Yuyushiki is the ultimate inside joke anime.
What They Say:
Everyone knows you can learn a lot on the internet, and some of it is even true. But if you want to know what’s REALLY going on and important, then there’s just one place to go: the computer club! Okay, so maybe it’s not the club itself, but the three girls you’re most likely to find there. And maybe they do spend more time chatting about their social lives and debating things like the virtues of ketchup versus mayonnaise than they do learning about the ins and outs of a keyboard, but whatever they’re up to, it’s sure to put a smile on your face. So come learn what the mysterious Yui Yukari Formula is all about and join serious Yui, hyperactive Yuzuko and lovable but not quite in touch with reality Yukari as they experience life’s ups, downs, surprises, and occasionally, the internet!
The audio sounds fine to me on this one. The girls’ voices come through clearly and that’s all you really need with a show like this.
This is another one of those where Sentai tried to put 12 episodes on one blu-ray and six episodes each on two DVDs. The end result is just like I talked about in Maoyu: not great. I think it’s actually better than Maoyu, but I’m looking at it with a different setup. Yuyushiki’s relatively limited animation lends itself to the lower video quality since there simply isn’t as much to look at.
The package is typical Sentai. You have some artwork on the front and they managed to take the one of the two swimsuit moments from the show and put it on the back (it sells?). Feels cheap as always.
Menu’s got the three main girls (then the other three girls) on the front with the episode list on the side. Standard stuff and it works.
Nothin’ but the clean opening and closing.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Yuyushiki is, largely, a show about nothing. Yuyu Pink (the annoying yet hilarious one), Yuyu Yellow (the snarky awesome one), and Yuyu Blue (the useless one) hang out and do tons of things that, frankly, are downright hilarious. Several times throughout the series, Yuyushiki had me laughing out loud. The first episode gets right down to wordplay with its mocha joke of GET MOCHIVATED. It’s the kind of straightforward joke that you think in your head, but never think they’ll say out loud. THEN THEY DO AND YOU’RE LIKE AHHHH.
That’s the kind of show Yuyushiki is. It’ll pull the obvious joke and you’ll laugh because of how absurd it is, but also how genuine the characters are when saying it. Their own enthusiasm comes through easily in the show and you start to laugh with them.
The appeal to Yuyushiki is hanging out with Yuzuko, Yui, and Yukari. They quickly grow on you as ridiculous characters and they turn from caricatures to feeling like real friends very quickly. What grounds it all is Yui, whose logical statements make the absurd seem that much less so. If it was solely that, though, it’d feel fakey. Yui, just as much as Yuzuko and Yukari, break down and laughs sometimes. It makes their friendship that much more real.
The greatest strength is also its greatest weakness: it’s forgettable. The show is so conversational that I remember cracking up at a lot of the jokes, but I’m having trouble remembering what those jokes were, even a few minutes after hearing them. It fosters a friendship with the viewer so much that it really is a “you had to be there” kind of show. The beauty of it is that you can always be there. You can always pop in an episode and laugh at it and call it a day afterward. It’s exactly like hanging out with your friends.
I’ll admit that I dropped Yuyushiki after the first episode when it was simulcasting. I didn’t get it at the time. At just one episode, it’s like you just peer into the lives of three weird girls. It’s not appealing; in fact, it’s the very opposite. If you’re going to watch Yuyushiki, you really have to commit to it. As you watch more and more, the show grows on you. Upon rewatching the first episode, I found things I don’t remember from the first time and that will happen upon every rewatch. It’s that kind of show.
I struggle to put into words why I like Yuyushiki so much, and the brevity of my review shouldn’t be an indicator to how much I liked it. I loved Yuyushiki, but it’s hardly as dense as, say, Maoyu or From the New World. Yuyushiki’s pleasure is garnered from every moment you’re watching it, rewatching it, and rewatching it again. I mean, it can’t really be put into words why you like hanging out with your friends, you just do.
Japanese 2.0, English subtitles, Clean opening animation, Clean closing animation
Content Grade: A-
Audio Grade: B
Video Grade: B
Packaging Grade: C
Menu Grade: B-
Extras Grade: N/A
Released By: Sentai Filmworks
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Running Time: 300 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Radeon 7850, 24” Dell UltraSharp U2410 set at 1920 x 1200, Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II – PS3, LG 47LB5800 47” 1080p LED TV, LG NB3530A Sound Bar