Yuri Anime 2013 [Completed]

I’m a little disappointed with the recent amount of yuri in anime. I mean, it has never been much to begin with, but it also doesn’t seem to rise in quantity at all. Series with the main focus on a girl-girl relationship also won’t appear very often, so in 2013 thus far, I can mostly present you some anime with some subtle yuri undertones.

The series with probably the most “yuri potential” would be Vividred Operation, providing us with scenes like this.

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Aoi (left) and Akane (right)

In Oshima, the happy, carefree 14-year-old Akane Isshiki lived a poor but well-loved life together with her reliable little sister, Momo, who does all the housework, and her grandfather, Kenjirou, a genius inventor who only created useless devices. When the weather is clear, they can see the artificial island, Blue Island, across the sea. In the center of that island rises the revolutionary Manifestation Engine, a discovery that solved the world’s energy problems, and leads to some major problems. (Source: Anime News Network)

Shinsekai yori, on the other hand, provides us with a real yuri couple and even with some very cute and lovely scenes, such as this one.

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Maria (left) and Saki (right)

I recommend this to basically everyone, yuri fan or not. This anime is great so far, with a thrilling and compelling story, and some very lovable main characters.

The story is set in Japan, a millennium from now. Five children — the protagonist Saki, Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, and Shun — have been born and raised in a tranquil town that can be described as a utopia, overflowing with water and green foliage. The world is ruled by people who have the cursed power or the gods’ power of telekinesis. After a certain incident, Saki and the others come to realize the true nature of their world. Before long, they learn everything, including the bloody history that brought humanity to this state. The five throw themselves into life-threatening adventure and fight to protect friends and a world on the brink of collapse. (Source: AniDB)

Tamako Market has to be mentioned as well, even though the yuri involved is pretty much nonexistent. Nevertheless, it seems that at least one of the girls has romantic feelings for the female main character, Tamako.

tamako market
(from left to right) Kanna, Shiori, Tamako, Midori

Tamako is a mochi-loving high school freshman whose family runs a mochi (rice cake) shop in a certain town’s shopping district. She enjoys her high school life with her friends Midori and Kanna in the badminton club. She also helps out at her family’s shop and develops new mochi. (Source: AniDB)

Just as Tamako Market seemingly has one lesbian character, in Psycho-Pass, there is also a scene which implies sex between two of the female characters, but that’s about it.

tamako market
Yayoi (left), Shion (right) by まりもさこ

In the future, it is possible to quantitatively measure a person’s emotions, desires, and every inclination. In this way, it is also possible to measure a person’s criminal tendency factor, which is used to judge criminals. This is the story of a team of policemen dedicated to maintaining public order. Some of them work in the Enforcement Division, responsible for the apprehension of criminals, while others belong to the Supervisory Division which oversees their colleagues in Enforcement. (Source: AniDB)

I have only watched the previously mentioned anime, but since there are more recently airing series with yuri undertones, I’ll simply list them for you. Clicking on the anime will redirect you to their AniDB entry, where you can read a short description and see what it’s about.

Love Live! School Idol Project
Senran Kagura
Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2
AKB0048 Next Stage
Puchimas
Saki: Achiga-hen
Yama no Susume
Mangirl!
Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?

27 thoughts on “Yuri Anime 2013 [Completed]

  1. AKB0048 Next also has a fair amount of subtext, especially between Nagisa and Chieri, but other girls exhibit this too.
    Puchimas, while a short, does have quite a lot of the yuri subtext that's already present in the Idolm@ster series brought to light even further.
    Saki Achiga hen is technically still airing this year, so it's of note as a show which has VERY strong subtext.
    Yama no Susume, also a short, does have a fair amount of subtext, and it's a really adorable show to boot~ Also, the subtext is all played very naturally, and isn't played like yuri-service at all.
    Another short, Mangirl, pulls off some subtext too.
    Mondaiji-tachi, or problem children from another world, has You and Asuka which seem to have some chemistry going between them, and a girl named Ayesha ends up taking pretty strongly towards You by the end as well.

    So, hopefully that'll help a little. Spring's looking to be not much better in terms of yuri, but Summer might end up having a real bevy of it.

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  2. Thank you very much, I have already added liks to all the mentioned Animes.
    Seriously how could I forget about Saki?
    Ah well, I really hope that there will be more actual yuri titles in Summer or in general, this year.

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  3. yeah, it would be nice. It's already rare enough. Though, there's hope in a few of the shows which are airing in Spring. Just a few, but we might just be able to have one of them broach the issue.

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  4. I was surprised to see this specific scene in the last episode, of course pleasently surpsrised 😉
    But Shion and Yayoi had quide a few interesting moments together

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  5. Yes, I've already watched this one and the yuri scene is kinda great even though it's just a scene out of that guy's book.
    Still I can't list this here, Hanasaku Iroha aired in 2011.

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  6. Shinsekai Yori-a compelling anime , I'm sorry but isn't this anime the one where homo relationships are just treated as a phase all along. Even maria and saki were more like f * k buddies while saki had STRONG feelings for shun. Personally I think this anime is a phobe's dream.

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  7. Yup in Shinsekai Yori the homo relationships were only a phase, but I didn't know that when I was first watching it.

    Calling Maria and Saki f**k buddies is probably not true, or at least I wouldn't put it like that and calling this anime a “phobe's dream” is something I disagree with you completely.

    Many people actually dropped this anime just after or even while watching episode 8, because they were simply not ok with the presented homo relationships. And to be honest the presentation of this was pretty nice if you ask me, or at least I didn’t feel like this anime tried to cast a poor light on both genres.

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  8. “And to be
    honest the
    presentation
    of this was
    pretty nice if
    you ask me,”
    Actually I'll take you up on that ; how may I ask do you see a 'nice presentation' of yuri/gay relationships. I am not even a die hard fan of yuri/yaoi and I find the characterization ridiculous , so I'm curious how you(obviously a bigger yuri fan than me) cope up with that.

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  9. Oh did I use the wrong words? I'm sometimes simply not sure whether the expressions I use are correct or sound weird, so maybe I used the wrong one this time?

    It's just like I said, the anime didn't tried to cast a poor light on both genres, like you made it sound.
    It didn't make the yuri or yaoi relationships look weird, gross or anything like that.
    Just look at the scenes between Maria and Saki, especially the one in which they are playing around on the beach is just beautiful, don't you think?
    Well I guess I just don’t like the fact that you compare this show to a phobe’s dream, because it’s far from something like that, at least in my opinion.

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  10. nice review. really. downloaded and will watch it. Since i don't have much time to search and watch all anime just to find yuri anime now, so this review is really a big help. nice writting, Lena. Terima Kasih :*

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  11. i've watched Shinsekai Yori. great story. at first, i guessed that Saki and Satoru will be a couple and that the gay is mamoru, cause he's got the type to be one haha. I felt sad for Maria, she loves Saki so much yet they didn't end up as a couple..i mean like a real couple, they're lovers but Saki just couldn't get over her feeling to Saturo. that's just so sad 😦

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  12. I thought that the love of saki was satoru but then I realized i'm mistaken shun with satoru hahaha I guess i'm a lot forgetful than I thought -__-“
    it was great anime though.

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  13. yeah, you're right. well, guess we can't always have what we want, huh.

    what about Ga Rei Zero? have you watched it? I'm kinda late at anime so I just watched it till episode 6

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  14. I know that these anime's are not 2013, but I find that Yuru Yuri and Kannazuki No Miko are really good Yuri anime's. Kannazuki No Miko is more Yuri then Yuru Yuri because it centre's around two 16 year old girls, Himeko and Chikane. In the first episode Chikane kisses Himeko on the lips, and before she does she says 'Happy Birthday'.

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  15. As far as I know, I've never come across anything like Shinsekai Yori…
    You can easily find other anime with similar genres, but I think the feeling this one gave is is quite unique.

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  16. I like Shinsekai Yori(manga) but anime was like t(=.=”t), why do i even bother watching it. The manga is better than the anime.

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