Yuri News Update: October 2020

yuri news update october 2020

The yuri drought is coming to an end, and judging by the stories in this month’s Yuri News Update, the near future actually looks pretty good for yuri-ish anime fans. As always, if we missed any important news stories, let us know in the comments.


adachi to shimamura yuri anime

It’s almost here! The anime adaptation of Adachi to Shimamura begins airing this week, and we recently got these two PVs that are focused on each of our two protagonists. Take a look~

It’s going to be awesome to finally have another pure yuri anime to watch, and it’s even better that this one looks really promising. It’s probably unrealistic to expect this to be on the level of something like Bloom Into You, but it has to be better than Flag Time, right?


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2020 Summer Anime Season: Final Thoughts

2020 summer anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts of the 2020 summer anime season that just came to an end~


Lapis Re:LiGHTs
Length: 12 Episodes | Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Music

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As you can tell by the number of anime on this season’s list, it was a REALLY disappointing season. Probably the most disappointing season we’ve ever covered, and the one full-length anime we watched wasn’t all that great either. At first glance, Lapis Re:LiGHTs seemed like an interesting mix of magic and idol anime, but at the end of the day, I thought that it failed to capture the magic (pun intended) of either of those genres. Because it was used so rarely, there were times that I almost forgot that these girls can actually use magic, and the musical performances were few and far between, so I feel like this anime could’ve been a lot more entertaining than it turned out to be.

Too often this felt like just another slice of life anime, and although I thought the main cast was decent, they weren’t enough to right the ship and get me to become invested in this show. There were other girls at the academy that I simply didn’t care about and didn’t enjoy watching, and if you’re hoping that yuri would come in and save the day, you’re going to be disappointed as well. The first episode made it seem like Tiara and Rosetta were going to have this really strong connection that would result in, at least, a lot of yuri subtext between them, but it didn’t quite work out like that. The situation kind of reminded me of Koisuru Asteroid, and after Tiara and Rose get acclimated at the academy and join the other Lapis girls, that connection mostly disappears. There were a couple of other bit characters that seemed kinda gay, but their roles were tiny and they made practically no impact on me.

Overall, I didn’t expect Lapis Re:LiGHTs to just be so bland and forgettable. It’s kind of what might happen if you were to take Love Live!, strip away 80% of the singing and dancing, allow the girls to use magic, then not give them any worthwhile reason to use that magic. At least the final episode was a bit better, but it was too little, too late. I’ll forget all about this show in a month, so good riddance, 2020 summer anime season, you won’t be missed. 😛

Total Enjoyment: 5/10


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Anime Review: Ichigo Mashimaro

ichigo mashimaro anime


Year: 2005
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Studio: Daume

Synopsis: “Cute girls doing cute things in cute ways.” Everyday things make up the fabric of life—whether it’s making friends, going to school, trying to make money, or celebrating a holiday. Ichigo Mashimaro is a heartwarming series that follows the daily lives of Itou Chika, her sister Nobue, and her friends Miu, Matsuri, and Ana.


STORY

Let’s not waste any time and dive right into the story, which is exactly what you’d expect from a slice of life anime. That’s to say that there isn’t much of a story. It’s just cute girls doing cute things, and while that won’t get it a good score, the low story score doesn’t mean that this isn’t an entertaining anime.

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Anime Review: Frame Arms Girl

frame arms girl anime


Year: 2017
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life
Studio: Zexcs/Studio A-CAT

Synopsis: The story begins when Ao opens a package that arrives at her doorstep. Inside the package is Gourai, a Frame Arms Girl: a small robot capable of independent movement. Gourai is a newly-developed prototype: a Frame Arms Girl equipped with an “Artificial Self,” an advanced AI that gives her a personality. Ao is the only one that has activated her. Gourai begins to gather both battle data and emotions, starting a day-to-day life with Ao, who knows nothing about Frame Arms Girls.


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Anime Review: Akikan!

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Year: 2009
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Romance
Studio: Brain’s Base

Synopsis: Hobbies are often a great way of meeting new people, but how could Kakeru Diachi, who collects rare juice cans, have ever suspected that he’d meet a fascinating new girl when he attempted to DRINK her? Naming her Melon, because she’s got great melon… soda, Kakeru quickly learns that she’s an Akikan—a beautiful girl who’s also a special can created to fight other Akikans in a strange experiment to determine what kind of container is better: steel or aluminum!

Will becoming involved in this ridiculously twisted research project gone amuck complicate Kakeru’s life incredibly? Of course it will, but because Melon’s steel body needs carbon dioxide to breathe, he’s now stuck with her since she’s too CO2 dependent! And when his wealthy, attractive, best childhood friend Najimi gets HER own aluminum Akikan, the trouble really begins!


STORY

This is my 182nd review on YuriReviews, and over that span, I’ve experienced all manner of stupid plots, but Akikan!‘s story still stands out for all the wrong reasons. You can read the synopsis above and tell how stupid this story is, yet a stupid story doesn’t automatically make this a bad anime. Rather, the reasons this is a bad anime include the absurd story, lousy character development, horrible attempts at “romance”, and the equally bad attempts at comedy.
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Yuri News Update: September 2020

yuri news update september 2020

As we do at the beginning of every month, it’s time to recap what’s been going on in the world of yuri. If we missed something important, feel free to let us know in the comments, but without further ado, let’s get started.


adachi to shimamura yuri anime

First up, we’re just over a month away from the premiere of the anime adaptation of Adachi to Shimamura, and to tide us over until then, a new PV and key visual have been released. The E.T. vibes of the visual are nice, and the PV? It further cements this as a “can’t-miss” anime for yuri fans.

The sweet tone of the PV is something I’ve been missing from all these other anime, and with the yuri drought we’ve been experiencing almost at its end, Adachi to Shimamura should be the most anticipated yuri anime since Bloom Into You. But that’s not all the AdaShima news there is to pass along…


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Anime Review: AIKa

aika anime

Year: 1997 – 1999
Length: 7 Episodes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Sci-Fi
Studio: Studio Fantasia

Synopsis: A catastrophic earthquake has left Tokyo, and most of the Earth for that matter, under the sea. Aika is a salvager who retrieves various remains from the watery ruins. When Aika accepts the dangerous mission of locating and obtaining the mysterious Lagu, she discovers that she’s not the only one after it.


STORY

First off, I should mention that this OVA is listed as having seven episodes, but the last three of those are essentially filler, so for maximum enjoyment, I’d recommend just to stop watching after episode four.

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