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Anime: Citrus

Genre: Drama, Romance, Yuri

Original Run: January 6, 2018 – March 24, 2018

Where to watch: Netflix

Trigger Warning: This anime features sexual assault and manipulation.

My search for a good Yuri anime continues. Before I continue, this is what this anime is about:

Fashionable Yuzu imagined the first day at her new school she transferred to after her mother’s remarriage a bit differently; she didn’t know it’d be an ultra-strict and conservative girls’ school. So instead of a sweet high-school romance, she butts heads with the stern student council president Mei – who turns out to be her new stepsister. Now, she has to learn that hate and attraction are often not that far apart.


The Story

Honestly, I thought that this one would be way better than Bloom Into You. This one was really boring and I found some things that are inexcusable.

At first, I was curious about the issue between Mei and her father. I think that is the only thing that kept me watching up until the issue is finally tackled and we are back to the whole romance bit.

Of course, I am interested to see the romance part but after that sexual assault, I am not a fan. Yes, there is sexual assault in this anime. A lot to be honest. And Yuzu realized that she likes Mei after that forced kiss. This anime can use any other means to let Yuzu realize her gayness but they chose sexual assault. And because of that, I can say that I am not a fan. I’m not even bothered by the whole loving the step-sister thing. At least they are not blood-related.

So, how was the story? It was fine. I think I like the flow of the story a bit better than Bloom Into You. There is enough time and interaction between the characters to let them actually realize their feelings for each other. Well, at least on Yuzu’s side since I still can’t get Mei.

The ending was as expected. It would be nice to know how they would progress with this relationship. There is enough drama but too little romance for me.

The Characters

I am not a fan of both Mei and Matsuri. Both instigated the assault that is seen in the story. Keep in mind that Mei is a first-year high school student while Matsuri is a middle schooler. I still think that this anime doesn’t need that.

Anyway, surprisingly, I liked Yuzu a little despite her being a bit naive which can be seen in scenes where she interacted with Matsuri. I can relate to her gayness the most since most of her emotions and reactions mirrored mine, once upon a time.

The best character for me was Harumi, that token supportive friend. Everyone deserves a Harumi in their life.

The Art

The animation was good but what I really like was the art style. Look at this:

Also, look at this Yuzu and Harumi friendship:

Final Thoughts

Overall, this is just an ok anime. If you’re looking for a Yuri anime and you don’t find groping offensive, then give this one a watch. There is enough drama in this one, not enough romance but if you want more just read the manga.

I was wondering the reason behind the title Citrus. Was it because of Yuzu’s name? Maybe.

Anyway, that is it for now. I reread my review and I think I just blabbered on about the things I didn’t like in this anime, but oh well.

If any of you can recommend a Yuri or Yaio anime or manga, please do so in the comments.

That is it for now. Thank you for reading and I’ll talk to you again this weekend for a book review.