The next web broadcast to help promote the Yuru Yuri OVA (Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi!) is slated to take place on December 25 at 21:00 (JST). To get everyone hyped for the “Merry Christmas!” online event, author Namori has sketched a special holiday illustration which features the main cast of Yuru Yuri.
Meanwhile Akari Akaza’s voice actress, Shiori Mikami, is also getting ready for the event!
Here are the updated designs of the series’ main characters for Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi! that were revealed earlier. They are illustrated by Motohiro Taniguchi (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Strike Witches) who is also the key animator. A comparison image of the new OVA designs and the character designs from the two anime series was also released. The designs on the left are from the 2011 and 2012 anime, designed by Chiaki Nakajima (Love Lab), and the ones on the right are from Taniguchi.
The cast will remain the same from the anime but the staff will change. Hiroyuki Hata (Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga.) will replace Masahiko Ohta as director. Michiko Yokote (Gintama, Shinryaku! Ika Musume) will handle the scripts, and Motohiro Taniguchi (To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness, Saikin, Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga. animation director) will replace character designer Chiaki Nakajima and serve as chief animation director. The series will be animated at TYO Animation (Tamayura ~hitotose~) instead of Dogakobo.
Yuru Yuri, is a manga series created by Namori that released in June 2008 and is still running. The manga has a total of 11 volumes thus far and has sold over 1 million copies as of December 2011. Namori has also created two more manga series alongside the original: Yuru Yuri Reset!, which is currently on hiatus, and Yuru Yuri Ohmuroke a web manga that started in July 2012. The series also received an anime adaptation in July 2011 by animation studio Dogakobo. The second season of the anime titled Yuru Yuri♪♪ aired in 2012, also in July.
Right after starting middle school, Akari Akaza joins the Amusement Club which is composed solely by her two childhood friends, Kyouko Toshinou and Yui Funami. Chinatsu Yoshikawa, Akaza’s classmate, becomes a member after finding out about the dissolution of the Tea Club.
The Amusement Club, situated at the tea room facility since the Tea Club disbanded, has no clear purpose, being free for the girls to do whatever they want.