Because it’s the end of the decade, we thought we had to have it go out in style by creating a star-studded award ceremony celebrating yuri’s best and brightest. If I wasn’t allergic to manga and visual novels (:P), this post would be even bigger, but as it is, there are over 30 awards up for grabs, so take a seat as we do our best Oprah impersonation and just hand out the honors.
Oh, and because it’s a super special occasion, there are also a few non-yuri awards handed out, but enough talking! Let’s get started~
The year has admittedly been good, but definitely not the greatest when it comes to yuri anime and manga, at least in my opinion. Focusing on anime, we got some fair amount of shows with yuri subtext, like Kakegurui and the second seasons of New Game! and Love Live! Sunshine!!.
Though, the great highlights were rather shows like Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, which simply surprised us with the amount of yuri—especially for a show by KyoAni—that seriously blurred the lines between only subtext and straight up yuri content. No one was really expecting that, which definitely makes this one of the greatest highlights of 2017 for me.
It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts on the summer anime season that just came to an end~
Netsuzou TRap • 3.5/10
Length: 12 Episodes • Genre: Drama, Yuri
You can read our full review of Netsuzou TRapright here, so there’s no need for me to ramble on and on about how I didn’t like this at all.
At one point in time, I was contemplating picking up the manga, but after watching the anime, needless to say that I now have zero interest in doing so. When Creators in Pack was revealed as the studio in charge of production, I think eyebrows were raised due to their less-than-stellar track record, and things didn’t get any better when the show’s very first PV was revealed, as well as the short-form anime format.
Netsuzou TRap may have turned out to be a dud, but the Citrus adaptation and the Kase-san OVA continue to give up hope that maybe we’ll finally have another good yuri anime come our way in 2018. Whether or not they meet our expectations, I doubt either one of them will be as disappointing as NTR turned out to be.
Okay, so here we go. I hope no one hates me too much after this review…
Episodes: 12, each about 10 minutes long
Genre: Drama, Yuri
Yuma and Hotaru have been best friends since childhood, but after Hotaru gets her first boyfriend, Yuma feels like the two of them are drifting apart. She gets a boyfriend herself, but as things seem to work out more with him, Hotaru starts acting weird, trying all sorts of things with her as “practice” for her slowly building relationship with her boyfriend Takeda.
It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the summer anime season that just started~
Studio: Creators in Pack • Genre: Drama, Yuri
As you probably know from my First Impression post dedicated only to this show, I was a bit disappointed. Now, after seeing 2 more episodes of Netsuzou TRap, my opinion hasn’t changed, and I in fact settled with the thought that this one will simply not be as great as I was hoping it would be.
Let’s just say that other than the fast pace and the low-budgety animation, I guess I’m missing the feeling the manga gave off. Even if the anime shows exactly what is presented in each and every chapter, the feeling and atmosphere present in the manga is for some reason completely absent in the anime version, even though this kind of media should be perfect to amplify these things even more. Ah well, no use complaining about it. It’s still definitely worth watching, and who knows, maybe it’ll get better from here on.
Finally the day has come that the first of the big two upcoming yuri shows premiered.
Even after the shock that each and every episode would only last for about 10 minutes, the hype was still strong, and many of us yuri fans anticipated this summer anime season partly or maybe even mostly because of Netsuzou TRap.
So far, I’ve refrained from reading any other first impressions of this show, simply because I’m easily influenced and I want to put up a, let’s say unfiltered first view on this adaptation. Putting it like this, I think it’s obvious that my enjoyment of Netsuzou TRap might not match or even come close to what other fans experienced, but oh well…
Let’s start off with some great news first that will hopefully lessen the pain of what is going to follow…
So, just a few days ago, we got another trailer for Netsuzou TRap, and it looks freaking promising, even though we have to admit that the animation is not… let’s call it “high quality”. Nevertheless, take a look at the yuri goodness right here:
With the trailer, however, also came the information that each episode will only last for about 10 minutes. Let’s not try to hide it, this simply sucks, but we gotta look on the bright side; It’s still much better than having even shorter episodes, so I’ll stop my complaining and simply start hyping myself up again. Join me, guys!