5 Simple Reasons to Give Yuri Anime ‘Citrus’ a Chance

Citrus is this season’s yuri romance! It focuses a tumultuous relationship between Yuzu and her step-sister Mei, both of whom have never met until their first day at school.

This series may not convert new fans or satisfy people looking for a respectable depiction of a same-sex relationship, but it can be fun if you are looking for some smut that evolves into something bigger.

 

1Yuzu Aihara is Lovable.

Yuzu has an infectiously sunny personality, which clashes with the conservative rules of her new school. She’s hip, confident, and comes off as a person you’d like to hang out with.

 

2Mei Aihara is a Conflicted Soul.

Mei, on the other hand, is the opposite. She’s incredibly strict (but respected), which is a cover to hide her emotions.

You can’t really talk about Mei’s actions without getting into spoilers, but she’s incredibly cold for a reason. She doesn’t know how to properly express love, which causes her to show her passion in ways that aren’t healthy.

 

3You’re Supposed to Be Uncomfortable.

In fact, you’re supposed to feel uncomfortable during the anime’s opening arc. While the overall series isn’t the perfect representation of same-sex relationships, you’re supposed to empathize with Yuzu feeling violated and the emotional trauma Mei experiences as their relationship begins to form.

 

4It Knows Its Audience

It’s no secret that lots of yuri fans are heterosexual guys (although everyone can appreciate cute women) so there is plenty of fanservice while embracing the lesbian experience. That doesn’t mean Citrus is bad at all, just don’t go into expecting a nuanced representation of lesbian relationships like Aoi Hana.

 

5Citrus Can Keep it Light

Citrus goes into dark territory; emotional trauma, sexual assault, family ties, and societal expectations are touched on (though not fully explored). That said, Citrus knows when to inject humor, largely thanks to Yuzu’s personality.

 

What are your thoughts on Citrus? You can legally stream the series on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

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