I guess we should continue the trend and keep updating all the old lists. Let’s continue with my favorite artists then. Enjoy!
10. Mushiyaki (Kanbayashi Makoto)
I know there are a lot of great artists around when it comes to Love Live doujinshi. Actually, thinking about it now, the number seems insane.
Anyway, the one name that pops up in my mind almost immediately when I think about those works, and especially while thinking about one of my all-time favorite couples—namely Nozomi x Eri—is Mushiyaki.
Be it the fact that those works are always cute, funny, and visually stunning, or maybe it’s the fact that I think this artist captures the relationship between the characters just perfectly. Well, certainly the occasional NSFW content helps me enjoy this to a certain degree, too. 😛
Genre: 404: Men Not Found, Blushing, Comedy, Delinquent, School girl, Yuri
Status: Ongoing, 12 Chapters
Description:Class president and overall good girl Koguma is concerned that her classmate Hino often skips classes by spending her time behind one of the school buildings. Koguma feels it’s her duty to guide Hino down a better path, even if it means going along with Hino’s unusual requests.
I just love the way Hino teases Koguma through misdirection that results in her giving in to Hino’s various requests. The playfulness of their back and forth conversations leave me laughing at the end, especially when a frantic Koguma finally gives in. In the end, between Koguma’s dedication to looking after Hino, as well as Hino’s ability to pull Koguma along, they are slowly able to close the distance between them. Also, Koguma as a cat is too darn cute! 😀
In this case as well, quite a few things changed, and we have some newcomers as well. Please enjoy, and tell us about your Top 10 in the comments as well~
10. Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
Admittedly, Cross Ange didn’t end the way we all wanted it to. Hilda didn’t get her much deserved girlfriend, and Ange ended up with Tusk, a male character. In terms of yuri, this couldn’t have gone any more wrong. Though, the yuri we got through the rest of the show probably made up for the horrible outcome, if only a little.
So, basically, the whole show involves some steamy yuri sex scenes, some kisses, and even some true romance, despite the fact that Cross Ange often didn’t depict the yuri taking place as something happening out of the characters’ love for one another. In the end, there were still enough yuri characters left, and if we now add the fact that the whole plot of this show, as well as pretty much all of the important characters, were pretty damn awesome, then this makes for a damn great anime, if you ask me.
My experience of the second season of Kakegurui was somewhat different from Lena’s overview of the anime in her Winter Season 2019 Final Thoughts post. Like the first season, I was absolutely crazy about it. I find season 1 and 2 both equally entertaining and fun to watch. Though admittedly, the awaited yuri moments were of course a let down. The anime opening is just so very misleading, showing suggestive and flirtatious scenes between various highschool girls. One can only look forward to seeing how relationships within the anime evolved… but there was nothing more than platonic friendships. The opening is a spectacular tease that will leave you wanting more. =(
For those who have never seen it, the story revolves entirely around gambling. The main character, Yumeko, transfers to a gambling school and very quickly becomes one of the top players in the game. There are no grades, teachers, or academics- instead one must survive and move up the ‘academic’ ladder through gambling. Strange concept to be sure, and I am so surprised at how this storyline drew me in so deep that I could watch the whole season in a day. The people at this school are just absolutely crazy and many of them with serious disorders and dangerous personalities. Not to mention anything can be used to gamble- not just money but your freedom and livelihood. That is really what makes this anime so interesting and worth watching- you won’t be able to step away from these twisted minds. Continue reading →
Let’s do another Yuri News quick round. We have yet again a lot to cover, so let’s get right to it!
First up, let’s talk about the big ones! Kogado Studio‘s Nurse Love Syndrome has been released in English, and is now available for purchase. If you’re fast, you can even get it for a 10% discount over on Steam!
For those of you who haven’t heard about the Nurse Love visual novels yet, I’d suggest you start with the predecessor, Nurse Love Addiction, which you can over on Steam.
Nurse Love Syndrome will feature the same universe and, of course, a story filled to the brim with yuri. Here’s some more information.Continue reading →
It looks like this is pretty much it. This is the spring season’s wild card that COULD possibly give us yuri fans some of what we’re looking for. The two main characters are both female, and romance is listed among the genres of this anime, so maybe it’s not too much of a stretch to think that maybe this could be the savior of a bad season. Bones is the studio behind Carole & Tuesday, and serving as Chief Director of this original anime is Shinichiro Watanabe, who you may recognize as the director of the iconic Cowboy Bebop, among other titles, so all signs point towards this being an anime worth keeping an eye on.
And I’d say the first episode was definitely a solid start. The story of two girls chasing their dreams of making music is kinda cliché, yet this first episode did a good job of setting the stage for the musical journey that is to come. Given the difference in social standing between Carole and Tuesday—Carole is a former refugee, while Tuesday is the daughter of a wealthy family—this should be interesting, as should the slight sci-fi setting that gives this a unique vibe. As you’d expect from Bones, this anime looks great, and the first episode gives off a distinct folk-sy vibe to the music that should play right in with the emotion and drama that’ll inevitably come later.
This anime is listed at twenty-four episodes, so it’ll be interesting to see if these two will end up making some sweet music together, if you know what I mean. After Hibike! Euphonium, the last thing we need is more yuri bait, so while it’s probably unlikely that this goes as far as we’d like it to go, something along the lines of a female-focused Yuri!!! on Ice would be great. But even if Carole & Tuesday doesn’t end up being more than a romantic two-girl friendship, it looks like this anime might end up being one of the best shows of the season anyway.