That amusement club just won’t stop amusing me.
Back when Yuru Yuri’s first season aired in the summer of 2011 I picked it up on a whim not knowing what to expect. At that point I had watched K-ON and the criminally underrated A-Channel but I still hadn’t fully thrown myself into the “cute girls doing cute things” part of the anime world. Yuru Yuri represented something of a turning point for me as it managed to be one of the funniest and most enjoyable shows I had seen at the time and convinced me that this part of the anime world was worth pursuing. Shortly afterwards a second season was announced which aired a year later in summer 2012. Unlike a lot of comedies that lose steam as they move into their second season Yuru Yuri remained in top form through the second season and ended up taking home an Animation Kobe award for best TV anime in the process. (winning alongside the K-ON movie no less) It seemed like Yuru Yuri had fulfilled its task of bringing light-hearted vaguely lesbian comedy to the masses as well as moving many additional copies of the original manga.
Things were quiet on the Yuru Yuri front for some time after this, but then in May 2014, almost 2 years after the second season started, it was announced that a new Yuru Yuri OVA was coming. The bad news was that Dogakobo was no longer animated the series and TYO Animations was taking over. The OVAs turned out to be good, but not great, and the subsequent announcement of a third season made me start to wonder if Yuru Yuri was going to suffer through the inevitable decline we see when popular comedy properties get stretched past their limits.
But then the third season aired and far from being a further decline, it was actually really good. Like, just as good as the first two seasons good. I guess it turns out that all you need for Yuru Yuri to succeed is its talented voice cast and Namori’s outstanding source material. Things like studios and directors are just secondary. Yuru Yuri simply cannot be kept down for long. The third season has brought us adorable Akaza sister moments, awesome Chinatsu faces, good Tomoko/Akane content, outstanding Kyoko/Ayano content (including an ACTUAL DATE), little Kyoko, in-universe product reviews, an extended completely dialog free sequence involving the student council president that was hilarious, Sakurako and Himawari being whatever they are and an overall level of comedic timing and creativity that few other shows can match. If Yuru Yuri can keep bringing us great moments like these after 4 years, 30+ TV episodes, 2 OVAs and a studio/staff change then maybe there is some hope for anime after all.