Top 10 Boys in Yaoi Anime

As all of you probably know, yaoi/BL/shounen-ai anime are those involving gay relationships, full of boy-on-boy action, or something more mild. Also, these anime are full of the cutest characters, those you wish to hug, or those who have a strong personality to the point that you find yourself cheering for them. The world of yaoi/BL/shounen-ai anime keeps growing by the day, what with a very passionate fandom, made of fujoshis/fudanshis, who are fond of their favorite characters, all the more when they are in a manga version, as well. We decided to create this ranking in order to mention only ten among the beautiful yaoi boys some very good shows gave us. So, we tried to pick those who stole the viewers' hearts with their deeds, or because of how they faced their love troubles. Whether you are a fujoshi, a fudanshi, or simply a curious reader, please, stick with us until the end to discover our ten picks!

10. You Keika from Ling Qi (Spiritpact)

  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: January 2017 – March 2017

You Keika had to struggle with poverty his entire life. Yet, things got worse when he died after being hit by a truck and woke up ten years younger. While thinking he had been reborn, though, he meet a white-haired man named Ki Tanmoku. He reveals the truth to You: You is dead and is now in a spirit form. Then, Tanmoku asks him to sign a contract with him. That's just the beginning of You Keika's hardships as a spirit!

You Keika is our yaoi boy for the 10th position! He had a life full of hardships as a fortune-teller, and part-time computer mechanic; then he died. It's not difficult to feel sympathy toward him, as his life became even more complicated when he became a spirit. You Keika is boisterous, friendly and a very caring person. Becoming a spirit shadow and Ki Tanmoku's husband, he managed to keep a positive mind. Side by side with Ki, trying to protect him and being protected in return, he will eventually learn the meaning of love and give us viewers very tender moments. We really love a pure-hearted yaoi boy like You Keika!


9. Toyohi Utsumi from Kono Danshi, Mahou no Oshigoto Desu. (This Boy is a Professional Wizard)

  • Episodes: 4
  • Aired: February 2016

Toyohi Utsumi is a wanderer boy who by chance, one night met a professional wizard: Chiharu Kashima. It's love at first sight for Toyohi, and being a straightforward person, he doesn't waste time and confesses to Chiharu. The thing is, Chiharu is bashful and lacks self-esteem, so he easily mistakes Toyohi's genuine feeling for a mere curiosity toward wizards. Will Toyohi manage to break through the wall Chiharu has been building for his entire life?

Toyohi is our 9th yaoi boy, with a happy-go-lucky personality. He is always smiling, caring, and understanding of the people surrounding him. He doesn't judge people, he is driven by curiosity when he asks questions – even the strangest ones. So, when this curious wanderer decided to settle down, it was out of blind love toward Chiharu. Toyohi does all he can to help Chiharu understand what an amazing and valuable man he is, and eventually makes him realize that he is interested in Chiharu the man, not the wizard. Didn't he deserve a place in this ranking?


8. Misaki Takahashi from Junjou Romantica

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2008 – June 2008

Misaki Takahashi is a high school student preparing for university entrance exams. His brother's best friend – Akihiko Usami – is a famous author and offers Misaki his help. It's just too late when Misaki discovers what kind of author Usami is – a very naughty one – and that he was in love with his brother. In the meanwhile, a new, unknown feeling start to grow within him... could it be that he fell in love with Usami?

Misaki is probably the cutest yaoi boy in this list! What with the way he struggled with his feelings toward Usami, or the way he doesn't want to trouble others. He is easily embarrassed, and at the same time easily pleased. Misaki is very attentive to what other people feel, and it doesn't take much for him to blush and get flustered, all the more when Usami is involved. He is your typical uke, while showing a tougher side of him when the right time comes. Absolutely adorable.


7. Masahiro Setagawa from Hitorijime My Hero (My Very Own Hero)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2017 – September 2017

Masahiro Setagawa is your average high school boy who stopped believing in the existence of heroes meaning he lost faith in people. Left alone constantly by his parents since his childhood, he lost his way, joined a gang, and became an errand boy for all kinds of delinquents. Kousuke Ooshiba – the brother of Masahiro's best friend – known as the “Bear-killer” is feared by all the gangs, one day helps Masahiro get away from trouble. Partly regaining faith in human beings, Masahiro declared himself Kousuke's underling, and decided to protect him. But what if Kousuke becomes his homeroom teacher and a feeling different from admiration develops?

Masahiro is a yaoi boy toward whom the viewers feel immediate sympathy. He is reserved, introverted, but also realistic. He is the kind of boy who keeps apologizing, who is always certain he has done something to upset others, even when that's not the case. At the same time, he is able to stand up for himself, all the more when someone affects the persons he cares about. In his interaction with Kousuke, he becomes meeker and it's easy to understand what a hero Kousuke is in Masahiro's eyes!


6. Izumi Sena from Love Stage!!

  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: July 2014 – September 2014

Izumi Sena was born in a family of stars: his mother is an actress, his father a producer, and his brother is a rock star. When he was child, he took part in a commercial for a wedding magazine, and that's when he decided that he would stay away from the showbiz. Izumi's only dream is to become a manga artist. Ryouma Ichijou is a popular actor and was in the same commercial as Izumi ten years prior. Unaware that Izumi was a boy, he fell in love with him at first sight, but how the situation will turn out, now that the magazine calls for the 10 year anniversary?

Izumi is your typical otaku boy who just wants to collect Magical Girl LalaLulu's items. He wishes to become a manga artist, and he trusts his drawing skills. We like Izumi for his obstinate side: he falls in love with Ryouma but wouldn't admit it until the very end. At the same time, he shows a passionate side when it's about anime and manga. Just like every yaoi boy in this list, love will teach him to stand up for himself and the ones he loves, and to gain self-esteem.


5. Ritsu Onodera from Sekaiichi Hatsukoi (World's Greatest First Love)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2011 – June 2011

Ritsu Onodera, a literary editor, transfers to Marukawa Publishing, but instead of the literary division, he begins to work in the shoujo manga department, dealing, for the first time in his life, with very tight schedules. His new editor-in-chief is Masamune Takano, a very strict man, who can be very tactless. Takano immediately recognize Onodera as his first high school love, but Onodera doesn't, as Takano has changed his surname. When the truth is out, Onodera is left speechless: is he working for the man who tore his heart apart?!

Our 5th position is a tsundere yaoi boy who once was shy and gentle. After his heart was broken into pieces, he turned into a very cynical man who doesn't believe in love. Onodera is hardworking, and prideful, focused only on his job, as it became his reason for living. The one who crushes that wall is Takano, his first love. Interacting with Takano, Onodera shows his tsundere side to the fullest, and then his cutest one, melting into Takano's grasp. He is probably the epitome of the yaoi uke, and that's why we love him!


4. Kotarou Izumi from Hybrid Child

  • Episodes: 4
  • Aired: October 2014 – January 2015

Hybrid Child are artificial humans that reflect the love they receive by their owner. Kotarou Izumi, young heir to the noble Izumi family, finds an abandoned Hybrid Child in the garbage, and decides to take him home. The name he gave to his Hybrid Child was Hazuki, but his family repeatedly tried to throw him away. Koutaro was obstinate, though; he wanted Hazuki to be with him forever, and wouldn't change his mind through the years. Their bond keeps growing, but ten years later they both discover a horrible truth: Hybrid Child have a certain life span... and maybe it's not that long.

Koutaro Izumi is a yaoi boy example of loyalty, attachment and determination. When he found Hazuki, he immediately fell in love with him, in spite of Hazuki being an artificial human. If Hybrid Child reflect the love they receive, Hazuki was the proof that Koutaro loved him deeply. When he discovered that Hazuki's life was about to come to an end, Koutaro swore he would save Hazuki no matter what. His desperate attempts brought us viewers to tears, and that's why he deserved our 4th position!


3. Ren Kaidou from Super Lovers

  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: April 2016 – June 2016

When Haru Kaidou turned 17 and his mother called him back in Canada, asking for help, he jumps on the first plane. Haru didn't know what kind of “help” his mother needed, but there he found Ren, an 8-year-old boy Haru's mother saved from an orphanage. What seemed to be an easy task, suddenly turns to a challenge: Ren is little, but he is savage, bashful, and distrustful. Will Haru manage to tame the little beast by the end of the summer?

Growing up and moving in Japan with Haru, Ren Kaidou turned to a very straightforward person, honest with his feeling, unable to tell lies, and very righteous. A bright personality with a poker face, who can become very obedient and meek when it's about Haru. In fact, Haru stole his heart, and Haru's heart was stolen by this 15-year-old teenager. In spite their age gap, in many occasions Ren proved to be even more mature than Haru. A very good fit for our ranking!


2. Hikaru Kusakabe from Doukyuusei (Classmates)

  • Episodes: 1
  • Aired: February 2016

Honor student Rihito Sajou, and guitar player Hikaru Kusakabe are classmates on polar opposites. Sajou is quiet, diligent, and serious; Kusakabe is straightforward, hotheaded, and he is popular with the girls. While their personalities may clash, while preparing for the chorus festival and practicing together, something happens. Suddenly, a new feeling deeper than friendship begins to blossom...

Hikaru Kusakabe is our yaoi boy with a free spirit, who likes people and is liked back. He had to be in our ranking, because he proved to be strong-willed when he fell in love with Sajou and had no problem admitting it. Basically, he found himself struggling with Sajou who loved him back but found it difficult to reveal. Comfortable with himself, popular with girls and boys, Kusakabe is able to hit where it hurts and, conversely, to be the most devoted, and caring boyfriend!


1. Nezumi from No.6

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: July 2011 – September 2011

No.6 revolves around Nezumi and Shion, who live two sides of the same coin. Shion lives in the city of No.6 where everything is beautiful, and peaceful, while Nezumi lives outside the walls of the city, where the rejects end up. One stormy night, Nezumi appears covered in blood in front of Shion's home. In order to save him, Shion did all he could, but eventually it results in him being downgraded from his position in the society. Shion is deprived of his brilliant future... and Nezumi disappears for years.

Nezumi had to be our first position, for several reasons. Outwardly he is rude, sarcastic, and unconcerned. Not only that, Nezumi is also intentionally cold, and keeps his distance from others. As the series goes by, though, we see his real character pop up. His resolve crumbles when things come to Shion. Eventually, we realize Nezumi's true self: over-protective, brotherly, affectionate, and devoted. As we can put up with his rude side, once we realized his true personality, he had to be our first position!


Final Thoughts

As we said up above, we had to choose only ten, even though there are many more characters who really deserved a mention here! We hope you appreciated our efforts and enjoyed this ride among beautiful yaoi boys: the ones the fans keep in their heart. Starting from the cutie-pie You Keika, to our first position Nezumi, who really struggled, we gave you our best picks. Of course, we want to know what you all think, so don't forget to let us know in the comments below! See you next time!

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Author: Mari Mari

An italian girl currently living the Japanese Dream. I'm an anime and manga enthusiast (I mean... very enthusiast. XD), and my other hobbies are writing, reading, playing volleyball, listening to good music and thinking about pointless things.

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