Yuri (Lesbian) Anime That You Shouldn't Watch
(But watch it anyway.)
As a sort of companion piece to the hub about -Yuri anime and manga that I recommend-, I thought I'd make a hub about Yuri anime that you probably shouldn't watch, but that you'll end up watching anyway, like I did.
It's not that some of these series are necessarily bad in the classic sense (though some of them are), it's just that a few of them are so riddled with cliches it's almost hilarious and others exhibit such poor taste that it's similarly hilarious
So, together, let us explore lesbian anime land once again, this time with an eye out for what we shouldn't be watching (but will):
HEN (Strange Love)
Strange Love (a.k.a HEN [roughly means "strange," "weird," "queer"]) is an Original Video Animation that consists of two episodes, the second of which (the climax) is of interest to the Yuri fan population.
(The first episode, by the way, is essentially how the main character, a girl who is very popular with the boys to say the least, plays with a young teacher and basically all but seduces him. But of course nobody cares because it's not Yuri.)
It's a comedic story of a boy-crazy, flamingly heterosexual red-headed, large-busted teen girl whom all the guys are after who suddenly falls for an innocent female transfer student. Hard. At first, our main character is annoyed by this development, but she quickly, almost nonchalantly accepts that she's seemingly switched teams and gone lesbian for the new girl and takes to pursuing her as insistently as she can. Funny situations ensue as she tries to B.S. her way into the other girl's heart (and pants)--for example, she first tries to get the inexperienced country girl to hold her hand by telling her that "all the girls in Tokyo do it," until it escalates to baths together, sleeping in the same bed, among other things.
This anime is a little racy, but it's pretty funny and quite memorable. It's terribly trashy. Don't watch it. (And by don't, I mean do.)
What can I say about Strawberry Panic?
It is THE Yuri Anime when it comes to encompassing all the cliches and tropes associated with the genre that you can possibly imagine.
Catholic girl's school? Check.
Cutesy schoolgirl uniforms? Check.
Powerful student council with romantic tension / history between the members? Check.
Some sort of competition for a political position? Check.
Older, aggressive Onee-sama trying to win the favor of a younger, inexperienced girl who is a little terrified of her elder? Check, check, check times a million and a half.
The main romance basically centers around the naïve red head, Nagisa, and her senior Shizuma. All sorts of painful, angst-filled back-stories ensue. There are also a few other notable side-couples.
Strawberry Panic isn't bad--it's just that its storyline and story elements are quite blatantly ripped-off of the Yuri classics that came before it and, to some extent, it is shamelessly trashy (though not as much as some others). It is pure Yuri crack, however. If you are a Yuri fan and have not watched this, I wonder if you are living under a rock or something.
Don't watch it. (Or not until you've Maria-sama Ga Miteru, the anime it largely borrows from, at least.)
Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito (a.k.a. YamiBou for short)
Older than the hills by Yuri anime standards, this series came out way back in 2003, pre-dating even the Yuri classic Kannazuki no Miko.
Actually, now that I think about it, the two main characters in YamiBou look a lot like the couple in Kannazuki no Miko. In some ways, it's almost like the latter is an enhanced version of the former.
The funny thing is, Yamibou actually managed to make even less sense than Kannazuki no Miko, though, and though some of the characters and genuinely interesting, a lot that gets swallowed up by the random storyline and the lack of clarity. The ending is also, by the way, weird and disappointing.
Having said that, it is very Yuri, and has an interesting basic concept (that every universe is housed inside a book in a huge library that functions as a super-universe).
Puni Puni Poemy
Pure silly, insane trash from the creators of Excel Saga, there is notably more Yuri in this OVA than in the Excel series, and the main couple is in fact a basically lesbian one (or will be one day, anyway).
Puni Puni Poemy's story--or what passes for a story--is about a magical girl endowed with the powers of the Earth who must save the world from an impending alien invasion. The Yuri is primarily between her and her best friend, who is also a magical girl, part of a clan of super hero sisters with only hilariously useless defensive powers.
For the same reasons as Excel Saga, it should just not be watched, but watch it anyway.
Candy Boy is a romantic comedy about these two fraternal twin sisters.
A romantic comedy. Where the main characters are two fraternal twin sisters.
If you catch my drift, then you know why not to watch it. (But it's insanely popular, so just watch it anyway so you know what people are talking about. And, by the way, I still have no idea why it's called Candy Boy--there are no boys in it, though, granted, there is some candy.)
There we have it. I hope I've inspired you to not watch these anime series.
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