|Album Title:||Yuri Yura Rarara Yuru Yuri Dai Jiken|
|Anime Title:||Yuru Yuri|
|Artist:||Yuka Ootsubo, Rumi Okubo, Shiori Mikami, Minami Tsuda|
|Release Type:||OP/ED Single|
|Release Date:||July 20, 2011|
|1. Yuri Yura Rarara Yuru Yuri Dai Jiken||Mikami Shiori, Ootsubo Yuka, Tsuda Minami & Ookubo Rumi||3:50|
|2. Yuru Yuri I <3 U||Mikami Shiori, Ootsubo Yuka, Tsuda Minami & Ookubo Rumi||3:24|
|3. Yuri Yura Rarara Yuru Yuri Dai Jiken [Karaoke]||Mikami Shiori, Ootsubo Yuka, Tsuda Minami & Ookubo Rumi||3:50|
|4. Yuru Yuri I <3 U [Karaoke]||Mikami Shiori, Ootsubo Yuka, Tsuda Minami & Ookubo Rumi||3:21|
Review: Yuru Yuri‘s first season is an unapologetic, silly, and pointless anime with a cast of moeblob middle school girls throwing off intense yuri vibes. Basically, it is an anime perfectly tailored to my taste, so I enjoyed it greatly. The cherry on top of this loli-rific festival of wonder is the fruity and ridiculous opening theme. “Yuri Yura Rarara Yuru Yuri Dai Jiken” is a distillation of so many elements of the generic “low class” anime song: high pitched voices, “sing yelling” choruses, and voice actresses singing in character to the most embarrassingly silly lyrics mankind can conjure up. But you know what? That’s exactly what Yuru Yuri needs. Its presence at the start of each episode is a proud declaration of its identity. The OP gives a brief exposition on the show’s characters, art design, personality, and subject matter (nothing) using the animation and this song. “Yuri Yura Rarara Yuru Yuri Dai Jiken” is essentially the anime in song form — to enjoy it one must suspend all reservations and embrace the silliness, much like the anime itself. In this role, “Yuri Yura Rarara Yuru Yuri Dai Jiken” is a paragon of what all anime opening themes should strive to be.
I was mildly surprised by the tight structure of the song. The drum single in the background provides subtle but critical support to keep the song together rhythmically. There are three “phases” of the song, all of them catchy enough to be classified as a “hook”: the signature “yuriyurararara yuruyuri” intro and outro, the speedy verse, and the echoing chorus. The four voice actresses sing together pretty well, harmonizing beautifully in the chorus. The three component parts also fit together very well, transitioning smoothly, resulting in a criminally catchy song that sounds silly and cute, just like the show.
The lyrics are complete drivel; every stanza of the verse is a completely different set of crazy ideas. They are about candy and tigers and whatever else seems to cross the girls’ minds. They also sound completely goofy, in any language. Take for example, this line from the second verse of the song (unused in the OP).
iroha ni hohe to de omikuji GET YOU
I LOVE YOU nyan nyan rou nyan nyaku nyan nan nya nyon
This earworm of a song is exactly what Yuru Yuri needs — and it’s a catchy, upbeat, and enjoyable song to boot. It would be strange if the opening theme was some kind of orchestral, gothic piece performed by Kalafina or something. “Yuri Yura Rarara Yuru Yuri Dai Jiken” is genius because it’s vapid, campy, and embarrassingly fun to listen to.
My esteemed colleague Aftershok curiously attacked this song during his review of the second season’s OP single, giving it an unofficial “Awful” rating. I found this a bit out of place, as he was supposed to be reviewing the (inferior) season 2 opening. So today I set things right and give “Yuri Yura Rarara Yuru Yuri Dai Jiken” its fair chance to earn a rating it truly deserves.
p.s. The B-side is more of the same. It’s pretty fun to listen to as well, but lacking most of the energy I found in the A-side.