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Manga: Yuru-Yuri

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

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.

Yuru-Yuri provides example of the following tropes:

  • 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 BSOD).
    • 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 Unperson 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 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.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe — Kyouko describes an anime she's watching where the main character is following her childhood friend 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 points out that it sounds more like the actions of a Stalker with a Crush.
  • 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 Chitose going nuts after eating chocolate and making out with everyone.
  • Bland-Name Product: Comuket.
    • And 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".
  • 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 trope from time to time.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Kyouko and Yui. Especially when Kyouko uses the nicknames for them that Akari came up with, "Kyuppi & Yuppi". They switch positions in one chapter.
  • 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 confirmed through cutaways, except for the sexy underwear which Chizuru discovers in the laundry basket at the end of the episode.
  • 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.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Akari's brother (later retconned into a sister, Akane) has a complex for Akari.
  • 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 to its extreme...
    • 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 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 three Forceful 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.
  • Can Not Spit It Out: Ayano toward Kyouko.
  • 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.
  • 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: Kyouko & Yui, Sakurako & Himawari.
  • 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 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.
  • Continuity Nod: Season 2 Episode 6 has one toward Season 1 Episode 5.
  • Couch Gag: The opening scene in which Akari tries to tell the audience that the show is starting, and how it fails.
  • Counting Sheep: Yui and Kyouko does 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, 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.
  • 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 uncomfortable 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) says 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.
  • Detached Sleeves: Part of both Mirakurun's and Rivalun's costumes.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness:
    • Mari's default expression.
    • 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 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 "gentle 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: The anime has a separate, rather long and elaborate, Eye Catch for each of the main cast, complete with individual themes.
  • 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 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.
  • 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), 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. 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.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Chinatsu with regard to Yui, who appears seems either oblivious to her feelings or just doesn't care.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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
  • Leitmotif: Each of the main characters has one, which is worked into their eyecatch and Image Song.
  • Lethal Chef: Chinatsu, to go along with being a Terrible Artist.
  • Lighter and Softer: Chizuru's fantasies about Chitose and Ayano are definitely a lot less...imaginative than Chitose's about Ayano and Kyouko.
  • 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 (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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Invoked 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 mean or break character behind the scenes (but not necessarily beyond earshot). Mari learned the hard way just how much of a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing Chinatsu is.
  • 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 Torpedo Tits that ends every sentence with "Akarin".
  • Nosebleed: Chitose gets these during the numerous times she uses her lesbian goggles.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Lampshaded once.
  • Not So Stoic: Ayano makes a lot of bad puns. Yui cracks up over every single one.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Otaku Surrogate: Kyouko.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Though one can put a question mark on Platonic since they all get legitimate Ship Tease with each other.
    • Yui and Kyouko grew up together since preschool.
    • Chitose and Ayano, both fellow members of the Student Council.
    • Himawari and Sakurako, on a good day though the two always have a massive amount of UST.
  • Pose of Supplication: Twice within a minute by Ayano in Season 1 Episode 2.
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Mostly implied or one-sided... except Nadeshiko. In the Ohmuro-ke Spin-Off, she is actually trying to hide it.
  • 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".
  • 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/Yuri Fan:
    • Chitose, who often fantasizes about Kyouko/Ayano.
    • Also, Chitose's twin sister, Chizuru, who fantazises about Chitose/Ayano.
  • Shout-Out:
  • 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.
  • Skinship Grope: Chitose does this to Ayano.
  • 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.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spin-Off: Has three so far! Yuri-Yuri, Risetto!!, and the recent Ohmuro-ke
  • Sprouting Ears: Both Ayano and Kyouko at different points.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Himawari and Sakurako's relationship. In Season 2 Episode 10 Nadeshiko observes how much they have grown since signing a mock marriage contract back when they were toddlers 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 in the exact same way. Everyone readies their random blunt objects and surrounds her.
  • Who Is This Guy Again?: Akari.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 brown hair when discussing Sentai colors for members of the student council:
      Kyouko: Purple, white, blue, light brown.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Mirakurun, and anyone cosplaying as her, wears this.

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