Yuki Yuna is a Hero Anime to Get A Third Season

A live-streamed program for the fifth anniversary of the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero franchise has announced a new television anime. The new anime is titled Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Dai-Mankai no Shō (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: The Great Full Blossom Arc).

Seiji Kishi is returning from the first Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime to direct at Studio Gokumi. Also returning are series script supervisor and script writer Makoto Uezu, original character designer BUNBUN, animation character designer and chief animation director Takahiro Sakai, and Keiichi Okabe and monaca on music. D.K. & JWWORKS are credited with concept art.

The original Yuki Yuna Is a Hero television anime premiered in October 2014.

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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Manga to End on August 30, 2018

The September 2018 issue of Kadokawa’s Dengeki G’s Comic magazine announced that Tōko Kanno’s manga adaptation of the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero (Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru) anime will end in the next issue on August 30, 2018.

The manga’s first compiled volume shipped on November 27, 2014. Kanno later launched the serialized manga in Dengeki G’s Comic in December 2014. It was on hiatus from September 2015 to January 2017 due to the author’s health. The third compiled volume shipped on August 26, 2017.

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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter Manga Ends

The August 2018 issue of Kadokawa’s Dengeki G’s Comic magazine published the last chapter of Nitaka Ichifuji’s manga adaptation of the Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter) theatrical anime project on June 30, 2018. The manga’s second volume will ship in Fall 2018.

Ichifuji launched the manga in Dengeki G’s Comic in June 2017. Kadokawa published the manga’s first compiled book volume in November 2017.

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Anime Strike Announces Its Lineup for the Fall 2017 Simulcast Season

Anime Strike has announced the anime titles it will be simulcasting during the Fall 2017 season:

  • Just Because! – premieres on October 5, 2017
  • Girls’ Last Tour – premieres on October 6, 2017
  • Yuki Yuna is A Hero – The Washio Sumi Chapter- / -Hero Chapter- – premieres on October 6, 2017
  • Land of the Lustrous – premieres on October 7, 2017
  • Himouto! Umaruchan R – premieres on October 8, 2017
  • Inuyashiki – premieres on October 12, 2017

UQ Holder! premiered on the platform on October 2, 2017. Anime Strike will also continue to stream new episodes of Altair: A Record of Battles and Welcome to the Ballroom.

Sentai Filmworks had previously announced that My Girlfriend is Shobitch will stream on Anime Strike, but this title was not included on Amazon’s list.

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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter Anime Films to Get Manga

The July 2017 issue of Kadokawa’s Dengeki G’s Comic magazine has revealed that the Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter) theatrical anime project will get a manga adaptation, which will launch in the magazine’s next issue in June 2017. Nitaka Ichifuji will draw the manga.

The anime films adapt Takahiro and illustrator BUNBUN’s illustrated novel series Washio Sumi wa Yūsha de Aru (Washio Sumi is a Hero). Project 2H is credited as the original creator, Takahiro is credited with the original plan designs, and BUNBUN is credited with the original character designs. Seiji Kishi, who directed the first anime season, is the chief director.

The films are one part of the overall second season of the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime series. The season will premiere on television in October 2017 in two parts. Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō takes the three films and will screen them as six television episodes. Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Yūsha no Shō will then air as a direct sequel to the first season.

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Anime Spotlight: Yuki Yuna Is a Hero

Yuki Yuna Is a Hero is an anime series produced by Studio Gokumi and directed by Seiji Kishi. The series is part of a media project called Takahiro IV Project, and it aired on Japanese television from October 16-December 25, 2014. As of this writing, PONYCAN USA holds the North American license for Yuki Yuna Is a Hero.

The series is set on the Japanese island of Shikoku during the God Era. Four girls are part of the Sanshu Middle School Hero Club: Yuna, Mimori, Fu, and Itsuki. One day, while they’re in school, the members of the Hero Club find themselves caught in an explosion of light and transported to a strange forest. Here, they encounter strange monsters known as Vertex, who try to destroy the Shinju, the guardian deity that protects humanity. The girls have been given a special cell phone app by the Shinju in order to transform into heroes with magical powers to protect their world from destruction. As part of gaining their magical powers, the girls also receive familiars. Their goal is to defeat 12 Vertexes.

They are later joined by Karin, a girl sent by the Taisha, who is in charge of the heroes. The five of them defeat the 12 Vertexes easily, but find they must deal with unforeseen side effects of activating the powered up version of their hero powers.

For most of the first episode, the series felt like it was going to be a typical “cute girls doing cute things” show, but by the end of it, there was definitely something more to it. I have to say that the forest they go to in order to fight the Vertexes looks rather trippy. And with the Vertexes themselves, I have to admit that some of them almost looked like they could have been some of the Angels from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

When it was said early on in Episode Two that they would be fighting against 12 Vertexes, I thought it was going to be a “monster of the week” type show, since there are 12 episodes and they already fought one of the Vertexes near the end of Episode One. But I was quickly proven wrong when this episode featured not just one, but three Vertexes in one shot.

When Karin was introduced early on in Episode Three, they defeated one Vertex. But then in Episode Five, all of the remaining seven Vertexes appear at one time. This episode was written in such a way where it came across as if it was the final battle that would serve as the finale for a series. Considering that that there were seven episodes still remaining, that obviously wasn’t the case. But even with this final battle, there was still an overall sense of the light-hearted storytelling that appeared back in Episode One. Starting with Episode Six, the series suddenly shifts to a much darker tone, and remains in that darker tone for the rest of the series.

Unfortunately, I think that Yuki Yuna Is a Hero isn’t as strong as it could have been. The first five episodes feel very rushed, and the remaining seven kind of feel like they drag a little. After watching the series, it seems like that 12 episodes wasn’t enough time to tell the story that they wanted to tell. Not only do the first five episodes feel rushed, there also didn’t seem to be a lot of effort placed on character development. Instead, the character development was primarily saved for the last seven episodes. I honestly think the series needed to be around 24 episodes: 12 episodes to focus on battling the 12 Vertexes as well as character development, and 12 episodes to focus on the aftermath of the side effects.

When all is said and done, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero tries to tell a compelling and interesting story, but the execution of the storytelling hampers it from reaching its full potential. In a lot of ways, I found myself thinking that this series was probably green-lit because of the success of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series, and that this series was trying too hard to become another “dark magical girl” anime.

Yuki Yuna Is a Hero is a series that has the potential to appeal to viewers who enjoy magical girl series, especially stories that ultimately become dark. However, it would be helpful to go into it knowing that roughly the first half of the series is rushed and that there’s a very sudden tonal shift for the second half.

English Cast for Yuki Yuna is a Hero

Anime News Network is reporting that this is the English cast for Ponycan USA’s release of Yuki Yuna is a Hero:

  • Xanthe Huynh is Yuna Yuki
  • Erika Harlacher is Mimori Togo
  • Erica Mendez is Fu Inubozaki
  • Brianna Knickerbocker is Itsuki Inubozaki
  • Sarah Anne Williams is Karin Miyoshi
  • Carrie Keranen is teacher
  • Kira Buckland and Johanna Luis are students

Ponycan USA will release the first four episodes of Yuki Yuna is a Hero on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on April 10, 2015, along with a character song CD, 24-page color booklet, and two pin-up posters with illustrations by BUNBUN. The second set of four episodes will ship on June 10, 2015.

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Information on Pony Canyon’s Yuki Yuna is a Hero Release

Pre-orders for Pony Canyon’s first Yuki Yuna is a Hero limited edition set are now being taken. The set is scheduled to be released on April 10, 2015, and will include the first four episodes of the series on a Blu-ray Disc as well as on a DVD. Audio options will include the Japanese audio with English subtitles and an English dub. The set will also include a character song CD, a 24-page booklet, and two pin-up posters with illustrations by BUNBUN. The set will carry an MSRP of US$89.98.

Customers who order the set by February 28, 2015 will receive a “surprise gift.”

Source: ANN