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Yuru Yuri

July 8, 2011

Ever since “Maria-sama ga Miteru” and “Kannazuki No Miko”, have always been partial to yuri shows, so each new anime season do look out for any series of this genre or shows that have a zest of yuri in them.

Adapted from the original manga “ゆるゆり” by Namori, published in the ‘Comic Yuri Hime S’ magazine, loved the first episode of the “Yuru Yuri” anime (also labeled as “Yuruyuri”).

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The yuri elements in this first episode were more of the light, comedy variety which fits the overall atmosphere of the series. Am alas unfamiliar with the original manga so cannot say if the yuri elements will become more explicitly defined or serious.

A fun watch, if the first episode is any indication the series will not particularly excel or strike viewers with character depth, intriguing plots or novel writing but will offer a tried and true mix of slice-of-life school comedy that’s sure to entertain.

As such do not expect the series to offer anything but a fun weekly rendezvous where one can relax and enjoy watching these cute girls silly antics, all spiced up with some yuri ingredients. Which is fine with me as not every series on the watch list needs to be deep or pushing the envelope.

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Animation by studio Dogakobo is decent, though not particularly striking in excellence or innovation. The girls are consistently rendered in a cute style making the series easy on the eyes and while colorful, a slight haze filter ensures the overall image is not too overbearingly bright or vivid.

While the four main characters Akari, Kyouko, Yui and Chinatsu are voiced by what seem to be relative newcomers that have not tackled many roles yet, their initial performance was good.

However, do look forward to see the supporting cast appear as it features more well known voice actresses. For instance, the bespectacled student council member Chitose is voiced by Toyosaki Aki who is know for her roles as Yui in “K-ON!”, Uiharu in “To Aru Kagaku No Railgun” or Kana in “Kanamemo”.

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Taketastu Ayana, who voiced Azusa in “K-ON!”, Mio in “MM!” and Kirino in “Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai”, voices the fictional character magical girl Mirakurun here, bit of a shame as I definitely would have liked to see her handle one of the main characters.

The student council vice president is voiced by Fujita Saki who also did Mahiru in “Working!!”. The feisty Sakurako that is seen arguing with Himawari is voiced by Katou Emiri who portrayed Kagami in “Lucky Star”, Hideyoshi in “Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu” or Ryuuko in “Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko”.

With the secondary cast voiced by these voice talents, can only hope it’s an indication they’ll have plenty of screen time for fun comedy moments and yuri shenanigans. Definitely hope so for Himawari and Sakurako, whose initial bickering seems the perfect set up for a yuri pairing with great chemistry.

Am anxious to see the next episode!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2011 9:14 am

    I have yet to watch this, but from the manga, there are some light yuri shenanigans. I can’t wait to watch it!

  2. July 11, 2011 10:39 pm

    @Yi
    Can recommend it as I liked this first episode, it was mindless silly fun somewhat like “K-ON!” or “Lucky Star” with some implied yuri moments.

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