Don’t worry guys, this is not going to be a “Life after Citrus” kind of post. I have to admit that I feel a little lost after the show has ended, seeing that the one anime I’ve been waiting to air for years has come to an end now. But this is supposed to be a different post.
I’d simply like to talk about what comes next after Citrus has ended, or let’s just say after the first (of possibly more) season has come to an end.
I see the Citrus anime as a milestone, and maybe even a turning point for the genre. But let’s approach this from a different point, its source material. I don’t know the numbers, but even—or should I say especially—the manga was, and still is, a fan favorite. We can especially see it in the amount of people showing interest in the work, talking about it, and, of course, also ranting about it. Despite the ranting kind of engagement, Citrus mostly received positive feedback, and some people even began their yuri journey with it.
Some of you might disagree, but in my eyes, Citrus is the most popular yuri manga out there, and even on this blog, it has earned the top spot on quite a few of our little Yuri Tournaments, over the past few years.
The anime, on the other hand, has shown to be just as popular as the manga, and maybe even more so. The DVDs just went on sale, so I don’t have any numbers to see how well it’s actually doing, but we have some different indicators to use in order to at least estimate how well this show did.
I guess having your opening theme done by a famous Japanese band like nano.RIPE might not exactly be one of said indicators, but it’s nevertheless a factor that will surely boost the level of awareness for the show. In addition to that, we can clearly see how much people talked about this show online, be it on forums, social media, or even Youtube. Hell, when the first episode aired, Citrus was even trending on Twitter in Japan.
It was a much-talked about show, to say the least, and as I already said a few years ago, our community needs exactly that.
I admittedly wasn’t around as a fan in the glorious yuri anime year of 2007, and even in what we call the best year for this genre (so far) 2009, I haven’t been paying attention to how well the shows that aired back then did at all. The years that followed after that, however, were mostly just disappointing when it comes to yuri.
Don’t get me wrong, we got quite a few full-yuri shows, be it Sakura Trick, Netsuzou TRap, Yuri Kuma Arashi or Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san, to name a few. But most of these shows are either clearly products of a low budget, short anime, and/or ended up simply not doing well sales and views-wise. Shows which did well were mostly those with only yuri subtext where the main focus simply isn’t set on a relationship between two female characters. And that is precisely why we needed something big, something that already comes with a huge fanbase, and something that is capable of drawing people’s attention without having to revert to ramping up the ecchi level.
That’s what Citrus is, a story centered almost solely around the love between two girls, and it was capable of competing against other popular shows that air at the same time. Citrus was able to stand its ground, get people who already read the manga to watch it, and what’s probably most important, get new people to give it a shot.
What I think the genre needs the most to grow is more attention, and the best way to get it is by having a show like this.
So now, what do I think will happen now that we finally managed to get a show that meets all these requirements of being popular and doing well?
Well, with the attention now at least slightly shifted in favor of the genre, what might happen is as simple as that. We could get more yuri shows—more full yuri ones like an adaptation of Bloom Into You or anything really by Milk Morinaga, for example. Of course, it’s all just speculation, but I’m sure anime studios would rather go for something that has already proven in the past that it could do well, instead of risking a flop. So what was needed, in my eyes, was simply showing that a yuri show can in fact do well, so others might want to come and try having a piece of that by attempting something similar, meaning another yuri show.
I doubt all or much of the credit goes to Citrus, but there’s already the adaptation of Happy Sugar Life in the summer anime season, the OVA of Kase-san in June, and, of course, recent addition Tachibanakan Triangle to look forward to or to already enjoy in 2018.
Seeing how well Citrus did and what the year is already promising us, I think the future for the genre might look bright, and at least I am expecting more news like this to hit us as the year drags along. Maybe a second season of Citrus, maybe an adaptation of another of the big yuri titles, or maybe something just as unexpected as Happy Sugar Life. No matter what it is, I’m sure we’ll all be happily awaiting more news like this.