「エイプリルフール」 (Eipuriru Fuuru)
Damn, Yuruyuri is absolutely ruthless with its characters. They weren’t kidding about Akari and Chinatsu not getting any screen time beyond the opening scene. It was like a brutally honest form of trolling, much like Chitose’s supposed lies used to mess with Ayano. Heck, even I felt a bit trolled when it turned out Chitose really does have a twin named Chizuru (Kuraguchi Momo). Eight episodes in and an important tidbit like that only comes up now? That’s like telling Akari eight episodes later that she’s not the main character in the series. (Oh wait…)
In all honesty, I have to commend this slice-of-life series for keeping something like this up its sleeve. I was pretty convinced that the cast of eight is all we’d see, since they’ve been more than enough to center all the light lesbian humor around. To inject another fantasizing character of Chitose’s level is pretty significant in my books, plus she’s proven to be much more anti-Kyouko than even Chinatsu. That’s no small feat, considering that she’s combined two of the eight character personalities and brought about an all-new one. Given how fond I am of Chitose, Chizuru is a natural extension of that. The difference is, she comes with a more reserved outlook on certain things. She’s also voiced by a different seiyuu, which helps distinguish her from Chitose even more.
Thanks to Chizuru, Chitose is placed into a wild delusion for a change, replacing none other than Kyouko. I gather it won’t be long before all yuri breaks loose and they both take off their glasses at the same time. For now, it’s fun watching Chizuru put Kyouko in her place, especially after Chinatsu caved a fair bit last time. Interestingly enough, the cast of characters doesn’t stop with Chizuru either, as the presence-less student council president, Matsumoto Rise (Gotou Saori), is slated to make an appearance next time. At the moment, I can’t imagine her having as much of an immediate impact in the group as Chizuru’s had, but when she’s as mysterious as she’s been and even more transparent than Akari, I get the feeling I’m going to be pleasantly surprised. My guess is that she’s going to be Akari with a twist, just like Chizuru’s proven to be Chitose with a twist.