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.
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.
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 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.
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 either our review or 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
• Saki: Achiga-hen
• Yama no Susume
• Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?