I’ve already seen some other yuri nation members writing about that, so I thought: why not make an entry like that as well? I have to warn you though, I will probably talk about a lot of unnecessary and boring things, so read this at your own risk.
Before telling you how and when I first got into the genre, I’ll have to tell you a short backstory:
I think I was about 14 years old when I watched my first lesbian TV show, which was South of Nowhere, an American show that I can still warmly recommend, if you’re into this kind of thing. I was really obsessed with it, and thus started looking for similar shows and movies. I found some good ones, but also some really bad ones. So up until I was about 16, I had already seen a lot of lesbian and also gay TV shows and pretty much enjoyed most of them.
It’s important to know that my two best friends at that time were huge anime fans, whereas I didn’t much care about it. In fact, I was rather annoyed with anime, since those two just couldn’t stop talking about their favorite yaoi pairings and all their Bleach fanfics. I remember being really pissed at times, since that was often all they wanted to talk about during our breaks, and needless to say, I couldn’t take part in most of the conversations.
Luckily, they one day invited me over under the guise of cooking together, but really, they never intended to cook anything, and instead forced me to watch anime with them. We only watched the first two episodes of Death Note, and even though I was so against it at first, I still had to admit that it wasn’t as bad as I initially thought it would be. I even ended up continuing to watch the show right when I got back home that day. I guess that’s how I got into anime, and within the next few months, my friends got me to watch some more shows with them, and it was pretty fun, even though I still didn’t fully approve of their 18+ yaoi fanfics that they often made me read….
I think it was around 2009 when I started looking for lesbian anime, and I first came across Strawberry Panic and Kannazuki no Miko. Well, I decided to try Kannazuki no Miko first, simply because I found the main characters to look more appealing than Shizuma and Nagisa. However, I didn’t immediately like the show, since the huge mechas and their stupid reason for invading Earth and killing the priestesses was just a little too weird for me at first. But I guess as soon as I saw Himeko and Chikane kissing for the first time, I completely ignored the rest and simply watched the anime for the two of them. And oh did I love it….
That was probably when I first realized that I might be in love with this genre, so I continued with Strawberry Panic, Sasameki Koto, Candy Boy, and simply all yuri shows that had some main characters that I thought I might come to like. Unfortunately, it didn’t really take me that long to finally run out of possible shows. So then I also took notice of shows that only had yuri-ish characters or shows that came with some subtext only, and that’s also when I found out that manga are also a great source of yuri stories.
I didn’t really know what to read exactly, so I went through a lot of bad and weird ones, but also found great ones, like Gokujou Drops, Octave, and also Girl Friends. Since I didn’t know where to look for stuff like that, I simply read what I found on MangaFox, which is also where I found out about doujinshi. Well, I can’t remember what my first doujinshi was about. It was probably either about HimekoxChikane or NagisaxShizuma, but I really loved the idea of seeing more of my favorite pairings. Also, I kind of liked the fact those were often not as innocent as the anime version was. So yeah….
At some point, I stumbled across this specific blog, http://myanimemangacollections.blogspot.com, which many of you probably still remember. Unfortunately, this blog doesn’t exist anymore. I guess we also don’t have much use for such a website nowadays, since the Dynasty Reader is a faster and better way to find and read new yuri releases anyway. But back then, I visited this blog at least once a day, because I just didn’t want to miss any new releases, and I also pretty much enjoyed reading what yurigirl (the nickname of the girl who hosted this site) had to say about them.
Well, this is staring to get really long, so let me just cut it here and tell you about how I got the idea of starting a blog as well. By the time I had found out about all the most important yuri sources; anime, manga, doujinshi and visual novels, I also started taking part in discussions on anime forums, just to talk about the shows I’ve watched and ask people if they knew more. The two friends I mentioned in the beginning are by the way still anime fans, but I don’t really talk to them about yuri shows.
So, since I didn’t really have anyone to talk to when it comes to yuri stuff, I tried to do just that on the internet, but I guess that wasn’t enough, so I decided to write some random reviews about some of the shows and manga I liked the most. In the end, I didn’t really upload my reviews anywhere, because I was and I still am very unsure about my English. Well, some time went by and I found some other yuri websites, such as Yuri Nation and Yuri no Boke, that I then started visiting frequently. They all made me realize how nice it would be to be able to write down my own thoughts about shows and have people talk about it with me.
In the end, it still took me some more time to really make a blog myself, but today, more than one year after that decision was made, I’m quite happy about it. I’ve actually found a lot of people with the same interests as me and with whom I can talk about yuri to my heart’s content. Also I just love the way I can now just write about basically anything I want to write about and have conversations about it afterwards.
Well, I guess my reviews and other blog entries are not the best out there, and there’s still a lot for me to learn (especially when it comes to English grammar :P), but I still believe that there are at least some people who enjoy what I write. Also, at this point, I just want to say thanks to the people who visit this blog every now and then, and also thanks to the ones who take the time to comment. Please continue to do the same in the future. 😉
Well, I think it started out with “How I Got Into Yuri” and ended with “How I Came to Make a Blog”. I guess I just killed two birds with one stone, huh? Anyway, I hope the ones who took the time to read this all didn’t think it was too boring. 😉