The OG-Man Looks Back at Yuri in 2020

At last the time has come to go over Yuri in the year 2020. We all know 2020 was…well, 2020. Despite all that had happened it was an interesting year for all things yuri animation, video games and written media. So, like 20-Gay-Teen I figured why not sum up some of the media I consumed and a couple of interesting observations throughout the year.

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  • Note 1: I will mainly go over animation and video games. I did not keep up with live-action or comics/manga as much. Pay a visit to Euroninja-chan, Her Holiness, The One Called Ach and G-Man (No relation to Gas Turner) for other yuri I did not mention here.
  • Note 2: As mentioned in note 1 there was more yuri animation and games in 2020 than what I will discuss here. These are the things that really stood out to me basically. 
  • Note 3: SPOILER WARNING

First let’s go over several yuri video games released and localized in 2020.

 

Games featured:

  • Death End re:Quest 2
  • The Last of Us 2
  • Curse of Kudan
  • Remothered: Broken Porcelain
  • Eldritch University
  • Quantum Suicide

Do not ask me why but for whatever reason a lot of games were released or localized in 2020 featuring or starring lesbians in a horror/suspense/thriller setting. Whether it be a hotel, town, space station, school or country full of monsters, sociopaths and psychopaths the ladies had to face and potentially find comfort with each other or something more throughout their quest for the truth and survival.

I am not here to discuss how good each game is. I leave that to the curious to find out themselves. It’s just an interesting observation: Besides Visual Novels and Dungeon Crawler RPGs lesbians also seem to have a thing for survival horror games.

(There was a 7th game but it is best not to talk about it in this post. Another time perhaps.)

Rose Seed Replica Scene

We had, quite possibly, the first Point and Click Adventure Yuri game (that I am aware of) in Rose Seed Replica.

Mizuchi Cover

A Visual Novel where the love interests were a chick magnet female monk or a shape shifting snake woman (Note; Yes. There is a brief glimpse of a love scene in her default form) in Mizuchi.

Synergia Protagonists

A Cyberpunk love story before Cyberpunk 2077 (Which also features a yuri romance option by the way) came out in Synergia.

Virgo vs The Zodiac Cover

Technically Yuri Goddess of War: The RPG, in Virgo vs The Zodiac.

Kandagawa Jet Girls

We got the anime in 2019 so naturally we would get the Kandagawa Jet Girls game it promoted localized in 2020.

Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town

We got a remake of what used to be part of the Harvest Moon series but is now Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town where players were not only blessed with same sex marriage options but raising a child together too. This will also be carried over into the next game, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town. Hopefully Rune Factory 5 took the hint and added it to their game too.

Yumeutsutsu Re;Master and Re;After

A “New Game!” style Visual Novel in Yumeutsutsu Re:Master.

I could go on mentioning more Visual and Kinetic Novels like FLOWERS 3, A Summer’s End -Hong Kong 1986-, Highway Blossoms: Next Exit, National Park Girls Episode 3 and Wicked Willow but we would be here all day mentioning VNs. Just wanted to highlight certain titles to show that there are several yuri options for those who look.

I thought about talking about Western yuri animation next but this is mega spoiler territory so let us stick with Japan for now. This may include some minor spoilers but nothing major.

Fragtime Haruka and Misuzu

The Fragtime movie premiered in cinemas in 2019 but was released digitally in the West in 2020 so I count it as a 2020 highlight. Twas worth the wait and one scene stood out to me quite a bit. Hint: “Top of the table”.

My Next Life as a Villainess Catarina and her harem

My Next Life as a Villainess was not on my radar at all initially, even when The One Called Ach hyped it up. It was not until one of my close friends encouraged me to give it a go did I discover a highly entertaining bisexual harem. Usually in otome/reverse harem series there MIGHT be one female pining for our heroine but here it was almost evenly split with several guys and gals falling for our heroine. Best of all for me was she EARNED their affection. No “They fell for her at first sight or because of one good deed”. Much appreciated. Hope they keep the spotlight on the ladies in S2 like they did in S1.

Tamayomi Leads

There were not many female sports anime this year but the ones we got I quite enjoyed. The best to me was Tamayomi. I finally found another girls’ baseball anime I enjoyed as much as Taishou Yakyuu Musume. Once the animation got its act together and maintained a solid pace for the rest of the show it was lovely yuri moments and constantly ramped up baseball (and thighs) action with a delightful conclusion.

We had three enjoyable anime about/featuring gay cuties and hotties fighting against mechanical alien invaders of varying origins in Assault Lily Bouquet, Strike Witches: Road to Berlin and Warlords of Sigrdrifa.

BNA Michiru X Nazuna

We had another Studio Trigger yuri pairing in BNA: Brand New Animal.

Girls featured:

  • Maple (Nekopara TV)
  • Catra (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power)
  • Himeko (Show By Rock!! Mashumairesh!!)
  • Karyl (Princess Connect Re:Dive)

Staying on the topic of lesbian kemonomimi we had four gay tsundere cat girls this year. Maple is bi but close enough.

Featured anime:

  • OshiBudo
  • Love Live! Nijigasaki
  • Dropout Idol
  • 22/7
  • Lapis Re:LiGHTs

Yuri in most idol anime is something a lot of cultured idol animeniacs are well aware of but 2020 seemed to kick it up a notch from OshiBudo all the way to Fruit Tart. Yuri idols reigned supreme this year, yes.

Adachi and Shimamura Cover

Cannot forget the heavy hitter on the anime front. AdaShima spoke to me personally because Adachi reminded me how I used to be in my high school years. Not 100% the same but she hit many bullet points of my average social skills…that are still average offline. 2020 was the year of slow burn romances and most of them were quite enjoyable viewings I feel.

Featured side-couples:

  • Maki X Yumeri (OshiBudo)
  • Negafuji X Hino (AdaShima)
  • Garnet X Emilia (Lapis Re:LiGHTs)
  • Sayo X Nono (Iwa Kakeru! Sport Climbing Girls)

2020 confirmed something I knew at the back of my head but became clearer than ever this year, how powerful yuri side-couples are.

Next is a personal eye opener. While I am aware it is not for everyone I am glad I not only fell back down the “rabbit hole” but deeper than before. Not deep enough to watch 7+ hour streams but still deep.

Kiara Takanashi X Calliope Mori

Image source HERE

Genki X Tsundere duo of Kiara X Calliope

Yup. VTubers. I know VTubers are, at their core, online streamers projecting themselves through cute and sexy anime girls (and boys or whatever else they feel like) but I find VTubers more entertaining. Many female Asian VTubers are a lot of fun and more importantly several of them are either gay or bi but lean more toward women. Some openly profess their love for women while others keep it subtle. What I find amusing is how many kinds of relationships there are. There is good reason why a “Hololive Yuri Anime” would not feel out of place at all…

Tomoe X Sukoya

Image source HERE

Some couples like Tomoe X Sukoya are open with their relationship.

Noel X Flare

Image found HERE

Others like Noel X Flare are on the right track but not quite there yet.

Then there are “Hunters” like Marine who are always looking for sexy ladies to cuddle with and others who seem to value polyamory. Some like Silvervale and Veibae who may be an item but do not collab together often and freely strut their stuff with others or jelly girlfriends like Lamy and Noel who are always defending their spot as Botan’s and Flare’s respective #1 even though they deny aggressive action. There are all kinds of yuri in the VTuber world, be it Hololive, Nijisanji or even Western groups like VShoujo, Tsunderia or Virtuality Project.

Speaking of Western VTubers like Silvervale and Veibae they are a mixed bag when it comes to ones into yuri.

You have some like Yuma Yamano and Nitori who may or may not be an item (yet) but openly embrace the gay. They are also fun chums when they have time to chat. Most I have seen are all over the place. Many address their gal pals as “wives” so it is hard to pinpoint which ones are legit or not. I do not mind behind the characters as that is something else entirely but, for example, I do not know who Artemis’ #1 is or if she even has one. Does she have a harem? Stuff like that basically. They are still fun to watch of course. Just do not know what relationships to keep track of with Western VTubers who embraced the gay.

Mage and Demon Queen S2Magical Girl Academe

The only two Webcomics I kept track of consistently in 2020 were Mage & Demon Queen Season 2 and Magical Girl Academe. The former is, as far as I know, the biggest yuri webcomic currently and the latter shows a lot of promise. As mentioned above I do not keep track of comics as closely as anime and video games. Same goes for live-action media. There were movies and shows featuring yuri couples but most I have not seen as of this writing.

Okay. Now we’re getting to the mega spoiler stuff. Turn back if you have yet to watch these Western series.

Shows mentioned:

  • She-Ra and The Princesses of Power
  • Harley Quinn
  • Adventure Time
  • The Owl House
  • The Loud House

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Spring and Summer 2020 were somewhat barren in the animated Japanese yuri front due to “you know what” forcing studios to push back shows to later seasons or delay episodes aired. This gave the West ample opportunity to show yuri fans their stuff in epic conclusions and bright beginnings or continuations.

Adora X Catra Kiss

So She-Ra and the Princesses of Power ended with a bang, which is putting it mildly. Was rooting for Adora X Glimmer at first but as the show progressed it became clear CatraDora was the plan all along. No worries. They were had a spectacular “finally” moment in the finale so the buildup was worth it. Plus we got two lovely bonus couples. So happy for my main girl Scorpia.

Harley X Ivy Kiss

Harley Quinn or as I like to call it The Harley Quinn Show took advantage of the Harley X Poison Ivy relationship in the comics and went for it in the 2nd season of the Rated R animated series. The signs appeared and disappeared during S1 but S2 went for broke as it went on culminating in a wedding crash as fun as in Super Mario Odyssey. Not a fan of Kite Man being the “sad panda” of the show but it was what it was. Fingers crossed they stick together in S3 and not break up, because mainstream comic relationship code of ethics.

Luz X Amity Grom

The Owl House, aka Murican Little Witch Academia gave us Akko X Diana’s apprentices in Luz X Amity, more so Amity going all disaster gay for Luz and Luz potentially embracing the lady side of her bi-ness. We shall wee what happens in S2.

Luna X Sam Smooch

In The Loud House Sam X Luna are still going strong but episodes about them or their relationship remain rare.

Bubblegum and Marceline kiss again

The highly anticipated Adventure Time: Distant Lands 2nd episode starring Bubbline premiered. In it the couple were called to action but their latest adventure brought back painful memories of why it took them so long to get together (besides the usual mainstream stuff). Fortunately their love for each other grew stronger in the end.

And I think this is a good time to wrap up my look back at 2020. As readers can see it was an eventful year for yuri fans. Feel free to share your own 2020 highlights in the comments.

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8 Responses to The OG-Man Looks Back at Yuri in 2020

  1. 2020 was a wonderful year for Yuri, and it seems to be a trend that is only growing. This year already has started with a few promising titles, and more are to come. I look back at even three years ago compared to now, and wow how nice it’s been! Both Japanese and Western anime have been stepping up and delivering quality Shoujo Ai/Yuri like never before, and it makes me so happy. I feel as though there’s been a shift ever so slightly, where Yuri isn’t perceived as taboo or in a negative light compared to how it used to be. The big wigs seem to be greenlighting much more than ever before, and it’s satisfying to see. I hope this trend will continue even more and one day we might even get as far as openly declared couples and kisses like you see in a typical Het romance anime. I’m excited to see what this year has in store for us, and I can’t wait to follow your coverage of notable titles as we go. Thanks for all you do and your efforts to keep us well informed about Yuri content and for always providing us wonderful posts with your commentary and discussions. I for one appreciate it and enjoy reading your thoughts. Keep up the great work!

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    • OG-Man says:

      Oh yes indeed. Yuri has come a long way on both sides of the world. Hopefully we’ll reach the point we can get a kiss or at least an on-screen confession in most anime or cartoons. It is a slow process but we are definitely getting there.

      You’re welcome Doc! I do my best to share my thoughts and while I’m not the easiest dood to get along with (blame the internet) I try to stay humble. It’s fans and friends like you who keep me going.

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  2. thehorizon says:

    Some of the Vtuber ships I discovered are Amelia x Gura, aptly named Amesame, Coco x Kanata, Aqua x Shion which I like to call Onion and Garlic lol, Mio x Fubuki, which is actually a rare gem, Botan x Lamy, and Froot x Zentreya (Dragonfroot)

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  3. chikorita157 says:

    Yes, 2020 has been a very frustrating year blogging wise for me (and I hope this trend does not continue in 2021) along with the pandemic, I agree that the amount of yuri content last year did not disappoint, although I couldn’t possibly cover them all due to limited free time due to my job. It’s good that more works are being work in that respect. That reminds me, I do need to cover Fragtime at some point as its finally got released on Hidive, but I haven’t got around to it. Probably in the near future.

    But still, I do think the future looks bright for 2021 at least in terms of Yuri content. Still, the jury is out on whether or not the pandemic will get under control or I can fix my blog struggles.

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  4. yurimylove says:

    my 2020 absolute favorites include Fragtime, Adachi and Shimamura, and Dropout Idols, with close seconds being Lapis Re:LiGHTs, Assault Lily Bouquet, My Next Life as a Villainess, Tamayomi, and the girls fishing anime.
    I’m also reading Season 2 of Mage & Demon Queen.

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