Just a few weeks ago I did an article where I explained to you all about some of the best Yuri manga. And… Well that is it, I just want to tell you about it (lmao I am sorry if you expect something). Okay but for real, you might be confused on why I write about a similar topic in a short span.
Because for this topic, which is the 20 best Yuri anime of all time, I will use it to tell you guys about some experiments that I have found while I did my research: Manga will have a higher rating than Anime. Well not every time, but mostly. I can probably assume that this is because a lot of anime got some “lost in translation” stuff, hence those who have read the manga did not feel satisfied after watching the anime.
But hey, that is my personal theory though. Anyway, for this list, I will give you not only the anime rating, but also the manga rating. Some of these anime will not be in the previous manga list because they are less popular, thus the reason why I did not include them (you can check it here if you do not really trust me).
And after you read this list, you can also do the same experiment like I did with some of the anime lists that I have written. Like this article or maybe this article for example, you can compare how the rating was from the anime and from the manga. I can guarantee that about 95% of the anime will have a lower rating than the manga.
Alright, so that is the twist for this list. Without further ado, let us start this list from number 20:
Best Yuri Anime of All Time
Anime Rating: 6.41
Light Novel Rating: 7.06
Senou Natsuru attends a high school that separates boys from girls. He has a crush on school beauty Sakura Kaede, who has a strange collection of Entrail Animals, stuffed animals that die brutally. One day Natsuru finds out that she has turned into a girl. Her stuffed tiger named Harakiri Tora wakes up and tells her that she has been chosen as a Kämpfer.
She must fight other Kämpfer who are not part of her team. Natsuru catches the attention of various girls at school who become Kämpfer, including a shy nerdy girl turned sniper Mishima Akane, the beautiful but cunning student council president Sangou Shizuku, and later Natsuru’s childhood friend, Kondou Mikoto.
Anime Rating: 6.48
Manga Rating: 7.60
Aihara Yuzu, a fashionable, spontaneous, and fun-loving city girl, moves to a new neighborhood and high school after her mother remarries to another man. Yuzu likes boys and shopping more than studying. She struggles to fit into a conservative girls’ school and often meets the student council, especially Aihara Mei, the hard-working, beautiful, but cold student council president.
Turns out, Mei is Yuzu’s new half-sister and Yuzu has to share a room with a girl he just cannot stand. The two learn more about each other, and Yuzu discovers that she is starting to develop romantic feelings for her new stepsister.
18. Otherside Picnic
Anime Rating: 6.57
Novel Rating: 7.80
Student Kamikoshi Sorawo explores a random “door” that leads to the Otherside, a parallel world where internet creepypastas and urban legends come to life. Sorawo nearly died in one of these worlds when he encountered a creepypasta monster, but was saved by Nishina Toriko, another young woman who knows weapons and is looking for a missing friend.
Sorawo and Toriko return to the Otherside with the help of another woman named Kozakura to bring back the artifact and defeat the monsters, but both are increasingly affected by the conditions of the world, encounter other people trapped within it, and find themselves increasingly influenced by one another.
17. Akuma no Riddle
Tokaku Azuma has just transferred to Elite Myoujou Academy, an all-girls boarding school. But there’s a problem: she’s an assassin, along with 11 of his classmates in Black Class, taking part in the challenge of killing his kind-hearted classmate, Haru Ichinose. Those who succeed, no matter how difficult or expensive, their deepest wishes are granted.
However, each assassin only gets one chance; If they do not kill them, they will be expelled. Despite the extraordinary gifts, Tokaku decided to take a different approach. Even though Haru is her target, the young assassin soon finds himself drawn to the girl assigned to kill him. As the whole class is after Haru, Tokaku refuses to let her friend die.
16. Mikagura School Suite
Anime Rating: 6.69
Manga Rating: 6.99
Ichinomiya Eruna is a third-year junior high school student who hasn’t yet decided which high school she will go to, and spends her days skipping school and playing games at home. One day, Eruna catches sight of a photo of Mikagura Seisa in a brochure for Mikagura Private Academy given to her by her cousin Ninomiya Shigure.
Feeling it was destiny, Eruna decided to attend Mikagura Academy. However, Eruna discovers that Mikagura Academy is a school with only cultural clubs and has an intense battle system in which students with special powers must fight each other as representatives of their own clubs.
15. Happy Sugar Life
Anime Rating: 6.84
Manga Rating: 7.24
Satou Matsuzaka is a beautiful high school student who has an explicit reputation with men. However, a chance encounter with a young girl named Shio Koube makes Satou realize that this is the feeling of her first and only love. Satou told others that she lived with her aunt and secretly shared an apartment with Shio. Despite her innocent appearance, Satou is willing to do anything to protect his lover, taking desperate measures to ensure his “happy sugar life” remains intact.
Anime Rating: 6.92
Manga Rating: 6.77
Misha Takanashi, a sophomore of Russian nationality, lost her mother when she was young and now lives with her Japanese stepfather. Tsubame Kamoi, former Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, JASDF officer, comes to the Takanashi household as a housemaid. This is a home comedy where Kamoi, a hardcore lolicon, tries to get close to Misha while trying to fight her off.
13. Sakura Trick
Anime Rating: 6.99
Manga Rating: 7.56
Yuu Sonoda and Haruka Takayama have been best friends since middle school. Now the two girls attend Misato West High School together and are even placed in the same class, but they are far apart. When the school management announced that the school would be closing in three years.
Thus they decided to make the most of their time there and create more memories together. However, a misunderstanding makes Haruka jealous of Yuu, which makes Haruka run away. Yuu followed her and apologized. They share a kiss, cross the line of friendship, and then start a deeper relationship with each other.
Anime Rating: 7.00
Manga Rating: 7.22
Kanako Miyamae transfers to the Ame no Kisaki Catholic school, inspired by how her parents fell in love there. There is only one difference. Because boys give Kanako hives, she actually goes to an all-girls school to find a same-sex partner. When she meets the beautiful Mariya Shidou, Kanako thinks she has found someone special.
But Mariya offers more than meets the eye. It turns out that Kanako’s first love was actually a cross-dressing boy. Mariya threatens to expose Kanako’s impure intentions unless she keeps his true gender a secret, and to make matters worse, he also replaces her real roommate so he can now keep a close eye on him.
11. Yuri Kuma Arashi
Anime Rating: 7.05
Manga Rating: 7.06
Kureha Tsubaki and Sumika Izumino are two lovers who attend Arashigaoka Academy and find their relationship seriously threatened when two bears arrive, who have slipped through the Wall of Separation and infiltrated the Academy. Hungry but clingy bears Ginko Yurishiro and Lulu Yurigasaki seem to see Kureha hating bears more than ordinary food.
And by getting closer to her, they trigger the revelation of a mystery that Kureha may not be able to endure. When their relationship provokes the Invisible Storm, a group that maintains order within an ideological school, the girls must be judged by their love and embark on a journey of self-discovery to win the “Promised Kiss” of true love.
10. Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood
Anime Rating: 7.09
Manga Rating: 7.26
Rumors tell of an ageless girl who only goes out at night and lives in a luxurious house in the middle of the forest. Some say she is a living doll with a soul. After hearing these rumors, Akari Amano looked for this girl, only to find that she got lost while wandering the forest in the dark.
A vampire named Sophie Twilight saves him and it turns out to be the girl. However, unlike the vampires told in myth, Sophie does not attack humans and instead orders her blood online. Akari is immediately fascinated by her doll-like appearance and suddenly moves in with her, starting their life together.
9. Aoi Hana
Anime Rating: 7.12
Manga Rating: 7.72
Okudaira Akira, who is a high school student at Fujigaya Girls Academy, is reunited with her childhood friend Manjoume Fuki, whom she has not seen in ten years. Fumi attends Matsuoka Girls High School, where she quickly befriends a handsome third-year student named Yasuko Sugimoto.
Akira joins her school’s theater club with her friend and classmate Ikumi Kyouko, who falls in love with Yasuko, though Yasuko rejects her. Akira meets Kyouko Sawanoi Kou’s fiancé. Yasuko and Fumi become a couple and Fumi comes to Akira, who is initially unsure of how to behave, but still tries to support Fumi’s new relationship.
8. Adachi and Shimamura
Anime Rating: 7.12
Light Novel Rating: 8.32
First year high school student Adachi Sakura skips class and sits upstairs in the school’s gym to pass the time and distract her. Then she meets Shimamura Hougetsu, a girl who is also skipping class. They started playing table tennis before finally deciding to return to class. As they spend more time together, they become best friends. Through these interactions, Adachi finds it difficult to express his feelings to Shimamura, while Shimamura feels that Adachi is just a friend to her.
7. Strawberry Panic
Anime Rating: 7.29
Light Novel Rating: 7.52
Nagisa Aoi begins her new school life as a transfer student at St. Miator’s Girls Academy, one of the three prestigious institutions for girls. Nagisa gets lost on her first day and meets a mysterious student whose grace and charm is so enchanting that she ends up in infirmary. Upon awakening, she is greeted by Tamao Suzumi, her roommate, who enthusiastically introduces Nagisa to everyday life and the social structure on campus.
Tamao informs them of the existence of the outstanding student representative in the three schools, Etoile. Eager to meet this person, Nagisa learns that the delicate beauty she met before, Shizuma Hanazono, is the one and only Etoile herself. Not only that, Shizuma seems to be openly interested in Nagisa.
6. Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne
Anime Rating: 7.29
Immortality is the desire of many. But would it become a coveted ability if people knew that they would face countless attacks because of it? As is the case with Rin Asougi, an immortal private detective, as there is no shortage of people who want her dead.
Over the centuries she has experienced many horrific endings, but each time she comes back to life as if nothing had happened. In 1990, while searching for a lost cat, Rin meets Kouki Maeno, a man who feels his memories are wrong. Rin agrees to help him and discovers that Kouki is not what he seems as he gets closer to his true enemy.
5. WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me
Anime Rating: 7.32
Manga Rating: 7.47
College student Miyako Hoshino is quite shy around other people. She spends most of her time in her room sewing cosplay outfits. When her fifth grader, Hinata, brought home Hana’s Shirosaki, her classmate, Miyako was immediately attracted by Hana’s cuteness. Miyako tries to do things from making Hana wear a cosplay dress to giving her candy. This gives Hana a bad impression of her at first, but Miyako will do anything to get closer to the angel descending in front of her.
4. Yuru Yuri
Anime Rating: 7.40
Manga Rating: 8.26
After a year in elementary school without her childhood friends, first year student Akari Akaza is finally reunited with second year students Yui Funami and Kyouko Toshinou at their all-girls high school. During the duo’s first year, Yui and Kyouko form the “Fun Club”, which occupies the now-defunct Tea Club room.
Shortly after Akari joins, one of her classmates, Chinatsu Yoshikawa, visits the three with the impression that they are a tea club. Only when the three girls explain that the Tea Club has disbanded are they able to convince Chinatsu to join the Entertainment Club, a group that has no purpose other than to provide entertainment for its members.
Anime Rating: 7.43
Tokiha Mai recently joined the prestigious Fuuka Academy with her younger brother Takumi. The elite Fuuka Academy is hiding a number of secrets. When they arrive at the academy, Mai finds herself bound to a child, a half-spiritual, half-mechanical being who can only be summoned and controlled by girls with the HiME mark.
Mai is told that she is one of the twelve girls who bear the above marks and they must use her powers to protect everyone from orphans, monstrous creatures with abilities similar to HiME children. Mai is initially reluctant to get involved due to her protective role over her brother, but other HiMEs quickly start to emerge around her, each with very different motivations and goals for using their powers.
2. Konohana Kitan
Anime Rating: 7.52
Manga Rating: 7.58
In a village full of ghosts, Yuzu, a cheerful fox girl, starts her first job as a maid at the traditional hot springs inn, Konohanatei. Although Yuzu had no experience working in a high-end company, Kiri, the friendly and reliable head supervisor, made her learn the basics right away.
While Yuzu’s wishes at first prove to be more of a hindrance than a blessing, her playful nature gives this inn a unique charm, as both customers and coworkers quickly accept her clumsy but well-meaning mistake. Led by another fox, the stiff Satsuki, the carefree Natsume, the critical Ren and the calm Sakura.
1. Bloom Into You
Anime Rating: 7.91
Manga Rating: 8.67
First-year high school student Koito Yuu suddenly receives a confession from a high school classmate and rejects it because she doesn’t know what to think about such things. She then sees Nanami Touko, a member of the second year student council, refusing to make a confession and is convinced that Touko’s situation may be similar to her own.
As they talk, the two begin to bond over their similarities. To Yuu’s surprise, Touko suddenly confessed her feelings for her. Yuu is not sure how to respond, but Touko brushes it off and tells Yuu that she would be very happy if Yuu did not fall in love with her. Yuu agrees.