‘Yuri’ and ‘yaoi’ are two very confusing terms when it comes to the anime community: A show can be tagged as that, but in reality there’s nothing more than subtle winks to the viewers similar to saying “These two are totally hot for eachother, but we won’t show anything explicit to not scare away any sensitive viewers and because of timeslot reasons.” Which, to me, is utter BS.
See here Yuru Yuri, A-Channel and many, many more “yurishoujo-ai” shows that just don’t cut the chase. And then came Sakura Trick.
Adapted from a 4-komma comedy yuri manga and produced by Studio DEEN, Sakura Trick tells the story of Yuu and Haruka as they do something no other friends would do and form a special relationship as time goes by, together with their friends.
Prior to it’s first episode, I got the impression that Sakura Trick was going to be a dramatic coming of age story focusing on the romance between two girls and the hurdles that come with it, and oh, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Sakura Trick divides it’s episodes in two halves: One half to advace a bit of the story aswell as characted development and the second to be funny and make-out in the hottest way possible.
To be honest, I like the way it’s set up: It’s funny, it’s cute and it’s sexy, it does what it has to do and I’m left with absolutely no complaints about it’s excecution.
If you’ve seen a few anime shows than I guarantee that you have seen all these characters before atleast twice. Is this a bad thing? No, not persé. They’re characters after all, and taking that into account they’re pretty good. Good in the sense of that they are there to entertain you and it’s the predictiveness that makes it works and makes you giggle.
Sakura Trick has pretty big cast and naturally all of them are gay for eachother, no complaints are heard from my part though.
A: I don’t know.
I know that Studio DEEN is pretty big on budget saving and that they aren’t exactly known for their stunner animation, but man oh man, can you even background?
Either it’s doggy paterns or sakura patterns, I dare you to google Sakura Trick and find a picture with a background. Now, this isn’t exactly deadly and it actually fits pretty well with the tone of the series which, for the rest, looks pretty crisp and round, if that makes sense.
Clearly, I have to talk about the kissing and touching scenes because oh my fuck. They look amazing and they got me all hot and bothered somehow. Also, I can safely say that 80% of the animation went into animating tongues and lip movementes, but whatever.
Subjective-Objective Final Verdict
Objectively, this show is a repetitive mess with almost zero effort put into animating and directing a well-crafted story, it’s only merit being the few moments where the characters develop and warm up to eachother.
Subjectively, however, this show is easily the ringleader of the recent yuri pack: It’s cute, funny and hella sexy. And while, yes, it is cliché; it’s exactly that where it’s charm lies.
All in all, Sakura Trick is a fun little shows about lesbians that makes you forget about all your troubles for a while, this mixed with a fabtastic opening makes me give this show a subjective objective final score of 6.75, a recommendation to watch it, and, if you like this, check out Yuri Yuri for the cute and Aoi Hana for the actual yuri. Cheers.