It’s been a while since the last News Update, so we have a lot to get to this time around. Let’s get started~
Starting off with everyone’s new favorite yuri
hentai anime, Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid Specials are on the way. They’re mini OVA episodes that will come bundled with the Blu-ray and DVD releases of Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid. Volume 1 goes on sale on December 18th in Japan, so until Volume 6 is released in May 2016, we’ll have even more Mirei x Mamori goodness to feast our eyes on. It’s kind of disappointing that they’re only “mini” episodes, but let’s hope we see even more yuridiculous moments with these specials.
Also being announced a while back was plenty of Hibike! Euphonium news to get excited about. A recap movie, Hibike! Euphonium Movie: Kitauji Koukou Suisougaku-bu e Youkoso, as well as a second season have been given the greenlight. The recap movie is fine, but what’s really exciting is news of another season. Everyone fell in love with KumiRei, and after hearing all of the complaints voiced by the legions of yuri fans, let’s hope KyoAni comes to their senses and gives us what we really want. The movie is currently set for April 2016, while season two’s premiere is yet to be determined. If you can’t quite wait that long, don’t forget that an unaired episode (Hibike! Euphonium: Kakedasu Monaka) is being released alongside the seventh Blu-Ray and DVD volumes, which hit Japanese shelves on the 16th.
It feels like it’s been an eternity that we’ve been talking about Liar Soft’s Kindred Spirits on the Roof, but soon, it’ll be less talking and more playing as MangaGamer has announced that the Yuri VN is 100% translated and 95% edited. As if a new Yuri VN wasn’t already a big deal, the fact that it’s going to be coming uncensored to Steam pushes the hype machine to a whole another level. There seems to be a lot of yuri hopes and dreams associated with this, so let’s hope it gets met with the kind of reception that’ll open the door for more Yuri VNs to be localized and accepted by the mainstream. There still isn’t a firm release date yet, but be ready for this to drop sometime in the very near future.
What’s a News Update without a bit of SonoHana news? Well, it’s some late news, but better late than never. Fuguriya has recently released a visual novel adaptation of the online novel series Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo – Yuririn. An all-new chapter devoted to Mai and Reo will accompany the story spanning 2014-2015.
Here’s the plot summary, translated by Ralen: Risa, her weight in extremely (beep) condition due to all those delicious snacks and tea, has resolved to go on a diet! However… cutting sweets out of your diet is extremely hard, so seeing how much Risa is suffering, Mai recommends a cycling diet. Hearing how Mai already successfully lost five kilograms, Risa is extremely interested!
This is all-ages, but it sounds like it’s another cute entry in the series. Mai x Reo also get some love in it, so sign me up! For more information, visit Petals’ Garden.
This next bit of news is interesting, since it’s an anime movie that could have some yuri potential. Harmony is based on the 2009 Nihon SF Taisho award-winning novel of the same name by the late Project Itoh. Here’s the description: “In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This perfect world isn’t that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide via starvation. It doesn’t work, but one of the girls—Tuan Kirie—grows up to be a member of the World Health Organization. As a crisis threatens the Harmony of the new world, Tuan rediscovers another member of her suicide pact, and together they must help save the planet… from itself.”
This appears to have a dark sociological theme going on that’s very different from what’s normally associated with yuri. Well, it’s unclear if this will really have any yuri, but the PVs certainly make it look like a possibility. Either way, I think this is one to keep an eye on.
Last but not least, another manga with yuri subtext is getting an anime adaptation in the form of New Game!. The story follows Aoba Suzukase, a high school girl who joins a game company post graduation. Her senior at the company happens to be the person who made the game that she loved in grade-school. The inner-workings of the company and the lives of the girls who work there will be the focus. Being only subtext, it’s easy to not be too excited, but we’re not ones to turn down yuri-ish anime, so the more the merrier. Now let’s get some news of actual yuri manga getting an anime adaptation. *cough*Citrus*cough*
Finally, I [Lena] would like to take over for the last piece of information. Just like last year, I’ll yet again be in Tokyo from the 23rd of December to the 4th of January. >During these 2 weeks, Rock will take over and provide you with anything needed. We’re yet again planning to revive the Review Fest that took place last year during the same time I was away.
For those that are not yet familiar with this term, it simply describes a period of time in which we’ll post new blog entries every two days. So during the two weeks I’ll be in Tokyo, you’ll get new post every second day
We already prepared some posts in advance, but we’re still not finished just yet. So if any of you want to contribute a review or anything else, just let us know. We’re now open for suggestions and especially guest reviews.