I may have forgotten to post this last week, but that just means there are even more things to cover. As always, if we missed something important, feel free to mention it down in the comments~
First up, my current pick for the most anticipated yuri-ish anime of 2021. After a couple of quiet years, we finally know when the second season of Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon will premiere. July is when the fun begins, so mark your calendars, people.
There were a lot of people worried about Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S after the KyoAni arson incident, but like the rest of the studio, it’s risen from the ashes and will continue on. If you haven’t seen the first season, you’re missing out on one of the most ridiculous and entertaining yuri-ish anime we’ve had in some time, but there’s still time to catch up, so what are you waiting for?! 😛
We already knew that the second season of My Next Life as a Villainess was coming sometime this year, but the arrival of a new teaser has revealed that July is when the new season will begin. Let’s take a look at the teaser~
It would’ve been nice to see some hints of yuri in the teaser, but the first season was still very entertaining and surprisingly yuri-ish, so I’m definitely looking forward to the summer season. The key art is nice and makes it seem like Maria, Mary, and Sophia will once again retain some level of interest in Kat, as will those guys whose names I’ve forgotten. Anyway, I’m on Team Mary, so I’m definitely pulling for her. 😛
In addition to My Next Life as a Villainess, there’s another release window we have to look forward to. I’m talking about Kiniro Mosaic: Thank You!!, the newest anime movie in the long-running KinMoza series. Summer is when Japanese theatergoers will get the next helping of Karen & Co., and even though we don’t know much about this beyond the two studios involved (Studio Gokumi & AXsiZ), you just know that KinMoza is always going to be a high-quality anime experience.
If the girls finally graduate in this movie, I’m hoping it doesn’t mean this is the last time we get to see them on-screen. The first season was the very first anime I reviewed, so the series holds a special place in my heart, and I’d be sad to see it go. Only time will tell what the future has in store for this series, but I’ll be with it till the end~
Back in the Yuri News Update for December, we mentioned that Wataten was getting a “new anime project”, and we now know what that means. As it turns out, it’s a movie, and there was even a PV to go along with the announcement.
So I guess that this is a sequel, yet details are still scarce, so it’s hard to tell for sure. Either way, it’s cool that the franchise is making a comeback, and I hope this movie is as fun as the TV anime was. No release date was given, so expect another update on this story in a future Yuri News Update.
And now, the anime adaptation of a manga that I didn’t even know existed. Young Ladies Don’t Play Fighting Games is the latest yuri manga to get an anime adaptation, even though it only began serialization in January of 2020, and it doesn’t seem to have that many chapters published yet. Anyway, even if this just ends up being an OVA, it’s always good to see another yuri manga get an anime adaptation~
This is the description from Mangadex.
A hot fighting game played at the girls’ school!!
Aya transferred into Kuromi Girls Academy a month ago with the goal of changing herself into a proper lady. After meeting the breathtaking Shirayuri, Aya is blown away by her elegance and posterity. Imagine her surprise when she finds Shirayuri after school playing… a fighting game?! And if that wasn’t perplexing enough, she is challenged to a duel by the unladylike Shirayuri!
I’m into Tekken 7, so this sounds really interesting to me, yet I’m worried about the amount of people mentioning how there are such few chapters released so far. At least it’s something different, so sign me up for whenever this begins airing. We don’t know when that’ll be or who’ll be involved, but I’ll be keeping an eye on this one.
Ten months ago, news broke that Seven Seas had licensed the I’m in Love with the Villainess light novels. Nine months ago, news broke that I’m in Love with the Villainess was getting a manga adaptation. And just this month, news broke that Seven Seas was at it again, licensing the manga for all of the yuri fans out there.
What more can be said about the awesome job that Seven Seas has been doing by licensing all of these works? It’s crazy, but let’s get back to the manga. Volume one will ship in July and be available as both a physical and digital release. There’s been nothing but praise for this franchise, and with the success of My Next Life as a Villainess, someone should strike while the iron is hot and get an anime adaptation greenlit. It’s just wishful thinking, but seriously, somebody make it happen. 😛
Hot on the heels of the surprisingly entertaining anime, it was announced that Assauly Lily would be getting a mini anime that’s set to begin airing this summer. This news isn’t as nice as a confirmation of a second season would be, but it’s still nice to see the franchise getting a little more anime love.
As is usually the case with these mini anime, expect lots of chibi characters, a really short runtime of only around five minutes, and nothing more than a decent little time-waster. Fans of the franchise should be into it, but let’s hope that we’ll eventually get some news about a second season~
Speaking of fun-sized anime, Yuuki Yuuna fans can look forward to April, which is when the short anime that’s based on the mobile game will premiere. This shouldn’t be confused with the upcoming third anime season, but this short anime will probably be a welcome stopgap until the third season eventually arrives.
The spring season is still missing any yuri-ish anime, but let’s hope that that will all change between now and April~
Even after all of these years, we’re still talking about Sailor Moon Eternal, since the second movie is finally set to premiere in Japan. The first movie was released last month, but for the vast majority of people who haven’t been able to watch it, Toei has gone ahead and uploaded a nice little summarization of the movie. Let’s take a look~
I didn’t understand a word, but I’ve always enjoyed digest videos like this one, and I’m sure there are Sailor Moon fans somewhere who’ve found it helpful and informative. But that’s not all of the Sailor Moon news we have to pass along. Toei has also revealed a new clip showing Super Sailor Saturn’s first-ever on-screen transformation. That’s apparently a big deal to some, but I was more interested in Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Anyway, here you go.
This might be the final time we talk about this movie, but because the franchise is also eternal and shows no signs of stopping, chances are that there’ll be another Sailor Moon anime that’ll occupy this space instead. 😛
And now for something that could very well not be yuri-ish at all, but the Amanchu vibes are strong with this one, so it gets included anyway. Set to premiere in July, P.A Works has revealed an original anime that takes place at a small aquarium in Okinawa. Check out the PV.
And here’s how Anime News Network describes the story.
The anime takes place at Gama Gama Aquarium, a small aquarium in Okinawa, an hour’s bus ride from Naha. Kukuru Misakino is an 18-year-old high school student who works there, and she knows about the “secret” of the aquarium: sometimes you can see mysterious things. One day Kukuru meets Fuuka, standing in front of a water tank with flowing hair and a tear rolling down her cheek. Fuuka has given up on her dream of becoming an idol and she has run away from Tokyo to Okinawa. Wanting to find a place to belong, Fuuka earnestly asks to work at the aquarium. The anime follows Kukuru and Fuuka as they deal with the issues of the secret of the aquarium and a looming crisis of its possible closure.
A lot of people (including me) were very disappointed with Amanchu! Advance, and it feels like yuri fans are hoping that this can become what we all expected Amanchu! Advance to be. Personally, I’m not getting my hopes up too high, but the aquatic setting looks pretty soothing, so even if it’s yuri-free, this might still be a calming anime worth watching. Only time will tell…