Year: 1991 – 1992
Length: 39 Episodes
Genre: Drama, Psychological, School, Yuri
Studio: Tezuka Productions
Synopsis: When 16-year-old Nanako Misonoo enters the prestigious all-girls Seiran Academy, she believes a bright future awaits her. Instead, the unlucky girl finds herself dragged into a web of deceit, misery, and jealousy. On top of that, she is chosen as the newest inductee of the Sorority, an elite group whose members are the envy of the entire school. Having none of the grace, wealth, or talent of the other members, Nanako quickly draws the ire of her jealous classmates—especially the fierce Aya Misaki.
To cope with her increasingly difficult school life, Nanako recalls her days through letters to her former teacher, Takehiko Henmi, whom she affectionately calls “onii-sama” (big brother). She also finds comfort with her four closest friends: her childhood friend Tomoko Arikura, the sociable but erratic Mariko Shinobu, the troubled musician Rei Asaka, and the athletic tomboy Kaoru Orihara.
An impassioned drama about the hardships of bullying, Oniisama e… chronicles a young girl’s harsh life at her new school, as she endures cruel rumours, heartless classmates, and countless social trials.
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~
Length: 13 Episodes
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Magic, Sci-Fi
Studio: Studio 3Hz
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.