Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Mahou Shoujo, Slice-of-Life
Aired: Oct 2014 to Dec 2014
Also known as: 結城友奈は勇者である, Yuki Yuuna is a Hero, YuYuYu
Synopsis: What does it mean to be a hero? Yuki Yuuna thinks she knows. As part of the Hero Club in her middle school, Yuki always does her best, wants to help others, and strives to bring smiles to people’s faces, no matter who they are.
But Yuki is about to become a much bigger hero. Mysterious and powerful forces are approaching and threatening to destroy the world Yuki knows and loves, and it’s up to Yuki and the Hero Club to stop them. Together with her companions, Yuki uses a special phone app to transform into a magical girl and battle against strange beings called vertices.
In between studying and putting on shows for kids, Yuuki has to fight for the very existence of her world. Can five middle school girls really stop the vertices from entering their home world and destroying it?
Review: If viewers can get past the fact that Miyoshi Karin is tryhard bragging loner (she gets much better) and Tougou Mimori is an idiot (because she really, really screwed things up), I think viewers can enjoy this show. The amount of passionate yelling that occurs within this show helped me realize that I really appreciate VAs who are willing to yell in order to get the emotions of their character across.
It’s a show with a mahou shoujo premesis, but I don’t think I’ll be spoiling anything by saying the whole magical girl thing has certain drawbacks that were not specified in the magical girl contract. Actually, did the girls in the Hero Club even get one of those? There was no scummy mascot in this series at all (thankfully). Well, it’s a show that came out after Puella Magia Madoka Magica, so the show is just following the trend.
The animation is great; the OP and ED aren’t bad. As for the yuri ships, viewers have a lot of material to work with (excluding Inubouzaki Itsuki). Plenty of drama to be had, but I kind of felt it took the girls too long to realize that they were being fooled.
Unfortunately, the show progressively left out more and more details as it went on, culminating in a finale that is open-ended and vague. Fans who are willing to really invest in the world of YuYuYu can read the sequel and prequel light novels to shed a bit more light on some things that were glossed over (there’s also a small visual novel that I’ll be playing and reviewing in the future), however.
Give this a show a watch if you’re not bored of these five-girls shows. The fact that it’s another “dark” magical girl show could help or hinder your enjoyment. Honestly, I feel like the main attraction to mahou shoujo series is seeing the magical girls develop as characters. That’s something Yuki Yuuna has in spades – if we’re talking about Miyoshi Karin, Inubouzaki Fuu, and Inubouzaki Itsuki. Yuki Yuuna basically remains mysterious, interesting, and static, which is odd given that she’s the main character but sure. As for Tougou Minori – she’s an eyesore that is still necessary to the show, unfortunately.