Yuri and LGBTQ+ Manga, Anime, and Games to Enjoy this Pride Month
Manga and Comics
I'm in Love with the Villainess
Ordinary office worker Oohashi Rei wakes up in the body of the protagonist of her favorite otome game, Revolution. To her delight, the first person to greet her is also her favorite character, Claire Francois―the main antagonist of the story! Now, Rei is determined to romance Claire instead of the game’s male leads. But how will her villainous ladylove react to this new courtship?!I’m in Love with the Villainess is an exceptionally queer light novel that openly discusses many aspects of the LGBTQ+ community. It openly labels many of its characters as gay, transgender, or queer and represents LGBTQ+ people and families in a positive way.
In the near-future, people use technology to give the illusion of all kinds of body modifications-but some people have "Egan's Syndrome," a highly sensitive immune system that rejects these "mods" and are unable to use them. Those who are affected maintain a "natural" appearance, reliant on cosmetics and hair dye at most to help them play with their looks.Sunati is attracted to Austen the first time she sees her and is drawn to what she assumes is Austen's bravery and confidence to live life unmodded. When Sunati learns the truth, she's still attracted to Austen and asks her on a date. Gradually, their relationship unfolds as they deal with friends, family, and the emotional conflicts that come with every romance. Together, they will learn and grow in a story that reminds us no matter how technology evolves, we will remain . . . always human.
The Conditions of Paradise
Sarina and her best friend Sumi are super close. Sumi often crashes at Sarina's place, and sometimes the two even make out a little bit. But Sarina figures a romantic relationship could never work between them. Sarina is an organized office worker, while Sumi is a nomadic freelance writer. Can the two find a way to make their very different lifestyles mesh?These wonderful anthologies were some of the first to feature the love and romance between adult women as they navigate love and life together. Each volume is packed with lesbian romances from one of the Yuri genre’s greatest names, Akiko Morishima.
Bloom Into You: Regarding Saeki Sayaka
Saeki Sayaka has always been an old soul--serious and reserved, preferring to focus on her studies rather than make friends. Until, that is, a romantic confession from another girl in middle school turns her carefully ordered world upside down. Though none of her classes have prepared her for this, Saeki must now come to terms with her sexuality in this gentle, coming-of-age novel about grappling with first love, growing up, and relating to other people.A spin-off of the hit Yuri series, Bloom Into You, Regarding Saeki Sayaka dives deep into the title character, cataloging her experiences from childhood to college as she comes to discover her lesbian identity, experience heartbreak, and fall in love!
Even Though We're Adults
Ayano, an elementary school teacher in her thirties, stops by a bar one day and meets another woman named Akari. Sparks fly as the two chat, and before the night is over, Ayano even goes in for a kiss. Akari is intrigued but confused...especially when she discovers that Ayano has a husband! Both Ayano and Akari are about to find out that love doesn't get any easier, even as you grow older.This messy and complex series from LGBTQ+ manga legend Takako Shimura (Wandering Son, Sweet Blue Flowers) explores a different kind of love and reminds readers that it is never too late for love and romance.
How do you know when you've found your other half? Is it because she can make you feel all warm and fuzzy with all the hugs, snuggles, and kisses? Or is it because she's on your level in food fights, got your back in third-wheeling your friend, and knows exactly how to bribe you? Whatever it is, these two soulmates know they have already found the one for them.
This wild, over-the-top, and extremely heartfelt webcomic springs from hysterics to sensuality, to touching moments at the blink of an eye, accompanied beautifully by Shilin’s brilliant and striking illustrations.
Love Me For Who I Am
An LGBT+ manga about finding friendship and common ground at an untraditional maid café!Mogumo is a cute but lonely non-binary high school student who just wants a few loving friends. As someone who doesn't identify as a boy or a girl, however, finding people who really understand can be a big challenge. When fellow student Iwaoka Tetsu invites Mogumo to work at an untraditional maid café, Mogumo is hopeful that things are looking up. Will they finally find friends to call their own--or just more misunderstanding?
Tanya Artemiciov is a talented Mage-class adventurer who just got kicked out of her party by a sexist scumbag. So what's a girl to do? Go to the wasteland and blow stuff up of course! One small problem though: she inadvertently frees a mythical Sorceress named Laplace who was sealed away for the past 300 years...Surprise! Turns out this so-called “wicked” Sorceress is actually pretty cool. Laplace wants to start a party of her own, Tanya wants revenge, and the solution is obvious: team up. It's time to kick ass, kiss girls, and dismantle the patriarchy!
Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare
Not only is high schooler Tasuku Kaname the new kid in town, he is also terrified that he has been outed as gay. Just as he's contemplating doing the unthinkable, Tasuku meets a mysterious woman who leads him to a group of people dealing with problems not so different from his own. In this realistic, heartfelt depiction of LGBT+ characters from different backgrounds finding their place in the world, a search for inner peace proves to be the most universal experience of all.This profound and powerful queer narrative showcases a variety of LGBTQ+ identities and navigates emotional stories with grace, energy, and gorgeous abstract visuals. This series is one of the greatest works of queer fiction ever created.
Anime and Cartoons
KASE-SAN AND MORNING GLORIES
Soon after meeting, Yamada and Kase began to date! But dating isn’t as easy as it looks, and they must weather the storms all couples eventually face. Will their relationship continue to bloom as college entrance exams threaten to keep them apart?
This wonderful OVA graces audiences with a realistic and fluttering showcasing of two young women attempting to grapple with their budding relationship and the looming changes of adulthood. It is compelling, relatable, and honest.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
Adora, a teenager, has known nothing but the villainous horde since childhood. But when a magic sword reveals itself to her and grants her the ability to transform into the powerful princess She-Ra, she finds herself joining the rebellion to fight against her own best friend Catra and save Etheria from comic and magical forces that seek to destroy the home and family she builds.
This relentlessly queer children’s series broke new ground over its five season and fulfilled queer promises. It normalizes diverse identities and families and sends a powerful message to all LGBTQ children and viewers.
Maria Watches Over Us
When Yumi Fukuzawa entered the Lillian Girls' Academy, a prestigious all-girls Catholic school in Tokyo, she never imagined she would catch the eye of beautiful and demure Sachiko Ogasawara, one of the school's most popular students. Now Sachiko has offered to be Yumi's soeur, her "sister" and guide for all her years at the academy. The whole idea has Yumi completely flustered—after all, they hardly know each other!
The entire campus is abuzz with rumors about the two of them, but Yumi is conflicted over accepting Sachiko's offer. While she admires Sachiko, being her soeur would also mean constantly being at the center of the entire school's attention!
The series that helped bring Yuri into a new Era, Maria-Sama may be an older title, but viewers interested in the storied history of LGBTQ+ anime and its strange tropes and mannerisms will find the four-season anime surprisingly illuminating. More casual viewers will still enjoy themselves as they find themselves caught in the actions and plotting of the Yamayuri council.
Bloom Into You
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. (via MAL)
Sorawo Kamikoshi's first encounter with Toriko Nishina was on the Otherside, after seeing something otherwordly and nearly dying. Ever since that day, Sorawo's life as an exhausted university student changed forever. In the Otherside, a place where internet urban legends become real, dangerous beings like the Kunekune and Hasshaku-sama appear--despite only being spoken of in ghost stories on the internet. Toriko and Sorawo set foot into this abnormal world for research, for profit--and to find a missing person that is near and dear to someone's heart. A tale of two girls' bizarre exploration and survival,
Liden Films and Felix Film brings Iori Miyazawa’s eerie and haunted world of the Otherside to the small screen in this creepy and action-packed horror romp. It is wonderfully chilling and yet surprisingly wholesome and humorous.
Kashimashi ~Girl Meets Girl~
Hazumu was a shy boy who enjoyed gardening, collecting herbs, and long walks in the mountains. One day he finally worked up the courage to confess his love to Yasuna, but she rejected him. Feeling dejected, he wandered up Mt. Kashimayama to the place where they first met to reconsider his feelings. After getting lost, he wished upon a shooting star which turned out to actually be a crashing alien spaceship. Although he was hit by the falling ship, Hazumu survived the crash thanks to some body reconstruction by the aliens, only they got it a little wrong... Now that he is a she, Hazumu stumbles head-first back into his social life and relationships only to find that the entire landscape has changed.
DISCOTEK’s release of this underrated gem updates this transgender Yuri narrative with proper pronouns and more accurate subtitles. It is the perfect time to experience this strange and soft sci-fi romance for yourself.
The Owl House
Luz Noceda is a teenage human girl who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to another world instead of going to a juvenile detention summer camp. She arrives on an archipelago known as the Boiling Isles, formed from the remains of a dead Titan, and befriends the rebellious witch Eda Clawthorne (alias "The Owl Lady") and her adorable demon roommate King. Despite not having magical abilities, Luz pursues her dream of becoming a witch by serving as Eda's apprentice at the Owl House and ultimately finds a new family in an unlikely setting.
The series features Disney’s first gay protagonist, and she is a loud and rambunctious bisexual Dominican-American witch apprentice! Her misadventures on the Boiling Isles are exceptionally exciting and entertaining, and with season 2 set to premiere this month there has never been a better time to get into this magical adventure.
Games and Visual Novels
Heart of the Woods
Maddie Raines has had enough. After years of serving as manager, editor, and general business-handler for her best friend Tara's popular paranormal vlog channel, she's finally ready to move forward with her own life. But when she agrees to take one last trip with Tara to the mysterious village of Eysenfeld, she's suddenly swept up in a dangerous supernatural crisis that will change the course of both of their lives forever. A strange young woman named Morgan has promised them undeniable proof of real paranormal phenomena, and what she has to offer eclipses anything they’d ever seen before.
However, out of all the strange occurrences the three of them bear witness to, one in particular captivates Maddie in a way she’s never been before: the ghost of a young woman. This woman is Abigail, the victim of a centuries-old injustice now bound eternally to the forest surrounding Eysenfeld. Drawn to Maddie in a way she can’t explain, Abigail reveals herself to another person for the first time in more than 200 years.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition
One person is all that stands between humanity and the greatest threat it’s ever faced. Guide Commander Shepard as she discovers a deadly secret, flits withtr officer Sam Traynor, battles ruthless aliens and deadly AI across the solar system, kisses Sam Traynor, fights to save the human race from extinction, and dreams of building a life together with Sam Traynor!
A short free game about Asian girls enjoying a nice game of baseball. Butterfly Soup explores and reflects on the racial and sexual identities, homophobia, and abuse. The wonderful narrative and friends embrace healing and growth together, and it balances out the heavy subject matter with bright moments of levity and affection.
After an old gold rush miner's journal is discovered, supposedly detailing where he hid parts of his stash, a nationwide craze begins as would-be prospectors try to solve its clues and strike it rich.
Amber couldn't care less. Wandering the desert in a recently-inherited motorhome, she mourns the loss of her grandfather - indifferent and unaware of the hunt happening around her. It's not until she meets Marina, a young hitchhiker lost in New Mexico that the girls get swept up in the rush.
The Last of Us Part II
Five years after their dangerous journey across the post-pandemic United States, Ellie and Joel have settled down in Jackson, Wyoming. Living amongst a thriving community of survivors has allowed them peace and stability, despite the constant threat of the infected and other, more desperate survivors.
When a violent event disrupts that peace, Ellie embarks on a relentless journey to carry out justice and find closure. As she hunts those responsible one by one, she is confronted with the devastating physical and emotional repercussions of her actions.
This emotional and devastating masterpiece brought LGBTQ+ representation and storytelling to new heights last year. This is not a happy story, but a brutal and emotional tale of destruction, guilt, and violence that will shake players to their core.
A Summer's End - Hong Kong 1986
A Summer’s End - Hong Kong 1986 is a visual novel game. Follow the story of Michelle and Sam, and how their chance meeting evolves into a deeper relationship. Set in vibrant Hong Kong in the year 1986, it is an original story about love, family, and culture.
This vibrant love story is about seeking identity and meaning in a rapidly changing world where conflicting worldviews and cultures collide. Inspired by Hong Kong cinema, 80s anime, city pop, and contemporary Asian literature, it is a brilliant homage to the past and a hopeful reminder that we shape our future.
The Curse of Kudan
There’s a rumor going around about the urban legend known as “Kudan.” They say that it takes the form of a woman in mourning dress, her face covered by a black veil, her right severed at the wrist… They say that those who lay eyes on her are doomed to have misfortune befall them within seven days…
Feelings start to bud between student Sakuya Kudan and culinary teacher Touko Shima after coincidence brings them into one another’s orbit. However, their peaceful everyday life is abruptly shattered when Touko sees Kudan, the harbinger of calamity. The hours tick down as Sakuya rushes find a way to combat the curse, and her search brings her to the academy’s Occult Research Club and its president, Koto Ashinaki. Now she must face off against the unknown in order to protect the people she loves…
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