Yuri, or Girls’ Love, has been gaining popularity through the years, with anime adaptations and manga series becoming even more common than ever. Japanese pop culture website, Akiba Souken, has recently asked asked a total of 4,884 people to vote for their favorite Yuri anime, and even though some of the entries aren’t considered “true yuri” anime, much like series like Kuroko’s Basketball are not considered “true yaoi,” here is what they had to say:
20/19 (tie) – Riddle Story of Devil and DokiDoki PreCure
18 – Battle Athletes
17 – MADLAX
16 – Mikagura School Suite
15 – Revolutionary Girl Utena
14 – Noir
13 – Aria The Scarlet Ammo AA
12 – El Cazador de la Bruja
11 – Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
10 – Simoun
9 – VALKYRIE DRIVE -MERMAID-
8 – Yuri Kuma Arashi
7 – Kannazuki no Miko
6 – Aoi Hana
5 – Strawberry Panic
4 – Maria-sama ga Miteru
3 – Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn
2 – Sakura Trick
1 – YuruYuri
While many consider YuruYuri as not a “real” yuri series, a lot of people seem to disagree with them, us included, and as the poll has shown, YuruYuri is even the #1 anime in its genre, topping “True Yuri” stalwarts like Sakura Trick and Strawberry Panic. Looks like that kissing spree back in season 1 was enough to seal the deal.
And speaking of kissing sprees, Sakura Trick comes in second, with its cute-yet-intense take on female friendship (ok, that’s waaaaaaaaaay more than friendship if you ask me), while ongoing anime, while the robotic couple from Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn, which is currently airing in Japan, has captured enough hearts to upset yuri classics, Maria-sama ga Miteru and Strawberry Panic for third.
There were also a few snubs in the rankings, with Revolutionary Girl Utena not making it to the Top 10, while my personal favorite yuri anime, Sasameki Koto, failing to even make it to the list entirely.
So, what is your favorite yuri? And no, Red Alert 2: Yuri’s Revenge does not count.
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