Today we have a rather peculiar topic at hand, and that is gay anime. From my experience, this can often end up being a controversial topic when brought up in a group of people. However, there are still a lot of viewers who have expressed their desire to see a list of the best gay anime there is. Some anime in the list are simple shounen-ai (boys romance), while some are pure Yaoi. I will try to keep the anime descriptions spoiler-free and only explain the basics. And I will also put tags for Shounen Ai and Yaoi next to the score so you can find what you’re looking for easier.
Disclaimer: I am sure you will find some anime on this list to either be boring/bad. Therefore I would recommend skipping those and going on to try some else, one of the main reasons I am adding this many anime to the list is to make it easier for you to find a good anime for yourself. Everyone has different tastes so some anime you like others might hate and vice versa.
40 Best Gay Anime
40. Boku no Sexual Harassment
Score: 5.9/10 (Yaoi)
The story follows Mochizuki who is a young businessman. One day while he was at work, his boss came in and started fondling him. The boss explained to Mochizuki that he should not hesitate it and that this is the best way for him to climb the ladders in the business world. After that Mochizuki starts sleeping with a lot of men so he can rise to the top. This gay anime is pure Yaoi and sex scenes, so if you enjoy that you should definitely check it out.
39. DRAMAtical Murder
Score: 6.3/10 (Shounen Ai)
This anime is inspired by a Yaoi game, however, the anime itself does not have sex scenes and only slight Shounen Ai stuff. The story follows Aoba Seragak who is a normal guy that wants to live a normal life. Until one day he gets dragged into a game called Rythm. Rhythm is a virtual reality game where you can battle your opponents.
Upon getting dragged into this game, Aoba finds out that there have been a lot of unexplained murders lately. After finding out about it he slowly dragged himself deeper into the dangers of his town. Although some would not even put this show under gay anime category, but seeing how the game it was inspired from had a lot of Yaoi scenes, I thought it deserves to be on this list.
38. Papa To Kiss In The Dark
Score: 6.3/10 (Yaoi)
The main character of this gay anime is Munakata Mira. The story about this anime might be a bit confusing, but follow me on this one. Mira is in love with his father, who is a famous actor. The father and son are secretly lovers, however, upon entering high school, a boy of Mira’s age falls in love with him.
Mira also then finds out that he is adopted and that his father has decided to marry a famous actress. And the son of the famous actress also has a love interest in Mira. So yeah, by now you probably get what I was saying earlier.
37. Togainu no Chi
Score: 6.4/10 (Shounen Ai)
The story sets place in a post-war Tokyo. Tokyo has been overtaken by an organization called Vischio. The organization renamed Tokyo to Toshima. Vischio designs a game for the citizens to play called Igura. Igura is a deadly game where the last man standing wins. However, it is not the only game, another game which prohibits murder and weapons called [email protected] rises.
The main character of this gay anime Akira is one of the top contenders of [email protected] Until one day he is convicted of murder and forced to play the deadly Igura game in order to prove his innocence and survive.
36. Okane ga Nai
Score: 6.5/10 (Yaoi)
Yukiya Ayase is an innocent and kind university student who one day gets sold by his relative. His relative Tetsuo was in debt, and in order to repay his debt, he sold Ayase to the highest bidder. During the auction, Ayase is bought by Somuku Kanou for 1.2 billion. Somuku Kanou bought Ayase in order to “save” him and apparently knows Ayase from somewhere.
However, Ayase cannot remember who he is. Somuku Kanou tells Ayase that he must repay the 1.2 billion that he spent on him, and offers him 500, 000 per night. At first, Ayase was reluctant, but then they started growing to like each other. This gay anime can serve as a great lesson to you not to get yourself in debt unless you want something like this to happen.
35. Close The Last Door!
Score: 6.6/10 (Yaoi)
Nagai Atsushi is the best man at his friend’s wedding, however, he feels a bit sad as he has some romantic feelings for his friend Saitou. Drown in sorrow that he is getting married, Nagai gets drunk so much that he barely controls his actions.
Seeing him drunk. Honda (brides best man) takes advantage of Nagai and they have sex. After that night, Nagai can’t stop thinking about both Honda nad Saitou, it’s a real dilemma for him. However, unlike some other gay anime, the characters in this anime feel very realistic and the story is set well.
Score: 6.6/10 (Shounen Ai)
Dee Laytner and Randy “Ryo” Maclane are Ney York police detectives who have decided to take a vacation. They travel to England in order to relax a little bit and take a break from solving murders. During the vacation, Dee sees his chance to seduce Ryo who he has very strong feelings for. However, Ryo is uncertain how he feels about his partner Dee.
Although everything was going well, while on the vacation, strange murders begin to happen. The murdered victims are all Japanese, and so Ryo and Dee set out to solve these cases in order to prevent Ryo (half-Japanese) from being the next victim. A great murder detective gay anime for you to check out.
33. Gakuen Heaven
Score: 6.7/10 (Shounen Ai)
Itou Keita is an average high schooler who has suddenly received an invitation to an elite and prestigious school. Upon arriving at the school Keita wonders why he was invited to this school full of talented and beautiful young man. Perplexed with finding a unique talent that he is good at, he develops intimate relationships with almost everyone at the school. However, there is one student that mysteriously attracts him and that is his classmate Kazuki Endou. A gay anime full of hot guys, what more could you wish for?
32. Finder Series
Score: 6.7 (Yaoi)
Takaba Akihito is a 23-year-old freelance photographer who has been in the wrong place at the wrong time. He took a scoop of business deals of Asami Ryuichi (crime lord). Asami then kidnaps him and brutally rapes him. This event creates a sadomasochistic relationship between them as they tend to feel a sexual attraction towards one another. If you are looking for a pure gay anime with a lot of sex scenes, this is the anime for you.
31. Mirage of Blaze
Score: 6.7/10 (Shounen Ai)
Takaya Ougi is what you would call a normal high schooler, Takaya only wanted to lead a normal peaceful life, when one day he encountered Nobotusunae Naoe. Naoe is the incarnation of Lord Kagetore, upon meeting Takaya, Naoe awakened his spiritual powers. After that, they fight the evil spirits of the Feudal Underworld and slowly uncover more about Lord Kagetores past and his connection to Takaya. Mirage of Blaze is a really interesting gay anime for you to check out.
Score: 6.8 (Yaoi)
This is a new gay anime adapted from a Korean webtoon. The story follows Myeongyi who during winter comes to his high school reunion. The main reason Myeongyi is going there is to see Seonho. Seonho is Myeongyi’s crush for a long time, however, Myeongyi has had trouble confessing his true feelings because he is very shy. During the high school reunion party, Myeongyi sneaks out for a smoke. Unexpectedly Seonho gets up and follows Myeongyi and they reunite once again. Hyperventilation is a new gay anime that has just recently come out.
29. Embracing Love
Score: 6.9/10 (Yaoi)
Kyousuke Iwaki and Youji Katou are two young men struggling in the film industry, and they will do anything to become successful. On an audition for a new popular movie, Iwaki is accepted as the star actor of the movie over Katou. While spending time together, Katou believes to be in love with Iwaki. However, Iwaki refuses to accept that he has feelings for Katou. All of that changes when a Japanese gay actor comes and co-stars a movie with Katou. This gay anime is pure Yaoi and if you’re a Yaoi fan you will love it.
28. Sex Pistols
Score: 6.9/10 (Yaoi)
The story follows an average boy named Norio who one day falls down the stairs into the arms of a handsome stranger. Norio did not know that this encounter with the stranger would change his life forever. Afterward, Norio discovers that he is a special breed of humans that has not evolved from a monkey. And so he enters a secret society of elite people who have all evolved from all kinds of animals, but not monkeys. One of the most interesting things about this gay anime is that it actually has a female cast unlike most Yaoi out there.
Score: 6.9/10 (Yaoi)
The story of this gay anime follows Chisato, a 35-year-old writer that looks like he is 18 years old. He has a son that he loves named Riju. Riju is 15 and very attractive, he also has a lot of friends who come over. One of Chisato’s hobbies is to drive away all of Riju’s friends as he believes they want to take advantage of him. So Chisato puts on a fake smile and treats Rijus friends well while poisoning the food that he serves them. Until one day a guy named Shunsuke comes along and reads through Chisatos plans.
26. Sensitive Pornograph
Score: 6.9/10 (Yaoi)
Sensitive Pornograph follows the romantic story of two gay couples. The first part follows the story of two mangaka artists. Seiji Yamada and Sono Hanasak are two artists who have been working together but have not met until recently. Upon their meeting, Seiji is shocked that Sono is a man after their encounter love starts growing between them.
The second part of the story follows Koiji Ueno who is one day hired to take care of a pet from an unknown client. Koiji goes to the client’s house but does not find a pet, instead, he finds a gagged man bound down in the closet named Aki. Aki tells him that if they don’t make love, the unknown client will get upset at both of them.
25. Maiden Rose
Score: 6.9/10 (Yaoi)
Maiden Rose is a gay anime that follows the story of two soldiers who are bound by a master-servant pledge. The master is Taki Raizen, also known as Mad Dogg for his brutal temperament, however, despite his angry nature, he is quite attractive. He is followed by his servant Klaus. Klaus has sworn loyalty to Taiki and follows all of his orders. Although they have a deep bond, the war between the countries interferes with it.
24. Dakaretai Otoko Ichii ni Odosarete
Score: 7/10 (Shounen Ai)
Dakaretai Otoko Ichii ni Odosarete is a shounen ai gay anime that follows the story of Saijou Takato. Saojiou was considered the “most huggable person”. However, his title was snatched by a newbie actor Azuyama and his charming smile. One day, Azuyama caught Takao drunk and bribed him for silence. While Takao was drunk Azuyama took him to his apartment and videotaped him naked. In order for him not to tell everyone of Takaos shameful night, he asks Takao if he can hug him.
Score: 7/10 (Shounen Ai)
The story follows Charley who is a cyborg vampire following the orders of the Vatican. His partner is the local playboy Johnny Rayflo. Johny and Charley fight a lot between each other, but they also hunt vampires together. Unfortunately, there is only one episode (OVA) of this, and I would recommend it to you that you read the manga if you want to understand the story better. However, the OVA is really well animated, dramatic and action filled, which makes this gay anime worth checking out.
Score: 7.1 (Shounen Ai)
This gay anime has a really funny concept behind it. In Loveless people are born with cat ears and tails, however, if they have sex, their tails disappear. Due to this, they worship innocence and virginity. They also have a concept called “fighting” which is only done by fighting couples. In the fighting couple relationship, there is a sacrifice and the fighter. The sacrifice is on the receiving end of the damage, and the fighter is the one damaging the receiver. (Very innocent)
Score: 7.2/10 (Shounen Ai)
The story follows Shuichi, a young man who has been inspired by Ryuichi Sakuma (famous pop idol). His goal is to become like Ryuichi and so he creates a band with his best friend Hiro. After struggling for a bit, they get signed by a big label. However, they get a short deadline and struggle meeting them. To make matters worse, Shuichi is having troubles writing new lyrics for songs. One day when walking through a park, he meets a man that changes the path of his story. This is a pretty good Shounen Ai anime and as such definitely deserves to be on this gay anime list.
20. Hey, class president!
Score: 7.2/10 (Yaoi)
This gay anime revolves around two guys, Chiga and Kokusai. Chiga is an intelligent guy, smart, wise and athletic and yet he is the vice president of student council. While Kokusai is a “dumb country boy” as described by Chiga. However, Chiga is perplexed about his feelings, it seems that Chiga is attracted to Kokusai. This anime is pure Yaoi, so if you enjoy that, you will love this.
19. Ling Qi
Score: 7.2/10 (Shounen-Ai)
Yang Jinghua is a poor man who has recently died in an accident. However, after his death, he wakes up 10 years younger. At first, he thought that he was reborn, and so he decided to restart his life. However, before Jinghua could restart his life a white rich man appeared in front of him. Telling him that he is actually dead and not reborn. Shocked to what the stranger said Jinghua had no response. It was then that the stranger offered a strange contract to Jinghua. If you like Shounen-ai then this is the gay anime for you to check out.
Score: 7.3/10 (Shounen Ai)
Tight Rope gay anime follows the story of two young boys. One is Naoki Satoya who has been friends with Ryuunosuke Oohara since they were 5 years old. Until one-day Ryuunosuke fell in love with his best friend Naoki. Although it would have been alright for them to be together, Ryuunoske is supposed to take over the Yakuza family as the fifth boss. And the Yakuza family he is in is one of the most influential in Japan.
17. Ai no Kusabi
Score: 7.3 (Yaoi)
Ai no Kusabi takes place on a planet called Amoi, in which the society has become so advanced they created a computerized city called Tanagura,. The city is ruled by the supercomputer named Jupiter. As expected of most gay anime, the populace in Tanagura is filled with males only. And they have a certain rule too that determines their way of life. Everyone is ranked by their hair color on birth. Those born with silver or blonde hair are the elitist. On the other hand, those with brown or black hair are the pets for elitists.
16. Uragiri Wa Boku no Namae Wo Shitteiru
Score: 7.4 (Shounen Ai)
Yuki Sakurai is a person who does not remember his past, however, he can see other peoples painful memories by simply touching them. Yuki is questioning the reasons why he is alive and why he has this strange ability. Without being aware of it, Yuki is being constantly watched by those who want to harm him, and those who want to save him. One day, when his life is in danger, he is saved by a mysterious stranger. Upon meeting the stranger Yuki’s past is revealed and he realizes his true reason for living. If you like Shounen Ai then this is the gay anime for you.
15. Super Lovers
Score: 7.5/10 (Shounen Ai)
One day Haru Kiado receives word that his mother is on the verge of dying. After hearing this terrible news, he quickly flies to Canada to visit his mother. However, upon arriving he finds out that his mother tricked him into coming. And forces him to take care of his adoptive brother, Ren Kaidou.
The two brothers spend the summer together and slowly bond, they promise to meet 5 years later when Ren finishes high school. One Haru returns to Japan he gets into a terrible accident and forgets all of his memories that he spent with Ren. 5 years later Ren comes to Japan and meets Haru, however, Haru can’t remember who Ren is. How will their relationship go from this point? This is a nice Shounen Ai worth checking out.
14. Koisuru Boukun
Score: 7.5 (Yaoi)
Tetsuhiro Morinaga falls in love with his upperclassmen Souichi Tatsumi. After some time Tetsuhiro manages to confess his feelings for Souichi, however, Souichi’s response was negative. Soucihi is a homophobe and does not like Tetsuhiro. Consequently, one day an unfortunate accident with an aphrodisiac drug brings the two-man together. This gay anime is pure Yaoi, so if you like Yaoi check it out.
13. Love Stage!!
Score: 7.6/10 (Shounen Ai)
Izumi Sena is born in a famous people, his mother is an actress, his father is a producer and his brother is a rockstar. Coming from such a famous family, everyone expected Izumi to be in showbiz as well. However, aside from one small commercial when Izumi was a kid, Izumi had no interest in showbiz. He wanted to become a manga artist. On the 10th anniversary of the commercial, the company calls original actors back to do another commercial.
Izumi is then reunited with Ryouma Ichijou, his old acquaintance who is now a famous actor. However, Izumi did not know that Ryouma was in love with him. Izumi has a feminine appearance and a unisex name so Ryouma did not know he is a guy. Although he discovered that Izumi is a man when they reunited, he could still not stop having feeling for him.
12. Hitorijime My Hero
Score: 7.6/10 (Shounen Ai)
Masahiro Setagawa plays the role of errand boy for the neighborhood bullies, however, he is one day saved by Kousuke Ooshiba. Kosuke also known as “Bear Killer” is a popular man who takes down neighborhood gangs. A year later, Masahiro and his former friend Kensuke Ooshiba attend high school together.
As a result, they find out that their high school math teacher is no other than Kousuke. Masahiro considers Kousuke his hero and they start to grow a bond together as Kousuke believes he has to protect Masahiro. This is a very good Shounen Ai for you to check it, it definitely deserves the 12th spot on this gay anime list.
11. Owari no Seraph
Score: 7.6 (Shounen Ai)
Owari no Seraph is Shounen Ai? Yes, it actually is, even though the story it self-does not really focus on the Shounen Ai aspect of it, it is still considered to be Shounen Ai genre and hence deserves to be on this list. This anime is quite popular, so I would assume most people have seen it already, however, for those who have not seen it yet. I will write a short synopsis.
A virus broke out that kills everyone who is older than 13, due to this, a shadowy society emerges from its darkness. Vampires who used to stay hidden, take a chance of this opportunity and enslave the survivors of this virus, promising not to hurt them if they donate their blood regularly. Yuuichirou and Mikaela Hyakuya are one of these survivors who are held captive by the vampires, until one day they decide to escape.
Score: 7.7/10 (Yaoi)
A first-year high school student Toono transfers from Tokyo to all boys boarding school (Mori Moori Private School) located deep in the mountains. There Toono meets a friend called Yaguchi that invites him to join the soccer club. However, Toono is not really good at sports, so he decides to join the photography club. Unaware that there he will find his first forbidden love. The anime is full of hot guys so if you like gay anime then this yaoi is definitely for you.
9. No. 6
Score: 7.7/10 (Shounen-Ai)
The story follows a post-war world where the survivors of the catastrophic war take shelter in utopian cities that are built inside of walls. The concept kind of reminds you of Attack on Titan, except there, is no Titans. The story follows Shion, who one day meets a guy named Nezumi.
Nezumi has been living in the wastelands outside of the city. Even though Shion knew Nezumi was a fugitive he stool took him in. However, that resulted badly and got Shion and his mom in trouble. They lost their “elite” citizen privileges and were forced to live on the darker side of the city. This is definitely one of the better gay anime there is.
8. Fuyu no Semi
Score: 7.7/10 (Yaoi)
Fuyu no semi is set in the Meiji period and follows the story of Akizuki Keiichirou and Kusaka Touma, who are two man in love separated due to their different political sides. Their political sides forbid them from seeing each other. However, they struggle to see each other, the story has a twist of romance, tragedy, sacrifice, and love. You can say that this is the Romeo x Juliet in a Japanese Yaoi version. Although it’s a Yaoi, the story is very good unlike some other Yaoi on this gay anime list.
7. Hybrid Child
Score: 7.9/10 (Shounen Ai)
Kuroda is a skilled craftsman who has managed to create an artificial human being called Hybrid Child. Hybrid Children are neither human, doll nor cyborg, they are very similar to humans, but yet very different. And, they require love in order to survive. One day, Kotarou Izumi takes in an abandoned Hybrid Child into his household. However, Kotarou is the heir to a noble family, and as such, the family throws out Hazuki (the Hybrid Child). The story follows their struggle and love for each other.
6. Junjou Romantica
Score: 8/10 (Shounen Ai)
Misaki Takashi is just another regular high school student struggling with regular problems. He is having a hard time dealing with his college entrance exams. In order to ace them, he asks for help from his older brothers best friend. Akihiko Usami is Misaki’s older brother’s best friend and also a famous author. When Misaki and Akihiko meet, Misaki realizes that the books Akihiko is writing are very naughty. Hence he also discovers that he has some naughty feelings too. Junjou Romantica s is a very good Shounen Ai.
5. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi
Score: 8.1/10 (Shounen Ai)
Ritsu Onodera is a prideful editor at his father’s company, however, working for his father, made his co-workers question his abilities as an editor. Therefore, Ritsu decides to quit his father’s company and gets employed at Marukawa Publishing. Assigned to a certain program, he meets Masamune Takano who is in charge of the project. Ritsu realizes that Takano is his high school love, and the two reunite again. Takano vows that he will make Ritsu say that he loves him again. And so the Shounen Ai begins.
4. Banana Fish
Score: 8.1/10 (Shounen Ai)
Banana Fish is more of a gang and mafia related anime than it is a gay anime, however, it still has elements of Shounen Ai added and as such, it deserves to be on this list. Personally, it’s one of my favorite anime of all time. The story follows Ash Lynx who is the leader of all gangs in New York City. One day, Ash Lnyc meets a dying man in a back alley who on his last words tells him “Banana Fish”.
Intrigued by what it is, Ash starts pursuing the meaning behind Banana Fish without knowing that it would change the course of his life drastically. These events lead him to meet Eiji Okumura, and they slowly start to bond as the story progresses. Eiji and Ash show signs of love towards each other that might grow to more than just friendship.
3. Yuri on ice
Score: 8.2/10 (Shounen Ai)
Yuri on Ice was really popular when it came out, so if you have not seen it yet, then what are you waiting for? The story follows Yuuri Katsuki who is a 23-year-old Japanese figure skater at the end of his career. He is not doing so well and is thinking about quitting figure skating for good. One day when he was in his hometown practicing, he copied a skating routine from Victor Nikirof.
Victor is considered a legend in figure skating and has won five consecutive world championships. While copying Victor, someone filmed Yuuri and posted it online. Victor saw the tape and fell in love with his skating, so he decided to quit skating and join Yuuri as his personal coach. After that, a story of friendship., love, and struggle starts between Yuuri and Victor. This is a really good Shounen Ai to check it if you have not already.
Score: 8.4/10 (Shounen Ai – Movie)
Rihito Sajou is an honor student and a very hard working person who got all good grades in his high school entrance exams. One day he meets Hikaru Kusakabe. Hikaru is a guitar player and is also very popular among the girls. Their high school is having a chorus festival soon. Therefore, Rihito asks Hikaru if he could help him practice for the festival.
As they meet up after school to practice, they slowly become friends and sing together. However, they did not expect that their friendship would grow slowly to love. Doukyussei is a really beautiful movie about Shounen Ai, so if you like to watch movies, then you should definitely check this gay anime out.
1. Mo Dao Zu Shi
Wei Wuxian is the grandmaster who founded the Demonic Sect. After forming it, he roamed the world and was always on the run. Many people hated Wei Wuxian for the chaos he had brought upon the world. One day, he was betrayed by his closest shidi and killed off by powerful clan members. However, that was not the end of Wei Wuxian.
Wei was incarnated into a body of a lunatic that was banished from his clan. He was then forcefully taken by his archenemy Lan Wangiji. As the two spend time-fighting monsters and going on adventures. Wei realizes that Lan has secret feelings for him.
With this we have come to the end of the best gay anime list. Do let us know if you wish for any series to be considered here. Do check out 45 Best Romance Comedy Anime That You Should Definitely Watch and the 25 Top Manhwa (Korean Webtoons) That You Should Check Out (2019), Top 100 Hot Anime Guys That Can Make Your Heart Skip a Beat.