Here we are once again looking over another season of what is considered one of the most successful yuri series to date in terms of televised episodes. How did the third season fare compare to the previous two and the Nachuyachumi specials? Let’s find out as we take a look at Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!
Here are the reviews of the previous seasons and coverage of the Nachuyachumi specials.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Yuri
Number of episodes: 12
Yuru Yuri 3 does not need a plot summary because like its predecessors it is more of the same: Cute girls doing cute things while fawning over each other. Having said that this season somehow managed to do what I thought could not be done, be funnier and more yurirific than all previous seasons and OVAs. For a show whose mainstream popularity is how it successfully balanced good comedy with reasonable amount of yurirific content it is an impressive feat. I dare say that time they almost crossed the line…readers who also saw the show will understand why I said “almost”. So yes, the comedy and yuri are stronger than ever this season and it is the best of both worlds for mainstream and yuri audiences.
While the main quartet (Amusement Club) and the super seconds (Student council 4) are all at the top of their games this season and the developments each of them got individually and with their strongest potential soul mates were wonderful, the show’s best segments were the ones centered around the tertiary characters (relatives and acquaintances), at least the ones that got relevant screen time. Sorry Nadeshiko. Oh yeah and as a treat for the hardcore shippers, there were also some “experimental” ships.
I initially thought this was not worth mentioning as the season’s humor is pretty good but some fans felt the season was good but not as great as the previous two because the segments were not as zany or crazy. This is true. YY3 segments are more grounded and focus on the slice of life aspect of the series whereas previous seasons switched it up with different settings like anime conventions and fantasy lands. YY3 occasionally goes to fantasy lands but nowhere near as often as 1 and 2.
Despite changing animation studios the show’s quality remains top notch though personally I enjoyed the first and second seasons’ OPs more than this one’s. Frankly the only part of the song that gets me pumped is the first 12 seconds and near the end when it repeats the OP’s beat.
As mentioned above the yuri this season was the strongest it has ever been in the series’ televised run. Saying more than that would spoil the magic for the few fans who have yet to pick it up.
Overall Yuru Yuri 3 is arguably the best the series has to offer by far. Some would say 2 is better or even 1 but I am sticking with 3 as the creme de la creme. This review was short because there is little I can add that I have not already mentioned in previous seasons. A must watch for YY fans, casual yuri fans and animeniacs who enjoy Girls Club shows with lots of humor. For viewers who are not fans of the series but have seen the previous ones, maybe this will be the season that will click…maybe.