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I have come across Moonlight Flowers before when I first discovered Lililicious but I turned away from this one.

The reasons? It’s quite dated, 1989 (PWOAH!!!) so the art from that period as expected (at least from my experience) tends to be more old fashioned. The character designs typically have darker features, 90s fashion (big shoulders were in at once stage hahaha) and more masculine frames to the characters (particularly the stronger one of the pair). The last reason why I would not have naturally read this is because it has rape in it. ::shudder::

BUT, I have read it now as Katherine over at Yuri no Boke mentioned that this is a must read for all yuri fans (she mentions it in a post that reviews another manga – Love Slave which I will probably check out later).

Akari Mizunashi over at Baka-Updates recently wrote a good summary so I steal hers (if she doesn’t mind):

Love at girls’ schools has long been an entirely noncontroversial staple of girls’ fiction in Japan for one reason: the accepted idea that such affection was a phase that would be grown out of after entering the mixed-gender world. Moonlight Flowers reads as a sequel to all those innocent girls’ school romances, a sequel where the women don’t shed their “fake love” and are forced to learn what Japanese society really thinks of lesbianism. It’s yearning and feminist and beautiful.

That said, because it is 1980s Japanese feminist, man-hating sentiment runs thick in this manga. Men are described as wanting nothing more than to completely dominate women, which is why they hate lesbians, who have no need for men. However accurate this is for the time and place, it does give a slight unpleasant flavor to what would have otherwise been a perfect josei yuri.

I’m pretty much of the same view as her. It’s a decent read but I wouldn’t quite call it a must read. On the otherhand, I quite liked the second story ‘Midnight Flower’ which is a side story of one of the main characters that tells how she came to terms to accept that she’s a lesbian. In terms of less fluffy works, the most I can probably handle is Pieta (a must read!!).

Pieta

For all yuri fans out there, you HAVE to read this!! Lililicious has scanlated this!!! Luckily it’s been scanlated!! We would be missing out BIG TIME!!!!

This two volume work is very different from what I have read before. Although the two main characters are just high school students, their emotional development and the story goes way beyond the high school stories that we normally see in the yuri world. Here, there are no fancy tea parties, no onee-chans and no cute uniforms (though I find the ones here still quite pretty and elegant ^_^) but they bring to you much more intense themes such as suicide, emotional abuse and questions of self worth. It’s definitely not a light hearted read but it brings to the reader greater satisfaction in seeing the character development and emotional support they give to one another.

The style of the art is a bit harsh with sharp lines but it suits the dark themes. It’s definitely not my usual preference but overall, it is still fairly clean and simple and character designs are likeable.

You HAVE to check it out. One of my favourites at the moment.

Today we have our FIRST guest post! Tessa, a regular visitor has written a post recommending a list of yuri manga!! I sincerely appreciate the work she has gone into in preparing this list!! Thank u!

However, as she prepared so much material, we have broken them down into 3 parts. The first two parts will focus on yuri manga series and the final will be on one-shots and hentai (we’re very subtle here…)! We hope you will enjoy this!

Series

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I love the cover art of this series!

Sweet Blue Flowers

Akira and Fumi were friends as little kids until Fumi moved away. Fumi returned when they are both starting highschool and they become friends again. Though they go to different schools, their lives are intertwined, especially when it turns out Fumi’s new girlfriend used to go to Akira’s school, the prestigious girl’s catholic school, Lillian’s… No wait, Fujigatani academy, and still carries a lot of baggage from those days.

It’s currently 3 volumes with a 4th on the way.  It’s an interesting story and I think the main characters are likable.  It does suffer from a mild case of “Everybody’s Gay Syndrome” but it’s not so bad.

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Phht... Jerks.

Love My Life

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I wonder what gave it away...

College girl Ichiko is in love and has decided to come out to her father and let him meet her girlfriend.  After a very decidedly unique reaction, she has to come to terms with the changes in her life as well as her girlfriends.

As with all Josei manga, this is a bit more mature than most shojou yuri, or even seinen yuri.  Definitely something everybody should read.

Pieta

A love story between two friends in high school with troubled pasts.  The story for the most part is rather dark and melancholy, but definitely worth a read.  Same with love my life, it’s josei, and is not a light story.

Hanjuku Joshi

Though very girly looking and with ‘girly’ interests, Yae dislikes her body and wishes she had been born boy, Chitose is the youngest of a family dominated by girls and tends to act mostly boyish.  The two of them start to like each other, but don’t know if it’s real, or if they’re just playing at love.

This is a cute series that gets kinda smutty at times, nothing completely hentai-esque, but expect very naughty scenes .  I find the relationship between the two girls cute, but there’s also a pretty interesting side story going on with a teacher and one of her students.

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hanjukujoshi2 This is when they caught a couple doing… uh things…

Girl x Girl x Boy

Sooo what happens when Fuuka likes Riri, Riri likes Itta, and Itta likes Fuuka? Well… uhh apparently they decided to all date each other in a weird 3 way date um thing. Can this really last?

I liked the characters in this series, even though their actions are kinda odd. I especially liked the boy Itta though. He rules.

Fuuka doesn't really wanna go on a 3 way date... but Riri convinces her.

Fuuka doesn't really wanna go on a 3 way date... but Riri convinces her.

More to come… ^_^ I’m personally very tempted to post the one-shots first!! Actually I’m DYING to write about Nana and Hitomi!!! HAHAHA

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