Yuri Anime Legends

I have read similar posts on many blogs and forums, so I thought, “Why not make my own list as well?”. So here comes my very own list of lesbian anime characters that left a great impression on me. Please note that I have watched a lot of yuri anime, but definitely not all, so everything that aired earlier than 2000 will not be mentioned here, since I haven’t watched it.

Prepare for a loooong list!

Slight warning: I tried to not give away too much, but there will be some spoilers.

kannazuki no miko chikane


Everyone knows her, and most likely, everyone loves her. Chikane is like the showpiece lesbian character ever since Kannazuki no Miko aired. She is rich, talented, intelligent, and beautiful, but what matters the most is probably the fact that she is madly in love with her schoolmate—or more precisely—her fated other half, Himeko Kurusugamwa.

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Shizuma Hanazono (Strawberry Panic)


Characterized by her past, Shizuma is a very mysterious person that conceals many secrets. She is the current Étoile, a position given to her by the majority of all students, making her the most loved and respected person in the entire school. In contrast to that, she likes to abandon her duties as Étoile as often as possible and abuses her position to fool around with other girls, such as Nagisa Aoi.

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Amane Ootori (Strawberry Panic)


I could have probably chosen any other Strawberry Panic character, since almost all of them have some lesbian tendencies, but I chose Amane because she is showing us an often used theme in yuri anime. Since she is rather masculine in appearance, she is often addressed as “prince”, perfecting that picture by usually appearing riding on her white horse. While she is—and who would have guessed it—a lesbian herself, she is usually trying to avoid all of her fans, only giving one of them the chance to really get to know her.

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Shizuru Fujino/Viola (Mai-HiME/Mai-Otome)


Shizuru is a very mysterious character that pulls the strings from the background, rather than approaching obstacles head on. But what drives the woman through almost all of her actions is her love for schoolmate, Natsuki Kuga. At first, she is content just being close to the object of her affection, but as time goes by and some other powers take part in not only her life, her feelings grow to a level she cannot control anymore.

As a side note, she is probably one of the most popular characters to appear in both yuri doujinshi and especially fanfictions.

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Kuroko Shirai (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun/Toaru Majutsu no Index)


In contrast to the already mentioned characters, Kuroko’s feelings for her roommate, Misaka Mikoto, are presented in a very humorous way. Her endless attempts to capture the heart of her beloved onee-sama are both funny and sometimes really weird. You could say she is really working hard for her loved one, and sometimes uses some methods that are quite questionable. Despite her seemingly vast love for Misaka, she is also a very strong and skilled character and has some badass moments throughout the anime.

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Haruka Takayama (Sakura Trick)


She’s not only our number one yuri fangirl, she’s also one of the greatest girlfriends one could wish for. There’s nothing more I need to say. She’s simply awesome, and no one can deny that.

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Mitsuki Sonoda (Sakura Trick)


With the same voice actress as Ayano Sugiura, Mitsuki, of course, makes quite the nice tsundere, don’t you think? However, compared to Ayano, Mitsuki still has a way to go to become such a full-blooded tsundere, but I feel like Haruka and Yuu will give her enough opportunities to study up on it.

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Fumi Manjoume (Aoi Hana)


Fumi is a rather shy and quiet girl who easily falls in love with people. Unfortunately, she always falls for those that don’t take their relationship with her very seriously or just use her to decrease their own loneliness. But even though those painful experiences keep haunting her and add to her already insecure personality, she still never loses faith in finding her true love.

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Out of all the MariMite characters, Sei was probably the most interesting one. Attending a school whose moral code she seemingly doesn’t understand (nor try to follow), she finds her first love and experiences the bitter taste it can leave behind.

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Despite the fact that she sees the feelings she has for her “sister” Hatsumi as unnatural and shameful, she’s still willing to do anything in her power to see her love again. In fact, her love is so vast that she’s consciously throwing herself into all kinds of dangerous situations and even travels through different worlds for the sake of her loved one.

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Kanako Miyamae (Maria†Holic)


Kanako is one of the most hilarious lesbian characters you will ever see. Equipped with a severe fear of men and a seriously delusional and perverted mind, Kanako enters an all-girls school with the hope of finding her fated girlfriend. By meeting all kinds of beautiful girls, she more than once loses her self-control, which leads to some enormous nosebleeds.

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Yachiyo Todoroki (Working!!)


Working in a family restaurant, Yachiyo is quite the normal employee. Leaving aside the fact that she always carries around a huge katana (even at work) and has a crush on the female manager, she’s a very simple person that basically focuses all of her attention on her beloved Kyoko and blocks out everyone else, while being totally oblivious towards other’s feelings for her.

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Benio Yonomori (Mikakunin de Shinkoukei)


Benio-sama is good-looking, very intelligent, and on top of that, she’s the most beloved and respected student in the entire school. However, you should not get fooled by her outward appearance, since what lies beyond that pretty face is a real monster. She’s a lolicon with a serious sister-complex.

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Kaede Sakura (Kämpfer)


My mind is thinking BADASS whenever I hear her name, and that is probably the most fitting word to describe her. Changing between her two personalities, she manages to manipulate everyone around her into seeing her as an innocent and fragile girl, when she is really a murderous and ruthless villain that would do anything in order to make the “girl” she loves, join her side.

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There are two things that Kuuko is addicted to, the first one is playing all kinds of different console games, and the second one is Nyaruko, an alien (just like herself) that she can’t help but throw all her excessive and perverted love at.

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Hotaru Ichijou (Non Non Biyori)


Haaa. Hotaru’s crush on her senpai, Komari, was both cute and fun. Her innocent way of expressing her feelings, her numerous great outbursts, and in general, her cute and shy nature just earned Hotaru a place in this list, as well as a place in my heart~

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Sumika Murasame (Sasameki Koto)


Sumika is a tall girl, is very athletic, and is probably not someone you would call “cute”. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what her secret crush, Kazama, is looking for. It’s a very difficult friendship for Sumika, since she has to silently watch Kazama fall in love with girls she just can’t have, over and over again. All the while, Sumika herself suffers just as much from a love that she knows might never be returned.

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Ume Shiraume (Ben-To)


We unfortunately don’t see very much of her in Ben-To, but when she has some screen time, she is either beating the hell out of the male protagonist or having fun with girls, especially with Hana Oshiroi, a girl she certainly cares for much more than solely as a friend. While she’s not only looking rather attractive, she also has some very special—even sexy—methods to get what she wants. And while I consider her sexy, some others might think she is just creepy and a molester. 😛

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Ayano Sugiura (Yuru Yuri)


Such a tsundere! I have never seen anyone that embodies that term better than Ayano. She is constantly yelling at her target of affection, blushing non-stop, and getting all tame whenever she is having a special moment with her crush.

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Kyouko Toshino (Yuru Yuri)


Speaking of Ayano’s crush, Kyouko is an even bigger lesbian than the former, with the only difference being that Kyouko is very open with her love, and in general, almost everything else. She definitely doesn’t mince words and is also quite open when it comes to physical contact.

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Liang Qi (Canaan)


I’m also surprised to mention this specific someone here, but as I said, this list is meant for characters that had some kind of impact on me, and to be honest, if this woman didn’t have any kind of impact on you then there must be something wrong with you.

Liang Qi can best be described as a short-tempered and violent creep. Her unrequited feelings for her onee-sama only strengthen the mentioned characteristics, forcing her to do some really crazy things in order to only get a little recognition from the object of her affection.

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Maria Oosawa (Canaan)


Despite her dark past, Maria is a genki girl, which means she’s always cheerful and energetic, especially whenever Canaan is present. While we get to see quite a lot of drama and action in this anime, the two of them always manage to create a heartwarming scene to make up for all the bloodshed.

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Yuri Tokikago (Mawaru Penguindrum)


When I first came across this character in the anime, I hated her. Then when I found out that she’s in love with a girl, I started to like her. When she then forced herself onto one of the female main characters, I was creeped out a little, but I also felt for her. In the end, I think I was just confused, and I still can’t fully understand her, but that doesn’t change the fact that when she had some yuri moments. It was just glorious, and the fact that her name is “Yuri” makes me want to add her to the list even more.

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Yukino (left) and Kanade (right) (Candy Boy)


They’re my favorite lesbian twincest couple of all-time, and they’re also probably the only one around. Incest is usually a theme in anime that I try to avoid, especially when said characters are twins, but in this case, Yukino and Kanade are just too cute to resist. And even though the fact that the two of them are twins is stated over and over again, I still managed to block that out and enjoy their very light and adorable relationship.

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Uzume (Sekirei)


Unfortunately, Uzume and her girlfriend, Chiho, didn’t get that much screen time in either season of Sekirei. Still, the one episode that was dedicated to them showed just how great the bond between the two girls must be, and it also revealed their absolutely lovely, yet dramatic, relationship. I really wish we could have seen them some more in the second season… .

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Yomi Isayama (Ga-Rei: Zero)


Yomi is definitely a very great character. She’s kind, funny, good-looking, and a badass fighter. And now adding some yuri kissing to that list makes her not only a great character, but an awesome one.

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Desperately fighting for the one most important to her, repeating the same hurtful days over and over again just to be able to change the fate of one girl sounds pretty sacrificially romantic, which is probably why MadoHomu is such a big deal lately.

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Yomi Takanashi (Black★Rock Shooter)


I seriously didn’t fully understand Black★Rock Shooter, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. But one thing’s for certain, Yomi has some deep feelings for her friend Mako, and we can basically see the consequences of her feelings throughout the whole show. I can’t really say that I like this character very much, but considering the fact that her love (?) for Mako caused so much… well let’s just call it trouble, she just needs to be listed here.

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Chizuru Akaba (Seitokai no Ichizon)


Just like Ume Shiraume, Chizuru can be quite creepy at times, but she mostly causes some hilarious and sometimes really cute yuri scenes with Kurimu Sakurano, the little student council president.

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Madoka Kyouno (Rinne no Lagrange)


Madoka is energetic, beautiful, popular, and on top of that, she’s skilled when it comes to piloting a giant robot. In fact, she has such a radiant personality that even girls from other planets can’t help but like and maybe even fall in love with her.

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Maria Akizuki (left) and Saki Watanabe (right) (Shinsekai yori)


While we actually get to see a real lesbian relationship between Maria and Saki, the bliss of their togetherness doesn’t last very long, and is unfortunately influenced by Saki’s feelings for another boy. But as I said before, those two nevertheless have some very cute scenes together.

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Mio Akiyama (left) and Ritsu Tainaka (right) (K-On!)


Judging from the amount of doujinshi centered around those two, there really must be some kind of invisible relationship going on, and I totally agree. They had a great dynamic together, but that’s unfortunately all we get to see.

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Sanya V. Litvyak (right) and Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen (left) (Strike Witches)


Yup, those two characters just need to be named together, because for me as well as for many other Strike Witches fans, these two are just meant to be together. Personally, I view them as the cutest of all of the Strike Witches couples, and seriously, just look at them with their small bodies and cute cat ears. Can you really resist them? I know I can’t.

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Nanoha Takamachi and Fate Testarossa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)


Most yuri fans know those two already, which is not surprising. Throughout all three seasons, there are hints basically everywhere telling us that those two must be more than just friends. And look at them, they match each other perfectly!

Apart from her little girlfriend witch Izetta, Finé was definitely the greatest highlight of the whole show for me. She shone brightly as the crown princess of her beloved country, fought well in battle, be it on the battlefield and especially when it came to handling political matters. But the best thing about her is definitely her charming and oh so gentle and caring nature, especially when it comes to her beloved Izetta~

Just look at her! Gorgeous, cute, and badass! During her time with her girlfriend Mamori, she did an impressive job selflessly protecting and fighting for her precious one, pushing just the right buttons to get Mamori “in the right mood” to fight as well~

Taking about badasses, how about Tokaku? Just like Mirei, she selflessly threw herself into danger over and over again just to protect the one precious to her. She showed some awesome fighting skills, taking out opponent after opponent, and still had her cute charms ready when needed too. How convenient and irresistible~

Watching this cute little lesbian bear struggle so much to finally get the girl and her precious promised kiss, was simply the best. I felt with our furry friend for the whole time, hoping that her gay charms would at some point finally work their magic, and they did. Well, I could name some more character from this splendid yuri show, but for now, let Ginko have this place in the list. I think she definitely deserves it the most.

Inugami or Nekoyama? I thought long about this, but came to the conclusion that only Inugami possesses the right kind of charms to make it into this little list of mine. She never failed to entertain me with her sometimes lewd but always straight forward and hilarious ways of dealing with the person she set her sight on. Poor Nekoyama… . 😛

A soft yandere is what I’d call this particular character. She was hated by many for this personality as well as her sometimes mean and exaggerated ways of trying to monopolize her loved one Kitakami. For me however, it was all the more reason to love her and wish for her to finally get exactly what she wants – Kitakami.

Do we know for sure she’s gay? Unfortunately, we don’t. But what we do know for sure is that she has her eyes set on (protecting) her little prisoner Maria. It’s quite lovely to see how much she cares for her and what she’s willing to do to protect and even sometimes please her. In an ecchi and action packed show like this, their special bond just stands out in all the best ways~


Yumeko (Kakegurui)

Okay, okay, I know – she’s not confirmed to be gay (yet) and seeing that we were introduced to a male lead in the anime, chances are high, they might get together in season two. BUT, this doesn’t mean that in a lot of ways, she’s quite the perfect lady killer as well. There are numerous scenes, for example with Mary, that let us hope that she might actually be gay after all. I have my hopes up to see just that in season two!

Best thing about having Tooru as your dragon maid? Is it getting delicious tail meat everyday? Or maybe the convenience of not needing a washing machine anymore? Or how about no need for public transportation since you can just ask her to fly to to wherever you wanna get to?

All great things, but only one thing really matters here on YuriReviews: She’s gay and madly in love with Kobayashi~

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Hotaru (Netsuzou TRap)

Yup, Hotaru simply can’t be missing in this one. Netsuzou Trap might not have been what some of us (me included) were hoping to see, but this doesn’t mean that Hotaru shouldn’t be mentioned here!

In fact even though her ways of going after the person she likes were not exactly the greatest, her love for Yuma was still a force to be reckoned with and created some quite intense scenes throughout the whole show.


Yuzu Aihara (Citrus)

Last but not least, let’s come to one of the communities favorites, Yuzu Aihara.

Sweet, innocent, hard-working, dorky and determined; those are just a few of all the many positive characteristics that Yuzu is known for. Add the fact that she would do anything to help and possibly also get her step-stister Mei to like here and we get the perfect yuri character.

Now after having seen her work hard but also more often than not fail to get closer to Mei, I just can’t help but demand a second season so we can see her succeed!

Find my Yuri Manga Legends list by clicking right here.

92 thoughts on “Yuri Anime Legends

  1. Great list. There's only 4 anime (Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Mawaru Penguindrum, Seitokai no Ichizon, and Watanabe Shinsekai Yori) there that I haven't watched so I'll be checking those out, as for the others, you did good. Lobed watching them and the characters really did make memorable impressions 🙂


  2. I can highly recommend Shinsekai Yori 😉

    Out of all the shows you listed, it's probably the one with the highest amount of yuri in it and I personally also like it for its great story 🙂


  3. Nice list. Because of it I've seen Working, Yuyushiki, Yuru Yuri, Seitokai no ichizon, and non non biyori, which were all funny and cute. Do you have any more reccomendations that are like those?


  4. Yea I agree with you guys. The beginning is slow but i think it's well worth it by the end and it gets pretty interesting.


  5. I also wanted to get your opinion on Seitokai no ichizon. I just finished the 9th episode. So far I loved the whole president and chizuru thing they have going on. But on that 9th episode… I don't know, Chizuru doesn't actually like the main guy right????/!!!!!


  6. Sorry for the late reply…
    I sometimes even start liking characters simply because of their voice actor.
    Mitsuki, and Ymir are probably not my favorites, but I really like their voice actress, she's perfect for tsunderes 😛


  7. Love Lab is another show that fits right into the category of shows you just listed, so check that one out.

    Hm, Seitokai no Ichizon was probably meant to be a comedy harem show, so it's very likely that all the characters will eventually fall for the male lead…


  8. It wasn't tiny, not at all! Its… adorable? Nooo, um- fantastically awesome? Yea, its fantastically (I'm not even sure that's a word, but I'll still roll with it) awesome! 😉


  9. Wow, firstly, I need to tell you that your list of Anime and Manga legends are like 90%~ the same to mine. I was particularly happy when you mentioned Eila x Sanya because the internet doesn't really give them much attention -or, I'm just really bad at looking for their fanfics online-

    I spent the last hour looking at your blog posts and I found out that you REALLY like Vivit Gray. Indeed, this shocks me to no end as that doujin circle is also the one that made me plunge into the Touhou gutter D: Just wondering whether you have checked Personal Color's and Mental Apricot's work? They are also my favourites for Touhou doujins.

    Another thing is, I want to help your translation work by providing you RAWs, I sometimes buy Yuri manga from Japan, so……. I can help you with this, and maybe translate some manga? I dunno, but let's just enjoy the Yuri nation that you have on your blog for now 🙂


  10. Hey there nice to meet you 🙂
    Personal Color is one of my favorite Touhou doujin artists, but that's hardly a surprise since great art+Touhou yuri usally means that it's great 😛
    Mental Apricot however is pretty new to me.
    Well, I don't like Suwako x Kanako that much, so yeah…

    Providing new RAWs is always great, but our picky translator Mai, is as her name let's us predict, pretty picky 😀
    The scans must be of a certain quality and the doujin or manga must of course be enjoyable for her too.
    If you want to, feel free to just show me what manga/doujinshi you have, we can see what we can do afterwards 🙂

    You can either contact me through the contact me function on my blogroll or you can write using: yurireviews@gmail.com


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