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Yuri (Tag name: 百合) is a tag depicting the genre involving relationship between women in manga, anime, and related Japanese media.

"Yuri" redirect here. For the flower, see Lilium


The term 'Yuri' originally referred to a group of flowers and plants belonging to the Liliaceae family, while on pixiv it mainly refers to a creative genre based on the subject of intensive relationships between women, such as romance and friendship.

Nowadays, the mere term 'Yuri' is vague in its scope, and often includes not only works featuring romance and sexual love between women, but also those depicting relationships such as friendship, sisterhood, familial love, adoration, longing, vengeance and hatred. The only point on which there is agreement is that "Yuri is some kind of strong relationship between women".

Therefore, "yuri" by itself does not function as a distinguishing tag within pixiv, and can only be identified by adding some kind of prefix or suffix, or by using it in conjunction with a related tags. In addition, the word alone does not distinguish between sexuality and non-sexuality in any way, and when searching for content that makes this clear, it seems most appropriate to use the rating system "for all ages / R rating" together with the search terms.

See also the article coupling for points to consider with regard to the concept of pairing / coupling / shipping as a whole.


Representational Genre (Media)Yuri works Yuri Manga Yuri Games
Yuri in schoolStudent Yuri Soeur
Yuri Between AdultsWorking Women's Yuri ('Shakaijin Yuri')
MarriageYuri Married Couple
KinshipSisters Yuri / Yuri Sisters Twin Yuri Parent-child Yuri
LoliLoli Yuri OneLoli
InhumanInhuman Yuri Kemo Yuri
PreferenceYuri Yume Yuri Harem
Non-romanceSlight yuri Friendship yuri


Scope of 'Yuri'

Some people try to narrowly limit the scope of Yuri to homosexuality only, but as mentioned above, not all works labeled as 'Yuri' deal with romance. The Yuri genre depicts diverse and complex relationships between women, such as friendship, teacher-disciple and sisterhood, master-servant and partner relations, and even love-hate or rivalry. While numerous works depict such relationships that develop into romance, there are also many works that do not.

In the past, Yuri was often dismissed as a 'light relationship in adolescence that is less than romantic' and 'unrealistic fiction', and some people made a distinction between the female homosexual (lesbian) genre and Yuri. However, today's Yuri includes realistic works that can be sympathized with by female homosexuals, and works such as essay manga and essays that depict real-life experiences are also included in the Yuri category.

Against this backdrop, the present-day Yuri continues to change its scope through constant definitional debates and expressions of opinion in the interrelationships between various creators, fans, concerned individuals, publishers and female homosexual persons.


The word yuri is based on the flower "Lily", and is a relatively common Japanese feminine name. Initially the term was used in many doujin circles for lesbian-pornographic theme, the meaning has since then drifted from its mostly pornographic connotation to describe the portrayal of intimate love, sex, or the intimate emotional connections between women.

While such genre has existed since the Taishō era, it is believed that the word "Yuri" is created by Bungaku Itou, the editor of Barazoku (薔薇族, lit. rose tribe), a magazine geared primarily towards gay men. He first used the term yurizoku (百合族, lit. lily tribe) in reference to female readers in the title of a column of letters called Yurizoku no heya (百合族の部屋, lit. lily tribe's room).

Since the Heisei era, works like Sailor Moon became the main topic for authors to create positive derivative Yuri stories, especially when Yuri stories were particularly tragic, possibly due to the society's negative reaction towards the genre.

From there, the idea of "Yuri" has survived the turbulent 1990s, been nurtured in the varied 2000s (a detailed account of these times is beyond the scope of this article), and has bloomed in colorful splendor in the 2010s.

In the present day, the territory of "Yuri" continues to expand, and the number of works considered Yuri continues to grow.

"Attack" (Seme, or Tachi) and "Receives" (Uke, or Neko), And The Nomenclatural Circumstances of Their Associated Coupling Names

In Boys' Love (BL), the counterpart of Yuri, pairing names are usually written by combining the names of the two persons in a couple, with the first combined name being considered the "offensive" persona and the second combined name being the "receiving" one.
In BL, there is often a focus on "receiving" and "offensive" personalities, and if a pairing's "receiving" and "offensive" personalities are reversed, they are often interpreted as a completely pairing.

In contrast, in Yuri, the concept of the distinction between "offensive" (often described as 'Tachi' in Yuri) and "receiving" ('neko' as well) in a pairing is rather weak or limited. In other words, 'reverse' in terms of BL is the norm in Yuri, and in many cases, the nomenclatural distinction is not treated as an interpretative distinction between "receiving" and "offensive".
(When referring to a pairing, for example, the pairing of Madoka Kaname and Homura Akemi in Puella Magi Madoka Magica is called "HomuMado" or "MadoHomu", but in this case only the order of the names is different, and basically no distinction is made.)
Thus, the difference in the order of the coupling names may be thin and pairing order can be flexible.

Sometimes, however, there are people who have a fixed order even among Yuri, and such people are particular about the naming of pairings and may express their discomfort at the reversal of the pairing designations. Therefore, it can be a source of trouble to make a blanket judgement that either pairing notation is acceptable.

Aside from the "receiving/offensive" situation, there are also examples of cases where the pairing itself changes when the notations are replaced. As an example, RitsuMako represents the coupling between Ritsuko Akizuki and Makoto Kikuchi from THE iDOLM@STER, while the opposite, MakoRitsu, would be Doki-Doki! PreCure's Makoto Kenzaki and Rikka Hishikawa.


While may be similar in a way, it is advised that one should not confuse Yuri with Futanari, Gender Bender or Traps.

Only those who are willing to cause heated controversy in the comments section and cause a flame war on anonymous internet forums and social networking sites should engage in this kind of genre confusion.

As each genre has its own corresponding tag, it can be said that you should not pollute search results by using tags that deviate from the original meaning of the term.

Yuri on pixiv

Generally, it is advised to tag Yuri when the illustration clearly depicts both girls intimating with each other. Regardless of intent, there may be people who don't like relationship between same sexes, similar to Yaoi.

It is also advised that one should not simply tag everything with two (or more) girls in an illustration as Yuri. Doing so may cause discomfort and some may even get offended. Since different people may have different definitions of Yuri, illustrators may depict things differently.

Furthermore, please be aware that people may get offended over fan or forced couplings (e.g: pairing up both girls even if the show does not explicitly imply them at all). While every fan has their right in fantasizing such elements, it is also important to write adequate warnings before one submits an artwork surrounding this particular theme.

Main Works on the Theme of Yuri

Listed in kana alphabetical order (A-I-U-E-O-...). For the sub-genre OneLoli, see the relevant article.


Aoi Hana (Sweet Blue Flowers)
Riddle Story of Devil
Ani no Yome to Kurashite Imasu
Anemone wa Netsu wo Obiru
Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl
Ame Demo Hare Demo
Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die
Otome no Teikoku
Kase-san series (Asagao to Kase-san)
Kitanai Kimi ga Ichiban Kawaii
Kimi to Tsuzuru Utakata
Kannazuki no Miko
Kimono Nadeshiko
Kyuuketsuki-chan x Kouhai-chan
Kinsei No Reveal
Goukaku no Tame no! Yasashii Sankaku Kankei Nyuumon
Pandora in the Crimson Shell
Konohana Kitan
Sakura Trick
Whispered Words
Whisper Me a Love Song
Shouraiteki ni Shindekure
Shinmai Shimai no Futari Gohan
Magic of Stella
Zenryaku, Yuri No Sono Yori
Soul Eater NOT!
Tachibanakan To Lie Angle
Chotto Kawaii Iron Maiden
Tsuki to Sekai to Etoile
Destro 246
Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood
Nameless Asterism
Namekawa-san Won't Be Bullied
Netsuzou Trap
Hakumei and Mikochi
Hana to Hoshi
Hayate × Blade
Pan de Peace!
Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA
Hinako Note
Fusoroi no Renri
Buchou ni Igen wa Arimasen
Bousou Girls Teki Mousou Renaiteki Suteki Project (B・G・M・R・S・P)
Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka
Maria Holic
Bloom Into You
Yuru Yuri / Ōmuro-ke
Unicorn to sabishi-gari ya shoujo
Rakka Ryūsui
Riko to Haru to Onsen to Iruka
Can't Defy the Lonely Girl
Yuri Is My Job!


Strawberry Panic!
Yurikuma Arashi


Adachi and Shimamura
Otherside Picnic
Soukyuu no Karma
Maria-sama ga Miteru
Qualia The Purple
I'm in Love with the Villainess


Akai Ito / Aoi Shiro
Okujou no Yurirei-san
Kanojo to Kanojo to Watashi no Nanoka
Kimihane: Kanojo to Kanojo no Koi Suru Ikkagetsu
The Expression Amrilato
A Kiss for the Petals (Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o)
Hakuisei Renai Shoukougun / Hakuisei Aijou Izonshou
Hanaemi ni Kuchizuke wo
Yoru, Tomosu


Comic Yuri Hime


Pure Yuri Anthology Hirari
Éclair: Anata ni Hibiku Yuri Anthology
Syrup Yuri Anthology


Assault Lily ... A Yuri-themed franchise that began with Action Doll. It has been developed in several media, including novels, stage, anime and games.

Works that are Frequently Tagged with "Yuri"

※Mainly used for works that have heavy hints of Yuri

Specific Tags

※Works with Specific tags are prioritized here.


WorksTags/Articles Name
Riddle Story of DevilAkuma no Yuriddle
Assassination ClassroomYuri Classroom
Uchi no Toko dewaUchitoko-Yuri
Kimetsu no YaibaKimetsu no Yuri
Kuroko's BasketballKuroBas GL
Jujutsu KaisenYuri Kaisen
JoJo's Bizarre AdventureJoJo【Yuri】
Attack on TitanAttack on Yuri
Tokyo GhoulTokyo Soeur
Axis Powers HetaliaHetaYuri
Detective ConanAoyama Works Yuri
Laid-Back Camp (Yuru Camp)Yuri Camp


WorksTags/Articles Name
Ojamajo DoremiDoremi Yuri CP
Katana Maidens: Toji No MikoToji No Yuri
Pretty Cure (PreCure) seriesYuriCure


WorksTags/Articles Name
Uta no Prince-samaUtaYuri
Final Fantasy seriesFFGL

Other Genres

WorksTags/Articles Name
Cardfight!! VanguardVanguard【Yuri】

Articles in List Style

※Other CP genres are excluded in this list.

WorksArticle Name
IDOLM@STER Cinderella GirlsList of Couplings in THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls
THE iDOLM@STER Shiny ColorsList of Couplings in THE iDOLM@STER Shiny Colors
Assault LilyList of Coupling Tags in Assault Lily
Inazuma ElevenInazuma Eleven Yuri Couple List
Kantai Collection (KanColle)Tags of Coupling in Kan Colle
Is the Order a Rabbit?Tags of Coupling in Is the Order a Rabbit?
SakiList of Couplings in Saki
Revue StarlightList of Coupling Tags in Revue Starlight
Strike Witches (World Witches)List of Groups and Coupling Tags in World Witches
Senki Zesshou SymphogearList of Combinations, Groups, and Coupling Tags in Symphogear
Touhou ProjectCouplings in Touhou Project
Nijigasaki High School Idol ClubList of Coupling Tags in Nijigasaki High School Idol Club
BanG Dream!List of Coupling Tags in BanG Dream!
Sailor MoonSailor Moon Couple List
Sound! EuphoniumTags of Coupling in Sound! Euphonium
Blue ArchiveList of Coupling Tags in Blue Archive
Pocket Monsters (Pokémon) SeriesPokemon Couple Tag List
Puella Magi Madoka MagicaMadomagi Couple List
Magical Girl Lyrical NanohaList of Couplings and Groups in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Series
Love Live!List of Couplings in Love Live!
Love Live! Sunshine!!List of Couplings in Love Live! Sunshine!!
WataMoteList of WataMote Combinations, Groups and Shipping Tags
VOCALOIDList of Combinations and Groups Tags in VOCALOID

Other Works

Works that include Yuri-like representations and works that are often the subject of yuri derivative works. Excluding thematic works and those on Specific Tags and Articles in Lists.

Adventure Time
WIXOSS / Selector
When Marnie Was There
Dropout Idol Fruit Tart
Card Captor Sakura
Gabriel DropOut
Girls und Panzer
Mobile Suit Gundam - the Witch from Mercury
Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere
Shattered Angels
Kiniro Mosaic
Queen's Blade
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
Comic Girls
Summon Night: Swordcraft Story
Izetta: The Last Witch
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Girls' Last Tour
Steven Universe
Slow Start
A Centaur's Life
A Certain Scientific Railgun
Non Non Biyori
Miss Bernard said. (Bernard-jou Iwaku.)
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Hidamari Sketch
Phi Brain: Puzzle of God
Mahou Sensei Negima!
The Demon Girl Next Door (Machikado Mazoku)
Milky Holmes
Yuki Yuna is a Hero
Lycoris Recoil
Little Witch Academia
Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne (Rinne no Lagrange)

Related Contests & Projects

PixYuri - Yuri School Softball Club

Related Illustrations






Related Tags

Terms Related to Yuri

GeneralLove Coupling Female Girl
Sexual OrientationLBGT Homosexuality Les Lesbian
CreationOriginal Yuri
TermsWoman and Woman Strong Yuri Weak Yuri
GLGirls Love GL
(Father of Yuri, who invented the term)Bungaku Itou
Other Languages百合

AntonymBL (Rose) / For Fujoshi, NL / Heterosexual
FlowerLilium (Yuri Flower)
Person's NameYuri (name)

Terms Derived from Yuri

Forms of RelationshipsYuri Couple Yuri Sisters Sister and Loli Master-Servant Yuri
CollaborationYuri Collaboration
Pseudo (needed discussion)Pseudo Yuri Mild Yuri Yuri? Not Yuri It's Not Yuri
MemesiPS Cell Yuri for World Peace Yuri Deity Yuri of Absence
"nmmn"※nmmn Yuri Eigyou Yuri Seiyuu VTuber Vnmmn
Other Related

※...(dealing with relationships between real persons. RPF/RPS)


Manga ArtistHachi Ito Jun Ogino Futago Kamikita Tomiyaki Kagisora Kuzushiro Uso Kurata Takako Shimura Keitaro Takahashi Nio Nakatani Namori Hachiko Haru Harukawa Miyabi Fujieda Nanatsu Mukunoki Shinya Murata Akiko Morishima Mera Hakamada Kana Yoshimura
Author, Director, ScriptwriterYuniko Ayana Hitoma Iruma Kunihiko Ikuhara Mari Okada Natsuko Takahashi Makoto Fukami

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External Links

Yuri made me human — interview with Iori Miyazawa (May 2018)
Yuri made me human, part 2 (August 2018)

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