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A Genre by Any Other Name: What Makes Something “Yuri”?

So recently there’s been some discussion going around about whether Banana Fish, an adaption of a classic 1980s shoujo manga, is properly considered to be a “Boy’s Love” work. Unfortunately I can’t really comment much on that due to not being in that space at all, not watching the Banana Fish anime or having read the manga. But it did bring to mind something I’ve thought on more than once: just what is a “yuri” anime?

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Feelings Under the Stars: Friendship and Romance in Yuru Camp and Sora yori mo Tooi Basho

The two best shows of Winter 2018 had a couple of things in common; they both involved outdoor activities away from civilization, both were heavily invested in friendships between girls and both placed their romantic aspects along the edges. Instead of centering on the idea of romance, like so many stories, both Yuru Camp and Sora yori mo Tooi Basho placed the emphasis elsewhere, but in the process let the aspects of romance they were interested in shine through.

Spoilers for the entirety of the Yuru Camp anime and Sora yori mo Tooi Basho.

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