YuruYuri

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YuruYuri
YuruYuri vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume featuring Akari, Yui, Chinatsu and Kyoko (from right)
ゆるゆり
Genre Comedy, Slice of life, Yuri
Manga
Written by Namori
Published by Ichijinsha
Magazine Comic Yuri Hime S
Comic Yuri Hime
Original run June 18, 2008 – ongoing
Volumes 12
Manga
Reset!
Written by Namori
Published by Ichijinsha
Magazine Caramel Febri
Original run July 24, 2010January 25, 2011 (on hiatus)
Anime television series
Directed by Masahiko Ohta
Written by Takashi Aoshima
Music by Yasuhiro Misawa
Studio Dogakobo
Licensed by
Network AT-X, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, TV Tokyo
Original run July 5, 2011September 20, 2011
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
YuruYuri♪♪
Directed by Masahiko Ohta
Written by Takashi Aoshima
Music by Yasuhiro Misawa
Studio Dogakobo
Licensed by
Network AT-X, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, TV Tokyo
Original run July 2, 2012September 17, 2012
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Manga
Ohmuroke
Written by Namori
Published by Ichijinsha
Magazine Nico Nico Seiga
Niconico Yuri Hime
Original run July 2, 2012 – ongoing
Volumes 2
Original video animation
YuruYuri Nachuyachumi!
Directed by Hiroyuki Hata
Written by Michiko Yokote
Music by Yasuhiro Misawa
Studio TYO Animations
Released November 29, 2014 (theater)
February 18, 2015 (BD/DVD)
Runtime 64 minutes
Anime television series
YuruYuri Nachuyachumi! +
Directed by Hiroyuki Hata
Written by Michiko Yokote
Music by Yasuhiro Misawa
Studio TYO Animations
Original run August 2015September 2015
Episodes 2
Anime television series
YuruYuri San Hai!
Directed by Hiroyuki Hata
Written by Makoto Fukami
Music by Yasuhiro Misawa
Studio TYO Animations
Original run October 2015 – ongoing
Anime and Manga portal

YuruYuri (ゆるゆり?, lit. Easygoing Yuri) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Namori. The series began serialization in Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime S magazine from June 12, 2008, before being moved over to Comic Yuri Hime in September 2010. An anime adaptation by Dogakobo aired in Japan between July and September 2011; a second season aired between July and September 2012. An original video animation by TYO Animations was released on February 18, 2015. A third TV season by TYO Animations is currently in production. A spin-off web manga, Ohmuroke (大室家 Ōmuroke?), began release on Nico Nico Seiga in July 2012.

Plot[edit]

Taking place at the fictitious Nanamori Middle School in Takaoka, Toyama,[1] the series revolves around the daily lives of the Amusement Club (ごらく部 Goraku-bu?), consisting of Akari Akaza, her childhood friends, Kyōko Toshinō and Yui Funami, and her classmate, Chinatsu Yoshikawa; along with the school's Student Council which is made up of its own set of unique characters.

Characters[edit]

The Amusement Club[edit]

Akari Akaza (赤座 あかり Akaza Akari?)
Voiced by: Shiori Mikami[2]
Akari is a polite, fun-loving and benevolent red-haired girl who is said to be the main protagonist of the series. However, due to her rather small presence and plain personality, she is often forgotten about or pushed into the background, yet still means well. One of her only unique features is her odango hairstyle and a running gag is that her lack of presence gives her the ability to become invisible, accompanied by the sound "Akkari~n!". Kyōko and Yui are her childhood friends, while Chinatsu, Sakurako and Himawari are her classmates.
Kyōko Toshinō (歳納 京子 Toshinō Kyōko?)
Voiced by: Yuka Ōtsubo
An optimistic and fun-loving blonde girl who is a year older than Akari and is the more substantial main protagonist of the series. She is often causing Yui trouble and crushing on Chinatsu, who resembles her favorite anime character, Mirakurun. Despite her lazy attitude, she often gets high scores in tests after cram sessions. She enjoys eating rum raisin ice cream and is also a talented dōjin artist.
Yui Funami (船見 結衣 Funami Yui?)
Voiced by: Minami Tsuda
A cool-headed girl who often acts as the voice of reason, usually when it comes to keeping Kyōko in check, Yui is also good in cooking, leaving Chinatsu to be obsessed with her food and likes playing video games too. She is a reliable friend and usually lives alone in an apartment complex, yet actually feels lonely without anyone else around. Although generally quiet, she will sometimes burst into stifled laughter upon hearing Ayano's puns.
Chinatsu Yoshikawa (吉川 ちなつ Yoshikawa Chinatsu?)
Voiced by: Rumi Ōkubo
Akari's pink haired classmate who originally wanted to join the Tea Ceremony Club, but ended up joining the Amusement Club as the Tea Ceremony Club was already abolished. Chinatsu is often competitive to Kyoko when it comes to Yui, despite Yui being oblivious to what they are fighting for. She is often chased after by Kyōko due to her resemblance to Mirakurun, though she herself has a passionate crush on Yui. While generally cute, benevolent and fun-loving, especially in the presence of Yui, she occasionally shows dark thoughts and a terrifying lack of artistic skills.

Student Council[edit]

Ayano Sugiura (杉浦 綾乃 Sugiura Ayano?)
Voiced by: Saki Fujita
Ayano is the uptight and high-strung Student Council vice-president who is often not too honest with her feelings for Kyōko, always refers to her by her full name, is quick to judge her too badly, usually pelts her with violence at the slightest provocation, real or imagined, treats her with acts of hostility, despite not wanting do that on purpose, and even calls her an idiot for not understanding her feelings. As a diligent student, she constantly sees herself as a rival to Kyōko who always manages to beat her in tests. However, on the inside, while she is romantic and affectionate to her, she always doesn't always show her friendly and responsive side, due to thinking of it as a weakness, cares about her and the other people around her and while she sometimes doesn't think of herself and sacrifices all her time and energy for the sake of others at any time, it is quite rare for her to do it on purpose. She also makes puns on place names and likes crème caramels.
Chitose Ikeda (池田 千歳 Ikeda Chitose?)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki
A member of Student Council who is almost always seen with Ayano. Though she has a gentle disposition, she has various yuri fantasies whenever she takes her glasses off, almost always pairing Kyōko together with Ayano, which often leads to near-fatal nosebleeds. She speaks in soft Kansai dialect and likes tsukemono. Whenever she gets drunk (or eats chocolate in the anime), she goes on a kissing rampage.
Sakurako Ohmuro (大室 櫻子 Ōmuro Sakurako?)
Voiced by: Emiri Katō
A cheerful candidate for the Student Council vice-president next year. She has light brown hair and a petite build, which she often has a complex about. She and Himawari are constantly arguing as they are both aiming to become vice-president, though they do seem to hold feelings for each other. She is also quite friendly towards Akari. She and Kyōko are quite similar, but she appears to be much lazier than Kyōko when it comes to school work.
Himawari Furutani (古谷 向日葵 Furutani Himawari?)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori
Another candidate for the Student Council vice-president next year. She has blue hair and large breasts, which often leads to her being teased by Sakurako. She generally behaves in graceful manner and speech toward everyone except Sakurako. Despite this, she does appear to hold feelings for her and often helps her out with her homework.
Rise Matsumoto (松本 りせ Matsumoto Rise?)
Voiced by: Saori Gotō
The current student council president who has very little presence and often speaks in a whisper-quiet voice that only a few people such as Nana can understand. She is Nana's "Explosive Friend", because she always suffers the explosions she causes.

Family members[edit]

Mari Funami (船見 まり Funami Mari?)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida
A daughter of one of Yui's relatives. She is a fan of Mirakurun, though does not take kindly to Chinatsu after learning her personality doesn't match her image.
Chizuru Ikeda (池田 千鶴 Ikeda Chizuru?)
Voiced by: Momo Kuraguchi
Chitose's twin sister, who looks identical to her except for eye color, but has a completely different personality. Much like Chitose, she often takes off her glasses to invoke yuri fantasies, albeit she prefers to pair Ayano up with Chitose and drools instead of having nosebleeds. While she has a strong love for Chitose, she strongly dislikes Kyōko as she constantly tries to play pranks on her and is seemingly a barrier against her fantasies.[3]
Akane Akaza (赤座 あかね Akaza Akane?)
Voiced by: Yui Horie
Akari's older sister who is nineteen years old and attends a university. She is secretly infatuated with Akari, often doing various perverted things with her belongings when she is not around and reading lots of doujins about sisterly incest.
Tomoko Yoshikawa (吉川 ともこ Yoshikawa Tomoko?)
Voiced by: Ayano Ishikawa
Chinatsu's older sister who is also 19 years old and is in love with Akane.
Kaede Furutani (古谷 楓 Furutani Kaede?)
Voiced by: Aya Uchida
Himawari's younger sister who is six years old.
Nadeshiko Ohmuro (大室 撫子 Ōmuro Nadeshiko?)
Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō
Sakurako's older sister who is eighteen years old. She also has small breasts like Sakurako, but she is very intelligent. She is in a romantic relationship with one of her friends, though it has not yet been revealed who.[4]
Hanako Ohmuro (大室 花子 Ōmuro Hanako?)
Voiced by: Rina Hidaka
Sakurako's younger sister who is an elementary school student, and is eight years old, both Hanako and Nadeshiko think Sakurako is lazy and stupid.

Others[edit]

Nana Nishigaki (西垣 奈々 Nishigaki Nana?)
Voiced by: Ryōko Shiraishi
A faculty member at Nanamori Middle School who is constantly trying various experiments, often using Rise as a test subject, and has a love for explosions, which are generally caused by her experiments. She is one of the few people who can understand Rise's quiet voice.
Hiro Takaoka (高岡 ひろ Takaoka Hiro?)
Voiced by: Haruka Yamazaki
Akari and Chinatsu's classmate, who is an admirer of Kyōko's doujin works and is the heroine of Namori's other manga, Reset!.
Aoi Isurugi (葵石動 Isurugi Aoi?)

She is Akari and Chinatsu's classmate, who is trying to find a way to make money. She is the secondary protagonist of the YuruYuri spin-off Reset! and Hiro Takaoka's best friend.

Ai Miwa (三輪 藍 Miwa Ai?)
Nadeshiko's classmate.
Miho Yaena (八重野 美穂 Yaena Miho?)
Nadeshiko's classmate.
Megumi Sonokawa (園川 めぐみ Sonokawa Megumi?)
Nadeshiko's classmate.
Mirai Sōma (相馬 未来 Sōma Mirai?)
Hanako's classmate.
Kokoro Ogawa (小川 こころ Ogawa Kokoro?)
Hanako's classmate.
Misaki Takasaki (高崎 みさき Takasaki Misaki?)
Hanako's classmate, who sees her as a rival.

Mirakurun[edit]

Kurumi (胡桃?) / Miraclen (ミラクるん Mirakurun?)
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu
The heroine of the fictional magical girl series, "Majokko Mirakurun". When transformed, she greatly resembles Chinatsu.
Raika (雷香?) / Rivalun (ライバルん Raibarun?)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
Another magical girl who competes with Mirakurun. She is secretly Kurumi's classmate.
Ganbo (ガンボー Ganbō?)
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
A spherical robot who is Rivalun's boss.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

YuruYuri began its serial run in Ichijinsha's Japanese manga magazine Comic Yuri Hime S on June 18, 2008. In September 2010, YuruYuri was moved to Comic Yuri Hime when Comic Yuri Hime S ended its publication.[5][6] Additionally, the series has been released in twelve tankōbon volumes, published between July 17, 2009,[7] and August 4, 2014.[8][9] As of December 2011, over a million copies of the manga have been sold.[10] The manga was briefly released in English on the online reader site JManga before it shut down.[11] Another manga series set in the same universe, Reset! (りせっと! Risetto!?), began serialization in Caramel Febri magazine's first issue, released on July 24, 2010,[12] and went on hiatus after the fourth issue, on January 25, 2011.[13] A spin-off web manga by Namori focusing on the Ohmuro sisters, titled Ohmuroke (大室家 Ōmuroke?), has been released on Niconico's Niconico Seiga service. The series first released chapters alongside episodes of the second anime season between July 2, 2012 and September 17, 2012, before resuming on Ichijinsha's Niconico Yuri Hime web manga publication from February 17, 2013.[14] The series has been collected in two tankōbon volumes, released on August 1, 2013,[15] and August 4, 2014.[16][17]

Anime[edit]

An anime television adaptation of the manga series was announced in the May 2011 issue of Comic Yuri Hime.[18] Produced by Dogakobo under the direction of Masahiko Ohta,[19] the series aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between July 5 and September 20, 2011. A second season, titled YuruYuri♪♪, aired in Japan between July 2, 2012 and September 17, 2012.[20][21] Both series were simulcast by Crunchyroll.[22][23] The series won the Television award at the 17th Animation Kobe Awards.[24] NIS America have licensed both seasons in North America, releasing the first two seasons subtitled Blu-ray Disc on September 3, 2013, and January 7, 2014, respectively.[25] An original video animation titled YuruYuri Nachuyachumi! (ゆるゆり なちゅやちゅみ!?, YuruYuri Summer Vacation!)[26][27] was screened in five theaters in Japan on November 29, 2014[28] before being released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 18, 2015.[29] Unlike the series, the OVA is animated by TYO Animations instead of Dogakobo, with Hiroyuki Hata replacing Ohta as director, Michiko Yokote replacing Takashi Aoshima as scriptwriter, and Motohiro Tanaguchi replacing character designer Chiaki Nakajima and serving as chief animation designer.[30] Two additional episodes, titled Nachuyachumi! +, will air in August and September 2015 respectively.[31] A third anime season, titled YuruYuri San Hai!, also produced by TYO Animations, will begin airing in October 2015.[32][33][34]

Music[edit]

The main opening and ending themes are performed by the Nanamori Middle School Amusement Club (七森中☆ごらく部 Nanamori-chu Goraku-bu?), a unit consisting of the four main voice actresses, Minami Tsuda, Rumi Ōkubo, Shiori Mikami and Yuka Ōtsubo. For the first season, the opening theme is "Yuriyurarararayuruyuri Daijiken" (ゆりゆららららゆるゆり大事件 The Great YuriYurarararaYuruYuri Incident?) while the ending theme is "My Pace de Ikimashō" (マイペースでいきましょう Let's Go at My Pace?). For the second season, the opening theme is "Yes! YuYuYu☆YuruYuri♪♪" (「いぇす!ゆゆゆ☆ゆるゆり♪♪ Iesu! YuYuYu☆YuruYuri♪♪?)[35] while the ending theme is "100% Chū~gakusei" (100%ちゅ~学生 100% Middle Schooler?).[36] The opening theme for episode six is "Yonde Mirakurun!" (よんでミラクるん! Call Me Mirakurun!?) by Ayana Taketatsu while the ending theme for episode eight is "Girl's Power" (ガールズパワーで Gāruzu Pawā de?) by Minami Tsuda and Rumi Ōkubo. For the OVA, the opening and ending themes are "YuruYurinrinrinrinrin" (ゆるゆりんりんりんりんりん?) and "After School Days" (アフタースクールデイズ Afutā Sukūru Deizu?), both performed by the Nanamori Middle School Amusement Club. For Nachuyachumi! +, the opening and ending themes are "YuriShuraShuShuShu" (ゆりしゅらしゅしゅしゅ?) and "Ohirune Universe" (おひるねゆにばーす Naptime Universe?).[37]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Characters and songs from YuruYuri will appear alongside other anime characters in an upcoming rhythm game, Miracle Girls Festival, which is being developed by Sega for the PlayStation Vita.[38][39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The club members' addresses are written on New Year's cards in episode 7 of the first anime season.
  2. ^ 声優をめざす専門学校 - 東京アナウンス学院 - 放送声優科 [College aims to voice actor - Tokyo announcement Academy - broadcasting voice actor Department]. Toho Gakuen (in Japanese). Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "各話あらすじ | TVアニメ「ゆるゆり」スペシャルサイト" (in Japanese). YuruYuri.com. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  4. ^ the November-2011 issue of comic Yurihime.
  5. ^ "Comic Bunch, Comic Yuri Hime S Mags to End Publication". Anime News Network. 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  6. ^ コミック百合姫 2011年1月号好評発売中! (in Japanese). Comic Yuri Hime. Archived from the original on December 19, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ "ゆるゆり 1 (IDコミックス 百合姫コミックス)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  8. ^ ゆるゆり (12)巻 (百合姫コミックス) (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  9. ^ ゆるゆり (12)巻 特装版 (百合姫コミックス) (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  10. ^ "Yuruyuri Manga Surpasses 1-Million-Copy Threshold". Anime News Network. 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  11. ^ "ALC Publishing, JManga to Publish Namori's Yuruyuri Manga". Anime News Network. 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  12. ^ "キャラ☆メル Febri" (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. Archived from the original on July 25, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ "キャラ☆メル Febri" (in Japanese). Ichijinsha. Archived from the original on January 23, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Namori Draws Yuruyuri Manga Spinoff Ōmuro-ke Online". Anime News Network. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  15. ^ "大室家 (1) 限定版 (IDコミックス 百合姫コミックス)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  16. ^ 大室家 (2) (百合姫コミックス) (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  17. ^ 大室家 (2) 特装版 (百合姫コミックス) (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  18. ^ "Yuruyuri Manga Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. 2011-03-06. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  19. ^ "Yuruyuri‍‍ '​‍s Debut Date, Cast, Theme Performers Listed". Anime News Network. 2011-05-08. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  20. ^ "Yuruyuri School Comedy Manga Gets 2nd Anime Season". Anime News Network. 2011-12-17. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  21. ^ "2nd Yuruyuri Season Slated for July 2". Anime News Network. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  22. ^ "Crunchyroll Streams Natsume 3, Yuruyuri, Kamisama Dolls". Anime News Network. 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  23. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds YuruYuri School Comedy Anime's 2nd Season". Anime News Network. 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  24. ^ "K-ON, 'Yuruyuri, Nyarko-san Win Anime Kobe Awards". Anime News Network. 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  25. ^ "NIS America Adds YuriYuri School Comedy Anime Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  26. ^ "Yuruyuri Slice-of-Life Manga Gets New Animation Project". Anime News Network. 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  27. ^ "New 'Yuruyuri the OVA!!' Slated for Theatrical Screening". Anime News Network. 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  28. ^ "Yuruyuri the OVA's Theatrical Screenings Slated for November 29". Anime News Network. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  29. ^ "Yuruyuri OVA's Home Video Release Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. 2015-01-14. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  30. ^ "Yuruyuri OVA Changes Staff, Replaces Dogakobo With TYO". Anime News Network. 2014-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  31. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.co.uk/news/2015-06-06/yuruyuri-gets-new-nachu-yachumi-episodes-before-season-3-october-premiere/.88979
  32. ^ "なもり on Twitter: "TVアニメ『ゆるゆり』3期制作決定です!!!! つっ、つつ、ついに…皆様本当にありがとうございます!これからもゆるゆりをよろしくお願いしますーー!!o(*`'▽')o #yuruyuri http://t.co/gn8ckDwNS2"". Twitter.com. 2015-03-07. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  33. ^ "Yuruyuri TV Anime Gets 3rd Season". Anime News Network. 2015-03-07. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  34. ^ "Yuruyuri 3rd Season's Title, Staff Unveiled". Anime News Network. 2015-03-16. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  35. ^ "ゆるゆり♪♪OPテーマ「いぇす!ゆゆゆ☆ゆるゆり♪♪ (YuruYuri♪♪ Opening "Yes! Yuyuyu☆YuruYuri♪♪")" (in Japanese). Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  36. ^ "ゆるゆり♪♪EDテーマ「100%ちゅ~学生」 (YuruYuri♪♪ Ending "100% Middle Schooler")" (in Japanese). Nanamori Amusement Club (七森中学校 娯楽部). Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  37. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-06-07/yuruyuri-cast-sings-nachu-yachumi-themes/.88988
  38. ^ "人気アニメのキャラクターが奇跡の共演! 『ミラクルガールズフェスティバル(仮題)』PS Vitaで今冬発売決定 - ファミ通.com". Famitsu.com. 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  39. ^ "Yuruyuri, Nyaruko Characters Star in Miracle Girls Festival Crossover Rhythm Game". Anime News Network. 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 

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