Yuri News Update: October 2020

yuri news update october 2020

The yuri drought is coming to an end, and judging by the stories in this month’s Yuri News Update, the near future actually looks pretty good for yuri-ish anime fans. As always, if we missed any important news stories, let us know in the comments.


adachi to shimamura yuri anime

It’s almost here! The anime adaptation of Adachi to Shimamura begins airing this week, and we recently got these two PVs that are focused on each of our two protagonists. Take a look~

It’s going to be awesome to finally have another pure yuri anime to watch, and it’s even better that this one looks really promising. It’s probably unrealistic to expect this to be on the level of something like Bloom Into You, but it has to be better than Flag Time, right?


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2020 Summer Anime Season: Final Thoughts

2020 summer anime season

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our Final Thoughts of the 2020 summer anime season that just came to an end~


Lapis Re:LiGHTs
Length: 12 Episodes | Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Music

lapis re:lights anime
As you can tell by the number of anime on this season’s list, it was a REALLY disappointing season. Probably the most disappointing season we’ve ever covered, and the one full-length anime we watched wasn’t all that great either. At first glance, Lapis Re:LiGHTs seemed like an interesting mix of magic and idol anime, but at the end of the day, I thought that it failed to capture the magic (pun intended) of either of those genres. Because it was used so rarely, there were times that I almost forgot that these girls can actually use magic, and the musical performances were few and far between, so I feel like this anime could’ve been a lot more entertaining than it turned out to be.

Too often this felt like just another slice of life anime, and although I thought the main cast was decent, they weren’t enough to right the ship and get me to become invested in this show. There were other girls at the academy that I simply didn’t care about and didn’t enjoy watching, and if you’re hoping that yuri would come in and save the day, you’re going to be disappointed as well. The first episode made it seem like Tiara and Rosetta were going to have this really strong connection that would result in, at least, a lot of yuri subtext between them, but it didn’t quite work out like that. The situation kind of reminded me of Koisuru Asteroid, and after Tiara and Rose get acclimated at the academy and join the other Lapis girls, that connection mostly disappears. There were a couple of other bit characters that seemed kinda gay, but their roles were tiny and they made practically no impact on me.

Overall, I didn’t expect Lapis Re:LiGHTs to just be so bland and forgettable. It’s kind of what might happen if you were to take Love Live!, strip away 80% of the singing and dancing, allow the girls to use magic, then not give them any worthwhile reason to use that magic. At least the final episode was a bit better, but it was too little, too late. I’ll forget all about this show in a month, so good riddance, 2020 summer anime season, you won’t be missed. 😛

Total Enjoyment: 5/10


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Anime Summer Season 2020: First Impressions

2020 summer anime season first impressions

It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2020 summer anime season that just started~


Deca-Dence
Studio: Nut | Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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I picked up this show mostly because it looked interesting and is from the director of Death Parade and Mob Psycho 100, and through one episode, it seems entertaining enough. The story involves humanity’s near extinction at the hands of creatures called the Gadoll, and how the remnants of humanity now reside on Deca-dence, a mobile fortress where soldiers called Gears lead the assault on the Gadoll. There are some Shingeki no Kyojin vibes, but this anime seems to lack the drama and somber tone of SnK, so the comparisons aren’t super strong.

Actually, this anime seems kind of campy, and I think I like it that way. Thanks to the main character, Natsume, this first episode seemed more comedic than dramatic, at least until the Gadoll attack and we get more SnK vibes. Feisty characters like Natsume are fun to watch, so I think I’m going to like her quite a bit. The action was pretty nice, and I think for most people, that’s going to be the biggest reason why they watch this. I’m still not sure how I feel about the Gadoll, since their overly colorful and unusual designs aren’t quite what I expected, but they have more time to grow on me. All I’m expecting from this anime is some solid action and a somewhat interesting sci-fi storyline, and if it can give me that, I’ll be content.


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Yuri News Update: July 2020

Summer is officially here, and with it comes another Yuri News Update. As has been the case lately, there’s a lot to get to, and as always, if we missed something important, feel free to mention it in the comments~


my next life as a villainess season two

It makes sense to start this Yuri News Update with some good news. From what I hear, perhaps this spring season’s most pleasant surprise has been My Next Life as a Villainess, which you guys have recommended to me on more than one occasion, so it’s great that a second season was announced at the end of this season’s final episode. 2021 is when you can expect the new season to arrive, so next year is already starting to take shape quite nicely.

I actually haven’t started watching the first season yet, but since our Spring Final Thoughts post is planned for next week, I better hurry the hell up! *rushes to finish writing this post*


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Yuri News Update: January 2020

First off, Happy New Year to everyone. Hope you’re all doing well, and even though it’s the very first day of the year, we gotta get prepped for what the remaining 364 days have in store for us. As you may have noticed, YR has grown up so much, and we can now say with authority that we are the biggest yuri blog on the planet, literally! 😀

But enough about our good looks, let’s get this year started off right~


adachi to shimamura yuri anime

Finally, we have some concrete info on 2020’s most anticipated (and so far only) pure yuri anime, Adachi to Shimamura. As you can see above, the show got a new visual to gawk at, but we now know which studio is in charge of production. It turns out it’s Tezuka Productions that will be doing the honors.

The studio is best-known for titles such as Black Jack and Astro Boy, but they’re also responsible for more recent anime like Dagashi Kagashi 2, and the studio also co-produced the excellent 2019 adaptation of Dororo. Oh, they’re also responsible for 1991’s Oniisama e…, which we’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks~

But enough talking, watch the PV already!

Oh yeah, that’s the good stuff we need more of. The hype train just picked up a lot of steam with this PV, and because it looks good and is coming from a legitimate studio, every yuri fan should be looking forward to this. We still don’t know when AdaShima will premiere, but it’s safe to say that a lot of people will have that date circled on their calendar.


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Anime Review – Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (TV)

uma musume pretty derby

Continuing our look at what this year has offered us so far, we come to Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (TV), a show about horse girls who compete to be the best horse girl in Japan. Sounds kind of like it shouldn’t be very good, but it’s actually not that bad…

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