As you might remember, not too long ago, we boldly declared 2009 “The Greatest Year in Yuri Anime History“. Well, it only took two years for all that to change. Thanks to some highly anticipated anime adaptations and a ton of anime with yuri subtext, we’re now ready to officially declare 2018 “The New Greatest Year in Yuri Anime History”!
It’s been a while since the last Interactive Post, huh? And while this one might not be one from back when we made that poll, when we asked you what you would like to see most, rest assured that we won’t forget about these either.
This post was actually inspired by a comment by none other than Rock The Vogt, and you can read it right here. In this comment, I was simply asked what my ideal visual novel would look like, and while trying to answer this question, I found myself wanting to say waaaay more than the short version I forced myself to go with.
So, in short, what this post will be about is asking the question what my—and later also what your—ideal yuri work would look like, not actually focusing on the story itself, but rather the parameters to make whatever story ideal to you.
For me, even though I probably get most excited about yuri anime, I’d have to go with a visual novel here. I guess you could say I don’t have the greatest imagination, so even if I love simply reading a book or a story, I always prefer media that feature pictures to help with my lack of imagination. A manga or even picture book would work, but then again, I like to immerse myself into a story, and having music, possibly voice acting, and some more color added to the mix, simply makes a story more immersive for me.
As suggested in our post about “interactive” blogposts, this specific topic showed up as well. So as the second topic in this new post category, we’re glad to have shade shine some light of wisdom on this interesting topic~
So let’s talk about the various roles food plays in yuri. The first thing you probably think of are the standard clichés like making a bento for senpai, or some porridge for a beloved sick one, and, of course, the staple that is Valentine’s Day. But I think when done in a yuri setting, even these formulaic scenes often get a bit more depth and sparkle because they strive to achieve something more than being that of an overused trope.
Ever since Citrus finished airing a few weeks ago, I’ve felt like I was stripped from the gayness that I need so dearly in my life. So what did I do?
I looked for some new anime to watch and gladly came across shows like Comic Girls, for example, but it wasn’t even nearly enough to satisfy my hunger for gayness, so I searched elsewhere as well.
What I then found was the second season of Wynonna Earp as well as the Carmilla movie. Both of which were already discussed in previous “Let’s Talk About” posts, but since there’s a new season, plus a whole new movie to talk about now, why not continue?
So let’s start with Wynonna Earp. First up, yes the lesbian characters are still alive, hurray! After the little shock that the ending of the last season gave me, my favorite officer and lady killer, Nicole, is still very much alive and very much in love with our favorite Earp sister, Waverly. And if you thought that the first season was already packed with memorable moments between these two, then you better get ready for season two!
After what seemed to be an accidental leak of the first promotional picture for the announcement of an anime adaptation of Nio Nakatani’s Bloom Into You earlier in the week, we later found out that the news leak was actually genuine and that the adaptation will already hit us in October.
That’s some pretty damn big news if you ask me, which is why I’d like to take a closer look and discuss this news some more.
First up, we don’t know about the length of the adaptation, nor the length of the episodes yet, so we might as well end up with something short, like Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san. Nevertheless, I have a feeling we in fact won’t end up with anything like that and we’ll have a full 12-episode, 25-minutes-per-episode anime adaptation.
Don’t worry guys, this is not going to be a “Life after Citrus” kind of post. I have to admit that I feel a little lost after the show has ended, seeing that the one anime I’ve been waiting to air for years has come to an end now. But this is supposed to be a different post.
I’d simply like to talk about what comes next after Citrus has ended, or let’s just say after the first (of possibly more) season has come to an end.
I see the Citrus anime as a milestone, and maybe even a turning point for the genre. But let’s approach this from a different point, its source material. I don’t know the numbers, but even—or should I say especially—the manga was, and still is, a fan favorite. We can especially see it in the amount of people showing interest in the work, talking about it, and, of course, also ranting about it. Despite the ranting kind of engagement, Citrus mostly received positive feedback, and some people even began their yuri journey with it.
Seeing how many posts like this I’ve already written, I guess you could say this is starting to become one of our regular posts. Maybe I should find another title for it then… . Let’s see about that.
Anyway, some time has passed since the last post like this, and I’ve yet again found myself watching and reading some more lesbian stuff, what a surprise. 😛
This time, I will feature TV shows like Supergirl, Wynonna Earp, and, of course, the most recent parts of the The Legend of Korra comic.