Yuri is any anime which has some lady-loving involved. This can range from the blatantly obvious to incredibly-subtle-need-a-magnifying-glass-to-see-it. Here I’ll be listing my Yuri faves, in fact I’ll be updating the list quite frequently so make sure to check back if you’re craving a new yuri anime. Also, if you have any suggestions for me to watch, just let me know.
1. Blue Drop
The perfect anime for the yuri lover who is also a fan of Science Fiction. Blue Drop (manga) focuses on the war between humanity and aliens, the anime on the other hand, focuses on life before the war. Our heroine, Mari, arrives at a girls’ dormitory (it’s ALWAYS a girl’s only dormitory isn’t it?), her baggage includes a few pieces of clothing…and a horrible past.
Here, Mari meets Hagino, who is basically loved by everyone…but for some reason she can’t stand being around Mari.
So obviously Mari can’t stop her attraction for her.
2. Aoi Hana
Seriously, if you haven’t watched this, you really have to. Not exaggerating. And read the manga too. Yes, it’s that good. Ok, it’s either great or I’m just a big mush when it comes to romance. Either or.
Aoi Hana follows the story of two childhood friends, who were separated at a young age cause one of them goes to live in another city. They quickly forget about one another…that is, until this friend comes back.
This is one of those classic coming of age stories, so expect some heart ache, a lot of self evaluation and a few funny moments too.
3. Candy Boy
Some people may argue that this is not a yuri, I disagree. Candy Boy is super yuri. Maybe not in an explicit way, but it is definitely there in an ‘in-your-face’ way.
Just for the record, the title has absolutely nothing with the story. I have yet to figure out what the title is about and how it correlates to the story. Whatever.
The story is centered around twin sisters: Kanade and Yukino. Yes, this is twincest yuri. Speak about forbidden love.
This very short anime focuses on Kanade coming to terms with her feeling for her sister, and the struggle for them to remain as close as when they were young and living at home.
The manga delves more into the story, so if you enjoy the OVA, definitely check out the manga as well. Just watch the show with an open mind, it is seriously amazing (and frankly, quite addictive).
4. Sasameki Koto
Sasameki Koto, also known as ‘Whispered Words’, follows the lives of Sumika, a tall, athletic girl, and her best friend Ushio Kazama, an out and proud lesbian who could never understand what the big deal is about being into girls.
Unfortunately, because Kazama is so out and proud about her attraction to girls, she got bullied a lot, and that’s when Sumika stepped it. And tada! they’re best friends.
It is only after a while that Sumika starts to realise that maybe, just maybe, she may not see Kazama as just a friend. Don’t you just love struggling coming out stories?
You’d think the two would be perfect for one another, but unfortunately, Kazama is into ‘cute girls’, which Sumika, being strong and athletic, definitely doesn’t fall under.
This anime will have you at the edge of your seat, begging for more.
And more comes in the form of the Sasameki Koto manga, which is actually complete so you may feel free to binge watch, and then binge read until you’re fully satisfied (impossible).
5. Kannazuki no Miko
Another anime for the sci-fi lovers. Chikane and Himeko are two priestesses. And as with all sci-fi’s, the Earth is in danger, and it is up to the priestesses to protect it. I won’t spoil, but it is definitely an amazing anime which will make you think and even scream ‘NO’ at your screen a few times.
6. Strawberry Panic
Strawberry Panic is to the Yuri world, what The L Word is to the TV series world. It’s pretty much part of the lesbian culture to watch this. Once again, I have no idea how the title came to be. But let’s ignore that.
The story focuses on Nagisa, a new student at Astrea. On her first day she meets the mysterious and wonderful Shizuma, the most popular girl ever. Shizuma is instantly shown as a player, there’s pretty much no female this girl hasn’t pried upon, and her next prey is in fact, Nagisa.
Nagisa, being a good kid, doesn’t want to be another one of Shizuma’s conquests so she tries to resist the impeccable charm Shizuma has. Which she soon finds out is very difficult to resist.
However, with time, Nagisa starts to discover what Shizuma is hiding about her past, and what is stopping her from loving ever again.
If you need any more reason to watch: the ending man. The ending will send your heart aflutter and bring tears of joy and happiness into your eyes.