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YuruYuriCast 2068

Yuru-Yuri stars three middle school girls, Kyouko, Yui, and ... um, y'know, wosshername. (checks hand) Akari, that's it. When the tea ceremony club disbands from lack of interest, they take over the room for their own "amusement club," which is an excuse to goof off and hang out with much silliness ensuing. Eventually, a new cast member shows up in Chinatsu, a new student who just wanted to join the tea ceremony club and the club ends up using her to complete their Four-Girl Ensemble. After a bit, student council members Ayano and Chitose and their juniors Himawari and Sakurako get involved in the story and even more silliness ensues.

Yuru-Yuri is a Moe Slice of Life comedy that originally ran in the Girls Love anthology Yuri Hime S. An anime adaptation debuted on the Summer 2011 Anime season. From this series, the audience can expect a fair bit of Les Yay and Breaking the Fourth Wall humour. There is also a Spin-Off of manga one-shots called Yuri-Yuri, which puts the romantic entanglements in a more serious light and subsequently scores considerably higher on the Yuri-scale.

A second season has been green-lit.


Tropes used in Yuru-Yuri include:
  • A-Cup Angst
    • Inverted and played straight: Himawari feels that her abnormally large bust size alienates her from the rest of the girls, which is always followed by Sakurako going jelly.
      • Once, it managed to depress overhearing Akari and Chinatsu.
    • Played straight again at the beach when Ayano and Kyouko find Yui's bust a significant threat.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Kyouko feels bad about things she did to Chizuru. The next day she's on it again.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Chinatsu comes off as fairly sweet in her first appearance (and around Yui), but her true self can be seen through her art and actions.
  • Black Comedy Rape: The finale takes it to the extreme, with Chitose going nuts after eating chocolate and making out with everyone.
  • Bland-Name Product: Comuket.
    • And in the manga, Pucari Sweat (from Pocari Sweat), Fanchi Orange (Fanta Orange), and Pukki (Pocky).
  • Blank White Eyes: Happens to Akari a few times after a particularly traumatic experience.
  • Blue With Shock : Several girls display this from time to time, especially when Chinatsu's nightmarish crafts are involved.
  • Brick Joke: The pudding in the Student Council fridge. And Kyouko's favorite rum raisin ice cream.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall
  • Brother-Sister Incest: It's suggested that Akari's brother has a complex about his little sister.
  • Butt Monkey: Akari. Taunted by nature, toyed with by cameramen, ignored by her own friends, getting forcibly frenched by Chinatsu and Chitose... Girl can't catch a break.
    • Episode 12 takes Akari's Butt Monkey status to its extreme...
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: Episode 10.
  • Call Back: At the end of episode 11, Ayano and Chinatsu display the wooden swords purchased in the last episode, as they group prepares to cure Akari's head injury induced Personality Swap, with another.
    • Episode 12 has another one from episode 5. Akari makes the same face after being forcibly kissed by Chitose, as she did when kiss by Chinatsu last time, complete with dramatic tear dripping down.
  • Camera Abuse: In the introduction to episode 7, Akari trips and hits her head on the camera.
  • Cast Full of Lesbians: Consdiering it's an yuri series with little to zero male characters, it's a given.
  • Censor Box: A variation of this is used during one of Chitose's fantasies.
  • Chain of Deals:The first five minutes of Season 3 Episode 8 plays out like this to Rise. She first returns a notebook Akari dropped for a cough drop, gives Kyouko who is coughing for a photo of her in Mirakurun cosplay, gives this to Ayano for a hairclip, the Chinatsu because her bobbles hair broke for an energy drink, to a drowsy Himawari by glue, to Chitose because she broke her glasses for a small sewing kit, to Yui to correct a button on her uniform for senbei crackers, to a hungry Sakurako for a toothpick, and finally to Nishigaki so that they can share takoyaki together.
  • Chekhov's Pudding: Kyouko found one in the student council's fridge... with Ayano's name written on it. A few scenes later, Ayano came back into the student council's room looking for it.
  • Comedic Sociopathy
  • Comically Missing The Point: Himawari tells Sakurako to shape and be more like Ayano. As a result, Sakurako spends a day imitating Ayano. The only lessons Sakurako learns are to keep his hair in a ponytail, wear socks, and shout "TOSHINOU KYOUKO !!!".
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Kyouko.
  • Couch Gag: The opening scene in which Akari tries to tell the audience that the show is starting, and how it fails.
  • Cranial Eruption: Appears prior to, but most prominently in episode 11 where it gives Kyoko (and later Akari) a Personality Swap.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: At the end of episode 6 of the third season, there's a mural with text by four of the main cast giving opinions about a book that they read. Chinatsu doesn't understand why the antagonist didn't use the time machine he used for a murder "to gain Nobels" or something like that.
  • Cute And Psycho:Chinatsu appears as quite sweet in his first appearance - and then (especially around Yui), but many moments of pure and ardent insanity can be seen in his art and deeds.
  • Cute Mute: The student council president, Rise Matsumoto. Her mouth moves, but the only one who can hear her is Nishigaki-sensei. Also revealed to be present during most of the events of the series, but just off screen.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Rivalun to Mirakurun, in the Magical Girl Show Within a Show Majokko Mirakurun.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yui.
  • Decoy Protagonist: The opening and ending credits, as well as the first few minutes of the first episode make it seem obvious that Akari is the main protagonist. However, she loses focus quickly (i.e. mid-way through the first episode) which leads the girls to talk about it and try to make her stand out more. Also, Kyoko (who gets the spotlight after Akari loses it) says on the previews that she is the main character.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The dialogue we hear from the Mirakurun movie in episode 7 suggests this.
  • Demoted to Extra: This happens to Akari in the manga, after which the cast tries to help her getting noticed more.
  • Detached Sleeves: Part of both Mirakurun's and Rivalun's costumes.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Akari in Episode 5 after Chinatsu forcibly kisses her.
    • And again in episode 12 when Chitose forcibly kisses her.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Yuru-Yuri (YMMV on how true that is).
    • Yuru means slow, slack, or gentle. And that's very much true.
    • Rivalun couldn't possibly be The Rival, could she?
  • Eyecatch: The anime has a separate, rather long and elaborate, Eyecatch for each of the main cast, complete with individual themes.
  • Foe Yay: Between Kyouko and Ayano. Also, Himawari and Sakurako.
  • Full-Name Basis: Ayano will never refer to Kyouko by anything other than "TOSHINOU KYOUKO!"
  • Girlish Pigtails: Chinatsu and Mirakurun.
  • Going Commando: Ayano forgot to bring her underwear along with her to the beach. She uses her yukata to keep her safe from a possible case of scandalous Vapor Wear.
    • She doesn't get away with it. Cue yet another Nosebleed from Chitose.
  • Heel Face Turn: It's strongly implied in Mirakurun The Movie that Raika-chan/Rivalun? decided to work together with Mirakurun.

 Mirakurun: If we work together, we can defeat anyone!

Raika-chan: I suppose I must. After all, I'm so nice.

  Ayano: Double shock!

  • Retcon/Rewrite: In the manga, Akari's siscon brother was changed into a siscon sister as evident by this picture and this one.
  • The Rival:
    • Ayano sees Kyouko as one, but the feeling isn't mutual.
    • Himawari and Sakurako are rivals to each other.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-universe, Rivalun from Majokko Mirakurun has lots of fans, despite being an alien invader.
  • Running Gag: "I'm not praising you!"
    • The box Kyouko keeps at the amusement club. Every time it appears it has a new title written on it, with the previous one crossed out.
  • Say My Name: TOSHINOU KYOUKO!!
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Though the focus is more on comedy than romance.
  • Sempai-Kohai: Chinatsu refers to Yui very formally as "senpai".
  • Shipper on Deck/Yuri Fangirl:
    • Chitose, who often fantasizes about Kyouko/Ayano.
    • Also, Chitose's twin sister, Chizuru, who fantazises about Chitose/Ayano.
  • Shout-Out: The fifth episode is titled "When Akari and the Cicadas Cry".
  • Show Within a Show: Mirakurun, a Magical Girl series. Chinatsu reminds Kyouko of the title character, to the point where Kyouko is determined to get her in costume.
  • Skinship Grope: Chitose does this to Ayano.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Himawari and Sakurako attempt this while duelling with fireworks but they're taken off them before they can do any damage.
  • Slap Slap Kiss: Sakurako and Himawari's scenes follow this format.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Specially when there's only one gender to hit anyway.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Chitose and her sister Chizuru
  • Sneeze Cut
  • Society Is to Blame: The... profound plea from Himawari's little sister about Sakurako's craziness. It's so profound that Sakurako actually stops it and begs her for mercy.
  • Sprouting Ears: Both Ayano and Kyouko at different points.
  • Stripperiffic: Rivalun, resulting in an very embarrassed Ayano when she's forced to cosplay as her.
  • Terrible Artist: Chinatsu's slideshow caused poor Akari to go speechless with horror and develop Blank White Eyes and Kyouko and Yui to desperately try to make it end by any means! Chinatsu, of course, believes she is a good artist.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Rum raisin ice cream for Kyouko.
  • Tsundere:
    • Both Sakurako and Himawari who are Tsundere for each other.
    • Ayano counts when TOSHINOU KYOUKO's name is mentioned.
  • Twincest: Chitose and Chizuru in the last episode.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Mirakurun delivers one to Raika-chan/Rivalun? Mirakurun The Movie.

 Mirakurun: Raika-chan, are you my rival?

Raika-chan: Don't look so betrayed, no one made you trust me.

Mirakurun: Are you saying that, when you tutored me, and treated me to a dinner, Was It All a Lie??

Raika-chan: You are so trusting. Getting close to you was easy.

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