Manga / Yuru-Yuri

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"Akkari~n!"
"Ha~i!! Yuru Yuri, hajimaru yo~!"

Taking advantage of the disbanded Tea Ceremony Club's abandoned building, Kyouko Toshinou forms the Amusement Club, roping in her childhood friend Yui Funami. When the severely Out of Focus Akari Akaza and Cute and Psycho Chinatsu Yoshikawa start their first year and join the club, a Four-Girl Ensemble is born. With the lazy, free-for-all antics of the unofficial club happening behind-the-scenes, student council vice-president Ayano Sugiura and her best friend Chitose Ikeda become involved, naturally pulling their juniors Himawari Furutani and Sakurako Ohmuro with them headlong into the Amusement Club's silliness.

Yuru-Yuri (aka Happy Go Lily aka Lazy Lily) is an ongoing 2008 Slice of Life comedy manga written by Namori that originally ran in Ichijinsha's yuri anthology Yuri Hime S. Two anime adaptation seasons aired as part of Summer 2011 and Summer 2012 lineups.Production  Building up for the upcoming third season, Yuru Yuri San☆Hai!note  airing in Fall 2015, a medium-length movie special, Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi!note , was released direct to video in Japan in February 2015 and focused on the girls going on a summer camping trip. Two episode-length follow-up specials, Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi!+, aired later in the summer.Production 

The manga has so far created three spin-offs: Yuri-Yuri, a one-shot anthology focused on much more serious lesbian romance; 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.

The first two seasons have been licensed by NIS America as Yuruyuri: Happy Go Lily and can be legally watched on Crunchyroll and Hulu.

Yuru-Yuri provides example of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Kiss: Season 2, Episode 12. While trying to give a fake stage kiss to Kyoko, Yui has to quickly duck to avoid a flying Akari inadvertently kissing Kyoko.
  • A-Cup Angst: Most girls angst about this as a recurring theme.
    • As a Running Gag, Sakurako always goes jelly upon seeing Himawari's impressive chest (and, on one occasion, Akari and Chinatsu going into a Heroic B.S.O.D.).
    • 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.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: After being the Butt Monkey for so long, Akari gets almost all the attention in Season 2 Episode 11. Then it turns out to just be a story that Kyouko wrote.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Kyouko cries about Chizuru being mad at her. The next day she's on it again.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: While the Ship Tease between the girls is made much more explicit than in most Schoolgirl Series, most of it is mostly one-sided...which is, of course, Played for Laughs.
  • All Just a Dream:
    • The first half of Season 2, Episode 1, where Akari is the object of adoration by the rest of the cast.
    • 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.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe — Kyouko describes an anime she's watching where the main character's childhood friend is following the main character around in secret, brings extra lunch to school every day but never giving it to her, and keeps track of all her friends. Kyouko calls it a "heartwarming Romantic Comedy", while Yui says that it sounds more like the actions of a Stalker with a Crush, and she would become a Yandere later on.
  • 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 has long luxurious plaited twintails, before shrinking down to barely nothing.
  • Art Shift: The introduction segment to the Nachuyachumi OVA, where the girls are drawn in an exaggerated macho manner reminiscent of series like Golgo13. Oh, and everyone is speaking in Engrish (with Japanese subtitles!), which means that the whole segment is parodying Western action serials as well.
    • The moody atmospheric intro shot, together with the music, could be reminiscent of Oriental action films.
  • 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 tells her to reveal all her lies, and 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.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In the OVA, the Amusement Club and Student Council are going camping - so in the interests of safety Chinatsu (nicknamed 'Chiina') employed her arting and crafting powers and created some Bear Repellent Bells! She comes super early out of excitement, and upon seeing Yui gives her one. While still reeling from the shock:
    Chinatsu: Bear Repellent Bells!
    Yui: 'Made in Chiina', huh..?
    Chinatsu: Yes!!~☆
    • The whole intro to Nachuyachumi OVA is this.
  • Big Brother Attraction: Inverted with Akari's older sister Akane (who was originally male, but this was retconned), who has a complex for Akari.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • Comuket.
    • In the manga, Pucari Sweat (from Pocari Sweat), Fanchi Orange (Fanta Orange), and Pukki (Pocky).
    • The first episode of ♪♪ has loads of them, such as Mattari brand ping-pong balls and a SIGA UMA Catcher machine.
    • Season 2 Episode 7 features a "Popy Ph3" video game console running "Nanamori Quest II".
    • The second episode of Nachuyachumi!+ has Yui and Kyouko playing a Super Smash Bros. stand-in, and later everyone playing an Animal Crossing stand-in.
  • Blank White Eyes: Happens to Akari a few times after a particularly traumatic experience.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Majokko Mirakurun, a parody of Magical Girl shows, runs on this alongside Comedic Sociopathy, with over-the-top violence committed by both the good and bad side, and copious amount of blood shown on-screen.
  • Blue with Shock: Several girls display this from time to time, especially when Chinatsu's nightmarish crafts are involved.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine:
    • Kyouko and Yui. Especially when Kyouko uses the nicknames for them that Akari came up with, "Kyuppi & Yuppi".
    • This is part of a reveal in one manga chapter, where Yui is acting uncharacteristically silly and Kyouko is acting uncharacteristically seriously. As it turns out, the entire club drew roles out of a box, and Yui drew "boke" and Kyouko drew "tsukkomi".
    • Akari and Sakurako attempt a routine for a group flower viewing, with Akari as the boke and Sakurako as the tsukkomi. Unfortunately, Sakurako flubs the responses every time.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Yui summarizes the season 1, episode 4 preview with "tests, summer vacation, the ocean, fireworks, and Chitose nearly dies".
  • Brick Joke:
    • The pudding in the Student Council's fridge.
    • Kyouko's rum raisin ice cream.
    • The ping-pong balls.
    • After Chitose reveals that all of her April Fools "lies" were in fact truth, they're elaborated through cutaways, except for the sexy underwear, whose story is revealed at the end of the episode.
    • During the Beach Episode of the first season, all the girls run into the ocean and we are shown a shot with nine girls instead of the expected eight. Come Rise's introduction and we are shown the same shot and a few more clearly showing She Was Right There All Along.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Usually happens in the intro 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.
    • The Fourth Wall gets savaged a lot more often in the manga, to make announcements (like when the series got picked up for animation) or once to explain how they're Not Allowed to Grow Up - and in a quarterly magazine no less, leaving Himawari and Sakurako agonizing over the fact they'll never get to settle their rivalry with the student council elections that are being perpetually skipped over by the magazine's publishing dates.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Akari. Taunted by nature, toyed with by cameramen, ignored by her own friends, getting forcibly frenched by Chinatsu and Chitose... Girl can't catch a break.
    • Episode 12 takes Akari's misfortune Up to Eleven.
    • Ayano is this to Kyouko.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: Season 1 Episode 10.
  • Call Back:
    • At the end of Season 1 Episode 11, Ayano and Chinatsu display the wooden swords purchased in last episode, as the group prepares to cure Akari's head injury-induced Personality Swap with another.
    • The wooden swords reappear, fully intact, in Season 2 Episodes 2 and 10; the latter reappearance served to confuse the sophomores who didn't realize that they've taken their second-year school trip twice.
    • One scene from Season 1 Episode 5 gets three 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 three Forceful Kisses, Season 2 Episode 10 after a forceful massage by Chinatsu and Season 2 Episode 12, after the Chinatsu-bot falls on her face.
    • 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.
  • Can Not Spit It Out: Ayano toward Kyouko.
    • Sakurako and Himawari.
  • Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: Sakurako becomes upset when her close friend/rival Himawari decides to spend some time with Chinatsu.
  • Cast Full of Lesbians: Just what would Yuru-Yuri be without this trope...
  • Cat Smile: A few characters display one occasionally, usually Kyouko or Chinatsu.
  • Censor Box: A variation of this is used during one of Chitose's fantasies. Pixellation follows on occasion.
  • Chain of Deals: The first five minutes of Season 3 Episode 8 plays out like this for Rise. She first gives back a notebook Akari dropped for a cough drop, gives that to Kyouko who's coughing for a pic of her in Mirakurun cosplay, gives that to Ayano for a hairclip, to Chinatsu because her hair bobbles broke for an energy drink, to a drowsy Himawari for glue, to Chitose because she broke her glasses for a small sewing kit, to Yui to fix a button on her uniform for senbei crackers, to a hungry Sakurako for a toothpick, and finally to Nishigaki so they can share takoyaki together.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Turns out Rise was the 9th girl during the Beach Episode after all.
  • Chekhov's Pudding: Kyouko found one in the student council's fridge... with Ayano's name written on it. A few scenes later, Ayano came back into the student council's room looking for it.
  • Childhood Friends:
    • Technically Akari, Kyouko and Yui are all childhood friends, but since Kyouko and Yui's parents were friends, both girls are of the same age and therefore always shared classes and are something of a pair, the show treats the two of them more directly as this.
    • Himawari and Sakurako, on a good day though the two always have a massive amount of Belligerent Sexual Tension.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Sakurako and Himawari did a variety of this when they filled in a marriage license together as little kids.
  • Chromosome Casting: A female example.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • In Season 1 Episode 4, Kyouko imagines writing a wish where Chinatsu shyly allows herself to be kissed by her. Then and Chinatsu writes that very same wish, except directed to Yui. Kyouko changes her wish to simply getting more sleep (a shower in the manga). 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.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Himawari tells Sakurako to shape up and be more like Ayano. As a result, Sakurako spends a day imitating Ayano. The only lessons Sakurako learns are to keep her hair in a ponytail, wear tights, and yell "TOSHINOU KYOUKO!!!".
  • Continuity Nod: Season 2 Episode 6 has one toward Season 1 Episode 5.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Kyouko.
  • Couch Gag: The opening scene in which Akari tries to tell the audience that the show is starting, and how it fails. Dropped in season 3 in favor of Cold Opens.
  • Counting Sheep: Yui and Kyouko do this in one of the Image Songs.
  • Cranial Eruption: Appears prior to, but most prominently in Season 1 Episode 11 where it gives Kyouko (and later Akari) a Personality Swap.
  • Crazy-Prepared
    • 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.
  • Cross-Popping Veins: Happens quite often.
  • Cry Cute
    • 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, practically the main girls, as well as Rise, Nishigaki-sensei and Akane are making missing-person pictures of her, and all the main girls cry Tears of Joy once she reappears.
  • Cute and Psycho: Chinatsu comes off as fairly sweet in her first appearance - and afterwards (especially around Yui), but many moments of pure, burning insanity can be seen in her art and actions.
  • Cute Mute: Rise's mouth moves, but the only one who can hear her is Nishigaki-sensei. Also revealed to be present during most of the events of the series, just offscreen.
  • D-Cup Distress: Himawari always feels embarrassed (especially around Sakurako) by the fact that she is incredibly stacked for a thirteen-year-old.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Rivalun to Mirakurun, in the Magical Girl Show Within a Show Majokko Mirakurun.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yui.
  • 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, Kyouko (who gets the spotlight after Akari loses it) claims on the previews that she is the main character.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: A brief one occurs in Yui's dream during episode 5 of season 2.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The dialogue we hear from the Mirakurun movie in episode 7 suggests this.
  • Demoted to Extra: This happens to Akari in the manga, after which the cast tries to help her getting noticed more. In the anime, they do this in the first episode.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness:
    • Mari's expression when Chinatsu turns out to act altogether unlike Mirakurun.
    • Yui also assumes this look upon sight of Chinatsu (and especially Kyouko) letting go of sanity.
    • Akari in Season 1 Episode 5 after Chinatsu forcibly kisses her, again in Season 1 Episode 12 after Chitose forcibly kisses her, once again in Season 2 Episode 10 after a forced massage from Chinatsu, and in the finale of the second season when Chinatsu-bot falls on her face.
  • Engrish: The entire introduction to the Nachuyachumi OVA is like this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Used in the Mirakurun Show 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.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin:
    • The title itself, "Yuru-Yuri", as in "easygoing girls' love". To lesser or greater degrees of accuracy, the lesbian subtext of the girls' relationships are there for everyone to see.
    • "Mirakurun's" Rivalun couldn't possibly be The Rival, could she?
  • Eye Catch: Initially, the anime had a separate, rather long and elaborate, Eye Catch for each of the main cast, complete with individual themes. San Hai's static eyecatches were rather more story-oriented than the previous seasons and have a hand-drawn appearance, accompanied with the featured character's actions and quotes.
  • Face Palm of Doom: Un-superpowered one by Chizuru to Kyouko so she doesn't jump her again.
  • Family Theme Naming:
    • The Ohmuro sisters are named Hanako (flower child), Sakurako (cherry blossom child), and Nadeshiko (carnation child).
    • And Himawari (Sunflower)'s sister is Kaede (Maple).
  • Female Gaze: Chinatsu watching the perspiring, messy-haired Yui downing a can of drink after a game of ping-pong.
  • Also Chinatsu watching Yui's back, clad only in a towel, while she's vigorously and violently scrubbing Kyoko's back with a sponge.
  • Foreshadowing: During the Beach Episode, some viewers noticed that there are 9 girls running towards the sea but it should only be 8. A few episodes later, we find out this was a deliberate Early-Bird Cameo of Rise Matsumoto.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: The second half of Season 2 Episode 12 is basically the main girls' School Play take on Snow White... complete with their eccentricities taking the bulk of the tale, starring Kyouko as an Extreme Omnivore Snow White, Nana and Rise as the evil queen and the (barely audible) magic mirror, respectively, Chizuru as the BFG-wielding huntsman (allowing her to project her animosity to Kyouko, triggered when Kyoko theatrically pleaded for her life), and Seven Elves portrayed by Ayano (Tsundere), Chitose (Glasses), Yui (Retorting), Chinatsu (Evil), Himawari (Boob), Sakurako (Stupid) and Akari (Remarkably Unremarkable). The poisoned apple was turned into a tomato (associated with Kyouko after she wore a tomato-themed pajama during last season's finale), and Yui also doubled as the Prince Charming.
  • 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.
  • Full-Name Basis:
  • Girlish Pigtails: Chinatsu and Mirakurun.
  • 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. It doesn't work. 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."
    • This clip here is a pretty standout example. It should be noted that while the pronunciation is bad, the actual dialogue is pretty much in perfect English.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The end of season 1, episode 12 has Akari sleepily stop a bomb alarm clock Nishigaki put out. While everyone else is outside brushing their teeth, Akari sleepily starts the bomb again, which goes off and collapses the tea club building. Everyone then looks to the sky and laments about how Akari sacrificed herself to save everyone... only to have her burst out of the rubble a moment later and chastise everyone for saying she was dead.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Chinatsu with regard to Yui, who appears seems either oblivious to her feelings or just doesn't care. Chinatsu later becomes so incredibly obvious that nobody can miss it, but her... ardent approach tends to put Yui off.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Until San Hai!, every "On the Next" had 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.
  • Hot Springs Episode
  • 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 asks her what really happened, so she tells 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.
  • Imagine Spot: Chitose and Chizuru in fantasy-goggles mode.
  • 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.
  • Intertwined Fingers
  • Iyashikei: The Nachuyachumi OVA is pretty much this, dispensing with much of the manic comedy that characterized the first two TV seasons to focus instead on the girls just enjoying a relaxing summer break together. The atmosphere could be summed up as really really mellow, and this carries over to the Nachuyachumi+ OVAs that immediately followed.
    • The trend is continued even further in the third season San-hai!. While it's still funny, it's a much more relaxed type of funny compared to the shenanigans present in the first two seasons.
  • Large and in Charge: SUGIURA AYANO!!!
    • The tallest in her age group, even taller for her upright ponytail, she is very much the voice, the firebrand, the elected council (vice) president (the actual student council president is invisibly ghostlike). In complete contrast, Ayano is the only character with the presence to have a nonstandard background at the end of her eyecatches. With Chitose in tow (often literally), she is beloved of the habit of blasting right into any setting, anywhere (most often yelling for TOSHINOU; KYOUKO!!), in a Distaff Counterpart of Dynamic Entry - if there is such a thing (the viewer is always shown the Dutch Angle of this). The habit of dynamically entering and yelling regardless of circumstance does catch up to her though... (Laser-Guided Karma, below)
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Once upon a time, Sugiura Ayano finds herself approaching the door of the Student Council room from without, when she suddenly hears... odd sounds emanating from within. And what does it sound like, but that Sakurako has finally decided to consummate her childhood marriage with Himawari!! After some eternal seconds of standing stock still and listening, Ayano cracks and blasts in loudly yelling, only to be met with Sakurako's scream of warning. She looks down and sees a snake parking itself on her foot...
    • At the beginning of the beach episode, (once again) Ayano tells Kyoko she better not have done 'something stupid' like forgotten her panties. Then at episode's end, it turns out Ayano didn't bring her underwear!.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Season 2, episode 10 opens the same way season 1, episode 10 did, up to the point Sakurako interrupts the scene and yells that she wants to go on a trip too. In-universe, it's just a random outburst that Himawari witnessed.
  • Leitmotif: Each of the main characters has one, which is worked into their eyecatch and two Image Songs.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • Chizuru's fantasies about Chitose and Ayano are definitely a lot less... dramatic than Chitose's about Ayano and Kyouko.
    • On a meta level, Season 3 of the anime is this for some, mostly due to the cast's characterizations feeling more stable: Ayano, for example, has a lot less Tsun moments and a lot more Dere ones, Chinatsu has fewer Yandere moments and even Chizuru has mellowed down considerably.
  • Love Bubbles
  • 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. Kyouko is crazy for Chinatsu (at first for the cosplay potential), but Chinatsu is in love with Yui. Yui is caught inbetween Kyoko and Chinatsu.
    • 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".
  • Made of Explodium: Pretty much anything Nishigaki-sensei touches. 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 (although there are a few in the manga).
  • Medium Awareness: The couple of pages that were made in colour have the characters show this trope.
  • Megaton Punch: Kyouko receives two after trying to do The Glomp on Chizuru after the latter walks offstage in episode 12 of Season 2.
  • Modesty Shorts: Sakurako wears this in a segment in season 2, episode 9. Just as well, as she does a handstand at one point.
  • 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 an Ayano/Chitose shipper) plays the huntsman while Kyouko is Snow White. Chizuru fires her gun, which hits the spot between Kyouko's legs, then laments that she missed. She then pulls out 2 submachine guns, and begins firing two-handed at Kyouko, and only gives up when she runs out of bullets.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Partially inverted with Chinatsu while cosplaying as Mirakurun. Whenever she performs, she usually tries to put on a Nice Girl act. But she either screws up by doing something like eating her Magical Wand (which was a breadstick) or break character right as Mari comes back into the room. However, Mirakurun releases such awesomely tremendous levels of violence upon the opposition, that they are not so dissimilar after all.
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Chinatsu's drawings...what is going on in that girl's head? *shudder*
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant:
    • Chinatsu when she creates pretty much anything from food to art.
    • 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.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: When attempting to make Akari stand out more, the club eventually decides on an invisible Akari with Boob Missiles that has all of her sound effects as "Akarin".
  • No Dialogue Episode: A manga chapter focusing on Rise is naturally free of any spoken words, following her as she makes trades with the rest of the main cast.
  • Nondescript Club: As the name implies, the Amusement Club serves no purpose other than for its members to amuse themselves.
  • No Romantic Resolution: None of the romantic attractions the characters have for one another have shown any kind of progress, whether in the manga or the anime. Considering the kind of series it is, though, it's likely not meant to have any romantic resolution anyway.
  • Nosebleed: Chitose gets these during the numerous times takes off her glasses.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Lampshaded once.
  • Not So Stoic: Ayano makes a lot of puns. Yui cracks up over every single one.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In the OVA, Chinatsu spills some tea on her, making it look like she wetted herself. Yui walks in and is shocked at first, though Chinatsu quickly explains herself. Of course, she needs to change her clothes, so Yui offers her track suit. As Yui is helping Chinatsu to change, Kyouko walks in, seeing Yui's hand on Chinatsu's wet skirt.
    Kyouko: "Whatever pervertiness is going on... I want in!!!"
    Yui: "You misunderstand, you pervert!"
  • Odango Hair: Akari, whose buns can seperate from her hair in Imagine Spots. Also when she cosplays Ganbo.
  • Oddly Named Sequel: Yuru-Yuri♪♪. The notes are pronounced "fuwa fuwa" (fluffy fluffy).
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations:
    • This usually happens whenever Yui and Ayano are alone together.
      • In chapter 67, they attempt to make idle conversation, and constantly misinterpret the other's reaction to their puns.
      • In one chapter, Ayano encounters Yui hunched over trembling. Ayano thinks something serious happened to Yui, and Yui is too embarassed to admit that she just stubbed her toe while skipping.
    • Chapter 70 has this between Himawari and Sakurako. Himawari thinks Sakurako is depressed because she can't study well, and Sakurako thinks Himawari is worried about her breasts.
  • One-Gender School: Nanamori Middle School is an all-girls school. This is a Girls Love series, after all.
  • 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.
  • O.O.C. 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.
    • Sakurako drops her childish act and hostitily towards Himawari upon learning that Himawari was starving herself.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: The whole second half of Season 1 Episode 11 is essentially the aftermath of Kyouko bumping her head on a flight of stairs one fateful day.
  • 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.
    • Another time is Yui noting Akari won an Othello match against Sakurako by using her unpresence to conceal one of the stones:
      Yui: Akari, you're terrifying!
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Chitose has this almost in episode 12 of the first season.
  • Perverted Drooling: Chizuru's reaction to her lesbian fantasies, in contrast to her twin sister Chitose's nosebleeds.
  • Plenty of Blondes: Three blondes in the series - including the resident Hot Scientist Nishigaki-chan.
  • Pose of Supplication: Twice within a minute by Ayano in Season 1 Episode 2.
  • Potty Dance: In Episode 10 of Season 3, Akari does a hands-free version of this.
  • Refuge in Audacity: In Season 3 Episode 1, Akari's "Masochist Cider" can is an exact copy of the real-life cans of A&W Root Beer.
  • 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.
  • Real Place Background: Most of the series takes place in and around Takaoka, a city in Japan's Toyama prefecture. Many local landmarks can be seen throughout, most commonly Takaoka's train station.
  • Retcon/Rewrite: In the manga, Akari's siscon brother was changed into a siscon sister as evident by this picture and this one.
  • The Rival:
  • Rocks Fall Everybody Dies: The second season finale. Sort of.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe — Rivalun from Majokko Mirakurun has lots of fans, despite being an alien invader.
  • Rubber Face: Yui does it to Kyouko in Season 1 Episode 3 - and throughout, as does Himawari to Sakurako.
  • Running Gag
    • "I'm not praising you!"
    • The box Kyouko keeps at the amusement club. Every time it appears it has a new title written on it, with the previous one crossed out.
    • Akari constantly disappearing.
    • Nishigaki-sensei has lots of Stuff Blowing Up.
    • "Her hair ate it!"
  • Say My Name:
    • TOSHINOU; KYOUKO!! is said by Ayano a lot.
    • And reversed in the OVA: Sugiura Ayano!!
  • 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 'twas a lie.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: The main premise of the series. See the HoYay page for details. In the Ohmuro-ke manga Spin-Off, Nadeshiko is one of the few more explicit examples and actually trying to hide the specific identity of her girlfriend.
  • Sdrawkcab Name:
    • Used in Season 2 Episode 10, by saying "Akarin" backwards ("Niraka"), which un-Unperson an invisible character (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: While Akari doesn't know about her sister's obsession with her, when Kyouko peeks into Akane's room, she sees a lot of evidences 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.
    • During the anime episode appreciation party:
      Yui: You knew!!?
      Kyoko: (placid smile) Yep.
  • 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 tried to pick a fight with them at 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 (and Kyoko) as "senpai".
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Pretty much everything involving Akari seemingly getting a big break, such as the first half of Season 2 Episode 1 and Kyouko's story in Season 2 Episode 11 about Akari's failed attempt to retcon her past.
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: Nadeshiko's girlfriend. Her only "appearances" are in phone conversations with Nadeshiko where the reader never gets to hear her side of the dialogue. Since her identity is unknown, it's not impossible that she is one of the classmates shown during school scenes.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Chitose greatly cheers on Kyouko/Ayano.
    • Chitose's twin sister, Chizuru, who supports Chitose/Ayano.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Season 1 Episode 5 is titled "When Akari and the Cicadas Cry".
    • When Kyouko asks Yui what superpower she would have, Yui says she would be able to warp. In Kyouko's imagination; after Yui warps, she loses her clothes.
      • When Akari says she would like to talk to animals, Kyoko imagines Akari talking with a mouse (who's under attack by a cat) and telling it to use Kage Bunshin.
    • Another Naruto reference is Mirakurun being attacked by balls controlled by Rivalun, and using Kawarimi (substitution), which leaves behind a doll with a face like the one left by Hatake Kakashi in the Naruto anime.
    • The Christmas episode of Season 2 gives a homage to The Silence of the Lambs.
    • In Sakurako's imagine spot in Season 2 Episode 7, Akari's hair buns acted as a power limiter, and she went Super Saiyan after taking them off.
    • In Season 2 Episode 10, the girls have a talk at Kiyomizu-dera, alluding to a similar discussion in Lucky Star.
    • Season 2 Episode 11's title, "The Akari who Leapt Through Time", is a homage to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
    • The Ohmuro-ke Spin-Off web comics are pretty much named after the Minami-ke series.
    • While discussing how to scare Ayano, Kyouko crawls out of a television.
    • In the first episode of the third season, after Chinatsu renders Kyouko unconscious so she could be alone with Yui, she flashes a Psychotic Smirk reminiscent of Light's infamous smirk. She even utters Light's iconic line while doing it.
      Chinatsu: "Just as planned!"
    • In the third season's fifth episode, Nadeshiko is seen reading a magazine with a panel of Yuzu from Citrus.
    • The ending of the third season has definitely taken some pointers from the ending of Kamichu!. Shake those maracas, Akarin!
    • Nachuyachumi+02 features extremely faithful recreations of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
  • Show Within a Show: Majokko Mirakurun, a Magical Girl series. Kyouko is the character concerned with how Chinatsu is the image of the eponymous character, to the point where Kyouko is determined to get her in costume.
  • Skinship Grope: Chitose does this to Ayano.
    • And Kyoko to Yui:
      Kyoko: Hmmm, excitement... (*grope*) Excitement!!~☆
  • 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.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Chitose and Chizuru.
  • Sneeze Cut
  • 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.
  • Special Edition Title:
    • The opening of season 2, episode 6 is one of the Show Within a Show Majokko Mirakurun. It's later revealed to be part of a video Akari and Chinatsu were watching.
    • The credits of season 2, episode 8 replaces the usual with one with another about Chinatsu obsessing over Yui, all in Chinatsu's nightmarish style.
    • Season 2, episode 11 opens with just the logo and a snippet of the first season's theme, to signify Akari going into the past.
  • Spit Take:
    • In Season 2 Episode 3, Akari is drinking milk when Sakurako makes a funny face, causing her to spit the milk out.
    • Himawari does one in Season 2 Episode 10 after overhearing Nadeshiko's suggestive comments on the phone.
    • She has another one in the OVA. As she is in the cafe with Akari and Sakurako, sipping her tea, the latter starts making a face to piss her off. This was because Sakurako couldn't drink "lady-like", while Himawari could, but Sakurako decided to spoil it.
  • Spin-Off: Has three so far! Yuri-Yuri, Risetto!!, and Ohmuro-ke.
  • Sprouting Ears: Ayano, Kyouko and Sakurako at different points.
    • Also Chizuru (in the blu-ray booklet).
  • 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 explosions that almost every scene with her involves something blowing up, 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.
  • Third-Person Person: Both Akari and Sakurako's younger sister Hanako.
  • This Billboard Needs Some Salt: Kyouko Chewing the Scenery(literal version) in the last episode of the second season.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • The first Couch Gag of season 2 is a grandiose entrance for Akari, on a stage, complete with elaborate costumes, animatronics, and an audience cheering her name. And no, nothing goes wrong.
    • The curtain call in season 2, episode 12. At first, it looks like Akari's getting the short shrift because she doesn't appear along with everyone else, but that's because she gets to be lowered down from above, and gets her own time to bow and have everyone cheer for her. And no, nothing goes wrong.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: The focus of Season 2 Episode 11 after Akari travels back one year in time.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Rum raisin ice cream for Kyouko.
  • Tsundere:
    • Both Sakurako and Himawari are harsh towards each other, with a smattering of Slap-Slap-Kiss.
    • Ayano is extremely harsh on TOSHINOU KYOUKO but becomes extremely blushy and sweet Type B whenever she gets closer to her.
  • Twincest: Chitose and Chizuru in Season 1, Episode 12, and Season 2, Episode 3. It also seems Chizuru has a longstanding crush on Chitose in a few episodes.
  • 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 1 Episode 10, with the addition of Himawari and Sakurako, who disappears with Akari and Chinatsu which then gets directly copied for Episode 10 of the second season. 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 "Niraka". Except poor Akari, who gets cut off mid-sentence to roll the intro credits.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Himawari and Sakurako's relationship. The two are frequently exchanging barbs, but they're willing to help the other in times of need. In Season 2 Episode 10 Nadeshiko observes how much they have grown since signing a mock marriage contract back when they were preschoolers and concludes that they look Like an Old Married Couple.
  • 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.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Season 1 Episode 11 focuses on Kyouko going into a Cranial Eruption-induced Out-of-Character Moment, where her personality changes so drastically to the point of actually wanting to shut down the Club. Yui breaks down crying. Parodied almost immediately afterwards where Akarin's personality changes just as drastically. Everyone readies their random blunt objects and surrounds her.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: From the very first episode. Up until now, there is no mention of Kyouko seeing Akane's room.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Akari wouldn't want to live forever, because seeing the death of all of her relations would be too painful for her.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: While no one in the cast appears to notice, there are strangely enough Yuru-Yuri doujinshi for sale at Comuket.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Kaede and Hanako.
  • Worst Aid: Chitose's solution to Kyouko's personality change due to head injury was to hit her in the head again. Her choice of tools for that was a paper fan, a hammer and a crowbar.
  • Yandere: Chinatsu enters this territory.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • The first segment of season 2 sees Akari having become massively popular and adored by her friends. Throughout the day, they're constantly doting over her and trying to win her favor. It looks like Akari's finally caught a break... except it was all a dream and she's still unremarkable in real life.
    • In season 2, episode 11, Akari returns to her original time after having been gone a week. Her disappearance worried everyone else sick and they're all grateful to have her back. Too bad it was part of a story written by Kyouko.
  • 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.
    • Another has Akari going into a panic over the smaller panels because she's claustrophobic.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Season 2 Episode 11 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • Nearly everyone has unusual shades of hair coloring. Himawari and Kaede actually have blue hair.
    • Yui's normal black hair gets lampshaded when the rest of the Amusement Club can't think up a fruit-based nickname for her.
    • As does Sakurako's hair when discussing Sentai colors for members of the student council:
      Kyouko: Purple, white, blue, light brown.
      Yui: Wait. That last one...
  • Yuri Fan:
    • Chitose, who often fantasizes about Kyouko/Ayano (and sometimes other pairings).
    • Also, Chitose's twin sister, Chizuru, who fantazises about Chitose/Ayano.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Mirakurun, and anyone cosplaying as her, wears this.


Alternative Title(s): Yuru Yuri

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