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The Best Yaoi Anime of All Time, Ranked by Fans

Updated March 26, 2021 660.3k votes 160.7k voters 5.2m views61 items

List RulesVote for what you think are the best yaoi anime of all time.

Yaoi anime may at first seem strange to audiences not familiar with the genre, but some of the most popular anime in recent years are yaoi anime. So naturally, fans of yaoi in the Ranker anime community have voted on their favorite series below. Yaoi, also known as boys' love (BL), is a genre within anime and manga that features romantic relationships between male characters. Simply put, it's the male equivalent of yuri anime. Some of these titles fall into the shounen-ai anime genre, while others are more explicit in nature. Other anime like Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club aren't technically yaoi anime, but they're included on this list as these shows cater towards the BL fanbase.  

If you're interested in bi anime or gay anime TV shows, then you'll love the anime on this list. Many of the anime below may intersect with different sub-genres, but they're all in the yaoi genre in one way or another.

On this list, you'll find anime like Junjou Romantica, Yuri!!! on Ice, and Given. If you want to know what fans think are the greatest yaoi anime of all time, scroll down to find out!

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