It’s that time again where I request the cooperation of as many yuri nation members in hiding as possible. Basically I want to ask all of you an important question related to the state of yuri in anime (Manga and VNs don’t count because they are still reasonably stable in terms of Grade 1 content for now).
What are your thoughts on the increased amount of subtext yuri couples? Do you still enjoy creating yuri couples using your imagination when the show tries hard and fails miserably in denying to contain any yuri content or are you slowly getting tired of this practice and, like so many of us in the yuri nation, still await the day of Grade 1 yuri anime per season? Or do you not mind at all as long as yuri VNs and manga continue existing?
In short, what are your thoughts on the greater amount of subtext yuri couples over canon ones right now?
According to one of the esteemed members (Miss AJ), there are 3 well known kinds of yuri fans:
A: Those who are content with just subtext due to them being appalled by anything beyond that, or as I like to call them, squeamish.
B: Those who refuse to watch anything other than 100% canon Yuri (with kissing + love confession + if there’s time, sex). Possibly fans who are suffering from burnout due to too many subtext shows that don’t even try to deliver on any concrete Yuri relationships.
C: The 3rd kind and the one I’m in: Those who are open to any kind of yuri available as long as the show delivers both in joygasm inducing yuri goodness (subtext or otherwise) and is genuinely entertaining. The people in this group not only celebrate the great yuri shows that have been made (And hope for more in the future) but also have fun with subtext couples.
Personally, I’m happy and have little to complain about the present yuri status. As much as we nation members enjoy watching touching, heartwarming romances between women, we cannot deny the unfortunate fact of this genre being a niche one at best. Over time in the anime world, yuri has been forced more and more to sneak into other shows who haven’t advertised containing anything yuri and have gotten away with attracting more potential members. Basically fewer and fewer shows that are advertised with yuri from the start.
Again, I’m currently content with what we’re getting right now but still anticipate the day when anime adaptations of so many well revered yuri manga slowly get green lit every season. I mean legitimately well regarded, 100% grade A quality yuri content and not lighthearted humor ones such as Yuru Yuri. Don’t me wrong, I like YY season 1 and have praised it before but let’s face it, YY isn’t a yuri show to be taken seriously at all and I highly doubt there are many fans who remember it specifically for the romance (Very little thereof), but instead for how many times Ayano yells “TOSHINO KYOUKOOO!”, Chitose’s crimson dreams and Kyouko’s Kyoko-ness.
Update: This Yuru Yuri rant came before the advent of season 2 and was directed toward season 1 specifically. Season 2 had more favorable yuri content.
That’s enough rambling out of me. Hopefully I got the most important part across, the question. I hope as many fans as possible will share their thoughts proudly and by the end I’ll have gained enough information to come to an acceptable conclusion.
To end this post, I leave you all with a simple, yet effective joke.