I am and have been super busy lately, so my next Manga review will be a while. But since one of the hype shows of year (Netsuzou Trap) has been announced with a premiere date, I figured this would be the best time to talk about this.
So, this post will just be a big rant about Yuri Anime/Manga and it will be heavily based on my likes/dislikes. Hopefully you enjoy reading this but at the very least you learn some new things about me as a Manga reviewer and Anime watcher and maybe this post could start some discussions.
Just as a disclaimer, this will be very long. One more thing, reading back on this I realise I repeat myself a lot, but please understand that I really want to get my point across and was probably a little mad. I’d love to read your opinion on anything I mentioned in this post as well.
(Anime and ongoing Manga: ‘Sakura Trick‘
If you’ve been an avid Yuri fan for a while, you would know that Yuri is a niche genre in the Anime and Manga industry. We get about 1-3 Anime labelled with the Yuri genre a year. Yuri in Manga is more popular, not by a lot but it is still slightly more common. Still it is a niche genre, currently.
To start off, those that have read my ‘Renai Manga’ review would know that I hate Het(Hetero sexual) elements in Yuri Anime/Manga. I recently read a Manga by the name of ‘Amnesian’ and I will use this Manga as examples of some of these Het encounters. I must start off by saying I like ‘Amnesian’ a lot. I would love this Manga were it not for the flaws I’ll point out.
To clarify, I do like Het Anime and will encourage Het Romance where I see fit, such as in Het Anime. I just hate Het elements in Yuri Anime and Manga as they almost always interfere with the Yuri characters. If there was Het romance in a Yuri Anime, and the characters responsible for this romance are not the same ones as the characters responsible for the Yuri (such as in the Uta-Kata Manga), I don’t mind. But I do mind Het in a Yuri Anime/Manga as almost always, if there is Het elements in it, one of the characters responsible for the Het is also a part of the 2 characters that create the Yuri, if you understand what I mean. And it’s become to the point where I do not like there to be men in Yuri Anime/Manga.
Moving onto the ‘Amnesian’ Manga.
(Chikane (blue hair) and Himeko (Blondie) look different from what I last remember. Im unsure if the 2 blue haired and blonde haired girls are the same or different, but they look slightly different. I really wish this Manga alongside others get finished translating to English so I can read and review them.)
One of the main characters, Chikane, who is in love with Himeko (second protagonist) gets constantly sexually assaulted by other men. I will not include pictures of this but in one chapter, she is forced to strip naked (in front of a man) because her precious Himeko is held hostage (by the same man). To add insult to injuries, he starts touching her naked breasts and she says, and I quote: “More, rub more please” with an embarrassed or blushed face (I can’t tell which one). (This is what I mean with Het elements interfering with the Yuri character, because I am unsure if the Yuri character enjoys this Het encounter. I hate it when Yuri characters enjoy Het encounters because Yuri is so niche, though I’m unsure if Chikane actually enjoys this or not, hopefully she doesn’t). Whether she says this because she is aroused by this man or because she wants to catch him off guard to free her precious Himeko (because she actually does save her this way), I don’t know! While I was reading that chapter and even as I type this, I feel absolutely enraged and infuriated.
I hate Het encounters in Yuri Anime/Manga and Chikane (in the ‘Amnesian’ Manga) gets sexually assaulted this entire Manga (it’s still ongoing by the way). The only thing that can make this worse for me is if Chikane kissed someone (or did it with someone or was someone’s lover) that wasn’t Himeko (which luckily hasn’t happened with the 7 out of 12 chapters I’ve read so far). That’s the only thing that can make this worse. What can make a Het encounter even worse for me is if the Yuri character actually enjoys it. Again, I can’t tell if Chikane was enjoying the absolute absurd number of Het encounters in this Manga or not. I sincerely hope she wasn’t but it doesn’t change the fact that this still happened in the Manga. I will talk more about this later but moving on.
I also mind love triangles, even if it consists of all females. And for the record, I would still feel angry even if Chikane was sexually assaulted by another woman other than Himeko, not just men.
(Anime: ‘Tanaka-Kun‘. While the OG-Man praises this show for it’s amazing Yuri love confession from Miyano (the shortie) to Echizen (the blondie) in episode 3, in future episodes I was made aware that Echizen is clearly a Het character which honestly ruined the show for me a little)
The second annoying factor in Yuri Anime/Manga is the inexplicit or inconclusive endings. As mentioned in my ‘Renai Manga’ comments, the OG-Man comments that characters hooking up or a kiss is not always necessary to end an amazing story. While I do agree to some extent, I want confirmation that the characters will end up together and stay that way. While subtext is a big thing in Yuri at the current time of 2016/2017, I still do not want to be using subtext and subtle information by the end of the story. When the story is near it’s end, I want solid facts and I don’t want to be using my ‘Yuri goggles’ by that time. So two girls hooking up or a kiss is obvious enough and therefore satisfies me for the ending part.
(Anime: ‘Qualidea Code‘. While this anime was conclusive and these characters (Maihime X Hoatru) are exclusively Yuri, I wish there were more moments for them. There needs to be a season 2 where this couple become canon)
Which brings me to my next (almost) gripe, which is the subtext. I like subtext, I really do, as without subtext Yuri Anime, the OG-Man would be posting about 1-3 Anime reviews a year on this site currently. Subtext Yuri Anime is still Yuri to an extent and allows us to be occupied while we wait for Yuri to become a mass genre (because I have optimism and hope that the Yuri genre will become huge very soon). But I cannot deny the fact that sometimes, I do get tired of Subtext. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way as a while back, the OG-Man and another individual (who I will not name as I believe that to be an invasion of their privacy if I name them without their permission), published a post discussing that they sometimes also get tired of subtext. When I’ve watched too much Yuri subtext Anime, I yearn for ‘true Yuri’ so I go read an old or find a new ‘true Yuri’ Manga to read. That doesn’t mean I hate it, I love it in fact. When Yuri does become a mass genre, I’ll still greet Yuri subtext with open arms, I just sometimes get exhausted by it.
(Anime: ‘Non Non Biyori‘. Just wanted to include this pic. Honestly both ‘Qualidea Code’ and ‘Non Non Biyori’ suffer from a inconclusive end and subtext, more so in the first mentioned. Again there needs to be a season 3 with this couple becoming canon)
This is not a gripe but a mild annoyance (most of a time). I don’t like it when an Anime or Manga starts by showing you the intimate/sexually relationships two females have but later claim that these two females actually have an affair that we weren’t aware off, with two other females (such as the case in a Manga like ‘Gamma’. I initially only wanted the Manga to have a Miyuki X Yuri pairing. I was slightly heartbroken when they introduced the Hikari X Miyuki pairing therefore making the first one non-existent but I very quickly started to love this pairing more than the first. With most anime and Manga, I was not this quick to love the second pairing more than the first.) Like I said this is usually just a mild annoyance because an expectation is now planted in my head of these character’s relationship with each other but then later this expectation is changed. But this can be a nightmare, no doubt about it. If the second pairing is worse than the first one obviously that is a huge problem. And also if that second pairing is Het, I might as well just rip my hair out (or realistically just eat some ice-cream). This is the reason I will never watch Anime like ‘Cross Ange’ as no matter how good the Yuri may be, the Het ending renders the Yuri useless and just there as a bait.
And to move to my final topic of the day, the two (so far) hype Anime of 2017, ‘Citrus’ and ‘Netsuzou Trap’. Minor spoilers ahead.
I am both really hyped for and at the same time very worried about the release of these two Anime. I prefer ‘Citrus’ a little more over ‘Netsuzou Trap’, and unlike the latter I definitely know that ‘Citrus’ has a big audience and has less Het encounters. Both of these Manga are ongoing and I’m not up-to-date with either of them, but as far as I remember in the world of ‘Citrus’ one character wants a boyfriend and the other had an affair with a male teacher, he even kissed her so you can imagine that angers me. And ‘Netsuzou Trap’ is a Manga about two girls with their own boyfriends, and these girls tease each other, so yeah -_-
I brought up my gripes about ‘Amnesian’ before as I read the comments that were passed between the OG-Man and another individual (who I will not name as I believe that to be an invasion of their privacy if I name them without their permission). What they basically talked about was that the ‘Netsuzou Trap’ Anime could consist of constant Het encounters and some Yuri teasing only for them at the end to hook up as a Yuri couple. Even that is doubtable as the Manga is ongoing (the English translation at least) and the two female characters haven’t hooked up yet. So the entire Anime would be nothing other than a method of pissing me off.
I sincerely hope that these two Anime favour Yuri more than anything and that they can help grow Yuri as a genre. Even if these Anime have to annoy me a little bit, whether it be the Het, inconclusiveness or the subtext, I wouldn’t mind it IF they can grow the Yuri genre, help it turn into a mass one.
I do however have a strong feeling that neither of these two Anime will let me down but I am cautious. And I have also quickly realised how big of a deal it is that these Manga are getting anime adaptions. I mean, even non-Yuri members of the Anime community are talking about this so this is apparently huge.
“Kudos, you read it all!”
I’d love to hear your opinion about this topic and Thank you for reading! Hope to be writing Manga reviews soon when I’m not so occupied. I Don’t know when I’ll be done.