Yuru-Yuri, a story about cute girls doing cute things. Basically, each other.No, just kidding, the series is pretty free of fanservice (as expected, regarding the fact that "Yuru Yuri" means something like "Tame Yuri"). However, this can be turned around, and an alternate translation of 'Yuru' is loose/carefree, explaining the spontaneity of the Yuri scenes.It stars three middle school girls, Kyouko, Yui, and ... um, y'know, wosshername... Akari, that's it. When the Tea Ceremony Club disbands from lack of interest, they take over the room for their own "Amusement Club," which is an excuse to goof off and hang out with much silliness ensuing. Eventually, a member shows up in freshman Chinatsu, a prospective Tea Ceremony Club applicant. The club ends up using her to complete their Four Girl Ensemble. After a bit, student council members Ayano and Chitose and their juniors Himawari and Sakurako get involved in the story and even more silliness ensues.Yuru-Yuri is an ongoing 2008 Slice of Life comedy manga written by Namori that originally ran in Ichijinsha's Girls Love anthology Yuri Hime S. Two anime adaptation seasons aired as part of Summer 2011 and Summer 2012 lineups, both produced by Dogakobo Studios under the direction of Masahiko Ohta. From this series, the audience can expect a fair bit of Schoolgirl Lesbians and Breaking the Fourth Wall humor.The manga has so far created three spin-offs: Yuri-Yuri, a one-shot collection which puts the lesbian romances in a more serious light and subsequently scores considerably higher on the yuri-scale; Risetto!!, set in the same school but focusing on a pair of freshmen trying to make a doujin game; and Ohmuro-ke, a series of web comics released after each episode of Season 2, which focus on the lives of the eponymous Ohmuro sisters.Both seasons have been licensed by NIS America and can be legally watched on Crunchyroll.
A-Cup Angst: Most girls angst about this as a recurring theme.
At the Beach Episode, when Ayano and Kyouko find Yui's bust a significant threat.
In Season 1 Episode 7, while Sakurako goes on a "date" with Himawari at a diner, the latter is innocently reaching for things on the table, causing her breasts to bounce a little. Sakurako gets a bit angry at it, then tells her that boobs aren't allowed, while squeezing one of them. Himawari is understandably confused about what Sakurako just did.
Aesop Amnesia: Kyouko feels bad about things she did to Chizuru. The next day she's on it again.
All Just a Dream: At the end of Season 2 Episode 11, after it's discovered Akari's time travel was just a story Kyouko wrote, Akari gets mad and wishes that Kyouko could have at least invoked this trope beforehand.
Amusing Injuries: When a character gets whacked on the head, sometimes a big bump will grow almost instantly on it. And occasionally with Instant Bandages already on it.
Art Evolution: In the earliest chapters, everyone's heads are significantly larger in proportion to their bodies. Himawari's pigtails started out as almost comically huge before shrinking down to barely nothing.
Bad Liar: In Season 1 Episode 8, Ayano assumes that Chitose is this when the latter says she's going to tell lies and at the end of the day Ayano can try to figure out which ones were lies. She says things such as a ghost in the bathroom, that she has a twin, and that Kyouko was smelling Ayano's shoes. Ayano then says all those were lies, but then Chitose says she lied when she said she was going to tell lies, so all the things she mentioned were in fact true, much to Ayano's shock.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Chinatsu comes off as fairly sweet in her first appearance (and around Yui), but many moments of craziness can be seen in her art and actions.
Black Comedy Rape: The finale of Season 1 takes it to the extreme, with Chitosegoing nuts after eating chocolate and making out with everyone.
After Chitose reveals that all of her April Fools "lies" were in fact truth, they're confirmed through cutaways, except for the sexy underwear which Chizuru discovers in the laundry basket at the end of the episode.
Usually happens in the beginning of episodes, such as Akari accidentally bumping into the camera and asking the cameraman if he's okay, with the camera shaking up and down for "yes".
When talking about preventing colds in Season 2 Episode 2, Kyouko mentions "hand gargling", her portmanteau for "hand washing" and "gargling", a few times, while looking towards the camera and giving a thumbs up, to which Yui immediately asks who she's talking to.
One infamous scene from Season 1 Episode 5 gets two callbacks — Akari's broken, empty-eyed expression (complete with dramatic Single Tear) after a Forceful Kiss from Chinatsu: Season 1 Episode 12, after a choco-intoxicated Chitose gives her threeForceful Kisses, and Season 2 Episode 10 after a forceful massage by Chinatsu.
In chapter 12 of Ohmuro-ke, Sakurako tries to give Hanako the P.E. shirt that Himawari stretched out in chapter 9 of Yuru-Yuri.
Camera Abuse: In the introduction to episode 7, Akari trips and hits her head on the camera.
In Season 1 Episode 4, Kyouko imagines writing a wish where Chinatsu shyly allows herself to be kissed by her. Then reality kicks in, and Chinatsu writes that very same wish, except directed to Yui. Kyouko changes her wish to simply getting more sleep. Yui is reluctant, but then gives her a kiss on the forehead. Which prompts Kyouko to smack Yui on the head out of jealousy.
Chinatsu herself falls into this in Season 1 Episode 6 while Kyouko is telling a story where she and Yui fell in love with each other. She smacks Kyouko's drawings to interrupt the scene as it's playing out.
Practically all of main girls towards Akari during the first half of Season 2 Episode 1. Turns out it was All Just a Dream.
Sakurako has a big hissy fit in Season 2 Episode 3 after a few days without Himawari to tutor her, instead spending time teaching Chinatsu to knit a scarf. This culminates in her tearfully lashing out on Himawari in the middle of the classroom.
Color Failure: Happens to Ayano in the first half of Season 2 Episode 6, then Kyouko in the second half.
Comedic Sociopathy: Especially Akari, whose bad luck and helplessness is one of the recurring jokes.
One of Akari's more noticeable traits is that she has everything prepared for emergencies, such as band-aids and chopsticks.
In Season 2 Episode 6, Akari wonders why Ayano isn't at Comiket with them. Yui tells her that Ayano didn't seem to like coming the previous year, so she and Kyouko felt it was best not to drag her to the event again. Then a flashback from the previous evening shows a pumped Ayano ready to go, having studied up on Comiket, and waiting for Kyouko's phone call. She ends up waiting all day, and finally gets a call in the evening, only for Kyouko to ask for help carrying things home from Comiket. Cue Color Failure on Ayano, with her hanging up, and then immediately getting a call from Chitose, consoling her
Yui in Season 1 Episode 11, while convincing Kyouko not to disband the Club.
Sakurako in Season 2 Episode 3 tearfully lashes out on Himawari on spending more time with Chinatsu teaching her how to knit a scarf than tutor her. Turns out Himawari was knitting her a scarf for Valentine's.
In Episode 11 of Season 2, Akari tearfully realizes that she just doesn't have the heart to change her past, because she'd lose all her good memories of the past year. Then, when she returns to her timeline, instead of the expected tepid response, she sees practically the main girls, as well as Rise, Nishigaki-sensei and Akane making missing-person pictures of her, and all the main girls cry Tears of Joy once she reappears.
Decoy Protagonist: The opening and ending credits, as well as the first few minutes of the first episode make it seem obvious that Akari is the main protagonist. However, she loses focus quickly (i.e. mid-way through the first episode) which leads the girls to talk about it and try to make her stand out more. Also, Kyoko (who gets the spotlight after Akari loses it) says on the previews that she is the main character.
Defictionalization: When the anime was first announced in the manga, Kyouko suggests various merchandise they can sell, one of them being a transparent Akari figure (a.k.a just a stand). One year later...
Demoted to Extra: This happens to Akari in the manga, after which the cast tries to help her getting noticed more.
Akari in Season 1 Episode 5 after Chinatsu forcibly kisses her, again in Season 1 Episode 12 after Chitose forcibly kisses her, and once again in Season 2 Episode 10 after a forced massage from Chinatsu.
Dumb Blonde: Both blondes in the series falls into this trope—the differences being Kyouko falls into this 95% of the time, while Sakurako does that all the time.
Even Evil Has Standards: Used in the MirakurunShow Within a Show in the first part of Season 2 Episode 6. Rivalun and a minion stole some balls Mirakurun was playing with and animated them into attacking Mirakurun. A few of the balls are shown more explicitly, and seem to injure Mirakurun to the point that even they wonder if they went too far, and order the balls to stop. Turns out Mirakurun used a Ninja Log to escape, then proceeded to beat the tar out of them and release the balls from their control.
And Hiwamari (Sunflower)'s sister is Kaede (Maple).
(Lesbian) Female Gaze: Chinatsu watching the perspiring, messy-haired Yui downing a can of drink after a game of ping-pong.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: At the very end of Season 2 Episode 3, Akane can be seen entering Akari's room with a huge chocolate heart. However, because the scene is quick, and it zooms in on her, then the chocolate she's holding (complete with camera jarring), you won't see her face unless you pause it.
Going Commando: Ayano forgot to bring her underwear along with her to the beach. She uses her yukata to keep her safe from a possible case of scandalous Vapor Wear. She doesn't get away with it. Cue yet another nosebleed from Chitose.
Gratuitous English: Kyouko in Season 1 Episode 10, while on top of Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto:
Kyouko: I can fly!
Yui (in Japanese): Don't do it!
Kyouko (pointing at Yui): You can fly?
Yui (in Japanese): No, I won't!
In Season 2 Episode 2, Sakurako suggests that they only speak English. However, all they can say is "Delicious!" and "This is rice."
Heel-Face Turn: Strongly implied in Mirakurun The Movie that Raika-chan/Rivalun decided to work together with Mirakurun.
Mirakurun: If we work together, we can defeat anyone!
Raika-chan: I suppose I must. After all, I'm so nice.
Hostile Show Takeover: Every "On the Next" has the character giving it declare themselves as some form of protagonist, except Akari. In Season 1 Episode 6, Kyouko (in an Akari mask) does the Couch Gag in place of Akari.
I Lied: In Season 2 Episode 4, Nishigaki-sensei tells the Student Council a heart-wrenching story of why she became a scientist: when she was younger, she had a toy robot dog who suddenly stopped working one day, and she vowed to study enough to fix it one day. Rise calls her out on it, so she decides to tell the true story: her interest in science started with a science experiment, back when she was their age, involving batteries and a lightbulb. She decided to plug the wires into an outlet, causing the bulb to explode, which also started her fascination for Stuff Blowing Up.
Improbably Female Cast: There are no named males in this series, and it avoids using them as background characters as much as possible. Even in Season 1 Episode 7, where a handful of males were shown, though faceless and with the camera panning behind or below the head, until the very end of the episode, which shows one of Akari's younger male relatives from the front.
Even Akari's older brother was retconned in the manga into a girl, Akane, which soon reached into the anime.
This goes to ludicrous levels in Comiket/Comuket episodes, and there is not a single male in sight, which of course is realistically impossible, given the large male demographic in such events in Real Life.
Instant Bandages: One instance happens in Season 1 Episode 4 after Kyouko smacks Yui on the back of her head after the latter gave a kiss to Chinatsu, which the former wanted.
Love Dodecahedron: It's starting to shape up into this with Ayano > Kyouko > Chinatsu > Yui, maybe Yui > Kyouko and due to Chinatsu kissing Akari, Akari started developing feelings for Chinatsu.
Kyouko > Yui is visible unless Kyouko is just teasing Yui with her comments, actions, and fanfic.
Love Triangle: Type 5. Kyoko is crazy for Chinatsu (for the cosplay potential, if nothing else), but Chinatsu is in love with Yui (partly for a protection deal against Kyouko). Yui is rather indifferent about the whole thing.
There is another strange one - Chinatsu's older sister, Tomoko is obviously in love with Akari's sister, Akane, who in turn has an obsession with Akari. Akari knows nothing.
Lyrical Dissonance: Kyouko's song on the second CD album, "Jigoku no Soko e mo Tsuiteiku" ("I'll follow you to the bottom of hell") is presumably the same song she mentioned in the karaoke episode. A happy pop song sung from a stalker's point of view, with lines like "We'll be together forever", and "I'm staring at you from behind the bookshelves".
That includes the time machine Akari used to go back one year in time. After Akari asks Nishigaki-sensei to look at it, she "fixes" it by replacing batteries. After Akari returns to the present, some characters point out that Nishigaki-sensei got her hands on the device, the time machine explodes.
Magic Skirt: Even in the openings, where the main four are always jumping around or standing with the wind blowing, we don't even get one Panty Shot from those school uniforms.
Medium Awareness: The couple of pages that were made in colour have the characters show this trope.
Mega Ton Punch: Kyouko receives two after trying to do The Glomp on Chizuru after the latter walks offstage in episode 12 of Season 2.
Mood Whiplash: While the show goes from comedy to light drama occasionally, the ending of Season 2 Episode 8 goes from a lighthearted outing with Chinatsu hugging Yui at the end, followed immediately by the ending which is drawn Chinatsu-style. The opening sketch of the next episode also shows her drawing style in the background, which freaks out Akari to the point that Yui comments that her eyes rolled over inside her head in shock.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Played for Laughs in episode 12 of Season 2. During a play of Snow White, Chizuru (who is a Ayano/Chitose shipper} plays the huntsman while Kyouko is Snow White. Chizuru accidentally fires her gun, which hits the spot between Kyouko's legs, then laments that she missed. She then pulls out 2 assault rifles, and begins firing wildly at Kyouko, and only gives up when she runs out of bullets.
Akane also invokes this from time to time, such as the jarring effect used when she's first seen at the end of Season 2 Episode 3, as well as Episode 9, when Chinatsu, then at a sleepover with the Akaza sisters, can't sleep after watching a horror movie. After calming down by imagining Yui, she lowers the blanket from her face. And sees Akane right above her, complete with Scare Chord, who then puts her hand right over poor Chinatsu's mouth, mostly to keep her from waking up Akari while she gets her DVD back.
108: The bonus CD for Season 2 Volume 1 Blu-ray includes a track where Akari says "Akarin" in 108 different ways.
Only Six Faces: The main difference between the girls appearance is in the hair, and variety of facial expressions, but they have really similar faces. Akari and Chinatsu have near identical faces, just as well as Kyouko and Sakurako, and Ayano and Himawari.
OOC Is Serious Business: Kyouko notices that Akari barely gets angry at anyone and asks her to say "I hate you", when she does it it's enough to shock Kyouko into a depression. She does this later to both Yui and Chinatsu, with the same results.
Out of Focus: Poor, poor Akari... see the image above? Her face is even blocked by Kyouko's right foot.
Hilariously used to her advantage at the end of Season 2 Episode 4. While walking home sharing an umbrella with Kyouko, Akari's shoulder is getting a bit wet because she's outside of the umbrella slightly. Instead of moving the umbrella over more to Akari's side, Kyouko suggests they walk in a line, with Akari behind Kyouko. It seems to work, until a car passes by, and splashes water on Kyouko, Yui, and Chinatsu. Kyouko wonders if Akari avoided the splash because she was "offscreen" at the time.
Public Domain Soundtrack: Season 2 Episode 7 used "Spring" from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. The girl who uses it? Akane, whenever she has a quality time with an Akari dakimakura (hug pillow) and Akari's belongings.
Schmuck Bait: In Season 2 Episode 9, several girls are studying, when they decide to call Kyouko and ask for tips on cramming since she's so good at it. Kyouko tells them to place the book on the bed, then do a headstand on it, followed by prayer. When Akari asks what to do next, Kyouko then just tells them her advice was just a lie and hangs up on them.
Sdrawkcab Name: Used in Season 2 Episode 10, by saying "Akarin" backwards ("Niraka"), which un-Unperson an invisible charcter (except poor Akari).
Also used in the next episode. after Akari is stuck on the time machine, it disappears right after some girls say "Akarin" like in the intros. "Niraka" is then uttered when she reappears.
Secret Keeper: In the anime at least, Akari never finds out about her sister's obsession with her. When Kyouko peeks into Akane's room, she sees a lot of creepy things in there. Then in Season 2 Episode 11, after Akari is invited into her room, Akane cleans up everything inside and stuffs all of it inside her closet. It gets to the point where her sister can't sleep because she's sharing the bed with Akari.
Selective Obliviousness: In Season 1 Episode 11, Yui shows to Chinatsu a picture in their album of their preschool days. They tell her about a girl who once lorded over the local playground. An incensed Chinatsu vows to beat up said girl should they meet one day. Then Akari looks at the picture, and realizes that said girl is none other than Chinatsu herself, then on a visit to her grandmother. She decided to say not a word about it, because Chinatsu doesn't remember.
Sempai Kohai: Chinatsu refers to Yui very formally as "senpai".
Show Within a Show: Majokko Mirakurun, a Magical Girl series. As far as Kyouko is concerned, Chinatsu is a dead ringer for the eponymous character, to the point where Kyouko is determined to get her in costume.
Single-Stroke Battle: Himawari and Sakurako attempt this while duelling with fireworks but they're taken off them before they can do any damage.
Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Himawari and Sakurako, towards each other. In almost every single scene where the two are together, they're constantly angry at each other, and often exchanging Lightning Glares at each other.
Slap-Slap-Kiss: Sakurako and Himawari's scenes follow this format, although it's generally more slap than kiss.
Society Is to Blame: The... profound plea from Himawari's little sister Kaede about Sakurako's craziness. It's so profound Sakurako actually stops fooling around with the poor little girl and begs her for mercy.
Stock Footage: Chinatsu's hair devouring ping-pong balls and other small objects that have the misfortune of landing in it. Accompanied by a shrill scream.
Stripperiffic: Rivalun wears a bikini top, resulting in an very embarrassed Ayano when she's forced to cosplay as her.
Stuff Blowing Up: Nishigaki-sensei is so obsessed with explosion almost every scene with her involves explosions, or at least her talking about combustion.
Terrible Artist: Chinatsu's slideshow caused poor Akari to go speechless with horror and develop Blank White Eyes and Kyouko and Yui to desperately try to make it end by any means! Chinatsu, of course, believes she is a good artist. Her drawings scare other characters as well, such as when sending out New Year's greeting cards.
Both Sakurako and Himawari are Type A for each other, with a smattering of "Slap-Slap-Kiss".
Ayano counts when TOSHINOU KYOUKO's name is mentioned.
Twincest: Chitose and Chizuru in Season 1 Episode 12.
Umbrella of Togetherness: In Season 2 Episode 4, after the main girls are caught at school without umbrellas when rain started pouring, Chinatsu got some loaned ones from the faculty. While sharing one with Yui, Chinatsu has her arms around her the entire time in the next scene.
Un-Person: Played for Laughs with Akari, who oftentimes gets put in the background. Hilariously in Season 1 Episode 8, both her and Chinatsu "disappear" after a narrator announces they've met their screen time quota, and promptly turn into outlines of their characters.
Happens again at the beginning of Season 2 Episode 10, with the addition of Himawari and Sakurako, who disappears with Akari and Chinatsu. Kyouko shows up in a popup balloon, and mocks them for it, prompting Yui to smack her in the back of the head, and restore them by saying "Nirakra". Except poor Akari, who gets cut off mid-sentence to roll the intro credits.
Was It All a Lie?: Mirakurun delivers a parodied example to Raika-chan/Rivalun Mirakurun The Movie.
Mirakurun: Raika-chan, are you my rival?
Raika-chan: Don't look so betrayed, no one made you trust me.
Mirakurun: Are you saying that, when you tutored me, and treated me to a dinner, Was It All a Lie??
Raika-chan: You are so trusting. Getting close to you was easy.
Yonkoma: A special manga chapter is done in this style. One of the strips is about Kyouko attempting to come up with a punchline for the fourth panel. She fails.
You Can't Fight Fate: Season 2 Episode 11 (a story by Kyouko) focuses on Akari exploiting her accidental time travel to retcon all the bad first impressions which she blames for causing her to go Out of Focus. She constantly fails, and ultimately leaves things as they are after Akane convinced her to retain all her good memories of the past year.