Most Yuri anime from the 2000s have plenty of flaws in them, cheesy dialogues, lots of drama, lack of reasonable plot but most of them are also the first Yuri anime of a lot of anime enthusiasts.
So let’s list the top 10 impressive Yuri anime from the 2000s and bring back the nostalgia.
10. Blue Drop
Blue drop is an anime that brought a slice of life, sci-fi, girl on girl romance, spaceship battles and school drama together and made it work out.
The story starts as an ordinary story but then it starts to branch out to other stories involving other characters. The plot is decent but still immersing and the art is gorgeous. With a lot of things going on, romance is not the centre of the anime but it’s still very enjoyable. The chemistry between the characters is beautiful.
The anime could have been better but it’s still very original and the tragic touch makes it a little more interesting.
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Shounen Ai
9. Yamibo: Darkness
Yamibo: Darkness is a magical and adventurous journey of Hazuki who is trying to reunite with her lover. The anime is extremely engaging and the mystery is well maintained. The characters are very interesting and loveable as well.
Hatsuki ends up in a place called “The Great Library” and travels through various stories with Lilith. Travelling through the stories of spies, magic, sci-fi, samurai and many more.
Yamibo: Darkness has an epic world and a unique storyline of its own. In search of her love Hatsumi who is a traveller of the books, Hatsuki travels various stories under various names and plays a tremendous role in each of them.
Genre: Adventure, Ecchi, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery
Kanamemo is a very sweet anime with adorable character and decent animation. The anime is a blend of everything and is very entertaining to watch.
After the death of her grandmother kana is left alone. She wants to be independent and thus ends up in a newspaper carrier station run by the most misfit yet joyous characters.
The relationship between the characters is very comforting. Kana’s character was developed relatively well from a hopeless recruit to an unreliable yet important presence in the team.
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Shoujo Ai, Slice of Life
7. Kashimashi: Girl meets Girl
Kashimashi is a very lovely, cute and cheerful anime. Hazumu is a sweet boy in love with Yasuna. But after an incident, he gets turned into a girl and the romance comedy begins as he gets into a love triangle.
The anime has lots of surprising turns of events which only makes it more fun. With Hazumu being very indecisive and naive, the anime also perfectly shows the issues of a love triangle and its influences on everyone involved.
Kashimashi is a wholesome anime to watch particularly if you’re feeling down since it has no difficulty bringing about a smile.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo Ai, Slice of Life
6. Kannazuki no Miko
One of the most extraordinary yuri anime ever as it has a combination of mecha and priestess.
The combination also goes well with the animation which is a mixture of dark and bright tones. It’s a straightforward anime with no subtext. If you prefer Popular girl x Shy girl, it might just be for you.
The story about fighting evil and fighting their inner issues. A heartbreaking and lovely tale of two lovers fated to reborn again only for each other. A story about sacrifice and falling in love over and over again with the same person. Even though they know only pain and despair awaits, they still love.
Genre: Drama, Magic, Mecha, Romance, Shoujo Ai, Shounen, Supernatural
Even though many might disagree, Simoun is a yuri anime and an incredible one too. The storyline is very fascinating and distinctive.
Ancient flying ships can be only handled by pairs of maiden priestesses. Neviril loses her partner in one battle and gets heartbroken. Aaeru is the recruit who helps Neviril to move forward and a revolutionary love begins.
With a lot of political chaos going on, the characters try to better understand themselves, their sexuality and find purpose in their love and life.
The characters bring psychological depth to the story which is also the main priority of the story.
Genre: Drama, Magic, Military, Romance, Shoujo Ai
4. Maria Watches Over Us
The story begins with Yumi joining a prestigious all-girls Catholic School. She’s soon approached by the person she admires the most, Sachiko.
Beautiful and demure Sachiko tries to make Yumi her soeur “sister”.
With beautiful music and characters, Maria watches over us shows the various relations between soeurs. The story is well presented and similarly well-executed.
Not only the main pair but other pairs are also enjoyable to watch. As all the characters go through the transitions for themselves and their love. The seiyuu did a great job in expressing the characters thoughts and feelings overall.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Shoujo Ai, Slice of Life
3. Whispered Words
Whispered words is one of the most realistic and timeless yuri anime ever. The characters are very relatable and likeable. The anime portrays the loneliness and happiness of one-sided love beautifully.
If it’s you have never watched a yuri anime but want to try, Whispered Words is the promising option. The anime is wholesome and very enjoyable.
Ushio is openly lesbian, who ends up finding other lesbians who feel isolated and alienated. The anime feels very genuine by touching on the issues of the gay community. This anime demonstrated that a constant melodrama is unnecessary to be a good Yuri anime.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo Ai
2. Sweet Blue Flowers
Sweet Blue Flowers is one of the most rational and relatable yuri anime from the 2000s. The portrayal of girls love in this anime is something beautiful and not something used for a fetish or for fanservice which is very remarkable in yuri anime.
Aoi Hana deals with heterosexual relationships seriously and delicately. With no fanservice, the anime stayed true to its theme and aesthetics. The intimacy is handled maturely and tastefully. Being a closeted gay girl and the issues of it are shown beautifully in the anime. The anime has well written female characters and go through great character developments.
The story shows that in the end love is love and falling in love is delightful even if it hurts sometimes. The anime is aesthetically pleasing and leaves a long-lasting impact with practical character and a realistic storyline.
Genre: Romance, Shoujo Ai, Slice of Life
1. Strawberry Panic
Strawberry panic is a sweet, touching, love story set in an all-girls school. The characters are charming along with a decent storyline and impressive soundtrack.
In a world filled with rules and regulations, Aoi Nagisa, the new student remains free and smitten Shizuma. Shizuma is trapped in her past and is having a hard time moving forward. Suspense is well maintained and you can see a part of yourself in the characters. As all of them are going through various issues about their sexuality, trauma, future and love.
Even though the anime has a lot of shortcomings, Strawberry Panic is undoubtedly a classic yuri anime of all time.
Genre: Drama, Romance, School, Yuri
Yuri anime from the 2000s had many shortcomings, but still are very enjoyable and memorable today. Over the decades, yuri anime has improved a lot but these will always be very close to our heart.