Yuri News Update: July 2021

yuri news update july 2021

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~


magia record season 2

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. 😛


shin ikkitousen manga

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. 😛

5 seconds before a witch falls in love yuri manga

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?


gunbured x sisters yuri manga

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? 😀


my next life as a villainess girls patch yuri anthology

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~


hello melancholic yuri manga

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 yuri manga

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.


even if it was just once i regret it yuri manga

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~


please be happy yuri visual novel

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.


highway blossoms gold rush edition

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? 😛


distant memorajo yuri visual novel

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~


kiniro mosaic thank you

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… 😀


love live superstar

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~


the aquatope on white sand anime

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.


fate/kaleid liner prisma illya movie

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. 😛


12 thoughts on “Yuri News Update: July 2021

  1. This month sure had some surprising news for yuri and I love it!!! The many more manga licenses are great along with a ton more yuri VNs coming too!!!

    Also I am so happy and excited for Magia Record season 2 heck not to mention a season 3 was green lit too for sometime the end of the year as well!!!

    Also ofc as a huge Love Live fan I can’t wait for the new series!!! I am also excited to see how Shiroi Suna no Aquatope is gonna go!!!

    This month definitely gave us some pretty nice news! Also not to mention we have Kobayashi-san’s triumphant return so it is definitely a good month!!! Hopefully more good news for us yuri fans will come by in the coming months!

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    • If only every month was as news-packed as this one. 😛

      It’s a pretty nice start to the summer, and hopefully there’ll be more months like this. I can’t help but be skeptical about the chances of that happening, but for at least one month, we once again lived the life of yuri luxury. 😀

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  2. I don’t know if I’m being too much of a nitpicking a**hole but Yuri in 2021 has been extremely disappointing for me especially with Otherside Picnic and other whole heaps of Girl’s Club anime (Super Cub being an exception) so I’m treading VERY lightly here.

    First episode of Maid Dragon SS2 was great but it’s hard to bank my enjoyment of the Yuri genre on one good anime for the entire season but today’s news kinda pulled my hopes up with Magia Record so deliverance it is.

    I guess I’m at a point where I can’t just enjoy some Yuri dumb fun anymore.

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    • I agree that it’s been super disappointing so far. Given the slim pickings we’ve had for yuri anime, it’s been hard for me to get motivated to watch anything, and I’ve instead spent my time doing other things when, in the past, I could just enjoy other anime instead. It sucks…

      At least the second half of the year probably looks better than the first, but considering how bad the first half was, I guess that’s not a huge accomplishment. 😛

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  3. Just finished “The Aquatope on White Sand” EP1 and it is everything you say and more. The visual art and soft music track alone are of very high quality, and the pacing is wonderfully smooth with a touch of supernatural whimsy in a red haired Top Knotted Spirit of the shrine who brings our two girls together. If they maintain this level of story quality, we have a Summer delight in store. Another one which you have not mentioned, is “Kageki Shoujo” girls boarding school for the arts something like “Shoujo Kageki Revue Starlight”. Interestingly both Aqua and Kageki have a failed Idol MC plot line, and an unnatural pairing with an unusual girl. For this fan, hope the pair actually manage to pair to some degree.
    And The Rock is silent about the Dragon in the room?!

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    • I’ll probably watch the first episode of Aquatope over the weekend, and now I’m more hyped about it. Thanks for clearing some things up. Ever since it was announced, I’ve had my eye on Kageki Shoujo. just due to the similarities to Revue Starlight. I’m not banking on it being as yuri-ish as RS, but I think it could still be pretty entertaining, even if it’s not. 😛

      Yeah, Godzilla vs. Kong was pretty entertaining, so at least there have been movies worth breaking out the popcorn for. What? That’s not the dragon you were talking about? My bad, I guess Godzilla isn’t technically a dragon. It’s sad that Kiryu Coco retired, and it happened just as I was starting to become a bigger fan of hers. Huh? Still not the right dragon?! 😀

      Kobayashi-san S2 should definitely be the yuri highlight of the year so far, even though I haven’t seen the first episode yet. Since L reviewed the first season a few years ago, I’m trying to get her to write about it for the Final Thoughts post next week. I can’t guarantee that I’ll be successful, so I may have to write about it. 😀

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      • Hmmmmm! I see what you did there! Miss/Mr? Kobayashi, the Dragon Whisperer who is building a Heavenly Dragon Harem. Every Dragon seems to fall for Kobayashi, either one way or another as the assassin fell fairly hard with an evil “crack” which certainly corrected his back story problems! KyoAni is showing off their chops early on here introducing a truly scary monster who makes a serious mistake. What reality do you belong to? Rules are only optional? Call Elma for help? Somebody needs to get real!
        Speaking of getting real, many blogs and websites are beginning to do Episode reviews. Might “yuri reviews”………, nah, better not go there!
        Really, really appreciate what y’all do here as a source of anime and yuri information.

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  4. MAGIA RECORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL EXPLODE!!!!!!!!!!
    I STILL HAVE TO WATCH BLUE REFLECTION TODAY!!!!!

    But wait , third and FINAL season? The game is still ongoing , as i said before they also cut a lot of content from the game.
    I did some calculation way before and i do not remember well but if they added the skipped parts + side content for S1 MR they had double the episodes minimum.
    OHHHH WAIT WAIT MAYBE FINAL SEASON IS FINAL PART OF ARC1 AWDAWDWADAW *explodes*

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    • You’re the one who’s into the game, but I guess it could be like SnK and do a “Part 2” of a final season. Either way, it’s still a pleasant surprise that the second season is happening so soon. 😛

      And I didn’t know that Blue Reflection was two cours, so I’ll continue to put that off and marathon it all at the end of September, or whenever it finally finishes. 😀

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  5. Really glad to see all the recent yuri news! So glad to see more and more yuri manga being licensed, I’m especially excited for Even If It Was Just Once, I Regret It. I love that series it was really cute… and a bit spicy! 😀 I just hope Seven Seas can behave themselves with these manga and not censor them.

    I JUST finished Highway Blossoms on Steam and they had to go and announce Gold Rush Edition for consoles! Now I’m going to have to replay it all over again! >( Jokes aside I liked that visual novel! I give it a 9/10, was fun and cute, plus the soundtrack really stuck with me which surprised me. I am glad Kotonoha Amrilato is getting a sequel too! Loved that game when I played it last year, it was cute, sweet but a tad short. Seeing more of Rin and Ruka is a-ok to me! 😀

    Not much for yuri anime but The Aquatope on White Sand has my interest with the beautiful visuals and the fact the trailers really seem to give off a yuri vibe so I am really hopeful for this one when it comes out!

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    • I’ve probably missed some manga licensing stories in the recent past, but it still seems like they just keep on coming. I’m totally not envious of how good yuri manga readers seem to have it right now. Not at all… 😀

      And I’ve probably missed even more yuri VNs, but it’s the same deal as with manga, a pretty good amount of works to enjoy. If yuri VNs ever make it to a service like Game Pass, I’d probably end up playing them a lot more often. 😛

      I’m hoping Aquatope can be the dark horse anime of the summer season. Either way, this season should definitely be the best so far this year~

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