I like to spotlight adult-focused manga in this series, but yuri is a genre dominated by schoolgirl settings. It would be nice if adult-focused stuff began to occupy a bigger part of the market and a shift in that direction is occurring, but it’s going to be a long time until that makes up the majority of the genre. For now, anyone who wants to read yuri has to accept that schoolgirls are a part of the genre that isn’t going to go away. And so today, I present a wonderful high school yuri story by acclaimed mangaka Morishima Akiko: Hanjuku Joshi.
I’m back with some more adult-focused yuri. This time I’ll be focusing on a fantastic 4-koma manga: Nishi Uko’s Collectors. Collectors is a great manga to start with for those looking to get into yuri that features adults, primarily because it’s not that long and somewhat silly while still focusing on serious, adult issues. It’s centered entirely around adult women and does a great job at being both a yuri series and a queer narrative in general.
Last week I looked at My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, a series which strays a lot from yuri’s classic tropes. This week’s manga is the Kase-san series, beginning with Kase-san and Morning Glories, and unlike SabiRezu it thoroughly fits within yuri’s many established conventions. It’s set in a high school, focuses heavily on first love, and is ultimately a very flowery affair. Kase-san is a classic yuri series made today, carrying the genre’s lineage while still feeling up-to-date, avoiding the problematic tropes of the past. If I were to use one phrase to describe Kase-san it would be well-executed, because while it does little in the realm of innovation, it’s constantly firing on all cylinders.
This is a series focused on recommending yuri, so it might seem strange that I’m starting with a manga that barely fits the genre. My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness — from here on referred to as SabiRezu — is an auto-biographical manga written by Nagata Kabi. It was originally posted on Pixiv, before being picked up for print after seeing extreme success online. It’s a very popular manga in Japan, where it received the honor as the third best manga of 2016 for women. And it just so happens to be one of the most important yuri manga of the decade.
I think it’s clear that there isn’t much yuri anime. Sure, there’s plenty of yuri subtext in anime, and I’m glad for that, but actual yuri series are few and far between. It’s getting better, especially if you include shows where the relationships are blatant and reciprocated even if they’re not quite textual, but still, there’s a long way to go. Given that, I think we need to look at why so little yuri anime gets produced, because I think it’s important to those who want to understand the genre as a whole.