When it comes to Yuri Manga in particular, there are some themes that have always been more popular, or let’s just say more often used than others.
For example, the amount of high school yuri stories might be so vast that it probably outnumbers all other yuri stories combined. I actually have no idea why this setting seems to be so appealing to Japanese artists, though it seems to be something like an unwritten rule to start out your career with some high school yuri setting, and possibly even stay right there for as long as possible, only rarely straying off that path.
Well, don’t get me wrong. I love this kind of setting, since it often implies that the two girls involved are at the age of experiencing their first love, which usually really makes for absolutely amazing stories. Though, even though I still love it, I’ve turned 24 this year, which is probably why my tastes start to drift into another direction, meaning that I’d like to read about characters in my age range as well.
And that’s exactly where my list of things I want to see more of in Manga starts; We need more stories with adult characters! To be even more specific, let me just add that girls in university (or office ladies) make for some really great yuri material! Why not just show some girls in their twenties or even thirties experiencing their first love? We actually already have some of these, but it’s still far too little!
Same goes for stories about married couples! I mean, what could be better than lovey-dovey newlyweds flirting with each other day and night in their own little apartment?!
And since we’ve already reached that topic, why not talk about Age Gap stories next? For me, age gap usually implies that one of the girls is already an adult while the other one simply isn’t. The age gap can range from only a few years to up to like 15 and even more in some rare cases. Though, what I try to stay away from is that kind of age gap that involves girls under a certain age. That’s also why I had my share of problems with stuff like SonoHana‘s Runa x Takako. Runa’s age is not specified, though I assume she’s around 13 or 14, which is… young. So, yeah, that’s something I don’t like much, though there is something similarly off-putting for me for other reasons. What I’m talking about is age gap yuri with lolis. What’s happening here is that they try to have an often NSFW story about two girls of seemingly legal age, with one of them just not looking all that grown up, to put it nicely.
I think I should stop right here before I rant on too much about why I can’t stand stories featuring themes like this or NSFW stories with underage girls in general, and come to the conclusion I actually wanted to point out with this.
What we need more of is simple age gap manga with yuri girls that are both of legal age AND are not lolis. I just recently experienced the greatness of stories like these, and ever since then, I’ve been trying to find more, though on my endless search, I always end up stumbling over some not so pleasant finds.
Lastly, completely unrelated to the rest of the post, my final wish is to see more yuri with girls with animal ears. Yeah, you heard that right. After talking about age gap and married girls, I’m talking about girls with animal ears…. I know, I have a very wide range of different tastes.
Though, seriously, you can’t really go wrong with adding, let’s say fox girls, or even better, cat girls, in any kind of anime, other than horror stories, maybe. I think they simply add some really cute and fluffy atmosphere to the whole show and open up some really great possibilities. You can pet them on the head for example, or feel their fluffy ears (and have them get really embarrassed about that) or even play with their tail (in a non-sexual way, of course). They can also add in some “Nya’s” every here and there and totally swoon us with the overload cuteness they’re throwing at us.
Actually, what I’d really love to see would be some special episodes of anime like Kantai Collection, or Valkyrie Drive where they simply add animal ears and a tail to all characters and let us see how they handle this new situation. I bet Kaga would go totally crazy for an Akagi with cat ears. Or imagine Mirei’s first time seeing her girlfriend with a fox tail?
Well, maybe I’m just being weird for wanting to see stuff like that, though I actually believe that special episodes might be really cute and fun with such additions.
Finally, after having said all this, here’s one of the only works that actually combines all my wishes: Legally Married Yuri Couple Book by Itou Hachi
And I love it~