As we do at the beginning of every month, it’s time to recap what’s been going on in the world of yuri. If we missed something important, feel free to let us know in the comments, but without further ado, let’s get started.
First up, we’re just over a month away from the premiere of the anime adaptation of Adachi to Shimamura, and to tide us over until then, a new PV and key visual have been released. The E.T. vibes of the visual are nice, and the PV? It further cements this as a “can’t-miss” anime for yuri fans.
The sweet tone of the PV is something I’ve been missing from all these other anime, and with the yuri drought we’ve been experiencing almost at its end, Adachi to Shimamura should be the most anticipated yuri anime since Bloom Into You. But that’s not all the AdaShima news there is to pass along…
Adachi to Shimamura has already seen its light novels get licensed by Seven Seas, but now the manga adaptation is getting licensed as well. Yen Press is doing the honors, with the first volume going on sale in January.
Combine this with next month’s anime adaptation, and fans of the series have good reasons to get hyped. But it wouldn’t be 2020 without some bad news, so let’s shift gears for a minute and get to that.
After the Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight compilation film was pushed back from May to August, the writing was kind of on the wall, so it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise that the Revue Starlight sequel film won’t release in 2020 and will instead see a 2021 debut. The announcement can be seen in this short trailer.
Man, this year has been really terrible for yuri anime fans, hasn’t it? The silver lining is that 2021 has the potential to be a nice bounce back year for the genre, thanks to this and the subject of the next story.
Back in early 2019 (that feels like so long ago), it was confirmed that we would be getting a second season of Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, and now the second season finally has a more firm premiere date. You guessed it, 2021 is when we should be able to start watching Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S, and as Anime News Network reported, the S in the title stands for “Super Supreme Second life Start”. That wouldn’t have been my first guess, but whatever.
After the KyoAni fire, it’s amazing that the second season is even happening at all, so I don’t mind that we’ll have to wait a little longer to see the girls once again. This is definitely one of the best reasons to be hopeful about 2021, but the fall 2020 season isn’t looking too shabby either.
As has become a monthly thing, there are other manga licenses that have been announced. Seven Seas has announced that they’ve licensed School Zone, with the first volume being released in May 2021, both in print and digitally.
— Seven Seas (@gomanga) August 28, 2020
In case you’re not too familiar with it, here’s Seven Seas’ synopsis.
Yokoe and Sugiura have been together forever, and they’ve mastered the art of making trouble when life’s a bore. High school might be a drag, but these girls in love know just how to inject a little chaos and comedy into their sloppy school life.
Can we all agree that Seven Seas is the real MVP of 2020? They’ve been churning out these licenses left and right, and they’ll probably continue doing it, so I’m going to have to give them some kind of award at the end of the year.
It’s been over four-and-a-half years since our review of Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??, but with the third season beginning in October, it’s only a matter of time before we’re doing another review. We’ve known about season three, titled Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? Bloom, for nearly two years, but unlike so many other anime, it’s great to know that this one won’t be slipping into 2021.
Despite a change of studios, with Encourage Films now handling production, the returning staff includes the director of all the previous GochiUsa installments, so there’s no reason this new season shouldn’t be every bit as cute as earlier seasons. I’m excited to get back into this series, and I’m probably not the only one.
Next up, Seven Seas is at it again. This time, they’re licensing Hero-san to Moto Onna Kanbu-san, which will see a first volume release in April 2021 as Superwomen in Love!.
The world could always use more female superheroes, and this is how Seven Seas describes the story.
When the villainess Honey Trap defeats the superheroine Rapid Rabbit, she sees her nemesis’ face for the first time…and falls head over heels in love! Unable to kill Rapid Rabbit, Honey Trap is cast out of her evil organization, her plans for world domination dashed. Now, the two superwomen are teaming up to fight evil together. Can Honey Trap defeat her former colleagues and seduce the heroine at the same time?
You can’t deny that that sounds really fun, so I’m hoping that this isn’t the last time we mention this series. You could learn a thing or two from this, Marvel! 😛
We pretty much never discuss mobile games here on YR, but this one sounds pretty interesting, so we’re gonna mention it anyway. The maybe: Interactive Stories line of digital novels has plenty of het stories to partake in, but for the first time, a yuri story is now available.
Flower Lane: A Record of Romance is the title of the story, and it has a total of nineteen episodes. Here’s the description of the story.
You are kicked out by your landlord out of the blue. Just as you despair over having nowhere to go, you happen to receive a sweet invitation from the sharehouse “Flower Lane” where campus celebrities live. Will this be the start of a blossoming new relationship?
You can find the maybe: Interactive Stories app on either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. But like pretty much every f2p game, microtransactions are involved, and from the reviews, it sounds like choices and character customization require diamonds.
Unsavory business model aside, it’s awesome that a yuri story is featured, so let’s hope this leads to more yuri stories getting introduced for these type of mobile games.
In case you missed it, Studio Élan’s Bellhouse publishing wing has released the yuri visual novel First Snow, which is now available for free on Steam and itch.io. As you’d expect from Studio Élan, the game is sporting some very favorable reviews, and to further sweeten the deal, they’ve made the OST free as well.
— Studio Élan ⚢ (@vnstudioelan) August 31, 2020