23 Best Yuri Manga If You Are Exploring The Genre

After last week I had my lust gone uncontrolled (I wrote this and this article after all), I decided to hold it back a bit for this week. I was embarrassed by showing you all that inappropriate stuff, and I do not want, like ever, to be unable to control my desire. I promise that I will turn into a new leaf from now on. 

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So today’s topic is about 23 best yuri manga if you are exploring the genre. And before you say anything, yuri is not always something inappropriate. If you still think like that, well… You might be new in this community. And that is absolutely fine. I would not judge you, that is why I am here to help you all by providing this article. 

As always, I did ask my best friend Myanimelist to provide me what kind of yuri manga that people actually like. I will only tell you all about the synopsis and that is it. No commentary or whatsoever with the hope that you can actually give a damn about the manga and not my comment about it. 

And fair warning, some of these manga may contain some NSFW (and I will not tell you which one. Go guess it for yourself lol). But only some of them. Not every manga. It might be a bit dangerous if you read this in public and get seen by people. Better read it at home. Viewers discretion is advised. 

So the rules are clear, I hope there would not be any misunderstandings, so let us jump into our number 23:

Best Yuri Manga If You Are Exploring The Genre

23. Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl

Best Yuri Manga: Kashimashi Girl Meets Girl

Rating: 7.32

After an afternoon of alien encounters, death and resurrection, Hazumu Osaragi wakes up to find that he is now a girl. While this surprises Hazumu, her friends could not be happier. This is especially true for Yasuna Kamiizumi, who suffers from a chronic condition that causes all men to unite in her eyes. 

Hazumu had always been the only exception to this condition, to Yasuna’s confusion, so she was very happy with Hazumu’s transformation. However, Hazumu’s childhood friend, Tomari Kurusu, still harbors the romantic feelings she had for Hazumu since childhood. Hazumu must now choose between the two girls competing for him. she was flattered, but she preferred to choose both.

22. Revolutionary Girl Utena

Best Yuri Manga: Revolutionary Girl Utena

Rating: 7.33

After the death of her parents, Utena Tenjou received a signet ring engraved with roses from a traveling prince. The prince promised Utena that they would meet again one day. Years later, Utena’s search for the prince leads her to Ohtori Academy, where she enrolls as a student. 

She enters a dueling tournament with the school’s student council, whose members wear a seal ring identical to that of Utenas. The winner of the duel is engaged to Anthy Himemiya, a mysterious girl known as the “rose bride” who “has the power to revolutionize the world”. Utena emerges victorious, forced to defend her position as the fiancé of the rose bride.

21. If I Could Reach You

Best Yuri Manga: If I Could Reach You

Rating: 7.43

Uta Naruse’s first love was out of her reach before he could fully express her feelings. Kaoru, her childhood friend and object of her affection, marries Uta’s brother Reiichi. Due to some difficulties with her parents, Uta now lives with a happy bride. After a year of sharing a house with the person she likes, Uta is finding it increasingly difficult to accept her feelings.

Her only consolation is to share her problems with her friend and confidant, Kuroe. Uta has to deal with a forever unrequited love and finds no peace. However, recent events point to problems in Kaoru and Reiichi’s marriage. Maybe they were not as happy as Uta imagined.

20. Kuchibiru Tameiki Sakurairo

Best Yuri Manga: Kuchibiru Tameiki Sakurairo

Rating: 7.49

The story revolves around the lives of various girls attending Sakurakai Girls High School and the ups and downs of their love life. Although each chapter is a separate story, characters from other chapters appear everywhere. Both volumes are a collection of seven short stories each, revolving around an all-girls school. The first, fifth, sixth and seventh chapters of the first volume and the first five chapters of the second volume show the same protagonist.

19. Hanjuku-Joshi

Best Yuri Manga: Hanjuku-Joshi

Rating: 7.53

At Momoyama High School, an all-girls school, the outspoken and open-minded Chitose Hayami meets the shy and sweet Yae Sakura when she offers to help her sort out the trash that has been thrown in the wrong bin. Chitose admired Yae’s kindness and nominated them as class representatives against Yae’s wishes. 

Later that day, to Yae’s surprise, Chitose confesses her feelings and tells her that she is similar to her first love. In return, Yae explains that she was rejected by her high school crush, a girl, and because of that she hates herself. Chitose replies that she loves Yae for who she is. Excited by the feeling, Yae begins to spend more time with Chitose.

18. Cheerful Amnesia

Best Yuri Manga: Cheerful Amnesia

Rating: 7.55

After losing her memory for the past three years, Arisa Suzuki is shocked to learn that Mari Satou is her girlfriend. While Mari worries that she no longer loves her, their reunion shows that for Arisa it is love at first sight again. In order to rekindle their bond, Mari tries to remind Arisa of her experience. 

However, the task turned out to be difficult, because there were many things that Arisa could not do anymore. This becomes clear when Mari describes the sex life of the two. In the past, Arisa was very dominant in their relationship and was often the initiator. 

17. Sakura Trick

Best Yuri Manga: Sakura Trick

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, 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.

16. Citrus

Best Yuri Manga: Citrus

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.

15. Prism

Best Yuri Manga: Prism

Rating: 7.63

Schoolgirl Megumi, who has been living a smooth life after a brief elementary school romance, hopes to end her boring days when she enters high school. Still dreaming of peaceful days with her ex-love Hikaru, she meets a charming beautiful girl on her way to the acceptance ceremony. Suddenly the girl called Megumi and hugged her. Hikaru steps back into Megumi’s life not only as a classmate, but also as a girl. How will Megumi deal with the shocking revelation?

14. Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl

Best Yuri Manga: Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl

Rating: 7.66

Ayaka Shiramine has it all: a beautiful, kind and hardworking girl, she was the star of Seiran Academy before transferring to the academy’s high school department. Step in Yurine Kurosawa, a loner and friendless girl who excels at everything from academics to housework without lifting a finger. 

In fact, she seems to outperform Ayaka in almost every way, and the former star student quickly begins to resent her new rival. Despite her contempt for Yurine, Ayaka’s kind attitude and push in the right direction helps Yurine befriend and fall in love with the girl she hates. Meanwhile, Ayaka struggles to deal with her growing feelings about Yurine.

13. Murcielago

Best Yuri Manga: Murcielago

Rating: 7.68

For those who killed as much as Kuroko Koumori, there was no doubt that they had lost their minds. In fact, Kuroko avoided the death penalty by proving that she was still sane even after 715 people had died. Kuroko and a girl named Hinako Tozakura now have a second chance to live in society as state-appointed executioners and are charged with hunting down another killer. 

While Hinako is a somewhat cheerful girl who drives Ferraris despite the rules of the road, Kuroko, whom Hinako affectionately calls “Kuu-chan”, is more of a perverted lesbian with sharp instincts and an impressive penchant for murder.

12. Octave

Best Yuri Manga: Octave

Rating: 7.71

As a child, Miyasihta Yukino was always fascinated by television. And before she knows it, she wants to be one of the idols behind the scenes. At the age of 15, she entered the entertainment industry and debuted as a member of the four-member group “She’sN”. However, the group was not very successful and disbanded shortly thereafter. 

Yukino returned home embarrassed and was greeted with curious gazes and hurtful words from people. Wanting to find himself, regain her pride and maybe experience love, Yukino decides to return to Tokyo. There she meets a woman, former composer Iwai Setsuko. Together they enter into a very interesting and mysterious relationship.

11. Aoi Hana

Best Yuri Manga: Aoi Hana

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.

10. A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow

Best Yuri Manga: A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow

Rating: 7.74

After her father went overseas for work, Konatsu Amano moved to Iyo-Nagahama to live with her aunt. On her way to her aunt’s house, she is dragged into her new high school’s open-air aquarium. There she meets Koyuki Honami, a handsome girl from the upper class. After meeting a few more times, the girls quickly fell in love. 

To get closer to Koyuki, Konatsu joins the aquarium club that Koyuki previously had as the only member. Konatsu and Koyuki were similar in many ways. Both feel a strong sense of loneliness, friendly and wise, but also quiet and stubborn. The latter characteristic makes girls hesitate to express their feelings.

9. I’m in Love with the Villainess

Best Yuri Manga: I'm in Love with the Villainess

Rating: 7.79

Ordinary office worker, Rei Oohashi, wakes up one day to find herself as Rae Taylor, the heroine of her favorite otome game, Revolution. Being surrounded by handsome men all vying for their attention would be every Virgo’s dream. But not so with Rae. 

Neither of them can hold a candle to villain Claire François, whose blonde, drill-shaped curls only accentuate her imperious and irresistible charm. In the original story, Claire harasses and bullies the heroine, which brings her closer to the male love interest. But Rae had no intention of going after any man. Her heart was set on Claire herself.

8. Handsome Girl and Sheltered Girl

Best Yuri Manga: Handsome Girl and Sheltered Girl

Rating: 7.80

Satomi Ooguma was never romantically attracted to anyone. However, that changes when she meets her classmate Mizuki Kanda. Even though Kanda is a girl, Ooguma considers her a boy and develops romantic feelings for her. When one of Ooguma’s friends asks her to find some men to help with an event, Ooguma asks Kanda for help. 

Despite her reluctance, Kanda seductively agrees to help her on the condition that they date. However, much to his surprise, Ooguma eagerly accepted this proposal. What will happen when Ooguma finally realizes that Kanda is a girl?

7. Whispered Words

Best Yuri Manga: Whispered Words

Rating: 8.00

Sumika Murasame is a high school girl who is in love with her best friend Ushio Kazama, but can’t express her feelings because Ushio only likes girls he thinks are “cute” and “little” while Sumika is tall and athletic. 

Sumika discovers that one of her classmates, a boy named Masaki Akeiya, who likes her, is starting to dress up to get her attention but is accidentally hired as a model. Sumika and Ushio meet two girls from their class who are a couple, Tomoe Hachikusa and Miyako Taema; Tomoe wanted to set up a “girls club” that only lesbians could join, but met resistance.

6. Whisper Me a Love Song

Best Yuri Manga: Whisper Me a Love Song

Rating: 8.06

Yori Asanagi is a mature girl in many ways, but still pure when it comes to romance. That feeling is evident when a member of the lower class, Himari Kino, suddenly confesses her love for her after her band’s performance at the freshman opening ceremony. 

Confused and shocked, Yori asks her friends for advice, but they tease her by saying she is experiencing love. Yori immediately makes up her mind and tries to reciprocate Himari’s feelings, but in turn she realizes that Himari loves her music, not her. While Yori pursues her love for Himari, she vows to make Himari fall in love with her.

5. Kase-san Series

Best Yuri Manga: Kase-san Series

Rating: 8.13

Yui Yamada has always been a shy girl, trapped in her small circle of friends and fulfilling her duty as a “work representative” by planting greenery at school. But one day she crosses paths with track and field team champion Tomoka Kase. Kase is sociable and athletic, whereas Yamada has never played sports or joined a club. Even though they were opposites, the two soon grew closer. As they learn a lot about relationships and each other, will their feelings develop into something more?

4. My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness

Best Yuri Manga: My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness

Rating: 8.14

After her life deteriorated shortly after dropping out of college, Kabi Nagata became depressed and developed an eating disorder. She feels great pressure from her family to be a “normal” and productive person and a strong desire to be part of a community. Despite efforts to resolve the issue, she struggles with the pain and his situation worsens. 

At the age of 28, Kabi contacted a lesbian escort service. She imagined this event as a rite of passage to adulthood that she had avoided for so long. And while the experience doesn’t go the way he’d hoped, it turns out to be pivotal in reshaping Kabi’s life.

3. Girl Friends

Best Yuri Manga: Girl Friends

Rating: 8.14

The quiet and lonely Mari Kumakura, whose only visible quality is her highest marks, meets the sweet and friendly Akko Oohashi, whose goal is to get to know Mari and become good friends with her. With Akko’s help, Mari becomes more confident and sociable, and quickly turns into one of the most fashionable girls in school. 

In the course of the story she befriends Akko, Sugi and Tamami. This group has experiences with alcohol, boys, diet, fashion, friends and learning. However, as the plot progresses, Mari and later Akko realize the deeper feelings she has for her best friend, feelings that dwarf the friendship.

2. Yuru Yuri

Best Yuri Manga: Yuru Yuri

Rating: 8.26

Four naughty girls illegally occupy the clubroom of the former traditional tea ceremony to create an “entertainment club”. These villains, who ignored the repeated warnings, rebelled outright with the fair orders from the student council and decided to stay in the room until they finally opened their a** and did something. In this rather slow manga, full of spasms and convulsions, the four girls leave the house for a walk together with the days full of this and that.

1. Bloom Into You

Best Yuri Manga: Bloom Into You

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.

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