Nothing can beat female highschoolers getting cozy with each other
|Like I said in the Winter Preview, I love a good yuri show. And now Sakura Trick is here, so we can see if it really is a good yuri show. Thanks to anaaga for letting me join her for this one.|
|Thanks for being here, Highway!! Having two yuri fans fangirl/boy-ing yuri is definitely the perfect way to start this show. Now let’s see whether this is an actual yuri or it’s just borderline yuri like (unfortunately) most so-acclaimed “yuri” shows these days. And yes, I read yuri manga. Real yuri manga, not suggestive yuri that disappoint my hormone.|
Highway // Having spent the last week and a half watching another show that people commonly lump in with yuri (more about that soon), I probably had the wrong thoughts of where this show would go in my head. Plus, the blurbs on the show before the season started made it seem like it was a lot more of a romance / chase kind of show. So I was pretty surprised when there really wasn’t any chasing going on, or if there was it was, in the words of Maureen Long “being chased while running away very slowly”. The show wasted zero time in setting up three yuri couples: Haruka and Yuu, the main couple, Yuzu and Kaede, who seem to be a fairly solid couple, and Shizuku and Kotone, which might be where most of the chasing comes in.
There really wasn’t any ambiguity about Haruka’s intentions from the get go of this series. Jealous of Yuu having other friends, upset about being at the front of the class while Yuu was at the back, she’s entirely focused on Yuu. And I thought there might be some pensive, unsure kiss to start this relationship, but nope! Haruka goes right for the long “I want to make her moan *again*!” kiss. And then follows it up with makeouts on the veranda the next day. There’s no hesitation here, that’s for sure. For her part, Yuu isn’t really holding back either, with the boob grab and a couple kisses back on her own. This show definitely can’t be accused of not really being yuri.
anaaga // Seems that Highway and I (finally) synchronizes since the anime differ from how I expected it to be. When I first read the summary, I expected Sakura Trick to be a comedy that has the same tone in Yuru Yuri, with its suggestive yuri and all that. But nope, the yuri is not even suggestive at all. The cast went straight down to the yuri with its lesbian kiss in the later half of the episode. It’s not even a peck. It’s a freakin french kiss where the girls do, well, stuff with their mouths while moaning like mad. I, being a fangirl who have not watched yuri anime in ages because most “yuri” anime tend to be not yuri most of the time, was overjoyed to see such cute yet sexual scene. My hormones are finally happy.
Back to the show, I like how the anime is between slow and fast. It is fast because the anime went straight to the yuri right away without any warm-up whatsoever. No mushy dialogues like “what is this fuzzy feeling inside my heart?” since they went to the action right away. However, the pace is also slow because the actions done here are daily events the audience can relate with their daily lives (yes, some of the things Yuu did here, real girls also do them). Moreover, the storyline is not trying to force anything dramatic that will throw the slice-of-life feeling out of place. No “will you be my girlfriend?” drama, just friends kissing each other. This might sound strange, but I’d rather have the two of them being friends first rather than being girlfriends right away. Not only that this will make the show closer to the slice-of-life genre, the audience can slowly see the relationship development between the two, making us more attached to the relationship between Haruka and Yuu (intelligent way of saying “ship”).
We fans are such masochists.
I enjoyed the first episode of this series a lot, even though I wasn’t really expecting the 4-koma format (maybe I should look at source material more? Nah.) I hope that it stays with a maximum of two segments per show, because I find when they do more than that, the shows tend to get too disjointed, a major problem I had with Kiniro Mosaic. However, it’s possible to have a more continuous show with a 4-koma source, like Kotoura-san was. I’ll hope for more story like the latter, rather than the former.
So far, I’m liking this anime. I love how the creator can fuse real yuri with the slice-of-life genre while having the audience giggle occasionally with its humorous scenes. I can imagine myself relaxing on my couch on the weekend, sipping my tea while watching this anime. Let’s just say this is one of the few relaxing anime I can watch with excitement as I wait for the progress between the two characters every week. Nothing is better than watching yuri on the weekend, yes?
Preview: Yuri skinship is the perfect way to start the second episode.