The chances are that you are either a Shounen or Shoujo fan. But do you know there are other exciting anime genres?
Yuri is one of such genres. Yuri?
Yes, Yuri is almost like Shoujo but different. Unlike the latter, the former centers on girl-to-girl relationships rather than girl-to-boy.
For that reason, Yuri is fun-packed. For a start, you can expect beyond Shoujo‘s random kisses.
Also, Yuri’s romance is intense. And the emotions fill the air. That sounds like fun, eh?
Good news: we have a list of 20 of such “fun” in this piece!
Check out our top 20 Yuri anime collection for 2021, and experience unique plots and twists.
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- Adachi to Shimamura (Adachi and Shimamura)
- Kimi no Hikari: Asagao to Kase-san
- Kannazuki no Miko ( Destiny of the Shrine Maiden )
- Hello! Kiniro Mosaic
- Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
- Love Live! School Idol Project
- Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi
- NTR: Netsuzou Trap
- Revolutionary Girl Utena
- Riddle Story of the Devil
- Sakura Trick
- Sasameki Koto
- Shōjo Sect: Innocent Lovers
- Sweet Blue Flowers
- Maria-sama ga Miteru (Maria Watches Over Us)
- Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid
Adachi to Shimamura (Adachi and Shimamura)
Let’s start our list with one of the most comprehensive plot Yuri anime ever. Undoubtedly, “Adachi and Shimamura” is true to nature.
Everything about this anime screams reality. The plot started with two girls. They met and first became friends. As time goes on, the two friends blossom into lovers.
Kimi no Hikari: Asagao to Kase-san
This anime is one of the easiest to understand Yuri ever. It is even perfect for you if you’re a first-time Yuri enthusiast. And that is why the series makes the second spot on our list.
For a start, the animation is classy, and the scenes are colorful. Also, the story is a straightforward plot. How so?
In Asagao and Kase-san, two girls (named after the title) fell in love and worked on staying together. Plus, there is no excessive display of sexual content.
In this Yuri anime, the only suspense was that Asagao and Kase-san had no prior mutual interest. As such, you will worry if their love would even work out.
Yuri anime can be action-packed too. It’s not always just about love stories.
In Canaan, be rest assured that you will enjoy romance as well as action and adventure. And that’s why we love this series.
Here, the plot follows two reporters, Maria and Minoru. They were in Shanghai to cover a summit.
Unfortunately, the summit was a death trap. Amid all that terror, Maria met with her old friend, Canaan.
Maria and Canaan would soon resume their emotional relationship. However, Canaan is way involved in all the terror happening.
That begs the question of Maria’s safety. Besides, how come she knew Canaan?
You will find all the answers when you watch this suspense series.
The truth is that often when love happens, we can’t choose whom we love – even when the person happens to be our siblings. Weird, huh?
That weird feeling is what you will get in Citrus. This Yuri anime features two stepsisters madly in love.
And to appreciate the plot, you should understand that the sisters are two sides of a coin. The first sister is the sweet, innocent, and generous kind.
The other sister, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of her lover. She’s cold, manipulative, and a sting of formality.
Well, who are we to judge? But will this Citrus love survive?
Kannazuki no Miko ( Destiny of the Shrine Maiden )
First things first, you need to exercise patience to enjoy Destiny of the Shrine Maiden. The plot seems disjointed at the start.
However, as the story unravels, the fun builds, making this Yuri anime a must-watch. There’s one thing, though, about the plot.
Initially, the story seems to be a love triangle among three parties: a boy and two girls. That wouldn’t make the anime Yuri, right?
Good news: as the story unfolds, the boy soon fades out. The two girls then started their journey to become shrine maidens.
Hello! Kiniro Mosaic
Do you ever have the thought that high school is a time to flow with the wind? It’s not like there was a predetermined fate or any direction. You attend school and play away!
Such feeling (the reality) is what you’ll get in Hello! Kiniro Mosaic. This Yuri anime follows two adorable girls doing nothing more than their routines.
Spoiler alert: no particular plot in this anime. You can liken it to a reality show.
Indeed, there are a few missions here and there. But overall, you’re only following the lives of the characters.
Nevertheless, Hello! Kiniro Mosaic is an exciting anime. If nothing amuses you in the plot, we are sure the animations and jealousy will!
Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
Pets are lovable companions. Besides their doting and caring nature, they also plan dates for their owners. Funny, huh?
Well, that is what happened in Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san. This Yuri anime is fun-filled from start to end – and funny too.
The story follows two girls. The first girl, Inugami, loves cats, and she’s somewhat tomboyish.
The second girl, Nekoyama, is a complete contrast to Inugami. For a start, she’s shy. Also, Nekoyama prefers dogs to cats.
Strangely, Nekoyama and Inugami fell head over heels for themselves. While the former shows affection, the latter is a bit withdrawn.
In all, this 3-min-per-episode Yuri anime will keep you laughing and wanting more. The plots are that engaging!
Love Live! School Idol Project
If what you seek is a captivating, all-encompassing anime, try the Love Live! School Idol Project. This Yuri series is one of the lengthiest plots on our list.
So, it will keep your eyes busy for a while.
The series revolves around the dwindling numbers of enrollees at a school: Otonokizaka High School. The numbers were at an uncharacteristic low.
Unfortunately, if such outcomes persist, the school will eventually shut down. Honoka Kousaka (a sophomore) took it upon herself to save her institution to prevent such a scenario. But how?
The way out was to create an idol group and enter a “love live” competition. Did Honoka win? Was she able to revive the reputation of her school?
You will find all the answers in this thrilling, lengthy Yuri anime – Love Live! School Idol Project.
This anime is another Yuri theme but with a spice of action and magic. So, sit tight as you enjoy the romance and the adventure.
Mai-Hime follows the life of a high-schooler, Mai Tohika. Mind you, Mai is not the typical high school girl. She had the “mark.”
The Hime mark is an insignia that gives its bearer magical powers. With this newly found power, Mai’s fate unfolds. She must fight vicious creatures to save humanity.
Thankfully, Mai is not alone in the fight against monsters. She had twelve other girls with the Hime mark.
But which of these girls caught Mai’s interest?
Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi
Do you want feisty, full-blown romance and explicit content? Try Mnemosyne!
Just a little warning ahead: this Yuri anime is brimming with sexual scenes and horrific details. So prepare your mind!
The plot follows a detective, Rin Asogi. Blessed with magical powers, Rin rounds up hellish creatures to save humanity.
But Rin herself is an enigmatic character. First, she and her secretary are lovers. Yet, she sleeps with her informants to draw information.
NTR: Netsuzou Trap
One of the first things that drew us to the Netsuzou Trap is its short length. In a few hours, you will be through the whole series.
The length aside, Netsuzou Trap’s story is unique and funny. Here, Hotaru and Yuma were childhood friends.
However, as the two friends progressed to high school, Yuma got herself a boyfriend. Now she seeks her trusted friend, Hotaru, for relationship advice.
Instead of relationship advice, Hotaru chose to kiss Yuma.
Now, will Yuma leave her boyfriend? Will she keep cheating and handling the feeling of betrayal?
Netsuzou Trap holds the answers!
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Revolutionary Girl Utena
Talk of a revolution, and this Yuri anime is an instant hit. Like the title, Revolutionary Girl Utena entails tons of “challenging the status quo.”
The beauty of this Yuri anime is that it never gets old. There is almost a new thing to learn about politics, self-identity, gender, and sexual relations anytime you see Revolutionary Girl Utena.
The story starts with Utena. She defiled all odds and decided to be a prince – and not a princess.
To fit her convictions, Utena decides to tweak her new school uniform. Instead of the usual male design, she made hers feminine-like.
The plot will later revolve around Utena’s dreams and her everyday life. In all, you can expect numerous subplots in this Yuri.
In this series, you will enjoy love, romance, and a whole lot of academy politics.
Riddle Story of the Devil
This Yuri anime is a dark one. As such, you can expect that the adventure and plot are top-notch.
About the plot, Riddle’s Story of the Devil centers on a lovely and easy-going girl, Haru Ichinose. For reasons unknown, some people wanted to kill Haru.
So, the “bad guys” sent 12 assassins (disguised as students) after Haru. And for motivation, anyone who gets to kill Haru will have anything she wants.
However, the assassination turned sour when one of the assassins, Tokaku Azuma, became fond of Haru. Tokaku then took it upon herself to save her new friend from harm’s way.
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We all want assurances in relationships. At least, there should be a sign that the fire burns fiercely as always.
The characters in Sakura Trick, like everyone, also crave that assurance. But did it ever come?
The story of Sakura Trick, like most Yuri anime, follows the story of two high school girls. During junior years, the two lovebirds were inseparable.
However, the two girls soon progressed to high school and had to mingle with other friends. In that separation, they need to be sure the flames of love burn still.
For the sake of certainty, Haruka and Yuu (the two girls) sealed their love with a kiss. You should see how emotional it was!
One of the hells of emotional relations is unrequited love. It can stir the worst of evil and loneliness in the heart.
Such feelings of distraught and the reality that not everyone will love you like you love them is what awaits you on Sasameki Koto.
This Yuri anime follows the life of Murasame Sumika and Kazama Ushio. The former is an adorable girl that everyone at school loves. However, she has a burden on her heart. Huh?
Murasame loves her best friend, Kazama. She couldn’t profess her feelings because she knows Kazama prefers short girls.
The rest of the story will then revolve around the comical heartbreak Murasame suffered. Such a touching anime!
Shōjo Sect: Innocent Lovers
Perhaps you desire a break from all the high school scenes. How about a mature Yuri anime for a change? Yes?
Then, you should try Shōjo Sect: Innocent Lovers. Here, the plot follows the life of two adults, Shinobu Handa and Momoko Naitō.
The two women had known each other since they were children. Beautifully, they shared a mutual love during those times – albeit Shinobu’s was intense.
Now old and with different lives, Momoko had forgotten about her old flame. Shinobu, on the other hand, loves her Momoko as always.
Will the two ever reunite?
Let’s give you a taste of something different. Simoun is a Yuri anime brimming with science fiction. So, if you’re a geek, you will love this particular series.
The plot follows a civilization where people’s default gender at birth is female. The offspring of this mysterious land must then choose their gender when they reach magical spring.
The gender decision isn’t even the fun part of Simoun. The thrill of this series is the romantic relationships the default-gendered have while piloting their “Simoun.”
Sweet Blue Flowers
Like the title, Sweet Blue Flowers is an endearing Yuri series. If you’re a sucker for touching love stories, reunion, and fate, this anime will delight you.
The story follows the love life of two girls. They started as childhood friends. And like flowers, their emotions bloom.
Unfortunately, one of the friends relocated. It would seem that the love had faded forever. However, as fate would have it, the two companions reunited in high school.
Such a love story!
Maria-sama ga Miteru (Maria Watches Over Us)
Maria Watches Over Us should be your pick if you’re looking for a funny and large-scale Yuri plot. Even the title is somewhat hilarious.
Here, there is no one primary character. The anime highlights numerous emotional relationships simultaneously.
The story follows the lives of girls in a top-drawer Catholic school. Here, the seniors look after their juniors. However, the relationship often leads to emotional bolts.
Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid
Unlike other Yuri anime on our list, Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid stands out. For a start, the plot is dark and brimming with exploitation.
Funnily enough, such exploitation is one of the harsh realities of relationships. And Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid follows that same pattern.
The story follows a kidnapped girl. She found herself on a stranded island and met a stranger that would soon steal her heart away.
Unfortunately, the new girl only wants to exploit the “lover girl.” How?
The conniving castaway girl would tease the other innocent lover. By doing so, the former stirs enough arousal to send the latter into an almost hypnotic state.
Exploitation and hypnotism aside, Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid is fun to watch. Watch out for the kisses!