The male gaze is everywhere, and we see the world through it. Media and entertainment are built to cater to the tastes of men, and as a result, we see scantily clad women, blood, gore and lots of adventure.
We have brought you the top 35 best anime for girls that suited to your feminine tastes. It has everything from doses of romance between homosexual as well as heterosexual characters. But romance is not the end of it; they have an outstanding plot that will call out to your emotions and leave you with a bittersweet feeling when you are done binging on these series.
1. Your Lie In April
Aired On-October 9, 2014
Your Lie In April is a show that reached out to people emotionally. It could capture hearts while simultaneously breaking it. It deals with emotional issues like Death, coping mechanisms, guilt, parental pressure and mourning, but in a very nuanced and drawn out way. It makes you feel every emotion, but its effect is so beautiful that it does not let you part from it on bad terms. It makes you understand the good in memories of people that have gone and how, even with all the sadness associated with it, it is worth holding on to.
The series follows Piano prodigy Kōsei Arima, who is known worldwide for his skills. He has been seemingly having a run of his life when his mother, Saki dies suddenly. He has an argument with her just before her death that pushes him more towards a hell hole of guilt. He starts having anxiety attacks to the point where he is unable to listen to the tune of his own Piano.
His life seems to be a downward spiral when suddenly Kaori Miyazono, an audacious, free-spirited, fourteen-year-old violinist changes everything. She is like a breath of fresh air who makes him believe in all good things about life again, but an incident with her again brings Arima on the verge of destruction.
2. Yona Of The Dawn
Aired On-October 7, 2014
Yona Of The Dawn falls in the Genre Of Action, Mystery as well as Fantasy. It really ticks all the boxes when it comes to making a good series as it almost has everything- from interesting and varied characters to insanely good settings. We have a sort of folklore here at the background of the whole action- which makes the stakes involved in the plot higher as the protagonists were sort of walking forward with a Blind Faith. It aired between October 7, 2014, and March 24, 2015 for 24 Episodes.
The Series follows Yona, the sole princess of Kouka, ruled by her pacifistic father King Il under the Sky Tribe. Though in a different time period she is very relatable as she shares the interests of a common girl. She lives a lavish life and dreams of riding out on a Horse with her Dream Boy to her Happy Ending. But everything turns on its head for her when her Loved one kills her father and she becomes ostracized from her rightful kingdom because of it.
Now all she has is her Bodyguard Hak and a lore on which the protection and legacy of her Kingdom depends.
3. Fruits Basket
Aired On-5 July 2001
Fruits Basket has truly stood the test of time. It has been made at various points of time and somehow has always found an audience. At first it was made into a 26-episode series in 2001 and was directed by Akitaro Daichi. TMS Entertainment initiated a new anime television series adaptation produced by and directed by Yoshihide Ibata premiered in April 2019.
It follows the story of an orphan girl, Tohru Honda, who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma and others realizes that twelve members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac. Tohru Honda after losing her Parents looks forward to living with her Grandfather as he is sort of her last tether. But reaching there she was met with cruelty from everyone surrounding her Grandfather. And therefore decides to head out on her own into the world and starts living alone in a Tent and begins supporting herself. This continues for a while but one day a miracle happens and she wounds up finding a home in the least likely of places, Her popular classmate Yuki Sohma offers her a place to stay which she shares with her cousin Shigure.
Staying there she stumbles upon their big secret which is that they turn into animals of Chinese Zodiac, when they are weak, under stress, embarrassed, or when hugged by someone of the opposite sex. Rather than get scared by it she decides to help them.
Her desire to help them stems out of her wish to have a family.
4. Sailor Moon
Aired On-March 7, 1992
Sailor Moon is another Anime that puts a girl in front and center as its driving force. This Series is also based in the Genre of Fantasy and Mystery. There is a lot of action but it is primarily the aforementioned two genres that this Series is steeped in. The Anime is based on the Manga of the same name written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi. There have been three animated feature films, a television special, and three short films based on the anime.
The Story begins when Usagi Tsukino, a Middle School girl meets Luna, a talking black cat who transforms her to Sailor Moon, a soldier destined to save Earth from the forces of evil. To do so they also need comrades which she finds in the form of studious Ami Mizuno, who awakens as Sailor Mercury; Rei Hino, a local Shinto shrine maiden who awakens as Sailor Mars; Makoto Kino, a tall and strong transfer student who awakens as Sailor Jupiter; and Minako Aino, a young aspiring idol who had awakened as Sailor Venus a few months prior, accompanied by her talking feline companion Artemis.
And thus their adventure begins, to save the Silver Crystal that can cause total and utter destruction. At various points in the Series Tsukino feels that she is just a Normal Girl that is pushed into this adventure, but in reality this was in actuality her destiny.
5. Ouran High School Host Club
Aired On-April 5, 2006
In a few words Ouran High School Host Club can be described as a Romantic Comedy as it is filled with a lot of cliché Romantic situations as well as a lot of probable pairings. It is based on a Manga by Bisco Hatori, serialized in Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine. It has produced a Live Action Movie too along with the Anime Series.
In the prestigious Ouran Academy, a fictitious high school for rich kids located in Bunkyo, Tokyo our Protagonist Haruhi Fujioka has gained admission. Very elated by this once in a lifetime opportunity she wants to take it very seriously and focus on her studies. Hence she starts Looking for a quiet place to study, that’s when she stumbles upon the abandoned Third Music Room. Surprisingly, it is the room where the Ouran Academy Host Club gathers to welcome female “clients” with sweets and tea. In this encounter she mistakenly destroys a very expensive artefact valued at ¥8,000,000. Since she had shorter hair the Boys in the club decided to make her an Errand Boy not knowing that she is a girl.
This confusion leads to a lot of funny situations and development of storylines between Haruhi and the boys.
Aired On-April 3, 2009
K- On! Is an Anime Series based on a Japanese four-panel comic strip seinen manga written and illustrated by Kakifly, of the same name. It was fairly popular during the time of its running and by 2011 gross revenues had reached over ¥15 billion.
It is based on four characters initially who come together to form a musical band. The members are Yui who initiated all of this, along with bassist Mio Akiyama, drummer Ritsu Tainaka, and keyboardist Tsumugi Kotobuki. They have joined this light music club to save it from disbandment, and none of them really have any experience in it. But slowly music wins them over and they begin to take it seriously. There were various other members that joined over the course of the show like underclassman Azusa Nakano, Yui’s sister Ui, their classmate Jun Suzuki, and new members Sumire Saitō and Nao Okuda.
The original members moved to University but continued on with their passion and remained a Band. This is a tale of Friendship and prevailing through everything for the sake of your passion for what you do.
7. Angel Beats!
Aired On-April 3, 2010
Many have considered it a drawback, while for a lot of people it was the strength of the Drama that it was loaded with various elements. It had the integration of various individual elements together, such as musical performances, humor and action. It had a High school setting which provides the Juiciest background for character development. But due to its short run a lot of the backstories remained unexplored.
The story happens in Afterlife where various people after dying arrive to achieve peace and move on. One of such people is Yuzuru Otonashi, a boy with amnesia who ends up in the afterlife. He is quickly pushed into SSS, an organization which rebels against an unseen God by Yuri Nakamura.
The other members of this society include Hideki Hinata, the co-founder; Masami Iwasawa, and Yui. Another major character includes Angel considered by everyone as the associate of God. The story proceeds towards SSS managing to demote Angel from her position.
The part to behold in the series is how everyone gains their own peace to pass on. The last Episode where the last two characters open up about why they are stuck in this afterlife is one of the most emotional sequences to ever happen in an Anime.
8. Cardcaptor Sakura
Aired On-April 7, 1998
Cardcaptor Sakura is an Anime based on the Manga of the same name written and illustrated by the manga group Clamp. It has been widely appreciated gaining accolades like the Animage Grand Prix award for Best Anime in 1999. The American edit of card captors, however, was criticized for removing elements essential to the plot.
Cardcaptor Sakura focuses on Ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto who one day accidentally releases a set of magical cards known as Clow Cards from a book in her basement created and named after the sorcerer Clow Reed.
These cards are very special as they not only hold magical powers but can also transform themselves into their own Alternate versions.Therefore As she finds each card, she battles its magical personification and defeats it by sealing it away. She is helped by various people and gains many allies like Cerberus- the Guardian of the cards,her best friend and second cousin- Tomoyo Daidouji as well as her older Brother- Toya Kinomoto watches over her, while pretending that he is unaware of what is going on.
Since it is adapted from a Shonen Manga we also have a coupling with a lot of Romantic tension in the form of Sakura and Syaoran, whose relationship is not resolved until the Second Anime movie.
9. Yuri!!! On ICE
Aired On-October 6, 2016
Yuri!!! On Ice during its airing was one of the most talked about shows for a lot of reasons. Not only was its content great but the issues it handled were also very prevalent. It depicted anxiety as a topic that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. And the fact that their protagonists were in a same Sex relationship is iconic. Japan itself has faced a lot of ire when it comes to homophobic behaviour.
The Series follows Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki; his idol, Russian figure-skating champion Victor Nikiforov, and up-and-coming Russian skater Yuri Plisetsky. The plot begins weaving when Yuri K. and Yuri P. take part in the Figure Skating Grand Prix, with Victor acting as coach to Yuri K.
There are a variety of relationships that are showcased in the show like that of Yuri. K and Yuri.P and that of Yuri.K and Victor. There are different elements associated with both of them. It is steeped in passion for sports as well as the desire of being their personal best.
The Show has been lauded for its accuracy and has received positive reviews from real life skaters like Johnny Weir, Evgenia Medvedeva, Denis Ten, Evgeni Plushenko, Masato Kimura, Ryuichi Kihara, MiuSuzaki, and Adam Rippon.
10. Little Witch Academia
Aired On-January 9, 2017
Little Witch Academia is a Japanese anime franchise created by Yoh Yoshinari and produced by Trigger. This franchise has also spawned Two manga series that have been published by Shueisha. The series has now gained Worldwide attention due to being aired on Netflix and performs consistently well on the platform. To date 25 Episodes have been made.
The show is a coming of age story of sorts as it showcases the growth of these characters from a closed off cliched point of view to layered characters. It mainly centres on Atsuko who enrols herself in Luna Nova Magical Academy, a prestigious school for young girls training to become witches. She does so because she has been inspired by a witch named Shiny Chariot. Though very passionate about Magic the thing holding her back is her non-magical background. All of this makes it really difficult for her to achieve her goal.
This Anime then goes ahead and reflects that if you are optimistic and passionate, you will be rewarded Just like she was when she discovers the Shiny Rod, a powerful magic relic left behind by Chariot. She is able to wield it because of her strong and positive character which in turn also invites the wrath of others.
Aired On-4 October 2011
Chihayafaru is an Anime series based on a Manga series of the same name. The franchise has not only spawned an Anime Series but also three live action adaptations as well. The reason the series remains so ‘hot’ even now is because of its endearing themes. The series started airing from 4 October 2011 and has 74 episodes in its kitty.
The show revolves around the sport Karuta, which the main cast plays very intently in the series. The show’s main protagonist ChihayaAyase discovers this talent mainly because of a boy she meets in her school, Arata Wataya who is himself a talented karuta player. She has spent her life catering to her model sister and had no issue with it. She was content with being in the shadows. Wataya inspired her to come into her own and really believe in herself that she can pull this off. As they graduate from Middle school; Wataya moves. This really lights a fire under Ayase and she decides to open MizusawaKaruta Club with her childhood friend, TaichiMashima.
These three characters begin their journey in this sport as well as in their emotions. They grow to understand themselves and each other and begin to evolve both professionally and personally.
12. Puella Magi MadokaMagica
Aired On-January 7, 2011
Puella Magi MadokaMagica is an Anime television series which was created by Magica Quartet, directed by AkiyukiShinbo, with screenwriter Gen Urobuchi, producer AtsuhiroIwakami and character designer Ume Aoki. There is a lot to appreciate about this Anime like its artistic direction,complex narrative, and visuals, and soundtrack. But what catches everyone’s attention the most is its Unconventional approach to the genre of fantasy.
The story follows a group of girls when they are about to begin their training to become witches. It begins with all of them being average middle schoolers. But one day a girl, MadokaKaname and her friend Sayaka Miki meet a small, cat-like creature named Kyubey. It wishes to provide them a contract in which the girls may have any wish granted to them in exchange for obtaining magical powers. But the twist in the tale is that they have to use these powers to fight witches. A deal of a lifetime you would think but these two girls are stopped by a magical girl who is also a new transfer student named Homura Akemi from making this contract. This makes them feel indecisive.
13. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Aired On- July 7, 2014
The Anime Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is an Anime based on a four-panel romantic comedy manga of the same name written and illustrated by Izumi Tsubaki. During its airing it was widely regarded as one of the most consistent comedies. tHe lack of meanness or malice in the Anime was also appreciated.
It has a very interesting, casual and sweet setting. The protagonist High school student Chiyo Sakura has a crush on schoolmate Umetarou Nozaki. She has been in love with him since the moment she laid eyes on him. And she makes no attempts to hide it at all. Due to her intense enthusiasm about Nozaki, almost all of her peers are aware of her crush. When she finally confesses about her feelings to Umetarou Nozaki. He does not register it all. He thinks she is a fan and has figured out that he is the writer behind the Manga manga Let’s Fall in Love.
She finds out that her object of affection has no idea about love or any emotions associated with it. Even though he is writing a Romance Manga. But being as optimist as she was when it came to him, she took it upon herself to make him aware of those
feelings. Thus they begin working together with her as his assistant. They begin to encounter other schoolmates, who assist them and serve as inspirations for the story.
14. Princess Jellyfish
Aired on: October 15, 2010
Episodes: 11 episodes
‘Kuragehime’ or ‘princess Jellyfish’ is one of the live-action film adaptations form a Japanese Josei manga series written by Akiko Higashimura. This romantic comedy is one of the best anime recommended for Girls. The protagonist of this anime is a girl named TsukimiKurashita.
The plot revolves around an apartment building named Amamizukan where only Otaku women live. None of them are pretty much interested in having a man around. Tsukimi is one of the residents of this apartment who has a fascination with Jellyfish tendrils, as they look similar to the frills from a princess gown. Her memory of her deceased mother is also related to an aquarium visit where she first sees jellyfish. She feels awkward around people and literally fears any kind of social interaction.
Tsukimi meets a stylist KuranosukeKoibuchi, a stylist. He is actually a man who cross-dresses to stay away from controversy and obligation as he is the illegitimate son of a politician. Tsukimi tries to keep his identity a secret from her other housemates, because of their male-hating attitude, even though she feels uncomfortable about this intimacy with a man every now and then.
The crisis arises when the apartment is almost about to be demolished to turn the area into a cosmopolitan region. Though the residents were not much comfortable with man-woman interaction, they still are joined by Kuranosuke to save Amamizukan. This romantic comedy is charming and projects a sweet revelation and complicacy of gender identity which allows it to be one of the best recommended anime for girls.
15. Princess Tutu
Aired on: August 16, 2002
Episodes: 26 episodes
‘Princess Tutu’, the anime series is a blend of different genres like romance, mystery, magic. It is an adaptation of Japanese anime series by Illustrator Ikoku Itoh. The main story is inspired by fairytales like ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and ‘Swan lake’. The beauty of the story lies in several relationships and how the characters never hesitate before sacrificing themselves for others.
The story has a story within it, as writer Drosselmeyer writes a tale ‘The prince and the Raven’ but could not finish it before his death. He had the power of making his stories come to live. Therefore, all the characters are stuck in an eternal battle. The Raven manages to break free in the real world and Prince Siegfried shatters his own heart to save the world from the evil raven.
Ghost of Drosselmeyer finds a little duck, who is in love with Mytho, the remainder of Siegfried. To have a proper end for the story he transforms the duck into a human girl and then into a ballerina named Princess Tutu. She is asked to collect the shards of his heart. In her journey she gets several people who try to stop her. Rue, the raven’s daughter, wants to stop her, and ends up falling in love with the prince.
The story goes on with how this love story ends and the prince defeats the Raven and gets a partner to live happily ever after. The most appealing part of the story is how Princess Tutu and the Prince both sacrificed themselves for others. The main driving force of the story is love and the viewers fall for the happy ending after the tumult.
16. Hanasaku Iroha
Aired on: April 3, 2011
Episodes: 26 episodes
This anime is one of the anime that are very popular with teens, as it features Coming-of-age. As a romantic comedy that shows the journey of a teen named OhanaMatsumae. The characterisation and the ups and downs of inter-relation between the characters mesmerise the viewers for a long time.
The main plot revolves around a 16 year old teen living in Tokyo. She returns to her grandmother’s estate as she is left by her mother when she elopes with her boyfriend. When she is in her grandmother’s care she gets to know that she is the owner of a Taishõ period hot spring inn, named Kissuisõ. As she begins to work there on her grandma’s request she feels a bit awkward about being exposed to a lot of social interaction. This is the reason she is at odds with the employees and customers. This can be responsible for a deteriorating business.
Though initially she feels disheartened and discouraged at this, but then she decides to revive it. She considers the need to change herself so that she can mend the ruined relationship with other employees. The rest of the story is about how she represents herself for a better future. The growth of the protagonist interests the viewers the most in this anime.
17. Revolutionary girl Utena
Aired on: April 2, 1997
Episodes: 39 episodes
‘Revolutionary girl Utena’ has been widely regarded as an influential anime and therefore it has been adapted afterwards in several light novels, stage musicals. The very idea of breaking through the gender identity is one of the most appreciating factors of this anime.
The protagonist of this anime is a teenage girl UtenaTenjou, who wants to be a prince. She has a stern and powerful personality and tomboyish mannerism. After her parents death she meets a prince who gives her a rose-engraved signet ring. His nobility makes her decide that she will be a prince. In search of the prince she admits herself to Ohtori Academy.
There, she is set to fight a duel against the students’ council. She wins against them and as a winner she gets engaged to a mysterious girl named Rose Bride. She further tries to defend her fiancée from other members of the students’ council. She also gets to know that she has the power to “revolutionize the world”.
This anime breaks away with the traditional idea of a male prince and shows how Utena is efficient enough to be one. This anime hints towards a non-conformational relationship between Utena and Rose Bride which is appreciated by the audience.
18. Sound! Euphonium
Aired on: April 8, 2015
Episodes: 13 episodes
This is a musical anime, featuring a band of high school kids and an adaptation of a novel series by Ayano Takeda. The theme of this anime includes comedy and music. The high school kid namely Kumiko Oumae is the central character of the story.
The plot begins when she joins Kitauji High School. She is a brass player and kind of distant from her middle school friends. She visits the music club of her school along with her two friends HazukiKatou and Sapphire Midori Kawashima. There she meets Reina, her former classmate from junior high school. Though she hesitates to join the club at first, she decides to help the school band. The band never reached the qualifying round after the advisor changed. The plot condenses as the new advisor Noboru Taki joins and wishes to improve the condition the band was in so that they can compete in National band competition.
Kumiko is introduced as someone who has no aim in life, but she has a hobby of playing Euphonium. She never realises how much she loves her hobby that’s why she tries to stay away from it. The journey towards her ultimate realisation of her dreams, about Euphonium playing is extremely engaging.
19. Michiko to Hatchin
Aired on: 15 October, 2008
Episodes: 22 episodes
‘Michiko to Hatchin’ is the animation series that portrays the special bonding of mother and daughter in a different way. Though Michiko is a mother figure to Hatchin, still the relationship is multi-layered. The complexity and uniqueness of this relation is the main attraction of this anime.
The story is set in a fictional city of South America[T1] named Diamandra, there is a criminal named Michiko Malandro, who is portrayed as a “sexy” diva. She breaks away from the prison and kidnaps Hana Morenos aka Hatchin. She is her ex-lover’s daughter. This saves Hatchin from her abusive and sadist foster parents. Though both of the characters are exactly opposite in nature, their connection to Hiroshi unites them. They set out to search for Hiroshi and end up discovering the true meaning of life and freedom.
The loveliest part of this anime is the Michiko-Hatchin relationship. Though they start with conflicts, endless bickering, but eventually they realize that they definitely needed each other the most. Even when Michiko gets back to the prison to complete her sentence and Hatchin is under the custody of Hiroshi, she still longs for Michiko. There is a blend of affection and friendship in their relationship, just like a mother-daughter bond and viewers can’t help but fall in love with it.
20. Wandering son
Aired on: January 13, 2011
Episodes: 12 episodes
This is based on a Japanese manga series written by Takako Shimura. This anime is one of the most notable one ever-made. This deals with the complicated issue of gender identity. At the very onset of puberty, a teenager starts realising his true gender identity. This complicated factor that impacts a child’s nature and identity as a whole is dealt in this anime with mastery.
The central characters of the story are Shuichi Nitori, who is described by the author as a trans girl and Yoshino Takatsuki, a trans boy. As the transfer students when Suichi attends a school, he meets a tomboy named Yoshino. Just like Suichi identifies himself as a girl, Yoshino desires to be a boy. They meet several people on their way who have similar desires. There are several relationships that are built and fall apart throughout the series, where some of them stay intact. The rest of the story is built upon this relationship regarding complexities which are related to gender identities.
When a boy or a girl hits their puberty there are certain gender models that they try to get fit in. For a trans boy or a trans girl the struggle is not prominent as it relates to their ‘self’ as well. This complicacy is untangled in this anime and that’s what makes it one of the best recommended anime.
21. Candy Boy
Aired On – May 2, 2008
Episodes – 7
An 8 minute long animation, Candy Boy portrays the relationship between SakuyaKamiyama and Kanade Sakurai. The twin sisters, Kanade and Yukino Sakurai, move from Hokkaido to Tokyo in order to attend high school. They leave their family and their younger sister Shizuku “Shi-chan” and their parents. When they reach Tokyo, a first year student named SakuyaKamiyama finds Kanade and starts stalking her. Later she bribes Yukino, Kanade’s twin sister, to give her Kanade’s pictures and personal stuff in exchange for candies. Sakuya claims to be in love with Kanade and will do anything to be with her. Kanade, in the meantime, feels like the relationship she has with her sister Yukino is breaking and this, they are falling apart, due to the pressure at school and Yukino’s part-time job.
In the animation, Kanade is portrayed as the more mature twin, even though she is the younger one. She is an artist and wants to pursue art studies. Yukino, on the other hand, is a blogger and part of the school swim team. She deeply cares for Kanade.
The anime is produced by Anime International Company. It is directed by TakafumiHoshikawa.
22. Sasameki Koto
Aired On – October 8, 2009
Episodes – 13
Sasameki Koto is an anime that portrays the lives of 2 best friends – SumikaMurasame and Ushio Kazama. Sumika is in love with her best friend, Ushio but feels like her feelings are not reciprocated as Ushio likes cute and small girls. While Sumika is tall and athletic. Sumike then finds out that the boy in her class likes her and in order to catch her attention, he has started cross dressing into a girl. Sumika and Ushio befriend a lesbian couple, Tomoe Hachikusa and Miyakotaema. Tomoe wants to start a lesbian club, only for girls but it is met with oppression. Meanwhile, Sumika agrees to go out with the boy, named Masaki Akemiya under the alias Akemi Yamasaki. She also becomes involved with another classmate, a shy and artistic girl, aspiring to be a writer.
Meanwhile, a German girl named Charlotte enrols in the school and shows an interest to learn karate. Sumika was learning it too but gave it up because it is not girly enough. She tries it again in order to teach Chrlotte.Ushio slowly realises that she has feelings for Sumika and Masaki comes out as a boy when he gets exposed for cross-dressing.
23. Inugami-San and Nekoyama-San
Aired On – April 11, 2014
Episodes – 12
Inugami-San and Nekoyama-San is a story portraying the attraction between Yachiyo Inugami and SuzuNekoyama. Yachiyo is a dog-like girl who happens to love cats and Suzu is a cat-like girl who loves dogs. When these 2 meet, an instant bond is formed and the attraction grows between them.
Yachiyo has a dog-like surname and personality. However, she is a cat lover. Yachiyo is shown to have quite a perverted sense of humour and mind and is somewhat of a masochist. In the anime, her ponytail is shown to wag like a dog’s tail when she is happy and satisfied. She is 16 years old in the series. The character is voiced by Sumire Uesaka.
Suzu, however, is completely the polar opposite of Yachiyo. She possesses a cat-like personality and surname. However, she is a dog-lover. She is also 16 years old in the series. The character is voiced by Nao Toyama.
Inugami-San and Nekoyama-San is originally a 4 part Japanese manga, created by Kuzushiro and later adapted into an anime by Seven. The anime was aired in Japan between April 10, 2014 and June 26, 2014.
24. Asagao to Kase-San
Aired On – June 9, 2018
Episodes – 1
Asagao to Kase-San portrays the story of the relationship between TomakaKase, an athletic girl and Yui Yamada, a shy and timid girl who loves to tend to the greenery at her school. Both of them start dating and face many challenges throughout their relationship. These challenges are showcased in the series.
Yui Yamada is a timid and shy girl, who loves to tend to the school garden, weeding and gardening at the school ground. She falls in love with the athletic TomokaKase at her school and ends up pursuing a relationship with her. Later, she goes to Tokyo with Kase in order to study horticulture at a women’s university. The character is voiced by Minami Takahashi.
TomakaKase is a tomboy and is quite boyish looking. She is a part of the school’s track team and the field club. She is an excellent athlete and is often a part of the school racing tournaments. She meets Yamada and falls in love with her. She pursues a relationship with Yamada, even though she can act a little perverted at times. After graduating high school, she goes to Tokyo with Yamada in order to attend a sports university. The character is voiced by Ayane Sakura.
Aired On – April 6, 2001
Episodes – 26
The anime Noir follows the plot of 2 young and female assassins – the Japanese YuumuraKirika and the French Mireille Bouquet. Both of them embark on a journey to find the missing parts of their past. At first, they do not understand that they are connected in some way due to their past. However, there are subtle hints given throughout the series where their connection is shown. During their journey, things from their past unfold slowly and Mereille forms an alliance with Yuumura in order to form a team named Noir which performs various assassinations. All throughout the series, the girls are lured into traps by a secret organisation named Les Soldats (in English, The Soldiers). Les Soldat is supposed to be a secret organisation who previously had control over Team Noir. Each time they formulate a plan and action to attack these 2 girls, it is actually a kind of test to see their endurance level and determine if they are fit enough to carry on the mantle of Team Noir.
The characters of YuumuraKirika and Mireille Bouquet are played by Hoko Kuwashima and KotonoMitsuishi respectively.
Aired On – August 16, 2010
Episodes – 2
Kuttsukiboshi portrays the story of a high school student named Kiiko Kawakami, who has secret telekinetic powers. The only person aware of her powers is her best friend Aaya Saito, on whom Kiiko has a crush on. One day, after practising her power with Aaya, Kiiko leans in to kiss Aaya while the latter is sleeping. Surprisingly enough, Kiiko feels Aaya reciprocating and kissing her back. The 2 of them start a risky relationship where they end up spending the entire summer having sex in different places. However, one day , after sleeping over Aaya’s house, Kiiko forgets her cellphone there. She comes back to collect it, only to find out Aaya having sex with her brother, Kota.
Aaya then kidnaps Kiiko and rapes her after finding out that she knows. After Kiiko is free, she refuses to forgive Aaya. Aaya finally learns that her brother has passed away and she brings Kiiko to her house and asks her to make love to her. That night, during their rendezvous, Kiiko gets a glimpse of Aaya’s mind and thus, her memories. She finds out that Kota was suffering from a terminal ailment and guilt-tripped Aaya into having sex with him before his operation, where he died. Aaya leaves Japan after that night but Kiiko finds her by using her telekinetic power. Kiiko asks her to be by her side all her life and they teleport to a distant planet, where they start a new life.
27. Shoujo Sect; Innocent Lovers
Aired On – July 25, 2008
Episodes – 3
Shoujo Sect; Innocent Lovers portrays the lives of 2 girls – ShinobuHanda and Momoko Naitou. They have been best friends since childhood and Shinobu has been in love with Momoko since their first day they met. However, years passed by and now they are in an all-girls high school. Momoko seems to have forgotten the past and moved on. However, Shinobu is still in love with Momoko and wishes that the latter would remember the promise they made for each other from a long time ago.
ShinobuHanda is one of the 2 main characters in this series. She hails from a well to do family and seems to have no trouble with money. She also falls for women, regardless of their age. In spite of being out all night, sleeping in class and coming home late, she is a straight A student. She is sexually involved with many of her roommates in the dorm but she is in love with Momoko the most.
Momoko Naitou is another main character of the series. She is a member of the school disciplinary committee and rakes her job very seriously. This puts her at odds with Shinobu. Momoko met Shinobu when they were mere kids and the former shared a cookie with her. In return, Momoko kissed her and that left Shinobu with deep feelings for her.
28. Bloom into You
Aired on: October 5, 2018
Episodes: 13 episodes
‘Bloom into You’ is an anime adaptation of a yuri manga series illustrated by Nio Nakatani. This anime is one of the best recommended anime for girls because of its wonderful representation of gender identity. Yuu and Touko may fail to conform to the societal role conferred upon an individual based on their gender, but they gradually acknowledge it, that’s the way to make the audience more interested in this anime.
The lead character of this play is a high school student Yuu Koito, who rejects a proposal from a middle school classmate. She finds student council member Touko Nanami turning down another person. This makes her think that there may be some similarity in their emotions. When they get to share their feelings they discover a lot of similarity with each other and this formed an emotional bond between them. Touko confesses to Yuu, who does not reciprocate at that time. The rest of the story revolves around how both of them end up accepting their own identity and end up making a great couple.
The hint of this identity and acceptance of self is clear from a particular incident from the anime. Yuu makes Kayomi change the plot of the drama where she initially made the lead protagonist accept the societal roles, but after the change she makes the character accept her true identity. Maybe the context is different but the acceptance of one’s true self has been a recurring theme in this anime.
Aired on: January 6, 2018
Episodes: 12 episodes
‘Citrus’ is a Japanese Yuri animation adapted from a manga series written by Saburouta. This anime series features an unconventional relationship between Yuzu and Mei. This anime holds it clearly how hate and love are not completely opposite emotions, they even make way for each other. Yuzu’s first impression of Mei starts with hatred but ends up with love.
The main protagonist of this anime series Yuzu Aihara is compelled to join a conservative all-girls school as her mother remarries another man. She is fun-loving and bubbly in nature and has more interest in boys, new fashion trends than studies and grades. She struggles hard to fit in this conservative girls’ school. She meets Mei Aihara, a stern and cold student council president. Their first meeting was not very comfortable for Yuzu. When she gets back home she realises that Mei is her step sister. The rest of the story is about how the relationship between two step-sisters flourishes romantically.
Though there are a lot of unconventionality in the anime series, nobody can deny the beauty of the emotions portrayed in them the time when Mei touches Yuzu or Yuzu receives her first kiss is way beautiful. These beautiful moments make the anime one of the best.
Aired on: July 5, 2011
Episodes: 12 episodes
‘YuruYuri’ is an anime adaptation of a Japanese manga illustrated by Namori. The anime features a comedy genre and includes some episodes that typically fit the Yuri genre. The anime is set in the fictional city high school named Nanamori High School, located in Takaoka, Toyama. The anime features the high school life of a group of friends who are the part of an amusement club. The most interesting part of this anime is the relation between the girls.
In this high school AkariAkaza and her friends Kyoko Toshino, Yui Funami forms an amusement club that uses the former room of the disbanded Tea-club. The aim of this amusement club is to entertain the members. The girls enjoy their time here by chatting, drinking tea, fawning etc. They don’t realise the small social presence of their friend Akari. Things start getting different when the student council members join them.
This anime features some typical comical incidents which is totally enjoyable. There are not many complexities in this anime other than the sexual tension between some of the characters. The sweet portrayal of the relationship between the girls makes a favourite of the audience.
31. Strawberry Panic
Aired on: April 3, 2006
Episodes: 26 episodes
‘Strawberry Panic’ is an anime series that features romantic genres, it develops some content related to lesbian relationship, which makes it a Yuri anime. This anime is adapted from a manga series and a light novel, because of its towering popularity on release. The plot revolves around three all-girls schools that have common dormitories and campus. Even though there is a catholic atmosphere, the students have their own sanctuary namely “Strawberry Dorm”.
The protagonist of this anime is a transfer student named Nagisa Aoi. She enters the St. Miator meets ShizumaHanazono, etoile from Astraea Hills. She is amazed by Shizuma’s beauty at first sight and she loses her consciousness when Shizuma kisses her. Gradually she encounters other girls. While with some of them she develops a friendly relationship, she found some of them intimidating. The series contains a bunch of relationships that gradually blooms as they start dating. The visuals of the girls mesmerises the viewers.
This anime represents the relationship of girls in adolescence, how their relationship develops into a romantic one and flourishes beautifully. Though there is unconventionality in the relationship the blend of friendship and romantic love in it make the audience fall for it.
32. Kannazuki No Miko
Aired on: October 1, 2004
Episodes: 12 episodes
This Anime is a blend of romance and magic. The main theme of this Yuri manga is the reincarnation of solar priestess and Lunar priestess. The plot continues as they fight against Orochi, their ancient enemy. There is an inherent theme of romantic relationship that runs alongside the main plot.
HimekoKurusugawa and ChikaneHimemiya are two high school girls from Ototachibana Academy of the fictional city Mahoroba. They are rebirths of Solar priestess and Lunar priestess. The plot also involves the Japanese folktale of Solar and Lunar mikos and their eternal enemy Orochi. These girls are set to save the world from Orochi who awakens on the first day of October that is traditionally known as the ‘godless’ month. Soma Ogami, one of Himeko’s friends and an Orochi, decides to kill her, but on releasing this he vows to protect her from others.
Chikane is also a fated mate of Himeko. In this anime she is seen as an Orochi, sexually harassing and tormenting Himeko. Later it is revealed that she did everything to force Himeko to kill her to save her from a terrible fate.
There are certain elements in this anime – like the magic, the adventure and lastly the complex relationship between the girls, that are extremely engaging and this is the reason even within a short period the drama earned a huge number of audience.
33. Sakura Trick
Aired on: January 9, 2014
Episodes: 12 episodes
‘Sakura Trick’ is an anime adaptation of a Japanese Yuri manga by Tachi. The friendship between the main characters Haruka Takayama and Yu Sonada is the most attractive feature of this anime. They are introduced as inseparable friends at the very beginning of the anime. As the plot advances we see how the friendship grows into a romantic relationship reciprocated by the two friends.
Two inseparable friends on entering high school face difficulty. They end up being separated as they are seated on opposite sides. To denote their relationship as special they decided to kiss each other. The plot of the anime progresses gradually, as Hakura starts feeling special about Yu. Her behaviour is clingy and demanding around Yu. As she desires a romantic involvement with Yu, she gets more affected when their seats are separated. She fantasizes Yu when she thinks about any physical involvement.
Similarly, Yu also feels the same about Haruka. Though she feels flustered while Hakura behaves romantically, she still also surprises her with kisses. The sweet moments of love, affection and jealousy makes it beautiful. The most captivating factor of this Yuri anime is its representation and detailing about how a friendship blossoms into a relationship.
34. Riddle Story of Devil
Aired on: April 3, 2014
Episodes: 12 episodes
It is an anime adaptation of a manga written by Yun Koga. This anime features a story of a group of young students. Though the plot involve the theme of assassination, it has a romantic development similar to that of a Yuri anime. The most cherishing part of the anime is the secret feeling of Azuma towards Haru.
The plot begins when Tokaku Azuma joins a private boarding school for girls’ namely Myoujou Academy. There she joins Class black with 12 other students. She along with her 11 classmates is given a task to assassinate their friend Haru Ichinose. The reward for the successful candidate is one of her wish will be granted, even if it is difficult or costly. Each of the students will be granted a single chance to do so, if she fails then the student will be expelled.
Tokaku, after knowing about her sweet natured classmate Haru, decides to protect her. Even though the reward is enticing still she decides to do something different. She decides to protect her from the other assassins. She gradually gets drawn to her. Though Azuma is portrayed as a heartless cold character, anybody can tell her feelings from her actions. This is what keeps the viewers captivated for a long time.