Because of her design similarities to Suzumiya Haruhi, the creators were heavily criticized by many of Haruhi’s fans at the release of the Angel Beats! series. Not only that, but Yuri’s organization, the “SSS” is also similar to Haruhi’s “SOS”. Nonetheless, writer Maeda Jun said that his inspiration for Yuri’s character is Amagi Yukiko from the game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, his favorite character in the said game.
I’m still confused as to why the cosplayers are wearing their swimsuits in the middle of winter. Not that any of the guys are complaining, I’m sure. Thanks to Hoshii for sending this in!