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Answering the most profound question yet.

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This is my first journey through the “100 Days of Anime” Challenge, an ambitious project that I’ll be taking. For the full list of prompts, click here.

“Yaoi or Yuri?”

Yuri all the way of course! Though I did watch “Yuri on Ice” and found the irony to be hilarious, there’s a certain charm to true Yuri that I enjoy; that being, cute girls doing cute things.

With each other…

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Though I used to categorize Yuri as trashy fanservice bait for a more ‘perverse’ crowd, I was forced to toss away that sentiment after watching shows like Scum’s Wish and Interviews with Monster Girl – two drastically different genres (Drama and SoL) that make use of their yuri element to establish character and feeling alongside its ‘fanservice’.

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Both scenes have yuri in it, yet the outright sexual tension in Scum’s Wish is a huge contrast to the cutesy innocence of the demi-chans. Whereas Scum’s Wish uses its yuri to instill a major plot point and showcase the characters’ awkward adult relationships, our adolescent monster girls physical interaction is used to describe to the viewer the cold skin of a Snow Woman, while also highlighting Hikari’s easygoing nature when it comes to personal space (along with a more heartwarming “Awww..” moment).

Sure there are scenes of Yuri fanservice that are obviously meant to be little more than that: fanservice. Yet where I initially lumped all yuri scenes together as pure fanservice, that line gets blurred with every show I watch. I may have laughed along to Fate: Prisma Illya’s girl-on-girl shenanigans for a little while, but my appreciation for the plot and characters will always be at the top.

Yes, “plot”…

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