Anime makers have been including LGBT characters in their films and shows for a long time now. While most of these LGBT characters are highly sexualized, many are interesting and instrumental to the plot. Here we have tried to compile a list of anime that feature lesbian characters in them. Most of these anime you will read about belong to the Yuri genre. With that said, here’s the list of best anime with lesbian characters. So, if you are looking for hot anime lesbians, start watching these anime. You can watch several of these yuri anime on Crunchyroll or Netflix or YouTube.
20. Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi (2008)
If you are looking for standard shoujo anime, then it will be better if you skip this one and look at the other options on this list. The target audience for the show is those who don’t mind violence and love a mysterious narrative with a lot of fanservice. At first, one may find the premise a little too confusing and open-ended, but believe us, your patience will be rewarded. ‘Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi’ follows Rin Asogi, a pretty woman who runs a private detective service along with Mimi, her partner. Rin is immortal, and the reason behind her immortality is the ‘Time Fruit,’ which is found only in the guardian tree, Yggdrasil. It can render any woman immortal if they consume it. Mimi is also immortal.
The anime series documents 65 years of Rin’s life during which she never changes in her appearance while others around her grow old. Being a detective lands you in dangerous situations, and Rin has been in trouble several times in the past, but her immortality has saved her. But when an unknown enemy targets her relentlessly is does not take long for Rin to realize that she faces the greatest threat of her life. You can watch the action-packed series on Funimation.
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19. Citrus (2018)
‘Citrus’ is another great anime from the shoujo-ai genre set in a high school. If you are not into the Yuri genre, then there might be a slight discomfort while watching this anime. But believe us, ‘Citrus’ is a great show for anyone looking for lesbian anime. Yuzu Aihara is a fashionista and a socialite. So, when her mother remarries, and Yuzu has to attend a different school, she takes this as an opportunity to make some new acquaintances. She also wants to experience that special first kiss and fall in love. But little does she know what her new school has in store for her. Once she is there, Yuzu realizes that her fellow classmates just study and obey the rules. This makes her stand out and grabs the attention of Mei Aihara, the student council president who tries to confiscate the former’s phone.
After returning home, Yuzu learns that her stepsister is none other than Mei. Yuzu tries to talk to her, but Mei turns a cold shoulder which forces the former to tease the latter. But Mei does not let Yuzu finish her sentence and forces her to the ground and kisses her. Yes, Yuzu receives her first kiss but did she dream of it like that? In case you are curious to figure out how the story unfolds, you can watch the show here.
18. Yuru Yuri (2011 – 2015)
‘Yuru Yuri’ is an adaptation of a popular manga of the same name. The anime revolves around the lives of a bunch of girls and is set in a high school. Kyouko Toshinou, Yui Funami, Akari Akaza, and Chinatsu Yoshikawa are just four ordinary teenagers who have the usual adolescent issues and wish to live a leisurely life.
Akari Akaza’s friends, Yui and Kyouko, are a year senior to her. This is the reason she has to spend the last year of her grade school without her childhood friends. But everything changes when she enrolls in middle school. With Yui and Kyouko, she starts an Amusement Club whose only purpose is entertainment for its members. Akari and another girl by the name of Chinatsu join the club soon afterward, and it marks the beginning of an extraordinary friendship between these teenagers that changes their lives. You can watch the anime here.
17. Strawberry Panic (2006)
If you are just getting into the yuri or shoujo-ai genre, then ‘Strawberry Panic’ may just be the right series for you. The anime does not contain any sexually explicit content and is good enough for young teens. The plot holds well for the better half of the series. Characters are interesting and will keep you guessing who will hook up with whom. The anime revolves around St. Miator’s Girls’ Academy, an all-girls Catholic school situated in the Astraea Hill region. The school is divided into three separate groups of sorts, with each group having its uniform. Aoi Nagisa joins the St. Miator’s Girls’ Academy and finds out about the hierarchical system there. The fourth-year transfer student encounters Shizuma Hanazono after she tumbles down a hill. Shizuma charming girl who is kind enough to help anyone in need. She kisses Nagisa on her forehead, which makes her pass out. As her life in the academy progresses, she gets to know Shizuma more, and the two girls help each other deal with their troubled past. You can watch the anime here.
16. Mai-HiME (2004 – 2005)
Not many people know about ‘Mai-HiME’ event though it is a decent shoujo-ai anime with an interesting premise and entertaining characters. The story might seem a bit slow, though, but that will not be the case after you are a few episodes in. In addition, people who love shows with magic will probably fall in love with the series. Mai Tokiha is a seemingly ordinary girl who has come to the Fuuka Academy as a transfer student. Her brother Takumi Tokiha has also enrolled alongside her. Takumi is very sick and has a heart condition which is why Mai is there to support her brother. When her mother was on her death bed, Mai promised to look after Takumi, and she has kept her word ever since. However, soon after arriving at Fuuka Academy, Mai finds out that she has the Hime mark, which grants her the ability to summon a half-spiritual, half-human child anywhere she wants.
However, she is not alone, and there are 12 other girls just like her with the Hime mark, and this power has been bestowed upon them to protect Earth from monstrous creatures known as Orphans. Though reluctant at first, Mai later involves herself in the struggle after the Orphans become too powerful. But to their surprise, Mai and his friends soon find out that Orphans aren’t the only thing that Mai and her friends have to worry about. You can watch how the drama unfolds here.
15. Yagate Kimi ni Naru (2018)
‘Yagate Kimi ni Naru’ can easily be counted as one of the best shoujo-ai anime out there right now. Yuu is an avid reader and fan of the shoujo genre who has been eagerly waiting for her own romantic love story to start. So, when a boy confesses his feelings for her and asks her out, she should have been happy, right? But strangely, she doesn’t feel a thing. Yuu can’t even comprehend what her response should be. But when she enters high school, and she sees the beautiful Touko Nagami, who is the student council president, respectfully turn down a boy who confesses his feelings for her, she is quite impressed. She wants to get under Nagami’s wings to learn how to turn someone down politely. So far, all good, right? But when the next person who confesses her feelings for Yuu is Nagami herself, what will she do? Has her much-awaited love story finally begun? In order to find out, you will have to watch the anime, which you can find here.
14. Konohana Kitan (2017)
‘Konohana Kitan’ is a shoujo-ai anime with a lot of magic and fantastical elements. The show is set in a fantasy world and mixes Japanese culture with mythical creatures for its creative world-building. There are various races that exist in this world, each having its own culture and mannerism. Konohanatei is a hot springs inn. Yuzu is a fox girl living in the village of the spirits who starts working at Konohanatei as an attendant. Kiri is another fox girl who works there and helps Yuzu learn all her responsibilities. Though Yuzu is quite eager to make a contribution, her eagerness is the cause of many mistakes. But since she has a pleasant and warm nature, the customers and the workers often forgive her. Yuzu gradually gets good at her work as other fox girls help her out, and it’s like she has found a second family in the Konohanatei inn. The relationships that develop there bring Yuzu closer to her first love, and she begins to understand herself a lot more. You can watch the anime here.
13. Asagao to Kase-san. (2018)
If you love romantic anime, then you might find ‘Asagao to Kase-san’ quite entertaining to watch regardless of your liking for the shoujo-ai genre. ‘Asagao to Kase-san’ is an Original Video Animation, and it follows Yui Yamada, a high schooler who is not good at sports or even at singing. But she loves plants and has been given the job of planting saplings and taking care of her school’s greenery. She falls in love with the boyish-looking Tomoka Kase and struggles with her feelings. As the story progresses, the two slowly come to terms with their sexuality. But can they gather the courage to date each other?
12. Bleach (2004 – 2012)
Bleach is a popular anime and needs no introduction. It revolves around the life of Ichigo, who gains the power of a Shinigami. While the series is categorized as shounen, Chizuru Honsho is a lesbian character who is obsessed with Orihime, especially her big breasts. However, her attempts to fondle Orihime are often nullified by Tatsuki, who is Ichigo’s childhood friend and classmate of Orihime, but it does not stop her from making regular sexual advances. The sexual tension between the two is not only comical but also exciting to watch. The anime is accessible for streaming here.
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11. Sailor Moon (1992 – 1997)
‘Sailor Moon’ follows Usagi Tsukino, who was once a normal student until she saved a cat one day without realizing the far-reaching consequences of her actions. The cat turns out to be Luna and informs Usagi that she is to become Sailor Moon, a guardian and protector of the Earth. Though the series is exciting with a lot of action, it is included in this list because of the relationship between Haruka Tenou and Michiru Kaiou. Though the series was altered a little for the US audience, the original version showed the couple dating. Haruka can also be seen hitting on Usagi at certain times. So, despite being a shoujo anime, the series also have yuri elements. You can watch the series here.
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10. Maria†Holic (2009 – 2011)
Ame no Kisaki Catholic School is a single-sex school for girls. Kanako Miyamae is a transfer student who arrives at the reputed educational institution in the hope of finding true love as her parents did. She is thrilled when she sees the beautiful and charming Mariya Shidou and realizes that she may have found the one for her. Unfortunately, it turns out Mariya is a cross-dressing boy and threatens to expose Kanako’s intention of joining the school unless she keeps his gender a secret. Curious to find out how the story unfolds? You can watch the show on HIDIVE.
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9. El Cazador de la Bruja (2007)
‘El Cazador de la Bruja’ follows the adventure of a bounty hunter named Nadie. Her latest target is an amnesiac girl, Ellis, believed to be the murderer of a famous scientist. Though Nadie finds Ellis, she gives her a chance to revive her memory by taking her to Wiñay Marka, a place that supposedly has the treatment for amnesia. Their only clue is a gemstone known as Inca Rose, which has some connections to Ellis, but will it be enough to uncover all the mysteries? You can watch the anime here.
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8. Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san (2014)
The yuri comedy anime follows the lives of two high school girls, Yachiyo Inugami and Suzu Nekoyama. While the former is a dog person, the latter likes cats. Though the girls might seem to have considerable differences, they start getting attracted to each other. Even though both of them know that there is something between them, Yachiyo is the first to make some romantic advances, but Suzu is a bit shy. The anime focuses on the duo as the two girls come to terms with their feelings and fall in love. You can stream the show here.
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7. Riddle Story of Devil (2014)
‘Riddle Story of The Devil’ follows Tokaku Azuma, a high school student, and assassin. She and 11 other killers are tasked with assassinating a girl named Haru Ichinose. Being a skilled assassin, Azuma quickly gets on the task but can’t complete her mission and instead finds herself falling for the girl she is supposed to kill. Tokaku eventually gives in to her feelings and ends up protecting Haru from the other assassins. You can watch the anime here.
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6. Kiniro Mosaic (2013 – 2015)
The anime focuses on the lives of five closeted lesbians and recounts a heartwarming story of acceptance and growth. During her stay in England, Shinobu Oomiya meets Alice and quickly becomes close friends with her. So, close that it was tough for Shinobu to return to Japan. Many years have passed since then, and Shinobu is now a high schooler. One day she receives a letter from Alice, who is going to join Shinobu’s High School and will be living with her again. When the two meet again, it leads to the rekindling of old emotions that eventually teach the duo and their friends life-changing lessons.
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5. Sakura Trick (2014)
Haruka Takayama studies at Misato West High School alongside her close friend Yuu Sonado who eventually gets popular and starts making new friends. It makes Haruka jealous. However, to keep Haruka from feeling bad, Yuu suggests they should have something unique between them and asks her for a kiss. Well, soon after the romantic moment, complex feelings start developing between the duo, and they soon realize that they may be attracted to each other. You can watch the duo struggle with their feelings and learn to reconcile their emotions on HIDIVE.
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4. Simoun (2007)
‘Simoun’ is set in the peaceful theocracy of Simulicram, where every citizen is born female. They can choose their sex by undergoing a special ceremony at the age of 17. Simoun is a unique flying ship used to defend Simulicram, which can be flown by a pair of girls who have not yet gone through the ceremony. After a devastating attack by the enemy, Aer is recruited to pilot the Simoun alongside Neviril, who had recently lost her partner. After Aer is attracted to her fellow companion, she wants to get closer to her. Unfortunately, Neviril is still struggling to come to terms with her past. Will she be able to find the courage to accept Aer?
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3. Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997)
‘Revolutionary Girl Utena’ primarily revolves around the relationship between Utena and Anthy. After finding some emotional support from a prince, Utena Tanjou decides to follow his example and become a prince herself. The only relic that the prince left her was a rose crest ring. She does not understand the significance of the ring until years later when she enrolls in Ootori Academy. Here other students having similar rings are pit against each other in a fight to win the rose bride Anthy. Curious to figure out how the story unfolds? You can watch the anime here.
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2. Whispered Words (2009)
‘Whispered Words’ is a romance anime. The show shows Sumika and Ushio openly in a lesbian relationship. Sumika is a bright and popular student and is secretly in love with one of her classmates, Ushio. Sumika has a hard time confessing her feelings towards her crush since she thinks that Ushio is picky about her choices. But Ushio had not noticed Sumika’s feelings towards her. She is hesitant as other girls have rejected her.
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1. Sweet Blue Flowers (2009)
Fumi Manjoume is a first-year student in Matsuoka Girl’s High School. She has recently suffered a harsh breakup and is still feeling the after-effects. Akira Okudaira is a student of Fujigatani Girl’s Academy, and she is also the childhood friend of Fumi. When the friends are united almost a decade later, they instantly become close and help each other through difficult times. Fumi falls in love with Akira and confesses to her. Though Akira is a bit confused about her actions, she does not entirely dismiss Fumi’s feelings. You can rent the anime on YouTube.
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