5 Lesbian (Yuri) Anime That Are Actually Good

Let's get real here: Everybody loves lesbians. Even religious people who complain about them, deep down, love lesbians just as much as everyone else.

This is also true of anime. Even people who claim to hate anything and everything having to do with Japanese animation secretly love it.

So what do you get when you put these two incredible things together? Pure bliss, of course.

Now, if only you could find some Yuri anime (i.e. anime with lesbians in it) that wasn't mediocre and didn't put you to sleep.

Well, fear not! I have sifted through the slush piles for you and produced this list of recommendations:

Devil Lady

Incredibly dark, but very worth it.

Devil Lady is about a horrific (apparently genetic) disorder that causes humans to turn into hideous, mindlessly vicious beasts when provoked into transformation, usually by the scent of their own kind or by some sort of fight or flight reaction.

Though it is a horror anime, the main character is quite obviously (though it is never overtly said, as is common in anime) gay. Her romantic relationships and interactions are largely with other women, and the main, if tragic, romance is between her and a younger woman who looks up to her.

Give it a look.


Not only one of the most underrated and overlooked of the Yuri anime, but an underrated anime in general, period.

This show is about a society where every individual is born female (or, rather in an ungendered, female-like state), and chooses whether to be male or female when the age of 17 is reached. The culture and religion of this society closely surrounds these sacred flying machines called Simoun that can only be piloted by virgin (meaning, still genderless, in this case) priestesses. Though they are very powerful, the purpose of the machines and of the priestesses who fly them is normally strictly religious and ceremonial. However, war breaks out, and these young women (ranging in age from preteen to late teens) are thrust into the conflict as unwitting soldiers because they are the only ones who can pilot the country's most powerful weapons--the Simoun themselves.

A deep and moving story about gender identity, the horrors of war, and the role of religion in society ensues.

Oddly, the Yuri part is up to perception, one could say, as most of the main characters in question are of ambiguous gender and are technically undifferentiated rather than female (though they look, speak, and refer to themselves as female), making their fraternizations not lesbian in the technical sense.

Revolutionary Girl Utena

What can I say about this classic that hasn't already been said? It is possibly one of the greatest animated TV series ever made, Yuri or no. It is incredibly deep and touches on just about every important aspect of human life. It just needs to be experienced by anyone who is a serious anime fan (or, actually, anyone period).

Revolutionary Girl Utena is about a young woman who met a heroic prince in her childhood and has, since then, wanted nothing more than to be a prince herself. The story takes place at an academy she attends as a young teen, where she's drawn into a series of duels in an effort to protect an apparent slave bride who is passed from champion to champion.

The Yuri in it is largely implied between the two main characters in the TV show (the title character Utena and her bride), though it is quite overt in the movie version. Both are worth watching, though the show is of course much richer and covers much more. The TV version should be watched first, as the movie draws from it.

I can't recommend this one enough.

Aoi Hana

If very slow-paced slice-of-life drama is your kind of thing, Aoi Hana would probably appeal to you.

The quality and subtle beauty of this anime is impressive in that quiet sort of way. It is not explosively melo-dramatic, does not feature anything robotic or anything that wields katana. It is simply a fairly realistic, plotless story about a teenaged girl and her relationships with several other young women--a childhood friend of hers in particular.

If a naturalistic story is what you're looking for, one that could basically have been live action, then this one's for you.

Maria-sama ga Miteru (Maria Watches Over Us)

Again, a classic.

This show is basically about a group of young women in a student council, a young recruit in particular, and how they grow through their work and relationships to each other. The yuri here is basically only implied, but it hardly matters, as the personal connections between the girls are no less heart-felt and romantic.

Maria-sama ga Miteru is one of those slow-paced dramas that is so laced with universal meaning that you feel uplifted when you've finished watching. There's so much more to this anime than meets the eye at first, but I'll leave that for you to discover.

Okay, so hopefully I've named a few you have not yet noticed or watched, and convinced you to pick them up.

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DubDub 6 years ago

thanks for the suggestions. I haven't seen Devil Lady and Aoi Hana. I'll check them out.

Futa_Gurl 6 years ago

"Strawberry Panic" Out front, overt yuri anime. Right from the opening credit's girl on girl kiss, it tells you this is yuri.

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thehands 6 years ago Author

^ Yes, Strawberry Panic is very yuri (in fact, I speak of it in another hub about yuri), but just because it's very overt yuri doesn't mean it's good. I think it's a rather average anime, personally, not even close to the caliber of the likes of Utena and Simoun, which is why I didn't mention it in this hub.

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

"Legend of the Overfiend" has a scene less than 6 minutes into the film where a female teacher ravages a teen girl student. Oh my! Her panties explode! LOL! I laughed my ass off, then hit the rewind button like 10 times! Watch it and laugh, though it is sick in some places. Viewer discretion advised. Japanese Anime is strange...

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RachaelLefler 5 years ago from Illinois

I've seen Revolutionary Girl Utena and Devil Lady and really loved both of them. But, I didn't know the main character in Devil Lady was a lesbian. Maybe. I plan on checking out Simoun at some point too.

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Fortadam 5 years ago from Portland Oregon

I have to admit ... you put together one hell of a list. I'll be looking into a few of these ... I mean ... uh ... I'm religious and hate lesbians and the only cartoons I watch are bugs bunny and road runner =P

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RachaelLefler 5 years ago from Illinois

I just checked out Aoi Hana but ultra-realism in anime is not really my cup of tea. I mean, why the heck would you animate a story that could work just as well for a live action show too, with nothing unusual or magical happening?

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StephanieBCrosby 5 years ago from New Jersey

This Hub was extremely helpful. I hope to incorporate the need to study anime at the college level in my dissertation, as a means to foster critical thinking and inquiry. I'm definitely going to be following you.

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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Wonderful Hub. Wonderful List of animated films to see. Cool.

Cj freelife 5 years ago

if you can't be with the one you love.Love the one you are with.

Because we are leaving a life of freelife

Raya 4 years ago

Your list is perfect! I totally agree with you on everything)) The only bad thing about yuri anime is that there is not enough of it comparing to yaoi. And by yuri anime I mean the ones with meaning and plot and not just girl on girl action for horny boys :D

MurrayClayton 4 years ago

I think the best yuri are the ones that are made up such as Anri Sonohara and Orihime Inoue haha

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thehands 4 years ago Author

@Raya: Thanks, and yes, "Yuri" that is simply porn for male gratification is not Yuri so much as, er...porn.

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Willsummerdreamer 3 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

Good suggestions.

mrhanderpants 17 months ago

Im a guy, and personally, if im gonna watch a yuri anime,I would prefer one that at LEAST tries to have some form of a story. I I was looking for 12 hours worth of porn I wouldn't be on netflix now would I?

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