Top 15 Yuri Anime


Yuri anime featuring (typically unrequited) lesbian romances between cute schoolgirls have long been an anime staple, and naturally this leads to some ranking action as well – although with lesbian antics being so prevalent in anime there is a certain amount of confusion as to just where the genre begins and ends…

The ranking:

1. Yuru Yuri

2. Maria-sama ga Miteru

3. Strawberry Panic

4. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

5. Maria Holic

6. Hidamari Sketch

7. Saki

8. Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl

9. Kannazuki no Miko

10. Sasameki Koto

11. Revolutionary Girl Utena

12. Aoi Hana

13. Baka and Test

14. Ga-rei: Zero

15. Simoun

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    Avatar of Geno-nii
    Comment by Geno-nii
    22:01 18/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yuru Yuri > Marimite? I honestly don't get it.

    Says the guy who likes both.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    02:54 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I am a hardcore yuri fanboy and I have enjoyed those two different yuri anime.

    Honestly, how come this list miss some of the recent shows like Black Rock Shooter, Symphogear, Natsuiro Kiseki, Mouretsu Pirates, and Lagrange?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Black rock shooter should've been there, all the characters were too much yuri towards every other

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:53 04/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ika Musume definitely should, I haven't seen Pretty Cure so I dunno.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    02:09 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Smile PreCure, the latest PreCure, is sadly not as yurilicious as either Suite or Heartcatch. I am currently watching those three right now. And yes, Bee Train's "Girls With Guns" trilogy has truckloads of yuri subtext. Noir, Madlax, and El Cazador are definitely worth trying.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    01:21 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep, Black Rock shooter, there is only one girl who doesn't have a crush on another girl.

    I think the latest Pretty Cure might qualify. I'm gonna watch it.

    And if subtext is good enough for you I'll recommend. Kaleidostar, Read or Die OVA/TV, Noir, El Cazador de la Bruja.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    22:35 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if Pretty Cure and Ika Musume can be considered as yuri-texty titles. Not full yuri titles, just two anime with yuri-texts all over the place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:00 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just because a female character expresses love to another female character in an anime, it doesn't make it a yuri anime...

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    Comment by fujiiro
    05:24 25/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    How was BRS yuri?

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    Comment by Electromistress
    04:35 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Symphogear? Huh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's talking about the main heroine and her "best friend" :P

    Comment by Taylor
    10:52 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    no this is correct. yuru yuri is the best.

    Avatar of คภєк๏
    Comment by คภєк๏
    00:53 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yuru Yuri is more blatant. Subtlety is under-appreciated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Subtlety =/= actual lesbians...

    as far as i remember, there was only one lesbian character in the show, and a few side characters. none of the main cast.

    Avatar of คภєк๏
    Comment by คภєк๏
    09:22 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not seeing it doesn't mean it isn't there.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    17:26 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Aneko I have to quote Samuel L Jackson for this one?

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    Comment by HouseLife
    04:14 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's actually what I thought made Yuru Yuri so fun and excellent, that there was a very wonderful blend of over-the-top obsession and fascination that could be interpreted as lesbianism, but never really felt like it. It was more like an exaggerated version of those scenes in anime where the school superstar walks down the path and all the girls are going "Oh it's her!" "She's so cool!"

    Some of these make me question whether I've come to misunderstand the definition of Yuri though if some these are considered. I didn't consider Madoka really yuri at all in terms of the relationship. Their relationship is much, MUCH more like a unit of soldiers in the front lines that have formed a 'brotherhood' (sisterhood just sounded foolish in that context). You fight for those who have fought for you as if your life depends on it, especially if you saw what Homura saw. In fact I think it would have soured the entire relationship and story if it had gone into full yuri elements.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sakurako x Himawari singeghandedly overpowers anything Marimite can dish out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nothing can overpower the power of Marimite.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:49 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    long live prower of "gokigenyo"

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    01:22 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 18/10/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I was expecting REAL yuri animes, not a list of animes with shoujo-ai hints...

    Avatar of คภєк๏
    Comment by คภєк๏
    00:55 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let us know when you find some. Not counting hentai.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:11 19/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Strawberry panic is one

    Avatar of คภєк๏
    Comment by คภєк๏
    09:23 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rokudaime, I wasn't clear. The poster didn't count anything on this list, so I'd like to know what he would consider "real yuri".

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, right. In that case, good point.

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    06:25 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As is Kannazuki no Miko and Sasameki Koto. Aneko, your Yuri knowledge is lacking if you don't know of any real Yuri shows that aren't hentai. ;-)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, but if the 26 eps only 13 count, that was the point when the studio ended without money and everything became stills.

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    Comment by Gustav
    05:08 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What do you mean? All the girls where quite obviously gay for the whole time. And 50% of the complete show would still be a lot, enough to qualify.

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    06:24 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kuttsukiboshi. 2-episode OVA series. Awesome stuff. Go watch it now people!

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    01:24 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bump for Kuttsukiboshi.

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    21:48 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Baka Test? So it must have at least one lesbian character to qualify?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 18/10/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Hideyoshi is Hideyoshi.
    That qualifies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, there is 1 girl that likes Minami, but it's one sided, and treated as a joke.

    Not exactly what you'd call "quality yuri anime"

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    As usual, this list is a mixture of currently popular moe stuff and things that are actually relevant. Simoun, Kannazuki no Miko, Utena, Strawberry Panic, Aoi Hana, and Sasameki Koto are yuri classics with real female/female romance. Then there are "trick" shows like Kashimashi and Maria Holic, where although it presents a facade of yuri, you can't really take it seriously. Then there are the moe fluff shows

    As for Marimite, it does have one lesbian character, and the anime blatantly and intentionally played up the yuri angle. I'm not surprised it scored so high here; in its time, Marimite managed to cement itself in Japanese minds as the quintessential yuri anime.

    The real question is, where's Sailor Moon? Haruka/Michiru forever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    nope even the writer of marimite claim she didnt write yuri/shoujo ai light novel.

    basicaly most of series up there are award winning with good plot. with the poll of normal otaku. not some freak hardcore yuri fansboy

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    A little surprised not to see My-Hime or My-Otome in here. I'd say Shizuru X Natsuki is far more fleshed out than say Madoka X Homura, heck I'd even put Yukino X Haruka over Madoka X Homura.

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    06:41 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, in my oppinion Yuri-subtext stuff shouldn't even be on this list, and so Mai-HiME, like several of the shows that are actually on this list, shouldn't be there, but as far as Yuri-subtext goes, Mai-HiME is defenitely better than some of the other "Not real Yuri" shows on this list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:01 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    kannazuki no miko top 1!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:12 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No Nanoha. Those amnesiac otakus are allredy befriended!

    Comment by Anonymous

    More like Japanese fans aren't deluding themselves like the Western ones are.

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    Comment by Jens Amundsen
    03:24 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And no one mentions Kuttsukiboshi... I think I'll log out now.

    Avatar of Rokudaime
    Comment by Rokudaime
    06:38 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^This. Pretty major fail indeed. Kuttsukiboshi should defenitely be on this list!

    Avatar of Momo
    Comment by Momo
    02:19 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yuru Yuri first one the list? List redeemed.

    Though 1-15 should just be "Yuru Yuri"

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    WTFFFFFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WHERE IS CANDY BOY ???????????????????

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm just glad Kannazuki no Miko and Simoun are still remembered at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:56 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the most 2 legend anime. even they forgot the sad touching EXACTLY yuri "I.C.E" world where only women lives.

    look like OAV or OVA didnt get count. like candy boy ikkutsusi maybe long forgotten anime without big impact on it.

    and no one remember "yami to boshi no tabibito"

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 18/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Strawberry Panic! <3

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    Comment by Rokudaime
    06:50 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Many good candidates on this list, but also many that should not even be there, as they aren't actual Yuri shows, but Yuri-subtext. Also, I'm shocked at the lack of Kuttsukiboshi..In addition, two hentai-yuri shows (which obviously don't belong on this list since they're hentai) that I find really good, and which I feel needs honorable mention, are "Shoujo Sect" (3 OVA's), and "Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o" (Best ever! 1 OVA). Go watch those in addition to the ones on this list people! :D Sono Hanabira and Kuttsukiboshi are the cream of all Yuri out there imo! :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 19/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    The show where one of the supposed lesbians is fucking her brother? Yeah no.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 20/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you actually watch the show? -_-

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