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.
"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.
+ 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.