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「あかりとかミンミンゼミとかなく頃に」 (Akari toka Minminzemi toka Naku Koro ni)
“When Akari and the Cicadas Cry”

Gotta love the episode title spoof on Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, but well before Akari was sucked dry by Chinatsu, we had plenty of yuri moments care of my favorite pairing — Kyouko and Ayano. Total count of full-length screen captures this week: thirteen.

It didn’t occur to me from the preview last time that the girls were going to set out for Comiket, or “Comuket” as they cleverly disguised it as. That is, until the I saw the unmistakable Tokyo Big Sight convention center and the massive line-ups. I loved the surprise though, particularly at Ayano’s expense after it looked like she was expecting of an evening date with Kyouko. Then there was the forced cosplaying, where we just had to have the most reluctant participant in the most revealing outfit. Hats off to whoever designed Rivalun’s outfit and of course Kyouko for preparing one for Ayano to wear. The introduction of Rivalun also came with an added bonus — Yuuki Aoi voices the anime character opposite of Taketatsu Ayana as Mirakurun. This must’ve been one of the few occasions where Aoi clearly reused one of her previous voices.

Between Kyouko screwing herself over by forgetting she only had three circle member tickets and Chitose suiting up as Ganbo and realizing the lesbian haven that is doujinshi, this was definitely one of the funnier episodes thus far. On top of her usual wild fantasies, Chitose’s lesbian senses that somehow detected a real Kyouko x Ayano moment led to the most hilarious nosebleed action to date. I can only imagine the amount of blood loss inside that Ganbo suit. It couldn’t have been pretty. The first half of this episode made me think that these four girls could easily run away with this entire series on their own, but the first-years quickly showed what they can add with their own stupidity. What looked like Himawari’s younger sister Kaede (Uchida Aya) falling victim to Sakurako’s prank turned out to be the most roundabout guilt-tripping I recall seeing from a six-year-old. Of the four other girls, Sakurako is definitely up there with Kyouko’s level of hijinks, and that scene reaffirmed she has almost the same dynamic with Himawari as Kyouko does with Yui.

As for Chinatsu… damn. That’s all I can say about how she aggressively sought to use Akari as a kissing partner and manhandled her like there was no tomorrow. Her chances with Yui look like they’re pretty much gone after that misunderstanding (or was it really even a misunderstanding?). I can only imagine what would’ve happened if Chitose was with them. Oh how I wish they all decided to pay Chinatsu a visit after returning from Tokyo. As for Akari herself, the ongoing joke about her not having any sort of presence was pretty amusing in Sakurako’s delusion this time around. The same goes for her detachable hair buns, which sadly enough, have been the defining aspect of her character. However, I am growing more fond of her unfortunate character as the week’s go on and of Yuruyuri as a whole.

* For your convenience, see images 01, 02, 04, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 25, and 28 for the good stuff.

 

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August 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm
47 comments »
  • August 1, 2011 at 6:53 pmBroxis

    D’aww. Loving your full length caps, keep em up :P

  • August 1, 2011 at 6:56 pmCroos

    Did i just hear Hikaru Midorikawa voice in this episode

    • August 1, 2011 at 6:58 pmDivine

      Yes you did, as Ganbo.

      • August 1, 2011 at 7:10 pmCroos

        Thx confirmation. I wasn’t sure if i read his name correctly in the credits.

  • August 1, 2011 at 7:13 pmJustin

    Kaede… So cute!

  • August 1, 2011 at 7:28 pmFencedude

    KyoukoXAyano, HimawariXSakurako and AkariXChinatsu FOR THE WIN

    Absolutely loved this episode. Kaede’s guilt-tripping of Sakurako was probably the funniest thing I’ve seen in ages. Her expression really sold it.

    And of course, Chinatsu revealed her true nature at last.

  • August 1, 2011 at 7:45 pmNhelraios

    “Chitose’s lesbian senses that somehow detected a real Kyouko x Ayano moment led to the most hilarious nosebleed action to date”

    I just lost it at this part. The ability to sense Yuri moments even far away, how awesome is that?

    The end scene just reminded me of something unpleasant, it always happen in the front door geez.

    • August 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm伊藤

      I know what your talking about.

    • August 2, 2011 at 3:40 pmPWAA.MEAP

      dat Yosuga

      • August 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm伊藤

        Yes yosuga.

  • August 1, 2011 at 8:10 pmReal

    lol at that raped face at the end. it looks like akarin would never be the same. but the preview showed that everything is back to normal? can’t wait for next week

    • August 4, 2011 at 3:23 amboiya

      I can only wonder about poor Akarin now because she believes that kissing is what normal friends do. Will this persuade her to go after one of her own friends???

  • August 1, 2011 at 8:17 pmRelic

    I like how Akari can be so naïve. I bet she still doesn’t think chinatsu is a lesbian lol! Kids and their antics these days…

  • August 1, 2011 at 8:18 pmjz

    Does anyone know what anime the randomc banner is from?

    • August 1, 2011 at 8:54 pmdeafvader

      that’s a pretty old question. look under announcements, Rukia has provided the location

  • August 1, 2011 at 8:46 pmmeow

    ^ looks like [C]the money and soul

  • August 1, 2011 at 8:47 pmRukia

    jz, the answer is at the top right of the page.

  • August 1, 2011 at 9:03 pmAndré

    The last story of this episode was, like Tak Fuji usually says, extreeeeeme!

  • August 1, 2011 at 9:48 pmsuperu

    Akarin Dango bazooka…
    Akarin finally gets some screen time :P
    Akari-chan the introduction-ist
    Akari-chan the flower water changer
    Akari-chan the first-aid nurse
    Akari-chan the disposable chopsticks provider
    Akari-chan the button sewer
    Akari-chan the justice hero
    Akari-chan the kiss practicer
    Akarin gets so many scenes this episode :P
    she should be glad she lost that first kiss to Chinatsu-chan instead of onee-chan xP (cuz she totally would)
    http://i54.tinypic.com/4q0v4p.jpg
    ^found in yuru yuri volume 6 manga
    wish I was Akari-chan xp

    • August 2, 2011 at 5:16 amgawrshness

      So that’s how her older sister looks like? I am sooo looking forward to her appearance in the anime if she ever does show up. xD

  • August 1, 2011 at 10:59 pmewok40k

    Best episode so far!
    Jedi skill: sense yuri, level 3 – you can sense yuri action from a mile away, and say things “I can sense disturbance in the Yuri field” before passing out from nosebleed…
    Sakurako going to “kidnap and torture” Himawari’s imouto was straight from Higurashi!
    Last but not least – first kiss, forced yuri style! This pretty much pairs up Chinatsu X Akari, and if Chitose has really sense yuri at this level, she is probably at hospital now, recovering…

    • August 2, 2011 at 12:09 amsuperu

      except she has no intersts in anything other then Kyouko x Ayano xD

  • August 1, 2011 at 11:15 pmx

    Poor Akari, she gets a episode that focus on her and gets traumatized like that.

  • August 2, 2011 at 12:00 ammarolala

    Such a funny episode. I loved it! Hehehe, poor Akari!! <3

  • August 2, 2011 at 12:22 amamado

    I love this episode. there was really a kiss in this, too bad it was off-screen.

  • August 2, 2011 at 12:46 amMrMartini

    That scene with Himawari’s sister was so cute, Kirino from Oreimo would have creamed her pants.

    • August 4, 2011 at 3:27 amboiya

      ditto

    • August 4, 2011 at 9:47 amcvsr117

      Kirino’s VA voiced Mirakurun… (and Madoka’s voiced Rivalun)

  • August 2, 2011 at 1:08 amAllnighter

    Funny as hell episode.

    I’m surprised that Chitose brought so little at the Comuket compared to Kyouko.

    As for poor Akari, she was lucky to make it out alive at the end. Chinatsu was on raging lesbian mode as displayed the way she hunted down Akari in her house. If Yui & Kyoko didn’t stop by, I don’t think she would be just satisfied with a kiss only…. scary….

    • August 4, 2011 at 3:31 amboiya

      I can understand how Chitose was only able to get one box of yuri doujinshis. There really just aren’t enough yuri doujinshis at Comiket! Your lucky when you hit a section for a yuri series.

      I can understand how Kyouko was able to get four boxes for a magical series cuz they milk those kinda series. I bet most of those were even hentai doujinshis. *nods*nods*

  • August 2, 2011 at 1:20 amren

    Chitose’s rape face was so amazing.

    • August 2, 2011 at 8:43 pmren

      Ten years later, by Chitose I meant Chinatsu. I should really not type late at night…

    • August 4, 2011 at 3:33 amboiya

      It kinda reminded me of Kyouko’s forcefulness.

  • August 2, 2011 at 2:30 amgeezer

    “Sakurako is definitely up there with Kyouko’s level of hijinks, and that scene reaffirmed she has almost the same dynamic with Himawari as Kyouko does with Yui.”

    I totally agree with you. It’s one of the reasons why they’re my favorite pairing because they combine the best of YuixKyoko (osananajimi) and Tsundere vs Tsundere.
    Also, I simply love Katou Emiri’s enthusiastic performance and Himawari’s somewhat exalted style of speech. Hope to see more of them.

  • August 2, 2011 at 4:59 amMedoi

    Somehow the anime makes everything more… “yuri-ish”. I dont even remember Akari&Chinatsu holding hands in the manga while kissing. and somehow Kyouko had slightly darker skin than usual….maybe my eyes are just playing tricks :P

    himawari’s little sister is super cute!

    • August 2, 2011 at 5:16 amx

      Yeah, her sister is adorable, and smart enough to be dangerous as well.

    • August 4, 2011 at 3:36 amboiya

      Was the slightly darker than usual skin before or after she got into Comuket? Cuz if it was after, she was standing in line outside for at least 3 or more hours I bet.

    • August 4, 2011 at 3:47 amboiya

      wait, does the manga show the kiss? Must go find the manga now….

  • August 2, 2011 at 11:14 amMad_Dog

    Poor Akari. I laughed so hard at this and felt guilty afterward.

    BTW Comuket = Japanese pronunciation.
    Comiket = English pronunciation.

    • August 2, 2011 at 6:26 pmvladrin

      Yes, very much the same feeling I had. As a comedy show they should have had a funny ending. Instead they had me confused with a guilty conscious for laughing where I might should have not.

    • August 2, 2011 at 8:59 pmDivine

      Actually, the Japanese pronunciation is “Comiketto” 「コミケット」. It’s short for “Comic Market” 「コミックマーケット」.

      The “mu” in Yuruyuri came from “Comic Extreme Market”.

    • September 20, 2011 at 8:32 amVelvet

      Call me wind becuase I am absolutely blown away.

  • August 2, 2011 at 2:54 pmSkizzit

    Am I the only one who though Yui with glasses was super cute?

    http://randomc.net/image/Yuruyuri/Yuruyuri%20-%2005%20-%20Large%2015.jpg

  • August 2, 2011 at 10:01 pmJulio

    This show just keeps getting better and better.

  • August 4, 2011 at 3:42 amboiya

    This episode showed at such a good time too. Comiket is next weekend.

    This leaves so many questions open. I wonder if it could possibly convert Akari or anyone else over to being a lesbian. Hmm… or maybe give Kyouko ideas for her next doujinshi!

    Akarin is officially now an “exciting” middle schooler just like she wanted to be.

    • August 7, 2011 at 7:45 amx

      Sadly, it is for reasons that she probably would not appreciate.

    • September 22, 2011 at 9:38 pmTibbie

      I much prefer informative articles like this to that high brow liertature.