Recently, I got sucked into the Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru (結城友奈は勇者である) series. It’s a young franchise, launched in late 2014, so I thought it would be a good idea to keep track of the various spinoff products as they’re released. I’ll leave the analysis and impressions for another post.
Anyway, if you’re planning to get into this franchise, watch the anime first. It is 12 episodes long and can be watched for free on Crunchyroll.
This guide will tell you how to access the spinoff products/info in English (or Japanese, if there is no English translation available). It will also tell you what these products add to the YuYuYu universe and characters. I will edit this guide as more products and info are released. If you have any questions or corrections, feel free to leave a comment on this post.
Be warned that this guide contains partial spoilers for those who have not watched the television anime.
Prequel Light Novel/Manga (Washio Sumi wa Yuusha de Aru)
The light novel is essential reading for fans. It contains important background information for the main plot.
The bonus chapter (chapter 9) also contains some important clarifications about Sonoko’s actions in the anime. It is called Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru: Sonogo no Sonoko and was published on January 30th 2015.
Chapters 1-8 [ENGLISH] here.
Chapter 9 [ENGLISH] here.
Kindle edition [JAPANESE] here.
The manga is an adaptation of the light novel. So far, it has not been translated into English. You can find the Japanese Amazon page here.
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru Manga and 4koma Spinoff
The Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru manga is a straightforward adaptation of the anime. The 4koma spinoff, Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha-bu Shozoku, is, well, a 4koma spinoff. No plot, but lots of silly jokes and moe faces.
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru volume 1 [Japanese] here.
Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha-bu Shozoku volume 1 [Japanese] here.
A partial English translation of Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha-bu Shozoku can be read here.
Original Soundtrack and Character Singles
Original Soundtrack [Vol. 1] download here.
Yuki Yuna wa Yuusha de Aru Special Character Song CD download here.
The tracklist for these two CDs can be read here.
Visual Novels (playable on Windows CPU)
The first visual novel was released with the first Japanese bluray. The second visual novel will be released on May 20th 2015 with the sixth Bluray.
Note that the visual novels contain some sexualised fanservice.
The first visual novel has been fully patched in English. It can be downloaded from Fuwanovel here.
[IMPORTANT NOTE: Fuwanovel seems to have taken the prepatched download link down at the time of this writing. We will have to do this the (slightly) harder way.
First, download the game in Japanese here. You will need a torrent client.
Then download the script.dat file from here and replace the script.dat file in the game folder.]
Before you play Japanese visual novels, make sure you have your CPU language setting to Japanese locale. Go to your Control Panel and click Clock, Language, and Region. Then click Change Location, where you can change the current location to Japan.
To get this game specifically to work, you will probably need a AlphaROMdiE.exe file. Download it safely from here. Run the .exe file. A picture like this should come up:
Drag the 結城友奈は勇者である file (the one with a Yuuna icon) anywhere onto the image. Some Japanese text will come up. Click ‘yes’ until this screen comes up:
Click 起動. The game should start.
The menu is not translated. To get started, click the はじめから button. Play through all the scenarios to get the CGs on normal mode.
On the scenario selection screen, there’s an option ON or OFF. Turn the option ON and play through all the scenarios once again to get 100% CGs. You can easily skip text you’ve already read before with the button indicated below.
PlayStation Vita Game
A fighting RPG game with visual novel-esque elements was released for the PSVita on February 26th 2015. I haven’t played it, but from what I understand, it features an all-new story involving a mysterious girl.
The promotional video is embedded below:
You can buy the game through Amazon here. At the time of this writing, there is no English translation available.
Miscellaneous Supplementary Information
Special thanks to /u/ckwng for collecting and translating this info. These links are very useful for understanding background information concerning the anime’s setting and symbolism.
The Hero Record [FULL IN ENGLISH]
[APPENDIX: INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PURCHASE JAPANESE E-BOOKS OVER AMAZON]
To make navigation on the site easier, look for “Would you like to see this page in English? Click here” on the top right-hand corner of the page.
In order to purchase items over Amazon, you must sign up for a Japanese account. You need a Japanese address and phone number. These fake details will work:
郵便番号: 535 – 0005
都道府県: [Pick any from the drop menu]
[住所2 and 会社名 can be left blank]
The rest of the signup process works just like the English Amazon. Synchronise your Kindle device (or mobile device with the Kindle App) with your account and then press the 1click button on the right-hand side of the product page.
By the way, if you’re getting stuff shipped to you, make sure you get it sent to your real address!