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Unlock the Yaoi Vault: 10 Classic Yaoi Anime Every Fan Needs to Watch

Ready to step into the time machine and revisit the classics that shaped the Yaoi genre? These are the trailblazers, the anime that broke barriers and paved the way for the plethora of Boys Love we have today. So, grab your popcorn because here are the top ten classic yaoi anime every fan needs to watch!


Top 10 Classic Yaoi to Watch (as a New Fan)!



"Junjou Romantica"


"Junjou Romantica"


This classic is a must-watch for any Yaoi fan. It tells the story of three couples with intertwining lives, each facing their own challenges and complications. From heartwarming moments to hilarious misunderstandings, "Junjou Romantica" is a rollercoaster ride of emotions and extreme humor.



"Gravitation"


"Gravitation"


As one of the earliest Yaoi anime, "Gravitation" holds a special place in fans' hearts. It combines the world of music with a whirlwind romance between singer Shuichi and novelist Eiri. Its groundbreaking depiction of same-sex relationships has left a lasting legacy.



"Loveless"


"Loveless"


"Loveless" is a fantasy Shounen-Ai/Yaoi that introduces a unique world where everyone is born with cat ears and tails, which disappear when they lose their virginity. Its complex storylines and intriguing plot make it a classic worth revisiting.



"Sukisho"


"Sukisho"


"Sukisho" blends humor, drama, and romance in a captivating narrative about two roommates, Sora and Sunao, who uncover their forgotten past. An exploration of identity and memory sets it apart in the Yaoi genre.



"Kyo Kara Maoh!"


"Kyo Kara Maoh!"


While not explicitly a Yaoi, "Kyo Kara Maoh!" incorporates elements of Boys Love through the subtextual relationship between Yuuri and Wolfram. Its combination of fantasy, adventure, and subtle romance makes it a Yaoi that isn't a Yaoi but is a Yaoi. You get me.



"Zetsuai 1989"


"Zetsuai 1989"


"Zetsuai 1989" is a cornerstone in Yaoi history, known for its dramatic storytelling and intense character relationships. The first time you may see this, you'll be left confused but in awe. It's a classic tale of forbidden love and tragic romance that's sure to leave you emotional.



"Fake"


"Fake"


"Fake" is a classic detective story with a Yaoi twist. Its blend of crime-solving action and the budding romance between detectives Ryo and Dee make it an unforgettable entry in the Yaoi genre.



"Ikoku Irokoi Romantan"


"Ikoku Irokoi Romantan"


This anime offers a charming love story between Japanese Yakuza Ranmaru and Italian ship captain Alberto. It's known for its cross-cultural romance and comedic elements, making it a classic yaoi that's thoroughly enjoyable. Hello, Hallmark Channel +18 version.



"Ai no Kusabi"


"Ai no Kusabi"


"Ai no Kusabi" is a Yaoi classic that presents a dystopian world divided by class and status. The compelling relationship between Riki and Iason has solidified it as a must-watch as a Yaoi starter kit.



"Level C"


"Level C"


"Level C" is a classic that's loved for its blend of humor and romance. The relationship between businessman Kazuomi and model/student Mizuki is filled with sweet moments and some romantic drama that's very strange to get behind but older Yaoi always had some lingering tension.


So, are you ready to unlock the Yaoi vault and embark on a journey back in time? These classic yaoi anime promise a wonderful nostalgia trip while showcasing the roots of the genre we love so much today. Enjoy the ride!

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