Akari and her friends from the Amusement Club are back for another round of antics!
In the second season of Yuru Yuri, the Amusement Club consisting of the polite but often times invisible Akari, her cool headed best friend Yui, the original founder of the club Kyouko, and Chinatsu, who actually wanted to join the Tea Ceremony Club, starts things off with a relaxing trip to a hot spring.
From there the girls will have to return to real life and deal with things like studying, coming up with nicknames for each other, Valentine's Day, summer heat, time travel, a school trip to Kyoto, a stage performance during the school's culture festival and much, much more.
Who says that after school clubs have to be boring and mundane?
Okay, let's begin by addressing the tremendously obese elephant in the room. I gave an anime involving moe a nine.
But before many of you collect pitchforks, torches, tough rope, and a sturdy tree and begin to hurt, riot, and chase my sorry Gluteus Maximus, allow me justify the rating. The second season of "Yuru Yuri" is actually an accessible, light-hearted, and very funny triumph. One of the many great things about the second season of "Yuru Yuri" is that you don't need to: live in a dingy and cramped basement, own multiple moe figures, have several colorful posters plastered across your wall, possess gigantic male breasts, and have hair cover 95% of your body. In other words, you don't need to be a typical, easily-impressed moe fanboy to enjoy the series. The anime actually provides authentic laughter along with a gratifying array of cutesy, endearing, and wonderfully quirky characters.
It makes genuine attempts at being humorous and is thoroughly successful with them. The gags haven't gone stale since the first season because they are all generally reworked in pleasant ways. The second season is solid enough to stand on it's own feet. In fact, it's actually even stronger than the first. The playful sense of humor is even more apparent but without being overbearing or intolerable. The clever jokes are even more consistent, and it accomplishes its fairly simplistic goal of being both being very funny and adorable.
The premise is familiar and the situations are seemingly mundane. When one approaches this anime without any knowledge, it does certainly seem that this is just another throw-away series made by a random anime studio in a yet another substandard, thoughtless, and desperate attempt at making a successful anime sales and revenue wise. These attempts are typically composed around heavy amounts of pandering, poor humor, weak characters, and complete lack in any real effort or care. It is very easy to cast off this anime as just another one of those, but doing this would result in missing out on one of the anime industry's hugest and most surprisingly satisfying efforts to premiere in 2012.
It's four girls, one club, and a never-ending stream of endeavors at amusing themselves performed by the four main character girls. The club's title, The Amusement Club, obviously reflects the real purpose. The main character, Akari, is supposedly the heroine, but is usually ignored and barely has any screen time. The series uses her being ignored as the subject of many of its jokes. It also uses female-only romantic affections ("yuri" is in the title after all) as a very capable source that ensues in much hilarity. Many of the characters have crushes on each other and one club member in particular, Chinatsu, is very direct about her attraction towards another club member Yui. The final club member, Kyōko, is very vocal with her attraction and borderline obsession towards Chinatsu. Most of the attractions are unrequited, but their misfortune only causes more hearty laughs. Although the second season of "Yuru Yuri" is still an actual yuri anime, it continues to parody and lampoon certain tropes of other prominent yuri series. At times, Kyōko and Chinatsu's love illusions towards their chosen ones are amplified to such high degree, which ends up resulting in a pleasing parody of standard yuri.
Akari Akaze is the main character that everything is supposed to revolve around. However, situations tend to never go in her favor. She is a very cheery and bubbly girl who wants to be everybody's friend. The problem she faces is that her personality isn't particularly memorable or special compared to her three closest companions and fellow club members. They frequently ignore her, and don't even notice her even though she's practically always with them when they get together as a club. Multiple gags are based on this including the ever popular "AKARIN!" invisibility joke that she sometimes does. She is an enjoyably pathetic character that deserves either heaps of resonating empathy or great pity. It's interesting to see such an unflattering depiction of the character in an anime. Whether it be comedy or not, this is rare and very refreshing when done well. And "Yuru Yuri" provides an excellent execution.
Kyōko Toshinō is arguably the most lovable character because of her hyper personality and amusing shenanigans. She's always pulling something and it seems to always annoy Yui or Chinatsu. She typically bothers Yui with her bold actions, and irritates Chinatsu with her constant pestering due to her giant attraction towards her.
Yui Funami and Chinatsu Yoshikawa are vital characters as well. They are also the basis and the cause of many successful gags. Yui plays the usual, calm, and somewhat quiet girl who acts with a reasonable mindset. Chinatsu is average on a superficial level, but deep inside her burns a violent passion for Yui. She admires and is severely attracted to her. Chinatsu's love delusions involving Yui, like Akarin's popularity expectations, are priceless and honestly create some wild laughter.
Other less important characters are shown serve basically as gags that don't give much purpose or gather as much as interest as the main cast. However, all of them are generally funny, albeit in a lesser degree. Thankfully, they are given less attention and in turn, do not really bog down the anime as a whole. They are generally pleasant detours and don't become obnoxious.
The main characters' interactions are hilarious and the various, variegated jokes that come from them are fantastic. Throughout the anime, they generally stem from their appearances, actions, and mindsets. In particular, the appearances component, specifically doing with hair, surprisingly works well under the enjoyable direction the anime takes. The gags range everywhere from Akari's dual-balls of red hair to Yui's dark, black shoulder-length hair to Chinatsu's frightening and monstrous clumps of light pink hair.
Other gags are references to past situations that occurred in the first season, but viewers with a hazy memory should not fret. These references are far and few between, and are still funny in and of themselves. Vast and detailed knowledge is not required to enjoy the numerous charming antics that take place in the second season of "Yuru Yuri". It still remains accessible and is devoid of any major duds regarding its humor.
The character designs are obligatorily cutesy and palatable. They are simple yet attractive. In a soft comedy like this, they are not only pleasing but appropriate too. The colors are light like the humor, and the visual brightness is slightly high and not faded. The backgrounds are simplistic like the character designs, but don't border being half-baked. They are sufficient enough to not detract the audience. They might not be spectacular or especially intricate, but that's mostly due to the main focus being on the characters and their quirks. Excessively fancy or detailed backgrounds would be inadequate for the mood the anime creates.
The music that joins this anime is fairly sparse and unobtrusive like other certain aspects (i.e. the visuals) in the second season of "Yuru Yuri". The tracks are typically quiet and, like the appealing backgrounds, are composed for the purpose of pleasantly accompanying the anime in a gentle fashion. What actually makes the soundtrack
noteworthy are the playful OP and ED. Minami Tsuda, Rumi Ōkubo, Shiori Mikami and Yuka Ōtsubo are the creators of both the opening theme, "Yes! YuYuYu☆YuruYuri♪♪", and the ending theme, "100% Middle Schooler". The sixth episode has its own OP and ED, but they aren't as likable as the usual ones played in every other episode of the season.
Sheer enjoyment is honestly the primary reason as to why I'm writing this review in the first place. The humor tends to be so spot-on and really satisfies my expectations for slice-of-life and moe-involving comedies. This anime is delivered so well mainly due to the focused and very humorous direction of Masahiko Oota (Miname-ke, Mitsudomoe). He is a rising anime director who typically works with comedy and puts out successful works such as this one, "Yuru Yuri".
I fancy all the four main characters and absolutely adore Akari and Kyōko. This second season only provides more reason on why they're so interesting and likable. I admire the fact that there are no grand phony attempts at serious depth and that its purpose is not muddled or fuzzy. It is not ashamed to be just be quirky and entertaining. It rigorously and proudly utilizes its best strong suit of light humor and enjoyable characters.
Ultimately, any anime like "Yuru Yuri" that involves light comedy and moe will keep on being polarized. Many will continue to completely dismiss any anime that contains moe and consider them all to be utterly terrible and unwatchable. It's not true that every single anime that includes moe is good, or that all those that use moe can only be remotely enjoyed whilst at a distance. "Yuru Yuri" proves that an anime can have moe and still be a very charming, whimsical, and enjoyable experience. It incorporates some minimalistic aspects and its methods aren't flashy or dazzling. It's not that type of series. It relies on the lean muscle of humor that it smoothly sculpts with its endearing characters, solid jokes and gags, and a delightful, sweet atmosphere that continuously builds as the anime progresses. It's not regretful or embarrassed of what it really is.
"Yuru Yuri" realizes it and shamelessly showcases it to great effect with heart, wit, likability, and light, well-polished, and very potent humor.
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- Updated after completing the anime.
Yuru Yuri is a light-hearted and pleasant to watch slice-of-life filled with moe and comedy. Like the anime's very name makes it obvious, this anime also "kinda" foccuses on the relationships between the characters, which are all girls (and thus, "yuri"). It isn't anything as serious as you would see in other romance-orientated shoujo-ai anime like Strawberry Panic, but it isn't used for ecchi fanservice either, like you could see in Queen's Blade or many anime similar to it.
The "yuriness" in Yuru Yuri is meant for moe, cuteness, and comedy purposes, and I've got to say, it works very well. This said, I reckon that even people who would feel disgusted by seeing such relationships (GirlxGirl) should be, in theory, able to watch Yuru Yuri.
It's 2nd season, Yuru Yuri ♪♪, does an extraordinary job keeping up with the 'main four', allowing us to have our share of Toshinou Kyouko, but while focusing quite much more on it's other characters too, which didn't have so many moments in the spotlight as they're having now (especially Sakurako and Himawari).
But something I'm fairly sure about, is that if you are not into moe or comedy, you'll absolutely hate Yuru Yuri. Why? Simple, it's just because this is exactly what this anime excels at, and you shouldn't be expecting much else while watching it.
The story is very simple, but works really well for this anime. It's what you could expect from a simple moe slice-of-life: The everyday school life of the protagonists. The little twist in this one (emphasis on "little") is that they've created an "unregistered" club in the abandoned tea club room, the "Amusement Club", where they, well, do fun things, because fun things are fun. This deserves an 8 in my opinion because it's to be expected, and like in many other animes, this simple story works very well.
Even if it's not stunningly eye-candy like Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai or Guilty Crown, neither unique and twisted like Bakemonogatari or Madoka Magica, the art reflects the nature and objective of the anime: Cuteness. It is simple and cute, and fits just perfectly. Anything more complicated would have ruined it, in my opinion.
I was already an fan of the first opening and endings, but they managed to improve it even further. Both songs are fun, energetic and kinda catchy, so I guess this also fits very well. I'm kinda exigent when it comes to the openings and endings, especially when they show us them before the anime actually begins even in the first episode, for it gives us an "first impression". The opening became easily one of my favorites, and the background music and sound effects for the rest of the anime are just refined and well made. Even if I tried to, I'm unable to find anything to complain about in them.
Everyone already knows the standard character typos: The Tsundere, the Bookworm, the Genki Girl, and so-so... But good luck trying to fit every Yuru Yuri character into a "preset personality". The anime presents us with funny and likeable characters, with very unique personalities that I hadn't seen anywhere else before. A few examples are the "main character" with no presence that is pretty much invisible, the Student Council President that whispers so softly she looks mute and only the mad scientist, explosion-addict chemistry teacher is able to translate what she says, and also, the two meganekkos that nosebleed/drool when they remove their glasses and fantasize about yuri. They're very innovative, and most importantly: Loveable. Perhaps I'm the wrong person to talk about this, but I just adore every single character in this anime.
This. Enjoyment is what I weight more heavily when giving out my score. If I really enjoy an anime, it doesn't matter how crappy the art or sound may be (unless they're SO bad that they actually ruin the enjoyment), it may be able to score just fine. And Yuru Yuri is no exception: I'm just unable not to love it. I feel very well, in peace, while watching it, and every second spent watching is a second well-spent. This is the kind of anime I'll never feel bored watching or wishing for the episode to be over quickly (if you're watching something while thinking "Damn, isn't this over yet? I need to do something else.", then you're not enjoying it.), and I always actually want to watch more once it's over. And thus, a 10 in enjoyment.
Even if the Story may be a bit "common", and the art, simple, all the rest this anime has to offer counterbalances it's little imperfections. I couldn't wish for Yuru Yuri to give me anything else, except longer seasons, perhaps, for these short, 12-episode-long ones always leave me wanting for more. I already loved the first season, it's true, but they managed to somehow even improve every single aspect they could in the 2nd, and I found myself unable to rate it anything but a masterpiece.read more
"Yuru Yuri" is a moe, comedy, slice-of-life anime revolving around four girls and their life either in school or in leisure time following their interests and hobbies.
"Yuru Yuri♪♪" is the sequel to the first season "Yuru Yuri", in which the four middle school girls are still abusing the former tea ceremony club's room for their own amusement.
This "yuri-like anime" has got a big entertain potential, which is the reason, why i want to review this anime.
Translating "Yuru Yuri" means lit." easygoing Yuri", which emphasizes the girls's-love genre in this anime, however this aspect seems not 100% true, in fact, the girls' behavior towards each other is quite abnormal sometimes, but it is also the main factor of the anime's comedy. People who resent this Girl x Girl or Moe section should not bother watching this.
Same as the first season, "Yuru Yuri♪♪" does not follow a strict storyline. But in comparison to the first season, new characters are not precisely introduced but from time to time, side characters are more in the center of attention, for example the student council's members. In addition, side stories featuring Mirakurun are also shown which makes the whole series a lot more varied. But in the end, "Yuru Yuri♪♪" is still a slice-of-life anime and the main point is not the story but others aspects. Anyways, in comparison to other animes of this genre, for instance "Lucky Star" where you have to be acquainted with other animes in order to understand their comedy, "Yuru Yuri♪♪'s" comedy is simple which makes it easy for the viewer to follow the whole series.
The art is fitting the whole slice-of-life genre and emphasizes the comedy and appearance of each character. However, people who are new to animes and are not used to this "moe-like" style of art, may feel a little weird about this. Furthermore, the art is not something unique or original, in comparison with other slice-of-life animes, the viewer will notice the identical proportions and structures the characters have. But the animations are done very lovely and fitting, which makes the whole situation in the most cases much funnier.
"Yuru Yuri♪♪" does not have got extraordinary OST or openings, but for the simplicity of this anime, amazing soundtracks are not necessary. Openings are funny and well done, emphasizing each character individually again.
The Characters are not very original, but they don't have to be if they have their personalities presented in an extreme way, which was done very nicely and is by far the best aspect of this anime, in my opinion. Every character is unique and always acts in a different way, depending on the copartner they are talking to. The relationships are done very lovely and are always varying from person to person, which makes this anime really amusing.
I personally enjoyed this little anime a lot. It was very simple and easy to understand, which is a big aspect of these slice-of-life animes. Furthermore, the comedy strongly depends on the characters gestures and facial expression, which is not the taste of everyone. But still, people won't have a hard time to laugh because of the character's strange behavior and weird reactions.
Overall a good anime, in my opinion. If you enjoyed the first season, you will definitely have a good time watching this. But it i think that not everyone will like this, generally because of the "moeness and yuri". People will quickly make up their minds about this and will label it as "boring", like usual for slice-of-life animes. I still think that this anime showed it's full potential at it's best. It was done very lovely and the simplicity just makes it so amusing to watch.
"Yuru Yuri♪♪" is definitely worth the time of 12 episodes and i would absolutely recommend it to people who like this genre and even to people who are not familiar with this, I'm sure you won't regret it.
The continuation of a comedy about 4+ girls going to school. What more could you want? *coughKyoukocough*
Plain and simple, there is no story. You can imagine there will be a short arc spanning 2-3 episodes at the most but generally, this is an anime about the daily lives of middle school girls. If you've watched the first season, you know what I'm talking about.
Since the very start, the art has been soft on the eyes and continues to be so. This time around, I'd say that the animation has improved greatly. Toshino Kyouko, for example, has generated more irrational body language than ever before! (lol) If you really search, you'll find some impurities in this divine anime but c'mon..
Everything is spot on. You forget this was done in a studio. xD The seiyuu seem a little better this time around but that could be just me. There's nothing notable that brings down the already great quality of the girls' endeavors. The OP and ED are fun to watch as well.
Pffff!! Toshino Kyouko! It feels like everything revolves around her and when it doesn't, the episode is a little more serious than usual. That aside, each girl has a dominant quality about them to be remembered. Kyouko, spontaneous.. Chiaki, Bad artist... Yui, swag.. Himawari, breasts/poise.. and so on. Unfortunately Akari, the most forgotten, is a character in itself too. Everybody stands out well and has a sense of individuality which you'll like a lot when growing towards a favorite.
[Enjoyment & Overall]
If you don't laugh in the first episode, you shouldn't watch this show. If you are opposed to Yuri in any way, you will not enjoy this anime. If you are looking for development of any kind, you will not like this show. I don't always watch anime of the yuri genre, but when I do.. I kick it with Rivarun.
Overall, the show is funny and a great second season to the first. You'll look forward to the rest of the episodes and whatever else that may come after.read more