Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru
Directed By: Seiji Kishi Written By: Takahiro Produced By : Studio Gokumi Watch it now at Crunchyroll !
Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru is an original anime series written by Takahiro, the author of the very popular series Akame ga Kill! and directed by Seiji Kishi. When I found this out, I was both worried and excited, why? Seiji Kishi is not a consistent director, you don’t know what to expect when he is in charge. He’s brought us some fantastic shows like Angel Beats and Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita , but has also given us Persona 4: The Animation and Devil Survivor 2: The Animation . Also, did I really want to waste time watching another slice of life anime, about a group of girls hanging out in their club room? No!….But after finishing the first 2 episodes, I’m glad I gave it a chance.
Some spoilers from the first episode follow….
I’ll try not to spoil too much so I’ll keep this short. The story follows the four members of the “Hero Club” who are dedicated to helping those in need. However, one day during class, time stops and the four girls are transported to a mysterious place, where they learn the truth about the world’s current state and what they must do to save it. I have to admit, the first episode took me by surprise, I was expecting a slice of life series with some magical elements. What I got was Neon Genesis Madoka Magica. I have no idea where it’s going to go, but I’m looking forward to it.
The characters are surprisingly charming, we have the energetic Yuki Yuna, t he kind and quiet Mimori Togo, the club leader Inubozaki Fu and her cute younger sister Itsuki. The animation, while nothing ground-breaking is good, people have either loved or hated the character designs, I personally love them. One of the best things about the first 2 episodes is the amazing soundtrack, it really stands out and works really well. Too many anime soundtracks are forgettable and unnoticeable, but Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru uses music right, and it truly is awesome.
Give it a chance, watch it at Crunchyroll and let me know your thoughts! I’ll be reviewing the first 6 episodes next month.