Readers’ Favourite YAOI Books

A few weeks ago Tam did a post about YAOI here. There was a lot of interest by readers and so many titles of favourite books listed on the post that Ingrid volunteered, by raising her hand in the air, :) when I asked for someone to put a list together of your favourite YAOI reads. So here is Ingrid’s first attempt, with Tam’s help,  at a list of Readers’ Favourite YAOI Books. This list will be updated with your input every 3 – 6 months to keep it current.

Because there were so many titles Ingrid did some editing. You will also note that there is a separate section for anime.

Thanks to all the readers who sent in their favourite books – we couldn’t have done this without you. :)

From here on, all the narrative as well as the titles were put together by Ingrid

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The list is in alphabetical order by mangaka ( artist and writer of manga) with some of the recommended reads. Listing all of the available books simply would be too much as some of these writers have produced a lot of work.

MANGA

Ayano Yamane:           
Crimson Spell 1-3,       (fantasy)
You`re my Love Prize in Viewfinder (contemp)
A foreign love affair (contemp)

Fujiyama Hyouta:         
Love Spell (contemp)
Lover’s Apartment (contemp)

Haruka Minami:           
Love a la carte (contemp)

Hiroko Ishimaru:          
Love Knot (contemp)

Kai Tsuragi:                 
Black Night 1-4 (fantasy)

Kamo Nabako:           
Selfish Mr Mermaid (fantasy)
Love Café (contemp)

Kano Shiuko:              
Yakuza in Love (contemp)

Košen:                        
The Guardian (fantasy)

Lily Hoshino:               
Choclate surprise (contemp)
Mr. Flower bride (contemp)

Masara Minase:           
Empty Heart (contemp)

Gokujou no Koibito
The best lover 1-4  (contemp)

Mishima Kazuhiko:       Love Neco (contemp)
Reverse  (contemp)

Mizukami Shin:
Rikara (historical) note: all the work is historical

Myamoto Kano:          
Lovers and Soul (contemp) Not/Love  (contemp)

Rakun:                         
U Don’t Know Me (contemp)

Sanami Matoh :           
Fake volume 1- 7 (contemp)

Shimizu Yuki:               
Love Mode 1- 11 (contemp)

Shungiku Nakamura:    
Junjou Romantica 1-10 ( contemp)

Takanaga Hinako:        
You Will Drown In Love,
You will Fall in Love (contemp)
Silent (Bukiyou na) (contemp)

Tohru   Kousaka:         
No money (Okane ga Nai) ( contemp)

Tori Maia:                   
Hoshi no Yakata  1-5 o.a. Palace of Stars (contemp BDSM)

Youka Nitta:              
Embracing Love Haru wo daiteita (contemp)

ANIME

Junjou Romantica: Link to episode 1.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hhDufTFzRc

There are currently 24 episodes available on youtube. Enjoy! Don’t forget to watch the 1 minute clip that is coming after the exit song. They are hilarious!

Okane ga Nai: http://www.animeseason.com/okane-ga-nai-episode-1/

Ai no Kusabi ( The Space Between) here is a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHR-akmJtNo&feature=related.

They remade this series last year but it is not available online yet. Here the link to the new series: http://ainokusabi.jp/  When clicking on special you get to see the new trailer. (note site is in Japanese only)

Sensitive Pornograph: http://video2.xtube.com/watch.php?v_user_id=mop125&idx=8&v=PGNJJ_G532_&cl=jRHYg_G532_&from=&ver=3&ccaa=1&qid=&qidx=&qnum=&preview_flag=

Zetsuai and Bronze (Everlasting Love): As with all others these are in bookform too. But I did not like the artwork so I never read them but in anime it works much better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4AKAHHNKZo

NB: I have provided the youtube links because everyone will be able to see them. There are of course other places where you can see the video’s.

Some links to useful sites:        

http://www.mangaupdates.com/index.html

They have an extensive index with titles and managaka’s.

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/

Anime news

http://www.akadot.com/yaoi-c-37.html

Online store with books and t-shirts and the lot

http://www.junemanga.com/

A well known publisher, also with news on the YAOI/con

For further reading:

http://www.mangatoshokan.com/

Scanlations

http://www.thespectrum.net/manga_scans/yaoi/

More scanlations

http://www.liquideros.com/index.html

antiquesguideonline.com
3 years 4 months ago

Highly descriptive post, I liked that a lot. Will there be a
part 2?

Dian
3 years 1 month ago

I second this sentiment. I rarely find good review for Yaoi manga/novel. I hope you can do this again sometime soon. :)

mona
3 years 11 months ago

hello,
I don’t know if somebody mentioned this website:
http://www.teahousecomic.com/
The story takes place in a brothel, and the characters are all cute!
bye,
Mona

4 years 7 months ago

Bronze-Zetsuai since 1989 by Minami Ozaki is one of my all time favourites

mona
4 years 8 months ago

hello,
I don’t know if you have mentioned this website:
http://www.animea.net/
You go to the Anime page and then you can select the kind of amine you want to see (using filters)and you can also find mangas
have a nice day,
mona

4 years 8 months ago

Thanks Mona. New links with yaoi goodness are always welcome!

Toni
4 years 9 months ago

Sadly Heidi, Viewfinder is quite a hard to get hold of manga. Not sure if any of you are aware (other than current manga/yaoi fans) that manga and yaoi novels only have limited release numbers. If you don’t get them fairly quickly they soon run out. Then you can only get them for ridiculous amounts of money or if they are popular enough to have a 2nd release. Good source to buy is Akadot.com

Happy reading all 😀

crystal
4 years 9 months ago

Tam and Ingrid
Just wanted to say thanks fo the hard work! finally had chance to watch Junjou Romantica, and Junjou Romantica 2, as well as Okane ga Nai; which was a little odd but really enjoyed both :smile:

4 years 9 months ago

You are welcome Duhaunt. Okane ga Nai is hysterical at times. Esp the epilogue!

4 years 9 months ago

Heidi, that is Fei from You’re my love price in viewfinder by the great Ayano Yamane

4 years 9 months ago

Thank you very much, Ingrid. I can’t seem to find any way to read it, though, outside of paying $50 on amazon. Yikes!

4 years 9 months ago

Heidi, if you follow the link to the spectrumnet you can read it online.

4 years 9 months ago

I couldn’t get it to load, unfortunately.

4 years 8 months ago

Thanks, Toni! :)

Toni
4 years 8 months ago

Heidi there is a rerelease of the Viewfinder books (author Ayano Yamane) that have Fei Long in them. (the red pic you asked about) they are listed on amazon but make sure you get in quick! (there are currently 3 volumes available) hope this info helps you 😉 p.s. I adore your books!

4 years 9 months ago

Okay, WHAT story does that gorgeous red pic in the Manga section belong to?

Toni
4 years 9 months ago

You missed out one of the most popular in the yaoi genre.

Sensitive Pornograph by Ashika Sakura is both a manga that features 6 short stories and an anime that features the two most explicit of the set. (Not sure if allowed to mention it here)but there is actually a Yaoi forum called Aarinfantasy where all anime’s can be watched and discussions abound about all forms of mxm related Yaoi stuff 😀 Added to that Mangafox has an extensive collection of yaoi and boy’s love that can be read online. Hope this helps with your listings Ingrid! 😀

Myra
5 years 5 months ago

Ah, nice list! I’ve been following your m/m recs, actually, but I never noticed this. Have you tried works by Sakuraga Mei? Particularly the Warui, Kirai/Koi and the Mujihi series. The characters in all three series are linked somehow. So far, out of all the titles and mangakas I follow (believe me, I’ve read a lot!), Sakuraga really is one of my favourites. Her drawing style is amazing (maybe because I’m very particular when it comes to human anatomy, haha) and her story lines are not bad at all. But if you want really good plot, with surprising depth to… Read more »

5 years 6 months ago

hi Laura, thanks for your suggestions. I will look into them, it sounds good.

Laura R
5 years 6 months ago

Nice list. I definitely agree with anything by NAONO Bohra, YAMANE Ayano, MIYAMOTO Kano, and TAKANAGA Hinako.

I also like Subaru’s suggestion of CUT (and NAONO Bohra).

I would also add “I Want to be Naughty!” and its sequels by SAKURAGA Mei (I love Kirai ja Naikedo), and “Sono Kuchibiru ni Yoru no Tsuyu” by FUKAI Youki, one of the best psychological yaois I’ve ever read.

If you like versatiles, they can be hard to find, but try some of SADAHIRO Mika’s works.

And if you want something less explicit, try YUMEKA Sumomo’s shounen-ai works.

5 years 6 months ago

Just wanted to let you know this post totally turned me on to yaoi, and I’m addicted now. Junjou Romantica is by far my favorite, but I wanted to recommend Antique Bakery. It’s a manga (and doujinshi by the original artist), anime, and live-action Korean movie. It’s very funny and has a little mystery mixed in.

5 years 7 months ago

Thanks Hapax. We will keep your recs in mind when updating this list.

hapax
5 years 7 months ago

So many of my favorites on this list!

Please consider, for updates:

Saika Kunieda, FUTURE LOVERS — a sweet, funny contemporary with more of a nod to the realistic problems of gay life than most yaoi (2 vol)

and if you’re including manwha:

Hajin Yoo, TOTALLY CAPTIVATED — okay, it’s way over the top, but this contemporary tale of love among Korean mobsters starts out hilarious, takes a turn for the heart-wrenching, and ends up surprisingly touching and tender (6 vol)

5 years 7 months ago

Subara, I think it is the humour in Junjou that catches me every time I read them but even more when I watch the anime.
Like the first 1.20 min in this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHcLsIp00ok
It is about Usagi san wanting his sausages cut up like squids. And Aikawa san (his editor) going hysterical, as she does most of the time.

5 years 7 months ago

Glad to be of service Nadja :) The dud about watching them on youtube that you can only watch short pieces and have to carefully watch that you watch all the episodes parts in the right order.

Thanks for the link up Miranda.

Thanks Ellie, that is a gross over sight! Even more because I have watched all the episodes too.
There is so much stuff out there that it is hard to keep up.

5 years 7 months ago

I absolutely love Youka Nitta. But I had no idea Haru Wo Daiteita can be found on youtube. I’m heading over there right now. I love the series and was crushed when it was discontinued.

Nadja

Toni
4 years 9 months ago

most of the animes are available on Aarinfantasy Yaoi forum. They have a d/load section too 😀

5 years 7 months ago

What a lovely post. Thank you very much. I will be adding this to my What They Said sidebar for future reference 😀

Ellie NY
5 years 7 months ago

Please consider adding Haru wo Daiteita to the list. It’s a fantastic anime and can be seen via youtube, I believe, in four parts.

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