It’s that time of the month again, time to go over what’s been happening in the world of yuri anime, manga, and visual novels. So sit back, relax, and enjoy August’s Yuri News Update~
And as usual, if we missed anything important, let us know in the comments.
There are a lot of manga licenses to get to, so let’s start off with one. Thanks to the kind folks at Seven Seas, Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon will be brought to audiences in North America, with the first volume being released in February 2021. In case you’re not familiar with it, here’s the description.
Uno Hinako throws herself into makeup, fashion, and falling in love, hoping that will make her seem “normal” to the other people at her job. But no matter how hard she tries, she’s a self-doubting mess inside, and her attempts at “normal” romance with men just keep failing. When she starts to think she might be alone forever, a new normal presents itself–in the form of her relationship with Sato Asahi, a level-headed woman who works at her company, which starts as respect until it becomes far more intimate.
While yuri anime fans have to make do with the typical assortment of idols, magical girls, and school girls, yuri manga fans get interesting stories like this, and I’d be lying if I said I’m not jealous. Not every story has to star fifteen-year-olds, so manga fans have it pretty dman good, especially with all these licenses that keep coming down the pike.
Synopsis: Most people would prefer being the protagonist of a world full of adventure, be it in a game or in another world. But, unfortunately, a certain girl is not so lucky. Regaining the memories of her past life, she realizes that she was reborn in the world of Fortune Lover—one of the games she used to play.
Unfortunately, the character she was reincarnated into—Katarina Claes—is the game’s main antagonist, who faces utter doom in every ending. Using her extensive knowledge of the game, she takes it upon herself to escape from the chains of this accursed destiny.
However, this will not be an easy feat, especially since she needs to be cautious as to not set off death flags that may speed up the impending doom she is trying to avoid. Even so, to make a change that will affect the lives of everyone around her, she strives—not as the heroine—but as the villainess.
Given the current state of anime, I know a lot of people might be experiencing isekai fatigue right about now, and I thought I was too, until I started watching My Next Life as a Villainess, which I’ll be calling Hamefura for the remainder of the review. Thanks to mediocre anime like BOFURI, my expectations are pretty low for shows in this genre. A reason why I felt differently about this anime isn’t because Hamefura does anything radically different than other isekai anime, it’s simply because the show seemed fun and clever, two things I personally haven’t felt about this genre since the olden days of SAO and The Devil is a Part-Timer!.
It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2020 summer anime season that just started~
Studio: Nut | Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
I picked up this show mostly because it looked interesting and is from the director of Death Parade and Mob Psycho 100, and through one episode, it seems entertaining enough. The story involves humanity’s near extinction at the hands of creatures called the Gadoll, and how the remnants of humanity now reside on Deca-dence, a mobile fortress where soldiers called Gears lead the assault on the Gadoll. There are some Shingeki no Kyojin vibes, but this anime seems to lack the drama and somber tone of SnK, so the comparisons aren’t super strong.
Actually, this anime seems kind of campy, and I think I like it that way. Thanks to the main character, Natsume, this first episode seemed more comedic than dramatic, at least until the Gadoll attack and we get more SnK vibes. Feisty characters like Natsume are fun to watch, so I think I’m going to like her quite a bit. The action was pretty nice, and I think for most people, that’s going to be the biggest reason why they watch this. I’m still not sure how I feel about the Gadoll, since their overly colorful and unusual designs aren’t quite what I expected, but they have more time to grow on me. All I’m expecting from this anime is some solid action and a somewhat interesting sci-fi storyline, and if it can give me that, I’ll be content.
It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts of the 2020 spring anime season that just came to an end~
Length: 12 Episodes | Genre: Action, Fantasy, Super Power
We didn’t watch a lot of shows this season, did we? 😀
Whenever Trigger comes out with a new anime, I’m either all over it, or I’m not interested at all. There’s no in-between. Kill la Kill? All over it. SSSS.Gridman? I couldn’t care less. BNA had an interesting premise, so I gave it a chance, and my curiousity was certainly rewarded. This turned out to be pretty entertaining and had the action, comedy, and flair that I’ve come to expect from Trigger.
Summer is officially here, and with it comes another Yuri News Update. As has been the case lately, there’s a lot to get to, and as always, if we missed something important, feel free to mention it in the comments~
It makes sense to start this Yuri News Update with some good news. From what I hear, perhaps this spring season’s most pleasant surprise has been My Next Life as a Villainess, which you guys have recommended to me on more than one occasion, so it’s great that a second season was announced at the end of this season’s final episode. 2021 is when you can expect the new season to arrive, so next year is already starting to take shape quite nicely.
I actually haven’t started watching the first season yet, but since our Spring Final Thoughts post is planned for next week, I better hurry the hell up! *rushes to finish writing this post*
Genre: Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life, Yuri
Studio: Tear Studio
Synopsis: What would you do if you could stop time? Moritani for one is using her unusual ability to stop time for three minutes a day to observe the people around her. One day, she chooses to “observe” class idol Murakami’s panties—only to find herself in a very compromising situation when her classmate turns out to be immune to her power.
Because L didn’t really like the movie that much or want to write about it, I’m the one who’s going to be reviewing Flag Time, and since I don’t read any sort of manga, my perspective is that of someone who’s new and unfamiliar with the series. It’s quite different than what L’s perspective would’ve been, so I won’t be able to say much about how faithful it is to the source material or which medium did it better. I should also mention that since L has always called it Flag Time instead of Fragtime, that’s what I’m calling it. Now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way, and I’ve successfully reduced your expectations, let’s continue on to the review~