Yaoi Recommendation Series

The Geekiary explores Yaoi!

After having been absent from the anime and manga fandom for the better part of a decade, my desire for canon queer characters led me back to yaoi and, to a lesser extent, yuri. My current media just wasn’t cutting it so I dove back into the fandom headfirst. So far I’ve been quite happy with what I’ve discovered!

The following recommendations will be grouped into sets of three with similar themes (or at least that’s what I’ll try to do, but that’s not always possible).  If you like one in the series, you may like the others as well! I’ve read and watched many more titles than these, but grouping them together sometimes proves to be difficult, so I’m always looking for new titles.  Have a recommendation? Leave a comment below!


Part 1 – Literary themes: Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi, Gravitation, Junjo Romantica
These all have characters who work in publishing somehow. JR and SekaKoi actually share the same universe and several characters cross over!

Part 2 –  Magic themes: Yami no Matsuei, Uraboku, Monochrome Factor
These three titles all relate to magic and spirituality to some extent.  These are three of my favorite titles in the entire genre.  Try them all!

Part 3 – Mature/Romance Anime & Manga – Fake, Vassalord
These three titles have more mature content (Koisuru Boukun comes with an uncomfortably STRONG trigger warning), and focus on developing relationships.

Part 4 – Young Romance Anime & Manga – Love Stage!!, Omamorishimasu Dokomademo, Rutta to Kodama
Ah, young love! This series pictures teenagers falling head over heals with each other.  Adorable, fluffy, and fun!

Part 5 – Works by Yamamoto Kotetsuko – Honto Yajuu, Konya mo Nemurenai, Brothers
I am absolutely obsessed with this mangaka!  These are my three favorite titles by her, but she has A LOT more out there.  This should give you a good starting point for the world of Yamamoto Kotetsuko.

Part 6- Yokozawa Takafumi no Bai, Backstage, Ten Count
I admit that I sort of abandoned the idea of theming things with this set of recommendations.  I’ll try to get back to it with the next one!  I couldn’t find a third light novel to pair with the first two, and I couldn’t find two manga as amazing as the third, so here you go!  These are three of the best yaoi titles on the market right now! Don’t miss out!