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October 6, 2012

Anime Review: Yuru Yuri ♪♪

Continuing from the previous season, Yuri Yuri ♪♪ brings us more of the cute charming characters we come to love from Yuru Yuri.

Yuru Yuri ♪♪Synopsis:

The second season of Yuru Yuri continues following four girls who take over the former room of a tea ceremony club for their own amusement.

Right after starting middle school, Akari Akaza joins the Amusement Club which is composed solely by her two childhood friends, Kyouko Toshinou and Yui Funami. Chinatsu Yoshikawa, Akaza's classmate, becomes a member after finding out about the dissolution of the Tea Club. 

The Amusement Club, situated at the tea room facility since the Tea Club disbanded, has no clear purpose, being free for the girls to do whatever they want.

Review:

If you have watched Yuru Yuri then you definitely must watch this sequel. It continues the story (or rather the life) of these cute high school girls from the prequel. There is pretty much no story here except that it is a comedy slice of life anime like what you would find in Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh and A-Channel. They are all good and have their own unique styles in entertaining us. Yuru Yuri on the other hand focuses on the cute naive and innocent lives of these girls as they entertain themselves in The Amusement Club. Whether they are off to the hot springs or on the school trip, they always manage to make us laugh in one way or another.

The art was the same as the prequel; charming and brilliantly animated. The characters looked cute in every  way possible and the backgrounds were highly detailed. The priceless facial expressions that these characters frequently display is just enjoyable to watch.

Voice acting was one again perfect for each and every character. As mentioned previously, the voice actresses used in Yuru Yuri are actually unknown artists that only featured in a few anime. However, they did a really good job and I hope they will continue to pursue their career in future animes. Anyhow, the theme songs were once again extremely peppy and bright (not to mention extremely catchy).

My favorite character was definitely Toshino Kyouko. She is just hilariously naive, easy going and full of surprises. Akaza Akari is only pretty funny as well as she always loses her "presence" around others (and she frequely gets "bullied" a lot). The characters in this anime vary a lot with plenty of different personalities and attitudes that will surely entertain you.

Overall, it was a really good sequel. Most animes struggle to get a good sequel going, and when they do, it makes the anime that much more enjoyable to watch. Yuru Yuri ♪♪ in this regard has done an excellent job in keeping the same formula as before and by not adding and removing any of the characters in the prequel. This is one entertaining anime for those who like comedy slice of life animes featuring cute girls.

STORY: 8
Although it's just a slice of life anime, it is still entertaining to watch.

ART: 8
Simply cute and bright. Nothing else matters.

SOUND: 8
Voice acting was perfect for each and every character, and the theme songs were bright and catchy.

CHARACTER: 8
Once again, we get to enjoy the interactions between these interesting girls with unique personalities.

ENJOYMENT: 8
It was fun, lively, and bright. Good to keep you in a happy mood all day. It did not get boring at all!

OVERALL: 8
A well done sequel to Yuru Yuri. They get the formula just tried, and also added a bit extra content in the end.

Rovio teases Star Wars-themed Angry Birds

Android Central
Rovio Entertainment has just slipped out a cryptic animated GIF of one of the Angry Birds with a lightsaber. Whether that means we'll see a full-blown Android game with little green pigs dressed up like stormtroopers is anyone's guess, but Rovio promises that we'll learn more at an event in Times Square, New York, at 10 AM EST on October 8 (next Monday). They also gently suggest that we hit up Toys R Us at 8 AM EST, so it's entirely likely that this is just some kind of new plushie they're selling.

Rovio is no stranger to licensing deals, having scored a fairly big one with Disney for the film Rio last year. More recently, Rovio is coming off of their launch of Bad Piggies, a physics-based building game featuring the antagonists of their first hit mobile game. An excess of cross-branding deals like this could make the Angry Birds brand even more stale than the plethora of toys, calendars, and other merchandise have. Then again, if they have a fresh spin on the Angry Birds gameplay and do the Star Wars franchise justice, it could freshen up the birds for another couple of months.

[via Android Central]