Just like I did with my Top 10 Favorite Yuri Manga list, I’d like to update this one as well.
I have quite some additions to make, as well as changes to apply to this list. Also, since it’s already been a year since I posted most of my Top 10 lists, some others need to be updated as well, so please stay tuned for my updates on those, too.
But for now, let’s come to my actual entry and start with my new Top 10 Favorite Yuri Pairings. I decided to add some doujin recommendations as well this time. So for each pairing I’ll name, you’ll find my favorite doujin about them as well. Enjoy~
Well, I guess my hype for Kantai Collection knows no bounds, so this is not going to be the only KanColle pairing you’ll find in this list. Furthermore, it was really hard for me to decide which pairing I should go with. Should it be Ooi x Kitakami, or how about Kumano x Suzuya? In the end, I decided for Shoukaku x Zuikaku simply because I think that they are unbearably cute together~
Also, did you know that these two, as well as many other KanColle pairings are sisters, or sister ships in this case? I actually didn’t know when reading my first KanColle doujinshi and even up to this point, I can’t really say that it bothers me in any way. But how about you take a look for yourself? Despite knowing that they are sisters, I bet you still won’t be able to resist them~
My recommendation: Yuriduru by Ooshima Tomo
Here’s my first Touhou pairing. And don’t you worry, there will be even more. Actually this isn’t that surprising considering the fact that
almost all important characters in these games are female…. Ah well. In most doujinshi, Meiling and Sakuya share a very special kind of relationship with each other. Sakuya is usually a tsundere that just can’t show her feelings properly and always ends up scolding her crush for the smallest things. Meiling, on the other hand, is happily going along with it, always hoping for some special moments to come by. And when they do, it’s SO satisfying.
My recommendation: Between Calmness and Passion by Pigeon Blood
Shizuku and Eris are not just my favorite SonoHana couple, they’re actually my favorite couple of all visual novels I’ve ever played. Both of them are two of the most gorgeous yuri characters ever, they’re a great comedy duo and they are simply ultra cute together.
Furthermore, Shizuku is probably one of the most adorable yet sexy tsundere characters ever and she surprisingly doesn’t even come with a loli body like most tsundere characters do. Eris on the other hand, is very open with her feelings, maybe even a little too open. But it’s exactly this combination that leads to so many enjoyable and funny moments~
Oh, and I should probably mention that Eris is also a slightly dense and very perverted girl, which are of course some very promising character traits as well.
Without a doubt, among all the possible yuri pairings in Love Live, Eri x Nozomi is definitely the most satisfying one. Some refer to them as the two Love Live! goddesses, and I couldn’t agree more!
These two just have a really pleasant aura surrounding them, which just make them, and especially pairing them with each other, something that I just can’t resist doing. Now, all I’m hoping for is some more doujinshi about them by even more famous artists.
Someday, they will hopefully even pass the hype that NicoMaki is receiving right now. I think we’re already on the right path! Let’s all hope for the best!
My recommendation: In Spring, In Summer, In Autumn, In Winter. Always With You! by Waterfall
When it comes to Natsuki and Shizuru, my love for them partly originates in the anime and partly in all the great fanfiction. This is probably the yuri couple with the biggest amount of fanfiction available. On fanfiction.net alone, there are about 4,000 stories about them (number growing). and I can definitely understand why people would want to write about Shiznat. I mean a badass tsundere and a sexy stalker? How promising does that sound?
Ah well. Anyway, there is a reason why these two have such a huge fanbase, so if you don’t know them already, why not check them out now?
My recommendation: After School Dulce by Nanzaki Iku
Speaking of famous yuri anime couples, Chikane and Himeko are probably one of the most famous, if not the most famous yuri couple in anime ever, which is absolutely no surprise. Just look how gorgeous they are and how well they fit each other. It’s almost a crime that there is no second season of Kannazuki no Miko, and unfortunately, there aren’t even many doujinshi about them.
But still, we have at least something similar to a second season, and even though I didn’t really like Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora, it was definitely worth watching, if only for some more
Himeko x Chikane Himiko x Kaon goodness.
Somehow, NanoFate is really everywhere. We got a lot of nice yuri subtext in each of the 3 anime seasons, some yuri subtext in the original manga, a huge amount of fun/cute/sexy NanoFate doujinshi, and a whole lot of really well written fanfiction.
However, the number of new fan works has decreased, which I find really unfortunate. Let’s all hope that this will change once the new movie/season will be out~
If you like this pairing too, check out these artists: Tokoharu, Asterisk, Hachikai
My recommendation: Harmony by Tokoharu
Are you surprised that I didn’t choose Kyouko x Sayaka? I was considering putting them in the list as well, so let’s just say they’d be in my Top 20, but I think the relationship between Madoka and Homura is somehow more dramatic, more intense, and also a little more enjoyable for me to watch.
It’s also a huge plus that in doujinshi, Homura can be presented as either her cute and clumsy self, as well as her badass and sexy self. Either way, I love it, and Homura is definitely one of my favorite yuri characters of all-time.
My recommendation: I Love You So Much by Fukuya
I can already feel people glaring at me for putting them in second place. I know, this pairing hasn’t been around for too long, but can you really blame me for being so obsessed with them? I don’t think so!
It’s all thanks to them that we not only got some of the most satisfying KanColle doujinshi ever, we can also drool over them every Wednesday thanks to the KanColle anime that is currently airing.
Seeing Kaga loose her cool around Akagi and Akagi simply being the adorable glutton that she is, I’m asking you, who on earth would not fall head over heels in love with them?!
Though, the most influencing factor for me to start loving this pairing so much was definitely not the anime, but one of the few Akagi x Kaga artists, Nekomura.
My recommendation: I Love The One Who Eats A Lot by Nekomura
I think in this case, it’s Vivit Gray’s fault that these two characters are even mentioned in this list. You see, if it wasn’t for this artist, I wouldn’t even know about the greatness of MokouxKeine, and that would be such a shame. But why are these two my number one?
I remember reading my first doujin about them some years ago and after finishing it, I immediately started searching the internet for more. There is something special about Mokou x Keine that I just can’t get enough of. They match each other so perfectly, they’re just too cute together, and their beautiful yet so tragic love story has now managed to earn this couple the first place in my list 2 years in a row!
My recommendation: Gentle Pulse by Vivit Gray
Did you notice how most, if not all, of my recommendations are NSFW? It shocked me too!
I just proved to myself that I’m actually a pervert…. What a surprise….
Well, actually, I believe that a romantic doujin can
always profit from a sex scene, but it, of course, needs to be done really, really well. Maybe some of you can agree with me. Actually, I sure hope so, because I’m really feeling like a pervert right now. 😛
Also, here’s my old list of favorite yuri pairings.