Yet again, the year went by in a flash, or at least that’s how it feels to me. And in old YuriReviews fashion, we’ll of course talk about our highlights of this oh so short year, so let’s just get right to it.
I feel like, compared to 2015, 2016 had a noticeably larger amount of yuri content to offer to us, especially when it comes to Visual Novels. FLOWERS, Kindred Spirits on the Roof, and Nurse Love Addiction, just to name some big titles here. But that’s the thing, despite having them and numerous others, it doesn’t just stop there. There are actually even more in the making right now, and that is a situation that has never, ever been there before.
And that is exactly my first highlight. We have so many new yuri visual novel titles ready and waiting for us to get discovered that it is even hard to actually keep up with it. I have no idea just how much money I was able to spend on games like these during this year. I’m pretty sure it’s at least ten times as much as last year, and I can proudly say that I probably bought every yuri game 2015 had to offer back then. What is even weirder is the fact that we get so much content that I even have a hard time keeping up with it. I actually have so many games in my library—as well as my to-buy list—that I think I won’t be done playing any time soon. This definitely is a situation we have never seen before, and I find it absolutely amazing, which is exactly why I will always keep this year in mind as the year of the rise of the yuri visual novels.
Though, I still wanna say that my personal highlight when it comes to visual novels this year is definitely my all-time favorite one, Kindred Spirits on the Roof.
Another thing I will probably always associate with 2016 is the “rise” of non-Japanese manga. I know, they’ve been around since way before 2016, but only this year did I notice the rising number of translated works spanning from not only countries like Korea, China, and Thailand, but also European countries. It is amazing to see the numbers grow so fast, and I’m honestly surprised by the fact that I basically fall in love with each and every one of these works. They are like a breeze of fresh air, sometimes feeling completely different from what we’re normally used to from Japanese works, and that is simply amazing. I sure hope it will continue just like this in 2017 as well. And maybe we’ll finally get some German ones, too~
Moving on, how could I not talk about that glorious day we were hit with the news of both Citrus and Netsuzou Trap getting anime adaptations? I know, it doesn’t really affect the current year, but the mere news of this happening already affected so many of us in just the right kind of way. Especially in the case of Citrus, many of us were already waiting a very long time for this kind of information to finally reach us, and yet it still came as a surprise, even more so since it’s not only Citrus but Netsuzou Trap on top of that. Both should be shows with the highest possible amount of yuri content. Unfortunately, there are still no more information out about it, but this alone is already enough for many of us, I believe.
Lastly, and this is something that I purposely haven’t talked about on the blog before, simply because I think it doesn’t affect the yuri community as much as it just affects me personally. I’d like to talk about my favorite game of 2016, which is surprisingly not a visual novel or anything like that, but rather another type of game. And who would have guessed it, it’s Overwatch. Though, I’m not here to talk about the game itself, but the revelation of one specific character to be gay. Well, Blizzard did mention many times before that Overwatch would include some LGBT characters, though they never really specified who and kept this information rather open. With them actually revealing that a character, namely Tracer, who is pretty much the mascot of the game, to be gay and in a relationship with another girl, that’s just a big deal, especially since we’re talking about one of the best-selling games of 2016. I’m still surprised about this bold move, since Blizzard can be sure to meet a lot of criticism for this, which is why I’m all the more happy that they still decided to go with it. So yeah, it might not mean much to you, but it was quite the big news to me, and it still is~
So those are my highlights of 2016. I sure hope I didn’t forget about anything, but I feel like I covered what was most important to me this year.
So what do you guys think? What are your personal yuri highlights of 2016?
Also, happy New Year everyone! We wish you all the best for 2017~