We’ve seen anime focused on things like dragons and serpents in recent years, but how about other fantastic demi-creatures like centaurs or mermaids? If you’ve ever wondered what the world would look like if humans evolved into these and other forms, this is the anime for you. Spoiler: It’s actually not that different from the present, in good ways and bad…
This month’s Yuri News Update consists of a second season of a beloved yuri-ish anime, some new visual novel releases, a traveling yuri fair, and more, so let’s get started~
To be honest, 2019 has been a little lackluster for yuri fans so far. Last year was so great that it feels like this year has already been pretty disappointing, and even if that might be true, this next bit of news will surely help make 2019 look a little better.
Another under-the-radar anime from this past fall season was Akanesasu Shoujo, but it turns out that some missed opportunities end up holding this anime back from what it could have been…
Since I felt like I needed more Ratana Satis in my life and seeing that Pulse is still is one of my all-time favorites, I decided to finally give Lily Love 2 ~Frosty Jewel~ a chance.
Despite the name, I was first surprised to see characters from the first Lily Love make a return, but what surprised me even more was the character choices they went with. Of course, you could say that Ploy and Ice were the obvious candidates, since they had some… let’s call it “special moments” in the first Lily Love. Still, to me, it felt like a rather big surprise, especially since Ploy probably wasn’t a fan favorite, due to her actions in the first manhwa series.
Lily Love 2 now focuses on how Ploy—daughter of a famous businessman who owns a prestigious hotel chain—manages in her new position as a higher-up in said hotel chain, and Ice, as the poor, little intern who has to work as basically a slave, or in other words, Ploy’s assistant.
Yup. It’s another anime review from this past fall season. Obviously, there were a lot of yuri-ish shows during the season, but I have to say that Release the Spyce wasn’t at or near the top of the list for me. Not even close.
After finding myself missing and yearning for more of one of my all-time favorite queerbaiting masterpieces, namely Hibike! Euphonium, it was time for yet another piece and more orchestral drama, this time focusing on another set of
lovers characters from the Kitauji High School music club.
Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki are two close friends who are part of the Kitauji High School music club. Quiet and reserved Yoroizuka plays the oboe while lively and popular Kasaki plays the flute. The group has decided to play Liz and the Blue Bird, a song inspired on a fairy tale about the relationship between a girl and a bird. The musical piece puts both Mizore and Nozomi on the spotlight due to a solo part by Yoroizuka and forces the two girls to reexamine their friendship.
We’re more or less thrown right into the story without any information given on the characters. Well, we’re supposed to already know them from the anime, and quite frankly, while the new stars of this piece might not have taken the lead a lot in the past, it’s still hard not to recognize these two. Needless to say, a short explanation on these characters would have been welcome, but it definitely wasn’t necessary. Thus, it’s also not so surprising that their dynamic didn’t change in the slightest. Mizore is still as quiet and shy as ever, while Nozomi is bubbly, happy, and friendly with basically everyone, especially so with Mizore.