Among all of my Top 10 lists, this was one that was still missing, so we gotta change that quickly!
Though, before getting into the list, let me say the following: Since we unfortunately still don’t have that many full yuri shows, you’ll also find shows with either heavy subtext or yuri as side stories in this list. With that said, let’s not waste any more time. So here are my Top 10 favorite Yuri anime. Enjoy!
Why did I watch Mai-HiME? Was it because of the awesome plot? Or maybe because of the awesome soundtrack? Or wait, it could also be thanks to the great characters? But nope, the only reason I actually started watching this show was because of Natsuki and Shizuru and the almost endless amounts of fanfics and doujinshi I had already read about them. Though, in the end, those two were not the only reason why I loved this show so much. Pretty much all of the reasons I listed up there played part in it as well.
Seriously, Mai-Hime really has it all, and despite the fact that I wished for a story in which Natsuki actually became Shizuru’s girlfriend, instead of only having to live with some more or less obvious hints, this was still an awesome watch!
Kanamemo is undoubtedly one of the lesser-known yuri shows out there. Well, the yuri involved “only” happens between the side characters, and they are not shown that often. Though, the few moments we witness between Yume and Yuki are precious. No wonder the two made it into my list of memorable yuri characters as well, since they simply share one of the cutest, most enjoyable, and most squeal-worthy relationships of all-time.
And let’s not forget about some other yuri-ish characters this show has to offer. So let’s just say that all in all, this was a very enjoyable show that was made even better thanks to the inclusion of an awesome yuri couple.
Lesbian assassins…. Let’s just let that two-word description of Akuma no Riddle sink in for a little while. I’ve never before heard of anything similar, despite the fact that there are probably many similar shows with non-yuri characters around. Though, getting one with an all-female cast that basically all get some, more or sometimes less obvious, yuri love going on between each other. Yeah, that’s something new to me.
So between all the awesome fighting taking place, there was still enough room for some even more awesome yuri
subtext to take place. Haru x Tokaku might have gotten the most screen time, though I’m pretty sure that some other pairs had enough time together to share some yuri loving, whenever they were not on screen as well.
Admittedly, this show didn’t end the way we all wanted to. Hilda didn’t get her much deserved girlfriend, and Ange ended up with Tusk, a male character. In terms of yuri, this couldn’t have gone any more wrong. Though, the yuri we got through the rest of the show probably made up for the horrible outcome, if only a little.
So basically, the whole show involves some steamy yuri sex scenes, some kisses, and even some true romance, despite the fact that Cross Ange often didn’t depict the yuri taking place as something happening out of the characters’ love for one another. In the end, there were still enough yuri characters left, and if we now add in the fact that the whole plot of this show, as well as pretty much all of the important characters, were pretty damn awesome, then this makes for a damn great anime, if you ask me.
I first didn’t even want to list a specific season of this show, since Nanoha and Fate share lovely scenes in each and every of them. Though, I also can’t deny that their relationship got especially great when they got a little older (and adopted a child together). Seeing scenes of them sharing the same bed, snuggling up to little Vivio like the great mothers they are… yeah, that surely gets me excited.
Even if we were to disregard the yuri
subtext that was taking place right before our eyes, this shows offered some great action, a really nice story, and some totally badass magical girls fighting the bad guys, as well as occasionally fighting each other. Awesome!
Disregarding the yuri content, this is probably one of the most hilarious shows I’ve ever watched. Well, the yuri content might also not be that high, or let’s just say that there is no actual romance involved other than some characters drooling over their crushes. It will probably never cross that border, even if we already saw some kisses happen. Just like the title let’s us predict, it will stay as light-hearted as it is right now, and truth be told, I actually don’t mind. As much as I’d like to see Ayano and Kyokou making out, I’m totally fine with Chitose’s random delusions about them. And as much as I’d like to see Kyokou getting a little closer to Chinatsu, I don’t want to miss seeing her miserably fail trying to do so.
In short, Yuru Yuri can stay just like it is right now, hopefully getting even more seasons, and maybe even movies, for us to enjoy in the future~
After years of barely getting any yuri, this show surely surprised many of us. Not only is this a full yuri show—only starring lesbian characters—it goes one step further even, seemingly banning all male characters that could get in the way as well. And oh god, was that yuri content high. I actually believe that it’s almost impossible to include even more than the already numerous yuri kisses, hugs, love confessions, and other yurirific things that happened. Actually, if they wanted to include any more, I’m pretty sure they’d have to turn it into a hentai, since I don’t think you can squeeze in any more yuri content without actually turning it into porn.
So yeah, Sakura Trick was probably what many of us yearned for after waiting so long for something new to appear, and this surely didn’t disappoint.
Where should I start with this one, I wonder…?
Seriously, I already talked so much about Strawberry Panic on this blog that I don’t even know what else to say about this anymore. Should I tell you how sexy I found the flirty, oh-so confident lady-killer, Shizuma? Or how about we talk about the tragic love between her and Kaori? Or wait, we could also talk about all the other lesbian characters, namely the whole freaking school, actually all three of them.
So, yeah. There is plenty of great things to say about this yuri milestone, but I would only repeat myself over and over again while gushing over all the things I already talked about a thousand times. So let’s just leave it at that. A great show deserves a great place in my list anyway, so third place sounds about right to me.
Without a doubt, I think this might be the biggest and most famous yuri show of all-time. It was actually the first yuri anime for me as well, and I can’t deny that it got me even more interested in the genre than I already was back then.
Well, okay, we have to see beyond the fact that the story might not have been the best, with huge plot holes and plot twists that just didn’t make any sense. Though, despite the fact that the story might not be able to hold up to the yuri community’s hype for this anime, what actually makes so many of us love Kannazuki no Miko is rather its two heroines and the love they share. It’s not platonic, it’s not a love between sisters, and it surely passes the love between friends. This show literally throws the yuri content right into your face, presenting the love between Himeko and Chikane as something higher than anything else. This is rare, especially for the time this show aired, which is why this one belongs right where I put it.
Does this come as a surprise? Well, I gotta say, I actually surprised myself as well.
This anime surely doesn’t stand at the pole position of this list thanks to its yuri content, because there is just not that much, especially compared to some other shows I listed. Though, the whole anime itself, as well as all three movies that followed, are simply amazing, pieces of art even, all driven by Homura’s endless struggle to rescue the girl she loves so dearly. She only revealed her true feelings in the last movie, though, we have all been expecting this through pretty much the whole thing, if the ridiculous amount of yuri doujinshi is any hint.
Well, I guess I’d really like to see even more of this series, though I’m a little afraid it might not be able to hold up to the awesomeness of the prior works, so I guess I’d rather not see anything of this franchise anymore, instead of something that might ruin the whole thing for us.