It’s the first Wednesday in June, which means it’s time for yet another Yuri News Update. If I missed a news story worth mentioning, feel free to mention it down below in the comments. 😛
Let’s get things started with some good news. The hopes and dreams of yuri anime in 2020 have rested on the shoulders of Adachi to Shimamura for some time, so it’s especially rewarding to learn that it’s finally set to premiere in October. It’s also rewarding to see another PV, as shown below.
For reasons we’ll talk about more later on, it was worrying that this show didn’t have a set date yet, but it turns out it’s only four
short months away. Even though I personally haven’t read the light novels or manga, the PV makes this look very promising, and I’m so looking forward to getting to watch an actual yuri anime again~
But it just wouldn’t be 2020 without some bad news, would it? By now, it should come as no surprise when you hear that COVID-19 has postponed an anime, but it especially hurts when it hits so close to home. I’m talking about Vlad Love, which was supposed to begin airing in October, but now we’ll have to wait until sometime in 2021 to get our vampire fix.
Even before coronavirus, 2020 was shaping up to be a craptastic year for yuri/yuri-ish anime, and here it is getting even worse. On the topic of Vlad Love, four more characters were revealed, but the highlight for me is still the inclusion of Romi Park as Chihiro, even if we’ll have to wait at least another three months to hear her dulcet tones.
And now for some more bad news. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an anime set to begin airing this summer that almost guaranteed some yuri fireworks? Hol’ up a minute, that’s Assault Lily: Bouquet! Or at least it was, before it also fell victim to the COVID-19 postponement bug. Originally set to begin in July, Assault Lily: Bouquet has been pushed back to the fall season.
This sucks. I’ve already written a post about The New Greatest Year in Yuri Anime History (2018), so I’m tempted to write one about what could possibly be the new worst year in yuri anime history, 2020. If there’s a silver lining in all of this, it’s that all of a sudden, the fall season doesn’t look so bad anymore. Adachi to Shimamura and Assault Lily: Bouquet seem like a solid one-two yuri punch, but if this year has taught me anything, I’m not getting my hopes up just yet…
That’s because there’s still more bad news to mention. In addition to the Vlad Love and Assault Lily: Bouquet postponements, the Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight compilation film has also been pushed back from its May premiere. Because this is just the compilation film and not the previously announced sequel film, this news doesn’t sting as much as the other delays, yet it’s disconcerting nevertheless. But that’s it for the bad news! On to the good stuff now~
It’s been almost a full year since we first heard that Non Non Biyori was getting a third season, and we FINALLY have some more info to get excited about. Non Non Biyori Nonstop will begin airing in January 2021, with the cast and staff once again returning to their roles/positions.
You’d have to go back to the first season more than six years ago to find us reviewing Non Non Biyori, but it had some yuri subtext, so this new season is a welcome addition to what will hopefully be a bounce-back year for yuri-ish anime~
From news of anime delays to news of an anime announcement. Everyone’s favorite loli-kissing anime, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya, is getting yet another anime film, but this time, it seems that it’s NOT going to be starring Shirou. That fact alone is worth celebrating. Check out the PV.
Say what you will about the fanservice, but I think this series has been one of the more entertaining magical girl anime out there, and I’m looking forward to seeing Illya, Kuro, and Miyu take center stage again. And the less Shirou, the better. 😛
This wouldn’t be a Yuri News Update without a story about Love Live!, would it? This month’s mention is due to news of the returning staff, a new visual that reveals the main cast, as well as a video that shows said cast. Let’s begin with the new visual.
I’m not the biggest Love Live! fan, but I think these girls look decent enough, even the Honoka doppelgänger. As for the staff, the director of the original is back, the writer of the original and Love Live! Sunshine!! is back, and the composer of the original is also back. The video doesn’t really show anything new, so just know that Love Live! fans will get their fix of dancing schoolgirls in the near future.
It’s worth mentioning again that there are two Love Live! anime in production, Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai and Love Live! (Shin Series Project). These news stories have been about the latter, and even though it still doesn’t have a premiere date, Sunrise showing off the characters must mean that it can’t be that far off, right?
These next two stories aren’t necessarily yuri-related, but they involve series that we’ve covered a bit. First up, we have another crossover that should get fans excited, this one is between Symphogear and Nanoha. But before you get too excited, know that this involves the Symphogear mobile game.
— 戦姫絶唱シンフォギアXD (@symphogear_XD) May 24, 2020
— 戦姫絶唱シンフォギアXD (@symphogear_XD) May 25, 2020
While It’s cool seeing these giants of magical girl anime come together (Nanoha was also previously involved in a crossover event in the Madoka★Magica mobile game), it would be so much better if this crossover involved an anime instead of a mobile game.
Can you imagine a Nanoha x Symphogear crossover that was actually two different anime airing at the same time, with each series showing the same conflict from a particular point of view? In the Nanoha version, they view themselves as the heroes and the Symphogear girls as the villains, but in the Symphogear version, they’re sure that they’re good and the Nanoha girls are evil. Fans would have to watch both anime to get the full story. It blurs the line between right and wrong, and it would have dueling fandoms, with #TeamNanoha and #TeamSymphogear trending every single week.
To the powers that be that can make it happen, have your people call my people. I’d be more than happy to sign on as a creative consultant… if the price is right. 😀
But keeping with the theme of mobile games, the Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru mobile game is spawning a short-form anime with an original story. That doesn’t sound too bad, but it’ll feature super deformed characters and center around the Hero Club’s udon. These two revelations, in addition to it being short-form, will probably kill the excitement for some people, but the hardcore YuYuYu fans will probably still dig it.
Finally, the current yuri belle of the ball, I’m in Love with the Villainess, will be getting a manga adaptation by Aonomoto that’ll be launching in Japan later this month. Back in April, the light novels were licensed by Seven Seas, so it seems like this series is doing pretty well for itself!
Given the recent popularity of that other villainess, My Next Life as a Villainess, hopefully the next step for I’m in Love with the Villainess will be to get its very own anime adaptation. How awesome would that be?
Thanks to YR’s resident commenter extraordinaire, shade, for this heads up. Rightstuff has the Flag Time Blu-ray version available for preorder and pegged for an August 18th release. We still haven’t reviewed it yet, but rest assured that we haven’t forgotten about it, and the review should be coming in the next few weeks. 😛