Top 10 Yuri Anime [Updated Best Recommendations]

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When we think of Yuri, often times it’s not about what the females physically do with each other, no this isn’t a hentai list. We prefer to think of the perceived emotional strain that some females can go through from others outside the situation when they feel like a friendship isn’t quite enough with their lady friend. This list is based on, not just physical contact but what these girls must sacrifice or fight for, to be with their loved one.

With many new releases and different tastes of yuri anime, we felt it was only right to bring to you, an alternate list with a few more, up to date series. After all, there is a chance that this lovely collection of female desire may have only briefly flashed before your eyes. On that note, let’s take a look at another ranking of the Top 10 Yuri Anime!

10. Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr. 2014 – Jun. 2014

Starting off this list involves a story that focuses on Suzu Nekoyama, an apprehensive tsundere type girl who has a strong affection for dogs. Enter an air-headed girl named Yachiyo Inugami, who just so happens to like cats. One day the two girls meet up and quickly realize there is a mutual attraction between the two, despite their noticeable differences. Yachiyo makes advances early on towards Suzu but she is just too shy to reciprocate. Throw in a mutual friend named Aki, who pokes fun at their situation and you have a recipe for a true yuri comedy.

This series is short and sweet. It’s the only entry on this list that has episodes run at 3 minutes apiece. The great thing about this running at such a short length is that the anime is able to convey the central plot without adding too much filler. Yachiyo is a pervert most of the time and goes through some crazy antics to get what she wants. On the other hand, Suzu is the exact opposite but still has the same feelings for her. Aki plays off the affection and awkwardness that the two girls share with each other. It really comes together nicely in such a short span. If you don’t have a lot of time to spare and just want some fun yuri action, this one is for you.


9. Riddle Story of Devil (Akuma no Riddle)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr. 2014 – Jun. 2014

A high school student and assassin by the name of Tokaku Azuma transfers to Myoujou Academy where she and 11 other skilled assassins are tasked with trying to kill a sweet girl named Haru Ichinose. The catch is, they only get one crack at it and if they fail, they will be expelled. If they succeed however, their greatest desire will be granted. Despite being cold and detached Tokaku’s feelings grow for her target, Haru. Tokaku’s fondness for Haru gets put to the test and instead of following through with killing her; she decides to protect her from the other impeding assassins.

Akuma no Riddle brings a more intense outlook and hits hard with the action than our previous selection. In fact, you could say this anime is for a more mature audience. With that being said, there are still great moments of endearment played out between the two love interests, including a certain pool scene that shows how much the two have grown for each other. This series isn’t without its faults, but if you lean more on the action side of anime and still want a likeable yuri story, this one should keep things interesting for you.


8. Yurikuma Arashi (Yuri Kuma Arashi)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan. 2015 – Mar. 2015

Our number eight choice brings us an anime that has humans and bears no longer coexisting with each other. After a meteor shower crashed down on the earth, there was uncertainty about what effect it would have. The shards of an asteroid smashed into millions of pieces and it left the bears on the planet more hostile and hungry for human meat than ever before. Consequently, there was a wall of severance that was erected to separate the two civilizations to try and keep this mass hysteria at bay.

Kureha Tsubaki hates bears with a passion. Eleven years prior to the start of the anime, her mother was attacked and mauled by a bear. When she meets Sumika Izumino, things are made clear that there is a connection right away between the two. Sumika is an extremely kind and strong-willed girl that would do anything for Kureha. This anime takes such a silly concept and relays a serious message. The story offers many symbolic qualities that some people should notice after watching the first couple episodes. We can bet that this drama-filled anime will move you emotionally throughout its twelve episode run.


7. Hello!! KINMOZA (Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr. 2015 – Jun. 2015

Before we delve into the story behind this anime, we wanted to point out that this is the second season of the anime Kiniro Mosaic. We opted to go with the second season because we thought it had more substance. The yuri in this anime is great. You never feel like it’s just a one on one intimate relationship, as jealously rears its ugly head numerous times throughout the series. This is a wonderful example of a comedy meeting up with a slice of life and then throwing in some yuri to top it off. It has cute characters that do cute things.

When it comes to a plot for this anime, well there really isn’t much of one. It’s an all-female led cast of characters who all make a return from the previous season. The story follows five girls’ daily lives as they go through high school, relationships and misunderstandings. They visit such places as a park, a beach, a fast food place and of course, school. So sit back and relax, it’s an anime you don’t have to take too seriously to enjoy.


6. YuruYuri: Happy Go Lily (Yuru Yuri)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jul. 2011 – Sep. 2011

After being reunited with her childhood friends, first-year student Akari Akaza relishes in the fact that she has Yui Funami and Kyouko Toshinou by her side at an all-girls school. During that one year absence between Akari and the other girls, Yui and Kyouko formed the “Amusement Club.” The only clear purpose of the group is to provide pure entertainment between the members. Akari, now the third member of the club has fellow classmate, Chinatsu Yoshikawa, misinterpret the club for something else. Upon meeting with Chinatsu, the club is compelled to have her join up with the trio.

Yuru Yuri can be considered one of the most successful yuri series to date in terms of total televised episodes and OVAs. The newest club member Chinatsu has an intense crush on Yui. Chinatsu generally acts cute around Yui, but she is known to break character from time to time. As you can imagine, based on the club name alone, the plot doesn’t always remain consistent. This anime stays true to its slice of life genre tag. The yuri in this show is jovial and amusing. However, if you’re expecting a ton of physicality you might be disappointed.


5. Sakura Trick

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan. 2014 – Mar. 2014

Now we’re entering the midway point of this fantastic gathering of yuri anime. The story takes place as two longtime best friends; Haruka Takayama and Yuu Sonoda attend Misato West High School together. In order to quell Haruka’s jealousy over all the friends Yuu is making, she suggests doing something they wouldn’t do with other girls. The two of them share a kiss with each other in an empty classroom. After that edgy proposition from Yuu, feelings start to elevate. They learn not everything is peachy when a disapproving older sister looks to interfere.

Remember when we said that the last selection wouldn’t be the best choice for someone looking for a lot of female contact? Well, we’re happy to say that this one will fit that bill. Now let’s not get ahead of ourselves, by no means is this a hentai, it just offers more physicality and romance than our number six selection. The anime mostly focuses on Haruka and Yuu’s relationship. It starts off as a ‘friends with benefits’ kind of take and then generates into a more complex relationship, as feelings start to grow from that standpoint. If kissing is something you like to see, strongly consider this anime.


4. Whispered Words (Sasameki Koto)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Oct. 2009 – Dec. 2009

Our number four choice uses a theme of unrequited love. Sumika Murasame is a smart and athletic girl who has a secret crush on her classmate Ushio Kazama. Ushio also shares an interest in females, but can be stubborn with the criteria she has for girls, that being cute, small and innocent. With that in mind, every time Ushio finds people like that, she is often turned down. Therein lies the problem for Sumika. She doesn’t feel she meets those qualities, partial due to her practicing karate, as it’s not deemed “cute” by most peers.

Sasameki Koto is very much a comedy. The anime starts off a bit slow, but it gets funnier as the series moves on. As for the yuri, it’s played out like we mentioned before, unrequited. Sumika doesn’t want to endanger her friendship with Ushio, so she remains the crutch for Ushio when she gets heart broken and needs someone to console her. Later on in the series, a lesbian club is formed with both girls joining it, in hopes of finding better results. Whispered Words is an appropriate title for this anime because it almost feels like Sumika’s words are going unnoticed.


3. Simoun

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: Apr. 2006 – Sep. 2006

This next entry on our list comes in the form of a military drama that has a unique view on genders. In a tranquil theocracy known as Simulicram, everyone is born female. When the maidens reach the age of 17 they are able to choose their desired sex. Girls who have yet to decide their gender can pilot these ancient flying ships called “Simoun” to protect their homeland. After an enemy nation decimates the squadron known as Chor Tempest, Aaeru is recruited to become a pilot of a Simoun. Now, Aaeru must find her way into the heart of Neviril, who recently lost her beloved partner in battle.

Simoun is a supreme example of a powerful story about tough decisions and breathtaking characters. This anime will leave you asking many questions, and at the same time wanting more answers as this series develops. This selection is one of the largest anime on this list and it definitely deserves more episodes. The circumstances of this anime that influence the story are very well done. You witness character loss and then a feeling of resurgence when the pair of Aaeru and Neviril pair up. It’s fair to say when it’s all said and done, Simoun will give a good tug at your heartstrings. Give this one a shot and find out what we are talking about.


2. Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana)

  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Air Date: Jul. 2009 – Sep. 2009

We’re really starting to get down to the nitty-gritty of these recommendations. Our number two selection is a profound take on the coming of age for these young girls. The story consists of an introverted bookworm by the name of Fumi Manjoume, who is beginning her first year at Matsuoka Girls' High School. She reconnects with her best friend from ten years ago, Akira Okudaira, while Akira attends Fujigatani Girls' Academy. Upon reuniting, they both aim to assist each other with their own failed romances from the past.

This series is a blast of reality to some lesbians that have to deal with some of the contexts during this stage of their life. Fumi is a prime example of this. She understands that she likes other girls, but is very much in the closet about the situation, in fear of rejection or simply because she is too reserved. Fumi deals with heartbreak from her family and later on by students from her school. She feels that she is the only one giving it her all in relationships and in the end gets dumped on for it. It’s a true coming together for these two protagonists in this anime, and a superb examination of yuri.


1. Revolutionary Girl Utena (Shoujo Kakumei Utena)

  • Episodes: 39
  • Aired: Apr. 1997 – Dec. 1997

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for; we’re now at our number one ranked yuri recommendation. To some older fans of yuri, this probably comes as no shock, since this is universally known to be one of the best yuri anime out there. After the death of her parents, Utena Tenjou was graced by the presence of a traveling prince, who comforts her during rough times. Following that encounter, she vowed one day to become a prince herself. Several years later Utena finds herself in a deadly game where duelists with matching crests on their rings compete for prizes. The prince that she met previously left her with a special ring with a strange rose crest. Utena is now on a mission to revolutionize the world by winning these duels at the peculiar Ootori Academy where she attends.

There is something surreal about this anime. From the time Utena wins the Rose Bride, Anthy Himemiya, to the developing connection between the two. It’s nothing short of remarkable. The loss of purity, both sexual and otherwise is showcased as a life altering event. The hints at incest, blatant use of innuendos and abuse are some of the prominent themes that you will experience throughout. With 39 episodes and one movie, Shoujo Kakumei Utena should keep you busy for a little while. You owe it to yourself to watch this one!


Final Thoughts

There you have it! That’s the revised list of the Top 10 Yuri Anime! Unlike the previous ranking, we settled on a more recent and popular introduction to yuri anime this time around. We feel with these two lists combined, any Yuri enthusiast or newcomer shall be pleased with the content.

We would love to hear some feedback from you fine folks. Have you seen any of these splendid anime? If so, did we list a favorite of yours? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below!

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Howdy! I hail from “The Great White North” known as Canada. My hobbies include writing, video games and sports. I consider myself to be a hybrid-nerd. When I am not writing, you can find me watching anime and enjoying all facets of horror. I have a serious devotion to the Dead or Alive series and Final Fantasy IV. Oh, I would love to travel to Japan one day!

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If you read our “What is Yuri” article and watched the three example yuri anime I provided, this list is like a follow-up to that and further expands the list of yuri anime. I do recommend you read that article first before checking this list out.

Anyways, the list is tiered in terms of accessibility only. I will list down some light-hearted stuff first and then slowly bring up more complex shows until we reach the number one. And to spice things up, I will list my personal picks with shows you probably never heard of.

Strap on, folks! Be prepared for a bumpy ride!

Get it? Strap on as in strap on the… Okay, I’ll shut up.

10. Yuru Yuri (Happy Go Lily)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: July 2011-September 2011

Yuru Yuri is centered around the daily lives of Akaza Akari and her friends Toshinou Kyouko, Funami Yui, and Yoshikawa Chinatsu. The group of friends form the Amusement Club — a club with activities that consist of basically lazing around and doing random fun activities.

The characters in the show are (very) gay to some degree—Chinatsu is obsessively attracted to Yui, Ayano is so tsundere toward the main character Kyouko that she spouts puns… literally making a pun of herself… *ahem* And last but not least, there are the two tsundere love birds Oomuro Sakurako and Furutani Himawari.

Jokes are innocent at first but turn to rather, uh… Let’s just say that weird things happen after episode 5 or so. And, uh… Uh... Chinatsu was just confused at the time! She did not commit, in any shape or form, any lascivious acts!

Yuru Yuri stands proud as one of the most successful yuri-centric slice-of-life shows with with 3 seasons, an OVA and 2 specials under its belt. If you wanna start your wonderful journey to yuri, Yuru Yuri is your first stop.


9. Kanamemo

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2009-September 2009

After her grandmother passed away, Nakamachi Kana ends up living at a newspaper carrier company being run by a six-year-old girl. There, she meets an eccentric cast of characters and lives out her life with the others at the company they call home.

Kanamemo is a bit more naughty when it comes to yuri humor mainly because of Haruka (sexually) harassing Kana. Everything is done in a playful manner and Haruka’s antics often fail to “catch” Kana, so it’s not really too bad. Actually I never thought of Haruka being this token lolicon as a bad thing, I rather found it amusing seeing her going to great lengths to catch Kana with her pan—guard down and always failing. The show also has the couple Yume and Yuuki to provide sweet and cute moments, so there’s something for everyone. Oh and let’s not forget Mika who is totally gay for our heroine Kana. Damn you, Johnny!


8. Candy Boy

  • Episodes: 7
  • Aired: May 2008-May 2009

Candy Boy revolves around the everyday life of very close twin sisters Sakurai Kanade and Sakurai Yukino living together in Tokyo to attend high school, and their rather clingy underclassman Kamiyama Sakuya who has a crush on one of the sisters. And… that’s it…

Each episode is very short, focusing on Sakuya’s antics and her getting in the way of the sisters’ lovey-dovey moments. These sisters are so gay with their teasing, one would wonder if they’re really gay and anxious for the moment where they finally kiss, if ever. Every episode will have you screaming “Kiss already!”, but it’s fine that way and it’s amusing to see these sisters BEING. SO. GAY. WITH. EACH. OTHER. Dammit, kiss already!!!


7. Maria-sama ga Miteru (Maria Watches Over Us)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: January 2004-April 2004

Maria-sama ga Miteru or Marimite follows the lives Fukuzawa Yumi and her relationship with Ogasawara Sachiko, as well as the members of the Lillian Girls' Academy student council. Marimite is strictly character driven with no main plot to speak of. Walking slowly is preferred here.

Marimite is very hard to follow if you’re not used to slow paced shows. I had trouble watching it at first, but after 3-4 episodes, I got used to the slow pace. You watch the show for its characters and the more you invest your time in them, the less annoying the slow pacing seems. I love a lot of characters here but if I were to pick two, I would have to choose Satou Sei and her interesting past, and Shimazu Yoshino and her surprising energy.

Widely considered a classic and icon of the yuri genre, Marimite is a must-watch for any yuri fan. Don’t be discouraged at the very slow pace. Watching it slowly is preferred here.


6. Sakura Trick

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2014-March 2014

A bonafide yuri anime, Sakura Trick tells the love story of Takayama Haruka and Sonoda Yuu and how they slowly build their newfound love for each other. Their love life isn’t really easy as they battle against a jealous big sister and hide their relationship from everyone… and Haruka is always finding ways to get a few smooches from Yuu. Oh, Yuu...

The story is very tame and if you found Maria-sama ga Miteru a bit much, this entry will lighten your mood. Your mileage may vary because this anime has lots of cringe-worthy and cheesy moments. If you love kissing, this anime has LOTS of it. I mean seriously, you’ll see kissing scenes in every episode.


5. Strawberry Panic

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2007-September 2007

Nagisa Aoi transfers to one of the three affiliated all-girl Catholic schools on Astraea Hill, St. Miator's Girls' Academy. There, she meets the beautiful Hanazono Shizuma, the Etoile (French for “star”) of the academy and unsurprisingly enough the Etoile is drawn to the new girl. With a huge cast of characters, there’s love, heart breaks, school politics, betrayal, and true love. Strawberry Panic is one, uh, panicky story.

This anime is like Marimite on crack. It offers the same all-girls school setting with the word “tame” thrown out the window. You will not see sex scenes or kissing scenes, but imagine a world with no guys where being gay is nothing to be ashamed of or to keep as a secret; this is what Stawberry Panic is about. Oh sure, there’s a story to tell here and it has lots of characters to love and hate, but your mileage may vary depending on what you want from the story or which girl or couple you’re going to root for.

I partially disliked some of the side stories because some drama scenes were a bit forced and the biggest offender is that my favorite girl got the short end of the stick. I hate you, Horse Girl. I hate you!


4. El Cazador de la Bruja (The Witch Hunter)

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2007- September 2007

Nadie the bounty hunter is hired to find and protect the amnesiac girl Ellis with a large bounty on her head, and who exhibits strange powers. Together, the two travel south to unravel the mysteries surrounding Ellis while being pursued by other bounty hunters and the mysterious man named L.A.

A story that’s not set in a school! Wow, look at that. It’s not categorized as yuri, but it’s slightly yuri-centric with some cute moments between Nadie and Ellis. I mean, come on, it’s a story about two girls travelling together.

Obviously, the best part is the Nadie and Ellis combo. The developing relationship between Nadie and Ellis grows at a steady, realistic pace with each episode. Ellis is distant towards her partner and Nadie was just in it for the job. After things starting to get serious, the two slowly begin to team up to deal with every situation, like fending off other bounty hunters or eating those delicious Amigo Tacos. There was never a dull moment.


3. Kannazuki no Miko (Destiny of the Shrine Maiden)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2004-December 2004

The story revolves around two friends, Himemiya Chikane and Kurusegawa Himeko who are drawn into an ancient conflict as the Lunar and Solar Priestesses and they must defend the world against the 8 Orochi, one of which is a childhood friend of Himeko’s.

The story is rather dark, bringing up the troubled pasts of the characters, the consequences the two main characters must face and the love triangle between Chikane, Himeko, and Souma (an Orochi).

The love triangle here is not some rom-com filler, it’s an integral part of the story. Himeko gets saved by Souma, which frustrates Chikane since she couldn’t do anything. Bitter rivalry ensues doesn’t stop until one of them reaches their breaking point and does something unspeakable. Since the DVD covers, and the OP/ED themes point out a certain couple, it’s safe to say who eventually won. It’s not a spoiler if it’s obvious, right? Right?!


2. Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito (Traveller Yami, Hat and Book)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: October 2003-December 2003

Azuma Hazuki is a tall, dark and brooding high school girl who has been deeply infatuated with her sister Hatsumi ever since they were little. Hazuki’s life turned upside down when Hatsumi vanished on her 16th birthday.

After Hatsumi’s disappearance, a talking bird appears and was also looking for Hatsumi. Hazuma convinced the bird to let her search for her sister. The story involves Hazuki travelling through different worlds looking for clues as to Hatsumi’s whereabouts.

Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito, or Yamibou for short, is a story of finding Hazuki’s sister by travelling through worlds through books. Each book contains a unique universe and Hazuki encounters a huge cast of characters who are somehow connected to Hatsumi.

Yamibou is a very interesting specimen with strong yuri tones. Hazuki is so in love with her sister that she shies away when she sees Hatsumi naked, or when she’s showing off a bit of cleavage. On occasion, she can’t contain her lust, and so she ends up… playing with herself, or even eavesdropping on Hatsumi doing her business in the bathroom. It’s sorta creepy stuff, but it’s rather, uh, normal for someone who is so in love with someone I guess. Hazuki gets jealous every time a guy approaches Hatsumi, she “expels” her lust by doing the deed, and ignores every advance from other girls like Lilith.

At this point, you’ve already seen how yuri can be more than hugging, giggling and kissing after watching Strawberry Panic and Kannazuki no Miko. Yamibou pushes the theme a notch and explores what love can do to a girl.


1. Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo - Anata to Koibito Tsunagi

  • Episodes: 1
  • Aired: July 2010

An OVA featuring the couple from the third visual novel of the same name, Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo - Anata to Koibito Tsunagi tells the short story of Sawaguchi Mai and Kawamura Reo and how they went from confession to love-making.

SonoHana is back and is still number one. Why? Well, that’s because it’s the only yuri anime on the list that is hentai. The story is a very simplistic romance with a dab of comedy and this won’t win any awards for characters and story, but SonoHana represents yuri in its simplest and purest form: girls falling in love, expressing their love with a kiss and further express it by, well, making love.


And this concludes my list for top 10 yuri anime. We started looking at light hearted shows and eased our way to the more complicated and darker side of yuri. I excluded some popular ones, but I feel that some of these obscure or unpopular shows deserve more exposure. I personally think this is a very good list for anyone who may be a first-timer in terms of yuri anime but it also surely gives current fans something to try out.

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I've been an anime fan for as long as I can remember. Actually, anime is very much a part of me now for I have extended my reach beyond just watching them. I am a fansubber for more than 8 years now and contributed a lot to the anime community. Me and my group has translated shows, manga, drama CDs and doujinshi. Right now I'm learning Japanese so I can better serve the community and read interesting stuff about the Japanese culture as well.

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