Citrus for being so energetic and over the top, Bloom for taking a more psychological approach, and Kase-san for it’s sheer cuteness and fluffiness! I’m still all for cute Yuzu going crazy over stoic, emotionless Mei, but oh man, how can you resist the charms of Touko and her cute ways of showing her love?! From this point on, in Bloom we now have a Triangle romance, and those don’t usually end well. Anime Fans Pick the Most Heart-Pounding Yuri Anime posted on 2019-04-10 15:57 EDT by Lynzee Loveridge When it comes to girls-love series, there's a wide array of … Yuri in anime was primarily one fetish among many; maybe a side character or plot sprinkled within a larger storyline. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. if ( 'undefined' !== typeof windowOpen ) { Touko could open up Yuu very deeply “The bloom into Yuu thing”, and then leave her hanging. There are some strangely isolated fanservice moments, just a very very few of the kind that makes you wonder about whether the staff were forced to put them in, but the vast majority of the show rings true for me in terms of thoughtfully depicting, “in this situation, what would female thoughts, female feelings, and female actions be like?” There is in fact a lot of excellent action as the girls embrace the power offered them and become heroes. Fashionable Yuzu imagined the first day at her new school she transferred to after her mother's remarriage a bit differently; she didn't know it'd be an ultra-strict and conservative girls' school. When I saw the cover for this one, however, I got interested and started reading, which pretty much ended with me being hooked after the first few pages alone. "); This isn’t a “Story A,” it’s not melodramatic. So needless to say, I’ll probably re-watch this quite a few times and most likely enjoy it just like the first time. Honorable Mention: Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3. I was really tempted to go with A Place Further Than The Universe, but I’ll surprise even myself and go with Hinamatsuri, which had great characters and comedy, as well as a fun and weird story that always seemed to throw something unexpected at you. It was definitely Touko—and not to forget Sayaka—who rather made the show for me. Well, I do not see anything wrong with that, such franchises have always tried to attract yuri fanboys to one degree or another. From lesbian shenanigans at Saint Jogakuen to Genet’s seduction of Natsuko, to Natsuko and Honey’s love for one another, this anime covered the whole gamut of Yuri. The Yuri wasn’t going anywhere, it was always meant to be another piece of lace trim on the maid’s costume of a plot, but Mikage’s love is not questioned, or questionable. Don’t get me wrong, I like a healthy dose of drama, and I like a slow-burning romance, but what I like even more than those things is a straightforward romance that’s as cute and sweet as you’ll find in any anime. I have some doubts that it is focused on girls, if you remember how the show uses fanservice and plays with the theme of repressed romantic feelings, but in modern anime this is not a problem, I think. While this was a great year for yuri anime, I don’t think it was that great for everything else, and choosing between shows that are—at best—just “very good” was really difficult. windowOpen = jQuery( this ).attr( 'href' ), 'wpcomtwitter', 'menubar=1,resizable=1,width=600,height=350' ); Kase and Yui were depicted perfectly, and the soft animation style delivered the feeling of the manga in a way that I simply didn’t expect, with a budget that was probably more on the lower end. It just felt like a breath of fresh air, something that has never been done before quite like that, and I enjoyed the living hell out of it. Yes, this is not anime, but it is so anime-inspired I feel it has a welcome place here on Okazu any day. Founded in 2001 as the first anime & manga recommendation database. My personal non-yuri anime of the year is the oddball choice of MoDaoZushi – a Chinese anime, featuring Boys Love (though, that stuff was offloaded to later seasons, and China’s new laws are likely to be mean it won’t go beyond subtext now), but mostly succeeds on the back of its epic, and tragic, fantasy story. And about the ex,it’s one of the worsts b.tch I’ve ever seen in a Yuri.She is annoying and unpleasant. But, it’s a thing. jQuery( document.body ).on( 'click', 'a.share-tumblr', function() { var windowOpen; She will not confess to Touko as Miyako suggests and run the risk of losing the “friend” relationship she now has with Touko. It is the 2005 version of 1979 series, with certain changes in the animation and other things. Sayaka’s fear of Touko finding someone else and moving on without her is heartbreaking, and even though she handles it about as well as you could, you still have to feel bad for her, and I wished Touko would have opened her eyes and realized what she had all along. return false; One of which would be, Whoops. It threw out all of the unnecessary stuff and simply focused on Yamada and Kase, and I couldn’t ask for anything more than that. Many great anime series graced our screens this year, and each genre, from romantic comedies to thrillers, had a few popular titles. At some point I even hoped the main pair would split up and we’d see a second chance for a certain ex to shine 😛 It also has an appreciating animation and some stunning music pieces, which made the entire experience very exciting. Pretty much the entirety of the movie was just them being cute together, and for all the drama we saw this year in yuri anime, it was nice just to be able to sit back and watch two people who are in love~, Honorable Mention: Yuu x Touko (Bloom Into You). This is one of those “no plot” anime series in which you just follow cute girls … Touko and Sayaka are a balanced couple, similar to each other so there is a sense of equality in their relationship. One of which would be A Letter From The Marching Puppy. , Puella Magi Madoka Magica , Saki Achiga-hen , Urara Meirochou , Yuri , Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Actually, in this episode, there were quite a few kisses, all happening in the same spot, but with a good deal of variety. ( Log Out /  on ICE) is a Japanese sports anime television series about figure skating.The series was produced by MAPPA, directed and written by Sayo Yamamoto with original scripts by Mitsurō Kubo under the chief direction of Jun Shishido. Basically, all characters, no matter how annoying they might have seemed in the beginning, managed to one way or another get me to like them. ( Log Out /  He returns home to Kyushu and half feels like he wants to retire, and half feels like he wants to continue ice skating. A small, relatively unknown series from an out-of-print magazine was transformed into the most beautiful little animated music video that grew into an astoundingly lovely movie. This cartoon has literally carried me through some of the darkest moments of the year. I really couldn’t have been happier with how this one turned out, and I believe, or should I say, demand, that Kase and Yui get more screen time in the coming years. Yuzu is easily one of the cutest, most hilarious, and most charming yuri characters the world has seen up until this moment, and seeing (and, well, hearing) her in the anime adaptation just solidified this image I had of her. A quick synopsis of My Hero Academia from our explainer: In a world where most people have superpowers, middle school… Given Mei’s personality, it’s a good thing that Yuzu was sweet instead of sour, and it helped her sweep this award, so way to go, gyaru girl! The Japanese Blu-Ray and DVD releases have English subtitles so you, too,  can enjoy this lovely story. This best anime rankings updated for 2020. if ( 'undefined' !== typeof windowOpen ) { ^_^. [CDATA[ */ Best pairing is probably going to the official pairing too – that, or Kase and Yamada who were just too cute. I seriously can’t decide, but it’s probably just a mix of all of these. YuruYuri - Score: 7.4. Yuri Anime / Manga / Visual Novel Awards 2018. So, to set the stage for moving forward, we’ll begin with those regressive looks at love between girls in 2018. It's true that a lot of anime have yuri moments to them, but the shows listed below truly belong in the yuri genre. It felt like this time around, the pool of possible choices was rather small, but I guess not at all lacking of many, many good titles. 😀 The bedroom scene was as beautiful as that in “Romero and Juliet”, and Yuu’s lips very subtle in their quivering which shows that love is beginning to stir in her. Speaking of of someone somewhere in positions of editorial power, there is nothing that says “happily-ever-after” like a vaguely incestuous relationship, filled with emotional abuse and sexual harassment. Okazu by Erica Friedmanis licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non, Commercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Just after the “doujinshi” incident, I have a rather contradictory attitude to shiping around Uma Musume. In the early ’00s when I began Okazu, there was very little of what we would now think of as “Yuri anime.” Yuri in anime was primarily one fetish among many; maybe a side character or plot sprinkled within a larger storyline. To me, the single best thing about it was the comedy, which was more nuanced than a show like Asobi Asobase and arguably even funnier. I can’t stand it. jQuery( document.body ).on( 'click', 'a.share-twitter', function() { I have a complicated relationship with this series as a manga; no one was more surprised than I how far the anime went to alleviate some of my concerns. But that makes for a good story. I’d say the only negative thing was the fact that it was only an hour long. The short six-minute OVA from last year got everyone hyped for this, and the movie managed to be everything I was hoping for. Yuri in these series was not a plot, it was a stand-in for characterization. Was it the bunny girl costume that first captured my attention or was it her brilliant personality? It also feels as if this scene—and especially their last kiss—just goes on forever, as if the two just shared their first a little more intense make-out session. Probably not an opposite direction, but I have a feeling it’s rather going to be something sad and surprising instead of an happy end with either couple. Yuri in these anime were a fetish, plain and simple. Yuri!!! Favourite Yuri anime: Machikado Mazoku and WATATEN! When you compare Yuzu to the main characters from Bloom Into You and Kase-san, it’s night and day, but she also has some depth to her that you have to admire. No worries, make her an obsessive lesbian! The melodramatic highway pileup that was Citrus was massively popular as both a manga and an anime. It does deal with a lot of heavy perversions ranging from S&M, male rape (by a bunch of females, that is), bondage, torture, yuri (lesbian love) and incest. Oh, and space bears invade Earth to eat girls. This is a well-balanced anime that accurately portrayed many issues existing in this world through its fictional storytelling. For me, this was it. I have so much to say but don’t know how to say it all lol. This iteration of Haruka is way more manipulative of Usagi, using the younger woman’s infatuation against her, but her tender moment with Michiru is lovely – it will always be the first time so, so, so many young women saw affection like that represented in media. It felt like a mix between Bakemonogatari and Angel Beats! I think Lena K. leans toward (Touko x Sayaka) ending, and that pairing makes sense to me. The theatrical release of Asagao to Kase-san was a miracle. Or two. Sigh. Of course, Mai came out on top, but that’s for another award. I knew that Kase-san would top the list, such a fantastic anime! Asagao to Kase-san OVA is the best Yuri anime of 2018. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. on Ice. If you need to contact us, feel free to write us an email:, Yeah, Yuu is all fine, but damn. Roughly translated: "Lesbian Bear Storm." Did you guys expect me to pick Citrus? Did you think I would forget about the cutest of all the yuri anime couples that this year brought us?! Buried in the middle of a sexual harassment sandwich, with lot of creepy stuff for creepy folks as flavor-enhancers, there is a romance story, can you believe it? So, I don’t know how you feel about the show with yuri in the form of “strong emotional connections”, but I definitely advise you this show, if you have not watched it. This one kind of came out of nowhere. It was, actually, palatable. Opposites attract but sameness stays together long term, the great inequality of love. var sc_invisible=1; Sunshine!! Cheeky Angel is a 50-episode series centered around a beautiful girl named Megumi. } I actually do hope for Sayaka and Touko to be a thing… they work so well together. Whoops. Or maybe I just like beautiful characters with long, dark hair, I could go on and on about why Hanako deserves this award, but no matter what I say, it could never compare to, What we got might have been a bit shorter than the rest, but it was nevertheless the most beautiful of all the yuri content we got this year, both a pleasure for the eyes, the ears, and the heart, Pretty much the entirety of the movie was just them being cute together, and for all the drama we saw this year in yuri anime, it was nice just to be able to sit back and watch two people who are in love, For me, this was it. In-game toxicity aside, what players of this game create is simply amazing, so, for the third year in a row, I’m featuring some yuri pairing from this game. Now, adding a beautiful voice, and on top of that, her “pervert resistance”, as I like to call it, and she ended up not only looking good, but also just being interesting and fun to follow as a character. windowOpen.close(); Since it’s not even 2017 yet, this list is still in progress and will be updated whenever there are new shows to add. "A Love Letter for the Marching Puppy" starts out so promising, I can't wait for more!, Honorable Mention: Lily Love 2 ~Frosty Jewel~ by Ratana Satis. Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid. That’s just all I wish for. /* ]]> */ There are several shows from 2017 that I’d take over the stuff from this year, and even highly-anticipated sequel seasons like, Is it just me, or did we actually not see too many bigger manga releases this year? I mean, did you see Kagami Fujino?! Was it the bunny girl costume that first captured my attention or was it her brilliant personality? No, it’s very fitting! If this series got out of it’s own way, it might be good. return false; It is real. Never quite good, but not intolerably bad, old-school Yuri makes a return in 2018. Alongside cute gay vampires in Fall 2018 the Yuri Nation was also blessed with cute gay cheerleaders, or should say "chairleaders". Anime’s always harder than manga for me, because despite the premise that “only guys buy anime” being disproved over and over again, the prevailing belief among producers is that only guys buy anime.