The girls of the Amusement Club return in Yuru Yuri♪♪, finding new ways to make passing time even more enjoyable. Their members consist of the always energetic Kyouko Toshinou; calm and sensible Yui Funami; polite but often overlooked Akari Akaza; and Chinatsu Yoshikawa, who stumbled upon the others while looking for the Tea Ceremony Club. Together they are the Amusement Club, which has the deceptively simple task of keeping its members entertained.
Along with the Student Council and the odd family member, they strive to enjoy their youth to the fullest. Whether it's a trip to a hot spring or finishing overdue homework, their lives are never dull, and they will always find an excuse to spend time together.
- 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.
+ This show made me understand the true meaning of moe
+ The art is absolutely adorable
+ Every character is so funny
+ This really made me lauch
+ Despite of cute outlook, the humour is sometimes kind of crrepy, in a good way though ;)
+ Fun inside jokes
- The 2nd season contains lots of jokes from the 1st season, so if you haven't watched that first you may not fully understand the jokes.
- Season 3 hasn't been announced jet.
And there isn't actual yuri that much, so if you aren't that into lesbians I can still recommend this. But if you're a homophobic don't spend you time watching
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The second season of this show really out shines the first. Yuru Yuri just might be the cutest anime you will ever watch. The art of the show is cute, the characters are cute, the stories are cute, but most important of all the personalities of the characters are cute.
Each episode is light-hearted, fun feel and pretty self contained. Sometimes references to material from earlier episodes are made, but these are almost always accompanied by flashbacks. Although the stories of each of these episodes might not be extremely interesting, the characters of the show make everything super enjoyable and entertaining. Some of the
episodes are pretty mundane by design, like missing the train to go swimming on a hot summer day; however, the show's charm can even make something like this, as boring as it sounds, make you laugh or gin a little.
This extension to the original series is definitely worth a watch if you are looking for something to make you laugh and put a smile on your face; however, this show isn't something I would recommend watching in a single sitting. Yuru Yuri is definitely the kind of show you want to watch an episode of here and there eventually leading you to the end.
If you are interested in Yuru Yuri♪♪ (the second season of Yuru Yuri) I do think watching the first season before you start is a good idea; although, it is by no means required to enjoy the show because of its self-contained style.
It's been quite a while since I reviewed the first series of Yuru Yuri, the anime from Doga Kobo inc, based on the manga by Naromi. Overall, I liked the first series and thought the humour did mostly work pretty well. So, does the second series improve, is it a step down or is it roughly the same as the first?
The setup remains the same as the first series, a group of zany lesbian schoolgirls go through their everyday lives while being generally quirky and humour happens as a consequence. The humour is much the same as it was in the first series,
the comedy is derived largely from the characters, their strangeness and their interaction. The old running gags are still present, albeit downplayed a bit when compared to the first series. Namori seems to be trying to focus more on other jokes under the assumption that most people have probably seen these jokes enough that they won't be that amused by them anymore. I will give this series credit for having some class when it comes to the fantasising scenes, just like the first it refrains from showing anything sexualised during them, preferring a more cutesy tone. There are also some gags based around really strange occurrences as opposed to the more everyday scenarios and they do work fairly well and the justifications for them are effective parts of the jokes.
Honestly, almost every joke that really doesn't work in this one are those based on one particular character. Akari's sister, Akane. In the first series she was mentioned, but never seen and that was probably for the best. Every time she appears it's for the same joke, she has a sister complex and is insanely creepy about it. That is the entire joke for her. Yeah, the joke about Kyouko going into her room and seeing all of her creepy paraphernalia kind of worked in the first series as a miniature horror parody, but this series doesn't get clever with any of these scenes and they're just bad most of the time. Fortunately, most of them are also very brief. You'll get thirty seconds of Akane before it switches to a different scene or at least takes the focus off of her.
On a more positive note, the humour, aside from the Akane scenes, is a lot more solid than the first series. There are also some really good cute scenes, particularly between Sakurako and Himawari. Those two might very well have the best scenes in the series, actually.
This is a series that largely works, because of the characters. They have quirks that lead to a lot of comedic possibilities and there are some really strong interactions. Again, the weakness is Akane since her whole schtick is crushing on her little sister. She doesn't even really get good interactions with the other characters since the only two she really interacts with are Akari and Tomoko, Chinatsu's older sister.
The art style is the same as the first series. As I said when I talked about the first series, it's not a style I particularly care for. It looks fine for what it is, the bright and vibrant style does, arguably, suit a series like this, but the character designs feel kind of plain and the general lack of detailing can make things look kind of lackluster at times. It doesn't look bad but it's also not artwork that I find particularly engrossing or interesting.
The cast remains a strong aspect of the series. The entire main cast, Mikami Shiori, Tsuda Minami, Ootsubo Yuka & Ookubo Rumi all do well in their roles. Oddly enough, even Akane's actress, Horie Yui, does well given that her character has only a sliver of personality and a rather unpleasant one. Of course, Horie Yui is also a really good actress in general so it may be odd but isn't that surprising. The strongest performances probably come from Mimori Suzuko and Katou Emiri since their characters get so many really strong scenes together. The music is improved over the first series. It remains fun and catchy but the singing itself is more capably done this time around.
There's quite a bit. Our cast has maintained their various crushes and even added some new ones. It's strongly implied that Sakurako's older sister has a girlfriend and Chinatsu's sister very obviously has a thing for Akane. There's a lot of romantic tension between certain girls as well. We also find out that Akari is fantasising about every girl in the amusement club, the student council and Nishigaki sensei. Well, she is at that age so it's not that unusual but it's gotta make things a bit awkward for her.
The second series of Yuru Yuri is an improvement over the first in practically every aspect. The jokes, as a whole, are stronger. The characters mesh a bit better, mostly and the music is better. That being said, it also has a huge issue that the first series didn't, Akane as a reoccurring character. In all fairness, her presence doesn't hurt the series that much since she isn't around that often, but it still holds it back enough that it ends up being barely better. As such, my final rating is an 8/10. Next week I'll look at Choujuu Densetsu Gestalt.