Back to business. On this most joyous of holidays I figured I’d post my picks for best yuri manga I’ve read recently. This list is, like all my lists, based on favoritism and has nothing to do with the opinion of the general public. If other sites have a similar list it’s purely coincidental. Ahem, without further ado let’s begin. One last thing, it’s a random list not from least good to best.
Let’s begin with an obvious choice that every single yuri fan or those curious of this glorious genre should read or have read. GF is the epitome of good yuri reading. There’s something adorable and epic about the developing relationship between Mari and Akko. Also their two good buddies Satoko and Tamami are quite the duo that will have you scratching your heads and ask yourselves, “are they or aren’t they?” This manga has been rated #1 by numerous yuri fans so you know it’s one of the very best out there.
As far as realistic lesbian relationships go, next to Love my Life, you can’t get any better than Octave. For those who have watched the classic Telenovela-esque anime, NANA, it has a similar feel to it. You’ll get many instances of temptation, sexual curiosity (What does a winky feel like for example), questioning relationships, loyalty, coming out of the closet, etc. It’s that deep.
#3: Gokujou Drops
Hoooo BABEH, this one’s STEAMY! Think a more extreme version of Maria-sama ga Miteru and you’ve got this bad girl of a manga. Join the blossoming masochist Komari as she searches for a dorm and ends up in Paraso no Yakata where she meets her future soul mate/mistress, Yukio himemiya and her merry band of “playful” neighbors. Those who are worried that this will be nothing but PG-13 love scenes, fear not for there is much more to this erotic tale than just pie eating contests.
#4: Iono, the Fanatics
Chapters: 12+omakes and bonus stuff.
Iono-sama, the queen who solidified the fact that a woman can have an all girl harem too. Very few women in anime or manga have the same power Iono has and her quest to find as many sobame as possible is quite a treat indeed. What’s surprising that although Iono is definitely a pervert, she is by no means a wench. Iono can not only manage all the women whose hearts she’s earned but also satisfy them. It’s hard to explain. To put it simply, think Morits-san wa Mukuchi anime, except Mayu Morita is a prodigy of Iono’s.
Chapters: 17+ bonus chapters.
This is one of those love comedies where you’ll have to wait a bit before the arrows finally hit their mark and both contestants realize how they feel for one another, It’s still a funny ride and compared to Sasameki Koto it isn’t prolonged and drawn out. No offense to SK since it’s a good manga as well but not one of my favs.
#6: First Love Sisters
Chapters: 13+ Bonus chapters
Simple, fluffy, straightforward and easy to follow. It’s your basic kouhai falls in love with sempai and it’s reciprocated deal and it’s really sweet. There are some surprises in this one so even though it isn’t a major shocker of a story it’s still worth your time.
Action, sci-fi and yuri. What more can you ask for? Be careful though, there’s some gender bending from our warrior female lead but it’s not as bad as you think. The male half exists for other purposes outside of romantic ones. The romance is primarily between the original female half and the woman she loves and protects with her life. Pretty instense stuff. Also of all the manga on my list, this is the most extreme when it comes to love scenes…or maybe it’s PG-13 as well.
#8: Blue Friend Seasons 1 and 2
Season 1: Chapters: 7 + 1 grand finale
Season 2: ongoing
My pick for major drama, 2nd only to Octave’s. For a more detailed empahsis of what to expect from this one, visit Listless ink and check out Yi-san’s review of this sucka.
#9: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter
3 couples (One adult), seductive training and one epic climactic battle with a mega punch to settle things. So much stuff in 11 chapters worth of content.
#10: Moonlight Flowers
Chapters: I forgot.
If you’ve ever watched the movie, “Imagine me and You”, this manga’s plot is somewhat similar, except more serious and intense. No teenage girls here, it’s two adult women falling in love all over again with a male 3rd wheel to spice things up in a negative way for them.
Well, there you have it, the 10 manga I’ve enjoyed reading most. I’ll be making a followup post with some honorable mentions you’ll also enjoy reading but these are the 10 I highly recommend everyone check out. Take care, spike/wash your hair and keep on rockin’ doods. Stay tuned for more Fall anime G-Views.
Happy Holidays doods and peeps!