A show about cute girls doing cute things while learning to become great fortune tellers. Sounds like a concept for a delightful Girls Club show. Question is whether it was or not. Let us find out as we take a look at Urara Meirochou.
Genres: Comedy, Supernatural
Themes: Fortune Telling, Spirits, Deities, Yuri.
Number of episodes: 12
Plot Summary: Meiro-chō is a town where all-female diviners (uranaishi) live and where girls from all over the country yearn to become the top diviner — “Urara.” Today, a solitary girl named Chiya enters the town’s gates. However, she has another purpose coming here, besides becoming the Urara. Chiya’s days as an apprentice diviner begin as she meets three friends — the earnest Kon, Kōme who is a fan of Western culture, and the shy Nono
The expected formula familiar in prior high quality Girls Club shows can be found here:
- A main cast of cute (and some sexy) girls having fun. The girls’ bodies determine how much sexy time there is along with its quality.
- Each girl getting their own character arc/episode centered around their development.
- Cute and funny moments sprinkled throughout
- A unique gimmick
- Yuri goodness of varying intensity
Let us first go over the unique gimmick. UM’s is fortune telling which involves showing the different methods/techniques from reading tea leaves, summoning the fox-spirit (Kokkuri-san) and even the most well known in the Western region crystal ball. In a way the show is educational where it gives viewers demonstrations on how the various techniques work in connection to the episode’s plot. Alongside the fortune telling there is also a major plot brewing alongside the four heroines’ journey to become top rank urara. That being Chiya’s quest to find her mother. Chiya begins the journey not knowing a thing about her. It is suggested that to find all the answers Chiya must become a top rank urara but as the story progresses more and more clues are found showing that becoming top urara is but a small part of uncovering her mother’s whereabouts. This main plot is one of the show’s top selling points and each discovery brings more incentive to keep Chiya and the viewer wanting to learn more.
Another interesting aspect of the show is its setting, Meirochou itself (Translated to Labyrinth Town) and all its mysteries alongside the citizens both of the corporal and astral/divine variety. Basically it would be an interesting town to visit though also kinda creepy.
The animation quality and sound are both pretty good with its colorful aesthetic, traditional Japanese decor and sound. The OP and ED are nice. Good stuff to watch and listen to.
As far as the cast go they are all likable and adorable. As usual in Girls Club shows each girl has their own story to tell and character to develop from the wild child lead Chiya, the sassy and kind of tsundere Koume, the responsible and very bashful Kon and the timid Nono with her creepy little doll Matsuko-san. Let us also not forget the ravishing Miss Nina, the serious but easily flustered Captain Saku alongside her two lovesick deputies. Speaking of lovesick…
The yuri vibes in this show were far stronger than I thought they would be at first. Initially it showed some promise but as the show progressed the lilies kept on growing where there was no need for goggles at all. There was talk of soul mates, Chiya’s yuri harem power that she is unaware of and lots of intimate moments between the super OTPs (which there are definitely 3 of).
Overall Urara Meirochou is yet another excellent Girls Club show with an interesting plot, likable cuties and very strong yuri vibes. It is highly recommended to Girls Club aficionados and viewers looking for a feel good show with a bit of a twist. Oh and viewers who enjoy seeing ladies apologizing by showing off their sexy bellies.