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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Lilies Background Effect

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In manga and anime, sometimes lilies are used as a background effect in panels, behind or in front of characters, and, sometimes, these white flowers are a visual pun on a romantic relationship between two girls.

  • yuri
    百合
    Lily. (the flower.)
    Lesbian fiction. Girls' Love. (in manga, anime, etc.)
An example of "lilies," yuri 百合, used as a visual pun for lesbian romance.
Left: Fujioka Haruhi 藤岡ハルヒ
Right: Amakusa Benio 天草紅緒
Anime: Ouran High School Host Club, Ouran Koukou Hosuto-Bu 桜蘭高校ホスト部 (Episode 9, Stitch, Censored)

For the gay counterpart, see rose background.

Examples

For reference, some examples. Typically they occur when a third character fantasizes that two characters are lesbians, rather than them actually being lesbians.

An example of "lilies," yuri 百合, used as a visual pun for lesbian romance.
Left: Kirishima Shouko 霧島翔子
Right: Himeji Mizuki 姫路瑞希
Anime: Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu バカとテストと召喚獣 (Episode 2, Stitch, Censored)
An example of "lilies," yuri 百合, used as a visual pun for lesbian romance.
Left: Moritani Hiyori 森谷ヒヨリ
Right: Kotoura Haruka 琴浦春香
Anime: Kotoura-san 琴浦さん (Episode 5, Censored)

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