There’s a lot of Yuri-service this year in anime. A girl and a female-shaped death god randomly kissing in Jigoku Shoujo, or two girls rolling on bedding together in Kannagi. Most of Yuri fandom is satisfied with that. They don’t really care if a series is about two girls in love with one another – they only care if someone gets groped, or there’s a kiss. zOMG! Yuri!
I’m not that easily satisfied. I’m looking for stories about two female-shaped characters that *love* one another. Who might, if they are left alone to do it, kiss, hug, make love and even move in too soon after barely dating so that after 6 months when the passion is gone they live in a bittersweet platonic marriage. ^_^
For me, there is very little Yuri this season.
Mouryou no Hako is the best we have right now. The story starts off with Yoriko firmly telling us that she loves Kanako. Yoriko, a rather plain, timid girl is taken by elegant Kanako’s beauty.
But since this series begins with a girl’s head in a box, we really ought not to expect too too much happiness for this series. 6-6; Mouryou no Hako is a dark, psychological thriller based on a novel of the same name. (There’s a live-action series of the story as well, should you be interested.)
However, despite the fact that this series is dark and we can expect some weird unpleasantness to come, I have been assured by a Japanese member of the Yuricon Mailing List that Yoriko and Kanako’s feeling continue on after this series of events…which for them places it firmly in the world of “Yuri.”
For myself, I’m witholding judgement until the series develops. Yoriko’s feelings I can absolutely stand behind as Yuri. Her akogare and desire are palpable. Kanako’s feelings right now, on the other hand, read far more like narcisssism to me than love. But I look forward to seeing how it plays out.
The art is rich, with more photo-realism in the backgrounds and less stylized character designs by CLAMP than usual. The story will, eventually, revolve around four pretty men, but for the moment, I’m enjoying the focus on these two girls. Here’s hoping for a happy ending for them.
Art – 8
Story – 7
Characters – 6
Yuri – 4
Service – 2, with a forecast of severe bishies
Overall – 7, with potential
While there hasn’t been much in the way of Yuri, there’s actually quite a bit of anime with adult women acting like adults, recently. So outside Yuri, there’s a load of stuff for fans of women (as opposed to girls) to watch. I might just do a quick write up of some of these, just to give you all a run down.