Very Important Yuri Manga Opinions

a screencap from the manga killing me by akiyama. it is a closeup of the character saki looking shocked, edited so the linework is pink

This page is here to share my thoughts and opinions on entries in the girls kissing genre. The best genre. the only genre if you will. Entries with the pink icon of a heart with a face symbol are my favourites.

You should also check out plumbum's yuri recs page, which inspired this page.

pink pixel icon of an excalmation point in a triangle Warning: a lot of these series are nsfw/contain adult themes/are extremely lame etc. If you decide to read on, proceed with caution!



(I'm counting series that have a currently ongoing sequel as ongoing)

Kase-san by Takashima Hiromi pink icon of a heart with a face - This is textbook yuri. There are two highschool girls. They are very different. But in love!!! I want to bawl my eyes out. All is well. Watching Takashima Hiromi's art improve over time is equally enjoyable. I think this is a really good series to start with if you want to get into yuri! There's also an OVA adaptation which is ok.

So, do you want to go out or... by Tmfly pink icon of a heart with a face - honestly I can't stand for slander of this manga. It's literally a masterpiece as far as I'm concerned. Miwa is gay. Saeko is also gay. Both become friends, then girlfriends because why not, what could go wrong? (a lot). For a comedy series, it actually gets really dark and messy. There's childhood trauma, repression and miscommunication. Basically, it's not afraid to show that relationships are really scary and complex. But the characters are likeable for all their flaws and I can't help but root for Saeko and Miwa. Tmfly's art is amazing and I love how each character looks so distinct.

Virgin's empire by Kishi Torajirou - I literally don't get the appeal.

My Girlfriend's Not Here Today by Iwami Kiyoko - from the author of Luminous=blue comes more girls being horrible to each other!!! This one warns of the dangers of getting too enthusiastic with your twitter vent account (very relatable for the teens) I don't think this is going to end well but I'm along for the ride.

A Monster Wants To Eat me by Naekawa Sai - Hinako suffered a traumatic car accident as a child that left her an orphan. As a teenager her only solace is her best friend Miko, who sticks by her and stays optimistic no matter what. Everything changes when Hinako meets Shiori, a mermaid who claims to want to eat Hinako????? Despite not being sold as either of these things, this series is basically a horror love triangle. It has a lovely artstyle and a super foreboding atmosphere, and I'm always excited to see what happens next.

Citrus by Saburouta - Don't read this one.

That time I was blackmailed by the Class's Green Tea Bitch by Xian Jun - This starts out as a blackmail story (hence the title) but it's actually very silly and wholesome. The plot follows Lin Luxi who has basically always known she was a lesbian. Due to a misunderstanding, she is "blackmailed" by the straight girl Tong Tong, known throughout the school as a Green tea bitch, which is slang referring to "A woman who pretends to be pure and innocent, but in fact is manipulative and calculating". Is everything about Tong Tong as she seems though, and is she actually straight??? (I'll give you three guesses as to how this turns out).

Scarlet by Yuino Chiri - This is messy as hell, pointlessly edgy, (probably) never getting finished and the art isn't even that good. The aesthetic gives me Attack on Titan vibes (derogatory). However. The author lets you know that the two leads can, do and often fuck and I respect that. Anyway I don't recommend this one unless you have something wrong with you.

Hana Ni Arashi by Kovachi Luka pink icon of a heart with a face - For a series with such a generic plot (two highschool best friends are in a relationship and have to keep it a secret) this is immensely well written and engaging. The characters definitely feel like highschoolers but it's not annoying, they're just young and trying to work out how to navigate life!

Please Bully Me, Miss villainess! by Chise, Ciwei Mao Yuedu and Mo Xian She - Dodgy title, but actually mostly wholesome. It's another "reincarnated into an otome game" isekai. This time starring Yvonne, the titular villainess, who is actually pretty bad at villainess-ing (she's too nice). Unfortunately, she has to bully the protagonist of the game, or else the game itself will punish her. Luckily, Elsa (the protagonist) is pretty ok with being "bullied". In the end, the thing getting in the way of their romance is Yvonne's own sense of inadequacy and fear of hurting Elsa. This comes across as weirdly profound. It's not high art or anything, but is way more touching and intense than it has any right to be.

School Zone by Ningiyau - This gag manga follows a bunch of idiot girls trying to make it through high school. The main characters are Sugiura and Yokoe, who have pretty much always been friends. For as long as they've been friends though, Yokoe has been in love with Sugiura. The story follows their various cringe hijinks, as well as many sideplots about their friends and people they know.

I feel like this is the manga I've read that captures the sheer painfulness and boredom of life when you're a teenager. That makes it sound unappealing but a lot of great comedy comes from these situations as well as Ningiyau's mastery of facial expressions. I also love how, to be frank, most of the characters are idiots. As a fellow idiot I felt seen. It's admittedly more comedy focused than romance, but there are still plenty of gay moments. I'm looking forward to seeing the characters grow and yell at each other even more.

The Guy She Was Interested in Wasn't a Guy At All by Arai Sumiko - This one is slowly killing me (complimentary). The "falling for a girl who the protagonist thinks is a guy" is a common trope in yuri. This series seems really refreshing though. Probably because of the lovely art and the unique choice of having all the backgrounds drawn in bright fluorescent green. My only complaint is that the chapters are so short! (it's a twitter comic though, so it makes sense)


Luminous=blue by Iwami Kiyoko - kind of a weird but short series that makes you think about how cruel high schoolers are for like no reason. The wholesome ending was a nice surprise, but it also felt earned. I recommend!

Bloom Into you by Nakatani Nio - This is overrated as hell imo.

Office Romance: Women's division by Akiko Morishima - Honestly I thought I hated Akiko Morishima's stuff (Hanjuku Joshi took 10 years off my life) but this manga is very cute and well-written!!! It follows a group of women that all work at a wedding company and the various romantic entanglements that happen. Morishima should just write about adult women for the rest of her life and never touch a school setting again.

Hello, Melancholic! by Ohsawa Yayoi - The story of Asano Minato, a quiet and tall girl who fades into the background. Everything changes when she meets Hibiki, who encorages Minato to join the school's new music club. I kind of felt less enthusiastic about this towards the end (ah yes, the classic the-reason-we-can't-be-together-is-arbitruary-and-drawn-out) but I love how Minato found confidence in herself and grew as a person, not because she changed her appearance but because she found a group of people who understood her and encouraged her to pursue her passions! The side romance is also very nice, but suffers from the same problem I mentioned previously.

Still Sick by Akashi - Shimizu seems like a normal office lady, but is secretly a yuri manga otaku, doujinshi artist and knee deep in comphet. Maekawa, her co-worker, uncovers her secret. It's then revealed that Maekawa used to be a manga artist too! but why did she quit? What is Maekawa's deal??? Overall, I'm in two minds about this series. On one hand, I liked how it handled the way the main character used fiction as a shield from having to deal with her sexuality. On the other hand, I thought Maekawa was kind of mean and shitty and some points and didn't really apologise for it :( Even though both characters have grown by the end it still mad me sad to think that the main character fell for someone so manipulative.

Killing Me! by Enma Akiyama pink icon of a heart with a face - Sadly cancelled after one volume for unknown reasons, Killing Me uses two of my favourite tropes: vampires and "they are in love but also trying to kill each other". Saki is an uptight vampire hunter and Miyoko is a cute pink haired vampire. Every night Saki tries to kill Miyoko but she just can't. Could it be because she's actually in love with Miyoko???? (yes) Shenanigans ensue. I like this series so much I made a playlist for it. Everyday I pray that that it comes back but in my heart I know it's unlikely, since Akiyama is writing het now, booooo. Tbh I can't be too mad, their art is so good I would read anything by them so long as it gets translated. Anyway, don't read this unless you want to be severely disappointed that it has no real ending :(

Run away with me, girl by Battan pink icon of a heart with a face - a heem heem whimper. I thought this was going to be pretty light-hearted, but this was absolutely not the case. The story starts with the main character Makimura reminiscing on her high school romance with another girl, Midori. Cut to later in life and they encounter each other again. Maki is at first excited to try and recapture lost time until she realises Midori is engaged to Some Guy and also pregnant. But still, they manage to reconnect and Midori starts questioning whether being a housewife is the path she wants to take. Overall it's a heartbreaking but hopeful story about compulsive heterosexuality, growing up and also the magic of internet friendship?? You will cry.

5 Seconds Before a Witch Falls in Love by Sumiya Zeniko pink icon of a heart with a face - I'm normally not the biggest fan of one shots but this (and it's sequel, "5 Seconds Before Falling in Love with a Witch") is a masterpiece. Once again, it's my favourite trope, the two leads are mortal enemies! (They're a witch and a witch hunter). Idk if I need to explain it any more than that. It's really cute and you get such a sense of the characters in a short amount of time.

If You Could See Love by Nanaji Yuuki and Teren Mikami - I wasn't expecting much, but I ended up loving it! The synopsis: Mei is a sweet girl who up until this point, has had a pretty hard life. She has anaemia (surprisingly this comes up a lot) not only that, she can see who's in love with who! This is represented with pink arrows that point towards whoever the person is in love with. Her power has (ironically) resulted in a lot of heartbreak for her when she'll try to help with a romance problem, only for it to end up making things worse.

She tries to make a new start at a different school, where no one knows her. Somehow, she runs into her childhood best friend as well as a girl who falls in love with almost anyone she sees. Both of them have arrows… pointing towards Mei! She wants to run away from these feelings, but is this what she really wants????

I liked how lots of different kinds of love were represented. Maybe even actual ace representation? In my yuri manga??? More likely than you think. I also love how the arrows are rendered in bright pink, putting the extra effort to print them that colour seriously paid off. I was pleasantly surprised they didn't draw the story out longer, I can picture lots of scenarios with this premise that they could have explored. However, I do respect that they didn't do that and just keep the story going infinitely for no reason. The conclusion was a little unexpected, but I wasn't mad about it and ultimately thought it made sense. If you want a really sweet and wholesome time I recommend.