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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Manga Review: Pure Water Adolescence

Author: Kazuma Kowo

Year: 2006
Length: 1 Volume with 8 interlinked short stories
Scanlation Group: Lililicious 

Genre: Drama, School Setting, Age Gap, student-teacher romance, Yuri
Characters: 8/10
Ritsuko Matsumoto: She’s a woman in her mid-twenties (?) working as a school nurse in a coed school. After breaking up with her fiancé, she develops feelings for her several years younger medical assistant that also happens to be a girl. And even though she knows that a love like this will not be accepted by neither the law nor society, she nonetheless risks losing her reputation but still tries to keep their relationship a secret.
Nanao Okumura: Nanao is a member of the health committee and likes to spend her free time in the nurses’ office with Matsumoto rather than with her friends. Thanks to her sometimes grim looking face, her classmates see her as a pretty cool and maybe even aloof person, but in reality Matsumoto is the only person that knows just how cute Nanao can be.
I absolutely loved Nanao. She’s one of the few characters in manga that I can’t really put into a specific category. For example, she’s definitely not a complete tsundere but she sometimes acts like one; She often isolates herself from her classmates, yet she’s not a total loner; She’s a very strong character but she has her flaws and she’s not afraid to show them.
What I’m trying to show you here is that Nanaos character doesn’t fit into any of these labels. You can’t really foresee how she’ll react in a certain situation and that’s kind of rare with all the tsundere, airhead and whatnot characters around.

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