Let’s start with the highlights of 2017.
The year has admittedly been good, but definitely not the greatest when it comes to yuri anime and manga, at least in my opinion. Focusing on anime, we got some fair amount of shows with yuri subtext, like Kakegurui and the second seasons of New Game! and Love Live! Sunshine!!.
Though, the great highlights were rather shows like Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, which simply surprised us with the amount of yuri—especially for a show by KyoAni—that seriously blurred the lines between only subtext and straight up yuri content. No one was really expecting that, which definitely makes this one of the greatest highlights of 2017 for me.
Let’s also not forget about two more full-on yuri shows, namely the infamous Netsuzou TRap and Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai. Starting with Netsuzou TRap, I guess it’s not a secret anymore that I was expecting a lot more than what we actually got. Short episodes aside, the quality of the animation as well as the fact that it was all simply a voiced and slightly animated copy of the manga, just made me drop my prior excitement all at once, which is simply sad.
Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai, on the other hand, was a pleasant surprise, for the most part at least. As I had never heard of it before, I went into watching it with pretty much no expectations. And thus, this one simply became the one ecchi, almost borderline hentai, yuri anime that just every year has to have. It was definitely a mostly nice watch, with a very high yuri content and even some unexpected romance, which makes this a definite highlight of the year for me.
There were also two other anime that, while not considered yuri anime, had plenty of yuri fans excited anyway. Of course, I’m talking about Kuzu no Honkai and Princess Principal, which were not only two excellent shows, they also portrayed the yuri in a more serious/mature way than we’ve come to expect from most other anime. This was especially true in Kuzu no Honkai‘s case, and even though it didn’t sell well at all, let’s just hope that we’ll continue to see more anime offer something a little more adult.
Don’t be mad with me, but I have to admit that this year, I haven’t finished playing even one yuri visual novel. I know, that’s almost a crime and should probably be punished accordingly, but I guess time is just too short lately.
However, I can still easily state that one of the biggest highlights of this year is definitely not only the amount of yuri visual novels that have been released, but also the amount that have been announced. I think there hasn’t even been one year in which we talked about yuri visual novel news that often. We literally had huge news updates ready every other week, and it always featured different ones. I guess you could say it’s both a blessing and a curse, seeing that the games are starting to pile up and they usually come with such long play times that it’s simply too hard to cover it all. Well, I’m sure there will come less busy times, so I’ll keep piling them up until I can finally consume them all!
If you wanna check all the ones that came out this year, here’s our very convenient list of yuri visual novels. The 2017 releases alone are already too many to count~
Another highlight that is pretty much unrelated to yuri anime, manga, or visual novels is the most recent events of the The Legend of Korra comics.
Unexpected is probably the most fitting word to use for this, but I’d rather just call it THE BEST FREAKING THING THAT COULD EVER HAPPEN instead. 😛
So, as it turns out, Korra and Asami don’t only go on a romantic vacation together, no. They actually confirm their relationship in numerous ways, be it by kissing each other, by actually stating having feelings for one another, and by even introducing each other as girlfriends. Just WTH! This was too good to be true and yet it is! I demand more!
Finally, the biggest highlight of 2017, just like stated above, is definitely the amount of yuri news announcements, which leads to the second part of the post: What to look forward to in 2018.
I’m so great at doing transitions! 😛
I think that I almost got fooled into thinking that 2017 had an overwhelming amount of yuri to offer, but when thinking about it some more, I just realized that rather than actually featuring or having offered a lot of yuri, 2017 just set the stage for a whole lot more to follow in 2018. It’s true that we have gotten an overwhelming amount of new yuri visual novels, but there are yet again quite a few titles that we already know we’ll follow in 2018. I would yet again encourage you to simply check our list of yuri visual novels and search for titles that will be released in 2018. It’s already quite a few.
Anime-wise, I think that 2018 will simply blow us all away. If starting out the year with the anime version of the biggest yuri manga of the past few years, namely Citrus isn’t already big enough news, how about continuing the year with the Kase-san OVA or how about the third big yuri show of 2018, Tachibanakan Triangle? There are already 3 pure yuri shows announced, and the year hasn’t even really started out yet.
And that’s not even all! How about second seasons of Kantai Collection and Amanchu!? Or how about more Sailor Moon?! The list goes on and on, and I’m sure we’ll be able to add more and more to it as times goes on, but even like this, it already sounds way too promising! I’m simply having high hopes that 2018 will be a year to remember, just like 2009 was, as we remember it as the greatest year in yuri anime history.
All in all, I think lately, we can’t really complain about the amount of yuri visual novels, yuri manga, and yuri doujinshi. The only department that has always been lacking, but that is arguably the most important of them all, is definitely the anime department. With 2018, I hope that we can finally gain some momentum and have the yuri genre get the attention that it deserves~
As we have already gathered all the upcoming yuri shows in a convenient list, please look forward to our post of 2018 Yuri Anime that will follow soon. With that said, the list of anime in 2017 has been almost completed and can be viewed here. We’re still missing some yuri ratings, so if you feel like it, please help us out and suggest away~