What do you say we take a look at another yuri poll. Kim Morrissy posted on ANN the results of a goo Ranking Japan poll to to determine the best yuri anime that aired during the “Heisei Era” (January 8th, 1989 to April 30th, 2019). Basically it’s another “Greatest yuri anime in recent memory poll” like the one conducted by the Akiba Research Institute which we all discussed HERE. What makes the goo poll interesting is how different it is from the ARI one. This time it’s a Top 20 list instead of a 30+ one and the total votes cast were around 2222. How amusing.
I’m also reacting to this list because it gives me an excuse to share my thoughts on the anime included in this poll that weren’t in the ARI one. Oh, and because it bears repeating:
The following are MY OPINIONS. ME, YO, IK, MOI, AMI, EU, BOKU. Nowadays certain readers need to be reminded of this to avoid unnecessary complaining.
1) Puella Magi Madoka Magica (231 votes)
2) Revolutionary Girl Utena (201 votes)
3) Maria Watches Over Us (133 votes)
4) Is the order a rabbit? (118 votes)
5) Yuruyuri – Happy Go Lily (73 votes)
6) Bloom Into You (72 votes)
7) Girls und Panzer (68 votes)
8) Kakegurui (64 votes)
9) Happy Sugar Life (63 votes)
10) A Certain Scientific Railgun (60 votes)
11) Love Lab (53 votes)
12) Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles (52 votes)
13) Sound! Euphonium (51 votes)
14) Sakura Trick (46 votes)
15) Aikatsu Friends! (44 votes)
16) Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (42 votes)
17) Saki (41 votes)
18) Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (39 votes)
19) Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic (38 votes)
20) Citrus (35 votes)
Like last time I’ll talk about each of the shows. However, I won’t go into great detail on some I already gave my thoughts on in the previous list unless necessary.
#20: Citrus: From the #1 in the ARI poll to coming in dead last here. Not much else to add that I haven’t last time. Nothing against Citrus fans. I just find it amusing.
#19: Kiniro Mosaic. Like I said last timethere are many Girls Club shows worthy of being in a Top Yuri Anime list. KinMosa is funny enough part of what I like to call the “Triforce of Moe” or the “Manga Time Kirara Trifecta” alongside GohiUsa and Non Non Biyori. It’s my favorite of the 3 and is Top 10 worthy.
The Ayaya needs more love damn it!
#18: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. You’d think this show would be ranked higher. I certainly would have. Anyway this is (so far) the closest we’ve got to an anime starring a lesbian family in Miss Kobayashi, Tohru and their baby girl Kanna. Nanoha took until Season 3 for that to happen and technically Subaru and Teana were the main characters of StrikerS. Maybe the lameness of the Lucoa X Shouta the shota subplot (Cool characters individually. Their gags together suck) is what dragged the series down for Japanese voters. I dunno. Great series worthy of a any Top Yuri Anime list.
#17: Saki. I’m pretty sure if the voters were made aware of the recent bombshell dropped by the mangaka, Ritz Kobayashi, that more than half of the SakiVerse population are lesbians, 10% are bisexual and scientists discovered a way for lesbian wives to give birth without sperm donations this series would have ranked higher…Or maybe not. Who knows?
#16: Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya. First of all viewers need to put up with the “Assface Emiya is a chick magnet” bullcrap. Oh and of course naughty lesbian lolis. If viewers are okay with that then Illya X Miyu is wonderful and Kuro/Chloe’s hunger is deliciously kinky. Let’s also not forget the miracle that was Mimi’s subplot. Bless you Mimi, the ONLY STOOGE I like. Then there’s arguably the best season by far “3rei”. Good stuff. Not Top 10 worthy but Top 20, sure.
#15: Aikatsu Friends!: While I haven’t watched the previous two Aikatsu series I’ve been informed that “Friends” is the gayest entry yet. I agree it has it’s wonderful moments and the 2nd season looks to be ramping things up quite a bit in the yuri front. Even so I personally would have added either Doki Doki PreCure, Maho Tsukai PreCure or Hugtto! PreCure. For the time being I’m waiting for Friends to end before ultimately deciding if it’s Top 20 worthy or not.
#14: Sakura Trick. I still stand by my words of ST being a Top 10 yuri show.
#13: Hibike! Euphonium. Waiting for the end result of the 2nd movie. Otherwise I stand by what I said: If Mizore and Nozomi were the main characters instead of Kumiko and Reina then absolutely this belongs in a Top Yuri list. For now I’m not so sure.
#12: Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san. This show being on a Top yuri list tells readers right away this is a Japanese voting poll. As a show it’s decent. Nothing amazing. As far as yuri goes I’m not gonna lie. I have a soft spot for Yuu and her yandere love for Koizumi-san. Misa initially being jealous of Koizumi-san taking away Yuu’s attention was kinda neat.
#11: Love Lab. As an anime it’s pretty good. As a yuri show though, no. This is the only show on this list I would give an “X” to. The Riko X Maki ship is cute but nowhere near enough to warrant this show being in a Top Yuri list.
#10: A Certain Scientific Railgun, aka the only series in the “Certain” franchise I care about. Kuroko is a “hit and miss” character. In all honesty I care about the other girls much more than Mikoto herself. She’s badass in combat but that’s all. This one being a Top 10? I leave that for readers to decide.
#9: Happy Sugar Life. I was admittedly enthralled with this show in 2018 though I enjoyed Magical Girl Site a bit more. It was interesting delving into the depraved minds and seeing all the twisted definitions of “what love was” depending on which psycho Satou confronted. Plus I enjoyed her developing romance with Shio. The ending, like it or not, made sense, or as a longtime fan said “was the likeliest outcome”. I imagine many would disagree with HSL being in the Top 10. I would rank it somewhere between 15 and 30 30 myself if I ever made a Top Yuri Anime list.
# 8: Kakegurui: A tweet by my lovely friend Loli-Tsubasa sums up this show quite nicely.
“Kakegurui went from ‘Local Horny Women Enjoy Playing Deadly Games’ to ‘Local Horny Women Enjoy Playing Deadly Games and Having S*x in The Forest’.”
This show being in the Top 10 depends on whether the reader relishes the above description or not. Me? I think this show is delicious and worthy of a Top 10 spot.
#7: Girls und Panzer. If the show were as gay as the above image then yes it belongs in the Top 10. However, shows like Strike Witches and Kantai Collection and even Kotobuki were gayer on screen than GaruPan. Having said that there’s plenty of shipping potential on the show, so yeah. Plus it kicks ass.
#6: Bloom Into You. As I said before, Top 10 Yuri show no question.
#5: Yuru Yuri. Once again it’s the most mainstream friendly yuri series currently in existence.
#4: Is the Order a Rabbit? The most popular of the “Manga Time Kirara Trifecta”. Why? This equation should explain it:
Maids + Bunnies + Mega Moe X Loli X Imouto Fetish X Tiddies : Yuri = Cash Cow.
#3: Maria-Sama ga Miteru. It’s a Yuri Classic for sure but Top 3? Maybe because of its cultural significance in the Yuri Nation? Whatever the case may be it deserves a spot in any Top Yuri Anime list. Top 3 I leave up to readers to decide.
#2: Revolutionary Girl Utena. I bet several people who saw the ARI poll were like “That’s more like it” when they saw this one. Another culturally significant series so I totally get why it’s ranked so high.
#1: Meduka Meguca. People must REALLY love Homura’s legend. I get why people love it so much but I still don’t consider it a Top 10 yuri show, much less #1. Top 20, sure.
For some reason I consider the “goo” list more casual or mainstream than the “ARI” one. I was asked what my overall thoughts were on THIS list compared to the last one and “casual” and “mainstream” were the two words that popped in my head. That’s all I got.
Share your thoughts on this list and how it stacks up against the ARI one in the comments.
PS: I already mentioned these shows in the “ARI” poll but as a reminder here are some shows I would add to my own Top Yuri List (When I eventually make one).
- Izetta: The Last Witch
- Flip Flappers
- Rinne no Lagrange
- Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku
- Harukana Receive
- Yuki Yuna was Yuusha de Aru
- Mouretsu Pirates
- Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl