Anime Review: Seraphim Call

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Year: 1999
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Studio: Sunrise

Synopsis: Eleven young hearts with eleven dreams. Deep in their hearts, each girl has a secret dream of love and sadness. They meet together at Acropolis Tower to see if their dreams will come true. Imagine what happens when eleven average girls with eleven special talents join together to make the world a better place.


STORY

After reading the synopsis, seeing the cover art, and finding this anime listed in various yuri clubs on MyAnimeList, I kind of expected Seraphim Call to be some sort of fantasy/sci-fi/magical girl drama about all these girls that come together to soothe the hearts of others. Well, I was way off. It’s not like that at all. Instead of something with the ethereal tone of Haibane Renmei, I got ten separate stories spanning everything from a female tech genius with a severe phobia of men to a childish girl who’s always talking to her stuffed animals. The stories and characters don’t really intertwine, but one thing they do have in common is that they’re just not that enjoyable.

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Visual Novel Review: A Summer’s End – Hong Kong 1986

SPOILER WARNING!
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Title: A Summer’s End – Hong Kong 1986
Year: 2020
Publisher/Developer: Oracle & Bone
Genre: Retro, Romance, Yuri

Long time no see, huh? But who would have thought that I’d just have to come back to review this gem of a game. Well, while I’m quite literally on the brink of bursting with all I have to say about this visual novel, I will try to compose myself as much as possible and start out the regular way, so here we go.

A Summer’s End – Hong Kong 1986 is a visual novel set in the mentioned year and in the mentioned city. Big surprise, I know.

The story follows young woman Michelle, who, after her father’s death, is living alone with her mother and working as an assistant in an esteemed company. One day, as a result of a broken heel, she meets Sam, daughter of the cobbler she’s visiting, and spends some time with her while waiting for her shoe to get fixed.

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Anime Review: He is My Master

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Year: 2005
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Slice of Life
Studio: Gaimax / Shaft

Synopsis: Izumi Sawatari and her younger sister, Mitsuki Sawatari, have run away from home and are in need of employment. The only jobs available are as maids in the mansion of 14-year-old millionaire, Yoshitaka Nakabayashi. What seems like simple work is soon revealed to be far more than the girls bargained for when they find Yoshitaka to be an authoritative employer who demands they call him “Master”.


STORY

Let’s start things off by discussing how terrible this title is. He is My Master just sounds like hentai, doesn’t it? The title sounds like it should be an ecchi and misogynistic mess, and it’s probably the biggest reason why I’ve stayed away from this anime for so long. Well, now that I’ve watched it, I can say beyond the shadow of a doubt that while it’s not hentai, it definitely an ecchi and misogynistic mess, and for that reason, this should be a a little shorter than the average anime review.

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Yuri News Update: May 2020

It’ll take a lot more than a pandemic to stop the yuri world from spinning, and this month, we have more proof of that. So sit back, relax, and prepare yourself for another heaping helping of yuri news~


First up, one of the most beloved yuri couples of all-time is making a return. It was announced last month that Kannazuki no Miko creators Kaishaku will be launching a spinoff manga later this month. Somewhere, chimekolover88 is still jumping for joy. 😛

Previous Kannazuki no Miko spinoffs were, uhhh, not so great, but it’s more Chimeko! No matter how mediocre previous entries in the franchise were, KnM fans will still probably eat this new spinoff up, and who would’ve thought that in our greatest time of need, it would be Chimeko that would come to our rescue? Besides, Kyoushirou to Towa no Sora wasn’t bad, so there is precedent for a solid KnM spinoff.


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Let’s Talk About Review Scores

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YuriReviews has been around for more than seven years, and over the course of those seven years, we’ve featured 309 reviews thus far. I myself have been writing reviews for nearly six years, and I’ve written 171 reviews so far.

The point is, we’ve had hundreds of opportunities to put our thoughts and opinions into words, and I think most people who’ve ever written a review will tell you that it’s not easy. For me, one of the things that usually presents a challenge is trying to give a numeric value to my thoughts.

Since the beginning, YuriReviews has used a 10 point scale to critique aspects of our review subjects, but over time, it’s clear to see that we’ve fallen into the trap known as the four point scale. Long story short, the four point scale is how the mid and low ends of the review scale tend to go largely unused, so the overwhelming majority of review scores tend to range from 7 and up. A deep dive into our review scores definitely confirms this.

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Anime Review: Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu

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Year: 2020
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Music
Studio: 8bit

Synopsis: A girl is obsessed with her favorite idol, a minor member of a less popular group, enough that she says she’d die to see her play at Budoukan.


STORY

When I think of idol/music anime, I pretty much envision something along the lines of Love Live!. That’s just standard practice by now, but OshiBudo doesn’t quite follow that blueprint. Of course, standard idol anime put all the emphasis on the group and its members, and while this anime gives the idols their time, this one is more about the crazed fans that obsess over their fave.

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Anime Spring Season 2020: First Impressions

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It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2020 spring anime season that just started~

BNA
Studio: Trigger • Genre: Action, Fantasy, Super Power

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Thanks to Kill la Kill, I’ll almost always be interested when Trigger comes out with a new anime, so it was an easy decision to pick up BNA. Between this and Beaststars, it seems that anthropomorphic animal person anime is in style lately, but unlike Beaststars, this seems to be about the volatile relationship between humans and beastmen. It didn’t take long for violence to flare up between the two sides, with our dear protagonist (and tanuki girl), Michiru, caught in the middle.

Even in the supposed safe haven of Anima City, there’s already some backstabbing and shady dealings going on, and I’m expecting a whole lot more of that in future episodes. Like all Trigger anime, BNA isn’t lacking in style points, and although we only got a glimpse of it in this first episode, I’m expecting the action to be over-the-top and chaotic, just how I like it. Also, I got some Zootopia vibes for a minute, and since I love that movie, I’ll at least keep watching for a bit. That said, I don’t always finish non-yuri shows that I pick up, so BNA has some work to do in order to win me over. The first six episodes of this anime dropped all at once, so I should find out pretty early on if this is worth my time. For old times’ sake, let’s hope that Trigger once again saves anime~


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