Since quite a few of you were interested in getting to know the two of us a little better, we decided to do a little Q&A with questions we found might be interesting to you.
If you have any questions left, feel free to just post them in the comment section and we will answer them (if we feel comfortable doing so).
Hi there. I’m Lena. 24 years old, female, and from Germany. Now that sounded like a profile on a dating website, but whatever. 😛 As you know, I love yuri with a burning passion, though, I like other things, too, like music, especially Japanese electro music as well as games, like Overwatch or Super Smash Brothers~
Hallo leute. I’m James. Soon to be 22 years old, male, and from the US. Besides YR-related stuff, I also like MMA, football (American football, not soccer :P), all sorts of music, playing quizzes, and a few games, like Overwatch~
Hi, I’m James. I’m a total cutie from America with a soft spot for cats and Korean music, as well as girls with glasses 😛 I’m super awesome, hard-working, funny, and way too good at Overwatch~
Hi there. I’m Lena, a forgetful (but adorable beyond words) German girl who’s way too nice, and I sometimes try to hide my lewdness, but it always comes shining through. I’m incredibly charming, an absolute pleasure to be around, very hard-working, and extremely tolerant, since I always have to carry my schild over here to victory in Overwatch~
Oh, well, that’s been so long that I have a hard time remembering it. Friends had to force me to watch anime back then, because I was so unwilling to try to enjoy something like this. Fortunately, they succeeded, and my love for anime, coupled with my love for lesbian media, quickly made me find yuri anime, such as Kannazuki no Miko and Strawberry Panic. The rest is history~
^^ I don’t have a fancy backstory like that, but it was actually Lena herself who opened my eyes and first got me interested in yuri, years ago. I’m not exactly sure what the first thing she recommended to me was, but it might have been Strawberry Panic. After that, it was a slippery slope, and I continued to get more and more into it. Little did I know that from that fateful meeting, things would escalate so much~
It never gets boring, to be honest. Even if we don’t get as many yuri shows as I’d like, there are new yuri manga and doujinshi popping up daily. The amount of yuri visual novels has also been increasing at such a rapid pace that I can’t even keep up with it all. Furthermore, reading yuri manga or fanfiction or anything yuri really, helps me relax after a long day of work. Having something to look forward, like a new yuri doujinshi, surely helps to get through the day, and that can sometimes be really, really helpful.
Unlike Lena, I haven’t really gotten involved too much with yuri manga, doujinshi, fanfiction, or visual novels (though, that’s something that I’m slowly trying to change), yet it’s hard to say exactly why I enjoy it as much as I do. It’s true that it never does get boring, but I guess I just like what I like.
Well, of course, you’d explain that it’s the term used to describe girls’ love in Japanese media, such as manga and anime. Though, that’s of course not enough. Yuri is like a religion with Godoka watching over all of us~ And if you explain it like that, you can be sure to have at least one more person who thinks you’re insane. 😛
Since I’m pretty terrible at explaining things, I’d just use the generic explanation, followed by sitting them down and forcing them to watch episodes of Aoi Hana, Kannazuki no Miko, Yuri Kuma Arashi, and Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid, just so there’s a nice variety. They should get the idea.
Well, it’s only us two, but I have to say, I really love working in this team. I remember a few years back, when I was still doing all of this alone. The blog didn’t even look half as great, and it was lacking in many ways. Ever since James joined, the whole blog improved by so much, that it’s sometimes hard for me to even remember how it worked out without him back then. He’s always coming up with new ideas for posts, and never once in his life has he had to rely on me to help get a post done (unlike me… :D). The only thing that can be bothersome at times is his ways of correcting my grammar and spelling mistakes, making fun of it at times even (though, please don’t stop correcting them). 😛
^^ That last sentence makes me sound like some sort of grammar monster! I don’t actually make fun of it, but I do hold her to a high standard, so if she makes a mistake, I’m not afraid to let her know. 😛
But back on topic, I think it’s great when you’re able to work alongside someone you admire, so I love it. I honestly wouldn’t have started doing this if it was with anyone else, and I have absolutely zero desire to do this without her. She can be demanding, but that comes from her passion to make YR a better place, so it’s all good~
I’d like to add some features like a chat function, monthly themes, or some ways of having our readers decide what they want to read about more. Well, I’d also like to improve the reviews by structuring them in a different way, adding more media, and just making it a little more creative. Though, that’s, of course, not as easy as it might sound. It all needs some time, but we’ll get there, I’m sure.
I leave decisions like that up to L, but I would just like to keep trying to make YR an enjoyable and informative site to visit. Whether it’s someone new to the genre or someone who eats, sleeps, and breathes yuri, hopefully they’re able to find something interesting here~
Well, that’s just too easy to answer. It’s the Netsuzou Trap and Citrus anime. I seriously can’t freaking wait to see how they will turn out!
It would be impossible not to say the anime adaptations of Citrus and Netsuzou TRap, so that’s the obvious answer, even though the track record of the studio in charge of the latter (Creators in Pack) makes me a bit wary. And since I’m slowly inching closer to finishing Ne no Kami, the second part is also on my radar~
Well, I’m definitely looking forward to movies like Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or stuff like new music coming out. The summer and winter Comiket definitely mark my two most anticipated dates of the whole year. Plus, if I can manage to do so, I’d also like to visit Japan again. So yeah, maybe there will be quite a few nice things to happen in 2017~
Doomfist in Overwatch! Besides that, the spring anime season looks really great. Well, not in terms of yuri, but there are a lot of sequels to shows I enjoyed like Shingeki no Kyojin, Shingeki no Bahamut, Boku no Hero Academia, and Kekkai Sensen. And I’m hoping Steins;Gate 0 actually starts airing this year as well~
Well, yeah… I’m going to say what everyone expects me to say: We need more yuri, duh. 😛 Though, I guess I’m more or less okay with the amount of yuri manga we get. What we really need more of might be yuri anime (plus some actually good yuri hentai, because, in my opinion, the only good one around is the Sono Hanabira OVA, and that is just not enough.)
The world could always use more
heroes yuri anime, so in addition to drastically increasing the quantity of yuri anime, I’d also diversify the the types of yuri anime we’d get. I like schoolgirls and magical girls, but maybe having more variety among the different shows would appeal to more people and help yuri expand it’s audience.
Despite the fact that we will have way more content to choose from in the future, what I’m hoping for is “simply” for this genre to get more popular. But not just by getting more people to like it, but buy having more people actually accept this genre or simply homosexuality in general, so shows that involve stuff like a lesbian kiss are not forced to air after midnight anymore… .
I’d just like to see more of a general acceptance of yuri. Hopefully, by then it would no longer be a big deal if we get an anime season with several pure yuri shows and the gender of fictional characters that are in love won’t an issue anymore. Instead of someone seeing two girls in love, it would just be viewed as two people~
The most difficult thing for me is the fact that I sometimes feel pressured to get a post ready, to let’s just say, stay on schedule. Time is something quite valuable and when work is wearing you down, and you have to study for an upcoming test as well, then feeling like having to write a post for the blog can just be a little too much to handle.
^^ I second that. I know one post a week might not sound like it would be that difficult, but for me, it’s actually really hard to write stuff. So when Tuesday comes and you haven’t even finished watching a show, yet you’re expected to post the review on Wednesday, it can get quite strenuous.
Oh just sooooo many awesome fanfics. What would I do to just be able to experience this kind of awesomeness all over again… . Same goes for Kindred Spirits on the Roof. This has been such a great visual novel that I’d pay a lot of money to be able to experience this for the first time again.
It’s hard to only pick one thing, but if I had to choose, I’d say Lost. When I was a kid, that was a show that completely captured my imagination, and I’d always look forward to every Wednesday so I could watch the next episode over and over again.
Well, this has been a short Q&A mostly focusing on yuri-related stuff, as well the blog itself, though, if you know of any fun blogger game or set of questions we could do, feel free to tell us all about it. Furthermore, you can simply leave your questions down there, and we’ll answer them in the comments~ Other than that, I’d simply like to thank you all for sticking with us for so long. As hard as it can be sometimes, being part of the YuriReviews team—and this awesome community in general—is definitely one of the greatest things in the world~
That sounds ominous! 😀
I’d just like to thank the readers/visitors of YuriReviews for their continued support. Being able to share your passion with such a great community is amazing, and it makes all the hard times worth it~