444th G-View: Yakunara Mug Cup mo

A Girls Club show about cute girls doing pottery. The setup is as simple as that. Is there more to the show than that? Let us find out as we take a look at Yakunara Mug-Cup mo.

Yakunare Mug Cup Mo

Alternate Title: Let’s Make a Mug Too (English)

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life

Themes: Pottery

Number of Episodes: 12: 12-14 minutes animated and 9 minutes live-action.

G-Rating: 7/10

Plot Summary: Himeno and her father moved into her grandmother’s house in Tajimi. There they opened up a cafe. While promoting the cafe via special coffee mugs an energetic girl noticed their incredible quality and invited her to the pottery club. There she discovered it was the same club her mother was a part of. From that day Himeno would delve deeper into the world of pottery and sculpting, learning more about its connection with the city of Tajimi and her mother while learning more about herself.

Himeno working on the special bowlThat plot summary is essentially what viewers can expect going into this show. It really is that simple. This is a show about three cute girls and the protagonist’s bestie gathering at the school’s pottery club where Himeno learns the basics of sculpting, the different kinds of sculptures, how it is connected to the city of Tajimi and learn more about her mother and herself, specifically she is the daughter of a legend in those parts and how she deals with this as she searches for the kind of artist she wants to be and why she sculpts. Meanwhile the other girls have their own things. Mika is the blonde genki of the group who is full of energy and expresses her creativity the same way, sometimes to the chagrin of her senpai. Speaking of her senpai, Touko is the club president and a woman with a gift for pottery through years of training. However, it came with a price. Naoko, while not a club member frequents it because she is Himeno’s neighbor and best friend. Readers can guess what that means. Besides our main quartet there are fun side-characters with their own stories such as Himeno’s father who not only has his own little journey but plays as important of a role in Himeno’s as her mother.

Mug Cup is one of two Spring 2021 anime I picked up with very simple concepts yet both showed why Japan are still the masters of the “simple but effective” approach to storytelling. Like other Girls Club shows when not working the girls get into fun or silly shenanigans. One that particularly stands out is the swimsuit episode. I am serious. Back to the simplicity, the presentation. The animation is simple and colorful with solid details where it counts such as the pottery itself and the importance of color and wind to the plot. The soundtrack is also simple with some a relaxing OP and ED.

Mug Cup SeiyuThe reason episodes are shorter than usual is because the other halves center around the live-action adventures of the four main seiyu learning more about the local pottery of Tajimi…only for it to become more about the lovely ladies eating various delicacies, which I have zero problems with. Cute and sexy ladies eating is always a fun time.

Naoko and Himeno walking homeTouko calms down MikaWhen it comes to yuri it is subtle for the most part. There are two pairs, each featuring one girl who has strong feelings for the other. They intentionally beat around the bush when conveying themselves around the girls they like but when not around their crush their feelings are much easier to read. Whether there will be more development next season remains to be seen but what we got in this first season was cute.

Overall Yakunara Mug Cup mo is a solid easy to enjoy Girls Club anime with a lovable cast. Himeno’s journey is a good one, her fellow club members and bestie are all fun as are several side-characters, the presentation is simple but effective and the yuri is mostly subtle but present. The show of course does a good job educating viewers on pottery and sculpting along with promoting Tajimi in both the animated and live-action parts (along with some local delicacies). Recommended to Girls Club fans and viewers looking for a fun chill time. We will join the pottery club again in Season 2.

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Yuri and Slice of Life are my anime passion.
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19 Responses to 444th G-View: Yakunara Mug Cup mo

  1. CJ Apple says:

    Does it take some time to find the review in the anime list?

    Because I can´t see the grade and intensity for it at the moment.

    Offtopic: Did you not review Idoly Pride? I can´t find a review about it nor is it in the anime list at all and I think it is at least grade 3 with low/medium intensity.

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  2. k1ll1ngz0ne says:

    Only semi-related but:
    Season 2 baby!
    And its in October so real quick too.
    Guessing they were already working on something perhaps.

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  3. chikorita157 says:

    I have to admit that this show is fun, especially the pairings of course. While it took a while for Himeno to get her father recognize her works, hopefully Himeno will get better at her craft.

    Of course, other people already mention that a second season is happening this fall apparently, which is surprising at the very least.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Himeno finally achieving her true goal was a great moment.

      Looking forward to further developments between our two pairs and other surprises next season.

      Like

  4. opaco1234 says:

    This short format of anime work very well in all girls cast

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  5. Kotori_Sonoda says:

    I really looked forward to this show and watching Himeno’s pottery journey, from being a complete beginner to wanting to win in that competition. Her interactions with her friends were really good too.
    The live action segments were nice, watching them eat just makes me feel hungry haha

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  6. CJ Apple says:

    Really funny, cute and you learn a lot about pottery all around Japan and in general.

    In S2 in October/fall season, I would like to see a REAL beach/swimsuit episode and – most important – a two-couple development with two confessions preferably/at best.

    Better 14 good than 24 bad minutes per episode – like this one has.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Fun stuff.

      Another swimsuit episode would be welcome.

      I’m not expecting the pairs to go that far but definitely hoping for their relationships to progress more.

      Pretty much.

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  7. yurimylove says:

    Rest in pieces, pottery cushion.

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  8. Little Viktoria says:

    Oo, a second season! I like. I hope the yuri girlies will take steps to claim their loves. Naoko seems to have come to a decision based on her comprehensive Himeno research, if calling Himeno’s dad essentially her father-in-law is any indication ^^

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  9. K says:

    I’m glad Himeno got her dad’s acknowledgement. Those torture-filled nightmares of hers were for naught. She really worked hard to make that happen and on top of that, he wasn’t the only one who was sucked in by her cushion.

    Man, if Touko only knew how her grandfather really feels about her work, she wouldn’t have felt like she didn’t live up to his expectations 😦 .

    I liked how supportive Naoko was towards Himeno, especially in her focus episode. Top-tier friend right there.

    With that, see ya for the next half!

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  10. Nick says:

    Another fun filled girl club show that I really enjoyed! So happy to see we’ll be getting another season too!

    One thing I really didn’t expect when watching this show was the feels it gave me as I thought back to my early school days where I actually did some pottery in art class. Simpler times indeed. While I can’t fully remember all the details, watching this did bring back those memories and I was able to enjoy this show on a more deeper level that I thought I would going into it. That said I didn’t find this show as educational as other shows, I think you’d still need to know before actually attempting this for real.

    Feels aside, I really enjoyed this show overall too. I liked the story of Himeno as she discovers her love for pottery, the journey it takes her on, and the people she meets along the way too. Each girl had a different view on pottery and I liked how they all expressed themselves in their artwork.

    As you mentioned, subtle yuri vibes, I think one of the stand out parts happens during Mika’s dream when she has that moment with Touko. I mean if that’s how she dreams of Touko, that’s saying a lot right there. Would be nice to see more of this in S2, even if it’s just on the same levels as that.

    And as a side point, I will say that I really don’t like the dead anime mom trope that’s used far too often. It’s honestly so annoying and I wish they’d stop doing that. Anime moms deserve better than to be dead and used as a plot device. I just really needed to get that off my chest.

    And finally I loved the live action segment each week too. It started off with pottery and adventures around town but just turned into a food show by the end. But hey that’s fine too. I liked watching them all eat all those wonderful looking meals. Really hope they continue that in S2!

    All in all another fun show to watch after each brutal Monday of work. I’ll miss Mug Cup but not as much knowing there is another season in October. Another highlight of the spring season for sure!

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