My Top 10 Yuri Manga [Updated]

It’s almost been a year since I made my first Top 10 list of this kind. If you wanna read it, click here. During that time, some manga came to an end, others started out, and still others surprised me by turning out really well. In short, a lot of things changed, and instead of just changing my previous list, I think it’s more convenient to just make a new one.

Many of the already listed manga will appear in this list again, but a whole bunch of new titles will finally appear too. 2013 has fortunately been a year full of great yuri manga, and while I think this will continue in 2014, we can probably already say that 2014 is also the year of great yuri anime, but that’s another story.

For now, let’s start the list.

flower and the star yuri manga
Title: The Flower and the Star
Author: Suzukin Kario
Genre: Comedy, Drama, School Setting, Yuri
Description: Hanai is a junior higher and the best at table tennis. She’s never lost, and she’s won many tournaments, but after some freshman she’s never heard of beats her like it was nothing, she starts losing every game after that and she can’t get rid of that feeling of defeat. Now it’s her first day of high school and she’s decided to quit table tennis and live an ordinary high school life, but on the first day, she runs into the very girl that first defeated her. It turns out that she’s also quit table tennis, but this girl always has a cold expression on her face and Hanai can’t help but feel that this girl is always looking down on her and trying to mess up her perfect high school life. One day the girl falls asleep in class, and Hanai reaches over to wake her up. As she does so, the girl, still half asleep, looks up at her with a smile and almost kisses her. The girl later tells Hanai that she was having a dream about her, but Hanai coldly brushes it off thinking she’s just messing with her and walks away – as the girl behind her looks down while blushing….Source

Chapters: 11 Chapters + Special
Year: 2010
Scanlation Group: Yuri Project

I never thought a manga about table tennis could be this good, but then again, table tennis is not the main them of the story, the relationship between Hanai und Haru is. To be honest, I’d rather see Haru with her childhood friend Chika, and that’s probably the main reason why this one didn’t score higher.

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My Personal Highlights of 2013

Since it’s the end of the year already, I thought it would be a good idea to just list my personal highlights of 2013 and kind of draw a final conclusion to see how “successful” this year has been for us yuri fans.

So first of all, let’s start with anime.
I think everyone will agree with me when I say that 2013 has been the year of Shingeki no Kyojin.
I have to be honest and tell you that I’m usually neither up to date with seasonal anime releases, nor do I pay attention to what shows are the most popular.
However, there was one anime this year that I could not miss simply because of its huge fandom, and I’m really happy I actually did take the time to see why everyone was going crazy about it.
Shingeki no Kyojin was without a doubt the most anticipated as well as successful anime of 2013 and I have to agree, it’s a fantastic show with a freaking awesome story. It is also one of the only (non-yuri) manga I’ve read in a long time and it’s even one of my favorites right now, which is so rare since I usually only read yuri stuff.
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Well, other than the manga and anime, especially the yuri pairing YumiKuri (Ymir x Christa) has gained a lot of popularity this year. There are already tons of doujinshi, fanfics and even short animated clips of them out. And since I’m up to date with the manga, I can safely assume that the fandom won’t just stop here, but rather grow even bigger.
But since I don’t want to spoil you guys, let’s just end it here and come to another highlight that happened at the end of the year, not too long ago.
The news of the 3rd Madoka Magica movie had been around for a while and in October the movie was finally released in Japan, while some other countries had to wait until December to finally watch it.

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Manga Review: Notes from the Garden of Lilies

Author: Suga Atsushi
Length: 2 volumes
Genre: Comedy, School Life, Drama, School Idol, Yuri
Scanlation Group: Yuri Project
Story 8/10 and Characters 9/10:
Misono Fujiwara, or how people call her “The Saint” is like the idol of the whole school and the daughter of an esteemed household. Thanks to her status she’s usually the centre of attention and respected by all the other students. However even though she always helps out wherever she can and is always surrounded by people, she’s quite lonely. The people around her are not the ones who she considers to be her friends since all they seem to see in her is just her social status. Still there is one person that treats her differently, like an equal, even like a nuisance and that is Yuri Kurashiki. 
While being a total outcast for both her outward appearance as well as her rough personality, Yuri is usually avoided by her classmates and thus always ends up being alone. However even though it does bother her quite a bit, she at least seems like she doesn’t really care. 
One day after school, Misono finds out about Yuri’s story book, in which Shinobu, Yuri’s childhood friend, writes down all the ideas for the manga Yuri draws. Totally embarrassed that someone found out about it, she hides the fact that she actually didn’t write what’s written in there, since giving away that information could get her into even more trouble in the first place.

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Don’t Know What to Read Next?

Well then let me help you out.
There are quite a few ongoing yuri manga around right now, so it might be hard to find just the right one to start reading next. So let me present to you some promising new yuri manga that I think no yuri fan should miss.

citrus yuri manga
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Title: Citrus

Author: Saburouta
Genre: Drama, School Life, Yuri, Angst
Description: After her mother’s remarriage Yuzu is forced to transfer into a new school. To her horror the rules are quite strict there and she quickly gets into a fight with the student council president Mei, for breaking several school rules at once. And as if the day hadn’t already been horrible enough, she finds out that Mei is going to be her new step sister.
Scanlation Group: Yuri-Project
This manga is getting pretty popular lately but that doesn’t come as a surprise. The story is interesting, the art is probably the best I’ve seen in long while and on top of that, this manga comes with a lot of yuri fanservice even though it is a yuri title to begin with.