Yuri News This Week – January 24, 2009

January 24th, 2009

Yuri Manga

Katherine wants you to know that Chapter 22 of Franken Fran has some old school horror Yuri for those of you who like that kind of thing. It was, IMHO very Black Jack meets Nightmare Before Christmas. Or maybe Ray. Interesting and worth a look, anyway.

Don’t forget to order your copy of Yuri Hime Wildrose 3, the newest anthology of softcore Yuri from Ichijinsha. It’s all nice and fine to read scans but remember, those don’t pay the bills. If you love Yuri, buy Yuri.

I’ve been asked by a number of people what the heck happened to some of the most recently released Yuri manga – Strawberry Shake Sweet 2, Hayate x Blade 9, Otome Kikan Greteland some others popped up on Amazon JP and just as quickly disappeared. It looks as if it was merely a case of popularity. All of them were relisted with a waiting period of 4-5 weeks, so clearly there were either distribution issues or they just plain sold out. I’m thinking it was the latter, personally.

Which leads me to today’s….

Snatches of Yuri

One of the other series to come and go quickly on Amazon JP is the Yuri-ful Gokujou. I haven’t the vaguest clue what it actually is about, except that it is ero and about the student council at a girls school – something that has never been done before. lol I’ll let you know more about it after I read it. It’s not back up for sale yet, but I expect to see it back soon – I’ll add a link then.

Panna Kiss is a moe Yuri manga about Nanako, who works at a bread shop and is at least marginally in love with her coworker. It looks to be all the same old-same old rehashed with plenty of maid outfit/bathing suit service, so if the most typical service-y tropes are your faves, this looks to be perfect.

Manatsu Labyrinth is about love among three girls in a girls school. Totally new territory, I know. ;-)

And lastly for today, we have Dorobo no Meijin, a Light Novel which appears to be written as a retrospective of a Yuri love in her youth by a woman who is now an adult.

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Yuri Anime

This anime season and the next look pretty thin on Yuri. We’ve got Marimite for a little while longer, at least.

And this week, the first episode of Ichigo Mashimaro Encore went live.

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We’ll wrap it up here for today, because I really need to go eat something.

See you next week for more Yuri News!

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7 Responses

  1. darkchibi07 says:

    If those titles got sold quickly, then that means they were a lot more demand of them than the publishers realized, right? I wonder if that can be considered a good sign.

  2. Katherine says:

    Those titles selling out quickly is probably (hopefully) a good sign of increasing demand for Yuri, as well as the popularity of those particular titles. I’m still maintaining a small flame of hope that some studio will animate Strawberry Shake Sweet or Hayate x Blade (especially the former!).

  3. Yuri is doing quite well in Japan. Here…the market is simply very small.

    I do not think you should expect to see a Hayashiya series animated. My gut tells me that she does not want that, as I’ve said a number of times.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “Yuri is doing quite well in Japan. Here…the market is simply very small.”

    Though to put it in perspective, those are mostly first volume releases, and the rate for the next volume releases are horrifically slow considering the Yuri Hime magazines are being released quarterly.

    With that in mind, could that be one of the reason of why some manga publishers are somewhat reluctant in licensing a Yuri title which only one volume is out but is still ongoing? I can imagine the anxiousness fans will get where they have to wait months and months just for Volume 2 and so forth. Granted getting SOMETHING is better than getting nothing so maybe manga publishers shouldn’t feel reluctant.

  5. BruceMcF says:

    Any idea yet how fast Maria-sama ga Miteru 4th is running through the material from Sashiko’s year as a Lady Rose? … does it look like they are going to finish up in this season, or is it looking like they are going for a fifth?

  6. darkchibi07 says:

    “I do not think you should expect to see a Hayashiya series animated. My gut tells me that she does not want that, as I’ve said a number of times.”

    Is she afraid some anime production company might butcher her work and/or lose total rights of her work or something?

    (in that case she could try to get Kyoto Animation to adapt her works since these guys KNOW how to adapt and be faithful)

  7. Anonymous says:

    “Yuri is doing quite well in Japan. Here…the market is simply very small.”

    Are talking about the anime front, the manga front, or both? I thought I did remember Media Blasters’ mentioning their first Yuri Fan label did quite well for them. Though it begs the question, why the heck there weren’t any promo or advertising of this label? The fact it first appeared on Kashimashi caught me off-guard.

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