Did your favorite yuri manga make the list?
Popular Japanese yuri news website Yurinavi held their second annual Yuri Manga Popularity Poll from July 10 to July 17. Participants could vote for up to five manga titles published before July 10, 2018, as long as it included depictions of love or close friendship between two girls.
Over 1,900 people voted, and in total, 500 manga titles received at least one vote. Yurinav’s top 30 list showcased many classics and newer titles.
Here are the top ten yuri manga according to Japanese fans!
10. Futaribeya: A Room for Two by Yukiko (Number of Votes: 192)
— デンシバーズ編集部 (@denshi_birz) July 24, 2018
Futaribeya is a 4-panel comedy manga about two very different roommates and their daily life attending high school. It is currently published \by Gentosha in Denshi Birz. Tokyopop will release an English edition in September 2018.
9. 2DK, G Pen, Mezamashi Tokei. by Ohsawa Yayoi (Number of Votes: 218)
— マンガドア (@manga_doa) August 21, 2018
This slice of life manga, first published in Ichijinsha’s Comic Yuri Hime in 2015, follows a pair of roommates, Nanami and Kaede. Nanami, a competent businesswoman, slowly begins to realize that her feelings towards the budding manga artist Kaede are romantic.
8. Otome no Teikoku by Kishi Torajirou (Number of Votes: 251)
— 岸虎次郎 オトメの帝国13巻 発売中 (@kishitorajiro) August 21, 2018
Kishi Torajirou’s slice of life manga began serialization in 2010 and currently runs in Shueisha’s online magazine Shonen Jump +. The manga follows the everyday lives of various high school girls. Commenters praised the manga for its ability to seamlessly mix comedy and serious moments in its vignettes.
7. Watashi no Yuri wa Oshigotodesu! by Miman (Number of Votes: 252)
— 百合ナビ@ふりっぺ (@yuri_navi) February 16, 2018
Miman’s Watashi no Yuri wa Oshigotodesu! takes place in a yuri-themed cafe. Workers act like students of a fictional all-girls school and perform common yuri tropes for their customers. The main character, Hime, begins working at the cafe after accidentally injuring an employee on the street. She quickly finds out that the employee’s personas are opposites to their true personalities. Ichijinsha’s Comic Yuri Hime started publishing it in 2016.
6. Hana ni Arashi by Kobachi Rika (Number of Votes: 262)
— 古鉢るか (@kovachi_luka) July 11, 2018
Hana ni Arashi is an original webcomic that started serialization in 2017 in Shogakukan’s Sunday Web Every. The story revolves around Chidori and Nanoha, two high school girls who are secretly dating.
5. Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl by Canno (Number of Votes: 277)
— コミックウォーカーComicWalker (@COMIC_WALKER) August 21, 2018
Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl is set in Sairen Gakuen, an all-girls’ middle and high school. The manga tells the stories of many different couples that have some relation to the main couple: the hardworking Shiramine and her rival, the genius Kurosawa. It began publication in 2013 in Media Factory’s Comic Alive magazine. Yen Press released an English version in 2017.
4. Citrus by Saburouta (Number of Votes: 359)
— サブロウタ (@_saburouta) May 13, 2018
Citrus, a manga about the forbidden relationship between Yuzu and her new stepsister Mei, is currently published in Comic Yuri Hime. Passione produced the anime adaptation, which aired at the beginning of 2018. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the series in 2014.
3. Nettaigyo wa Yuki ni Kogareru by Hagino Makoto (Number of Votes: 362)
— コミックウォーカーComicWalker (@COMIC_WALKER) August 23, 2018
Nettaigyo wa Yuki ni Kogareru began serialization in Kadokawa’s Dengeki Maoh magazine in 2017. High school student Konatsu moves from the big city to a small fishing town in Ehime Prefecture. On her first day, she visits her school’s Aquarium Club and meets Koyuki, the most popular girl in school. As they deepen their friendship, they find out that they’re more alike than they first seemed.
2. Kase-san and… Series by Takashima Hiromi (Number of Votes: 382)
— 高嶋ひろみ@加瀬さんシリーズ (@hiromi_gko) May 17, 2018
The Kase-san and… Series, first published in Shinshokan’s Hirari magazine in 2010, is the story of the blossoming relationship between two high school girls, Yamada and Kase. The manga follows them through high school, with the currently-running sequel series telling the story of their college experience together. The anime adaptation of Kase-san and Morning Glories animated by Zexcs recently premiered overseas at Anime Expo 2018.
1. Bloom Into You by Nakatani Nio (Number of Votes: 582)
— 仲谷鳰 | やが君アニメ10月・6巻9/27予定 (@nakataniii) April 26, 2018
Bloom Into You follows Yuu, a first-year high school student who doesn’t understand love. To her surprise, the popular student council president, Nanami, falls in love with her. Yuu is forced to navigate this strange relationship with Nanami while learning to understand her own feelings. An anime adaptation by Troyca is slated for release in October 2018. The series received over 580 votes, giving it an enormous 200-point lead over Kase-san and…
The top 30 is full of diverse titles, including titles from as early as 2004. Despite the word yuri meaning relationships between girls, many of these series don’t focus on romance.
30: Kyuuketsuki-chan to Kouhai-chan by Takano Saku (Number of Votes: 59)
28 (Tie): Yuzumori-san by Ejima Eri (Number of Votes: 62)
28 (Tie): Tsuki ga Kirei Desu ne by Itou Hachi (Number of Votes: 62)
27: Dousei Seikatsu by Satsuma Age (Number of Votes: 63)
26: Adachi to Shimamura by Hitoma Iruma (Number of Votes: 64)
25: No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! by Tanigawa Nico (Number of Votes: 66)
24: Sougou Tovarisch by Arata Iri (Number of Votes: 70)
23: Sakura Trick by Tachi (Number of Votes: 73)
21 (Tie): Oshi ga Budoukan Itte Kuretara Shinu by Hiraro Auri (Number of Votes: 75)
21 (Tie): Koushin Koinu Ni Koibumi Wo by Tamasaki Tama (Number of Votes: 75)
20: Sweet Blue Flowers by Shimura Takako (Number of Votes: 85)
18 (Tie): Bright and Cheery Amnesia By Oku Tamamushi (Number of Votes: 91)
18 (Tie): Shinmai Shimai no Futari Gohan by Hiiragi Yutaka (Number of Votes: 91)
17: Tsurezure Biyori by Hamuro Kei (Number of Votes: 95)
16: Watashi wa Kimi wo Nakasetai by Fumio Aya (Number of Votes: 98)
15: Ani no Yome to Kurashite Imasu. by Kuzushiro (Number of Votes: 104)
14: Yuru Yuri by Namori (Number of Votes: 122)
13: Girl Friends by Morinaga Milk (Number of Votes: 128)
12: Shouraiteki ni Shinde Kure by Nagato Chihiro (Number of Votes: 158)
11: Tatoe Todokanu Ito da to Shite mo by tMnR (Number of Votes: 178)
Yuri feels like an uncharted genre for English fans. This list, curated by Japanese fans, is a great starting point into the world of girl’s love.
Are your favorites on the list? Do any titles catch your eye? Let us know in the comments!