Anime Review: Adachi to Shimamura

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Year: 2020
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Romance, School, Slice of Life, Yuri
Studio: Tezuka Productions

Synopsis: Somewhere in the school at noon, one might hear the sound of two girls playing table tennis together as they wait for time to pass by.

As if by fate, two students—Sakura Adachi and Hougetsu Shimamura—stumble upon each other on the second floor of the school gymnasium. As they gradually foster a budding friendship, their feelings for one another only become more ambiguous. Growing closer by the day, the two must learn to navigate their contrasting personalities as well as determine the depth of their affection for each other.

The nature of this relationship gradually shifts when one of them starts to develop feelings beyond the boundaries of a platonic relationship. Even so, Adachi and Shimamura must realize if forming a bond stronger than friendship will bring them closer or tear them apart.


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Anime Review – Assault Lily: Bouquet

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Year: 2020
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Magic
Studio: Shaft

Synopsis: Fifty years ago, mysterious creatures known as the “Huge” suddenly appeared all over the world, posing an existential threat to humanity. To defend against these menaces, soldiers in the form of teenage girls known as “Lilies” use the energy “Magie” within their bodies to power weapons called “Counter Huge ARMS” or “CHARMS.”

After being saved by a Lily two years ago while evacuating from a Huge attack, Riri Hitotsuyanagi vowed to become a Lily herself. She enrolls in the prestigious academy of Yurigaoka, a training ground for Lilies, and discovers that one of her classmates is Yuyu Shirai—the same Lily who rescued her. Much to her confusion, however, the person she thought to be cheerful turns out to be quite antisocial and prefers to fight alone. Even so, Riri still desires to get along with Yuyu and is willing to do anything she can to reach that goal.

With Yuyu and the other Lilies by her side, Riri’s journey on becoming one of them has just bloomed!


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Yuri Anime 2021

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Just like our Yuri Anime 2013, Yuri Anime 2014, Yuri Anime 2015, Yuri Anime 2016, Yuri Anime 2017, Yuri Anime 2018, Yuri Anime 2019, and Yuri Anime 2020 lists, this one will also feature all the yuri shows that will air in 2021.

This list is still a work in progress and will be updated whenever there are new shows to add. Unlike past years, we won’t assume that certain non-pure yuri anime will have some kind of yuri, even if the series has had some yuri in the past. An example would be the newest season of WIXOSS. It might have some yuri, but it’s not a sure thing, so unless/until it does, it won’t be added to the list. Don’t fret, other upcoming anime that are more likely to include yuri will be included, such as the Revue Starlight movie.

Anyway, if you feel like we missed something, feel free to name your additions down in the comments~


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2021 Winter Anime Season: First Impressions

2021 winter anime season first impressions

It’s a brand-new year, so enjoy our First Impressions of the winter anime season that just started~

Otherside Picnic
Studio: Felix Film, LIDENFILMS | Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Yuri

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Let’s start with the big one this season~

Since I’ve read the light novels and recently also started reading the manga, I can say that I’m very, very happy with the look, sound, and feel of this adaptation. I think they cast the perfect voice actresses for our two main characters, and it even seems as if the admittedly little yuri depicted in the anime, so far (at least in my eyes) comes off far stronger than what I encountered in the novels.

I think the only two things that bothered me a little are the weird changes in animation that happen every now and then and the fact that, so far, I feel like we’re rushing through things. The first few visits to the other side felt like it took the two an eternity, yet in the anime, it’s all over in a few minutes. I guess I would have liked a longer first episode really. With that said, I understand however why they needed to feature all these events in the first episode, I would have just liked it all to be depicted in let’s say 40 and not 20 minutes.


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2020 Fall Anime Season: Final Thoughts

2020 fall anime season final thoughts

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts of the fall anime season that just came to an end. Hope you all have a happy and safe New Year~


Adachi to Shimamura
Length: 12 Episodes | Genre: Romance, School, Slice of Life, Yuri

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For the first time in quite a while, this season gave actual yuri anime to get excited about, but I had some mixed feelings about the yuri headliner of the season. I should mention that I haven’t read the Adachi to Shimamura light novels or manga, so this assessment is solely about the anime. Before the season began, I expected this anime to be a nice middle ground between Kase-san. and Bloom Into You, yet after finishing the season, I was left feeling unfulfilled and like AdaShima lacked the magic of both of those series.

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Short Anime Review Roundup – Anitore! XX: Hitotsu Yane no Shita de, Mahou Shoujo Nante Mou Ii Desukara., and Ten Little Gall Force

Anitore! XX: Hitotsu Yane no Shita de

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Year: 2016
Length: 12 (4 min.) Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Sports
Studio: Rising Force

Synopsis: Sequel of Anitore! EX.

New member Sakura Izumi joins the five idol candidates of the previous season. A second year middle schooler, she often wears a big smile on her face.


Starting off, make no bones about it, this series’ main reason for existing is just for the fanservice. It’s not about exercise, it’s about anime fanboys briefly getting to live out their dreams of having close a relationship with some anime girls. I say fanboy because, even though the viewer is spoken to by the characters as though they’re the protagonist, the girls refer to you as a male, so it’s clear that they know who their target audience is. The only thing that was missing was them calling you onii-chan. 😛

Throughout the season, you’re treated to fourth-wall-breaking comments from the girls, as they demonstrate various exercises. I was immediately reminded of a somewhat similar—and far superior—anime from last year titled Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru?, which actually did a good job of not only being informative with its content, but being an entertaining anime as well. That’s a lot more than what I can say about Anitore. I guess you could argue that the exercises here can be somewhat helpful, but that takes up the entirety of each three-and-a-half minute episode. There’s no story at all and no attempt at explaining that these girls are supposed to be idols in training, so you can see what I mean when I say that this only exists for the fanservice.

Since I didn’t watch the previous season, I had no idea who these girls were, and I didn’t care about any of them in the slightest. The anime gave me no reason to do so, and out of everyone, there was only one character that I found even remotely interesting, the chuuni. This was listed as a comedy, but I didn’t find it funny at all, so that’s another strike against it. As for the yuri, there pretty much wasn’t any. The main reason I watched this was because there’s a yuri club on MAL that listed this anime, but I don’t know why they did, because the girls only seem to be more interested in you. Speaking of, the last episode was just them thanking you for your help and for staying by their side (and one girl confesses to having feelings for you), so I might have thrown up in my mouth a little. It seems like I’m just shitting on this anime, but it’s just so not what I like or find entertaining. 😛

Yuri Rating: 0
Total Enjoyment: 2


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Anime Review: Steel Angel Kurumi

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Year: 1999 – 2000
Length: 24 (15-minute) Episodes
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Historical, Mecha, Military, Romance
Studio: OLM / Production Reed

Synopsis: During Japan’s Taisho Era (1912-1926), a scientist named Ayanokoji developed the Steel Angel – an artificial humanoid with superhuman physical abilities. While the Imperial Army wanted to use the Steel Angel as a new means of modern warfare, Ayanokoji wanted his creation to be a new step in the future of mankind. Thus, he defied orders from the Army and secretly made the Steel Angel codenamed “Kurumi”. Then one day, a young boy named Nakahito Kagura snuck into Ayanokoji’s house as a dare by his friends and stumbled upon Kurumi’s lifeless body. A sudden attack by the Imperial Army shook the house, causing Kurumi to fall on Nakahito. At that moment, their lips met, and Kurumi woke up from “the kiss that started a miracle”.


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Another anime from the turn of the century, a quick skim of Steel Angel Kurumi‘s synopsis and a glance at a girl in maid uniform were more than enough to let me know that I should probably keep my expectations for the story in check. Turns out, that was a good decision, because this was the quintessential generic anime story that was unoriginal, cliched, and only mildly entertaining.

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