There are a few controversial themes somewhat frequently seen in yuri and said themes tend to complicate these relationships. Romance is already plenty messy enough on its own, but sometimes these extra elements are added to make the dynamics between characters even spicier.
Of course, some of these elements show up in yaoi or boy-meets-girl stories, too. But I’m only commenting from a yuri perspective~
Abusive / Yandere
I ended up lumping these two mannerisms together when one could argue they are distinct enough to warrant separate categories. Still, I think they are both somewhat similar since they effectively portray unhealthy relationships.
Abusive relationships go without saying. This includes mental abuse such as gaslighting, by the way. Yet somehow we’re supposed to hope the poor girl gets together with her abuser. Some do, whereas others can’t accept the other girl’s conduct. In the same vein, some might not even consider a particular relationship to be that abusive. This particular category is quite subject to subjective opinions~
Examples: Netsuzou TRap, citrus, Strawberry Panic!
Yanderes are sort of an extreme manifestation of clingy, possessive love. Your mileage may vary in regards to whether their radical behaviour is justified.
Examples: Happy Sugar Life, The Shadows of Pygmalion (visual novel)
Incest / Inseki
To some, incest is beautiful to see since it demonstrates that love conquers all obstacles (which is a disgustingly simplified exaggeration but this entire article is basically just generalizations, anyways). Others may be completely put off by incest. Romance between siblings or cousins is quite controversial, after all.
Examples: Sisterly Bliss (visual novel), Ne no Kami (visual novel), Love Ribbon (visual novel)
There’s also inseki, which means “sex involving in-law, step, or adopted family relatives.” Off-putting for some while others may consider this to be a cop-out. Sometimes characters, whom viewers were led to believe were blood-related, turns out to not be later in the story, so I’ll refrain from including examples here.
This can go multiple ways. Either one of the characters is much younger compared to a high school student or middle school student (which happens to be the child’s love interest) or the student is chasing after a teacher or similarly older individual.
I don’t think I need to elaborate on why these are controversial~
Examples: Yuzumori-san (manga), Kindred Spirits on the Roof (visual novel)
If you personally want my opinion, I’m okay with everything aside from the abuse. To me, fiction is just that and I trust myself to not confuse reality with fiction.
What are your thoughts on these yuri taboos?
Thank you for reading