In yuri franchises, there are undeniably ones where the girls love each other to the utmost affection, and they themselves even admit and confess to their lovers. Other yuri media prefer subtle hints to pure confessions. Which would deliver a more powerful emotion?
We will first have a look at the former. Anime of the former are rare, with some major examples including Maria-Sama ga Miteru and Strawberry Panic. By contrast, there are quite a lot of manga of these types, not to mention the Sono Hanabira visual novel series. In here, the girls gather their courage and confess to their lovers. With the purest of intentions, a successful confession returns a feeling of harmony and happiness. After all, a confession is a simple but powerful thing. With one confession, it can decide everything, and immediately set the couple in a journey of love, be it flowery or thorny.
I always look up and respect a girl who openly confesses to another girl, and I respect the other girl even more so for accepting her emotions, and even loves her back in return. As the “laws” regarding same-sex relationships are still held in such strict manners, it feels magical that there are still such extreme purity between girls that it’s almost pristine.
Delivering subtle hints of yuri intimacy is what anime do best, and can at times, deliver a similarly powerful feeling as well. Take Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha for example, they never said they love each other, and most indulge in various doujins for their Nanoha X Fate fanaticism. However, the relations between the two is subliminal. Indeed, even though it’s never mentioned, we all know they like each other, and see each other as more than just “friends”. Through countless hardships, they now live together, and even have a child! Just what else can we depict from that? The vague, yet surefire blooming romance is what fuels the burning passion of such wonders.
Ones who go for pure confessions would no doubt be bold and courageous, and especially so if both are girls due to the difficulties in social acceptance of such relationships. Overcoming great obstacles, that they love each other to great lengths is obvious. Ones who go for a subtler approach can be engaging in another form of love as well. They never confess but they know they “love” each other, and their “love” for each other comes in an eventual but natural manner. Even if ultimately, they weren’t able to marry each other, I see this as another form of love. As they say, love comes in all shapes and sizes.
Which one of these two delivers a more powerful feeling? I would say both is equally powerful. The feeling of desiring one another is just as strong even if both are fundamentally different forms of love.
About the Guest Author:
Kai is a dear friend and a lovable personality on the anime blogosphere. So when he contacted me about hosting a few of his thoughts on a topic I enjoy, I happily obliged. Kai blogs at deluscar. Please give his blog a look!