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Many people (mostly fangirls) get the term Yaoi, mixed up with the term shounen-ai though the two may be closely related being that they both show relationships between male characters, there is a difference. One depicts explicit content So let's clear things up, shall we?

Yaoi is used to describe titles that contain sex scenes and other sexually explicit themes

Shounen-ai is used to describe titles that focus more on romance and do not include explicit sexual content
We'll use the Gravitation manga series and doujinshi as an example
Gravitation would more likely be considered shounen-ai due to its focus on the characters' careers rather than their "love life"
Gravitation Remix and Megamix would be considered yaoi because of its emphasis on the characters' sexual relationships.
by iLoki May 07, 2013
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The sexiest genre created.
'Yaoi' is a term in Japan for boy on boy love. 'Yaoi' is normally hard core and up the ass.
No example needed.
Yaoi is just yaoi.
by Yaoilover5544 December 20, 2011
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Yaoi is a slang meaning 'boys love' or homosexuality that is used in the japanese language. Popular with fangirls who like their favorite anime guys to kiss.
Damn, I need some good yaoi fan-fics!
by Francesca December 20, 2003
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EVERYONE KNOWS it stands for Young Academics On Ice!! Gawd.

(at least, that's what you tell your parents... muahahaha...)
Mom & Dad: What're you watchin?

You: Yaoi.

Mom & Dad: ...What's that?

You: Uhm... Young Academics On Ice...?

Mom & Dad: Oh, okay! Have fun, then :
by kougazluvr0413 October 06, 2008
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In the Japanese industry, Boy's Love, homosexuality, gay love.

What every otaku will inevitably stumble upon and pass by.
What every female otaku will inevitably stumble upon and remain.
Popular in fanfictions usually including the girl's favorite pairing, two characters that are coupled together.
Consists of doujinshi and fanfictions, also drama CDs.
Male equivalent of yuri, lesbian relationship.
Guy1: Hey, man, what's up? It's been a while! //brohug//
Guy2: Nothing much, it's nice to see you! //hugs back//
Girl: Oh my gosh, it's real life yaoi! //nosebleed//
Guy1 & Guy2: the fuck...
by Murasakii Shikibu January 25, 2015
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Yaoi is a Japanese word, which is actually something of an acronym. It comes from "YAma nashi, Ochi nashi, Imi nashi", which means "no climax, no point, no meaning".

In speech and writing, it's a slang term used to refer to stories that focus on homosexual relationships, usually between men. Yaoi tends to involve graphic sex, often with little or no plot. The female equivalent is yuri.

A related genre is shonen-ai, or "boys' love", which tends to involve less sex and more cuddling (and plot).
I love reading yaoi fanfiction!
Did you see that new yaoi manga?
by SolarCat August 16, 2005
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Anime, manga, or fanfic that depicts explicit relationships between two males. Usually focuses on the passionate/ lustful/ physical side of the relationship, unlike shounen-ai which focuses on the romantic/ loving/ emotional side. Usually R rated or higher.
Even if you have no problem with homosexuality, I would not recomment showing yaoi to your kids.
by K. R. H. August 19, 2005
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