SevTiZ wrote:the voiceover of Haruhi Suzumiya
I half-expect that to be the title of the next Haruhi Suzumiya novel
Fuggle has requested that I "proceed" with recommending some yuri (non-pornographic love between girls) anime, and being as they've just recently started putting out "proper" yuri anime (not those anime that only occasionally feature romance between girls, but the kind that makes this the central plot), now seems a good time. So OK, the Wikipedia lists a whole host of "yuri" stuff, however many of them where never animated. Of the non-manga stuff, you're looking at Aoi Hana
(AKA Sweet Blue Flowers
), Candy Boy, Kannazuki no Miko, Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, Maria-sama ga Miteru, Miyuki-chan in Wonderland, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sasameki Koto, Simoun, Steel Angel Kurumi, Strawberry Panic!
and Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito
. Seems like a long list, no? Let's shave off the less-yuri-focused stuff...
Kannazuki no Miko
- Though one of the girls has a crush on the other, this really seems like more of an action series if you ask this forumer.
Maria-sama ga Miteru
- Though I have a friend who swears up and down this is a yuri series, if you ask me the relationship between the girls seems more like admiration.
Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
- Though this two episodes seires did have a few female characters who wanted to have their way with Miyuki, this series is what it says on the tin: a Japanese take on Alice in Wonderland. Strike!
- I haven't seen it, but the description of "everyone is born female, and chooses which sex they wish to become at age 17" sounds to me like girl and girl relationships is the heterosexual (yes, I know that's not the correct use of the word, but shut-up!) of this fantasy world. So... I really don't think it counts.
Steel Angel Kurumi
- Though I've only seen a few episodes of this, again, it seems like the yuri elements are a side-story.
Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito
- Like Kannazuki no Miko, the yuri elements in this show seems to be a side-plot IMO.
So then, let's move on to the remaining shows! First, I'll weed out the ones I don't really recommend:
Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl
- Indeed, this show is about love between people who are physically girls, but considering one of them is really a guy who had his body reconstructed as a girl due to an encounter with extraterrestrials, I'm really not sure this counts. If they had of removed this element (the guy was very feminine to begin with, so I don't know why they just didn't just make the character a girl from the beginning. I kinda get the feeling they were trying to skirt the whole lesbian issue.) the show would have been loads better. It's not a bad show, but as a yuri series, much better, proper yuri stuff has come out since then.
Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Only seen the movie, I guess it was a yuri story, but it didn't really grab me, personally.
- In a perfect world where there's lots of good yuri anime, I probably wouldn't need to recommend this. Personally, I find it kinda boring, the characters shallow and overall, a little bit too
cute. But it's one of the few true yuri series out there, so what are you gonna do?
On to the recommendations and reviews! Aoi Hana
(AKA Sweet Blue Flowers
Story goes two childhood friends, Fumi and Akira meet up again on their first day of high school. They catch up and once again become good friends, despite going to different schools. Fumi, who goes to an all-girls school, is just discovering that she likes girls. The story then follows mostly Fumi, and her relationship with another girl at her school.
This is confusing, because most of the images of this show depict Fumi and Akira embracing, but at the point I'm up to in the series, Akira seems to be straight
Well anyway, this is quite a sweet (and I mean that in the traditional sense of the word, not the "sweet broa!" frat-boy use of the word) series, the characters are likeable, and there's plenty of drama and heart-warming moments. The backgrounds have this watercolor thing happening, so that kinda adds to it.Candy Boy
I've got one and a hyphenated word for ya: slice-of-life yuri. I LOVE
slice-of-life shows (think Honey and Clover
) and I love yuri shows. Combine the two and you get FireAza catnip. You also get Candy Boy
. Before we begin, yes, the two girls in this series are blood-related, so this is technically incest. But who the hell cares? I love this show. Why? We'll get to that in a moment, first, story.
Yukino and Kanade are two sisters who live in the same dorm. They're also lovers, and the story follows their lives as they attend school, go shopping, and all that. So why is this series so good? First, the aforementioned slice-of-life yuri combination. Second, the depth to the characters, the relationship between Yukino and Kanade feels very believable, you can really feel the strong bond they share (plenty of "awwwww.." moments
). Third, the animation. Holy crap, for a series that was released on the internet, this looks stunning. Beautifully detailed drawings, really smooth animation, it's a real treat to see. When it comes to yuri, this is the one I recommend. Sadly, each episode only goes for around fifteen minutes, and there's only seven episodes Sasameki Koto
This a little similar to Aoi Hana
, but I actually like this one better. Basic story is, Sumika has been madly in love with her friend Ushio for a long time. Fortunately for Sumika, Ushio likes girls. Unfortunately, she only likes cute girls, and Sumika is very tall and masculine. This means Ushio is often chasing other girls, while completely over-looking poor Sumika. I think this is what I enjoy the most about this series, you really feel like cheering Sumika on, hoping she'll be able to get the girl
I guess this also makes the series so riveting, in Candy Boy
, relationships have already been established, while in Sasameki Koto
you're not sure how things are going to play out. After Candy Boy
, I definitely recommend Sasameki Koto
as excellent yuri.
So yeah, yuri anime guys! Here's my recommendations, so get to it!
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