With the most recent news of Citrus and Netsuzou Trap both getting anime adaptations next year, I saw a lot of different reactions to this all over the internet, spanning from pure euphoria to disappointment about the choices to just rants.
As you guys know, I love both manga, and I couldn’t be any happier with the choices and simply with the news in general. I guess some people already saw it coming in the case of Citrus, since, for one, it’s the most popular yuri manga out there, plus Saburouta was already looking for a way to make it happen anyway. Still, I gotta say, it came as a big surprise, even more so with the added news that Netsuzou Trap is in the making as well.
Now, despite the fact that I like both manga, why would I think that those are great choices? Let’s just start with the more obvious one, that being Citrus. As already stated, Citrus is—without a doubt—the most popular yuri manga out now. The fanbase is huge, it’s been officially translated into many different languages, and it’s one of the few yuri manga that notably get more people to like and start to explore the genre. It’s just nice to finally see such a big shot appearing again, and that alone is reason enough to think that this might actually be just the right manga to make into an anime. We need something that already has a lot of supporters. We need something that is already big. And we need something that also has the potential to get even bigger. In my eyes, Citrus is just that.
Many people don’t like it for it’s predictable story, forced drama, and well, pretty much for Mei just being Mei. I can see those flaws, though I also think that Citrus is getting a lot of hate just because it’s so big. But even this type of controversy is good for the show, trust me on that.
And that’s exactly the right kind of transition I needed to come to Netsuzou Trap, because this one is already dividing the nation—even more so then Citrus could ever do. We can argue about whether it really involves what you call NTR, but what is does surely involve is cheating, pretty much throughout the whole story. It’s heavy on drama, betrayal, and nasty situations, though that’s what I think will land it a lot of viewers. As we saw, Sakura Trick, as well as shows like Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san, just to name the most recent pure yuri shows, did a, let’s say, not so great job sales-wise. Both happy shows, comedies with just a lot of fluffy yuri, nothing heavy at all. And that’s what I think might as well be the problem. What we might need is rather a serious show, a romance unfolding with drama, hardship, and all the things that we just haven’t seen in a yuri anime in such a long time.
Let’s take Sasameki Koto and Aoi Hana for example, as they’re the two yuri shows that would come closest to what I am describing right now. Both shows date back to 2009, while shows like Strawberry Panic go back even further. I haven’t really looked it up, but I do assume, especially after going so long without anything similar appearing, that those shows also didn’t do too great. The reasons for that could be anything, people not being ready for pure yuri shows, maybe, or the stories just not being intriguing enough. Personally, and please don’t get me wrong there, I think that the main selling point for me for Sasameki Koto and Aoi Hana were the fact that they were yuri shows. Otherwise I wouldn’t have watched them. Not for the comedy, not for the slice of life aspect, and not for the characters. I did love them, that’s for sure, but I wouldn’t have found them if it wasn’t for them having yuri elements.
We need something with a bigger impact, I think.
With Citrus and Netsuzou Trap, the impact partly comes from either the pseudo-incest, the NTR elements, and, of course, the heavy yuri. And with “heavy”, I mean that we might be in for some in your face kind of yuri scenes. Both manga pretty much involve kisses in each and every chapter, with Netsuzou Trap going as far as pretty much showing sex happening between the two main girls. I have no idea how and if they will implement all these scenes into the anime, but I’m pretty sure that if they do, no matter how brief or long these scenes will be, it will gain some viewers… maybe even a lot. Well, we have to keep in mind that both shows might be scheduled to air in the middle of the night, but that has not been any different, even for some more fluffy shows like Sakura Trick.
So, in conclusion, despite many people bringing up some other great anime choices, like Octave, Girl Friends or even non-Japanese ones like Fluttering Feelings, I do believe that especially Citrus is a solid, maybe even the best choice to go with right now. And as long as at least one of the two does well, we might actually get a lot more in the future, so let’s hope for the best!