With this post, I would like to put aside all of the bad that has happened in 2020 and instead focus on what people that come here actually want to read about, yuri stuff. So why not forget about this horrible year for a second and focus our mind on the few good things that happened within the past 12 months?
I’ll try to do this in the most chronologically correct order my brain can come up with, but I think I’m not the only one that kind of sees 2020 as this big pile of inconceivable time. I’ll give it my best though!
So as I freshly emerged from 2019, still playing my beloved Fire Emblem: Three Houses and starting the new year while still shipping Edelgard with both myself and Byleth, things couldn’t have been better, to be honest. There were quite a few things to be excited for, new visual novels that got announced, new yuri(ish) anime, and to top it all off, tons and tons of new yuri manga from all over the world.
Admittedly, I’ve known about this show since 2018, when the first Adora x Catra images popped up online, even though they weren’t canon yet. At that time, I thought this would simply be a kids show with some room for shipping, like say Frozen or even something like Pretty Cure. As a result, I never actually picked it up.
This year, however, after having watched other “kids shows”, such as Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, I was out of options, but had heard that She-Ra actually turned out to be plenty gay, especially so in its final season. So long story short, I picked it up and I don’t regret it one bit.
The show starts out a little weak. I feared I would have to get through four seasons of mundane kids adventures to get to the good stuff, and while this is not completely wrong, it also couldn’t be further from the truth. The first two or so episodes were a little harder to get through, but I usually have a bit of a problem finding my way into shows, and it takes time for me to actually get to know the characters enough to really get invested.
As literally everyone and their mom did during quarantine , I too decided to re-watch the Avatar series, starting with The Last Airbender, of course, finishing all three seasons in lighting speed, and then moving on to The Legend of Korra, taking my time with the 4 seasons and appreciating every Korrasami moment I could get.
I only realized midway through The Legend of Korra that besides the comics that were available for both series, there was also something else – a novel featuring another Avatar. But it would not be the Earthbender following after Korra, but instead one of the past Avatars, even predating the one before Aang.
Long time no see, huh? But who would have thought that I’d just have to come back to review this gem of a game. Well, while I’m quite literally on the brink of bursting with all I have to say about this visual novel, I will try to compose myself as much as possible and start out the regular way, so here we go.
A Summer’s End – Hong Kong 1986 is a visual novel set in the mentioned year and in the mentioned city. Big surprise, I know.
The story follows young woman Michelle, who, after her father’s death, is living alone with her mother and working as an assistant in an esteemed company. One day, as a result of a broken heel, she meets Sam, daughter of the cobbler she’s visiting, and spends some time with her while waiting for her shoe to get fixed.
Adventurers seek to take the demon queen’s head, but a love-struck young female mage wishes to take her hand. Join us won’t you, for this bawdy tale of love and persistence set inside a real-life RPG.
This webtoon features the many futile attempts of thirsty mage Malori trying to not only defeat the so called ruthless demon queen Velversoa, but also to win her heart and hand in marriage. Sounds like a promising setup, huh?
To go a bit more in detail, what we get here is a fantasy story set in a world in which humans and demons have fought against and hated each other for decades. In an attempt to win the war, humans have started to train young adventurers in numerous fields in order to get strong enough to defeat the mightiest demon of them all, the demon queen, Velverosa, who’s living in her heavily guarded demon tower.
Even in a less than stellar year for yuri(ish) anime, the show must go on, and we still had to roll out the red carpet for our annual awards ceremony. As usual, this post will hand out awards for the best this year had to offer, but if you were hoping we’d hand out awards to the best of the decade instead, don’t worry. Coming very soon, we’ll publish our Yuri Awards: Best of the Decade, which will even include a few extra categories not found in these awards.
Oh, and since I’m currently a YR army of one, this post will just consist of my choices for the year, which means no yuri manga or visual novels (hence the post title change). Sorry… 😛
If you want to jump ahead to a specific winner, just click on one of the awards below. And with that out of the way, let’s begin~
Since it’s been a while since our last Yuri News Update, there’s a lot to cover this time around. Let’s get started~
First up, some much-needed good great news in this yuri anime drought we’re suffering from.
Looks like we have another anime adaptation to look forward to, come November. That’s when Flag Time will grace us with its presence in Japanese theaters, a few years after the manga finished its run. The OVA comes courtesy of Tear Studio, and it reunites the director, animation director, and composer of Asagao to Kase-san., so needless to say, it appears this OVA is in good hands.
I think we can all agree that we NEED some more yuri anime this year, so even though November seems far off, this is still very welcome news. This seems like a bit of an odd choice to adapt into an anime—considering what other great stuff is out there—but at least the story is interesting, so my hopes remain pretty high that this will turn out to be one of the yuri anime highlights of the year~