February came and went in a flash, so now that March is here, it’s time for another Yuri News Update. As always, if we missed anything important, feel free to mention it down in the comments~
First up, the hype train for the second season of Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon is going full speed ahead, and if this new PV is any indication, the summer anime season should be pretty fun. Let’s take a look~
Yup, I want it now. As expected, the stars of the first season are returning, but in the aftermath of the KyoAni arson attack, some changes to the production staff had to be made. This includes a new director, who moves over from the Hibike! Euphonium and Nichijou series, after the director of Kobayashi-san‘s first season unfortunately passed away in the attack.
On a brighter note, Kobayashi-san Chi no Dragon Maid S continues to look like the yuri anime event of the year, and I have little doubt that this is going to be nothing less than a great time. July can’t come soon enough~
Moving on, now that the first movie in the six-part Crown Handler sequel to Princess Principal has premiered in Japan, the focus has shifted to the second movie, which has been announced to release this fall. It feels like we’ve been talking about these movies for a long time, but it’s nice that they’re finally reaching the public after all of the delays.
Just as I thought, the first movie was about the length of two normal anime episodes, so while six movies sounds a little intimidating, it’s pretty much the equivalent of a twelve-episode TV anime season. I don’t mind, but I wonder if this release format is something that could catch on in the future. The box office sales of six movies might bring in more revenue than just selling the TV and streaming rights, so it might be something worth keeping an eye on. 😛
Next up is a new PV for Battle Athletes Daiundokai ReSTART!, which comes more than twenty years after the original Battle Athletes OVA and TV anime. *watches*
I’m conflicted about this. I want to be excited, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the OVA, and seeing the mediocrity that the production studio in charge (Seven) has worked on in the past, my hopes aren’t very high for this revival. The old OVA had some yuri undertones, so that’s enough for this reboot to get my curiosity, but it hasn’t yet to garner my attention. I won’t have to wait very long to find out if it will, as Battle Athletes Daiundokai ReSTART! is set to debut next month.
It was only last month that we mentioned that Young Ladies Don’t Play Fighting Games was getting an anime adaptation, so it shouldn’t be that surprising that the manga has now also been licensed. Once again, Seven Seas is doing the honors, and the print and digital release should become available in September. Here’s Seven Seas’ description.
Kuromi Girls’ Academy is a refined, elegant school that expects the very best in deportment from its young ladies. Aya got into this peerless rich-girls’ institution on a scholarship, and hopes to grow as lovely as her fellow student and idol Shirayui. But Shirayui hides a terrible secret: she’s a trash-talking, combo-chaining, newbie-stomping, ruthless hardcore gamer! Could a mutual indulgence in no-holds-barred video game combat grow into a deeper rapport between these two girls?
I really like the sound of that, and if this manga wasn’t already on people’s radars, I have a feeling that that’s going to change pretty soon.
Time sure does fly! It’s already been two years since Studio Élan released Heart of the Woods, and the developer has recently revealed that the game will arrive on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch in the second quarter of this year.
We’re also excited to announce that we’re working with @RatalaikaGames to bring you the console release of Heart of the Woods! The visual novel will make its way onto Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Q2 2021. Backers of our Kickstarter campaign will receive their keys early! pic.twitter.com/FPfVsFsKu1
— Studio Élan ⚢ (@vnstudioelan) February 15, 2021
I love seeing these yuri visual novels find a new home on the consoles. For the most part, it’s historically been PC gamers having all of the fun, but now new audiences can get to experience what yuri visual novels have to offer. What a time to be alive~
And now something we don’t talk about often, a live-action adaptation. The Gunjo live-action movie adaptation being released by Netflix now has a worldwide release date and a new visual.
Titled Ride or Die, Netflix subscribers the world over will be able to see how this yuri manga translates to the small screen when the movie debuts on April 15th. As interesting as the manga sounds, I’m just not a fan of watching any kind of abusive behavior, so I don’t know if this is for me. Still, it’s nice that this is getting a worldwide release, and if gritty stories are your thing, be sure to mark your calendars.
Four years after the first gameplay footage of the Uma Musume: Pretty Derby mobile game surfaced, the game was finally released in Japan on February 24th for Android and iOS. It’s kind of crazy that a second anime season would arrive before the game, but at least the game looks to have captured the essence of the anime. Here’s a gameplay video~
I’m not really into mobile games, but I’d imagine fans of the anime would definitely be interested in playing this. Since it’s a Japan-only release at the moment, non-Japanese players would have to use something like QooApp in order to be able to play this, but it is possible. Between the second anime season and now this game, I’d say that Uma Musume fans have it pretty good right about now~
I don’t even know if the game has any yuri undertones, but that visual is enough for me to include this story anyway. Blue Reflection, the JRPG that released in 2017 for the PS4, PS Vita, and PC, will be getting an anime adaptation courtesy of J.C.Staff that will begin airing next month. Here’s the PV for Blue Reflection Ray~
I don’t really know anything about this game beyond what I just read in a review, but that PV makes the anime look a little yuri-ish, so it’ll be interesting to see if that’ll be the case. For those who are just as clueless as I am, here’s the description of the game’s story. 😛
Taking her first steps back into an everyday school life, Hinako is lost in a sea of unknown faces until she encounters a middle school friend, Sanae Nishida. Hinako notices a strange aura emerge from Sanae and suddenly awakens in a mysterious world where an intimidating demon awaits her! Before she has time to react, a pair of friendly voices reach out to her: “It will be alright. You can fight. Put your heart into the ring on your finger, and fight as a Reflector!” The magical twins Yuzu and Lime bestow Reflector powers on Hinako, promising her they will grant any wish she desires if she protects the world from devastating forces that seek to threaten humanity.
This is how Hinako learns of the mysterious parallel dimension, The Common: a place created by the unconsciousness of the human collective; where the causes of humans’ latent troubles lurk. Alongside Yuzu and Lime, she leaps fearlessly into this unknown world in search of crystallized emotion fragments – the physical manifestation of her classmates’ struggles – but encounters a myriad of challenges in her path. Players will explore unique and perilous locations in their attempt to locate these fragments and resolve their classmates’ problems in the real world, and will be called upon to battle dangerous demons who stand in their way!
While Hinako and her friends solve the problems plaguing Hoshinomiya Girls’ High School and live their day-to-day lives, devastating forces loom closer at each moment. These are the Sephira, gigantic creatures harboring overwhelming powers which threaten to end the world as the girls know it! In order to protect their classmates as well as humanity itself, Hinako, Yuzu and Lime transform into their magical Reflector forms and use their most powerful abilities by gathering the energy of emotions. By harnessing the close bonds they have formed, the Reflectors fight in hopes of repelling the Sephira forces once and for all.
With both movies being released, you thought we were done talking about Sailor Moon Eternal? Hahaha, here we are again! 😛
The story here is pretty simple, the second movie ended with a “To be continued” teaser, so expect to hear some news regarding the next arc in the Sailor Moon saga at some point in the not too distant future. Eternal took forever to finally be released into the wild, so maybe we’ll have another several years to talk about whatever’s coming next. 😛