Monday, January 18, 2010
Wow, I didn't think that I'd see a title from either Yuri Hime magazine green-lit for an anime adaptation anytime soon.
Yuruyuri is a series currently running in Yuri Hime S, in which three middle school students, Akari, Yui, and Kyouko, take over the room formerly used by their school's now-defunct tea ceremony club so that they can form an "Amusement Club." A fourth girl, Chinatsu, soon joins the club also. The girls spend their time talking, eating snacks, interacting with the student council (largely because the student council president Ayano has a thing for Kyouko), and visiting each other's homes.
Honestly...I'm not a fan of Yuruyuri. I don't like the character designs and the story bored me. But you can check out Ichijinsha's website for it (or read it) and decide for yourself. ^^ I'm reaaally hopeful that this will pave the way for other Yuri Hime titles to get anime adaptations.
If I could have any other Yuri Hime S title green-lit, it would be Otome-iro Stay Tune (yuri + seiyuu in-jokes!) or Otome Kikan Gretel (yuri + superpowers! For some reason, I can see Nagi being voiced by Shindou Naomi...), and if I could have any title from Yuri Hime green-lit, it would be Strawberry Shake Sweet (Julia + Ran ftw!), anything by Morishima Akiko (even though, aside from Hanjuku Joshi- which probably wouldn't be able to be broadcast on TV-, none of her continuous stories would really be long enough for a TV series...but still!) or Miyabi Fujieda (Ameiro Kouchakan Kandan would make a sweet iyashikei series). It would be great to see Natsuneko's stories animated too (although they would be more adaptable to OVA format, imo)- her funky art style alone would be great to see animated. Can't forget Morinaga Milk's Kuchibiru Tameiki Sakurairo, either. (Although it would be more suited to an OVA adaptation also, by virtue of its length and largely non-continuous narrative structure.) But there are several other titles that would make enjoyable anime adaptations as well.
Anyway, it'll be interesting to see how the Yuruyuri anime is when it airs. With the right director and studio, it could turn out to be better than expected. ^^