Yuri News Update: May 2020

It’ll take a lot more than a pandemic to stop the yuri world from spinning, and this month, we have more proof of that. So sit back, relax, and prepare yourself for another heaping helping of yuri news~

First up, one of the most beloved yuri couples of all-time is making a return. It was announced last month that Kannazuki no Miko creators Kaishaku will be launching a spinoff manga later this month. Somewhere, chimekolover88 is still jumping for joy. 😛

Previous Kannazuki no Miko spinoffs were, uhhh, not so great, but it’s more Chimeko! No matter how mediocre previous entries in the franchise were, KnM fans will still probably eat this new spinoff up, and who would’ve thought that in our greatest time of need, it would be Chimeko that would come to our rescue? Besides, Kyoushirou to Towa no Sora wasn’t bad, so there is precedent for a solid KnM spinoff.

i'm in love with the villainess yuri novel

Moving right along, don’t look now, but there are more yuri licenses on the way from Seven Seas to help make your 2020 a little less terrible. November will see the Western release of the first volume of both Inori and Hanagata’s I’m in Love with the Villainess as well as Naoko Kodama’s Days of Love at Seagull Villa. The digital version of I’m in Love with the Villainess will be released before the print version, so that’s one more reason to be kind to Mother Nature and get the digital version.

days of love at seagull villa yuri novel

If you’re not familiar with this manga or light novel, here’s the synopsis of each, starting with I’m in Love with the Villainess.

Ordinary office worker Oohashi Rei wakes up in the body of the protagonist of her favorite otome game, Revolution. To her delight, the first person to greet her is also her favorite character, Claire Francois–the main antagonist of the story! Now, Rei is determined to romance Claire instead of the game’s male leads. But how will her villainous lady love react to this new courtship?!

And now the synopsis for Days of Love at Seagull Villa.

When Mayumi’s fiancée leaves her for another woman, Mayumi impulsively decides to move away and start over again by the seaside. Once there she meets Rin, a tough but kind single mother who runs the housing complex Seagull Villa. While the two women might not have a lot in common, they’re drawn to each other, and the relationship growing between them is deeper than they expected. Sail away on this tale of romance by the sea!

Seven Seas has also announced that they’re licensing Takako Shimura’s Even Though We’re Adults, but unlike their other two recent licensees, the first volume of this one won’t reach our shores until January 2021. And here’s Seven Seas’ synopsis.

Ayano, an elementary school teacher in her thirties, stops by a bar one day and runs into her old friend, Shuri. Sparks fly as the two chat, and before the night is over, Ayano even goes in for a kiss. Shuri is intrigued but confused…especially when she discovers that Ayano has a husband! Both Ayano and Shuri are about to find out that love doesn’t get any easier, even as you grow older.

As bad as the year has been (again) for yuri anime, the yuri manga, light novels, and visual novels just keep coming. Thanks again, Seven Seas~

yuru yuri isekai spinoff

This next story sounds like a late April Fool’s Day joke, but I’m glad it’s not. Fans of the series should be thrilled to learn that the Yuru Yuri manga will be getting an isekai spinoff, and Akari, everyone’s favorite presence-less character, will be playing a slime. It’s a reference to That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and a pretty brilliant one at that.

I never actually read or watched That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, but it doesn’t even matter. It’s more Yuru Yuri, so undoubtedly, this is great news. Thus far, we don’t know when to expect this spinoff, but I’m already hoping this will eventually result in an OVA, because we all need more YY in our lives.

a summer's end yuri visual novel

In case you haven’t heard, Oracle & Bone’s yuri visual novel A Summer’s End – Hong Kong 1986 has been released and is available for purchase for Windows, macOS, and Linux. And in case you need a quick refresher of what to expect, let’s take a look at the game’s launch trailer.

I’m really digging the retro stylings of this one, and you can expect us to have a review of A Summer’s End very soon, so stay tuned for that. If you want to get it yourself, you can buy the game on Steam or itch.io.

yumeutsutsu remaster

Speaking of yuri visual novels, two of Kogado Studio’s yuri visual novels have made their English debut. Yumeutsutsu Re:Master and Yumeutsutsu Re:After are now available for Steam, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

yumeutsutsu reafter

Who would’ve thought that in the year 2020, yuri visual novels would be selling on Nintendo’s shop? My how times have changed. Anyway, Kogado Studio has done well with Nurse Love Addiction and Nurse Love Syndrome, so we have even more reasons to like this developer~

luminous witches anime

We’ve known about Luminous Witches for over a year-and-a-half now, and we’ve known that it wasn’t going to debut until 2021, but aside from some character introduction PVs, we didn’t know much else. Well, we’ve finally learned the identity of the studio in charge of production, and it’s none other Shaft.

That’s pretty surprising to me, but it’s the best kind of surprise. Whether it’s Madoka★Magica, Hidamari Sketch, or the recent Magia Record, Shaft is one of the best anime studios out there, so Luminous Witches had my curiosity, but now it has my attention~

And here’s the new PV. After watching it, I wouldn’t have guessed that Shaft was involvement, but maybe their involvement will translate to other aspects of the show?

For how often we talk about Strike Witches sequels and spinoffs, we here at YR don’t seem to actually watch them, so Luminous Witches needs all the help it can get in order to change that. A Strike Witches spinoff about singing and dancing instead of fighting maybe the change we needed to actually watch it, so we’ll find out next year whether having a revered anime studio in charge was enough.

sailor moon eternal

Moving on to a series we’ve talked a lot of about, but never actually watched, Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon Eternal was first announced way back in 2017, and FINALLY, the first part of the two-part film is set to premiere in Japanese theaters in September. Take a look at the film’s newest teaser~

Because of how long the Sailor Moon series has been around (since 1992), it’s kind of hard to get into the series, due to the perceived need to watch from the beginning. That amounts to hundreds of episodes, so it’s no wonder we haven’t begun watching yet. Still, given the franchise’s yuri-friendly legacy, perhaps Eternal will have a little something for yuri fans. 😛

Finally, we asked you folks your thoughts about review scoring methods, and in no big surprise, the 10-point scale won out with 35% of the vote. The runner-up was the 5-point scale with over 26% of the vote, and the grading system took the bronze with over 16% of the vote. Overall, it’s a pretty decisive victory for the 10-point scale, so I guess that’s what we’ll stay with. The only difference is, in our future reviews, we’ll only be using whole numbers and will be getting rid of this half-point nonsense. Once again, thanks for helping us out~


35 thoughts on “Yuri News Update: May 2020

  1. You better believe I’m still jumping for joy! 😀 News of the Himegami no Miko manga is the best thing to ever happen this year! Also Kaishaku tweeted a new pic and its awesome:

    I am glad we got new yuri visual novels from Kogado,especially since I just finished the amazing Nurse Love Syndrome, but damn are they expensive! Might have to wait a bit before I jump in on those. 😛

    I am really glad we are getting more of Naoko Kodama’s manga licensed. This one looks interesting and since scans of it are scarce online that’s even MORE incentive to buy the official English release when it comes out!

    Luminous Witches looks like it will be a lot of fun, and It’s interesting to see them going in an idol direction with the franchise given it’s a series about fighting aliens. No matter what it should be a lot of fun with all that awesome “plot” going on! 😀


    • Needs more Souma! Don’t hate me. 😀

      It seems visual novels in general are pretty expensive. For example, Kindred Spirits on the Roof costs more now than it did when I bought it 4 years ago, while FLOWERS and Ne no Kami are still the same price. 😀

      My big question regarding Luminous Witches is, will the idols also not wear any pants? You’d think you’d have more reasons to see pop stars in their panties than soldiers, so will art imitate life? 😛

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  2. I didn’t see all strike witches but it looked interesting , have to re watch and continue , hope it has a lot of yuri , i didnt read im in love with the villainess , looks interesting too
    Yuru Yuri spin off yessssss , more of this series is always nice , and a intelligent move to get more attention in a good way , akari is a slime 😅😅😅😅 , i thought sometimes i wanted to see action in the show (since some parts it has action)
    (I only watched like 2 eps of the time i reincarnated as bla bla because my friend kept asking me to check it and as i thought i didnt like it)

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    • I checked all animes on this season and there isnt one that looks very yuri , well not very disappointed since Magia Record made me happy and the game keeps having story (way too much they should slow down )

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      • It’s depressing. Another pretty bad season for yuri, but then a lot of the other non-yuri anime this season don’t look very great either. Maybe now’s a good time for people to go back and watch/play older yuri-ish stuff that they might have missed. 😛


        • Besides the other stuff im doing im going to replay Skyrim with a mod that turns all characters into females ( modded the game can be close to anime , some faces are very anime like ) , and yep , i checked a few non yuri anime while scrolling down and they look meeeeeh 😂


          • (Btw some story stuff of that game i dislike so i downloaded a mod that deletes basically stupid stuff too , unnecesary info but wanted to clarify )


              • Yeah haha , it can be turned into a totally different game.
                I hope more yuri games release soon , death end re quest will have a sequel but i stopped playing it since eeeh kinda oversexualized , but in the prologue and trailers look like a yuri game (not much the trailers)


    • I’ve only seen the first season of Strike Witches, but even despite the kiss in season two, I never watched it or any of the other seasons/movies/OVAs/spinoffs. Maybe someday… 😛

      We definitely need more YY. Regardless of setting, the series would still probably be hilarious~

      And I didn’t even want to watch that one. Me and isekai anime just don’t get along. 😀


  3. Wow! This really sounds interesting.

    Kannazuki no Miko about two girls destined to reincarnate and find each other in each lifetime for all eternity? Talk about your source material.

    If its the same characters from Yuru Yuri, I don’t care where or when or what, I will be with them and loving it.

    The art alone of Summer’s End is almost a must watch by itself.

    “I’m in love with the Villainess” has me very confused. Am currently watching “My next life as a Villainess” which has lots of common
    elements but different characters and different artists behind the work. An older woman falls into a game as the villain but because she is so good she cannot play the role and so helps everyone. Which boggles the rules of the game, and causes Mary and Maria to fall in love with her and changes everyone’s fate.

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  4. Damn, this season (and probably this year) is pretty disappointing with all the delays and stuff. The gayest show in this season right now is probably TamaYomi but we all know how it goes right? But thanks to that, I went back and watched Yuuki Yuuna and hoowee…..it is really good and messed with my feelies big time.

    And I’m still sitting here with moss growing on my butt, waiting for a work of yuri set in war times that is both depressingly grim and beautifully hopeful (like 2 girls belong to opposite sides as enemies and both got stranded but by surviving through the darkest horrors of war together despite their differences, they come to understand and love each other……or something like that).


    • I never got around to watching that one. Heard good things, but just was watching too much other stuff instead.

      That sounds like it would be a great idea, but since it’s pretty specific, that moss might eventually turn into a rainforest by the time it actually happens. 😀


    • I’m way out of the loop on nearly all of the big shounen anime from the recent past. Inuyasha, DBZ, Fairy Tail, One Piece, Demon Slayer, Naruto, etc. But those character designs look nice.

      Since I haven’t seen a single episode of the series, it probably wouldn’t make much sense for me to watch this, but let’s get some yuri in all of these shows. 😀


  5. As a yuri lover I’m afraid to admit I have yet to watch Kannazuki no Miko, its definitely in my queue though. Is I’m in Love with the Villainess a light novel or manga?

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    • Dear Ness,

      I almost dropped “Kannazuki no Miko” at around the 6th EP due to many problems I was having with the story. I filed a complaint back here at Yurireviews and many individuals replied that one had to go the distance 12EPs to reap the benefits. So I went back and completed the series and I am very grateful that I listened, because the payback on this story comes at the very end. “Kannazuki no Miko” is a full yuri story deeply embedded in Japanese, World, and even invented mythology. If you like yuri and you like mythology, you will really enjoy this work, but you have to go the full distance even if you are not liking it at first! The ending is spectacular!


  6. Oh! I Favor the Villainess (or well, officially I’m in Love with the Villainess) get manga adaptation!

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  7. WAIT HOLD WHAT!!!! one of my favorite yuri couples ever is making a return!!!! chimeko is coming back!!!! OMG!!! what a time to be a yuri fan!!!! i wonder what kind of spin-off it is though??? anime??? manga??? novel??? so on so forth well either way im so excited!!!! also yay thank you seven seas for licensing more yuri content for us!!! so happy!!! 2020 really is a good year for yuri fans!!!


    • It took a great yuri sacrifice in order to make it happen, pretty much all of the yuri anime from this year. The Yuri Goddess giveth and taketh away.

      Oh yeah, I should’ve clarified that it’s a manga. Thanks for bringing it up. 😛

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      • oh so it is a manga!!! well it is definitely better than nothing!!!! im just so happy one of my favorite yuri couples ever is finally coming back!!! thank you yuri goddess for bringing back chimeko!!! and who knows maybe just maybe later on down the line their new manga can be adapted into an anime, if that were to happen i think i would cry tears of joy!!! 2020 truly has been a great year for us yuri fans, i hope more amazing announcements are on the way

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          • yep!!! the possibilities are endless!!! im just so excited to read their new story and see how chimeko’s new adventure unfolds!!! hopefully it gets an anime adaptation in the near future so we can see chimeko on the screen again!!!

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  8. The generational divide on some forums are really evident when it comes to discussions of Himegami no Miko. On /u/ it’s literally a zoomer vs 30 year old boomer thing. But a lot of people seem surprisingly hopeful due to the fact that Kaishaku are completely irrelevant and will need to pander to the only people who give a shit about them anymore. And I’ve heard the novel it’s based on isn’t bad so I’m tentatively excited.


  9. It might be a little late, but I just learned Kannazuki no Miko would have a sequel. So I did some research.
    Well, this new sequel is based on a light novel, which is available in Japanese here:

    Both Chikane and Himeko have more solid character development (they’re more to them than meets the eye), and the story has some good twists and turns. If Kaishaku adapts the novel faithfully, we could have another masterpiece.
    Let’s hope he would add giant robots in the mix, lol


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