Yuri anime, also referred to as Shoujo Ai, has been popular and thriving since the classical days of anime. It mainly focuses on the relationship between the girls. The plot of many yuri anime varies from childhood friends to deep bonding in the school days. Where some shows are heavy fan-service driven, and some have done exceptional work in presenting the emotional and deep aspects of this special community.
After musing among the various other excellent yuri series of all times, we have come out with a list of top 25 yuri anime. These shows are abundant, with girls doing cute stuff coupled with romantic moments between them.
25 Best Yuri Anime
Life takes an entirely new turn for Yuzu Aihara. And it all happens after the remarriage of her mother. A new family, a new house, and a new school, everything is new and strange. And out of all the possible schools, she was forced to attend a rigorous and conservative all-girl high school. With her easy-going nature, she thought she would adjust soon. But due to her flashy style, she was not able to conform with the rules of her new ultrastrict school.
Moreover, her strangeness also managed to grab the attention of the beautiful and imposing student council president, Mei Aihara. She thought she would only need to face the uncompromising president in school. Unfortunately for her, as she returns to her home, she finds out that the one person that caused the most trouble for her that day is also going to be her new step sister.
It has an excellent art style, some fluid animation, and impressive voice-acting. A story that follows the manga very tightly but still adds in something new now and then.
24. Shoujo Sect: Innocent Lovers
The story follows the lives of two childhood friends who met on a playground. They played around together, and one of them also fell in love with the other. However, after sharing a kiss, they separated for ten years.
Now they both happen to be attending the same girl’s school. Momoko seemed to have forgotten all about her past. Yet Shinobu still vividly remembers the promise that they made years ago. But now they have such contrasting personalities and different dreams. Will Shinobu’s hope to make her remember the promise come true?
The anime has many side stories aside from its main story showing the different relationships between the girls. Though it isn’t anything special, it still did an excellent job adapting the manga. It has cute character designs and moments featuring intimate close-up scenes.
23. Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
Yachiyo Inugami is a cat-loving girl. While Suzu Nekoyama is a dog-loving girl. When they meet one day, they both felt an instant attraction toward each other despite having such opposite personalities. Slowly they started gaining a deeper understanding of each other and becoming closer all the while.
In this anime, each episode is about 4 minutes long. And it dives into the various setting surrounding the two main protagonists and other side characters. It has cute yuri moments, a gorgeous art style, and their personalities are beautifully stereotyped to the animals they represent.
22. Riddle Story of the devil
The plot begins at the elite Moujou Academy, a private girl’s boarding school. In the “10th Year Class Black” of the academy, 13 students were transferred. However, in reality, they are not ordinary youth wanting to enjoy their school life. Twelve of them are the assassins who were sent by their families to this school. And they are all tasked with one thing only. And that is the assassination of a sweet-natured student, Haru Ichinose. If someone can accomplish this mission, then they will be granted the wish, no matter the cost or difficulty. But through some unexpected course of action, Tokaku Azuma, one of the assassin student, felt herself becoming closer with Haru. And she vowed to protect her from this on-going bloodlust.
This yuri anime has an interesting premise with a dark and alluring setting. It has a distinctive style and dark, engaging soundtracks. Though maybe it was a bit lacking in the yuri element overall, it was quite enjoyable.
The storyline follows the life of Kana Nakamachi, a middle school girl. She had lost her parents long ago, and now she lost her only family, her grandmother. Helpless and homeless, she started getting worried about her future. One day, she somehow stumbles upon the Fushin Gazette, a local newspaper delivery business. After listening to her problems, they offer her to live here and work for them. Thus begins a hectic but joyous life of Kana as she strives to work hard at her first job. And also try to get along with various unusual employes of the office as well as other related peoples. But being a young schoolgirl, will she be able to cope up well with this new environment?
Here we have yuri anime coupled with a slice of life, ecchi, and a little bit of warmth to it. The anime is episodic. Therefore, there is not much of a plot in it. Though if you are not a great fan of ecchi, then I would recommend not to watch it because there are numerous intense ecchi scenes. It also has a different sense of comedy in terms of being ecchi. So if you can take ecchi comedy, then you will surely find it enjoyable.
20. Kannazuki No Miko
The story begins in the fictional town of Mahoroba. On the first day of October, the lives of two girls Himeko and Chikane, who study in the prestigious Ototachibana Academy, changed forever. Throughout ancient times, the reincarnations of solar and lunar priestesses have always been defending the world against the monstrous Orochi. And this destiny has now occurred on the shoulders of these two girls. Thus with their mysterious power awakening on the day of their shared birthday, they will have to go through many dangerous tribulations. Dispelling the evil while also protecting their close ones, will they be able to do it, or will they ultimately drown in the sea of utter anguish?
In this anime, you will witness Mecha fights, a tale about the forbidden love and Japanese folklore. Though the plot isn’t an original one but the twists and turns at the end might just surprise you. The animation and soundtracks also make a good impression on the viewers.
19. Sasameki Koto
Murasame Sumika is a high school girl who is really intelligent, tall with long black hair, and athletically gifted. Moreover, everyone in the school admires her for these qualities. But she has a secret: she is in love with her best friend, Kazama Ushio. She has kept her feelings hidden for a long time. And that is only because she knows that Ushio likes cute and short girls. However much she tries to act that way she can’t just seem to attract Ushio’s attention. With Ushio remaining oblivious to Sumika’s feelings, it always makes her heartbreak. Will these two be able to confess their heart at the end, or will they become apart from each other as time goes by?
The loneliness and the heartbreak that comes after knowing the one you love, don’t love you back. These sentiments are aptly depicted in these 13 episodes of this emotional yuri anime. It is a simple story that was able to bring in satisfying romantic scenes and enjoyable comedy.
Maria Osawa and Minoru Minorikawa are the reporters who have been dispatched to Shanghai. Where they will be covering the much anticipated upcoming international anti-terrorist summit. This conference is being held two years after the dreadful event of ‘428: Shibuya Scramble’, of which these two reporters were also the victims. Soon they arrived in Shanghai. But little did they know that what awaited them was a place full of traps and life-threatening attacks. Their hope comes in the form of Canaan, a long-time friend of Maria, who she met in the MiddleEast. She does her best to protect them in the face of danger. With the past events again coming into the light, will they be able to stop the evil forces from rising again?
An action-based yuri anime, which has quite an intriguing plot. The thrilling action and proper character development of the show will surely leave you eager to watch the next episode.
The story centers around Mai Tohika, who is outwardly a normal high school girl. But after being transferred to the prestigious Fuuka Academy, she comes to know about her fated destiny. As the one with the Hime mark, which bounded her to the elemental powers of the “Child,” she has the responsibility to protect humanity from the threat of the monstrous creatures known as “Orphans.” Follow the journey of Mai and the other twelve Hime’s as they not only battle against these vile creatures but also find themselves facing the dark secret about their destiny.
Not your typical magical-super-power-shoujo-girl. It is a story with a dark genre coupled with yuri and action. It has done exceptionally well with the development of its characters and their unique persona. Top-notch soundtracks and animation are sure to make one feel the excitement while watching this anime.
16. Maria-Sama Ga Miteru
The story is set at the prestigious Lillian Girl’s Academy, a fictional Catholic school situated in Tokyo, Japan. Yumi Fukuzawa has recently enrolled in the academy. One day, when she was praying at the statue of the Virgin Mary, she encounters the relaxed and elegant Sachiko Ogasawara. This meeting left a deep impression on Yumi. So when her friend told her that she had taken a picture of her with Sachiko at that moment, she was delighted. But to get that picture, she has to fulfill a condition. And that was to ask the permission of Sachiko so that she can display this picture at the upcoming school festival. Thus begins the series of events that involved the entire Yamayuri council. With Yumi somehow also becoming Sachiko’s petite soeur.
A character-driven anime that features the romantic relationship between girls in an understandable way. This yuri anime has explored the characters with enough depth. Though the soundtracks were not anything special, the visuals did a good job, which complimented the series well.
15. Oniisama e
Nanako Misonoo is a freshly enrolled high school student at the all-girls school Seiran Academy. She believed that after entering into this school, a bright future would surely await her. Unexpectedly, an unlucky turn of events resulted in her getting inducted into the school’s Sorority: a place where only students with perfect looks, academic accomplishments, and outstanding background could be accepted. However, she possesses none of these. Therefore, everyone doubts about how she even managed to get in. This resulted in enticing the jealousy and ire of many such students who wanted the chance also to become close to the top three popular girls of the school in Sorority. Nanako is narrating the story through a series of letters to Takehiko Henmi, whom she calls ”Onii-Sama’.
A great example of how narration can be used creatively and to great success in an anime. It has a peculiar art style and emotion-inducing music coupled with appealing characters. This made the series very dramatic and intense. A good pick to be included in the yuri anime watch-list.
14. El Cazador De La Bruja
The young and amnesiac girl by the name of Ellis has been on the run ever since she has been suspected of Dr. Heinz Schneider’s murder. On the road, she had an encounter with Naddie, a feisty and optimistic bounty hunter. She is after the price on Ellis’s head. However, instead of apprehending her and getting her reward, Naddie decides to accompany Ellis on her journey toward Wiñay Marka. It is an ‘eternal city’ in the south, which supposedly holds the key to unlocking Ellis’s memories and her mysterious past. With the only clues being her conscience telling her to go south and an Inca Rose, a gemstone given to Ellis by a queer fortune teller, will they be able to overcome the dangers coming their way and uncover the truth about Ellis’s past?
A great action anime with great characters. It has an exciting story with appealing character design. Though the animation and the soundtracks did have some flows, it ultimately turned out to be an enjoyable yuri anime to watch.
The series follows the story of two female assassins, a powerful Corsican Mireille Bouquet and sweet amnesiac girl Kirika Yuumura. One day, Kirika wakes up with no memory of her past life. Moreover, she only seems to remember the word ‘Noir’ and her instinctual killing abilities. With no clue about her identity, she was thoroughly confused. But a fateful encounter with Mireille finally gave her the much-needed closure with her mystical past. Feeling such a strong pull toward each other, they decide to ally under the code name ‘Noir.’ While also discretely carrying out their assassination activities. Follow the two girls as they both embark on this perilous journey. And overcome various deadly traps laden by the secret organization called Les Soldats.
If you like your anime with women gunslinger, then you should try out Noir. Though its premise isn’t that unique, it has the potential to be interesting. With its vast amount of action and maintaining the atmosphere of being a mystery, it will surely capture your attention.
12. Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-Tachi
Time fruits are the small orbs that are often released from the mysterious tree Yggdrasil into the human realm. If a female absorbs it, then she will be turned into immortal. Whereas if consumed by a male, it will transform him into a crazed angel. Rin Asougi consumed one such orb. She is now running a private detective agency with her assistant Mimi also an immortal. Rin has been alive for many millenniums now, never dying or aging just like an ageless statue. Continually trying to solve various dangerous cases. She had been living in peace without any troubles. But that only lasted until she was suddenly under the vicious attacks of the angels who were out to exterminate the immortals.
A mainstream anime with an original story and an exciting theme. Although this anime isn’t as gory as say, Elfen Lied, this one still isn’t for the faint of heart. This anime is much more than the explicit sexual references, which will make you pleasantly satisfied.
11. Mahou Shojo Lyrical Nanoha
Nanoha Takamachi is a nine years old Japanese girl studying in elementary school. She has been living with her parents and siblings. One day, Nanoha’s life changed forever after she stumbled upon an injured ferret. She decides to take care of him. But later, the ferret turns out to be Yuuno, an archaeologist and a shapeshifting mage from another world. He had been going around and collecting the powerful jewel seeds. However, he ended up accidentally scattering the seeds throughout the earth. Now until he could recover his powers, he would have to depend on Nanoha. And she will have to help him gather all of the jewel seeds before other evil forces manage to get them. As the two gather the Jewel Seeds, Nanoha learns magic from Yūno while continuing with her ordinary everyday life.
In the starting, it may seem like your typical magical girl anime. And even have the predictable monster of the week episodes. But as you progress through the story, you will eventually start showing interest in this yuri anime as the new rival girl emerges and with plenty of surprises awaiting you.
10. Kiniro Mosaic
Shinobu Oomiya is a young Japanese girl who once left Japan to participate at the homestay in England. There she met and befriended Alice Cartelet, a sweet blonde girl. She is the daughter of the family with whom Shinobu was living. Five years later, Shinobu, after she has returned to Japan, received a letter written in a foreign language from Alice. However, she wasn’t able to understand a word. This made her wonder what is Alice trying to convey to her. Soon after, she met with Alice, who had come to stay with her and her family for the time being. Moreover, Alice is also going to attend the same high school as her. Follow this warm-hearted story of five girls. As they attend school together and always learn something new about each other’s culture.
Its mostly is a ‘cute girls doing cute things’ anime. And yuri is being used in undertones only, never emphasized much. With adorable and lovable characters, you will be able to enjoy this show. So if you want to watch light-hearted cute girl moments, then this anime is your pick.
09. Aoi Hana
This story focuses on two childhood best friends, Fumi Manjoume and Akira Okudaira. They started attending different high schools in their home town. With some coincidence after being separated for about ten years, the two get acquainted with each other again. One day, Fumi confesses to Akira about her broken relationship with a girl. Although Akira at first was unsure of how to act still, she supports Fumi’s sexuality and comforts her in her time of need. But later, Fumi also reveals to her that she was her first love. And this makes Akira feel very confused and embarrassed.
This anime portrays a severe and thoughtful story about a group of teenage girls. As they experience their first love and learn more about themselves. There is nothing flashy in this yuri anime. But it is more realistic in its concepts. The voice acting is stellar, a decent cast of characters, and enjoyable music.
08. Candy boy
Yukino and Kanade Sakurai are the twin sisters who came to study in a high school in Tokyo from Hokkaido. They moved together in a student residence. And subsequently began with their school activities. But one day, Sakuya Kamiyama, who is a first-year student, suddenly started chasing around the twins everywhere. Moreover, she would always bribe Yukino with candies to exchange with Kanade’s things. Later after being told by a friend that Sakuya likes Yukino, Kanade started misunderstanding the relationship between the two. This sets into motion a chain of events that eventually lead to Yukino expressing her feelings for her sister.
Candy boy is a sweet, heart-warming slice-of-life romantic comedy. It has more tender moments and less dramatic romantic scenes. However, if you do not like the sexual relationship element, then this yuri anime is not for you.
07. Sakura trick
The story revolves around the two friends, Haruka Takayama, and Yuu Sonoda. After getting acquainted in middle school, they had been inseparable ever since. Now with the high school upon them, they even plan to attend the Misato West High School together. But who would have anticipated that, despite being assigned the same class, they would be forced to sit entirely apart from each other? Moreover, with Yuu’s appealing personality, it was inevitable that she would attract other peoples toward her. Consequently, this resulted in awakening the jealousy of Haruka. Therefore, to calm her, Yuu had to take some drastic measures. Which resulted in intensifying their already existing bond. Thus ultimately revealing a different aspect of their unique friendship.
This yuri anime is a rare and hidden gem that isn’t afraid to go all out. It didn’t just undertone these unique relationships. And strongly presents the true potential of the yuri genre. It also has such a colorful cast of characters coupled with intimate romance moments. This show is sure to melt the hearts of its viewers.
The plot is set in an earth-like planet called Daikūriku, where all the citizens are born female. However, when they become seventeen years old, they have to perform a sacred ceremony. In that ceremony, they choose their permanent sex. There is a powerful technology called Simoun of the Simulacrum nation. But only females known as priestess can pilot the Simoun.
To get their hands on this technology, the enemy nations of Simulacrum started the war against them. A pair of Simoun Aer and Neviril, who are in the fleet of Chor Tempest, are stuck in the middle of this war. Moreover, they have to combat the enemy fleets with their lives on the line. Under such brutal battles, sly tricks, and the fear of losing their comrades, will they all be able to survive and dare to even think about their future?
A yuri anime, featuring mecha, politics, military, and love. This is a well-balanced anime that accurately portrayed many issues existing in this world through its fictional storytelling. It also has an appreciating animation and some stunning music pieces, which made the entire experience very exciting.
05. Yuru Yuri
Akari Akaza is finally able to meet her grade school friends in the Nanamori Middle School. Yui and Kyouko are second-year students who have formed an Amusement club. A club where they just have to relax, drink tea, and fawn over each other. After uniting with their childhood friend Akari who is a fresher, they have her come and join their club. Later their classmate Chinatsu visits their club, mistaking it for the previously banned tea club. And after some convincing by the three girls, Chinatsu also ends up joining their Amusement club. Thus begins the lazy but an enjoyable life of this group of girls as they enthusiastically perform their club activities.
If you have an interest in a light-hearted slice-of-life and yuri genre, then you will surely enjoy this anime. The most significant selling point of this anime is its characters. Cute artwork and well-paced music also set the right mood. Even if just for pure entertainment, you should give this one a try.
04. Strawberry Panic
The plot is set at the Astraea Hill. It is a very large hilltop where three affiliated schools of Miator, Spica, and Lulim are located. Aoi Nagisa transfers to St. Miator’s Girls Academy, which is the oldest school on this hill. It is a school that is popular for its ‘Bride’ training system. Moreover, the girls have to participate in activities like a tea ceremony, flower arrangement, etc. On the first day of her school, Aoi unexpectedly gets lost and coincidently stumbled upon the sole Etoile of the Astraea Hill, Shizuma Hanazono. As both of them get to know each other, Shizuma gradually felt herself drawing close to the ever cheerful Aoi. And this closure also provides her with the much-needed solace to finally face her tragic past.
The play on suspense, romance, and other relationships are so perfect for anyone who is into anything that may make your eyes tear up. The art and its soundtracks are exceptional. While you might not like all the voice actors, but some of them have done a great job. A fun show and a good series to watch if you dig the yuri genre.
03. Bloom into you
Yuu Koito is a high schooler who has always been an avid reader of shoujo manga. Moreover, after having been read so many of them, she has come to understand one thing. And that is what she ought to feel if someday a guy confesses to her. However, when a guy actually proposes to her in her junior school, her heart just doesn’t seem to flutter at all. Stressing under these conflicting emotions, she graduates and ends up enrolling in a high school. One day, she witnesses the student council president Touko Nanami cooly rejecting a love confession. Thus from that day, she started admiring her and is inspired to ask for advice. The two started becoming close friends after spending some time together when suddenly Nanami confesses her feelings for her.
It is a love story about self-realization. It has some great characters. They might not seem anything special at first. But as they develop, you will surely see their true potential. It has beautiful visual storytelling, realistic characters, and several unforgettable moments.
02. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
The plot takes place in a fictional city of Mitakihara, Japan. Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki were the normal high school girls. But little did they know that their life will forever change. And it was after an encounter with a cat-like creature called Kyuubey who offers them a contract. Through that, both of them will be granted a wish. However, it’s in exchange for obtaining the magical powers and fighting against the witches. Before they could make their decision though the new transfer student Homura Akemi tries to stop them from becoming a magical girl. She also warns them of the drastic consequences that will take place after they accept the offer.
Everything is always not how it seems to be on the surface. Due to the unexpected turn of events and some big revelations, Madoka decides to become a magical girl. She strives hard to change the fate of all magical beings.
An intense type of magical girl anime with the heavy plotline and a fabulous cast of characters. The animation was terrific, and the soundtracks were very fitting with all the scenes. It is one of those anime shows which is worthy of being put under your anime-watch-list.
01. Revolutionary Girl Utena
When her parents died, the grief-stricken Utena Tenjou was comforted by a traveling prince who only left a rose crested ring behind. Now Driven by her determination also to become a princess herself, Utena attends the Ootori Academy. But little did she know that she will be drawn in a dangerous game of dualists. These dualists also happen to wear the same ring as her. Furthermore, they also seem to be eagerly competing to win the rose bride, Anthy Himemiya. And when she prevails in the dual against the others, she earned herself the title of the owner of the rose bride. However, now she has to be on her guard every time if she wants to protect Anthy from the evil intentions of other dualists.
A fantastic series that expertly dived into the genres of shoujo and magical girl with the fairy tale twist. This yuri anime is divided into four different arcs. The plot is engaged with various life-changing events no matter big or small. The artwork is gorgeous, the music is lavish, and even the voice actors have done a marvelous job. If you do end up picking this anime, then you will not regret it.
So now, after this last wonderous magical yuri anime, I conclude my list. Did the anime show above spark your interest? Did you all find something new and exciting to watch from this list? And which is your favorite yuri anime? Do comment down below.
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