I’m concerned about the direction of yuri anime these days.
All of this is in regards to yuri anime, by the way. I’ll have to read more yuri manga to talk about the topic with any sort of certainty, and yuri visual novels are in a pretty good (albeit niche) place. Hopefully I can talk about those two particular topics later.
As for yuri anime — the general trend is for the more controversial and/or “dark” yuri titles to get anime adaptations. Last season we had Uchi no Maid ga Uzasugiru! and this season we have Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! and both are clearly comedic shows. Yet it doesn’t change the fact that these older onee-sans are definitely predatory and that some viewers simply can’t forget that and enjoy the series. Many of us yuri fans are able to overlook these creepy mannerisms in order to enjoy these shows since we don’t get too many yuri titles in general, but it breeds misunderstanding from those who aren’t very familiar with the genre to begin with.
But there are definitely serious yuri! It just so happens that a lot of more contemporary yuri titles seem fond of depicting dysfunctional relationships which also paint a less flattering picture of yuri. Yuri relationships can be normal, too, but you wouldn’t know it looking at Citrus or Netsuzou TRap or Kuzu no Honkai. Then again, maybe I’m the one who doesn’t know what’s a normal relationship
considering the amount of lovers I’ve had during the past five years is well over double-digits, but I digress when the offerings consists of step-sisters, cheating childhood friends, and one-sided fuck buddies.
I mean, there’s basically no way to avoid taboo yuri couples. There are some out there, yeah, but you’re in for a hard time if you try to avoid any all stigma since yuri is thoroughly involved with it.
All hope isn’t lost, however. Even individuals who normally don’t get into yuri anime loved Yagate Kimi ni Naru. The OVA for Kase–san also received a lot of praise, as well. There are also more and more “Cute Girls Doing Cute Things” shows in which lesbian relationships are treated seriously (Slow Start and Anima Yell! come into mind).
It’s just hard to defend lolicon yuri to people who don’t get it, that’s all.