Summer is officially here, and with it comes another Yuri News Update. As has been the case lately, there’s a lot to get to, and as always, if we missed something important, feel free to mention it in the comments~
It makes sense to start this Yuri News Update with some good news. From what I hear, perhaps this spring season’s most pleasant surprise has been My Next Life as a Villainess, which you guys have recommended to me on more than one occasion, so it’s great that a second season was announced at the end of this season’s final episode. 2021 is when you can expect the new season to arrive, so next year is already starting to take shape quite nicely.
I actually haven’t started watching the first season yet, but since our Spring Final Thoughts post is planned for next week, I better hurry the hell up! *rushes to finish writing this post*
Aside from a couple of yuri kisses, we’ve never mentioned Battle Athletes here on YR, but now it seems that we’re finally going to have to. It was recently announced that the new Pale Blue Dot Battle Athletess Daiundoukai manga will be getting an anime adaptation, marking the return of a classic franchise that hasn’t seen a new installment in over twenty years.
Here’s Anime News Network’s synopsis of the new manga.
“In the science-fiction sports action story set in the year 5100, elite athletes from around the solar system compete to become Cosmic Beauty, the champion of a huge athletic tournament. The prologue chapter includes images of the new competitors as well as Lahrri Feldnunt, Kris Christopher, and Akari Kanzaki, Cosmic Beauties of 100 years ago.”
For years now, I’ve been wanting to go back and give this series a go, but it just hasn’t happened yet. With a new anime on the way, it shouldn’t be too long until that all changes, so stay tuned.
Thanks to YR reader Aurakin for the heads-up~
Since it’s been delayed into 2021, it’s kind of hard to stomach more news about Mamoru Ishii’s Vlad Love anime, but let’s try anyway. An official PV has been released, and I think the show looks pretty dman promising! Take a look~
The anime’s slapstick comedy roots really come through in the PV, and it just generally looks like it’s going to be a pretty fun ride. The PV could’ve used more yuri, but it still makes the wait until next year all the more unbearable…
Staying on the topic of Vlad Love, another voiced clip previewing one of the characters has been released. This time, the character is Maki Watanabe, who is going to be voiced by Saori Hayami. That’s a pretty great choice, as fans of Finé from Shuumatsu no Izetta and Yumeko from Kakegurui would already know.
Let’s keep the good times rolling and move on to one of our favorite cute yuri-ish franchises, Kiniro Mosaic. We already knew that a new anime movie was on the way, but now, we finally have some more info to pass along, including that new visual at the top of the story~
Kiniro Mosaic: Thank You!! is the title of the movie, which doesn’t yet have a premiere date, but we do know that staff from previous KinMoza anime are returning, so I’m expecting the same adorable yuri-ish fun that we’ve grown accustomed to from the series. Once again, Studio Gokumi will be handling production duties, with help from AXsiZ, thus it’s looking pretty good for fans of the series.
As we patiently wait for Assault Lily: Bouquet, which had previously been delayed from Summer to the Fall, word comes that the series will be getting its own manga, which will debut in Japan later this month. In the ANN article, there isn’t any mention of who’s behind the manga, so maybe it’s a good idea not to get your hopes too high just yet, but it sounds like it could be a welcome addition that might serve to earn the series some more fans before its fall debut.
Considering how barren this year has been for yuri anime fans, Assault Lily: Bouquet is one of the few bright spots we have to look forward to, and in case you’re wondering, I’m gonna keep using this visual for every new story, because the art is so nice… and the thighs aren’t bad either. 😀
We may have missed it in last month’s Yuri News Update, but not two months in a row! In case you were wondering when you’d be able to play the next installment in the Highway Blossoms series, Highway Blossoms: Next Exit, wonder no more. The all-new DLC will be available later this year, and since the original is currently 75% off on Steam until July 9th, now would be a good time to check it out, if you haven’t already.
In further proof that it can’t be a Yuri News Update without a Love Live! story, here’s this month’s. Sunrise, the studio behind the Love Live! series, has filed to trademark “Love Live! Superstar!!”.
Currently, there are two Love Live! anime in production, Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Doukoukai and the project that doesn’t have an official name but has been referred to on MyAnimeList as Love Live! (Shin Series Project). Perhaps Love Live! Superstar!! will be the official name of the latter, which is probably the most likely option, or maybe this could be another game similar to Love Live! School Idol Paradise.
Only time will tell, so expect to see all of this clarified in a future Yuri News Update, bringing us one step closer to renaming this series to “Love Live! News Update”. 😛
With all of these delays we’ve been dealing with, it’s nice to hear about an anime that’s not being further delayed, the Uma Musume: Pretty Derby spinoff, Umayon. Well, I say that knowing that it’s been over a year-and-a-half since this anime was first announced, but it’s almost here.
It was announced that Umayon will premiere this summer season, so it’s merely days away. Given a look at the art style, I’m not expecting much other than a cutesy short-form anime, yet is that worse than the stuff that’s recently been airing? Who knows if this will be yuri-ish like it’s parent story, but let’s hope for the best~
Speaking of delays, COVID-19 has claimed another anime. The first Sailor Moon Eternal movie, which was originally set to premiere in Japan in September, has been pushed back to January 2021. The January release of the film will make it almost exactly FOUR YEARS since it was first announced, so to put it in perspective, we were losing our shit about Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon back then. It’s been a while!
The only good news to come from this is that Japanese fans won’t have to wait long for the second Sailor Moon Eternal film, as it’s set to premiere in February 2021. To help tide all of us over till January, here’s the newest trailer.