Anime Review: Yuyushiki

Producer: Kinema Citrus 

Author: Komata Mikami
Year: 2013
Length: 12 episodes
Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, School Setting, Yuri, Moe
Yuzuko Nonohara: Even though it is said that she’s supposed to be the smartest out of the 3 main characters, she usually appears to be the loudest, most random and at times the most dimwitted out of them all. Still, despite her sometimes crazy behavior, she’s very likable and brings a lot of nice yuri undertones into the show.
Yukari Hinata: Yukari comes from a very rich family and you could say, she’s usually a little quieter and more reserved than Yuzuko. But then again, she’s always quite fast to catch on to Yuzuko’s randomness and thus starts to act just as silly and crazy as the former. 
Yui Ichii: I think everyone will agree with me when I say that Yui is probably the most normal girl out of them all. She also has some moments in which she acts crazy, but usually that’s Yuzuko and Yukari’s job. And since the two of them tend to go a little over board with their jokes almost all of the time, Yui usually tries to keep their craziness in check, using violence whenever it’s necessary. 

(from left to right) Yuzuko, Yukari, Yui
These are the 3 main characters but there are actually a lot more important characters, like the girls’ homeroom teacher, who everyone calls “Okaa-san” (Mama) or shy Aikawa and her friends and I’m not lying when I tell you that each and every character is enjoyable in their own ways. But still, out of them all I think I enjoyed Yuzuko the most. She somehow reminds me of Toshinou Kyouko from YuriYuri, even though I have a feeling she’s even more crazy, which I thought wasn’t possible.
Well… I don’t think Yuyushiki really has a plot. All we get to see is our three main heroines having fun at school, at home and during their club activities as the Data Processing Club. So this is yet again an anime about cute girls doing cute stuff, but the main focus in this one is set on the nicely implemented comedy. 
In this case we have a lot of slapstick and also dirty humor, even though the latter is still rather innocent compared to other shows. So all in all I can say that there were some scenes that literally made me burst into laughter while others were just… meh. In general the humor was quite funny almost all the time and when it wasn’t, it was either because I’m a) not smart enough to get it, I’m b) not Japanese enough to get it or c) the joke was just not funny. 
In many cases I actually think it’s b) since they tend to make Japanese puns or refer to Japanese TV shows that I just don’t know.
Other than that I think it’s worth mentioning, that even though this is a totally light and even relaxing anime without any kind of important plot, I still think it’s hard to watch more than 3 episodes of this in a row. At least in my case, it felt like the amount of laughs decreased after watching 2 episodes or more at once, because you get used to its humor and the kind of pattern they use for most of the jokes keeps repeating itself, which is probably why you’ll get tired of it after watching too many episodes at once.
So I would recommend you to not watch this in one go but to actually take your time and enjoy this whenever you need a good laugh.
One of the best things about the show: Their facial expressions
Yuyushiki is unfortunately not a real yuri show but the amount of subtext in this one is still really high. And even though the yuri subtext is usually used in a humorous way, it’s still quite nice to watch and in my opinion worth giving it a try, especially if you enjoyed how the yuri in YuruYuri was handled. 
Here’s a little clip so you’ll get an idea of what kind of yuri will await you:
Total Enjoyment:
I’ve read this many times before and after finishing this great series and I can absolutely agree with that; Yuyushiki really feels like YuruYuri season 2.5, just with some different characters (that partly even have the same voices as some YuruYuri characters) and a little less yuri. 
So should you watch it? Well, let me make the decision a little easier for you. If you are a fan of the following genres, give it a try:
  • Cute girls doing cute things
  • Cute girls occasionally doing cute yuri things
  • Cute girls making cute and sometimes sexual jokes
  • Cute female teachers with huge breasts

That pretty much sums it up and as you can see, people who like cute girls will really be satisfied with this one and so was I.

Character: 8/10
Story: 6.5/10
Animation: 6/10
Sound and Voices: 7/10
Yuri: 4/10
Total Enjoyment: 8/10

6 thoughts on “Anime Review: Yuyushiki

  1. You pretty much said everything that needs to be said about the show. Glory to Yuyushiki. I suppose you do not see Kei's possessiveness of Ai-chan as a crush. It is understandable.

    Anyhoo, here's hoping for a second season or more OVAs.


  2. I think Kei really had a crush on Aikawa and if there will be a second season, I hope to see much more of those two.

    So dear Godoka please make it happen.


  3. i just started watching it and i think it's great. hopefully we get a new season, but why is it that most yuri shows hardly sell any blu rays or dvds.


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