This month’s Yuri News Update is especially plump, so let’s not waste any time. As always, if we missed anything important, feel free to mention it down in the comments~
First up, while everyone was still recovering from the news of the sequel to Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Rebellion, Shaft went ahead and dropped the news that the second season of Magia Record was finally happening. The premiere date is July 31st, so it’s quite the surprise that season two is happening so soon. Anyway, take a look at the PV~
If that wasn’t enough Magia Record news, it was also announced that the third and final season will premiere at the end of the year. Magia Record doesn’t get the same love that the main series gets, but the first season was still pretty good, and now the summer anime season definitely looks a little better now that season two is included. It’s Madoka★Magica‘s world, we’re just living in it. 😛
And now on to a series I wasn’t expecting to ever mention on YR again, Ikkitousen. Looks like we’ll be getting another Ikkitousen TV anime next year, this one an adaptation of the Shin Ikkitousen manga, and since we’ve already reviewed five previous installments, I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be reviewing this new anime as well.
None of those five other Ikkitousen anime compare to something like Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid, at least when it comes to the yuri, but these ecchi action anime still have a certain guilty pleasure quality to them. Queen’s Blade: Unlimited is an ongoing disaster, so maybe this can give the ecchi anime fans something to look forward to. 😛
Now it’s time to mention a boatload of yuri licenses that were announced by Seven Seas recently.
People who’ve read a few of these Yuri News Updates probably know that I’m not really into reading manga, so I’m not going to pretend to know anything about most of these titles and will instead mostly just hit you with the relevant details and some descriptions to let you know what these are about. With that said, let’s get started. 😛
The first title to mention is 5 Seconds Before a Witch Falls in Love, which is by Zeniko Sumiya and will arrive on North American shores in print and digital versions come February. And here’s the description.
Solitary witch Meg likes to be mischievous and make trouble in the forest for her nemesis, Lilith the Witch Hunter. But when an altercation goes sideways, and Meg turns Lilith into a cat, a cascade of unfortunate events means witch is now responsible for saving witch-hunter! Sparks were flying between these antagonistic ladies before–what will their relationship be like after this cat-astrophe?
The next yuri manga that Seven Seas announced a license for was GUNBURED × SISTERS by Wataru Mitogawa. The first volume of this one will release in March, and here’s the synopsis for those of you who might be familiar with it.
In a decaying gothic city, warrior nun Dorothy is tasked with hunting down and slaughtering supernatural creatures. A member of the elite Crimson Sisters, she seeks to rid the city of the vampire population that plagues it. One fateful night, she encounters a wounded woman, Maria, only to discover that she has fangs and a strange parentage. Dorothy offers the half-vampire her best and only chance at survival: become my pet. Together, Dorothy and Maria will dive into the secrets at the heart of the vampire scourge that threatens to overwhelm their home.
Nuns that kill vampires? And it’s mature?! If Ikkitousen can get another anime, this should have no problem getting one. That’s all I got to say about this one, so let’s just keep things moving, shall we? 😀
This next license is more familiar to me, and with the second season of the anime now underway, the timing couldn’t be better. My Next Life as a Villainess Side Story: Girls Patch will be coming our way in May (these release dates seem so far away), and like 5 Seconds Before a Witch Falls in Love, that’s both print and digital platforms. Description time!
Fans already love the romantic comedy franchise about Katarina Claes, a woman from Earth reborn into an otome game and determined to avoid her villainous end. Although she’s living in a game world full of male love interests, she also develops rich relationships with the women around her–and that’s exactly what this anthology is about. Enjoy these original manga stories about Katarina and her lovely ladies setting the boys aside to explore deeper relationships with each other. This book is a special gift to the fans of this series who dreamed of more love between the women!
How great would it be if these stories turned into a multi-episode OVA? It’s wishful thinking, but the first season of My Next Life as a Villainess was really good, so it would be nice to get more of this series in any form~
The next yuri manga that got licensed is Hello, Melancholic!. This work by Yayoi Ohsawa will also arrive in February, and here’s the synopsis, because I know nothing about it and don’t know what else to say here… 😀
Asano Minato is a tall but stooping first-year high school student. Though she’s an awesome trombone player, she does everything she can to fade into the background. Despite her best efforts, however, Minato catches the attention of her bubbly and charismatic upperclasswoman Hibiki, who wants Minato to join the band she’s forming at school and won’t take no for an answer! Will Minato be able to let go of the past and play in a band again? Can polar opposites harmonize through music? Slow jam your way into this dulcet yuri series!
This description is pretty much a lite version of what I expect Love Live! to be, but then reality hits, and I’m disappointed (Maki still best girl). Anyway, there are still more licenses to get to, so let’s keep things flowing.
Monologue Woven for You is yet another yuri manga that’s getting licensed, and here’s the description of Syu Yasaka’s work, the first volume of which will be released in print and digitally in February.
Two college students with a shared dream and opposite paths collide–will their ambitions bring them together or pull them apart? Haruka has abandoned her dreams of the theater, but finds herself still haunted by memories. Meanwhile, Nao chases her aspirations for the stage head-on, refusing to back down or let obstacles obscure her way. When the lives of these two women cross, despite their contrary feelings, they end up entangled…as romance sparks between them.
We’re almost done mentioning all of these licenses, so let’s wrap this up.
Finally, Seven Seas announced that Even If It Was Just Once, I Regret It has been licensed, and the first volume will hit North America in print and digital form come February. Here’s a description of Miyahara Miyako’s yuri manga.
Twenty-four-year-old Koduka Chiyo quit her job and is wallowing in self-pity in her apartment. She’s also three months behind on her rent. Then her landlady proposes an unusual solution: have sex with her, and she’ll help with the debt, the filthy apartment, and the loneliness driving Chiyo to beer and escapism. After a one-night stand, the two women decide to keep up the arrangement. Their growing relationship leads to questions of identity, getting one’s life together, and if something tender can develop from an arrangement that started with a bang.
I don’t know anything about this one either, but I’d be lying if I said that that doesn’t sound pretty interesting. Yuri manga seems to get all of the good story premises, and Seven Seas is bringing so many of them over to the West. It’s worth repeating that they’ve been doing an unbelievable job, and there’s no reason to think that they’ll stop anytime soon~
And now it’s time for a few news pieces about some visual novels.
First up is Please Be Happy from Studio Élan, which still hasn’t been released, but it does have a demo available on Steam and itch.io. The game was originally supposed to come out last year, but it was pushed back a bit and is now scheduled to be released later this year, on PC and Switch. In case you forgot, here’s the synopis and the trailer for the game.
Born as a fox in the forest of Korea, Miho carries with her the memory of a traveler who showed her kindness and spoke of home. Now more human than fox, Miho has spent a long, long time searching for her person. She arrives by airship to Wellington Skyport, one of the jewels of the floating island of New Zealand.
Despite her years spent observing humans, she still has a lot to learn about their culture and society. She’s made a living so far as a thief, her heightened senses allowing her to easily take advantage of people. She’s also seen a lot of the worst of what mankind has to offer.
It’s only after meeting Juliet, the owner of a small library, and Aspen, an aspiring novelist, that Miho starts to understand what kindness is, and that there’s more than just the bad stuff when it comes to people.
The demo is the entire first chapter and is fully-voiced, so Studio Élan is still doing a great job of showcasing their products. And they’re not done flexing their yuri muscles.
Five years after Highway Blossoms was released, they announced that the game and its Next Exit DLC will be bundled together and come to consoles later this year. Called Highway Blossoms: Gold Rush Edition, they haven’t announced which consoles the game will come to, though that news will be revealed at a later date.
And Heart of the Woods is now available on Nintendo Switch, with the version for next-gen consoles coming next month. Studio Élan is really carrying the entire Western yuri visual novel scene on their back, aren’t they? 😛
Not to be outdone, ahead of its release next week, MangaGamer has made preorders available for Distant Memoraĵo, the sequel to Kotonoha Amrilato. In case you need a synopsis and a look at the OP, here you go~
Not all endings are happily ever after, and language isn’t the only barrier to understanding. After choosing to remain in Ruka’s world, Rin begins to doubt her decision, haunted by memories of her best friend Yuuzu and others she’s left behind. Ruka, too, is troubled by Kanako, a classmate who seems to have it out for her. Unspoken thoughts, assumed feelings, and misunderstandings threaten to pry them apart as they face the challenges of communication involved in becoming more than just friends.
In the second chapter, we learn the tale of a distant past. Of a child and a young adult paired together by strange circumstances. This story of Rei and Ruka’s past will explore how the two met, why Rei took on the mantle of guardianship, and their attempts to understand one another across an age gap.
Some delays notwithstanding, yuri visual novel fans seem to have it pretty good, and games like this one seem to be a major reason why~
Moving right along, the newest Kiniro Mosaic anime, Kiniro Mosaic: Thank You!!, has a new trailer. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but Thank You!! looks every bit as cute as we’ve come to expect from the series.
Ever since Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic, I’ve been afraid that this would be the last time that we’d see the girls, yet they came back for Kiniro Mosaic: Pretty Days and now this. They’re on the verge of graduating from high school, so this might really be it this time. I think it might be time to have a good cry… 😀
You can’t have a Yuri News Update without a mention of Love Live!, so let’s talk about Love Live! Superstar!! for a minute. Before this show debuts in a few days, a couple of PVs have been released.
I actually thought about picking this show up, but then I remembered that I’m just not a fan of this season’s character designs, so I guess that won’t be happening. As with every Love Live! season, you can bet that there’ll be some shipping going on, but that hasn’t been enough to get me to watch one of these seasons in a while. That said, I’m sure there are still tons of people who are excited for more Love Live!, and I hope you folks enjoy yourself with this latest season~
One of the most intriguing anime of the summer season for me is The Aquatope on White Sand, which gives off some major Amanchu! vibes. Here’s a new PV.
I don’t want to do something foolish like get my hopes up that this show will have a lot of yuri subtext, yet it looks like a pretty chill anime, so I definitely plan to still watch it. Our First Impressions of the summer anime season should be posted in a couple of weeks, and this show will be on the list.
A new trailer for the latest Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya movie has been released, ahead of its premiere in August. This seems to showcase the battles and more serious moments, so it doesn’t resemble the same series that features approximately A MILLION yuri kisses, but it’s nice that the franchise continues to tread on.
Since this is a movie and not a TV anime, there probably won’t be much time for some of the goofy moments that have populated the various seasons, OVA, and specials, but look on the bright side, at least this one doesn’t star Shirou. 😛