Yuru Yuri’s second season returns with yuri as usual, raising the amounts of female love up slightly whilst likewise amplifying the comedy – and interestingly, doing it in a manner nearly recreating a certain pace.
When this series first debuted a year ago, it initiated gradually and went from there – this second season is following exactly the same route, developing so smoothly, it’s something quite novel. In general, not only is Yuru Yuri following along with its first season in terms of storytelling and total composition – yet it is keeping true to the core elements which make it, still delivering the traits much admired, although specifically innovating, building, and adding atop them to form something original altogether.
Amazing about this is that while many series attempt to have their respective sequel build upon the predecessor by adding to it like a direct continuation, or a sort of relaunch, Yuru Yuri is complementing itself instead.
Similar themes and key points have been reintroduced, yet in a manner that doesn’t forcibly shove them under the foundation of past – everything has essentially escalated, and the eyecatches are truly a splendid example of such as they’re simple and short. One may have noticed that the eyecatches are reminiscent to those of the first season – and whilst the style of it all is indeed the same, they’ve been fancied up. Portions of old have been polished – meanwhile, resplendent new things have been added.
And with that in mind, note how we’ve gone from the extravagant first episode of onsen, to a second episode back within the clubhouse – a contrast of something fresh amongst familiar, to something totally memorable, yet now with additional innovative bits. This is critical in keeping everything amusing within the Amusement Club – for instance, the episode starts with some Kyouko getting distracted whilst needing to complete her homework, that’s nothing unusual, yet the manner in which it is delivered however is what mainly matters.
Kyouko’s lack of work ethic and short attention span incites the start of all sorts of twirling events which go 360 and back to the starting point – however, in the most hilarious method possible, and one which is unique.
Through this intermingling of standard format and creativity, this of course also makes the series succeed in that it can satisfy audiences both returning or starting – the series does feel to have heavily considered what it can do to deviate from the basics, but still sustain the formula which made it. And as result, there’s many unexpected twists – even if the gag feels it is going a direction all so understood, it will turn out to be anything but.
Some more shining moments of this episode in the respect of a sudden brilliance – there’s much to mention from the homework, to the snakes, though indeed, the closing segment regarding Kyouko’s illness is perhaps one of the greatest moments held within.
It’s an exquisite second episode indeed – although the series is still simply getting started.