Anime Review: Shin Koihime†Musou: Otome Tairan

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Year: 2010
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Historical
Studio: Doga Kobo

Synopsis: Kashin is afflicted with a disease that will turn her into a cat if an antidote is not found, and Kada is still seeking the Crucial Ways to the Key of Peace, so he entrusts Kan’u’s group to go seek the ingredients for an antidote. At the same time, Chōjō is plotting something between the Kingdoms, and Kashin may have been only the first in a line of dominoes set to fall.


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At long last, we’ve come to the final season of Koihime†Musou, so let’s not waste any time and get this over with already.

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Anime Review: Shin Koihime†Musou

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Year: 2009
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Historical
Studio: Doga Kobo

Synopsis: Kanuu and Chouhi’s group rescue a mysterious girl, who is actually the real Ryuubi, her name and heirloom sword stolen after the events of the last season. The group sets off to recover Ryuubi’s sword. At the same time, a group of street performers, the three Chou Sisters, are given a mysterious magic book that may be more trouble than they think….The franchise re-imagines the classic Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sangokushi) as a “moe (fiery), moe (preciously cute) action love comedy” with an almost all-female cast.


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Last time on YuriReviews, I was very impressed at how Koihime†Musou managed to be so incredibly average, but now it’s time for the second season to show us what it’s got. Can Shin Koihime†Musou build upon the foundation set by the original and get over the proverbial hump? In short, not really.

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Yuri News Update: June 2020

It’s the first Wednesday in June, which means it’s time for yet another Yuri News Update. If I missed a news story worth mentioning, feel free to mention it down below in the comments. 😛


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Let’s get things started with some good news. The hopes and dreams of yuri anime in 2020 have rested on the shoulders of Adachi to Shimamura for some time, so it’s especially rewarding to learn that it’s finally set to premiere in October. It’s also rewarding to see another PV, as shown below.

For reasons we’ll talk about more later on, it was worrying that this show didn’t have a set date yet, but it turns out it’s only four short months away. Even though I personally haven’t read the light novels or manga, the PV makes this look very promising, and I’m so looking forward to getting to watch an actual yuri anime again~


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Anime Review: Koihime†Musou

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Year: 2008
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Ecchi, Fantasy, Historical, Martial Arts
Studio: Doga Kobo

Synopsis: After witnessing the death of her family at the hands of bandits, Unchou Kan’u has devoted her life to protecting the innocent by exterminating any group of bandits she comes across. Over time, Kan’u’s deeds become famous throughout the land—even if she herself remains unknown. During her travels, she runs across a young girl, Chouhi Yokutoku, whose parents suffered a similar fate as Kan’u’s. Finding companionship through their similar pasts, the two girls take a vow of sisterhood and continue to wander the land, determined to bring peace to wherever their journey takes them.

During Kan’u and Chouhi’s journey, they meet and travel with several people who are sympathetic to their cause, such as the noble Chouun Shiryuu, the headstrong Bachou Mouki, and the calculating Shokatsuryou Koumei. From problems with local lords to groups of ravaging bandits, Kan’u and her friends do what they can to make life a little easier for those in need, wherever they may be.


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Anime Review: Seraphim Call

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Year: 1999
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Studio: Sunrise

Synopsis: Eleven young hearts with eleven dreams. Deep in their hearts, each girl has a secret dream of love and sadness. They meet together at Acropolis Tower to see if their dreams will come true. Imagine what happens when eleven average girls with eleven special talents join together to make the world a better place.


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After reading the synopsis, seeing the cover art, and finding this anime listed in various yuri clubs on MyAnimeList, I kind of expected Seraphim Call to be some sort of fantasy/sci-fi/magical girl drama about all these girls that come together to soothe the hearts of others. Well, I was way off. It’s not like that at all. Instead of something with the ethereal tone of Haibane Renmei, I got ten separate stories spanning everything from a female tech genius with a severe phobia of men to a childish girl who’s always talking to her stuffed animals. The stories and characters don’t really intertwine, but one thing they do have in common is that they’re just not that enjoyable.

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Visual Novel Review: A Summer’s End – Hong Kong 1986

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Title: A Summer’s End – Hong Kong 1986
Year: 2020
Publisher/Developer: Oracle & Bone
Genre: Retro, Romance, Yuri

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.

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Anime Review: He is My Master

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Year: 2005
Length: 12 Episodes
Genre: Comedy, Ecchi, Slice of Life
Studio: Gaimax / Shaft

Synopsis: Izumi Sawatari and her younger sister, Mitsuki Sawatari, have run away from home and are in need of employment. The only jobs available are as maids in the mansion of 14-year-old millionaire, Yoshitaka Nakabayashi. What seems like simple work is soon revealed to be far more than the girls bargained for when they find Yoshitaka to be an authoritative employer who demands they call him “Master”.


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Let’s start things off by discussing how terrible this title is. He is My Master just sounds like hentai, doesn’t it? The title sounds like it should be an ecchi and misogynistic mess, and it’s probably the biggest reason why I’ve stayed away from this anime for so long. Well, now that I’ve watched it, I can say beyond the shadow of a doubt that while it’s not hentai, it definitely an ecchi and misogynistic mess, and for that reason, this should be a a little shorter than the average anime review.

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