The Significance of “Sakura Trick!” for Yuri Fans

sakura trickChances are that if you’re a fan of girls’ love in your anime and manga, you might just come across this little gem called Sakura Trick!. The anime adaptation will start airing in just a few days, too. But I’m not here to promote it in a traditional sense— I’ve done enough of that already even before I started this blog. Instead, I’ll talk about how important Sakura Trick! is to me and every other yuri fan out there, regardless of whether you like the manga or not.

Now first of all, the thing I admire most about this manga is how it dared to push its yuri to text instead of simply being subtext or overtones. Manga Time Kirara, the magazine line that Sakura Trick! is published under, has a wide collection of yuri-ish material (K-On!, Kiniro Mosaic and Yuyushiki) and some rather overt ones as well (Saigo no Seifuku), but I would have never thought that a relatively big publisher Houbunsha, would even allow the level of yuri presented in Sakura Trick! to hit the shelves, much more make an anime of it, especially considering the poor sales of Saigo no Seifuku. But now that Sakura Trick! is here, we finally have the first romantic yuri TV series in over three years.

st1As you may well know, romantic yuri hasn’t been too popular with Japan’s paying populace for many years now. Sasameki Koto, Aoi Hana, Candy Boy, and even the Sono Hanabira OVA were not exactly runaway successes, despite getting generally positive feedback. As people who don’t really take part statistically-wise on Japanese manga sales, we can only speculate and generalize as to why yuri is a lot less popular than its male counterpart.

So what makes Sakura Trick! so significant? To cut a long story short, it represents a willingness of the industry to take a risk; bet on a horse that’s showing signs of improvement in the race to turn a profit. Now that it’s safer to bet on yuri with the sizable success of shows like Madoka Magica, Yuru Yuri, Kiniro Mosaic and Non Non Biyori, publishers are looking into an untapped source of potential income.

This makes Sakura Trick! an important piece in the chessboard. The future of yuri weighs heavily on this one title. Success means more yuri anime, and failure may signal the beginning of another stagnation. Regardless of our individual opinions toward Sakura Trick!, every yuri fan should be happy that the industry is starting to notice us. Let us cross our fingers and hope for the best.

Cheers~

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50 thoughts on “The Significance of “Sakura Trick!” for Yuri Fans

  1. Welcome back btogging scene my friend. Sakura Trick is indeed a most important show for the yuri nation. No offense to Akuma no Riddle but knowing the mindset of the “casual viewer”, Sakura Trick is the show that will be getting the most attention. Hopefully the memories of Yuru Yuri’s greatness are fresh in their minds and a “Super Yuru Yuri” will excite them even more.

    • It’s good to be back, OG. The reason why I didn’t mention Akuma no Riddle here is that it not so much a yuri anime as it is an action series. We won’t get as much benefit from its success as we would from Sakura Trick!.

  2. I only say as same as Sakura Trick! official twitter.

    “桜Trick! ”

    I agree it’s “Super Yuru Yuri”.
    I’m glad to see you are starting yuri blog.

  3. Well, this my first time visiting your blog (heck, I didn’t even know about you before OG introduced you on his blog (no offend meant)). It sure is good to see another comrade who walk the same route as the one I am walking on.

    Back to the main topic. Your point is exactly right, the yuri genre has been in stagnation for too long already. I don’t mean that other shows like Kiniro Mosaic and Non Non Biyori,etc are insignificant (in fact, to me they are very special shows). But this show is different, you have explained why already. Let’s hope that this will be the start of another “golden age of yuri”!
    Once again, it’s good to see you! I will check on your blog regularly!

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting. I used to blog way back in October of 2010 to around late 2012. Some things happened and I disappeared for a while.

      Anyway, Sakura Trick! is going to be glorious. Let’s all think positive about this.

  4. Since the yuri fanbase doesn’t focus as much on the physical aspects of a relationship as the yaoi fanbase, the producers know they can get away with “really close friends” portrayals and target several audiences at once.

    You’re right that what’s important in Sakura Trick! is the possibility that we’ll get an open and healthy relationship for once. Romantic yuri might be a niche thing, but I’d think that the fanbase is also quite loyal. Hopefully the series will be good and they can get a reasonable profit from this.

    • I don’t think ST’s failure would lead to a stagnation exactly, just having to endure more shows where lesbian couples are not the main focus. While I can handle that, the Nation clearly demands more Grade 1 shows of both the fun and serious kinds.

      As for your second comment, yes, those fools missed out on some good stuff, especially Candy Boy and the Sonohana OVA. That explains why I have yet to be blessed with a Shizuku X Eris sequel.

      • Isn’t “more of the same of an imperfect situation” exactly what stagnation is about, though? I don’t think there’s any need to fear an all-out fallout in terms of soft yuri in the near future, since the genre combines seamlessly with moe and iyashikei stories. There’s a reasonably large market for those that doesn’t generate a huge buck, but isn’t particularly risky either.

      • That’s what I said. Basically we’ll be right back to square one, hoping to finding and creating yuri couples rather than be told to expect them. Again, I don’t think that’s a bad thing since I’m used to it but more canon lesbians getting the spotlight rather than sharing it with het couples (Outside of SoL shows or shows with a male protagonist) would be nice.

      • The thing is, unlike the BL fanbase, which has a steady flow of canon material for them, the yuri fanbase gets mostly either useless fanservice or the subtext-heavy SoL anime. I, personally, believe something is completely messed up about this current state of things, and it’s the combination of the need of companies to make money and yuri fans’ desperation to have some material they can appreciate that puts us in this predicament. Sakura Trick’s success will tell these companies that there is indeed money to be made from blatant yuri shows.

  5. “Sasameki Koto, Aoi Hana, Candy Boy, and even the Sono Hanabira OVA were not exactly runaway successes, despite getting generally positive feedback.”

    ;_; they dont know what they are missing.

  6. Well, not exactly the title I’d be laying it down to be the next Kannazuki/Marimite/StoPan kick in the pants that the market needs for yuri material…

    It is what it is though. *shoves chips to the middle*

    And here’s to a legit Shizuku-Erisu sequel!

    • I think that with the now popular “cute girls doing cute things” genre, Sakura Trick may be exactly what the market needs. Sakura Trick deviates very little from the tried-and-true formula for slice of life anime as of late, so it’s a great place to start introducing more explicit yuri without risking it too much.

  7. So in the end, you guys really do want to just slaughter BL, huh? Sakura Trick has already mortally wounded it. And now Akuma No Riddle and Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san are coming to deliver the coup de grace. But I guess that’s a good thing in your eyes, isn’t it? You yurifans have been wanting to destroy BL for a long time and I guess you guys are finally about to do it. Great.

    This is why ST needs to fail. Not only is it not that good, but success means that yuri will have finally destroyed BL in the cradle. But I guess you guys selfishly want everything to yourself.

    • I don’t see how yuri being successful would destroy BL. If anything, it should bring more of those shows to you guys.

      I see that you’ve finally made it to my blog. How does it feel to scour the internet to say the same things over and over? Please, just stay in MAL and do me a favor. Don’t ever try my patience.

      • “I don’t see how yuri being successful would destroy BL. If anything, it should bring more of those shows to you guys.”

        Everyone keeps saying this but there’s no proof. Yurifans and yaoifans are two diametrically opposed groups of people. It’s in your best interests to destroy BL. And yuri anime becoming popular WILL destroy BL as if it wasn’t already a half-dead genre.

        “I see that you’ve finally made it to my blog. How does it feel to scour the internet to say the same things over and over?”

        SOMEONE must fight this. SOMEONE must fight on behalf of BL fans. My fellow BL fans are too scared of rocking the boat to do anything but I actually have conviction. You yurifans have shit on us and walked all over us for far too long. Someone’s gotta stand up say “I’m tired of this bullshit”. It just happened to be me.

      • Even if there is no proof, if you feel that BL is being destroyed, that’s your own fault for not supporting the genre you love so much. Tell me, have you even spent a single cent on any legitimate anime goods? If you have, then you should tell other fans to do the same. Then maybe, just maybe, you’ll get more of it.

        >My fellow BL fans are too scared of rocking the boat to do anything but I actually have conviction.

        Conviction? Don’t make me laugh. You say you fight for BL fans, but do you really? What you are doing is going on yuri-related topics and bashing its fans. You’re trying so hard to inflate your ego by acting like you’re better than everyone else, even your “fellow BL fans”. Your arrogance sickens me.

      • “Conviction? Don’t make me laugh. You say you fight for BL fans, but do you really? What you are doing is going on yuri-related topics and bashing its fans. You’re trying so hard to inflate your ego by acting like you’re better than everyone else, even your “fellow BL fans”. Your arrogance sickens me.”

        Yeah, I bash its fans, why, ’cause they bashed me and my fellow fans for DECADES, now the heat’s coming back. When you stop shitting all over us, stealing our best artists (Yun Kouga you fucking traitor), and actively trying to stamp us out of the fandom, I’ll stop. Not a moment before then.

      • And like always, you guys turn tail and run whenever I bring the heat on too much. Scared that what I’m saying is right?

        The great thing about facts is that you don’t have to agree with them.

      • You know why I let your comments show in my blog unedited even if I can just delete or mess with them and make you sound smarter? It’s because I don’t feel the slightest bit threatened by your petty arguments. I only replied to your increasingly stupid comments because I feel obligated to reply to comments in my own blog. I tried reasoning with you, but apparently that’s not going to happen with a mindset as backwards as yours. I’m sure your fellow BL fans would be proud of you fighting the good fight. Now get out of here, Frostav, or should I say, Chagen, and don’t ever come back. Not that it’s gonna stop you, now is it?

    • It’s hard to take this seriously when you barge in making claims that yuri “kills” BL without providing a single bit of evidence. The very last sentence of your rant though, is amusingly ironic.

      • I’ve hit the limit for the reply chain, so this is at Lucas and not myself. Actually I left AOIA first for Sushi GoKart (SGK), a small aniblog that had literally just started up at the time I joined. The guy in charge there seemed to have some creative ideas and ambitious goals.

        Unfortunately, it turned out he wasn’t all that into anime, as he eventually started disappearing for prolonged intervals. It was at that point that I and the only other blogger writing for SGK decided to seek positions at Metanorn as he was a regular commenter there and liked their community.

        I gave AOIA a visit a few days ago and it looks like it hadn’t been updated in months now, but it’s good to see you’re still active. Best wishes on your endeavors with this new blog.

    • I don’t like interrupting fights, but this is getting annoying.

      I am a avid yaoi fangirl who have read 400+ yaoi manga and 50+ episodes of yaoi anime. I have played at least more than 2 yaoi visual novel and is playing another one right now, and I empty my pocket every damn month just to buy my favorite yaoi manga.HOWEVER, I also do like yuri. Heck, I even blog Sakura Trick. I also read other yuri works such as Free Soul, Girl Friends, etc. When I visit Fakku, I hover to yuri tag more rather than het & yaoi tag. As you can see, I am one of some yaoi fans who ALSO like yuri. So please, don’t represent all of us.

      @afkeroge (or now he’s using his sexy name which is Lukas Magnus, pftt) is right about yuri giving more chance for yaoi to appear. Obviously, both markets do not contribute much in anime, but if one of it becomes a success, studios will see that also in other genre. From what I see also (apologize if I’m wrong since I searched this long time ago), it seems that yaoi is more popular, so imagine if yuri succeeded, I’m pretty sure many would think that yaoi will succeed also. I won’t be surprised though if yuri will “tackle” yaoi since TBH many yaoi manga has sucky plot compared to simple-but-light-hearted yuri. But I prefer more erotic yuri.

      Besides, why are you making it as if all yaoi fans hate yuri? I don’t hate yuri. My other yaoi friends don’t hate yuri. Do you even know that CHI-RAN, that mangaka who write tons of yaoi, ALSO writes yuri manga? The same goes to Eiki Eiki. I’m pretty sure that there are other yaoi mangaka who write yuri manga under different penname.

      And if you think that there are little or no yaoi anime at all, you are dead wrong. Hover down and watch all the damn titles @afk gave you. They’re planning for Love Stage and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi movie this year. Don’t just watch modern yaoi. Watch other yaoi that was released on 2005 or below. Junjou Romantica and Sekai-ichi are NOT the only yaoi anime in this world. You search them, and you will get them. There are also some gold among the yaoi classics, such as Winter Cicada etc. Honestly, I’m not so sure whether you’re a yaoi fan or not if you can’t even find those many yaoi title.

      And for @afkeroge, or Lukas Magnus or whatever you’re trying to use but I’m still gona use @afkeroge anyway unless you’re not him or whatever, I apologize for such long comment, but I can’t stand being “claimed” to hate yuri when I don’t. Not all yaoi fans are like this. I’m sorry that you have to experience this *bow down*

      • “I am a avid yaoi fangirl who have read 400+ yaoi manga and 50+ episodes of yaoi anime. I have played at least more than 2 yaoi visual novel and is playing another one right now, and I empty my pocket every damn month just to buy my favorite yaoi manga.HOWEVER, I also do like yuri. Heck, I even blog Sakura Trick. I also read other yuri works such as Free Soul, Girl Friends, etc. When I visit Fakku, I hover to yuri tag more rather than het & yaoi tag. As you can see, I am one of some yaoi fans who ALSO like yuri. So please, don’t represent all of us.”

        I don’t really think you count as a BL fan then. Just someone who happens to like BL.

        “Obviously, both markets do not contribute much in anime, but if one of it becomes a success, studios will see that also in other genre. ”

        Everyone keeps saying this with no goddamn proof. No, more yuri anime doing well will not help yaoi, it will simply accelerate its demise. Studios are not going to see “lesbians doing well” and think “gay men doing well”. Ever.

        “Do you even know that CHI-RAN, that mangaka who write tons of yaoi, ALSO writes yuri manga? The same goes to Eiki Eiki. I’m pretty sure that there are other yaoi mangaka who write yuri manga under different penname.”

        They’re called “traitors” and I don’t care about them.

        “And if you think that there are little or no yaoi anime at all, you are dead wrong. Hover down and watch all the damn titles @afk gave you. They’re planning for Love Stage and Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi movie this year.”

        Almost all of those are shit and they’re not even the kind of BL I like. We have basically no shotacon anime, for instance, besides Boku No Pico. We have loli anime yet no shotacon? Japan plz.

        “Honestly, I’m not so sure whether you’re a yaoi fan or not if you can’t even find those many yaoi title.”

        I know about them. I don’t care about them because most of them suck.

      • @anaaga
        Being a member of my university’s Japanese popular culture organization, I have a lot of friends who are into BL, not to mention you and and other BL fans I come across some anime blogs and social media. Most BL fans I know are nice, so I would never think that some idiot who may not even like the genre at all is a valid representative of yaoi fans. What he’s doing is giving BL and BL fans bad publicity, as I’ve seen in the sudden spike of traffic in my otherwise new and unpopular blog. You don’t have to apologize for the likes of this moron.

        That aside, I’ve also read some of CHI-RAN and Eiki Eiki’s yuri works. They were awesome.

      • Lucas: Stop trying to murder BL as if it wasn’t dying an agonizing death already and then maybe I’ll get out.

        Oh and tell your fellow yurifans to stop shitting on my fellow Bl fans and then maybe I’ll stop.

        But I wont until there is equality in this fandom, even if people like you want to keep the status quo at the disgusting level it is now.

  8. Go get a dose of reality, if yuri takes flight I will personally use a shovel to bury BL alive, you guys have way to many shows then you wanna complain about something like this. FIVA YURI!!!!!!!!!
    ┬─┬ノ( º _ ºノ)
    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
    ┻━┻ ︵ヽ(`Д´)ノ︵ ┻━┻

    • “you guys have way to many shows”

      What the fuck are you even talking about you stupid bitch? Do you look at the shit you’re saying?

      We have nothing. NOTHING. You yurifans have FUCKING EVERYTHING. You have your subtext shows, your full-on text shows, meanwhile we’re sitting over here in our ghetto commiserating over the scraps we have.

      Yurishit fans, everybody.

      • And whose fault is that? You’re clearly trying to blame yuri fans in particular for ruining BL, when you’re not even trying to look at the people who are actually responsible for bringing money to the genre – BL fans. I suggest you try convincing your fellow fans to spend some money first.

      • ” I suggest you try convincing your fellow fans to spend some money first.”

        Oh I’d love to do that but we don’t have any shows IN THE FIRST PLACE thanks to your yurishit crowding everything out.

      • Hmm, let’s see:
        After School in the Teachers` Lounge
        Ai no Kusabi
        Angel’s Feather
        Antique Bakery
        Be-Boy Kidnapp`n Idol
        Boku no Piko
        Boku wa Kono Mama Kaeranai
        Bronze: Zetsuai Since 1989
        Enzai
        Fake
        Fish in the Trap
        Fujimi Orchestra
        Fuyu no Semi
        Gakuen Heaven
        Gravitation
        Gravitation: Lyrics of Love
        Haru wo Daiteita
        Ikoku Irokoi Romantan
        Junjo Romantica
        Kasho no Tsuki
        Kaze to Ki no Uta SANCTUS -Sei naru kana-
        Kimera
        Kirepapa
        Kizuna
        Kizuna: Koi no kara Sawagi
        Koutetsu Sangokushi
        Kusatta Kyoushi no Houteishiki
        Kyou Kara Maou!
        Lesson XX
        Level-C
        Loveless
        Marginal Prince
        Mirage of Blaze
        Mirage of Blaze: Rebels of the River Edge
        My Sexual Harassment
        Okane ga Nai
        Papa to Kiss in the Dark
        Princess Princess
        Ryokunohara Meikyuu
        Saigo no Door wo Shimero!
        Saint Beast
        Saint Beast ~ Ikusen no Hiru to Yoru Hen ~
        Saint Beast ~ Kouin Jojishi Tenshi Tan ~
        Seikimatsu Darling
        Sekaiichi Hatsukoi
        Sekaiichi Hatsukoi 2
        Sekaiichi Hatsukoi Movie (in March 2014)
        Sensitive Pornograph
        Sukisho
        Yami no Matsuei
        Zetsuai 1989

        All of these I found with a single Google search result. Maybe you’re not such a fan after all.

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