Upon finding some camping equipment in the clubroom, the Amusement Club decide to go camping together for summer vacation, with the student council deciding to tag along. After spending the day making curry, the girls form pairs to go on a test of courage before hitting a bathhouse together.
It's been almost 2,5 years of waiting but Yuru Yuri is finally back!
Assuming you've seen both seasons of the TV-series prior to this, there is little need for introduction and thus I will keep this short. It's the same good old character cast as it has always been; Akari's hair buns are still detachable, Chinatsu's artistic skills are still frighteningly bad and TOSHINOU KYOUKO is still as whimsical and energetic as ever in her tomato outfit.
In this 1-hour OVA, after a rather... *unexpected* opening scene, the story is about the whole group going on a camping trip in the summer. It's a very typical slice-of-life
story without any unusual elements attached to it. However the comedy, the light Yuri moments and the relaxing atmosphere of the series is still as good as it ever was, showing that Yuru Yuri's concept is far from dead yet.
Furthermore we get brand new opening and ending themes for this special alone, both of which are very catchy in typical Yuru Yuri fashion. I also felt like the animation quality was all-round improved here compared to the TV-series.
Overall, while simplistic this OVA still manages to once again show why Yuru Yuri is and always has been one of the absolute best slice-of-life moe comedies in the anime industry, and it should thus be considered a must-watch for anyone willing to call themselves a fan of the original series.
As a final note, at one point this OVA also gave an implication that the show may return in the future in some shape or form. So... season 3 when?
EDIT: As of March 7th, Yuru Yuri 3rd Season has now been confirmed~ :)
If you're reading this, I'm going to assume you've seen both seasons of Yuru Yuri already, and wondering how the OVA stood up to the original aired series.
In short: It was everything all Yuru Yuri fans wanted (and needed!).
With the exception of the first five minutes, which was a funny engrish over the top parody scene. The entire OVA stayed true to all of the characters, and any returning fan will be very pleased with how they brought back their favorite characters.
Another great element they kept bringing back were the running jokes from the series. Ayano's Puns, Chinatsu's terrible art, Akarin's non
existence, and most of the others are here too. None of the jokes ever seemed forced or rushed either, the entire time it legitimately felt like a Yuru Yuri episode. I was a little worried it'd just be another shitty OVA made by the company for some quick sales, but that was definitely not the case.
I want to keep this short, but to TLDR everything, I'd say if you enjoyed Yuru Yuri, you'll enjoy this. It was an amazing feeling to be able to watch my favorite show again and laugh at the same type of humor Yuru Yuri brings to the table.
They did everything right with this one, and everyone who has seen the previous two seasons should watch this, or at least if they want to experience the most relaxing and beautiful OVA ever. I know you do.
In this hour-long episode, the Yuru Yuri girls travel on a camping trip, which totally hasn't been done before by anyone. The first thing you'll notice is the new animation. It's beautiful. If you exclude the five minute Engrish opening scene, the OVA radiates an aura of calmness and serenity, which actually diverts quite a bit from the usual show, but it's done in such a way that
you can't do anything but enjoy it. Whether the girls are toying around at school, or chilling up in the mountains, the episode is pure eye candy (camping episodes are perfect for eye candy material and mandatory nature shots!) and the sounds are so calm that it'd cure insomnia if you'd choose to sleep to it. It's like they put the Yuru Yuri characters in Non Non Biyori (check that anime out if you enjoyed this).
I'm very glad that the OVA touches all the things that made the show great, from the running gags, to the supporting characters, and all the other details that ties the show together. They paid attention to it all, and they didn't go overboards with it either, so it totally feels like Yuru Yuri without it feeling too forced.
So yeah, we get a new OP and ED, an hour-long episode with our favourite moeblobs, and one of the most relaxing, fun and beautiful OVAs I've watched, so of course I'll recommend this to Yuru Yuri fans. It'll get you hyped for season 3.
Most appraisals of YuruYuri commend its uniqueness that defied the cliches associated with the Moe-Slice of Life genre, as well as its vast potential as a series. As of today, the legacy of YuruYuri is safely carried on by the newest iteration in the series, YuruYuri Nachuyachumi.
The story of Nachuyachumi can never be described in a few general terms because it is separated into two distinct parts: The OVA originals and the manga adaptations. I will review them separately.
Firstly, the OVA originals mostly consist of the camping trip story arc. Unfortunately, to many viewers a camping trip might seem vapid and mundane. However, bear in
mind that a camping trip is also the type of endeavor which is challenging and rewarding enough for middle school girls to earnestly take part in.
Secondly, the Manga adaptations offered subtle delights to those who read the manga. It must be mentioned that the Engrish scene is adapted from one of the funniest manga chapters. Although most adaptations are inspired by interesting chapters, the highlight is how seamlessly the adapted stories mesh with the Camping arc.
The art of Nachuyachumi made a significant improvement over the previous anime. To be fair, I would say the two aspects of improvement are fluidity of animated movements and complexity of the art.
Last but not least, Nachuyachumi sustained YuruYuri's trend of having good OP/EDs. The OP retained the distinct jingle that defined YuriYurararaYuruYuri Dijiken and Koi no Bakkin Buckingham. The ED made a break with tradition as it emphasizes on cherishing time at school. It is well made; the melody fits the theme even without help from the translated lyrics.
All in all, with Nachuyachumi and another anime project in place, I believe that YuruYuri is on the way to become a fully fledged franchise.