Yuru Yuri ♪♪
One of several sequels on my watch list for the summer season, it is great to see this oft hilarious yuri tinted comedy based on the manga “ゆるゆり” by Namori return in anime form.
While the first season had a few episodes that lacked the same rapid fire comedy and silly shenanigans by this gang of crazy girls that is present in most episodes, the sequel “Yuru Yuri ♪♪” is off to a good start with a hilarious opening episode.
Leave it to Akari have a delusional dream where she is the beloved star of all, leading to incredulous scenes of which some had a slight undertone of mockery, parodying overly used cliché scenes seen in some many other shows.
The latter half of this first episode showed us the four girls on an hot springs trip in typical “Yuru Yuri” style, including some horrific scenes of Chinatsu’s twin tails devouring ping pong balls like a monster from the depths.
Studio Dogakobo is once again at the helm for the animation, which is very decent but doesn’t particularly excel in providing splendid animation. The animation is fair to good, with a simple but cute styling for the various girls.
The voice cast of the first season luckily all seem to reprise their respective roles. Akari is voiced by Mikami Shiori who also voiced Airy in “Shining Hearts ~Shiawase no Pan~” and Gutatan in “Haiyore! Nyaruko-san”.
Outsubo Yuka voices the energetic Kyouko, she’s also voiced Kurei in “Haiyore! Nyaruko-san”. Yui is voiced by Tsuda Minami who voiced Phryne in “Fractale”. Ookubo Rumi voices feisty twin tailed Chinatsu, she also voiced Tsumiki in “Acchi Kocchi” and Kaho in “Freezing”.
Am looking forward to Toyosaki Aki’s return as nosebleed prone Chitose. She has voiced characters like Yui in “K-ON!”, Uiharu in “To Aru Kagaku No Railgun”, Rinko in “Natsuiro Kiseki” and will voice Iori in this season’s “Kokoro Connect”.
Tsundere student council president Ayano is again voiced by Fujita Saki who previously voiced Mahiru in “Working!!”. Katou Emiri voices Sakurako, she tackled roles like Kagami in “Lucky Star”, Hideyoshi in “Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu” or Ryuuko in “Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko”.
Enjoyed the first season of this terrific yuri comedy, though to my personal preference the slapstick comedy did overshadow everything a bit too much, making the mix of school slice-of-life, yuri pairings and silly comedy a bit unbalanced.
Hope that this second season will do better and feel more balanced or focus entirely on the comedy aspect like its opening episode successfully did.