We’ve already talked about how I got into yuri, but I think it’s also pretty interesting to see why I’m still so loyal to this genre.
As you may know, it all started a few years ago. Well, let’s not make it sound like I just got into the genre and let me give you some numbers instead. I’ve been a fan since about 2009, which makes it almost 7 years already. It’s a long time for me, since I used to switch between different things a lot. Especially with music, I always had a feeling as if I just couldn’t stay with the same genre for more than a few years. I guess I’m really not a teenager anymore, and my interests kind of settled, or at least that’s what I like to believe.
So for a few years now, I’ve been loyal to this genre to the extent that I’d say that “Yuri” is one of the most important factors of my life, as in factors of enjoyment. I don’t really want to over-dramatize it, so let’s modify my statement a little by adding the following:
If we disregard the most important people in my life, them being my partner, my family, and my friends; the one thing that helps me out the most would be this genre.
I think it still sounds a little awkward, so I should probably elaborate even further. As I just said, there are people in my life that make life worthwhile, that help me get through hard times, and that simply make me feel happy. But despite these people in my life, there are also other things. Music, for example, is one thing that is capable of making me feel happy, excited, or just relaxed. Though, as much as I enjoy music, there is one thing that does even more for me.
For anyone not as crazily in love with this genre as I am, this must sound so stupid, so before I continue, I’d like to ask you the following question: Disregard the people around you and tell me, what makes you excited? What is it that makes you squeal in excitement or simply burst with joy?
It may be that awesome new tech that you bought. It may be that new album you just got. Or it may as well be the book that you’re reading right now.
There are all kinds of sources of enjoyment, and I just happen to find this type of entertainment the most satisfying.
So after getting this off my chest, let’s get right into why this genre helps me out so much, and why I am, even after so many years, still in love with it.
Let’s do some easy math first. The main reason why I’m in love with this genre calculates as follows: I like anime + I like lesbian media = I love yuri anime.
Now some of my friends asked me why I don’t enjoy “normal” lesbian TV shows instead. There are two options to answer that question: The easy way (like how I always answered my friends) and the actual truth (which I usually keep to myself). To put it simply, I answer that there are no good lesbian TV shows, or at least not many that I like. South of Nowhere was good, but that’s about it. The L Word is too “extreme” for me, while stuff like Faking It is simply unbearable to watch for more than a few episodes. So what is left really?
However, that is not the full answer. What I usually keep from my friends is the fact that I watch and read yuri stuff that is even more extreme than The L Word and even more stupid and unrealistic than Faking It. It’s only that I’m totally okay with it when it comes to this type of media.
For Anime, Manga and Visual Novels, I simply have other criteria.
Furthermore, you could say that there is just a lot more diversity when it comes to Anime and Manga than there is with lesbian TV shows and other lesbian media, in general.
With Yuri, I can go like “Today, I’d like to read something that involves action, romance, a vampire, a sexy maid, fairies, and other magical creatures.” Even with requirements as unique as these, all I have to do is google the keywords and let myself get showered with Remilia x Sakuya doujinshi and much more. Hell, we even have stories about female ships loving each other. Just think about it, it’s crazy.
Another huge factor is that you basically get new things to enjoy every day. The Dynasty Reader is my everyday source for numerous new yuri one-shots, manga chapters, and pieces of pure smut. Each day, there is something new, which is amazing, and a luxury not many people can enjoy.
I often browse through the Reader on my way to work, just to stumble upon a new Akaga doujin. This alone often brightens up my day and makes work at least a little more bearable, since I can look forward to something when I’m done working.
As I said, everyone has their own sources of enjoyment, but for me, none of my prior “obsessions” managed to help me out as much as this. I’m crazy for new yuri doujinshi, and I would even go as far as to say that Comiket is more exciting for me than Christmas or even my own birthday.
All the new music, all the new doujinshi, it’s amazing and exciting altogether.
However, as mentioned above, I usually keep my excitement to myself. Many of my friends would judge me, not for liking yuri, but for liking it as much as I actually do. Others, like my colleagues, would then again judge me for the mere fact that I enjoy anime. So in the end, only a handful of people around me really know about this big part of me.
To be completely honest with you, I have this blog partly to just put my love for this genre into words, since I still think I just can’t (and probably shouldn’t) talk as much about it with friends as I’d actually like to.
|This Manga title really speaks to me – I’m not talking about the butt though 😛|
And since I’d like to thank those of you who actually made it this far, I’ll like to reveal a little secret. Since you now all know that I try to avoid letting all people around me know what I enjoy, I didn’t use my real name when I created this blog.
I tried to avoid letting people find me by googling my name, so Lena K. is just something I use as a pen name, though it’s of course absolutely fine to call me by that.
Any other information I revealed about myself is correct though, only the name is different.
Ah well, in the end, everyone should be allowed to just like whatever they want. I’m often too afraid to even admit that I enjoy watching anime to even get close to saying anything about my favorite genre. People still see this as something weird. Even my girlfriend, who is, in fact, an anime fan herself, doesn’t understand why I would enjoy reading an 18+ doujin about “these two anime characters” that I like so much. Well, let’s just say it’s hard to explain, and people are often prejudiced anyway.
I just noticed that I’m drifting off to yet another topic, so let’s just end it right here.
So, since I feel quite vulnerable for admitting all this and talking about it, it’s your turn to make me feel a little better about myself. So, what’s your story? Do you feel the same way about it, or are you not as “extreme” as I am?