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If you're a fan of yuri, and you go out of your ways to watch it... Then why?
Now... I'm sure that there are some people who will feel no difference in yuri, het or yaoi because they truely see all gender as equal...But lets face it, most people don't think that way... atleast not inside. A lot of people say they think that way, but if you go out of your way to see a type of show, I'm positive there's a reason why. Nobody sets out to watch a certain type of anime because it's, "just like anything else". If you're a fan, then obviously it's not just like everything else, since being a fan implies you have a special connection to it.

I think with me, besides the obvious fact that I fetishize it, it's just cuter. That's not saying straight romance can't be cute either... but yuri is especially cute to me. That's sort of why Yuru Yuri is my favorite yuri... Well actually it's my favorite for it's yuri. Revolutionary Girl Utena is my favorite, but that is irrelevant to it's yuri content... It's my favorite anime of all time, which just so happens to be yuri.
I guess I can't explain to much. It's hard to explain feelings.

I guess I've always felt a sense of ease and joy when I see two very close female friends in reality. Such a pleasant sight. I guess an anime about taking that one step further would simply be pleasant to watch. Especially if a show takes inspiration from Class S. I hear a lot of people like it for the fact it's taboo and seen as "forbidden love". but I disagree, since never in an anime have I seen it portrayed like tha(Yuri kuma arashi kind of)at. (Yuri kuma arashi kind of) But I understand where people are coming from.
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I dont think finding something enjoyable...is as deep as you think it is lol.
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AzazelOfNexium wrote:

I dont think finding something enjoyable...is as deep as you think it is lol.


I don't know.. I spend lots of time analyzing everything about myself and what I enjoy... I guess that's not normal
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It tends to hit romantic themes but without the excesses of the 'sucky protagonist' romcom or ecchi.

It's one of the few ways to actually get a romance story without otakusisms.
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Because No Yuri No Life?
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I'm in it for the Lolis
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windsagio wrote:

It tends to hit romantic themes but without the excesses of the 'sucky protagonist' romcom or ecchi.

It's one of the few ways to actually get a romance story without otakusisms.


Agreed... don't get me wrong, I think straight romance is better, but only by default, since there's not enough yuri anime to possibly compete. And I notice a lack of ecchi in yuri too... Which actually is kind of disapointing to me, I'm not gonna lie.

But I got a theory... Japanese people used to have little knowledge of lesbianism, and plenty of girls practiced romantic friendships. It was believed women cannot take one anothers virginity. So people weren't as skeptical of two girls who basically behaved like lovers. Of course, this was expected to cease when a girl grows up and finds a husband.
However, super close female relationships that possibly bordered on lesbianism was seen as "pure". And whenever I hear yuri fans talk, the term "pure" or "innocent" is used a lot. And the portrayal of yuri in legit yuri anime, is genuinely less perverted than straight anime, or male targetted anime which have yuri but only for fanservice.
Plus, yuri came as a result of shoujo manga and was inspired by Class S. So early yuri manga was not targeted to men. So the roots of yuri involved manga that was meant for girls to enjoy. So it makes sense that the anime that would come would share inspiration from the roots of early yuri.
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Apparently im not allowed to throw my bait images around on this thread. So to answer your question I think that yuri manga generally avoid some of the incredibly bland cliches about the main protagonist that permeate most romance manga.
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Apparently im not allowed to throw my bait images around on this thread. So to answer your question I think that yuri manga generally avoid some of the incredibly bland cliches about the main protagonist that permeate most romance manga.


Yea... not to say that yuri doesn't have their own share of cliches. I can't speak for manga, which I'm sure is better, but 90% of yuri takes between school girls, probably because it was inspired by Class S, which was literature about school girl relationships. Also the tragic ending is pretty common in a lot of yuri anime. So is using lillies as a motiff.
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Largely because I'm a lesbian, I'd think - I want to watch romance anime as well, but straight-romance anime isn't romance anime to me.
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Y'know - I really don't know.

If I had to give a guess, I might say because yuri series tend to focus on romantic friendships, which I view as an ideal. It's like a form of love that has transcended traditional understandings of partnerships. When I say 'traditional understandings of partnerships" i'm not just referring to heterosexual coupling - but also homosexual coupling or even the notion that people in love need to "couple"

I'll use my favorite yuri series, Marimite, as an example. Now, many don't even consider that yuri - but I think that almost illustrates my point of it going beyond traditional understandings of partnerships. It's not a romance so much as it's a "romantic friendship" in a very literal sense.

Then there's something like Strawberry Panic. Now, what's interesting is that for shows like this, the premise i've established doesn't hold. Primarily due to the presence of overt sexual innuendo. So why am I drawn to something like this? I'm at a loss. Perhaps it is just pure appreciation for fanservice - in a way that so many others are drawn to the ecchi genre. It certainly doesn't feel that way though. For some reason, even though it's distinctly different, it still feels like I enjoy this for the same reasons as Marimite - yet I can't articulate why.

It's not distinctly yuri either. Love Stage almost pulled this off for me as well. It would have evoked very similar feelings if it weren't for certain... developments. Maybe it's my yaoi equivalent of Strawberry Panic in that sense.

I should note that more "realistic" a romance is (both yuri and normal), the less I tend to enjoy it. So I think that plays into it.

And this is why I say, when it comes down to it, that I really don't know. It's something i've been thinking about a lot recently though.
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CHIMEKO.


Only CHIMEKO.
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I'm pretty egalitarian when it comes to romance in media (... my dislike of fujo bait notwithstanding), but this statement is especially true for me:


windsagio wrote:
It tends to hit romantic themes but without the excesses of the 'sucky protagonist' romcom or ecchi.


Why fall for the dark-haired carbon-copy schlub when you can have a relationship with a person who's actually interesting?
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I have a question... in lot of shows there always seems to be a girl who fantasizes about yaoi or yuri relationships (take Chitose from YuruYuri or Ebina from My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu) but how come there never seem to be any guys that have these fantasies??? I have never really read or watched any BL so this may be ignorance on my part.. but the guys always just seem to get nosebleeds from straight things like seeing a girls panties. It would be kinda refreshing to see a male character who has the yuri fantasies lol !!! plus lemme know if there is a character/show where this happens!
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