It may be a new year, but there’s still a lot of yuri news, and in case you haven’t heard apparently 2019 is the 100th anniversary of yuri, as Nobuko Yoshiya’s Yaneura no Nishojo was first published all the way back in 1919!
It’s pretty crazy to think of how far this genre has come, but even coming off one of the best years in yuri history, things can still get better, so raise your glass to Ms. Yoshiya, the real OG of our favorite genre~
First up, some news on Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya.
During an event this past December, it was announced that a new OVA in the series has been greenlit. If the promo image is anything to go by, it seems like this will be more like the fun and gay seasons than the Shirou-led prequel movie (thank goodness).
With the sheer amount of kissing/mana stealing that’s gone on in this series, it’s pretty great news for yuri fans, but you know what would be even greater news? Another season. But it appears that there still isn’t enough material, so that’ll have to wait for another day…
Moving on to another uber popular series, Yuru Yuri is on the way back for a tenth anniversary OVA, and up above is the first PV. It doesn’t really show/tell anything too exciting, but just hearing the music again makes me realize how much I’ve missed this show.
As was previously announced, the OVA is being crowdfunded and will run from Christmas Day until February 15th. Due to the massive success of the series, there was little doubt that it would reach its goals, but it’s not only met the goals, it’s blown them out of the water.
As of this writing, the campaign has reached 745% of its goal(!), so needless to say, there’s still a lot of love out there for YRYR. Hopefully this success can lead to more anime projects in the future~
Next up, we have our first look at the trailer for KyoAni’s Hibike! Euphonium Movie 3: Chikai no Finale, which will be hitting Japanese theaters in April.
Understandably, this series has lost a lot of its appeal for yuri fans, and even though the trailer shows nothing that will restore confidence that this movie will be any different from the second season, you gotta believe! 😛
Looking ahead to the spring anime season, we now have the first visual for World Witches Series: 501-butai Hasshin Shimasu!.
It’s reassuring to know that regardless of whether the girls are battling space invaders or battling everyday tasks, they still refuse to wear pants. 😛
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing the Strike Witches series in a slightly different light, so April can’t come soon enough.
If it feels like we’ve been talking about the Love Live! Sunshine!! movie for forever, it’s because we have, but the movie has finally debuted in Japan, so this might be the last time you guys have to hear about it (hopefully). 😛
Another PV and a second commercial were released, and you can find those two videos below.
But now that the film is out, there are even more videos to post. For those of us who can’t make the pilgrimage to Japan in order to watch this in theaters, the official Love Live! YouTube channel has uploaded the first seven minutes of the movie. There are no subtitles, but it’s still cool to see a little bit of this in action.
After a lot of confusion, it’s finally been confirmed that we will in fact be getting a second season of KanColle.
The confusion came when fans didn’t know what the announcement of a continuation meant exactly, and the arrival of an anime film added to the confusion. Was that the continuation, or was there another season on the way? It seemed that most people believed that even despite the movie, we’d get another season, but when years passed and we didn’t get one, a lot of people gave up hope, yet it’s finally become a reality.
By the looks of the leaked PV, it seems that Shigure will be the main character, and although it’s hard to tell by the cam footage, I didn’t see Akagi, Kaga, Kongou, or some of the other ship girls, so it remains to be seen if many fan favorites from the first season will return.
Anyway, Studio Engi—a new 2D/3D animation studio that was established last year—will head the production, so if you’ve been dying for more ship girls, chances are you probably won’t have to wait another four years for it.
Perhaps the highlight of the winter anime season for yuri fans is Wataten!, but the fun won’t stop when the season ends in March.
It was announced that the third volume of the Blu-ray/DVD will include a bonus OVA, effectively making this a thirteen-episode season, since it was also announced that the season will predictably consist of a dozen episodes.
Thus far, the show has been fun (but a little underwhelming compared to UzaMaid, IMO), so more yuri is always welcome… even if it’s between a grown woman and a grade schooler. 😕
It’s obviously not as exciting or prestigious as one of our many awards or tournaments (:P), but it’s the time of the year when Crunchyroll unveils the nominees for their very own awards, and there are a few familiar series that yuri fans might want to vote for.
Among those series are Bloom Into You, which is up for Best Animation.
Our score of 8.5 for A Place Further Than The Universe seems justified, after the show pulled in three nominations including Anime of the Year.
All in all, it’s interesting to see many of our choices nominated for the various awards, so why not get out there and throw your support behind what you think should win?
You can vote right here.
Thanks to shadesan for bringing this to our attention~
And finally, Red Lilies: Empress of Veils is a new yuri harem mini comic that comes from a friend of YR, and it’s a yuri spinoff of another web comic, Red Lilies. Here the synopsis of the story:
It was Scarlett’s mother who forged the empire from the ashes of a dead god. With her consort Nicoli and The Dragoon Escard they held those who would take their homeland at bay. This fledgling empire was gifted with two princesses and the promise of a strong future, Threatened only by a sudden and severe fever in the elder. Nicoli cared for her unflinchingly, Til the ever sickly man was struck with it himself. As his firstborn slowly recovered Nicoli lay on his deathbed. The Empress, in mourning lost herself to grief and rage sating all of it on the flesh of the child. Escard did what she could to ward her against her mother’s rekindled temper, but after a particularly savage incident the solemn guardian cut the empress down. The eldest would eventually leave and chart her own destiny though the pain would linger. The younger who had been spared the worst of it would take up the throne in the end. Scarlett Tyl Sul’shal, Empress of Veils.