Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – August 17, 2019

August 17th, 2019

Yuri Events

You will find me this weekend in Montreal, talking about queer manga, and Yuri and traveling to Japan at Yurithon! Do join us for fun and laughs and candy and prizes!

The remainder of my schedule is:

 

Saturday: 15:00-16:30 in 513D: Must Read/Must Watch Yuri: 2019 Edition
Saturday: 18:00-19:30 in 513D: History of Queer Manga with James Welker
Sunday: 10:00-10:45 in 513B: A Yuri Otaku in Japan

Next month, I will be doing too much in a short time with the 100 Years of Yuri Tour!

 

Yuri Anime

Sentai Filmworks has released a trailer for the dub of Kase-san and Morning Glories dub.

 

 

 

Yuri Manga

We’ve added absolute piles of Yuri Manga to the Yuricon Store! In English:

Cocoon, Entwined, Volume 1 is already available.

tMnR’s If I Could Reach You, Volume 2, will be available in November.

Yuri is My Job, Volume 5 hits shelves in December 2019.

 

In Japanese:

Still Sick, Volume 2 continues the story of the otaku and the former mangaka.

Hayama-sensei to Terano-sensei ha Tsukiatteru, Volume 2 (羽山先生と寺野先生は付き合っている) is available now.

The adorably sweet, Sasayakuyouni Koi wo Utau, Volume 1 (ささやくように恋を唄う) is out now, as well.

Also quite sweet, Pixiv tale Jyoryusakka to Yuki (女流作家とユキ) continues in Volume 2!

In Strawberry Fields wo Mou Ichido, Volume 3 (ストロベリー・フィールズをもう一度) Akira finally comes to terms with her feelings about Pure.

 

 

Sailor Moon

 

Not really Yuri, the trailer for the first movie of the 4th Season of Sailor Moon Crystal, Sailor Moon Eternal  is up on Youtube.

The Sailor Moon show and cafe, Shining Moon Tokyo is on and it looks like I’ll be able to make a show! I’ll report back. ^_^

For 2020, Tokyo is creating a miniture cityscape called Small Worlds, which includes a teeny little Crown Fruit Parlor and Tuxedo Mask watching over Azabu-Juban. ^_^

 

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Thanks to all of you – you make this a great Yuri Network!

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Yuri Manga: Killing Me!, Volume 1 (English)

August 16th, 2019

Volume 1 of Akiyama’s Killing Me!
was not exactly thrilling me
Carmilla’s invoked
As a kind of  joke
And that’s about as good as you can expect from this series.

Saki is a vampire who was apparently turned at about age 13 and she is love with fam-trad Vampire Hunter Miyoko who, frankly, sucks at her job. Saki’s in love with Miyoko, who is obviously in love back, but that is not the point of this manga. The point is that Miyoko sucks at killing Saki, who professes her love, which Miyoko passive-aggressively ignores. Haha!

This kind of story is not really violent, although guns appear, and not really a love story, although little hearts decorate Saki’s words.

Akiyama describes the story in the author’s note as “kind of like a Hamburg-steak rice-omellete covered in curry” with which I agree with 100%. It is a pile of glop that you may or may not find to be delicious.

 

Image from Sukaza City Pinterest

Ratings:

Art – moe
Story – One line
Characters – One joke per
Service  – Blood sucking children…so, yes
Yuri – That too

Overall – Go For It

Akiyama also describes this series as “kill-or-be-killed comedy.” We clearly have different ideas about the word “kill.”

And “comedy.”

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Live-Action: Yuri Short Drama Happy Days

August 15th, 2019

Last spring I reported on the existence of self-described “Yuri Short Drama” Happy Days. Serialized on Youtube, this is the story of a couple, Kozue and Junko, and their sofa.

To call this anything more than an incredibly low-budget B-series wouldn’t be fair. Nonetheless, there are moments when the series is charming – and it is engaging enough that at the end of Episode 4, I was quite unhappy. ^_^

For the first several episodes Junko and Kozue lounge about on their sofa, or the floor in front of it, eating candy and talking about…things. Each episode is somewhere around 15 minutes and little of consequence occurs.  It’s just day-to-day life stuff. But at the end of episode 4, a thing happens. That thing changes the tenor of the story considerably. It also ends up leading the production itself out of the little room in which it has been filmed, into the larger world.

Ratings:

This is so low budget, I feel ratings are not really worth it. This is one-camera, 6’x6′ room, and a bag full of candy low-budget.

Overall – 7

I don’t know what might happen at this point, but I guess I’m going to keep watching to find out!

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Yuri Manga: Yamada to Kase-san (山田と加瀬さん)

August 14th, 2019

Yamada and Kase-san have officially begun their lives as college students in the big city. It’s a life full of challenges; getting around, meeting people, balancing their relationship and the physical distance separating them against the rest of their lives.

Yamada makes a friend, Hana, a girl whose family runs a flower store. Hana is very similar to Yamada and feels equally as in love with the school program, as she is overwhelmed by city life. To help Hana, Yamada agrees to go to a meet-and-greet event. Kase-san forcefully asks her to decline, but Yamada wants to live her own life, as well as be with her lover.

The defining challenge of Yamada to Kase-san (山田と加瀬さん) is jealousy. Both Yamada and Kase-san are threading thin needles, keeping up with their work, forming peer groups and trying to fit each other into these new lives. When Kase-san shows up to the meet-and-greet, Yamada knows that Kase-san wasn’t wrong, but stands firm on her own motivations. Kase-san backs down – probably the single most important moment of the book. And of course, Hana, innocent that she is, is appalled at the party becoming a drinking party and bails. ^_^

All is well, as they get together with Mikawacchi and Yamada is recruited to a job at a Garden Center – where she is greeted as a savior. Then it his her turn to face down jealousy, as it suddenly dawns on Yamada that Kase-san is sharing her dorm room, with a woman who will know more about the day-to-day life of her lover than she does. Kase-san’s birthday forces her to confront her jealousy.

There’s another conflict brewing in the background, too, but that is saved for another time.

This was an exceptionally strong volume of this series. The translation of Kase-san and Yamada from provincial high school into a more adult world is not without its sacrifices….sometimes the humor comes of as a bit facile, but, more often its a welcome relief to an otherwise difficult emotional situation. It is delightful to have kept Mikawacchi’s chaotic influence in the story and a triumph to see Yamada with a peer of her own.

Ratings:

Art – 8
Characters – 8
Story – 7
Service – Does Kase-san in a suit count? Yes? 7
Yuri – 9 With the slightest frisson of the real world edging in

Overall – 9

Ultimately, my desire to see them happy continues unabated.

The English-language volume, Kase-san and Yamada, is slated for winter 2020 release.

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Sailor Moon SuperS Anime, Part 1, Disk 2 (English)

August 12th, 2019

After the wonderfulness of the Sailor Moon Super S Special on Disk 1, is there really anything left worth talking about in this season? Apparently…yes. ^_^

Sailor Moon SuperS Anime, Part 1, Disk 2 continues what I personally find to be the most difficult season to watch – not only because it focuses so heavily on Chibi-Usa, but also because Usagi is positioned as exceptionally grating as a result of her jealousy of Chibi-Usa and Mamoru. Much more importantly, the rest of the Senshi are largely sidelined throughout this season, until their power-ups are needed.

Nonetheless, I think it’s worth mentioning the very queer character who steps front and center on this disk – Fisheye. All of the Amazon Trio are boys, Tigereye tells us explicitly. Fisheye appears to see themselves as female, certain as female presenting. Fisheye’s affection is for men. Fisheye might be  gender non-binary, gender-X, gay, trans, or some other identity, but that is not the point I wish to make. The point that is worth noting is that, 25 years ago,  yet another season of this cartoon gave queer folks a character they could claim as theirs.

I have been thinking about this a lot these days; about how critical it is for young people especially to see someone like, if not the same, as themselves. This is the heart of why I think Shimanami Tasogare is so important. In the story itself, the young protagonist is given a number of older role models who each contribute to his evolving understanding of himself and the people around him. Before Misora, before Shuu-chan from Wandering Son, there was Fisheye, a doomed character because they were on the side of evil (through no fault of their own,), but who provided an example of a way to live to young folks in the mid 90s in Japan. And how powerful a thing is that?

Ratings:

Art – 6
Story – 2 Usagi is not much better than Chibi-Usa, frankly
Characters – 4 I’m feeling for Fisheye
Service – More lolicon creepiness than I’m comfortable with, frankly.
LGBTQ – 5

Overall – 6

I am literally keeping a list of queerness in Sailor Moon. I expect to write up an article on it when I’ve finished reviewing the Viz edition, In the mean time, I find myself impressed all over again at how freaking queer this 25 year old kid’s anime was. ^_^

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