Yuru Yuri First Impressions: It’s cute and sparkly


Scamp was quite glowing in his post about Yuru Yuri. To wit:

A work of pure bril­liance. Such a seem­ingly simply yet ingenius twist on a well known tale. The effort gone into this is immense. Each scene is brim­ming with energy and charm, yet it has this under­ly­ing tone and mes­sage that cuts straight through to the heart in a way that’s dif­fi­cult to describe…

Unfortunately, I can’t say the same (what do you mean there’s a twist ending to that review?).

Yuru Yuri is the latest slice of life featuring cute lolis Err,  I mean the latest from director/writer team Masahiko Oota and Takashi Aoshima. After striking gold with the first Minami-Ke, they were a bit hit-or-miss with Mitsudomoe. Yuru Yuri is a bit more like Minami-Ke in format, more slice of life, than outright comedy. Unfortunately, they apparently forgot to include the comedy.

It’s pretty easy to make me laugh. If you find the right note, I’ll laugh. No matter how many times you beat the joke to the ground. Mitsudomoe is evidence of that. Baka Test, another. Unfortunately, Yuru Yuri is just boring. The jokes aren’t funny – not over the top enough to be outrageous, and not clever enough to be subtly appreciated – and the situation (new students starting an after-school club in which they do nothing) has been done wayyyy too much lately.

On the plus side, the show is pretty well animated, and the girls are loli cute (although they pale to moe goddess Yune). On the bad side… well, there’s no longer a bad side, because this is an insta-drop for me.