It is perhaps oxymoronic to say this checklist stuffed with queer yuri, however I want to ensure we’re on the identical web page right here.
Perhaps you simply watched Bloom Into You and need to discover your second queer anime, or perhaps you’re a lesbian looking for a rec checklist that gained’t make you cringe at seeing Citrus up there. Yuri has all the time been for everyone, however it might probably typically really feel like the preferred yuri aren’t made for the sapphics, lesbians, and bi ladies it represents. So this checklist is for all of you, too. One of the best yuri—a few of the greatest anime, movies, OVAs and ONAs too—gathered under. I promise heartbreak, not queerbait.
As with all my lists, there’s no specific order under (aside from primary).
Liz and the Bluebird
At some point I’ll cease crying over this film. Not solely is Liz and the Bluebird top-of-the-line yuri anime, it’s top-of-the-line sapphic dramas on the silver display screen, interval. From the identical group that produced the critically acclaimed filmic adaptation of A Silent Voice, director Naoko Yamada and author Reiko Yoshida flaunt their means to signify the dramatics of girlhood in a manufacturing that has extra in frequent with the work of Céline Sciamma than the moe slice of life the pair is greatest recognized for. Composer Kensuke Ushio returns as effectively, scoring a soundtrack that feels simply as vital as all of the (un)spoken phrases between bandmates Mizore and Nozome.
Okay, I have to go cry earlier than I end scripting this checklist.
Kanamewo is an indie brief movie by webgen animator rapparu. In simply 5 minutes, a younger lady finds a tree goddess whose house has been destroyed by development, falls in love together with her, and, effectively, spoilers. Maternal love transforms into romantic love as the 2 stay collectively, and this brief artfully glimpses their relationship’s additional transformation into sexual love. There are not any phrases, simply the accompaniment of a shoegaze-y observe that matches the wave of feelings accompanying this feat of storytelling. Launched in 2015, kanamewo caught hearth amongst followers of each yuri and animation normally, and it’s simply as devastating at present because it was six years in the past.
Kase-san & Morning Glories
An OVA adaptation of the favored manga collection Kase San, Kase San & Morning Glories is a few budding romance between a cottage core femme and a sports activities dyke of their final yr of highschool. The characters and dialogue are exceedingly human. They’ve huge emotions for one another however all their fears—the long run, being alone collectively, seeing the opposite at a shower on a category journey— are all recognizable. It additionally tows a line that the medium, and yuri particularly, appear to seek out tough: These ladies are youngsters which can be curious about one another’s our bodies. Years later, I can keep in mind how Yui’s buddy casually asks in the event that they’ve slept collectively, prefer it’s a very regular factor for these youngsters to do. Such mundanity is one thing I didn’t understand was lacking from a lot of yuri till I noticed it right here.
One other OVA adaptation of a manga, Fragtime is about two ladies that join throughout social distance. Misuzu Moritani is a shy excessive schooler with the introverted superpower to cease time for a couple of minutes day by day, which she makes use of to flee awkward social interactions. At some point she finds Haruka Murakami, a well-liked woman at their faculty, frozen in time and approaches her. However by some means, Murikami stays unaffected by Moritani’s energy, and the 2 find yourself connecting over their shared emotions of not likely becoming in. Collectively in time, they’ll tear one another’s masks down and search the higher particular person every is drawn to.
Sakura Trick is one other slice of life romcom, however with requited emotions (and excessive schoolers—it’s a tradeoff). Sakura Trick seems to be at that second in a younger queer’s life when she realizes she likes her greatest buddy otherwise than her different buddies. What begins as Haruka and Yū’s harmless exploration of affection transforms right into a budding romance, and all that that entails in highschool.
Candy Blue Flowers
Candy Blue Flowers is outlined by its confrontation with vulnerability. A narrative about excessive schoolers stumbling by way of huge, fragile emotions, its solid of women are out, popping out, or attempting to assist their buddies. They arrive collectively, however typically harm one another with unrequited emotions and combined responses to the normative expectations imposed on them. Candy Blue Flowers depicts a quiet form of love, with scenes of intimacy between lovers, exes, and buddies that had me asking “How do they know?” on multiple event.
Revolutionary Lady Utena
Revolutionary Lady Utena is an undisputed shojo traditional. Constructing off the success of shojo like Sailor Moon and its depiction of a lesbian relationship amongst aspect characters, Utena places sapphic love within the highlight. The titular Utena Tenjou can be a gender nonconforming icon, an virtually unbelievable illustration of androgyny and queer trend within the late ‘90s. You possibly can see the prevailing affect of Utena on up to date animation most clearly in Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe and Noel Stevenson’s She-Ra.
Bloom Into You
Bloom Into You could also be the preferred yuri of current reminiscence that isn’t completely ruined by the male gaze, however this adaptation sacrifices a lot of what makes the manga so vital to suit a single season’s run time. Yuu Koito is ready for love to comb her off her toes prefer it does within the shojo she reads. When the scholar council president Touko Nanami pursues her, Yuu has to reckon together with her sexuality. Yuu’s characterization within the anime has additionally drawn many ace followers because the collection ends earlier than the 2 decide to being collectively. Sadly, you’ll need to look elsewhere to see them come collectively in a consensual, mutual relationship. Stretching a lot additional into Yuu and Touko’s future, the manga higher will get the message throughout that love is one thing that requires time, belief, and friendship.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Whereas Dragon Maid has a fraught relationship with queerness, it’s one of many solely widespread yuri about adults. Like its supply manga, it is a slice of life story in regards to the dragon Tohru, who works as a maid for a human lady named Kobayashi. Shenanigans ensue. As Tohru and Kobayashi study to stay collectively, the stakes of their conflicts vary from making a weeknight dinner to the destiny of the human world. Tohru has an arguably unrequited love for Kobayashi, who all the time appears to be coming round on her however by no means getting nearer to really being with Tohru. It’s good to see grownup issues and frank confrontations with intercourse in yuri, however we may actually have so a lot better.
Earlier than Naoko Yamada made Liz and the Bluebird, she co-directed the primary season of Kyoto Animation’s Hibike! Euphonium adaptation with Tatsuya Ishihara. A novel combination of slice of life and sports activities anime, the present is about an almost-all ladies highschool live performance band attempting to win a nationwide competitors and all of the drama that ensues. It’s intensely reminiscent of highschool band in America too, however what much more followers have latched onto is the undoubtedly queer nature of the protagonist Kumiko’s relationship with the standoffish virtuoso, Reina. Whereas we await a last installment, the hope that their outspoken relationship will probably be made explicitly queer grows. I do know I mentioned no queerbait, however this ship hasn’t sunk but