Synopsis: Despite the title, this is not a feature but the three-part OVA Battle Skipper (1995), which Takashi Watanabe directed before going on to Slayers.
When the members of the Etiquette Club at St. Ignacio’s School for Girls go down the tubes–literally–they acquire the skimpy outfits they wear to pilot the unfortunately named BSs or Battle Skippers, state-of-the-art military mecha. As “Extars,” the Etiquette Club members fight to eliminate evil from the world, which means the bizarre schemes of Sayaka, the nasty, super-rich president of the rival Debutante Club, and her flunky, Todo.
The series was created to promote a line of robot toys from Tomy, and viewers who are willing to accept high school girls’ quarrels escalating into battles involving satellite weaponry may enjoy these silly adventures.
As seems to be the case every few months, this is another “Yuri News Update Lite”, meaning there aren’t a lot of news stories to mention, but we still gotta do it anyway. As always, if we forgot something important, feel free to mention it in the comments~
During an event celebrating the new movie, which premiered last week, it was announced that the series is getting another sequel, though no further details were mentioned. I think I speak for everyone here when I say that I really hope this is more akin to the first three seasons instead of the Shirou-led prequel movie.
Of course, I haven’t seen the latest movie, so I can’t say if it has the yuri fanservice like the earlier installments, but at least it doesn’t star Shirou. 😛
Synopsis: The film is set in London at the end of the 19th century and after the attempted assassination of the Imperial princess in the television anime. The Empire is increasing counter-spy actions in the wake of the incident, and finds Control, the Commonwealth group in charge of covert operations against the Empire, at unease and suspecting its spy within the royal family as a double agent. Control assigns their spy ring Dove with a new mission to extract a secondhand bookstore owner and deliver him to Commonwealth hands. Ange, Dorothy, and Chise successfully spring the bookstore owner from an Imperial prison. Control also assigns Dove to make contact with Bishop, their spy within the royal family, to ascertain their loyalties.
This month’s News Update doesn’t have a ton of stories, but I guess they all can’t be loaded with yuri goodness. Anyway, if we missed anything important, let us know down in the comments~
Even though this season isn’t as bad as others for yuri anime, it’s never too early to start thinking about next year. Due to simply not knowing that it included yuri, we missed the news earlier this year that The Executioner and Her Way of Life was getting an anime adaptation, but now that it’s back in the news, it’s the perfect time to mention it.
J.C.Staff is the studio behind the adaptation, and if you’re like me and have never heard of the manga before, here’s a synopsis.
The Lost Ones are wanderers who come here from a distant world known as “Japan.” No one knows how or why they leave their homes. The only thing that is certain is that they bring disaster and calamity. The duty of exterminating them without remorse falls to Menou, a young Executioner. When she meets Akari, it seems like just another job…until she discovers it’s impossible to kill this girl! And when Menou begins to search for a way to defeat this immortality, Akari is more than happy to tag along! So begins a journey that will change Menou forever… In addition to being an intriguing addition to the ever popular isekai genre of light novels, Virgin Road is an intriguing release due to the fact that it includes elements not commonly seen in light novels released in English—a female protagonist and a yuri storyline.
This adaptation is some of the best anime news that we’ve had in a while, though considering how little there’s been to get excited about when it comes to yuri-ish anime, that’s probably not the highest praise one can give. Still, it’s nice to have something to look forward to, because Kobayashi-san won’t keep airing forever, so bring on 2022~
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. 😛
It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts of the spring anime season that just came to an end~
BATTLE ATHLETESS DAIUNDOUKAI RESTART!
After watching the first episode a few months ago, it was pretty clear that this revival of Battle Athletess wasn’t going to be good, but this was a classic case of a franchise that should’ve stayed dormant. In every regard, this seemed like a regression from the previous Battle Athletess anime, which I didn’t even think were that great to begin with. There are so many bad things to point out here, but maybe the thing that stuck out the most to me was just how boring this was. The straightforward plot made the competition to become the next Cosmo Beauty almost irrelevant, since the events often took a backseat to the meddling from an incredibly generic set of villains, and it was clear that none of the other girls were a real challenge to Kanata or Eva. Even the finale was amazingly anti-climactic, so I was bored for almost the entire twelve episode run.