Well, it sure looks like you enjoyed my seasonal yuri recap video. In fact, you enjoyed it so much that it’s frankly hard to justify not making more of them. Given how many views it got, I’m getting the sense I should be making more yuri list videos, even outside the realm of seasonal round-ups. So here we are, with a new video focusing on 5 anime that I’ve decided though my arbitrary criteria are underwatched and yuri enough to be recommended to fans of the genre. I could be totally wrong here and you could’ve seen all of these but I doubt that’s the case for most of you. Many of these have been recommended on my channel before but hey, might as well start here and make more as I come up with other titles that are worth recommending, especially since I won’t be making full videos on most of these anytime soon.
Let’s move our minds back to the Fall of 2016. It was a fairly busy season, with many works standing out among the more casual audience alongside those who are more critically-minded, including Yuri on Ice, Haikyuu, and 3-gatsu no Lion. 3-gatsu is a work which stood out as particularly noteworthy to me, something which should be made clear by the video I just put out. Even beyond those, there were a number of lesser known but still interesting works. Occultic;Nine boasted a bizarre style that drew many eyes, Izetta the Last Witch offered fun action set pieces and a notably gay relationship, and Hibike Euphonium delivered its second season at long last, for better or for worse. But, of course, there was another notable anime airing that season: Flip Flappers.
I just finished rewatching the first episode of March Comes in Like a Lion and it would be hard to describe the experience as anything other than pure torture. Rewatching anime is something that comes naturally to me, or at least that’s been the case for the past few years. It helps me to confirm that my feelings on a show are lasting, not an example of how hype can blind me in the moment. It allows me to relive a series I’ve come to love, which is always a good use of my time. And it helps confirm my opinions, allowing me to understand a work more deeply, something which is often vital to my ability to write about a piece of media. As I’ve said before, I don’t truly consider a series a 10 unless I’ve watched it at least twice.
Look, Darling in the Franxx has bad politics. While you might disagree if you’re someone who tends to empathize with more traditionalist social values, most who range from the center to the left would have at least a minor problem with its prescriptions on how the world does and should work, particularly in regards to gender. But that’s not all that interesting to me. I’ve spent the last 6 months reading people in my circles complain about it and those complaints are almost entirely valid but they’re also remarkably dull at this point, utterly lacking any spark. A full video on that alone would be a simple rehash and given that I’m interested in improving my content, that’s not something I’d be willing to make.
Outright yuri anime aren’t particularly common but anime with some degree of yuri in them certainly are. From light subtext to lesbian side-characters, the genre has at least a bit of representation in every season of anime, though not always in a positive sense. That said, it can be hard to know which shows have some amount of yuri without watching all of them and it can be even harder to know which works are actually good from that selection. So, I decided that in my role as the foremost yuri anituber, I may as well make a round-up of yuri this spring season. Given that I hardly had the time to watch and finish everything, I will be relying on knowledge from others for a few of the shows I’ll be talking about.
Do you spend a lot of time in critical anime circles? Do your friends talk about shows that range from Eva to Aria to The Tatami Galaxy to Urusei Yatsura? Are your discussions the kind where anime is often talked about in terms of its impact on the medium or its value from various perspectives on literary criticism? Alternatively, do you spend your time in queer or feminist circles? Are Sailor Moon, Yuri on Ice, and Wandering Son considered sacred texts in the places you frequent?
Kanbaru Suruga is a character defined by regret. That might not sound like an uncommon statement to use in regards to a Monogatari character. Hitagi regrets her inability to save her mother and play the perfect daughter. Mayoi regrets her early passing and the foolish acts that led to it. Shinobu regrets the monstrous decisions she’s made in her centuries as a vampire, the many killings and betrayals, the simple horrifying boredom of it all. This is a series where regret is the norm, a crushing weight that every one of our characters must somehow lift themselves from.