boukun

With a synopsis like this, it's hard to say that it doesn't give a great curiosity to watch this anime. It doesn't matter that it's a homosexual relationship, an intrigue of this kind will always arouse people's interest.

After all, it's not every day that we see a yaoi anime where two characters with extremely different concepts are united by a work of fate. And to top it off, it's not the free will of either party, as one of them wouldn't accept this fact if they were in their full consciousness.

And it becomes even more interesting to think about what will happen after this event, and I would venture to say that this is a case where palliative measures will not help, only extreme measures will solve this issue. My grade for this one is 7! 

Loveless – A shounen-ai with nekos 

In this universe, people are born with cat ears and a tail, which disappear when they engage in sexual intercourse. For this reason these add-ons are symbols of innocence and purity. Also, combats are only carried out in “fighting pairs” or couples. In these one is known as the sacrifice and I receive the damage, and the other is the fighter that as the name already says is the one who attacks.

Ritsuka Aoyagi is a 12-year-old boy who for some unknown reason suffers from amnesia. His brother was recently killed, and as if his life wasn't bad enough, on his first day at the new school he was close to a stranger named Agatsuma Soubi, who claims to have met his brother. Ritsuka thinks that Agatsuma and his brother were a fighting pair.

Together they try to find the truth behind their brother's death and the organization known as "the seven moons" who may be responsible for it. Meanwhile, it looks like these two are getting closer than they should be.

Loveless - yaoi anime
Loveless is a classic shounen ai with cat ears.

My opinion on Loveless

I don't have much to comment on, as this one is very similar to other genres that don't necessarily have these homosexual relationships. For it is a novel that has few particularities and has almost the same elements of an anime like taboo tattoo.

My rating for this yaoi anime is 7.

Gravitation – A yaoi about music 

The protagonist, Shuichi, has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of his pop idol, Ryuichi Sakuma and the band Nittle Grasper. Along with his best friend Hiro, Shuichi formed a band called Bad Luck and they managed to get signed to a major label.

Unfortunately, studio deadlines are approaching and Shuichi still hasn't finished the lyrics for any of the songs. Being stressed and uninspired, Hiro advises him to get a girlfriend.

Walking through the park late at night, Shuichi's latest creations fly by and arrive at a stranger's feet. Unfortunately, this mysterious stranger is famous novelist Eiri Yuki, who completely crushes the young singer, saying he has "zero talent". Shuichi is so annoyed that he managed to finish his song only to find and confront Yuki once more.

Gravitation - yaoi anime
Gravitation is a classic music yaoi anime

My opinion on Gravitation

That typical anime where someone is humiliated by someone else and decides to do everything to be recognized. I don't see many anime with this issue, maybe because it's hard to work in a way that doesn't make the plot boring and predictable. Because we already know that hating and loving are the two sides of the same coin, and giving a flawed plot and without depth the anime gets boring.

Yes, it's a cliché, but this isn't the kind of cliché that's malleable and looks good either way. This is one of the anime that I was recommended, but I haven't heard criticisms about it, but I don't think I can generalize and make statements without watching it.

super lovers

Upon hearing the news that his mother was on the verge of death, Haru Kaidou who is the eldest son of the family, flies to Canada. By the time he arrives, he discovers that not only has his mother tricked him, but he must also take care of his foster brother, Ren Kaidou, an antisocial boy who is more comfortable with dogs than people.

Haru initially has a hard time reaching Ren, but their relationship eventually develops. He makes a promise to Ren: they will live together in Japan after Haru graduates from high school.

However, due to an unfortunate accident, Haru loses all memories of the summer they spent together, including the promise he made. Five years later, hoping that Haru would keep his promise, Ren arrives in Tokyo; but to Haru, Ren is just a random boy who claims to be his brother.

Super lovers - yaoi anime

My opinion on Supers Lovers

I found this interesting because it is a typical anime cliché and here it was applied equally even because they are both men. The parental relationship cliché is global and doesn't choose genders, that's what I ended up discovering.

I have to admit that I will never look at this cliché the same way again. Before I thought that heterosexual relationships would only happen, but after this anime and citrus anime, I was much more open to new experiences. It's funny enough but it's like the saying goes, man doesn't live on bread alone. Here's the reference for the smart ones on duty. My grade is 7! 

Uragiri wa boku no namae wo shitteiru

Growing up as an orphan, Yuki Sakurai questions his reason for living and ability to see a person's painful memory by simply touching them. After receiving anonymous notes telling him to die, Yuki is unable to shake the nagging feeling that builds up inside him. Unbeknownst to him, he is being watched, both by people who want to harm him and those who want to protect him.

One foggy night, Yuki's life is saved by a man with silver eyes and black hair, a man he has never met before but seems familiar to him. With the arrival of this mysterious stranger, Yuki's forgotten past was awakened and the purpose of his existence appeared before him.

Uragiri wa boku - yaoi anime

My opinion about Uragiri wa boku

This is another one that I don't have much to comment on, both because I haven't watched it and because it's a very widespread cliché and rarely brings us any surprises. But it may be interesting, we'll only know from watching and that's why I'm recommending it.

And I'm also indicating by the fact that it's very popular and has great reviews from people about it. Who knows if he's not as good as angel beats (which I think is unlikely, due to the fact that Angel beats is the number 1 anime in my opinion).

Hitorijime my hero

Masahiro Setagawa is a hopeless teenager who is often used by neighborhood bullies as an errand boy. However, his life changes drastically when he meets Kousuke Ooshiba, a man known as the "Bear Killer", who takes down neighborhood gangs.

A year later, Masahiro and his former friend Kensuke Ooshiba attend high school, only to find out that Kousuke is their math teacher. As the three grow closer, Masahiro begins to see Kousuke as his "hero", and Kousuke develops an urgent desire to protect Masahiro.

However, their normal lives change when Kensuke's childhood friend Asaya Hasekura returns, seeing Kensuke as more than just a friend, much to her surprise.

Hitorijime my hero - yaoi anime
A Comedy Anime Yaoi?

My opinion on Hitorijime my hero

Just from the synopsis you can tell that a very troubled love triangle will happen. Jealousy, intrigue, occasional fights all of these always happen when you have this kind of relationship. I can say that it's not the kind of cliché that gives the most popularity to a work, but it's certainly always interesting to see how the characters develop the relationship, always trying to get along better than the other competing parties.

I haven't watched this anime yet, but I don't think it will take me long to do this. However until then I can't rate it any better than I did now. And just like the previous ones, this one has great reviews and has a good plot and a great studio.

Ling IQ – A Chinese yaoi BL

Yang Jinghua, one of the protagonists, had an accident and by the time he woke up, he looked 10 years younger. Yang Jinghua thought he had been reborn and just as he was about to set out on the path to a new beginning, a guy of White hair, rich and handsome named Duanmu Xi, appeared right in front of him.

Not only did he tell Yang Jinghua that Yang Jinghua was already dead, but he even asked for an invite: “Young man, do you want to sign a contract with me and stay with me for the rest of your life?”

My opinion on ling qi

My opinion on Ling Qi

This question was quite contradictory, after all he was already dead and dead has no more life. But in order not to play the role of a contrarian who is always finding fault with things, I will let go and imagine that this “life” is the afterlife. I advise you to do the same. And yes, this is another one I haven't watched yet.

As you can tell from the names of the characters this is chinese anime, but that's not to say the animation or plot is bad. I mean, I can't say anything, but I won't make the mistake of judging a book by its cover like I did with the great anime King's Avatar. What I can say for sure is that the dubbing will bother you a lot those who are not used to it, at least in the beginning. and this one will also be unmarked for now.

List of Yaoi, Shonen Ai and BL Manga

Before we move on to the last list, let's display a complete list of manga available on Amazon Brazil, in case you are interested in consuming the original material.

Other anime Yaoi, Shounen Ai and BL

I don't think there were as many as I planned because I don't have much experience with the yaoi genre. But I tried to take only the best ones, and I think I succeeded. This one is especially for women and also for those who like to always try something new.

Now let's share lists of anime, starting with a list of the most popular anime of the genre. Then we will share a list of recent anime and divided genres in order to better organize the list of yaoi anime.

Thank you, my dear reader, for reading this article! Thanks in advance for everyone's shares and comments! Let's go to the short list, and then we'll go on with the others.

  • Love Stage;
  • Doukyuusei;
  • Togainu no Chi;
  • Hitorijime My Hero;
  • Monochrome Factor;
  • Gakuen Heaven;
  • Hybrid Child;
  • Suki na Mono wa Suki Dakara Shou ga Nai!!;
  • tight-rope; Vassalord;
  • Gakuen Handsome;
  • Honoo no Mirage;
  • Kono Danshi, Sekika ni Nayandemasu;
  • Fake;
  • Mo Dao Zu Shi;
  • Koisuru Shirokuma;
  • Robotics*Robotics;
  • Marginal Prince;

Yaoi Gay Anime Characters

Below we will leave a list of the 30 gay characters from the most popular anime:

  1. Bob – Fairy Tail;
  2. Wolfram Von Bielefeld – Kyo Kara Maoh!;
  3. Toshimitsu Kubo – Baka And Test – Summon The Beasts;
  4. Pri-pri-prisoner – One-punch Man;
  5. Garterbelt – Panty & Stocking In Sanitary Box;
  6. Lan Wangji – Mo Dao Zu Shi;
  7. Otohiko – Kamisama Kiss;
  8. Ren Kaidou – Super Lovers;
  9. Hikaru Kusakabe – Doukyuusei;
  10. Takato Saijyo – Dakaichi -i'm Being Harassed By The Sexiest Man Of The Year-;
  11. Riku Kurose – Lovers;
  12. Junta Azumaya – Dakaichi -i'm Being Harassed By The Sexiest Man Of The Year-;
  13. Rihito Sajou – Doukyuusei;
  14. Tetsuhiro Morinaga – Koi Suru Boukun;
  15. Tadaomi Shirotani – Lovers;
  16. Sora Hashiba – Sukisho;
  17. Sunao Fujimori – Sukisho;
  18. Hasuta – Haiyore! Nyaruko-san;
  19. Mayotama – I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying;
  20. Alberto Valentino – Ikoku Irokoi Romantan;
  21. Ugetsu Murata – Given;
  22. Yuki Yoshida – Given;
  23. Kazutaka Muraki – Descendants Of Darkness;
  24. Isaac – Castlevania Season;
  25. Yuuzou Kokusai – Lovers;
  26. Juuzou Sakakura – Danganronpa: Monokuma Gekijou;
  27. Masumi Okuyama – Nodame Cantabile;
  28. Kuroda – Hybrid Child;
  29. Naoki Satoya – Tight-rope;
  30. Aeon Clock – Air Gear;
  31. Yusuke Ono – Antique Bakery;

Animes Yaoi and Shounen-Ai 2020, 2019 and 2018

Below we have a short list of the most recent yaoi anime released in the years 2018, 2019 or 2020. We will list them in order from the best to the worst following the EVIL notes and other anime databases like Anime-Planet.

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AnimeTypeYearGenre
GivenTV2019Shounen-ai
DAKAICHI -I’m being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-TV2018yaoi
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: World’s Greatest First Love – Proposal-henMovie2020Shounen-ai
Spiritpact: Bond of The UnderworldTV2018Shounen-ai
Jie Yaoweb2020Shounen-ai
Hora, Mimi ga Mieteru yo! 2web2019Shounen-ai
Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai: The Clouds GatherMovie2020yaoi
Hora, Mimi ga Mieteru yo!TV2018Shounen-ai
Caramel HoneyOther2018Shounen-ai
Yarichin Bitch-buOVA2018yaoi
Hikari: Be My Lightweb2020Shounen-ai
The Titan’s BrideTV2020yaoi
Love Love Campusweb2018Shounen-ai
Papa Datte, ShitaiTV2019yaoi
Someone Else’s BL Cartoonweb2018Shounen-ai
Someone Else’s BL Cartoon Prologueweb2018Shounen-ai
Taishou Mebiusline: Chicchai-san – You and ISpecial2018Shounen-ai
Marudase KintarouMovie2020yaoi
Umibe no ÉtrangerMovie2020yaoi
Ten CountTV2020yaoi
Yes ka No ka Hanbun kaMovie2020Shounen-ai
Given FilmeMovie2020Shounen-ai
Tian Bao Fuyao Luweb2020Shounen-ai
Manly Appetites: Minegishi Loves Otsuweb2020Shounen-ai

Complete list of Yaoi Animes

In the West, the term Shounen-ai categorizes stories that focus on the emotional aspects of relationships, while Yaoi categorizes more sexual aspects, with or without explicit content. The list of Yaoi anime below fits the ecchi genre.

Below we will share Yaoi that are considered Hentai and focus on sexual relationships:

  • Boku no Pico
  • Boku no Sexual Harassment
  • Enzai
  • Ginga Teikoku no Metsubou Gaiden: Aoki Ookami-tachi no Densetsu
  • Keiraku no Houteishiki Level-C
  • Natsuyasumi;
  • Otokonoko ♂ Delivery
  • Pico to Chico
  • Pico x CoCo x Chico
  • Sensitive Pornograph
  • Shounen Maid Kuuro-kun: Tenshi no Uta

Below is a list of Yaoi anime that are not explicit or do not fit into the Hentai genre:

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Nome do Anime YaoiYear
Hyperventilation2017
DAKAICHI -I’m being harassed by the sexiest man of the year-2018
Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai: The Clouds Gather2020
Koi Suru Boukun2010
Yarichin Bitch-bu2018
Seitokaichou ni Chuukoku2009
Fuyu no Semi2007
Ikoku Irokoi Romantan2007
Maiden Rose Especials2009
Ai no Kusabi1992
Ai no Kusabi: The Space Between2012
Haru wo Daiteita2005
Maiden Rose2009
Fake1998
No Money2007
The Titan’s Bride2020
Papa to Kiss in the Dark2005
No Money Especials2007
Kizuna1994
Papa Datte, Shitai2019
Yebisu Celebrities2010
DRAMAtical Murder: Data_xx_Transitory2014
Kachou no Koi2010
Level-C1995
Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai
Marudase Kintarou2020
Umibe no Étranger2020
Ten Count2020
6 Lovers

Complete list of BL Shounen-Ai anime

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Nome do Anime Shounen-AiYear
Given2019
Doukyuusei2016
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: World’s Greatest First Love 22011
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Yokozawa Takafumi no Baai2014
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi (series) 2014
Junjou Romantica 1,2,32008
Hybrid Child2014
Hitorijime My Hero2017
Hyperventilation2017
Super Lovers 22017
Love Stage!!2014
Super Lovers OVA2017
Spiritpact: Bond of The Underworld2018
Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: World’s Greatest First Love – Proposal-hen2020
Love Stage!! OVA2014
Jie Yao2020
No. 62011
Hora, Mimi ga Mieteru yo! 22019
Super Lovers2016
Junjou Romantica Especial2008
This Boy Caught a Merman2012
Hora, Mimi ga Mieteru yo!2018
Caramel Honey2018
The Betrayal Knows My Name2010
Hikari: Be My Light2020
Tight-rope2012
This Boy is a Professional Wizard2016
Ikoku Irokoi Romantan2007
Mirage of Blaze: Rebels of the River Edge2004
Antique Bakery2008
Gravitation2000
Monochrome Factor2008
Gravitation: Lyrics of Love1999
Loveless2005
Sukisho OVA2005
Sex Pistols2010
Kirepapa2008
This Boy Suffers from Crystallization2014
Sukisho2005
Spiritpact2017
Gakuen Heaven2006
Vassalord.2013
Patalliro!1982
Gakuen Handsome The Animation2015
Kizuna: Much Ado About Nothing2001
Close the Last Door!2007
Mirage of Blaze2002
Fake1998
Loveless Especials2005
Zetsuai 19891992
Song of Wind and Trees1987
Bronze: Zetsuai Since 19891996
Love Love Campus2018
Gakuen Handsome Especial2016
Earthian1989
DRAMAtical Murder2014
Kizuna1994
Seikimatsu Darling1996
Patalliro! Stardust Keikaku1983
Kusatta Kyoushi No Houteishiki1993
Gakuen Handsome2016
Lesson XX1995
Kasho no Tsuki1998
Level-C1995
Someone Else’s BL Cartoon2018
Nakedyouth2006
Marginal Prince2006
Someone Else’s BL Cartoon Prologue2018
Angel’s Feather2006
Fujimi Orchestra1997
Boku wa Kono Mama Kaeranai1994
Graduation M1999
Be-Boy Kidnapp’n Idol1989
Ryokunohara Labyrinth1990
Mirage of Blaze Recap2002
Houkago no Shokuinshitsu1994
Fish in the Trap1994
Taishou Mebiusline: Chicchai-san2017
Marginal Prince: Tokyo Merry-Go-Round2007
Manly Appetites: Minegishi Loves Otsu2020
Tian Bao Fuyao Lu2020
Yes ka No ka Hanbun ka2020
Given FIlme2020

We also have a version of this article by yaoi anime in english.