After coming across some rather harsh comments some people left on various manga and doujinshi on the Dynasty Reader, I started to wonder whether I myself enjoy watching shows/reading manga that other yuri fans would look down on me for.
Within our yuri community, and especially manga and doujinshi in particular, there are so many different genres and themes to chose from that it’s impossible to not come to dislike at least some of them. But this post will not be about some kind of, let’s say, questionable or controversial themes, such as incest, or even age gap or loli stuff. I just want to talk about my own guilty pleasures when it comes to anything yuri.
So let’s start with anime and manga. I guess you can say that I’m quite easy to please, especially when it comes to anime. Give me some yuri, and I’ll watch the show and most likely enjoy it too. So my first guilty pleasure is a show called Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora. I bet many of you have already watched it or have at least heard about it. In short, it has Chikane and Himeko, my two favorite anime lesbians in it. Well, they have different names, and their story is also not the same, but without a doubt, we can say that these two are like alter egos of Chikane and Himeko.
So why is that a guilty pleasure then? That’s easy to explain, too. The anime sucked, and not just a little. I mean, Kannazuki no Miko’s story was not a masterpiece to begin with, but this one looks like a cheap rip-off of Kannazuki no Miko with even bigger plot holes, more random mecha fights, and some characters so unpleasant to watch that I only survived through the show thanks to Kaon and Himiko. But despite all of this, I still enjoyed it….
Speaking of Himeko and Chikane, let’s stay with them for a little longer and come to my next guilty pleasure. This time it’s a manga, and it features Himeko and Chikane in yet another universe. The manga is called Himegami no Miko, and it’s by far the worst setting Kaishaku came up with for the two.
I guess seeing them in Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora was still kind of nice, but with this manga, Kaishaku definitely went a little too far. Chikane, for example, grew some humongous, balloon-like breasts, while Himeko looks like a loli. And best of all, Chikane transformed into quite the pervert, who likes to take advantage of Himeko whenever she senses an opportunity. Sounds bad right? And yet, I enjoyed it…. Hell, I wouldn’t even mind another story for the two. Feel free to judge me for that.
Ah well, let’s come to the next one. This one is probably more like a personal guilty pleasure, because many of you most likely won’t even mind stuff like that. So this one centers around Marisa Kirisame from the Touhou games. In pretty much all cases, I really hate seeing characters being paired up with numerous other characters. It’s just a no-go for me, because in my head, they only have one true partner, so everything else is just wrong. For example, a lot of people ship Eri and Nozomi (Love Live!), while others find Umi a more suitable partner for Eri. For me, there’s only Eri x Nozomi, and no matter how well these Eri x Umi doujinshi are written, I won’t read them.
Now, coming back to Marisa. Most Touhou fans know that there are a lot of different pairings with her. For example, she gets paired up with Alice, Reimu, Sakuya, Patchouli, and the list goes on. And despite the fact that my one true pairing for her is Marisa x Alice, I’m mostly fine with all the other pairings as well. I guess that’s not really what you’d call a guilty pleasure, but for me, it really feels like one.
Next up is a genre that I unfortunately don’t find that often in yuri stories. You’ll probably disagree with me once you hear what I’m talking about, but hear me out first. What I mean is romance, but not just that. I’m talking about cheesy romance. Something really gushing and so over the top that most people would rather die than do anything like that in real life. I bet each and every one of you have come across specific situations in manga in which you just had to roll your eyes because of how cheesy and overly romantic it was. And despite the fact that I could probably not handle situations like that in my own life, I love reading about them in manga. For me, the love between characters just can’t be deep enough, and while most people are just annoyed by stuff like that, I live for it!
My last guilty pleasure is probably something that many guys will hate me for, but I’ll name it anyway.
I know it sounds mean, but I really enjoy stories in which guys lose to other girls, when it comes to relationships. For example, I really enjoyed how Souma (Kannazuki no Miko), who was actually a super nice guy, totally and utterly lost to Chikane. I pitied him a little, but in the end, his failure made me enjoy Chikane x Himeko even more than I already did.
So yeah, that’s my list for now. I could probably name a few more, but since this post is already long enough, I’ll save it for another time. If you enjoyed reading this post, feel free to tell me about your own guilty pleasures as well~