My Top 10 Yuri Manga [Old]

Note: This is an old list, click here to see the new one.

lonely wolf lonely sheep yuri manga cover
10.
Title:  Lonely Wolf, Lonely Sheep
Author: Mizutani Fuka
Genre: Drama, Insecurity, Romance, Fated Lovers
Description:   
Kakimoto Imari the cute, petite blonde. Kakimoto Imari the tall, tomboyish brunette. They share the same birth month and year, and both came to the accident ward of the same hospital on the same day seeking treatment for similar injuries.
This is the story of two women with very different lifestyles whose fates become inexplicably intertwined from the moment they first meet.
(mangaupdates.com)
Chapters: 1 volume, 4 chapters
Year: 2011
Scanlation Group: Lililicious
When it comes to yuri romance in manga, the stories are often similar. Two girls meet in school and fall in love. Even though I actually love stories like these, I still sometimes hope to find different stories, something out of the ordinary. Lonely Wolf and Lonely Sheep won’t provide you with a plot you’ve never seen before but it still is different from most “Yuri School Romances” and comes with some surprises as well.

9.asagao to kase-san yuri manga cover
Author: Takashima Hiromi
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, School Setting, Sports, Bullying
Description:   
The story revolves around Yamada, a clumsy girl with not much self-esteem and only a few real friends and Kase-san, a student from the class next door, who is an excellent athlete, the star track team member and on top of that, popular all around school. Those two could not be more different from one another, yet once they meet, it is exactly the cool and a boyish aura of Kase-san, that attracts Yamada interest.
Chapters:  1 volume, 5 chapters (so far)
Year: 2010
Scanaltion Group: Yuri Project

As I said in my review of this manga, Asagao to Kase-san is simple and light and that’s exactly what makes it so enjoyable. If you wanna read a cute short story about two girls falling in love, then that’s the perfect choice. 

blue friend yuri manga cover
8.
Title: Blue Friend
Author: Eban Fumi
Genre: Drama, School Setting, Angst, Bullying, Possessive female lead
Description:  
Second-year middle school student Ayumu Kurihara changes classes and is seated next to the beautiful but strange Misuzu Tsukishima who dislikes boys. Misuzu can’t get close to other people, but after being moved by Ayumu’s sweet, honest personality she begins to open up to her little by little. Ayumu too is captivated by the awkwardly delicate Misuzu and the two of them become close.

V.3 (a.k.a. Second Season)
It’s Shimizu Kanako’s first day at an all-girls high school, and she’s a little overwhelmed. Hoping to make new friends, she bumps into the odd and distant Kamei Ao, as well as her first three new friends: Aki, Rikako and Haruna. Of course, not all can be so sweet in the world of girls.
(mangaupdates.com)

Chapters: 3 volumes, 8 chapters
Year: 2010
Scanlation Group: Yurikai
I don’t often read about rape and other traumatic events in yuri manga, but this one is packed with stuff like that. If you are a fan of intense drama, that still feels realistic, read this!

aoi hana yuri manga cover
7.
Title: Aoi Hana
Author: SHIMURA Takako
Genre: School Setting, Drama, Slice of Life, Coming of Age
Description:  
Fumi and Akira were best friends when they were little, with Akira always looking after the crybaby Fumi, but that all ended when Fumi’s family moved away. Several years later, Fumi’s family returned, and she and Akira happened to bump into each other on their way to school. They became friends again, quickly slipping back into old patterns. Shortly after, Fumi began dating a cool, attractive upperclassman who, coincidentally enough, had ties to Akira’s current school, the prestigious Fujigaya Girls’ Academy.(lillilicious.net)
Chapters: 7 Volumes, 47 chapters (Ongoing)
Year: 2004-present
Scanlation Group: Lililicious
Aoi Hana is one of those manga that start off totally boring but get better with every chapter. Personally it took me like 10 chapters to really get into it but from that point on I was addicted.
kuchibiru tameiki sakurairo yuri manga cover
6.
Title: Kuchibiru Tameiki Sakurairo  
Author: Milk Morinaga
Genre: Slice of Life, School Setting, Unrequited Love, Romance, Drama
Description:  
Nana and Hitomi have been together for several months now. They kissed, they had sex, but their relationship is still a secret for everybody else. However things may be starting to change… (mangapark.com)
Chapters:  Collection of 7 interlinked short stories
Year: 2005
Scanlation Group: Lililicious

If you liked Girl Friends you’ll definitely like these as well. They are cute, light and funny, just what you would expect from Milk Morinaga. 

sasameki koto yuri manga cover 
5.
Title:  Sasameki Koto
Author: Ikeda Takashi
Genre: School Setting, Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, Unrequited Love
Description:  
Sumika Murasame is deeply in love with her cheerful classmate and friend Ushio Kazama. Ushio is openly lesbian but… she likes cute girls, and Sumika, top student, class representative, black belt in karate, is all but cute. Even worse, Sumika herself is terrified of endangering her friendship with Ushio and chooses to maintain the status quo, as much as it pains her to hide her feelings… (animenewsnetwork.com)
Chapters: 9 volumes, 51 chapters (so far)
Year: 2007-2011
Scanlation Group: Dynasty Scans, MakiMaki Scanlations, Payapaya Scans
When I’m thinking about yuri Manga, Sasameki Koto is the first title that pops up in my mind, it’s like a classic yuri manga, that every fan of the genre should know about.
pure water adolescence yuri manga cover

4.

Author: Kazuma Kowo
Genre: Drama, School Setting, Age Gap, student-teacher romance
Description:  
Nanao is an average high school girl who happens to be in love with the school nurse. Matsumoto is an average school nurse who happens to be in love with her medical assistant Nanao. Hilarity and drama ensues as the two go about their romance surprisingly unbothered by the legal system. They are not the only two to be romantically involved this story. There’s another set of school girls and a gym teacher named Hanada who had a fling with her music teacher back when she went to school. Hilarity and drama follow them as well. (tvtropes.org)

Chapters: 1 Volume, 8 interlinked short stories
Year: 2006
Scanaltion Group: Lililicious
It’s been a while since I read these short stories and I have to be honest, I don’t remember why I love them so much anymore. It’s probably the combination of nice art and an interesting plot that they still remain in this list. If you haven’t heard about Pure Water Adolescent, please check it out, I’m sure these short stories will enchant you just like they enchanted me.
3.
shitsurakuen yuri manga cover
Author: Naomura Tooru
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Drama, Harem, School Setting, Duels
Description:   
Himoto Sora is a transfer student with a sense of justice and dreams of becoming a knight. Upon arriving at Utopia Gakuen, she learns of a virtual reality-like game played by the male students in which they use girls as weapons in battles for status and treat them as commodities. Seeing one of these girls being abused she steps in and though some sort of error unwittingly becomes the first female participant of the game. (Myanimelist.net)
Chapters: 6 Volumes, 24 chapters 
Year: 2009-2011 
Scanlation Group:  Mako-Scans
Shitsurakuen is the only action Manga in this list but that’s actually not that surprising since most action manga only have some yuri subtext to attract more readers. In this case we don’t only get yuri as one of the main themes, no we also get a female harem for our main heroine Sora. Something like that is kind of rare and very awesome!
prism yuri manga cover
2.
Title: Prism
Author: Higashiyama Shou
Genre: School Setting, Comedy, Drama, Romance, First Love
Description: 
Megu, a regular high school girl struggles to get over her first love Hikaru, a boy she met years ago and spent only one single day with, yet the memory of this boy stays captured in her heart for years. Now that some time has passed, Megu is finally beginning to forget about Hikaru, freeing her heart from the feelings for a boy she thinks, she’ll probably never meet again in the first place. But life doesn’t work as easy as that, because just when she decides to not chase after this memory any longer, she encounters Hikaru, a pretty girl that seems to be very familiar. 
Chapters: 2 volumes, 6,5 chapters (hiatus)
Year: 2010
Scanlation Group: Futari wa Pretty Anon
Even though the story is not completed yet (and will probably never be completed), you should still give this one a try. I especially recommend this to everyone that is looking for a more realistic lesbian love story.  

1.

Title:  Girl Friends

girl friends yuri manga cover
Author: Milk Morinaga
Genre: Slice of Life, School Setting, Romance, Drama, Cute Girls, Fashion
Description:   
Mari is a shy, studious girl who has neither a boyfriend nor any friends. One day, Akiko – one of the most fashion-conscious and sociable girls in the class – strikes up a conversation with her out of the blue! As the days go by the two become inseparable, with Akiko often cheerily remarking on how they became best friends so easily. Mari has a lot of fun with Akiko and her group, slowly becoming more outgoing despite still being timid and awkward. But she knows, deep down inside, that she doesn’t want them to stay just friends forever… (mangaupdates.com)
Chapters: 5 Volumes, 35 chapters
Year:  2006-2010
Scanlation Group: MakiMaki Scanlations
You are a Yuri fan and haven’t read Girl Friends yet? Shame on you! Now go read it!
 

60 thoughts on “My Top 10 Yuri Manga [Old]

  1. Love your reviews and the list.

    I really love citrus too because of the story and because of the art. Any other stories you can recommendthat have a good art? though i think citrus would be a topper when it comes to art in yuri mangas.

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  2. Thank you 🙂

    Saburouta has a really clear and you could even say mature artstyle and that is something rare when it comes to cute yuri.
    The only mangaka whose artstyle reminds me a bit of Saburouta's, would be Kasumi (Mura Mura Pocky), but he is a doujin artist, so that might not be what you're looking for.
    If you're just looking for nice art, then how about you try “A Divine Love Alone” or “Comprehensive Tovarish”?

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  3. Nice!

    thanks, dont really mind if its doujin a beautiful story is a beautiful story after all.Thanks a lot again 🙂

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