The Best Yuri Anime of All Time

Best Yuri Anime to Watch of all Time
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Best Yuri Anime to Watch of all Time
Credit: Kodamanaokao/Ichijinsha Netsuzou Trap Production Committee/Eku Takeshima/Ichijinsha/Singing Love in a Whisper Production Committee/VALKYRIE DRIVE PARTNERS

While BL or Boys' Love anime is immensely popular among fangirls, GL or Girls' Love, otherwise known as yuri, is emerging into a widely known anime genre.

If you’re wondering where to start, we’ve covered some of the best yuri anime of all time in this article.

  1. Adachi and Shimamura

    Based on the light novel series by Hitoma Iruma, Adachi and Shimamura is a yuri anime that tells the story of two high school students, Sakura Adachi and Hougetsu Shimamura, who become friends after meeting in the school gymnasium.

    As they grow closer together, Adachi becomes attracted to Shimamura despite their contrasting personalities.

    Unfortunately, Adachi is having trouble expressing her intimate feelings towards Shimamura, while the latter only wants to remain friends.

    With cute character designs and enjoyable and relatable moments, Adachi and Shimamura revolves around friendship, close bonds, and sometimes sub-alien plots.

    Adachi and Shimamura focuses on a realistic approach towards lesbian relationships.

    Watch Adachi and Shimamura on Crunchyroll

  2. Blue Drop

    Based on the yuri manga of the same name by Akihito Yoshitomi, Blue Drop is a sci-fi and mystery anime that is set in the year 1999 when amnesiac Mari Wakatake is forced to enroll in an all-girls dormitory school known as Kaiho Academy.

    Unbeknownst to others, Mari has a traumatic history. Prior to her enrollment in the academy, Mari was the only survivor after all of the citizens on her home island died on one unfortunate night.

    In the present time, Mari meets the school idol and class representative, Hagino Senkoji, with whom she had an intriguing encounter.

    Torn between her hatred and growing affection for Hagino, Maki is set to find out the truth about her lost past.

  3. Candy Boy

    Candy Boy is an original net animation (ONA) with a romantic school comedy style.

    It explores the budding relationship between twin sisters Kanade and Yukino Sakurai, as well as the love triangle courtesy of freshman Sakura Kamiyama.

    With only seven episodes as well as two DVD episodes, and a runtime of 12–20 minutes each, Candy Boy focuses on anime tropes about incest, family bonds, and love triangles.

    Hence, if you are not comfortable with incestuous relationships, then this anime is not for you.

    However, if you are willing to at least watch one episode of this anime, you will be served with its sweet and heartwarming take on the slice-of-life romantic comedy genre.

  4. NTR: Netsuzou Trap

    Based on the yuri shoujo manga series of the same name by Naoko Kodama, NTR: Netsuzou Trap explores the peculiar relationship between two high school girls and childhood friends named Yuma and Hotaru.

    The anime has an interesting and controversial plot narrative as both of these girls cheat on each other behind their boyfriends’ backs.

    Released in 2017, the anime has received mixed opinions from the anime community because of the NTR trope. In case you’re wondering, NTR pertains to "netorare," which translates to "cheating."

    Watch NTR: Netsuzou Trap on Crunchyroll

  5. Whispered Words

    Whispered Words is a romantic comedy yuri anime based on the manga series written and illustrated by Ikeda Takeshi.

    The anime centers on two high school best friends, namely Sumika Murasame and Ushio Kazama. Sumika is in love with Ushio.

    However, Sumika is an athletic, tall, and outgoing girl, the opposite of Ushio’s preference for small, shy, and cute girls.

    Whispered Words depicts the realistic perspective of someone’s unfortunate position of loving another person who doesn’t feel the same way as well as society’s perspective towards gay or lesbian identity.

  6. Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

    Based on the romantic comedy four-koma manga series of the same name by Kuzushiro, Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san follows the story of the dog-like girl who’s into cats named Yachiyo Inugami and her opposite, Suzu Nekoyama, who is into dogs.

    The two of them begin to be attracted to each other due to their contrasting personalities.

    Because of the ridiculous antics and running gags, the anime is a heartwarming and entertaining show for viewers.

    The anime is also beautifully animated despite its short length.

    Watch Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san on Crunchyroll

  7. The Hunter of the Witch

    The Hunter of the Witch, otherwise known as El Cazador de la Bruja, is a 26-episode TV yuri anime that is a mix of adventure, drama, girl love, and mystery genres.

    It follows the tale of an amnesiac and troubled girl named Ellis and the bounty hunter Nadie, who set out on a journey together in order to unlock and recollect Ellis’ past memories.

    The Hunter of the Witch relies on its ability to engage the viewers with its well-thought-out storytelling and the likable dynamic between the two characters.

  8. If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die

    Based on the comedy manga series of the same name by Auri Hirao, If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die is a yuri anime that follows the story of Eripiyo, an obsessive fan of the idol Maina Ichii, who proclaimed that she would die if her favorite idol played at the Budokan.

    In Japan, obsessive fans of idols who would literally do anything for their simp are called "wotas". In case you’re wondering, it is not unusual for idols to have wotas in real life.

    Meanwhile, "oshibudo" is the term used by the Japanese when fans become involved with an idol. Hence, this anime depicts wotas and oshibudo.

    Watch OshiBudou on Crunchyroll

  9. Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne

    Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne is a yuri anime produced by Xebec and Genko that combines action, murder, horror, sci-fi, and supernatural elements with a girls' love theme.

    It tells the story of Rin Asougi, an immortal private investigator who has been the subject of countless attacks and grisly assaults because of her immortality.

    With only six episodes on its slate, the anime provides an original story that takes place from one timeline to another in every episode.

    Although the story seems to be confusing and complex at first, the premise falls into place as the anime concludes its last episode.

    Watch Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne on Crunchyroll

  10. Yuru Yuri

    Yuru Yuri is a comedy slice of life shoujo and yuri manga by Namori. Having spawned three seasons, TV specials, and an original spin-off animation, Yuru Yuri is an accomplished anime that headlines the yuri theme.

    The anime follows the daily lives of the Amusement Club at Takaoka, Tayama's fictional Nanami Mori Middle School.

    The club is composed of childhood friends, classmates, and the student council. It is a must-watch for fans, regardless of whether they love yuri or not.

    Watch Yuru Yuri on Crunchyroll

  11. Bloom Into You

    Based on the yuri manga written and illustrated by Nakatani Nio, Bloom into You is a yuri anime that explores the story between two high school students named Yuu Koito and Touko Nanami as they learn and understand romantic relationships by bonding with each other.

    It is an anime that delivers self-realization and self-discovery about one’s identity as well as the complexities brought by the human element called love.

    If you like some romance anime with some element of drama in a high school setting, then Bloom into You is a decent watch.

    Watch Bloom Into You on HIDIVE

  12. Maria Holic

    Maria Holic is a ridiculously funny yuri anime with a parody theme. It follows the eccentric Kanako Miyamae as she becomes entangled in an all-girls school in her search for true love over the course of 12 episodes.

    Inspired by the love story between her parents, Kanako yearns for true love with the beautiful Mariya Shidoe.

    Unfortunately, Mariya has a secret that no one should ever find out until Miyamae’s appearance.

    With an interesting concept and a unique plot twist in the middle of the anime, this show will keep you entertained with its out-of-the-blue jokes, hilarious scenes, and fascinating characters.

  13. Happy Sugar Life

    If you are into horror anime, then Happy Sugar Life has got you covered. It is a yuri anime that is a mix of horror and drama with a psychological theme.

    Despite the seemingly heartwarming title of the show, the anime’s plot narrative tackles psychosis, trauma, and even violence.

    The anime follows the beautiful high schooler Satou Matsuzaka and her obsessive-compulsive love for a young girl named Shio Kube.

    In a nutshell, Happy Sugar Life’s premise revolves around a high school girl keeping a young girl hostage at her house!

    If you are expecting sugar and flowers in Happy Sugar Life, then you are in for a disappointing surprise.

  14. Sweet Blue Flowers

    Written and illustrated by Shimura Takako, Sweet Blue Flowers, or Aoi Hana, is an 11-episode yuri anime that centers on the lesbian high schooler Fumi Manjome and her childhood friend Akira Okudaira.

    Unfortunately, life happens, and the childhood friends get separated after Fumi and her family move away.

    The story then follows the two friends juggling their high school lives together as they reunite.

    Sweet Blue Flowers takes a more dramatic approach to hide one’s true identity as well as a personal discovery.

  15. Citrus

    Citrus is one of the community's most well-known yuri anime. Released in 2018, the anime has 12 episodes for fans to experience the peculiar relationship between step-sisters Yuzu and Mei Aihara.

    The story follows the carefree, outgoing, and fashionista Yuzu Aihara as she gets entangled with her overly strict, obedient, and over-achieving step-sister Mei.

    While Citrus is criticized as an anime that romanticizes sexual assault as a form of love as well as the subject of Stockholm syndrome, the anime’s narrative also tackles insecurities, problems, and psychological and mental disorders.

    Watch Citrus on Crunchyroll

  16. Maria Watches Over Us

    Maria Watches Over Us, or Marimite, is a yuri anime based on the Japanese light novel series by Konno Oyuki. Notably, critics consider Marimite the front-runner of modern yuri animes.

    It is also viewed as the anime that revived the Class S genre of anime. In case you missed it, Class S is the Japanese trope for romantic friendships between girls.

    The anime revolves around the popular girls Sachiko Ogasawara and Yumi Fukuzawa, who have recently enrolled in the prestigious all-girls Catholic school Lillian Girls Academy.

    Since Sachiko offers Yumi the chance to be her sister and guide in the academy, she needs to address the increasing rumors about the relationship between the two of them.

    Watch Marimite on HIDIVE

  17. Strawberry Panic

    Strawberry Panic focuses on transfer student Nagisa Aoi at an all-girls Catholic school, St. Miator’s Girls Academy.

    Upon arrival, Nagisa ends up in the infirmary after meeting a charismatic and elegant student named Shizuma Hanazono.

    Apparently, Shizuma is the "Etoile", the title given to the most exceptional student on campus.

    From here on, Shizuma began favoring Nagisa with her attention and affection, much to the surprise of the student body.

    If you’re curious about yuri anime shows, Strawberry Panic is a decent watch for beginners.

    It is a compelling anime that shows the right amount of drama and emotions that will keep you engaged from start to finish.

  18. Mai-Hime

    Due to its interesting premise that involves a lot of action and sci-fi elements, Mai-Hime deviates from the usual yuri-themed anime on the list.

    The story revolves around 13 girls who have the ability to summon mecha-like guardians called "Childs" in order to stop the evil threat of creatures known as "Orphans".

    While the anime focuses on the main protagonist, Mai Tokiha, Mai Hime has a lot of romantic tension between the girls, which makes it worthy of this list.

    It is a compelling anime that needs a lot more attention from fans who are into mecha, action, supernatural, and drama.

    Watch Mai-Hime on Crunchyroll

  19. Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

    Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid is part of the three original projects of Valkyrie Drive, which also include a PlayStation Vita game called Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni and a mobile game for iOS and Android called Valkyrie Drive: Siren.

    A word of caution: this show is borderline lewd, and the animation has numerous ecchi scenes.

    The story follows the atypical tale of ordinary 16-year-old Mamori Tokonome as she wakes up on the exotic island of Mermaids.

    Fortunately, Mamori is accompanied by a fellow castaway, Mirei Shikishima, who can transform into a battle-clad warrior.

    However, there’s a catch to Mirei’s transformation! She needs to be aroused by a kiss between her and Mamori.

  20. Revolutionary Girl Utena

    Originally released in 1997, Revolutionary Girl: Utena is a masterpiece created by Be-Papas.

    Although it has been released for quite some time now, Revolutionary Girl Utena remains one of the most important milestones in the anime industry.

    Not only does it break gender stereotypes but it also promotes gender equality, self-discovery, and women's supremacy.

    The story follows the orphaned teenage girl, Utena Tenjou, as she aspires to win the hand of the "Rose Bride," Anthy Himemiya, in a series of sword duels to possess the power to revolutionize the world.

    Trust me, this masterpiece will change your perspective on yuri-themed shows.

  21. The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady

    Princess Anisphia, despite her nobility, is incapable of using magic in a fantasy world where magic reigns supreme and those who can use it are superior.

    After denying her right to the throne, Princess Anisphia decides to usher in a new era through her magicology, a term she uses to describe her inventions, by utilizing any and all resources she can find.

    Euphyllia Magenta, on the other hand, is the polar opposite of Princess Anisphia. She can use magic with ease, and her boundless potential earns her the right to be the next queen.

    After her engagement was broken off, Princess Anisphia decided to save Euphyllia from further embarrassment by hiring her as a research assistant.

    Watch MagiRevo on Crunchyroll

  22. Lycoris Recoil

    Lycoris Recoil may appear to be a typical show about cute girls with guns at first glance.

    As the plot unfolds, viewers will be introduced to an engaging plot, intriguing characters, and a dynamic duo that is so pure and innocent that you will want to protect them both from all harm.

    Prepare to meet the power duo Chisato and Takina as they take on dangerous missions one after the other for the sake of their clients and the safety of Japanese citizens.

    Chisato and Takina are joined in LycoReco Café by their comrades and their boss, Mika!

    Watch Lycoris Recoil on Crunchyroll

  23. Love To-LIE-Angle

    In this short but sweet yuri harem anime, Hanabi Natsuno, a young and naive girl, moves into the shabby and run-down Tachibana household, expecting to begin her exciting high school life.

    Hanabi had no idea she'd be staying with her childhood friend Konomi and the lovely Irori, who couldn't leave her alone!

    Although the anime's art style appears child-friendly and sweet, Love To-LIE-Angle contains a number of ecchi moments and fanservice that will take you by surprise, so beware!

  24. Whisper Me a Love Song

    What does it mean to love someone? Himari fails to understand what love is since she has never dated someone. She frequently mistakes love for adoration, which causes a dilemma for her senpai, Yori.

    On her first day of high school, Himari attends the school's welcoming event and hears Yori sing for the first time. She was so filled with excitement and delight after the performance that all she could think about was Yori.

    Of course, Himari tells Yori that she loves her, which the latter interprets as going out together. This drives the plot of the yuri anime, as Yori tries her best to make Himari fall for her.

    Watch Whisper Me a Love Song on HIDIVE

  25. The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio

    The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio presents the story of two very different girls who are assigned to work on a radio show where they would discuss their experiences as classmates.

    The challenge is that Yuhi and Yasumi despise each other, so they don't have much real-life experience to discuss.

    Worse, they don't communicate in school and have opposing views on idols and voice actors in general.

    Still, the instant the microphone is turned on, they make an effort to behave professionally, refusing to allow their personal interests to interfere.

    Watch The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio on Crunchyroll

  26. I’m In Love with the Villainess

    In this otome isekai anime, the main heroine falls in love with her adversary! Instead of simply pursuing the path of the conquerable characters, Rae Taylor wishes to go after Claire Francois and become her endgame.

    Claire initially despises Rae's demeanor and behavior toward her, but as the plot progresses, she begins to see her in a different light, completely derailing the game's plot development.

    I'm in Love with the Villainess is a delightful yuri anime that will make you reassess your decisions when playing a dating sim or otome game in real life!

    Watch I'm in Love with the Villainess on Crunchyroll

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