30 Day Anime Challenge Day 11: Do You Like Yaoi And/Or Yuri?

“No homo, right?”

“All of the homo!” (Props to you if you got the reference)

If you’re an anime fan and use the internet, you’ve more than likely heard of “yaoi” and/or “yuri”. They’re jargon terms for content and a genre involving homosexual relationships in manga, anime and related Japanese media. That’s basically the gist of it, I don’t want to go into great detail about the words because I want to save it for another blog post where I can give a more satisfying explanation.

So to the answer the question, I do like yuri, but have no interest in yaoi (those yaoi hands be something serious). If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit, I’m sure you’ve seen my yuri doujinshi collection. I’m actually more of a shipper than anything else, and it just so happens that a number of my anime ships involve two women. But according to Myanimelist graph thingy, my yuri/shoujo ai level is 2 so even though I care more about my fabulous ships, I obviously still have an interest in official works.

The funny thing about the word “yuri” is that it’s also a Japanese name. Yuri from Angel Beats! and Yuri from Dirty Pair are two examples. Anyway, I love yuri because female/female relationships are usually portrayed as sweet and softer in nature. I’m a sucker for cute, sweet, and fluffy things. The good ones tend to focus more on the feelings of falling in love and the female characters in question coming to terms with this realization. It’s rare for there to be sex scenes in yuri, but even when they do show sex, it isn’t as graphic as yaoi. Btw, anyone know if there’s a male equivalent term for fujoshi that revolves around yuri? I haven’t been able to find one yet.

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