It’s the first week of 2019 on the date this post is written and due to my not being ready to post my “Favorite Anime of 2018” list yet I asked myself “What would be a neat topic to discuss? Hmmmm. I KNOW! My favorite taboo yuri couples (since 2018)! Kick off the year with some spice.”. So here we are. Excluding the final two the couples mentioned won’t be in any particular order.
WARNING! The following post features couples that go against societal norms in regards to age and social relationships. Viewer discretion is advised.
Most of the couples will fall under three categories which readers will notice. Let’s start with the above couple and arguably the most well known taboo couple:
- Kanade and Yukino Sakurai.
- Series: Candy Boy
- Taboo: Twins
This is a straightforward couple. The fact they’re related is brought up a couple of times but ultimately doesn’t have much influence in their developing romance. It’s more about two people who have known each other for a very long time finally embracing their feelings for each other and acting out on them in a fluffy manner with some small drama sprinkled in. There’s even a third sister who sort of wants in on the action.
- Nanao and Miss Matsumoto
- Pure Water Adolescence
- Taboo: Student X Teacher/Nurse
If there’s one kind of age-gap I’m a sucker for it’s student/nurse X teacher. When it comes to age-gap romances where the older of the two is an adult woman I have four requirements:
- The teacher and student are equals in understanding the concept of romance and are equally “hungry”.
- The student is not the dominant of the two. (I dislike hapless adults. They can be horny but not completely incapable of taking care of themselves)
- The student must have at least hit puberty.
- Their romance is taken seriously.
More often than not these romances have a deeper dilemma than simply “I can’t fall for my student because I’m not only much older but it’s against the law“. This is the first story I noticed this trend in student x teacher yuri romances and rarely does it go in a different direction, which in all honesty I do not mind as the “main reason” is often the more interesting story. Lastly the reason why I like these kinds of romances are because the older woman often lives up to the “aura of sexiness” the younger girl visualizes them in.
- Kyo and Asu Yamada
- Series: Binbou Shimai Monogatari
- Taboo: Sisters
This next one is iffy on some levels. The first one being Asu is 9 years old. Whether she understands the concept of romance is kind of unknown. Secondly their relationship is super dee duper fluffy. It wouldn’t be surprising for some to only see their relationship as “sisterly love” and not romantic…but I see them as lovey-dovey. Readers who have seen the show MAY get where I’m coming from. I don’t talk about these two very much but believe me, every time I see them together I can’t help but imagine them becoming so much closer than they already are once Asu grows to be about Kyo’s age. At the time of the series came out she had 6 years to go. Since the sisters live in poverty it comes as no surprise they have rich counterparts. For the sake of argument I ship those sisters as well but not as much as Kyo X Asu.
- Eiko Tokura and Miss Kiyose Enami
- Series: Slow Start
- Taboo: Student X Teacher
Back with another student x teacher pairing. This one is at the time of this writing still a ship. Plus there are some on Team Kamuri who want to see Team Sensei sink to a watery grave but that’s not what we’re here to discuss. Eiko X Kiyose are like a cat and mouse with Eiko being the “chick magnet” who can easily woo any girl in sight (Whether intentionally or not)…except Miss Kiyose. Miss Kiyose may look uninterested and lethargic but when push comes to shove she becomes a clever tactician, always having a counter to Eiko’s flirting, refusing to lose. Even when Eiko gets the advantage she finds a way to come out on top with her adult wiles and charms. Basically it’s their constant war to see who is the “top” along with their age difference that won me over.
- Haruka Ozora and Kanata Higa
- Series: Harukana Receive
- Taboo: Cousins
Don’t take my word on the following but I think cousins don’t have as much difficulty hooking up as siblings do. While rarer than lesbian sisters/twins there are some lesbian cousins in media. My favorite of them by far are Haruka X Kanata. Why? simple, super adorable and badass together. Plus their confession scene was one of the sweetest I’d ever seen. Not much else to say. The two work together to become the best gay beach volleyball team in Japan (Though they have plenty of strong competition) while growing closer together as a couple.
- Kiri Tsurugimine and Miss Tsukuyo Sonou
- Series: Kindred Spirits on the Roof
- Taboo: Student X Teacher
Another student x teacher with the familiar “I can’t fall for her because she’s my student” setup but there being more to the story. It is also interesting seeing the student accepting the truth about herself in that she isn’t obsessed with Miss Tsukuyo just because she’s adorable.
- Asuka and Ayako
- Series: 1 X 1/2 (Haven’t reviewed this one)
- Taboo: Mother X Daughter
Possibly the most polarizing couple on the list. I freely admit the main reason I like this couple if sheer curiosity. There are two kinds of yuri couples I’m super iffy on:
- Age-gap where the younger girl is a minor (Uzamaid! for example)
- Maternal incest (Mother/Aunt X Daughter/Niece)
Normally reading (Highly doubt we’ll get any of the 2nd in anime form) a story with this kind of romance has me feeling a bit iffy. However, like with Satou X Shio from Happy Sugar Life, if done well and taken seriously I can get on board. 1 X 1/2 currently has my attention because I’m curious to see where it goes. Obviously it is much more than “My daughter is in love with me but I’m not doing very much to discourage her or push her away…I, for some reason welcome it.“. The story is still ongoing as of this writing and whether the two successfully find a way to work things out and get away with becoming a romantic couple remains to be seen. I can’t help but be intrigued. It is also intriguing because usually when it comes to Mother X Daughter porn/hentai they usually the older woman be a stepmom. Rarely, outside of doujinshi, are there legitimate stories about a mom and daughter romance…for obvious reasons. Heck, there is more than one legit aunt X niece comic.
- Aya and Ai Kimishima
- Game: A Kiss for the Petals: The New Generation
- Taboo: Twins
Here we have another twincest couple but I personally consider Aya X Ai my favorite twin couple of all time. While the “But we’re sisters” plays a slightly more important role than with Kanade X Yukino it is everything else between the two that sets them apart from other twin couples. I will not say more than that because their tale is definitely a doozy.
Now for my top two Taboo Yuri Couples.
- Iris and Zoey.
- Series: Love Ribbon
- Taboo: Sisters.
While Aya X Ai have the best twincest love story Iris X Zoey have arguably the best love stories between sisters I have ever experienced. There are several other yuri wincest tales out there but this one remains the creme de la creme. It is not because the “But we’re sisters” setup is the main focus this time but because of how well it is told, how entertaining both sisters are and how steamy and enticing their romance is. The two face most of the challenges one would expect from a story like this and through it all my eyes were glued to the laptop monitor.
Before we get to #1, some Honorable Mentions:
- Kaede X Sara Kitajima (Cousins): A Kiss for the Petals 2 and 4, Maidens of Michael and Snow White’s Knight.
- Satou Matsuzaka X Shion Koube (Age-Gap with Minor): Happy Sugar Life.
- Claire X Emily Thomas (Twins): Harukana Receive.
- Kiri X Sakura (Age-Gap with Minor, I think. Not sure how old the gay foxes are.): Konohana Kitan
And now, my #1 Taboo Couple iiiisssss…
- Otome Matsuda and Miss Minato Nakagawa
- Series: Hoshikawa Ginza District 4
- Taboo: Student X Teacher and Age Gap
Remember the above mentioned four requirements? All of them are met in this manga and then some. The two are equals in romantic logic and “hunger”. Miss Minato isn’t incapable despite needing Otome’s help at times and vice-versa. Otome hit puberty long ago and their developing romance is taken VERY SERIOUSLY. Not angsty drama serious, but “let’s talk about how we can get this relationship of ours to work” seriously. The two go through every length possible alongside their own personal dilemmas on their journey to having “Sensei” become much more more than Otome’s guardian. The drama is not hardcore angsty, the steamy moments build up gradually as the bond between the leads grows stronger, the side-characters are interesting in their own ways (especially one in particular) and their romance is believable. This is my second favorite manga of all time when I first read it and it still is to this day. Octave is my #1 btw.
These anime, manga and visual novels will not appeal to everyone but that’s always been the case in Top/Favorite lists.
By the way. There are two other reasons I made this list. First was after seeing Macho Chikorita’s Favorite Yuri Couples of 2018 list. I know it’s a taboo couples list but that’s how I came up with this list so…here you go. I’m sure this list (other than my top 2) will change in 2028 but for now this is it.
The second reason was this tweet by Baroness SethLiony.