376th G-View: Anima Yell!

Alongside cute gay vampires in Fall 2018 the Yuri Nation was also blessed with cute gay cheerleaders, or should say “chairleaders”. This is Anima Yell!

Anima Yell! Poster

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Sports, Yuri

Themes: Cheerleaders

Number of Episodes: 12

G-Rating: 11/10

Plot Summary: Kohane Hatoya is a girl who loves to be helpful to others. After she moves from middle school to high school, she becomes fascinated with cheerleading, and she starts a cheerleading club at her high school.

Kohane

Genki protagonist Kohane.

Like many of the more enjoyable Girls Club (Cute Girls Doing Cute Things) anime out there the better ones are those with twists in them to balance the token GC traits and tropes. In Anima Yell! it is of course cheerleaders. Like most shows with a theme viewers are educated on the basics with occasional advanced lessons on said theme. In this show basic cheer techniques and poses are taught along with the obvious physical and mental conditioning required. There is also a brief lesson on making pompoms. This should be a given but it takes more than having a sexy or fit body to be a cheerleader. Just like every physically demanding sport in existence. While this is not a “tournament” style sports anime it does take the sport as seriously as any of them when the girls are not being cute and silly or some gushing over others in the team. It does have the “gather team members” narrative along with each teammate having their own personal struggles so it feels more like a relaxed sports show.

Arima squee

When not being cute and sexy our heroines follow the tried and true Girls Club formula for comedy.

In a year with some of the best Girls club shows out there I would have to say that Anima Yell! was the funniest. From the basic premiere all the way to the wonderful finale there was not a single episode my gut did not bust from laughter. Of course this depends on viewers’ sense of humor but most of the jokes were great. It is one of those shows I feel the delivery was usually on point.

Kohane and Uki seeing Arima in action

Arima, the pro who found her smile again thanks to Kohane’s “Cheer Power”.

While our heroines’ routines and performances are “basic” compared to what sports aficionados are familiar with during halftime or end of quarter periods the ones done by our adorable heroines are enjoyable and…”cheer worthy”. I could not resist. It was as fun watching as it was rooting for the girls to do their best.

The presentation, like in most Girls Club shows, is…”cheerful” (I did it again) and colorful. The animation is wonderfully bright and the soundtrack has some standoff tunes in it, featuring insert songs (some of them remixes) longtime anime fans might be familiar with. Songs like “Love and Joy” and personal favorite “Motto Aishiaimasho”. The OP is catchy and the ED is my #1 ED of Fall 2018. So good. Obviously a Girls Club show is not complete without its solid dose of sexiness. Anima Yell! delivered there as well.

Ushiku substituting for Uki

From left to right: Uki, Hizume, Kana, Kohane, Kotetsu.

Before we get to the main event let us briefly go over our five heroines:

-Kohane as previously mentioned is the genki lead. She is super happy most of the time and loves helping others. Her personal dilemma has to do with a certain fear.

-Hizume is my favorite character for one reason. Jokes centered around her were my favorites. She is best known for her droopy expression that rarely changes. She was traumatized in the past. I will only say this much. As far as I know ONLY JAPAN was able to master the way of making trauma funny without it coming off as offensive.

-Uki is the classic tomboy who likes cute things deep down. She hesitated a bit before joining the team but aside from being shown how cool cheering was she had a much bigger motivation.

-Kotetsu is the cute one of the group. Her personal dilemma is the simplest one on the surface. She also has a surprising trait.

-Kana. The last member to join who is spotted every now and then but is not formally introduced till the third quarter of the show. She is the tsundere of the group. Her personal dilemma…is possibly the gayest of all.

Besides the lovable quintet there are other noteworthy side-characters worth keeping an eye on.

Uki blessedUshiku can't handle the lovins'

I will not say much about the yuri. Just know it is as “in your face” as it gets. There was even a surprise moment that got the show trending. Something rare for Girls Club anime in the mainstream.

Overall Anima Yell! is a lot of fun. The characters are wonderful, the presentation colorful, the performances very enjoyable and the yuri plentiful. Another highly recommended show for Girls Club aficionados.

About OG-Man

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29 Responses to 376th G-View: Anima Yell!

  1. cirno9fan says:

    It is hard to really put into much words what this show was: Energetic, cute, and yuri~

    I don’t think there is a lot more to say about it. It was truly cheerleading animated plus yuri. A great show to give you a boost when you’re feeling out of energy

    Kohane best (secret) sadist~

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  2. Alexis says:

    La otra pequeña joya de la temporada junto con vampire kín-mosa y que me gustaría ver una segunda temporada en donde el equipo tenga más miembros y de paso conocer a la novia de kon-chan.

    Me quedo con el equipo de basquetbolista-san, pidiendo a las animadoras como sí se tratara de una adiccion fue jocoso pero sin duda Arima-senpai se llevó el show, esta niña llena de traumas era mi consentida, sobre todo cuando pasaba de su modo estoico a su modo chair-lander, lo único que espero es que comprenda los sentimientos de kana y sean felices, lo mismo para Uki y Kohane., además de que Kotetsu no piense en tanto en su peso.

    Los kohanepuntos… creo que deberíamos adoptar este sistema para algo.

    Aquí hay más tela de donde cortar, me gustaría ver más series yuri que se enfoquen en animadoras y también en equipos de gimnasia rítmica.

    Cyao

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    • OG-Man says:

      Si. Lastima que no tuvimos la oportunidad de concerla novia legendaria.

      Basketball-Senpai tiene un equipo divrtido.

      Arima es Best Girl y esperemos que ella y Kohane eventualmente acepten el amor de las dos chicas quienes las quieren tantisimo.

      Suena como una buena idea.

      Un anime sobre un equipo gimnasia ritmica seria grandioso!

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  3. Wonderful it was indeed! Last-minute doubts and hesitations aside, they managed their best in the end, and fun was had by all! Kana’s part in the final performance was damn impressive, honestly.

    And both Uki and Kana survived the series, and didn’t pass away due to overload of gay moments. Though at least Kana has a ways to go indeed…both of her own useless lesbianism, and of Hizume’s thick skull…but I do agree with some others that Kohane at least may occasionally realize more than she shows…probably forgets about it soon after due to being an overly cheer-focused genki, but still, she probably realizes on some level.

    …Though sadly, we did indeed never get introduced to Kon’s beloved…

    More of this would be indeed welcomed as well, with great cheer.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Ushiku is the 2nd most skilled on the team after all.

      Good for Uki and Ushiku surviving. You’re right about Ushiku having a harder journey than Uki. Like I said, Kohane is a subconscious sadist.

      Like Alexis said, we need a 2nd season so we can finally meet HER.

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  4. LuzeriP says:

    My top 3 best anime this season. Also, I think this is the best sports anime I’ve seen in years. I learned a lot about Cheerleaders. The girls are cute, funny, and likable. And gay. This is the anime you’d see after a long hard day at work/school. And anime you’d watch over and over again. I’m gonna miss this show so much. Hoping for second season.

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  5. FantasyGirlKanna says:

    I enjoyed this show very much 🙂 I learned new things and at first it’s Kohane x Hizume ship for me but eventually I liked the Kohane x Uki ship 😀

    It’s a really cute, nice and fun show for me 😀

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  6. yurimylove says:

    the positive energy stayed throughout the series, I felt recharged after every episode.

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  7. Nick says:

    After Bunny Girl and Bloom into You, Anima Yell takes the third spot for my top favorite show of the season. I just loved this show soooo much. The girls are so cute and lovable, the yuri was excellent, I liked the art and music, I mean all in all it’s just such a great show overall. The energy the girls brought to each ep was great and they always brought a smile to my face every time I watched it.

    Kana ended up being my favorite with Uki a close second. I honestly didn’t think I’d end up liking Kana as much as I did, but man she was sooo good. All the other girls are great too, this is one of those shows where everyone is great and you love them all so much.

    I think if I had one complaint about this show, they never showed the tutor who that one girl confessed her love to. I really loved that story line a lot and I kept hoping they’d return to that, even if it’s just s super quick scene with the two of them holding hands or something, but didn’t happen and I just wish it did. Oh well, I guess they just wanted to keep the focus on cheerleading and the main group of girls.

    But yeah, great show, don’t usually see many anime about cheerleading so that was cool to see. I’m still holding out for an anime about gymnastics or something, I think that would be really cool and not something you see a lot in the whole ‘sports’ themed shows. Oh well.

    Final score for me was a well deserved 9.5/10. I just loved this show so much and I’m really, really gonna miss it a lot.

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    • OG-Man says:

      So much fun, cuteness, sexiness and gayness. Exactly what many Girls Club aficionados look for in them.

      Let’s not forget that Ushiku’s your type. That helped give her the slight edge over Uki.

      We need a 2nd season for that very reason. SHE needs to appear at least once alongside her sweetheart Kon-chan.

      You’re the 2nd person to suggest a gymnastics themed Girls Club/female sports show. That or you secretly understand Spanish. Of course I too welcome such a show. The more female centered sports anime, the better.

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      • Nick says:

        I’ve always wanted a gymnastics themed anime after seeing it briefly in Girlfriend BETA a few years ago. I thought it was really cool how the main girl did rhythmic gymnastics and since then I’ve always wanted to see more of that. It’s just one of those sports anime never seems to touch on that much, same with cheerleading, so that’s probably why I loved this show so much. Finally a different type of sports show than baseball or basketball or something we’ve seen plenty of times before.

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      • OG-Man says:

        We’re slowly getting other kinds of sports shows.

        Girlfriend BETA was delightful. Too bad the anime wasn’t popular. It was pretty basic as far as Girls Club shows go but still enjoyable.

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  8. K says:

    Hizume made up with her old teammates and all was right with the world.

    Kohane thought that she had to shape up in order to make Hizume look good in front of her old teammates. She almost lost the thing that did, though; her EGAO!

    I was contemplating whether to watch this or not and I decided to go for it. Boy, am I glad I did. This show won me over with its cheer-induced charm and energy and it got tons of laughs outta me as well. I’m with you on the OP and ED being catchy and the best.

    I initially thought that Kohane, being cheer-focused genki girl that she is, was the most oblivious when it came to romantic gestures but that title actually goes to Hizume because she’s totally unaware of how Kana really feels. Still, Uki and Kana both have the qualifications needed to join the Ayaya Club. A great honour indeed.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Glad you chose to stick around. Would have missed out on awesomeness.

      The Ayaya is already part of a…”prestigious” club herself but you’re right about the three being kindred spirits.

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  9. chikorita157 says:

    Overall, this show is fun and the characters are enjoyable. It’s nice that it seems that Uki and Kana has obvious crushes on Kohane and Hizume respectively. Also, it’s nice to see the girls learn various cheerleading techniques.

    The interesting thing is that the voice of Kohane has the same voice actress as Serval. Not too surprising since both characters are energetic. As always, Kotetsu is cute, but of course, it’s never a good idea to mention her weight woes.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Let’s wish Uki and Ushiku the best of luck in their quests for love.

      Very cool tidbit. Hopefully Kotetsu eventually overcomes that “weight problem”. Poor dear hopefully realizes she’s perfectly fine eventually.

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  10. Mauron says:

    Great show, with only one big flaw in the lack of Kon’s girlfriend. I kept scanning crowd scenes for girls that could be her.

    Uki and Kana will win their lover’s hearts eventually. I think Kana’s made more progress, but Uki can catch stray Kohane hugs when cute chairleaders pop up.

    I still need more.

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    • OG-Man says:

      I too thought she’d appear in the crowd during the tournament alongside Kon-chan.

      Both are doing well and will win gold eventually.

      Most of us do.

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  11. Liddo-kun says:

    One of the best cgdct anime I’ve watched this year. Was surprised that they would give us some real yuri in episode 3. Too bad they never showed Kon’s waifu. Maybe they will in season 2? Kohane and Kana best girls for me. Kana getting angry when Nekoya mentioned that Hizume might have been changed by love? xD

    Hopefully get another season. This show is a very good stress reliever, delivering positive vibes left and right on my mondays.

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    • OG-Man says:

      S2 is needed so Kon’s sweetie can make her eagerly anticipated appearance.

      Ushiku and Uki’s quests are very noble ones. Best of luck to them. Kohane is an adorable subconscious sadist as was pointed out.

      Indeed.

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  12. Giack31 says:

    I originally dropped this one after episode 1 because it looked really generic but I guess I’ll have to check it out since you and everyone else seemed to have enjoyed it a lot.

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  14. piano_cello_conducting says:

    This was an ok show but I’m unlikely to rewatch this. I like my yuri anime to have a more definitive development and the yuri here seems to be mostly played for laughs. Not to mention it’s mostly one-sided. Mildly amusing show but not more than that.

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  15. Christian Appel says:

    Kawaii girls doing cheerleading.

    Uki is the typical best friend, who is in love with her best friend, but can´t say or express it.

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