All I had to do was say "I love you..." and she killed my piece of shit husband for me. Stupid lesbian.
— The Brunette
The most common Yuri
story follows a rather simple formula. Two schoolgirls fall in love, their relationship dynamic is built around being different ages
and the worst thing that could happen is being called mean names (at least in modern yuri stories for the most part
however, is not the common yuri story at all.
Written and drawn by Nakamura Ching, Gunjo
tells the tale of two adult women on the run from the police. They killed a man. To be more specific, the Brunette told her Blonde lesbian friend that she loved her and asked her to kill the Brunette's abusive husband. The Blonde did and, for some reason, the Brunette opted to help her friend avoid the police. Their relationship together is anything from the typical one seen. It is abusive, unstable and obsessive. Gunjo
is very blunt about this fact.Gunjo
is certainly not a series for everyone, but it is one to investigate if one is looking for a different sort of yuri.
Provides examples of
- Abusive Parent: Brunette's father was physically and verbally abusive, which might explain why Brunette put up with her husband for so long.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Occasionally we get hints that Brunette might feel something for Blonde, even if it's a very twisted and dysfunctional something.
- Blind Without 'Em: Brunette.
- Bungled Suicide: The woman with the urn.
- And later on, Blonde tries to kill herself, but Brunette gets to her in time.
- Domestic Abuse: Brunette's motivation for wanting her husband dead.
- Driven to Suicide: The woman with the urn in chapter 2.
- Fan Disservice: Seeing Blonde topless, but covered in dried blood and with open knife wounds on her arms and breasts.
- And any nude scenes of Brunette will involve seeing the massive bruises that cover her body.
- Femme Fatale: Both women — the Blonde seduced the Brunette's husband before killing him and the Brunette seduced the Blonde into doing it.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: The Brunette shows signs of this.
- Furo Scene: In chapter 7.
- Girls Love: Of a dark and twisted variety that most yuri will never approach.
- Incompatible Orientation: As far as we know the Brunette is straight, which is part of the reason their relationship is so complicated.
- Infant Immortality: Averted with the baby son of the woman in chapter 2.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: Blonde stabbed the husband while they were having sex.
- Irony: It was Blonde's ultimatum during high school that prompted Brunette to go marry her abusive husband in the first place. And then she wound up getting Blonde to murder him.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The Blonde
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Brunette has a medical condition that prevents her from being able to stay pregnant. The one time that she was able to keep a pregnancy, hubby kicked her in the stomach, causing her to miscarry.
- Lesbian Jock: The Brunette's rival from their high school track-and-field team.
- Lonely Rich Kid: The Blonde, in high school.
- Love Martyr: The Blonde. When Brunette complains that it would have been better for her if her husband and Blonde had just killed each other, Blonde apologizes.
- Make Sure He's Dead: We don't get to see the act, but the Blonde insists she made certain he was dead.
- Memento MacGuffin: Shows up in chapter 2. Brunette knocks a woman's purse off a table at a restaurant, breaking something inside. Turns out it was the urn holding her son's ashes.
- Nameless Narrative
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Blonde's loan to the Brunette and her conditions (they'd have sex in five years if the Brunette couldn't pay it back) led to the Brunette marrying a horribly abusive man in order to pay back the money. What's worse is that the Blonde wasn't serious about the sex; she just wanted to help her friend.
- No Periods, Period: Averted. The two women have sex in the bathroom while Brunette is having her period. We even see Blonde's fingers get all bloody.
- Not Good with People: The Brunette, sort of. Her relationships with people tend to be horribly dysfunctional, but dogs adore her.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: The murdered husband savagely beat Brunette; also, see Law of Inverse Fertility above.
- Pervert Dad: The Brunette's father had some porn magazines in which some of the models looked like her.
- Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Brunette and the Blonde (respectively) during their highschool years. The Brunette grew out of it and now is more lady-like.