The reason this will technically be a Double Slammy is because both are technically different shows with the first half being a prequel and the other the real second season. Let us take a look at both halves of Yuki Yuna wa Yuusha de Aru 2 starting with the “Washio Sumi Chapter” followed by the “Hero Chapter”.
Review of the first season along with a link to the spoiler discussion HERE.
WARNING! This review may contain spoilers for the first season.
One more thing worth mentioning before we get to the review is whether it is a better idea for newcomers to the series to watch the Washio Sumi prequel first before the first season or vice-versa. I would say watch the first season and then Washio Sumi. The reason being is that some big reveals during Washio Sumi have more weight to them when they are revealed during Season 1. I personally feel the twists were more effectively executed in Season 1 due to nobody having heard of the show before. Some twists in Washio Sumi, while still getting the job done, are presented more like they are reminders to veterans of the show. Having said that whichever order newcomers choose to watch Season 1 and Washio Sumi is up to you.
Alternate Title: Yuki Yuna is a Hero 2
Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Magical Girl, Armored Girl, Action, Moepocalypse
Themes: Friendship, Religion, Yuri
Number of Episodes:
- Washio Sumi Chapter: 3 movies/6 episodes with episode 7 being a quick recap of the most important parts of the first season.
- Hero Chapter: 6 episodes
G-Rating: 8/10 for both
Washio Sumi Chapter Plot Summary: This is the prequel to the first season following the daily lives of three chosen heroes: Sonoko Nogi, Gin Minowa and Sumi Washio (Better known as Mimori Togo). Together they form a close friendship and have lots of fun doing whatever they feel like doing but when time mysteriously stops around them they know it is time to venture forth to the “rainbow forest dimension” as I like to call it to combat invading aliens called Vertex that threaten to destroy the guardian tree god Shinju and save the world from destruction.
Like the first season the show is split between the heroes having fun times being cute and chummy, epic battles against the Vertex and dramatic character developing scenes. The fun times are as fun as ever with Sonoko being the brainy genki who at first appears to be a bubbly genki airhead but is quite intelligent and perceptive. Next up is Gin who initially comes off as a charismatic tomboy but deep down is possibly the most feminine of the trio. Last but certainly not least we have good ol’ Sumi through which we get early glimpses of what she was like before becoming the lesbian legend she would be known as later on. We see the origin of her signature patriotism and especially her blossoming attraction toward the female sex. The main difference between her in the prequel to what she would later become is her being much more serious and timid early on. As the story progresses fans will also notice some references to future events such as the iconic top hat.
Next up let us go over the action and drama. Again like last time the action scenes are intense, though they do not fight as frequently (That could also be because the story is six episodes long this time) yet are still awesome to see our heroes fight for their lives against gigantic Vertex invaders that fans of the first season will recognize most of the types they come across. With this being a moepocalypse show viewers can expect the mood to slowly get darker and more worrisome as the story progresses and we learn more about the girls’ personal lives and one girl in particular’s growing struggles.
The animation and soundtrack are beautiful, possibly improved since this crew had time to improve the show’s already great quality. The rainbow forest is still as visually pleasing in the past as it is in present time. While my favorite OP in the series is the first one the Washio Sumi and Hero Chapter OPs both come very close to equaling the first one’s in greatness. The EDs are all good too. The fight scenes are well choreographed and the more brutal they get the more emotionally “cringey” they are. Oh my goodness they get hardcore the longer they go.
The religious motifs are there in their early days with the Taisha/Amnesty still being secretive douches though the heroes’ mentor/guardian is both hot and an interesting character despite being super serious most of the time.
As mentioned above this is Sumi in her earlier years so her yuri powers had just started growing so do not expect her gayness to be as prevalent as they would later become but even so it is still noticeable.
Lastly the differences between the three-part cinematic release and the six-episode TV version are minimal. The anime does have a few additional scenes not present in the movies but they are few.
Overall Washio Sumi Chapter was worth seeing get an animated release from its light novel counterpart. Everything that made the first season of Yuki Yuna great can be found here at a half-season’s worth. Highly recommended to fans of the series to get a better perspective of what it was like before the Hero Club was formed.
Let us now go to Hero Chapter, aka the real Season 2 of Yuki Yuna wa Yuusha de Aru which takes place a little bit after the…controversial conclusion to season 1. It initially looks like business as usual for our lovable heroes but the looming darkness quickly rears its ugly head out of hiding to once again torture the adorable ones. Afterwards there is mild reprieve before completely being consumed by darkness for the remainder of the season. Even the Hero battles are reduced to around two in the season though they are no less awesome than the others the show is known for. Without giving too much away one serious situation hinted at earlier is resolved quickly primarily because the real crisis would follow soon after. It will make sense during viewing.
Back to the controversial ending. While I personally thought it was a wonderful conclusion I am aware there were some who were less than accepting. What I appreciated about Hero Chapter was they not only followed up by showing the aftermath but also answering a huge question some were asking about “How and why did all this go the way it did?” Now, whether the detractors accept the answers given I leave up to them. As for the way the season/show ends…let me put it this way: Think of it being more about the message sent than how it ended. Once again I had no issue with the conclusion. I really liked what I saw. Whether detractors will be more forgiving this time around I cannot say.
I cannot add much else in regards to the presentation that I have not already mentioned for the Washio Sumi Chapter review as it is the same quality of goodness.
The above image is all I need to show viewers the current power level of Togo’s love for Yuna. Also keep a close eye out…just in case.
Overall the entirety of Yuki Yuna wa Yuusha de Aru can be seen as really good “expansion packs” similar to Uncharted: Lost Legacy and Horizon: Zero Dawn. The Frozen Wilds. Their purpose is to add more goodness to an already great series. Like the Washio Sumi Chapter the Hero Chapter is highly recommended to fans of the first season who wanted to know what exactly happens to our lovable heroines after the “controversial” conclusion. Again I am not sure if the new end will be enough to calm critics down but personally season 2 as a whole helped remind me why I love this show so much and consider it my personal favorite Magical Girl-Moepocalypse hybrid show of all-time.
PS: Check out this analysis of the events that transpired during the Hero Chapter finale. It may help explain what happened in more detail. SPOILER WARNING (obviously).