Name | Rating

Anime Rating Comment

Harry Potter

Seen: completely; Own: completely;

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

10.00 (excellent) Well damn, this is Harry Potter we're talking about, not like it needs any explanation! Growing up with it, it was and still remains a series that always sucks me in at the drop of a hat, and it takes surprisingly little time to read all the books again. Give it a chance and you honestly won't be disappointed.

Death Note

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2011

9.75 (excellent) It's simply amazing. Just summing up the plot does this no justice at all, it's one of those series you have to see in order to fully appreciate. Also, after years of hearing people gripe with the ending, I'm proud to say that I actually liked it. Sure, when I first saw it I didn't want it to be like that, but it's more realistic that way. And no, I haven't read the manga, so I can't compare the two.

Shingeki no Kyojin

Seen: partially

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2014

9.75 (excellent) Hot damn, it is seriously good.

Kaleido Star

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2011

9.50 (excellent) A solid anime series that I wholeheartedly recommend to shoujo fans and not only. Unlike other shows, the cuteness in this doesn't get in the way of the plot and things progress quite nicely. The characters have depth and the performances are simply mesmerizing (though they could've gone easier on the slow-mo). Some episodes may feel drawn out, but the payoff is more than worth it.

Vampire Hunter D

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2006

9.50 (excellent) Interesting! Love the plot and the characters, especially D!

Mirai no Kioku

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

9.50 (excellent) A series I love to re-read from time to time, simply because it's that good. In true Saika Kunieda fashion, there are both funny and serious moments and it's a real treat watching the characters react to them. I feel this is the strong part of the manga, namely the real issues and believable reactions to them. The characters themselves are a pleasure to follow - if anything, it's fun to see Kento and Akira act all awkward around each other and get into silly arguments over trivial matters. Even the secondary characters (Kento's grandparents, Akira's mom) are well developed and likeable. Overall, this is a must read if you are a fan of quieter mangas and those that rely more on romance than sex, but that doesn't mean there's no sex at all; the sex scenes are very well and tastefully rendered. So, if you like romance, a certain realism and good sex scenes, don't miss this one.

Onward! Maiden Road

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

9.50 (excellent) If you're a fujoshi, you will know and most likely relate to everything in this oneshot. I was a bit surprised: a yaoi mangaka putting out a josei oneshot? But maybe it's her job that makes Shushushu Sakurai the right author for a story like this. All in all, let's just say that every page has something to laugh at, and the end left me howling for minutes. Definitely recommended!

Princess Tutu

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2014

9.25 (very good) I'd recommend this to any serious shoujo fan: it has all the shoujo tropes but doesn't present them in an annoying manner. Even though the characters sometimes act stupid, they're usually smart enough to learn from it and not do it again. It does suffer from monster-of-the-week syndrome sometimes, but those episodes are overshadowed by the main plot. The music is inspired mostly from European classical music and fits the darker theme of the show, as is the ballet. I for one really enjoyed it, especially the second season where things get VERY dark.

Tokyo Crazy Paradise

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

9.25 (very good) Definitely one of my favorite manga, with a good balance of action, romance and humor. Even though it stands at 19 volumes I didn't feel like it was drawn out and enjoyed the plot. The only complaints I have are in regards to the art (some characters look too mature, with VERY long legs) and the fact that Kuryugumi...doesn't really do anything as a crime syndicate. No gun, drug or human trafficking, no gambling, yet we're supposed to believe that they're the head group in the area?

Tsukasa is a capable, altruistic protagonist with an attitude that should be found more often in female leads. The most intriguing aspect for me were the dynamics between her and the other characters, especially Asago; their behavior is believable, and no one on the "good" side is 100% good. Ryuuji is the stoic type, which makes it even more satisfying when Tsukasa manages to annoy him. Another good aspect is the fact that the plot moves on fairly fast from the school setting, which makes sense since it's a yakuza-themed story and you can't stay students forever.

Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2011

9.00 (very good) Very enjoyable, funny and slightly ecchi in some parts. Though it may take a bit to wrap your head around it, it's ultimately worth seeing, as long as you're willing to pay attention since the alternate universes and timelines can be quite confusing.

Toiki Yori mo Yasashii

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jul 03, 2012

9.00 (very good) Cute and enjoyable, I liked the fact that it progresses at an even pace instead of dragging on needlessly. I also liked Masato's attitude; he's emotional but not TOO emotional, it's nice to see ukes with a spine and stubbornness once in while!

Koisuru Boukun

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jul 05, 2012

9.00 (very good) Definitely something different from all the stereotypical yaoi out there. It's mostly funny but the author knows how to tug at your heartstrings when necessary. However, it does have moments where it feels drawn out and it looks like we're going around in circles, which are usually saved by sex scenes (cynical, I know). It's still a pretty good read though, recommended for every yaoi fan.
Update: loved the ending, tied things up quite nicely.

Mossore

Seen: partially

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2014

9.00 (very good) Like someone on a forum said, I "laughed 'til my sides hurt" - no really! This is one of the most hilarious mangas I've ever read and the characters are adorable in their own goofy way (in a good way, naturally). The jokes aren't overdone either and I like that the mangaka pokes fun at cliches every now and then (for example, giving the pretty-boy Chitose a clump of thick, manly chest hair). Very recommended for a good laugh!

Franken Fran

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2012

9.00 (very good) FF is definitely among my favorite manga: there's just the right amount of gore and humor, not to mention the plot twists at the end of every chapter. While it may seem lighthearted at first, it really does teach some good lessons about morality...which should be taken with a grain of salt, seeing as this is the naive and (too) optimistic Fran we're talking about.

50 x 50

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Nov 07, 2015

9.00 (very good) Absolutely hilarious from beginning to end! It's highly entertaining to see the two lead dummies, Shuzou and Wataru, go through the same situation several times, yet find overly complicated reasons to weasel their way out of facing the truth. Overall, the story is simple but rewarding, and the art can be a bit simplistic at times but matches the story. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes to read yaoi with a stubborn couple, decent art, and awesome humor.

Summertime Memory

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2013

9.00 (very good) Wow. With this, Saika Kunieda has proved she's excellent at portraying both comedy and drama convincingly. These stories didn't have me in tears, but I still feel a dull pain every time I remember these stories because I realize I can't change the characters' destinies or give them happily-ever-afters, no matter how much I'd want to (especially after what they've been put through).
The last story especially was, in my opinion, very beautiful in its simplicity and the art never failed to disappoint me. Lower mark goes for some parts of the plot in the first story, but that's strictly subjective anyway.

Itadakimasu

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

9.00 (very good) Now, a common shoujo plot is "older guy falls in love with younger girl". It's hardly something to consider unusual or abnormal. But what about stories where the girl is older than the guy? Much older, in fact. You're not going to find many of those around.

Enter Itadakimasu, which is josei, not shoujo - that is, aimed at young adult women rather than teenagers. In this story, working woman Naoko falls in love with high school student Ouji. Troublesome circumstances ensue, dealing mostly with the two learning to accept each other and make peace with their differences. Naoko isn't always mature, just like Ouji isn't necessarily naive. And that's the beauty of it: they are both flawed people, yet somehow make it work after a lot of screaming, arguing and low blows both verbal and physical (mostly delivered by Naoko). It's a series I enjoy re-reading from time to time; the beautiful art and Yoshihara's humor never lose their charm.

Corsair

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Nov 07, 2015

9.00 (very good) Oh yeah, another yaoi story where the uke falls in love with the rapist seme. Joy. So why the hell did I rate this so highly?

Well, it's a fantasy story about pirates and family drama, with awesome art and a surprisingly complex background story. Most of the latter, of course, is Canale's past, which includes a lot of information about the social structure of the world this takes place in - more than you'd typically expect in a BL story, anyway. As for Ayace, the seme...meh, he's the "tall, dark and handsome (and assaulting)" type, and isn't developed much past that. The art is beautiful and the character designs are overall surprisingly varied; the artist paid attention to drawing even one-off characters differently from the rest, and it's always nice to be able to tell characters apart, lol.

Under Grand Hotel

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

9.00 (very good) Expect rough sex scenes, violence and even rape; steer clear of UGH if you don't like seeing those. The plot's very similar to that of the movie The Shawshank Redemption: Sen Owari, the new inmate who may or may not be guilty, somehow attracts the attention of the most important person in prison - Swordfish. There's a lot of banter between the two and their relationship goes back and forth quite a few times; Sen is as stubborn as a mule and Swordfish is intrigued by Sen's personality (and nice ass).

Apart from the oddly angular mouths, the art's pretty good. Swordfish's dreadlocks are gorgeous and there's a fair amount of detail put into the backgrounds as well. Would highly recommend this if you're not interested in fluffy yaoi and don't mind raunchy humor, but also bear in mind that there are several instances where characters are raped and violence isn't uncommon either. Not difficult to follow but not a light read either.

Hikari no Machi

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014

9.00 (very good) It's a manga that has to be read and enjoyed slowly. There's something to ponder in every page, from the expressions on the characters' faces (either normal or exaggerated) to sentences that are in no way empty or filler. To put it simply, every sentence has a part in the story and characterization, none is devoid of sense or used as a simple placeholder.

Thanks to Inio Asano's superb storytelling, you'll probably end up with different opinions on the characters, than the ones you started out with. And that's a good thing; it helps remind the reader that people aren't defined just by a single personality trait or (more importantly) through a single point of view. Every character presents themselves as the "hero" of their story and is at the same time presented through the eyes of other characters.

Go read it.

Kuroneko Kareshi no Asobikata

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016

9.00 (very good) Smut-wise, I think this is one of the best series I've ever read. To be fair, it never tries to be deep, and I'd say it succeeds at what it's supposed to be: yaoi with the bare minimum amount of plot. Shingo and Reiichi went around in circles a lot of the time when it came to their feelings for each other, which annoyed me somewhat and is the reason for the 1 point deduction. The art is great, and the werecat backstory is certainly a neat angle. Definitely recommended if you're looking for very pretty smut, not so much if you want a deep plot with realistic characters.

Kamichu

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2014

8.75 (very good) At first sight this may seem like a boring anime, but there's a lot more to it than meets the eye. Sure, it doesn't exactly pump out action left and right - its pacing is actually quite slow -, but at no point did I feel like it was drawn out. Despite it being short, the characters are well fleshed out and relatable, and the animation beautiful and seamless. Highly recommended if you want to kick back and relax.

Plus Anima

Seen: partially

Last Updated: Apr 01, 2008

8.75 (very good) Cute, humorous and very enjoyable! One of my favorites so far.

Sorenari ni Shinken Nandesu

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jul 03, 2012

8.75 (very good) The sequel to Yachin Hanbun no Ibasho desu, this is even better than its predecessor. If Yachin... is more on the childish/innocent side, Sorenari... poses problems such as single parenting while working and deals with more mature themes. There are two volumes, so the characters are given more time to develop and their evolution is natural - this I appreciate, since too many manga feature straight guys who turn gay at the first confession. This is not the case and the transition is smooth and believable. The art is on par, if not better than in Yachin... All around, another great read from Kai Asou, recommneded to yaoi fans who want more than porn without plot.

Eien no Shichigatsu

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2012

8.75 (very good) Heartwarming, to say the least! Even though it doesn't go to extremes, this is still an emotional rollercoaster and Ryuusuke's behavior is so random yet so logical and subtle that it keeps both Tachibana and the reader on their toes. Definitely recommended if you want to read some yaoi that not only has a well-done plot, but also three-dimensional characters and little details that will make it memorable.

Calling

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2012

8.75 (very good)

Puni Puni Poemi

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

8.50 (very good) It's insanity all the way down! As soon as you think you've understood something, the OVA throws you something else to juggle. It's a heavy parody of action (especially mecha) and mahou shoujo anime but, surprisingly, with a lot of details that you may miss on the first viewing. Well, aside from Poe- I mean Kobayashi wanting to become a voice actress, which is painstakingly hammered into your head every other line. The animation is frankly lackluster, which is also addressed several times with reused transformation sequences because of the depleted budget. Don't go in expecting something deep, and definitely don't go in expecting everything to make sense.

Sola

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2014

8.50 (very good) One thing that can be said about Sola is that is knows how to tug at your heartstrings with its drama and plot twists. It does have humorous moments, but these are usually short and the focus is on the drama instead (not the bad kind, by the way). I found something to like in every character and the ending was well done, not to mention the series didn't go on incessantly.

Harlem Beat wa Yoake Made

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

8.50 (very good) Pretty good series, with lots of action, comedy and a little bit of ecchi that, fortunately, does not detract from the plot. What I enjoyed most about it were the characters: there are lots and of the most diverse kind and it really helps push the plot along. And even though it devolves into slapstick, the end returns to the gritty atmosphere of the beginning and more than makes up for what was done along the way. The art is great and the characters lovable, which make this a must read (at least in my opinion!)

Mori no Koe

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2011

8.50 (very good) Definitely one of Naono's best stories! Drop dead gorgeous art, complex characters and awesome humor, but also gripping drama when need be. Highly recommended for yaoi fans that want a little more than sex in their stories!

Ake Nure Goyou ni Furu Yuki wa

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2011

8.50 (very good) Fairly good, I liked how the comedic moments blended in with the dramatic ones; furthermore, the couples didn't feel forced together, which is a big plus for me. Loved the art, it's clean and pretty to look at and the sex scenes are deliciously explicit but not too crude either. All in all I enjoyed it a lot and like to re-read it occasionally c:

Three Wolves Mountain

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

8.50 (very good) I've always felt that Naono is good at supernatural stories, and this one is no exception. Quite a few moments are genuinely creepy, and there's not as much focus on sex and romance as one would expect going into a yaoi story. That's not to say there is no romance; the relationship between Kaya and Jirou evolves slowly but with a satisfactory conclusion. The side characters are given their own distinct personalities, though they aren't focused on much. And this is my one complaint: it could have gone on longer! Have more interactions between Kaya and Jirou's family, more stories about Tarou, more werewolf and ghost lore! However, the art is great and, as a yaoi fan, I feel it's important to mention that this series features a switch pairing, which is quite rare!

Trigger

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jul 03, 2012

8.50 (very good) As always, Norikazu Akira doesn't disappoint. The art is gorgeous, very clean and even the ukes are not all girly (there are some more moe-looking ones to balance out the manlier ones). Of course, the sex scenes are deliciously explicit so, if you're looking for a "fix", you won't be disappointed at all. And what's great about this manga is that the sex scenes don't come out of nowhere and the story is pretty decent too; you do need a bit of suspension of disbelief, but it doesn't get in the way of enjoying the manga.

Hellsing

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2007

8.25 (good) Bloody cool! Great vampire anime! Alucard's attitude kicks ass!

Trigun

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2011

8.25 (good) This has a special place in my heart, which I gave it the moment I realized how smoothly it went from slapstick comedy to serious sci-fi drama. While the first episodes are mostly comedic, the actual plot is revealed gradually, bit by bit, in each episode. The animation is more on the grungy side (not sloppy!), which fits the desert setting perfectly. Overall, I think this is a must watch for any comedy and action fan.

Mimitabu no Riyuu

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2011

8.25 (good) Very cute! Then again, I AM a big Saika Kunieda fan, so I may be a bit biased. Either way, I loved the humor and "humanity" in this; Jun and Yamaguchi are adorable whenever they interact, especially because they're both idiots (as acknowledged by themselves). The art takes a bit of getting used to since it's quite simple-looking most of the time but ultimately doesn't disappoint. All in all, highly recommended if you want good yaoi, plot and romance all in one!

Taiyou no Kikoushi

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2011

8.25 (good) Definitely a guilty pleasure! So the plot's been done before and the uke's girly 80% of the time, but the story felt like a fairytale where you're rooting for the good guys to win. The art was gorgeous as well, which is a plus and sometimes makes up for the lack of a more realistic story. Ultimately it's one of my favorite yaoi, even though it's not "deep" or "meaningful"; it does have some good moral lessons, though :)

Private Prince

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

8.25 (good) Private Prince isn't necessarily a complete inversion of the "guy chases after girl" trope; however, being a josei story, you will find fewer relationship drama moments in spite of the story being mostly about Miyako and Wilfred's relationship. Miyako's initial reason for getting close to Wilfred is academic rather than romantic, and he's the one only noticing her "melons" at first. It's refreshing to see a lead female character that is more plain and ordinary, though Wilfred is the fairly typical womanizer type. The art is clean and pretty to look at, so overall I would recommend this to josei fans.

Akuma no Himitsu

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jul 05, 2012

8.25 (good) I enjoyed reading this, all the stories are good in their own way and there is some variation: not all feature sex and not all are comedies or supernatural-themed, which provides a nice change of pace. The art is beautiful and clean, as we're used to seeing from Hinako Takanaga. All in all, it's worth reading if you're looking for some funny and touching yaoi with a plot!

Scarlet

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

8.25 (good) It's a decent series, with both very serious and very funny moments. The art may take a bit of getting used to as there are roughly 80% chibis and 20% realistic drawings, and the chibis are VERY exaggerated (and crying almost all the time). Some of the characters come across as one-dimensional at times and Hiro Madarame really seems to like crying ukes, haha.

Nemuri Netarou Awararu!!

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

8.25 (good) Very enjoyable! Good blend of action and comedy, and it was especially refreshing to see main characters who didn't fall in love or even get along (more like tolerate each other)! Tonko is stubborn and witty, while Netarou is more similar to an asshole hero than a princely one (despite his cute/handsome looks which would have you believe otherwise); it's fun to see the two of them argue.

The most intriguing part was the dream world and its inhabitants; with more information revealed along the way and working towards building a bigger picture, some parts would definitely make for interesting ethical debates. The ending was satisfactory too, though it does take a false direction into the typical "I wonder what happened to him/her" territory...only to turn around and finish on the same note of humor as the beginning of the story. All in all, I'd say it's worth a read. Standing at ~50 pages, it's not time consuming and the art is lovely and clean.

Midnight Secretary

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2016

8.25 (good) It's pretty good; I admit at first I was skeptical about the plot, but I was surprised how quickly it drew me in. Then again, I have a soft spot for vampires. The art's great if you can get past Kaya's HUGE DOE EYES. She can be grating at times, with her "perfect secretary but actually tortured inside" attitude, and Kyouhei's an ass 95% of the time; they truly deserve each other, lol.

It's pretty smutty, at least later on as Kyouhei and Kaya's relationship progresses, but there's also some humor thrown in (Kaya's inner reactions to Kyouhei's debauchery). All in all, it was a fun read. Kaya's isn't mopey ALL the time and she's very capable and hard-working, so it's not like she's kept around as decoration; and Kyouhei is an asshole I grew to like (and he's possibly more entertaining to observe than Kaya). Must read if you're a fan of josei, office romances and/or vampires!

Shaman King

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2008

8.00 (good) Balances serious parts with comic ones successfully and provides good character development. Overall, quite enjoyable!

Model

Seen: completely; Own: completely;

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2011

8.00 (good) Pretty good vampire drama, I'll admit that. The story can get confusing at times and may require a re-reading, and you may find yourself changing your opinion of the characters from one chapter to the next. The art took a bit of getting used to but it ultimately grew on me and now I find it quite beautiful even though I still think there's something off about Michael. As for the ending, let's just say it goes either way and you can interpret it as you wish, which I found appropriate given the story.

Musuko ga Osewa ni Nattemasu!

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2011

8.00 (good)

Oki ni Mesu Mama (Sakufu Ajimine)

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2012

8.00 (good)

Challengers

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2012

8.00 (good)

You Make My Head Spin

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Nov 05, 2012

8.00 (good)

Yachin Hanbun no Ibasho desu

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2011

8.00 (good) This is one of the best yaoi I've ever read: Kai Asou's art is beautifully simple, the characters are relatable and the plot is realistic. What I appreciate most about this is the quietness; there aren't any overly dramatic situations and there's no need for them. The characters are normal, everyday people and it's a pleasure to watch them interact. Furthermore, even if it's yaoi, Yachin... isn't full of sex scenes and instead focuses on the characters and their feelings. Highly recommended!

Yurusareta Uta

Seen: completely

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2011

8.00 (good) I'm always left wondering how Naono Bohra makes her oneshots seem so complete and ends them so satisfactorily. Here we have the perfect amount of backstory, sex scenes, action and humor, all set in a fantasy world with demons that sing attack songs. The art is top notch, as expected, and Zai is adorable when confused.

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