I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like it’s getting more intense with each round. Admittedly, I already experienced a matchup that almost felt like a good finale to me, that being Chikane x Himeko VS Himiko x Kaon.
Though, I’m also seeing some quite intense matchups in this one as well~
As always, have fun voting! You can find the tournament bracket right here.
We’re back with the next round! For this one, we took the time to upload all of the remaining kiss scenes, so you can actually watch all the scenes before voting for them. Super neat, isn’t it? Thanks for suggesting it, guys~
As always, find the tournament bracket by clicking right here.
With that said, enjoy round 3 and let the yuri games continue~
2015 is slowly coming to an end, which is why we’ll have to stick to our old traditions and hand out my personal Yuri Awards for the year. Enjoy!
Best Yuri Anime: Yuri Kuma Arashi
This one was actually the first big Yuri show of 2015, and it more or less blew our minds, for many different reasons. For many, this anime is one of the greatest shows of the whole year, due to the way you really had to invest some time and even re-watch episodes to really get what certain scenes were supposed to explain to us. For others, this was simply too much, making the show hard to follow, and thus easy to drop. Personally, I had a blast. I can’t say I really got all of what this show had to offer, but it was a real fun ride nevertheless~
The year went by in what seemed to be a flash, at least from my perspective. I remember getting back from Japan in early January, and now, we’re almost at the same point again.
But that’s not really what this post should be all about. Well, what I failed at actually telling you with this weird introduction is the fact that I can’t believe that another year has already passed. So since this year went by so fast, let’s do a short recollection of the most important things that pretty much characterized the year for us Yuri fans.
We could say 2015 more or less started out with the continuation of our favorite action/sci-fi/drama/parallel universe/mecha/yuri(ish) anime Cross Ange – a very nice start, if I may say so.
Year: 2015 Length: 12 episodes Genre: Yuri, Drama, Psychological, Fantasy
Story 8.5/10 and Characters 9/10
Long ago, a far off planet known as Kumaria exploded, turning into a meteor shower that fell upon earth. This lead to the bears becoming violent and attacking the humans, who created the Wall of Severance between them and the bears. Several years later, two bears, Ginko Yurishiro and Lulu Yurigasaki, disguise themselves as humans and enroll in Arashigaoka Academy, where Ginko takes interest in a human girl named Kureha Tsubaki.
With a description like this, you already know that this isn’t going to be a show just like any other. In fact, we’ve never seen a yuri anime like this one, and it’s quite hard to put into words what we experienced through the whole thing.
But let’s start from the beginning. Yuri Kuma Arashi is directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara, a name many of you are probably familiar with. If you don’t already know him, let’s just say that he’s famous for his very distinctive style of getting a story across to the viewers.
Just like in some of his previous works, like Revolutionary Girl Utena or Mawaru Penguindrum, he uses symbolism a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean that his stories sometimes come off as riddles that you need to invest a lot of time into in order to understand what it is all about.
Just like my Yuri Anime of 2014 list, and the new Yuri Anime 2016 list, this one will also feature all the yuri shows that will air this year. Since it’s only the beginning of 2015, this list is still in progress and will be updated whenever there are new shows to add. If you feel like I missed something, or if you want to add a yuri rating to a show that’s finished airing, feel free to name your additions.
It seems as if I don’t have as much time as used to have. So right now, I was only able to start watching 5 shows.
My selection might look meager, but here you have my thoughts anyway~
Let’s start with Yuri Kuma Arashi.
As said in my First Impression post about this anime, I was totally overwhelmed by what was happening during the first episode. I didn’t get much, if anything at all, but I slowly managed to get a good understanding of the whole thing, or that’s what I think.
While I thought it wasn’t making any sense at first, I now believe that this is one of the greatest and most interesting shows of the past year.
Despite how some people just don’t want to understand and even think about the story for a little longer than just a few seconds, I find great joy in reading up on all the theories people come up with. It is seriously a great experience and think that this sole anime might really change the genre.
I know I’m using some big words here and it’s only been 3 episodes, but I really hope that this show will walk further into the right direction and delivers something incredible in the end.