2014 is slowly coming to an end, which is why it’s now time to hand out my personal Yuri Awards for the year. Enjoy!
Unlike last year, I actually had some shows to chose from, which was really nice. I asked myself whether maybe Akuma no Riddle or Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san were better picks, but in the end, only one of these 3 shows really delivered the yuri we were all waiting for.
Sakura Trick is simply the most yuri show we got in years. I even think that it ranks within one of the top three anime with the most yuri action of all time (hentai not included).
All in all, thanks to Sakura Trick, I’m sure many of us had a great start to the new year, and hopefully, Yuri Kuma Arashi will do a similar job.
2014 had A LOT of great anime in store for us, so it was really hard to pick the one I liked the most. However, as hard as it was, and as much as I wanted to pick Kill la Kill, this one managed to excite me even more.
I loved the setting, and I loved ALL the characters, which happens like… never. The whole thing ended in a way that I think is meant to indicate that there is going to be another season at some point, and I sure hope that they aren’t going to let us wait for too long~
Please don’t hate me too much for choosing Citrus. It’s already been on this list last year, but we just can’t deny that this manga really is the most popular yuri one around right now.
You can’t see past that fact, and if this wasn’t enough already, we also got a promotional video for this manga, which enhances my last statement even more. I know many of you hate it, and you might even have good reasons for that, but I think we can all agree that thanks to Citrus, we already gained a lot of new yuri fans.
During the time Fragments of Love was still ongoing, I repeatedly mentioned Mika as one of the most awesome main characters in yuri manga. And now, since this story came to an end this year, I can finally list her here and expose her as the awesome character that she is.
Seriously, I’ve rarely seen a main character this interesting, this strong, and this grown up. And this is especially remarkable since this is, yet again, a manga with a high school setting.
Well, I wished for a different end for her, but I’ll talk about that in my review about the manga sometime in the future.
Is anyone surprised by this pick? I actually don’t think so.
I barely even had to think about who to pick in this category, since it is so obvious that it just needs to be her. But before I just move on to the next category, I have to hand out a few extra awards for Haruka.
First of all, she’ll get the award for the Best Yuri Fangirl of 2014. She had some competition there thanks to Inugami-san, but I think she really deserves it more.
Lastly, we also have to give her the award for the Best Lesbian Girlfriend of 2014. Really, whoever is able to manage to be with someone like Yuu and make her happy, simply deserves this beyond anyone else.
How much I loved Kill la Kill, Satsuki and even Ryuko is still hard for me to put into words. It’s something not all of you will understand, since for some people, Kill la Kill was simply put trash, with over-the-top action and annoying characters.
However, the ones that don’t see things like this will probably agree that this show was one of the best and most refreshing ones 2014 had to offer. And Satsuki-sama is one of the main reasons why I think Kill la Kill rocked so much. She kicked ass, had awesome eyebrows, and best of all, she was the main reason for the great turning point in the anime, which was such an awesome moment!
I know it probably won’t happen, but I really wanna see more of this show.
Hands down, FLOWERS by Innocent Grey is by far the most appealing yuri Visual Novel this year has brought us. I even think that the new Sono Hanabira titles can’t catch up to the greatness of FLOWERS.
Well, I still haven’t played more than like 10 minutes of the trial version, but the art alone already makes this game look better than probably anything I’ve ever seen, and I’m hyped beyond believe to play this game in English some day.
I only recently discovered this awesome anime, but I fell in love with it super fast and I still hope that it’s going to have a second season at some point.
Isn’t this super catchy?
I think most of you were expecting me to name Haruka and Yuu, but I think Kotone and Shizuku are a way better couple. Not only is Kotone a super awesome yuri tease, I even think that her personality goes really well with Shizuku’s rather shy nature. They just click, which I can’t really say for Haruka and Yuu. Well, okay, Yuu was also too much of a bother to me, so I just can’t name them. 😛
But back to Kotone and Shizuku, I really wish Sakura Trick had some more screen time to offer to those two. But even with the little time they got, we were able to see a lot of really awesome moments. The scene you can see up there is one of them~
(Besides Kancolle and Touhou) this show managed to become so popular in our yuri fanbase that we’re basically overrun by the amount of yuri Love Live! doujinshi available. Though, the fans don’t only go for the most obvious pairings, such as Niko x Maki or Nozomi x Eri, they now start shipping anyone x anyone.
That makes 9 x 9 possible combinations (plus Honoka x Tsubasa), so there are a lot of possibilities. Not everything works out in my eyes, but some artists surprise me by drawing such nice doujinshi that I start liking even the weirdest pairings, like Maki x Honoka. Seriously, why would you pair them up?!
Though, that doujin was… good…. *cough*
2014 has been great for us fans, hasn’t it? I’m still stunned by the amount of yuri we got this year. So now, why don’t you tell me about your personal highlights? I’m always interested in reading your opinions~
Also, if you’re interested, check out my Yuri Awards of 2013.