It’s been awhile ne.  I’m alive and extremely busy with real life.  Real life happens to include DoujinPress which is growing and growing.  I just got back from a day at AnimeExpo too.  And before that, I was on the East Coast at AnimeNext.  My next con is SacAnime at the end of August.

This season’s anime is super promising.  I am ecstatic with all the wonderful new pairings and possibilities.  I’m not going to go into immense detail, but here is what I’ve watched so far.  Keep in mind that my rating system is fairly straight-forward: 1-10, 10 being the best.  Ratings are weighted for yuri, and a series that lacks a canon yuri pair will never be rated higher than 8.5.  Rarely I place extremely high value on a series because the subtext blends into ‘front text’.  Something like Madoka Magica I rate as 9.5.

Summer Season: New Series

Kiniro Mosaic (Rating Forecast: 8.5)
Super adorable with a solid pairing between the main characters introduced in episode 1.  Expecting the pairing to be slightly diluted over the course of the series but still a winner.
School Girls, Slice of Life

Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C3-bu (Rating Forecast: 7.5 – 8.5)
While I don’t think the yuri subtext will be as high in this series as Kiniro Mosaic, the first episode was immensely enjoyable and funny.  Probably more yuriesque than Girls und Panzer, but we’ll see.
School Girls, Guns and Warfare

Love Lab (Rating Forecast: 5.5 – 8.5)
Big question mark here.  If the anime adaption veers from the manga and goes a more yuri route, this will be an amazing series.
School Girls, Possibly Het Ending

Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku (Rating Forecast: 3.5 – 6.5)
Nothing horribly impressive about this anime, though the first two characters introduced might be a cute pair.  I’m not ecstatic about the main character’s hair style and the premise of the show is pretty weak.  Yuyushiki was most certainly better.
School Girls, Slice of Life

Still on my waiting list: Tamayura, Ro-Kyu-Bu!, Symphogear G

On-going Series These are continuing from last season

Dokidoki Precure (Rating Forecast: 8.0 – 8.5)
A stellar Precure series.  I’m a huge Mana/Rikka fan and I am sincerely hoping they get more and more moments together.
School Girls, Magical Girls

Aikatsu! (Rating Forecast: 7.0 – 8.5)
I love love love this series.  So much subtext and Ichigo/Aoi make an awesome pair.  It didn’t have a strong opening during the first episodes but it’s really shaping up to be one of my favorites.  It still has it’s weaknesses but I can overlook them.
School Girls, Idols

Shingeki no Kyojin (Rating Forecast: 7.0*)
Not a yuri subtext series but still great fun to watch.  Maybe a little too horrific for me.  Here’s hoping for Ymir/Christa scenes!  And Sasha is pretty cute.  And Mikasa is pretty cute too but she’s gone down the dark path of het. (* after a -2 for lame het)
Horrific, Man Eating Monsters

Series I forget to review:

Vividred Operation (Rating: 8.5*)
I loved this series and just wished it wasn’t so blatantly fanservicey. Wakaba/Himawari are canon in my books, and Akane/Aoi might as well be canon (but not quite the ‘text as WakaHima).  The ending was a little cliche.  (* after a -0.5 for lame fanservice)
School Girls, Magical Girls

Love Live! (Rating 7.5)
Pretty good, though I would have liked more defined pairings.  Some of the music tracks are pretty decent too!  Feels less subtexty than other series.
School Girls, Idols

Yuyushiki (Rating 7.5*)
Very very subtexty comedy type of series.  The characters are fun but I did not enjoy the harem aspect.  Personally the harem lead was nothing special. (* after -0.5 for harem)
School Girls, Slice of Life


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