Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Color me shocked. (Really; I'm not being sarcastic.) Oniisama E has been licensed for streaming. It's viewable everywhere except Italy and Japan. Now you can watch this dark classic, which I consider the earliest yuri anime series, legally and with good video quality instead of the unfortunate graininess of the fansub.
This bit of news put me in the mood to list every series containing (what I consider) canon yuri that's streaming legally in English. "Canon yuri" runs the gamut from something focusing squarely on yuri, like Sasameki Koto, to a series in which the only canon yuri is a one-sided crush from a side character, as with Noir's Chloe or Gokujou Seitokai's Kaori. Thankfully, the one-sided crush shows tend to have some nice subtext also. I'm not looking up the region restrictions for all of these shows. I'm sorry if you're blocked from watching something and agree that region restrictions are stupid. If I've missed a show, feel free to let me know!
2x2=Shinobuden (Ninja Nonsense) episodes 1 and 2 on YouTube
Air Master on Crunchyroll and Funimation
Blue Drop on The Anime Network, YouTube, and Crunchyroll.
CANAAN on The Anime Network and YouTube
El Cazador de la Bruja on Funimation
Gokujou Seitokai (Best Student Council) on Crunchyroll
Hidamari Sketch season 1, season 2 and season 3 <- The first two episodes of each season are available for free. The rest are only available to people who subscribe to The Anime Network.
Hourou Musuko (Wandering Son) on Crunchyroll
Ikkitousen seasons 1 and 2 on Crunchyroll
Jormungand on Funimation
Kanamemo on Crunchyroll
Kannazuki no Miko (Destiny of the Shrine Maiden) on The Anime Network
Kiddy Grade on Funimation <- Dubbed only. I still haven't watched this show, but I'm told there's some canon yuri.
Koihime Musou, Shin Koihime Musou and Shin Koihime Musou: Otome Tairan on Crunchyroll
Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora (Shattered Angels) on Funimation <- Dubbed only.
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) seasons 1 & 2 on Crunchyroll
Noir on Funimation
Maria-sama ga Miteru (Maria Watches Over Us) season 1, episodes 1 through 9 on YouTube
Morita-san ha Mukuchi on Crunchyroll
Mouretsu Pirates (Bodacious Space Pirates) on Crunchyroll <- If this series is faithful enough to the novels it's adapting, there should eventually be a canon couple. Update: Couple confirmed!
Oniisama E (Dear Brother) on ViKi and Hulu
Psycho-Pass on Funimation and Hulu
Puella Magi Madoka Magica on Crunchyroll
Queen's Blade seasons 1 and 2 on Crunchyroll
Revolutionary Girl Utena episodes 1 and 2 on YouTube
Rose of Versailles on Viki (5 more episodes will be added each week.)
Saki on Crunchyroll
Saki Achiga-hen Episode of Side A on Crunchyroll
Sasameki Koto on Crunchyroll
Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox (Battle Girls: Time Paradox) on Crunchyroll
Senki Zesshou Symphogear on Funimation
Taisho Yakyuu Musume (Taisho Baseball Girls) on The Anime Network <- The first two episodes are available for free. The rest are only available to subscribers.
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun) on YouTube and Hulu
YuruYuri seasons 1 & 2 on Crunchyroll
And here are some subtext-only shows that are popular now:
Removed Black Rock Shooter from this listing because Funimation removed its stream of it.
Last Exile: Fam no Ginkyoku (Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing) on Funimation and Hulu
Rinne no Lagrange (Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne) on Viz and Hulu