Top 20 Best Yuri Anime Lesbian Movies of All Time
Anime makers have been including LGBT characters in their films and shows for a long time now. While most of these LGBT characters are highly sexualized, many are interesting and instrumental to the plot.
Here we have tried to compile a list of anime that feature lesbian characters in them. Most of these anime you will read about belong to the Yuri genre.
With that said, here’s the list of best anime with lesbian characters. So, if you are looking for hot anime lesbians, start watching these anime. You can watch several of these yuri anime on Crunchyroll or Netflix or YouTube.
20. Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi (2008)
If you are looking for standard shoujo anime then it will be better if you skip this one and look at the other options on this list.
This is not your regular romantic story that we are accustomed to seeing in a ‘Women-love’ anime. The target audience for this are those who enjoy violence, a nice mystery plot, and won’t mind some fanservice.
At first one may find the plot a little too confusing and open-ended but if you are patient enough you will get your answers.
There are a total of six episodes in this anime series with each episode being 45 minutes in length. The art and character design are highlights of this series.
Rin Asagi is the protagonist of ‘Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-Tachi’. She is a pretty woman who runs a private detective service along with Mimi, her partner. Rin is immortal and has been around for a long time. Her real age is unknown.
The reason behind her immortality is the ‘Time Fruit’. The fruit is from Yggdrasil, a guardian tree. It can render any woman immortal if they consume it. Mimi is also immortal.
The anime series documents 65 years of Rin’s life during which she never changes in her appearance while others around her grow old.
Being a detective lands you in dangerous situations and Rin has been put in mortal danger several times but her immortality has saved her. But this time it seems someone is specifically targeting immortal women and Rin may be in mortal danger.
19. Citrus (2018)
During the summer of her freshman year of high school, Yuzu Aihara’s mother remarried, forcing her to transfer to a new school.
To a fashionable socialite like Yuzu, this inconvenient event is just another opportunity to make new friends, fall in love, and finally experience a first kiss.
Unfortunately, Yuzu’s dreams and style do not conform with her new ultrastrict, an -girls school, filled with obedient shut-ins and overachieving grade-skippers.
Her gaudy appearance manages to grab the attention of Mei Aihara, the beautiful and imposing student council president, who immediately proceeds to sensually caress Yuzu’s body in an effort to confiscate her cellphone.
Thoroughly exhausted from her first day, Yuzu arrives home and discovers a shocking truth—Mei is actually her new step-sister! Though Yuzu initially tries to be friendly with her, Mei’s cold shoulder routine forces Yuzu to begin teasing her.
But before Yuzu can finish her sentence, Mei forces her to the ground and kisses her, with Yuzu desperately trying to break free.
Once done, Mei storms out of the room, leaving Yuzu to ponder the true nature of her first kiss, and the secrets behind the tortured expression in the eyes of her new sister.
18. Yuru Yuri (2011)
After a year in grade school without her childhood friends, first-year student Akari Akaza is finally reunited with second years Yui Funami and Kyouko Toshinou at their all-girls’ middle school.
During the duo’s first year, Yui and Kyouko formed the “Amusement Club” which occupies the now nonexistent Tea Club’s room.
Shortly after Akari joins, one of her fellow classmates, Chinatsu Yoshikawa, pays the trio a visit under the impression that they are the Tea Club; it is only once the three girls explain that the Tea Club has been disbanded that they can convince Chinatsu to join the Amusement Club—a group with no purpose other than to provide entertainment for its members.
Based on the slice-of-life manga by Namor, Yuru Yuri is an eccentric comedy about a group of girls who spend their spare time drinking tea and fawning over each other, all while completely failing to even notice the supposed main character Akari amongst them.
17. Strawberry Panic (2006)
“Aoi Nagisa transfers to a new Catholic girls only school and discovers a community of fellow students entwined in an intricate hierarchy, at the top of which sits the all important Etoile.
In order to fit in, Nagisa must go to class, join clubs, and make new friends. Meanwhile, Hanazono Shizuma, the Etoile of the school, finds herself drawn to this new, exciting transfer student. As Shizuma and Nagisa get to know each other, Shizuma finally decides it is time to face her troubled past.”
16. Mai-HiME (2004)
Not many people know about ‘Mai-Hime’. It is a good shoujo-ai anime and has a good drama, a nice plot, and interesting characters.
The show has a total of 26 episodes and each episode is around 23 minutes long. The story might seem a bit slow though but that will not be the case after you are a few episodes in.
Though the art is certainly not ground-breaking or great like certain other anime in this genre it is decent enough to not be irksome.
The anime also has the theme of magic and fantasy in it so if you love that stuff then you might find this series entertaining.
Mai Tokiha is the protagonist of this anime series. She is a seemingly ordinary girl who has come to the Fuuka Academy as a transfer student.
Her brother Takumi Tokiha has also enrolled alongside her. Takumi is very sick and has a heart condition. This is the reason Mai is there along with her brother.
This was a promise to her dying mother that she will take care of Takumi. The school and the students have several mysteries and secrets.
Mai finds out that she has the Hime mark. This is the ability to summon a half-spiritual, half-human child anywhere she wants.
Mai learns that there are 12 girls with this Hime mark and this power has been bestowed upon them to protect Earth from monstrous creatures known as Orphans who have Hime child-like abilities.
Though reluctant at first Mai later involves herself with this after the Orphans become powerful. But turns out Orphans aren’t the only thing that Mai and her friends have to worry about.
15. Yagate Kimi ni Naru (2018)
Yuu Koito has always been entranced with romantic shoujo manga and the lyrics of love songs. She patiently waits for the wings of love to sprout and send her heart aflutter on the day that she finally receives a confession.
Yet, when her classmate from junior high declares his love for her during their graduation, she feels unexpectedly hollow.
The realization hits her: she understands romance as a concept, but she is incapable of experiencing the feeling first-hand.
Now, having enrolled in high school, Yuu, disconcerted, and dispirited is still ruminating over how to respond to her suitor
There, she happens upon the seemingly flawless student council president, Touko Nanami, maturely rejecting a confession of her own.
Stirred by Touko’s elegant manner, Yuu approaches her for advice, only to be bewildered when the president confesses to her! Yuu quickly finds herself in the palm of Touko’s hand, and unknowingly sets herself on a path to find the emotion which has long eluded her.
14. Konohana Kitan (2017)
In a bustling village of spirits, Yuzu, a cheerful fox girl, starts her first job as an attendant at the traditional hot springs inn Konohanatei.
Though Yuzu has no experience working at such a high-class establishment, Kiri, the affable and reliable head attendant, immediately puts her to work learning the basics.
While Yuzu’s eagerness initially proves to be more of a hindrance than a blessing, her playful nature brings a unique charm to the inn, as both customers and her fellow workers quickly warm up to her clumsy yet well-meaning mistakes.
Under the guidance of the other foxes—the rigid Satsuki, the carefree Natsume, the critical Ren, and the quiet Sakura—Yuzu steadily learns the trade of an inn attendant while learning to love the magical world surrounding her.
Konohana Kitan presents the heartwarming tale of a simple fox girl forging bonds with others and finding a home amidst the mysterious, beautiful world of spirits.
13. Asagao to Kase-san. (2018)
If you love romantic anime then you might find ‘Asagao to Kase-san’ quite entertaining to watch regardless of your liking for the shoujo-ai genre.
‘Asagao to Kase-san’ is an Original Video Animation. The anime was released last year in June. I don’t watch OVAs but since this one had great ratings and reviews I decided to give it a try.
It is a nice little romantic anime and like most OVAs, it consists of a single episode. The episode has a runtime of about 58 minutes.
The art of the anime is what stands out most. Character designs are good and make them likable and cute. The background and other settings are quite nice bringing about a nice little romantic feel.
Yui Yamada is not so good at sports or even at singing but she loves plants and has been given the job of planting saplings and taking care of her school’s greenery.
She falls in love with the boyish-looking Tomoka Kase who is quite good at sports. They soon begin a relationship.
12. Bleach (Chizuru Honsho) (2004)
Bleach is a popular anime from the action genre. The anime follows the life of Ichigo who gains the power of a Shinigami.
I have decided to put this on the list since the character Chizuru was responsible for some comic scenes. She is obsessed with Orihime especially her big bosom.
Though her attempts to fondle Orihime are often nullified by Tatsuki who is Ichigo’s childhood friend and classmate of Orihime.
11. Sailor Moon (1992)
The plot of ‘Sailor Moon’ follows Usagi Tsukino who was a normal student until one day when she saves a cat.
The cat turns out to be Luna and informs Usagi that she is to become Sailor Moon, a guardian, and protector of the Earth. This anime is on this list because of the relationship between Haruka Tenou and Michiru Kaiou.
Though the series was altered a little for the US audience, the original version showed the couple dating. Haruka can also be seen hitting on Usagi at certain times.
10. Maria†Holic (2009)
In search of true love, Kanako Miyamae transfers to Ame no Kisaki Catholic school, inspired by how her parents fell in love with each other there.
There is just one difference, though: because men make Kanako break into hives, she has actually come to the all-girls school to find a partner of the same sex.
When she meets the beautiful Mariya Shidou, Kanako believes she has found that special someone; however, there’s more to Mariya than meets the eye—it turns out that Kanako’s first love is actually a cross-dressing boy.
Mariya threatens to expose Kanako’s impure intentions unless she keeps his real gender a secret, and to make things worse, he also replaces her original roommate so that he can now keep a close eye on her.
Maria†Holic follows Kanako as she looks for love in all the wrong places and searches for the girl of her dreams—that is if she can survive to be Mariya’s roommate!
9. El Cazador de la Bruja (2007)
‘El Cazador de la Bruja’ follows the adventure of a bounty hunter named Nadie. Her latest target is an amnesiac girl, Ellis, believed to be the murderer of a famous scientist.
Though Nadie finds Ellis, she gives her a chance to revive her memory by taking her to Wiñay Marka a place that supposedly could fix her memory.
Their only clue is a gemstone known as Inca Rose which has some connections to Ellis. This is an adventure/yuri genre anime.
8. Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san (2014)
Yachiyo Inugami, a cat-loving extrovert, and Suzu Nekoyama, a dog-loving introvert, are unexpectedly cast into a relationship on a day like any other.
The pair find themselves drawn together through an inexplicable attraction of their opposite personalities. As they quickly begin to understand one another, Inugami’s hardened resolve to gain Nekoyama’s favor only leads to frenzied responses.
Soon after their momentous union, the two begin to spend more time with one another, growing closer all the while.
Their combined antics gain the attention of the mousy Mikine Nezu, a classmate of Inugami, and soon they join the “biology” club.
There, they meet Ushikawa Ukiji, a passive, cow-like upperclassman. Nezu and Nekoyama soon begin to build upon their relationship and a game of cat and mouse soon begins.
Wild, explosive, and vibrant, Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san tells the comedic tale of two high school girls and their less-than-normal relationship.
7. Riddle Story of Devil (2014)
The plot of ‘Riddle Story of The Devil’ follows Tokaku Azuma a high school student and assassin. She and 11 other assassins are tasked with killing a girl named Haru Ichinose.
Being a skilled assassin Azuma quickly gets on the task but she couldn’t do what she came for rather she finds herself falling for the girl she is supposed to kill.
Tokaku decides to give in to her feelings and starts protecting Haru from the other assassins. This anime is filled with action.
6. Kiniro Mosaic (2013)
Shinobu Oomiya once left Japan to participate in a homestay in England. During her time there, she became close friends with Alice Carteret, the daughter of the family she was living with.
However, when it was time for Shinobu to return to Japan, the two were able to express their sorrow despite the language barrier between them.
Five years later, now a first-year student in high school, Shinobu receives a letter by airmail in a language she does not understand.
This letter is penned by none other than Alice, detailing her own homestay in Japan.
In fact, Alice will be attending Shinobu’s high school and living with her! Alongside their friends Youko Inokuma, Aya Komichi, and Karen Kujou, the five girls attend school together and learn about what their different cultures have to offer, day after day.
5. Sakura Trick (2014)
Having been best friends since middle school, Haruka Takayama and Yuu Sonoda plan to attend Misato West High School together.
However, despite being assigned to the same class, a cruel twist of fate has them seated on the opposite ends of their classroom! To make matters worse, their school will shut down in three years, making them the final intake of first-year students.
Undeterred by this chain of unfortunate events, Haruka is set on sticking with Yuu, striving to create many wonderful memories with her.
Much to Haruka’s jealousy, however, Yuu’s easygoing demeanor quickly attracts the attention of their female classmates.
Sympathizing with her friend’s growing insecurity, Yuu ends up sharing a deep, affectionate kiss with her in an empty classroom.
The act intensifies their bond as “special friends,” gradually revealing a different aspect to their unique friendship while also inviting new conflicts.
4. Simoun (2007)
Alright, let me be honest. I felt a bit weird when I first watched this anime. I mean the plot felt kind of different. But then again I have never been an avid consumer of Yuri anime.
The plot is set in a place called Simulicram where everyone is born female. They can choose their sex by undergoing a special ceremony at the age of 17.
‘Simoun’ is a special flying ship, used to defend Simulicram, which can be flown by a pair of girls who have not yet gone through the ceremony.
After a devastating attack by the enemy, Aer is recruited to pilot the Simoun alongside Neviril who had recently lost her partner. Aer needs to get close to her heart but Neviril still holds onto the past.
3. Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997)
This anime shows the relationship between Utena and Anthy. Utena Tanjou wants to become a prince. This longing of hers started when she met a prince after the death of her parents.
The only relic that the prince left her was a rose crest ring. She did not understand the significance of the ring until years later when she enrolled in Ootori Academy.
Here other students having similar rings are pit against each other in a fight to win the rose bride Anthy. Utena wins and gets Anthy.
2. Whispered Words (2009)
‘Whispered Words’ is a romance genre anime. The show shows Sumika and Ushio openly in a lesbian relationship.
Sumika is a bright and popular student and is secretly in love with one of her classmates Ushio. Sumika has a hard time confessing her feelings towards her crush since she thinks that Ushio is picky about her choices.
But Ushio had not noticed Sumika’s feelings towards her. She is hesitant as she has been rejected by other girls.
1. Sweet Blue Flowers (2009)
Fumi Manjoume is a first-year student in Matsuoka Girl’s High School. She has recently suffered a harsh breakup and is still feeling the after-effects.
Akira Okudaira is a student of Fujigatani Girl’s Academy. She is also the childhood friend of Fumi. The friends have been united almost a decade later.
They instantly become close and help each other through difficult times. Fumi falls in love with Akira and confesses to her. Though Akira is a bit confused about her actions she does not entirely dismiss Fumi’s feelings.