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. 😛
— 介錯（セブン） (@Kai_Seven_) April 26, 2020
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.
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.
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~
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.
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.
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.
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~
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.
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~