This Week in Yuri

March 1st, 2008

Last week I wasn’t sure we’d have enough news for a report. This week, we have tons! LOL We’ve got news from all over the Yurisphere this week, so here we go.

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Deb Aoki editor of About.com’s excellent Manga section, will be publishing an interview with me, about, you guessed it – Yuri. The interview is slated to go up on Girl’s Day, March 3rd, so keep an eye out for it! The questions were all “basic,” so of course they were massively complex and I answered yes and no to most of them. If you’re a long-time Yuri fan, you won’t learn anything new, but if you’re new to the genre, or have some friends who pester you with questions about the history, nomenclature, audience, etc, send them that way. I’ll post the link here when I get it. Thanks Deb!

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From a couple of folks, we received a link to Wai Wai’s translation of Mainichi’s interview with Nakamura Saytaro about Yuri Hime magazine and Yuri in general. For fans, the most amusing bit has to be the summary of Maria-sama ga Miteru as a series about girls who see visions of the Virgin Mary. (I suggested that the author of the article had confused the series with “La Vierge de la Guadalupe en Regarde,” but no one else thought that was funny… lol)

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And while we’re on the topic of Yuri Hime, according to Light Novel.org, Ichijinsha will be publishing two new light novel lines, one “for boys” and one “for girls” which will include series from Comic Rex and Yuri Hime magazines. Good news and something to look forward to!

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I don’t want to forget this – the 2008 Yuricon Poster Contest submission rules are up and we’re accepting submissions any time until April 30! We’ve got some amazing prizes lined up, so get those posters in!

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Last week, one of our alert readers noticed that Animate.tv has announced a third Hayate x Blade Drama CD. I can’t find the direct link, but scanning Animate.tv is enough to make an otaku drool, so have fun looking for it on your own. lol

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I know that no one but Serge and I care, but a new series of Ikkitousen has been announced. Ikkitousen: Great Guardians is going to be a completely new series, with no relation to the previous characters or the manga. So no more Ryofu or Kanu, but we’ll hope that the trend of inserting random lesbian characters into the “story” continues.

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Today’s last news item isn’t “Yuri,” but it is relevant to our interests. Malinda Lo, Managing Editor of Afterellen.com, has received a book deal for a fairy-tale type story which is similar to Cinderella, but she assures us that the girl Prince will get the girl. So Princess Knight, Utena, Rose of Versailles fans have something to look forward to. :-)

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I’m fairly certain there was something else I wanted to mention today, but I didn’t write it down and now I can’t remember…. Oh well, if I do remember, I’ll be sure to add it! In the meantime – thank you alert readers and “friends of Yuri”! Keep up the good work and remember if you know of events, news or other items of interest, send them to me at anilesbocon01 at hotmail dot com. Thanks!

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6 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Hayate x Blade drama cd vol. 3 is announced for May 21st, 2008 according to a poster I found.

    Here’s a link:

    http://page18.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/w21633329

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ikkitousen without Kanu? That’s hard to believe. No matter how short and pointless her appearance, its still a way to get more money from more Kanu figures.

    Yay for Kanu and her way too short school uniform that makes her creators rich.

    Guan Yu would be proud ^^

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sorry if I sound nitpicky, but AfterEllen.com’s Editor-in-chief is Sarah Warn. Malinda Lo is the Managing Editor.

  4. Kinoshita says:

    Mnemosyne is something to keep on the radar too. The first episode certainly has a fair bit of Yuri hints, especially between Rin and Mimi.

    It would be great if it gets developed, though I’m guessing it’s more in there to tease and nothing concrete will turn up.

    Can’t wait for more Ikkitousen.

  5. anon – thanks for the correction, I made the change.

    Kinoshita – I reviewed the first OVA of Mnemosyne already. You can find it here

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