Day 4 of Niji Nights: Yuri vs. GirlsLove- Another Definition

Hey everyone! Welcome to yet another day of Niji Nights! We’ll be explaining the difference between Yuri and GirlsLove. Much like the Yaoi vs. BoysLove post I will compare what other people have said on Urban Dictionary and what I know Yuri and GirlsLove to be.



Is based on same-sex relationships that are more graphic in content than GirlsLove.

1. A common Japanese girl’s name meaning ‘lily.’

2. Language spoken in the islands of New Guinea and the Amazon.

3. A genre of sexually explicit anime/manga literally meaning Girls Love.

It is a Japanese jargon term for content and a genre involving love between women in manga, anime, and related Japanese media. Yuri can focus either on the sexual or the emotional aspects of the relationship, the latter sometimes being called shōjo-ai by western fans.

The themes yuri deals with have their roots in the Japanese lesbian literature of early twentieth century, with pieces such as Yaneura no Nishojo by Nobuko Yoshiya. Nevertheless, it is not until the 1970s that lesbian-themed works began to appear in manga, by the hand of artists such as Ryoko Yamagishi and Riyoko Ikeda. The 1990s brought new trends in manga and anime, as well as in dōjinshi productions, along with more acceptance for this kind of content. In 2003 the first manga magazine specifically dedicated to yuri was launched under the name Yuri Shimai, followed by its revival Comic Yuri Hime, launched after the former was discontinued in 2004.


You know, I actually don’t have a lot to critique on this definition. I disclaim that I have not done the research on the history of Yuri so I can’t confirm nor deny the history. But gives more reason to do the research honestly.

1. Explicit lesbian relationships in anime or manga
2.To be the first to do something. Derived from Yuri Gagarin, first human in space.


I agree with the first and I don’t know about the second.


Stream Bloom Into You

I have never not found a definition for something before. In all my definition posts I have never found nothing before. Seriously. THIS IS WILD.

I suppose I will have to write this one myself.


A genre in which there is a romantic relationship between girls.

Me, Star

Plain and simple. Which means, all Yuri is GirlsLove but not all GirlsLove is Yaoi. See you in the next post of Niji Nights!




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