Back in 2011 I made a list of my 10 favorite manga I read up to that point. Nearly three years later things have changed, I read more manga and I gained a new perspective on things. With that being said here’s my new top 10 favorite yuri manga list. How long this new one will last remains to be seen.
Here’s the previous list.
Alrighty then, let’s begin.
#10: Stray Little Devil
While the yuri in this one is not central to the story when it does get brought up it definitely makes sure to let readers know the yuri is strong in this story. Not only that but the main plot is pretty good and kind of complex in an unexpected way. The dynamics between the leading ladies is nothing knew yet it follows the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy and it works. It starts off a bit slow but trust me when I say newcomers’ patience will pay off.
#9: Kisses, Sighs and Cherry Blossom Pink (The Nana and Hitomi series).
I have no shame in admitting that I liked this story more than Girl Friends. I know GF is the story that made the greater impact and also like that story but this one was both simpler and emotionally engaging at the same time despite being shorter. What made this one work for me was that it focused more on what happens after the two ladies with feelings for one another hook up rather than the chase. Supposedly the chase is considered more interesting to the majority than what happens after hooking up but I’ve seen the chase so many times before picking this one up that I was losing appeal for the cliche. Of course GF eventually tackles the second concept in time but KSCBP got to it right away and the story told from that point on was a very interesting one bringing to question whether Nana and Hitomi’s love could work or not and several other interesting topics pertaining to their relationship.
I can already sense the GF diehards saying “HEY OG! PPL is also a “waiting game” heavy storyline and you just talked about getting tired of it in the second pick. What gives?” I guess I would consider this an exception. It also has to do with me picking this story up at a time where my previously mentioned fatigue had faded so I was ready to take on “waiting game” stories again. PPL happened to be the first one I picked up and I loved it. Maybe it’s the thought of a horny rich girl getting the hots for an adorable poor girl and slowly accepting the truth and what followed afterward that got me. Like Kase-san it has an inexplicable charm to it that readers have to get from the start in order to understand.
This manga. This manga somehow puts a smile on my face every time I read it.I cannot help but smile. Sure there is a moment between one of the couples that would make some feel uncomfortable but I’m sure over time they got over it and it never happened again after that. It also has one of the best punches in yuri history. That punch ALWAYS gets me! Other than that the stories in this series are, for the most part, straightforward, touching and steamy. There’s even an ultra rare post-epilogue chapter for those interested who look hard enough.
The legend of Iono-sama is one I spread several times over the years of this blog’s existence each time a girl appeared who had the gift of attracting many other women who wanted to “BE” with that one girl. Whether Iono-sama is the first to perfect the craft of the yuri harem or not in Japanese media is unknown but she’s certainly the most powerful yuri harem protagonist in recorded history. This woman’s legendary accomplishment is what inspired the award named after her honoring anime and manga ladies who aspire to become supreme chick magnets whether they want to or not.
And now for my top 5
Kase-san has a certain charm that cannot be properly explained using words alone. See, there is not much uniqueness in both the main ladies Yamada and Kase-san herself. Yamada is a sweet, bubbly and somewhat clumsy fangirl who was lucky enough to get the interest of one of the most (probably the most) popular girls in the school. Kase-san has many of the “perfect woman” traits we’ve come to know from anime and manga. However what makes these common traits work so incredibly well in this manga is the execution. Neither girl comes off as being pretentious, neither has their stereotypical traits shoved down viewers’ throats and neither girl feels unbelievable. Both Yamada and Kase-san has numerous moments that make readers go “d’awwww” or “Kyaaaa!” It’s that good.
Hopefully because of recent unfortunate events this glorious tale has not come to an end just yet.
#4: Wife and Wife
The fluffy and heartwarming story of two girls who live together loving each other more and more each day along with their neighbors and other ladies who also have the simple desire of eternal unity with one another. Need I say more?
#3: Honey Crush
This manga touched my kokoro quite a bit. Usually motion pictures do that but rarely books and comics. The main tagline I KIND OF gave this manga was “How far would one go in the name of love?”. I feel this perfectly describes the tale that was told in this cute yet surprisingly heartwrenching tale of the afterlife, desire, dormant truth, cuteness and erupting emotions.
This was a HUGE surprise for me after I finished reading this one. I mean I never expected to love a story of a developing romantic relationship between a young adult woman and an adolescent girl as much as I loved this one. Many of us know how touchy the subject of age-gap pairings are, especially when one of the lovers is younger than 15. Otome’s 13 when the two started becoming attracted to each another. The reason I like this manga so much is that it’s less about a forbidden romance and more about the two ladies working very hard to make their relationship work. The two are practically made for each other and the manga carefully illustrates many scenes where this unity is justified. I doubt many people will understand me placing this manga so high on my list. Again I amazed myself by this choice but when a I respect what the author accomplished by writing this story the way they did I cannot help but place this one as high as I did.
No surprises here. Octave is still the best yuri manga I’ve ever read so far in my life. It has the best drawn woman in a yuri manga in Setsuko imo. Yukino is an intentionally flawed mess who tries her hardest to find stability in herself and her relationship with Setsuko. Not every person both girls meet are friendly faces because in several real life lesbian relationship (or any relationship for that matter) there will be jerks who want to mess things up for several reasons or the lovers themselves make mistakes to upset others. That’s a part of life people have to deal with and it is depticted quite well in this manga. The main relationship is both unstable and interesting and also an important factor is that none of the obstacles feel contrived or pointlessly shoved in. The story is as unstable as the themes and plot elements it brought up and I loved every second of reading this manga the multiple times I read it.
So this is my “V2” fav yuri manga list. Will it change again in another 3-4 years? Who knows?