One of the benefits of getting to this series so late is being able to review these seasons in rapid succession. So after my glowing review of the first season, will season two raise the bar even further, or will the sophomore slump befall this yuri celebration? Let’s find out~
This is normally the part where I give a short synopsis that summarizes the basic story elements, but nothing has really changed from the first season, story-wise. Well, there wasn’t much of a story to begin with, but you get what I mean.
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life, Yuri
I guess all that really matters is that you get some interesting situations, and just like season one, there are plenty that come about. There are just too many good scenes to mention, so I’ll only mention a handful. Comuket [sic] gets revisited, but personally, I liked it better the first go ’round. Ayano & Chitose > Akari & Chinatsu, IMO. Karaoke scenes are almost always great, and the one here was no exception. Kyouko’s journey to get batteries for her AC remote was fun, as was Akari traveling back in time. And who could forget Chinatsu’s hair eating everything? I left out so many memorable moments, but I think you get the idea.
On the flip side, I could have done without the extended Mirakurun scene. Not that it was bad or anything, but it took up nearly a third of the episode, and I would rather have seen the girls doing something instead. And once again, the last episode was the best one (in my opinion). Uncoincidentally, all of the characters were brought together for that one. That’s one thing I would have liked to have seen more of. All those personalities in one room is magical, so hopefully we see more of that in the future.
In terms of sheer entertainment value, I think I slightly preferred the first season’s various antics, but this isn’t far behind. It’s just a matter of personal preference. Yes, the story may be practically nonexistant, but for an anime like this, that doesn’t matter all that much. No matter how you look at it, this is fun, yuri-infused stuff.
One of the things I lamented about season one was the shortage of Himawari x Sakurako, and thankfully, they were major players throughout the twelve episodes. Their dysfunctional relationship is comedy gold, so it’s about time they got some more love. We got to meet more family members of some of the girls, and like their sisters, they’re also entertaining. The four returning main characters are every bit as great as before, and even moreso, in Chinatsu’s case. She may be a terrible Mirakurun, but nevertheless, she’s a great character. Akari’s still the lovable loser, and it just doesn’t get old seeing her suffer. Yui’s understated presence is still sorely needed, since someone has to keep the others in line. And you just know that Super Sexy Commando Kyouko always brings her A game, but there is a problem….
With the decision to give Himawari and Sakurako significantly more screen time, someone had to have theirs reduced, and unfortunately, Kyoppi was one of the victims. I guess it’s nice that some of the other characters get their share of the spotlight, but Kyouko’s so great that she should be up front and center all the time. She still had a lot of memorable moments, though you can never have enough of her. You could call it The Taming of the
Shrew Kyouko, but just like Miley, she can’t really be tamed. Yeah, I just dropped Shakespeare and Miley Cyrus references right there. Where else can you get valuable insight like this? That’s right, only YuriReviews, baby! 😛
Seriously though, at the end of the day, there isn’t too much to complain about. There are a lot of great characters, and even if you get less of one, you get more of another. It’s a great luxury for Yuru Yuri♪♪ to have. If only every show was as fortunate.
There isn’t that much else left to say about the visuals. This debuted a year after the first season, so there are few—if any—noticeable changes. For a slice of life, this looks more than adequate, so there really isn’t anything to complain about.
I can’t honestly say that I prefer the themes of the second season to the first, but they’re still pretty nice, especially the OP. Seeing Chinatsu’s ED in episode eight (featuring her drawings) was horrifying and hilarious and reminded me how much I would have loved for the other characters to get their own themed endings. Ah, well. Other than that, practically nothing else has changed, so I’m just gonna say that if you didn’t have a problem with the audio in season one, you won’t have a problem here either.
Maybe I’m wrong about this, but it didn’t seem that there were quite as many yuri moments this season. At the very least, there were fewer kisses. Perhaps you can say it’s quality over quantity, but I still miss the little, inconsequential yuri-ish moments we got more of in season one. Nevertheless, this remains true to the series and still has more than enough yuri content to satiate most fans.
Undoubtedly, Sakurako and Himawari were the premier pairing this season, which is probably the biggest change from before. Season one never seemed to take any of the yuri seriously, but with Sakurako’s fit of jealousy, the same can’t exactly be said here. “Sakurako” and “serious” in the same sentence seems weird, but hey, it still counts. Chinatsu’s yuri switch was always on, so she also had a major yuri presence this season. Say what you will about her, but she is crazy about Yui-senpai, and that’s something that’s always encouraged.
And then, there’s Akane. She only gets a few scenes, but dman…. Let’s just say that if she doesn’t get more spotlight in season three, I’ll be very disappointed.
It wasn’t all positive, as some characters weren’t as fortunate as the aforementioned few were. I was hoping for something more significant between Ayano x Kyouko, but that never happened. Likewise, Chitose and Chizuru were both pretty awesome in the first season, yet neither were given the same amount of attention this time. The world needs more yuri delusions (and nosebleeds and drooling), and there was either fewer or they weren’t as memorable as before.
All that said, there isn’t a gayer slice of life series than this, so even though it didn’t feature everything I was looking for, I’m still generally pleased with the end result.
It almost feels bad to say that Yuru Yuri♪♪ is more of the same from season one, but considering how much fun that was, that’s not a bad thing at all. Fact of the matter is, there are few series as fun as this one, and despite some minor changes, this is very much still the Yuru Yuri we know and love~
Total Enjoyment: 8.5
“Just as funny as the first season.”