I’ll be reviewing the inagural issue of Yuri Hime in greater detail when I get a chance, but on first view it looks to be a continuation of Yuri Shimai in both content and art. If you’ve read the first five issues of Yuri Shimai then there will be no huge surprises for you in Yuri Hime.
The only differences appear to be a few slight name changes in some of the series (mostly for the better, I think!) and I can’t be sure, because I haven’t checked, but it looks like the artist for what was “Koi Shimai” – which is now “Hatsukoi Shimai” – may be someone new. If not, then the art seems a little less clean this time. In all other ways, the artists have migrated seamlessly to the new book.
There is one repeat from Yuri Shimai 5. The story “First Kiss” by Taishi Zaou and Eiki Eiki and has been reprinted – but you know, I can totally understand why. It was originally meant as a continuaton but stands on its own as a story. The next issue (scheduled to be out in October) will be Part Two of this story.
“Strawberry Shake” has become “Strawberry Shake Sweet” and is pretty much exactly the same love comedy we all enjoy – and we can expect a collected volume of both this and the Morinaga Milk one-shots, according to the write-ups inside.
As always, the anime section looks like they’ve been eavesdropping on the Yuricon Mailing List. lol I’ve reviewed pretty much everything they cover, except for Loveless, and heaven knows we talked it to death on the ML! :-)
There is a funny 4-page report on the Yuricon event we held in Tokyo in April, drawn by Morishima Akiko (and also a reprint of her doujinshi “Momo no Aji” aka “Peach Flavor”) which really cracks me up. For one thing – my yuri screensaver is shown no less than three times, and I look like a frog. LOL Morishima-san did a spectacular job on the report and Rica Takashima did, in fact, look that adorable in her PreCure cosplay outfit. LOL
Several of the stories have slightly older than high school age characters, which appealed to me strongly.
One last thing and then I’ll stop raving – not only are all our old favorites in Yuri Hime, but there’s a few new names that I think we can really look forward to in the future!
As I say, I’ll give you a better summary of the stories as soon as I have a chance to absorb them all, but for those of you that enjoy original yuri, I can’t recommend the new Yuri Hime enough. You can order it from Amazon Japan through the Yuricon Shop!