The OG-Man’s back with another topic of discussion for yuri fans, with an added voting poll to boot. (An appetizer for those who can’t wait to vote in the 2nd G-Empire Yuri Awards) This time we’ll be talking about several yuri trends that annoy some yuri fans to no end. While our love for animated and drawn (Sometimes live-action) romance between women is unquestionable, there are trends that continue to pop up over and over again that can make our teeth cringe. So I figured, why not take the time to find out which trend is the most annoying…according to MY visitors. Keep in mind these aren’t the only bad yuri trends, but the most frequent ones.
Update: Some comments mention wanting to vote for more than one option. With that in mind, you can now vote for more than one. If it seems you can still only vote for one option, let me know.
Let me explain each of the choices to help those who don’t get some of these with casting their vote.
#1: Bad End. Refers to a show with a horrible or tragic end for the main yuri couple; e.g. death, breakup, Yamibou, man wins, etc.
#2: Typical male nuisance. Speaking of victorious men, this one refers to shows where there’s a guy standing in the way of a lesbian’s one true love. While frequent in harem, there are other non-harem shows where this trend is prevalent. Examples include, Ga-Rei Zero, Maria-Sama ga Miteru, Kyoshiro, Aoi Hana and Gakuen Alice to name a few. Basically it doesn’t have to be a conscious obstacle that the lesbian is aware of, just a guy is in the way of the desired yuri pairing fans crave.
#3: Incest. I’ve mentioned a while back that I have no qualms with sisters having a romantic relationship (In anime and manga) and that I dislike mother x daughter pairings, but there are yuri fans who dislike incestuous relationships altogether.
#4: Excessive fanservice. Think of a show that fellow nation members promoted as to having yuri content but you just couldn’t get yourself to giving it a chance because of the excessive fanservice. You all know which shows I’m talking about; Strike Witches, Gokujo, Koihime Musou, Rinne no Lagrange (Even though this one doesn’t have THAT much) to name a few.
#5: the “Best Friends” Angle. It’s hard to distinguish this one from subtext but the best way I can explain this one is a show where no matter how many intimate moments the girls have together, the writers continue shoving the dreaded “F” word down your throats just to try and mislead or piss you off.
#6: Stereotypes. If you’ve been a yuri fan as long as I have (over a decade), you’re bound to have the same kind of lesbian archetypes over and over again. Name one stereotype and I could probably mention 10 or more stories and one-shots where a girl with the same type of personality appears.
#7: Emo-Lesbians. Imagine Shinji Ikari, Sasuke Uchiha, Justin Bieber or Edward and Jacob as girls. Nuff said.
#8: Butches. No offense to any of my fellow nation members who are actual butches (Really) but this refers to lesbians who are so masculine, you can’t even tell if they’re actually women. To be honest, this is one of those I’m not that familiar with as there aren’t that many butches in anime and manga I know of. I could be wrong though.
#9: Fear of Crossing the line. Short answer, lack of adult lesbians. Long answer, lack of anime and manga where the female protagonists graduated high school (sometimes college), or too many “Gakuen” anime.
#10: Superficial Yuri. Similar to fanservice, except here, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for there to be yuri on this show. It’s there for the sake of being there.
There you have it. As usual, discuss the ones mentioned here or any I may have missed, but most importantly, help a dood out by voting honestly.