Lena’s already listed her Top 10 Yuri Anime, so I figured it’s about time I follow suit and do the same. I just recently crowned my choice for Best Yuri Anime of the 2010s, but plenty of yuri anime were released in the decades prior, so expect to see yuri anime both new and old. Much like L’s list has done multiple times, I think I’ll update this list at some point in the future, but for now, let’s just go ahead and get started~
Flip Flappers is an anime that’s really hard to describe, yet throughout the surreal adventures of Cocona and Papika, you can’t help but get the sense that you’re watching something special. A lot of yuri anime play it safe, but this is definitely not one of them, and even though there are plenty of hints throughout the series, it isn’t until late in the series that you really realize how gay Cocona and Papika are.
This entire anime is so much more imaginative and different than most anime out there, so even though the story might leave you a little (or very) confused (as it did me), the grand adventure and unpredictability of it all leaves you glued to your screen. Flip Flappers may not be a very popular choice for favorite yuri anime, yet this is a wholly unique trip down the rabbit hole that will probably stick with you for a while after watching. “Yuri anime” and “avant garde” don’t go together at all, but if any anime fits the bill, this might be one of the best examples.
Because it’s the end of the decade, we thought we had to have it go out in style by creating a star-studded award ceremony celebrating yuri’s best and brightest. If I wasn’t allergic to manga and visual novels (:P), this post would be even bigger, but as it is, there are over 30 awards up for grabs, so take a seat as we do our best Oprah impersonation and just hand out the honors.
Oh, and because it’s a super special occasion, there are also a few non-yuri awards handed out, but enough talking! Let’s get started~
2016 wasn’t the greatest year yuri anime has yet seen, but late in the year, we had a show sneak up on us that helped end the year on a high note. Of course, I’m talking about Flip Flappers, so let’s take a trip down the rabbit hole and see the last of what 2016 had to offer us yuri fans~
It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts on the fall anime season that just came to an end~
Hibike! Euphonium 2 • 7.5/10
Length: 13 Episodes • Genre: Drama, Music, School
And the queer-baiting continues… .
As many of us already saw coming, this season of Hibike! also didn’t magically reveal our two main girls as the raging lesbians we all see them as. Well, some of you already stayed away from this season exactly because you already knew that KyoAni wouldn’t give us what we really want, though, despite the fact that it turned out just as expected, I can’t say I regret watching this even one bit. The gay moments between Reina and Kumiko (and later even between a surprising other pair) were as strong as ever, and no matter what Reina might feel for Taki, her feelings for Kumiko came off much stronger than anything she might feel for him.
So in my eyes, especially Reina is still very oblivious to her own feelings. Yup, that must be true!
Whoever thought that the second season of Hibike! Euphonium would feature any less yuri subtext than we already got in the first season was definitely in for a surprise, a very pleasant one. Not only did the yuri hype train start moving again, it was also fueled by so many small and big Kumiko x Reina moments that it’s hard to believe that it will ever come to an halt. I, in fact, can’t believe that any hetero romance for those two might be believable, especially for Reina, after seeing how they behave when they are around each other.
It was seriously the best thing in the world to watch these two interact with each other again, with all the subtle, and some even not so subtle, “yuri” gestures and looks they shared. I can’t wait for more, and I’m seriously going to throw a huge freaking tantrum if KyoAni actually includes any real heterosexual romance for either of my two new babies! Kyoto Animation, you have been warned!
Just like our Yuri Anime 2013, Yuri Anime 2014, and Yuri Anime 2015 lists, this one will also feature all the yuri shows that will air this year. Since it’s only the beginning of 2016, this list is still in progress and will be updated whenever there are new shows to add. If you feel like we missed something, feel free to name your additions.