Yuri News This Week – March 14, 2009

March 14th, 2009

Happy Π Day!

Yuri Events

You are invited to join Rica Takashima, J.D. Glass, Althea Keaton, Jessie B. and the cast and crew for a Yuri Mongatari 6 for a Launch Party on April 18th, 2009 at the Rare Flix store in Secaucus, NJ. This event is co-hosted by Yuricon and Media Blasters, and will include the premiere of our “Yuri Monogatari 6” video trailer, and plenty of Yuri anime on the TVs! We’ll be there from 7PM til will throw you out, so stop by! Bring friends! Buy Yuri!

Sakuracon announces Serial Experiments Lain‘s Yoshitoshi Abe as a guest. Ask him whether Lain and Alice were a couple – I’m sure he’s never been asked that, before. :-)

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Yuri Manga

y_y let me know that the doujinshi circle Sakuraike will be publishing a mass market collection of their adorable Yuri series, Tact. It’ll be available in July. This is honestly very, very cool news for them. As soon as there’s info for purchasing the book, you can be sure I’ll make it available to you.

You’ve probably heard of this already, and I think I even mentioned it before, but – Moonphase says that there may be Sasamekikoto anime, and 2chan is all over it, endlessly. Will it be reality? Who knows.

Comic Yell, the “Shoujo magazine for Boys” from Hobunsha (publisher of Tsubomi,) is ending, leaving no competetition is Comic Hai (home of Morinaga Milk’s Girl Friends.) I wonder if Tsubomi is meant to take up that slack….

Here’s some Yuri Manga you want to pick up this month!

Rakka Ryuusui 4

Sasamekikoto 4

Ichigo Mashimaro 6

Yuri Hime S, Volume 8

Of course all of these have been added to the Yuricon Shop, as well.

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Other News

I attended the KRAZY! exhibit at Japan Society a couple od days ago. The exhibit is very small and, because of the lack of context for it, it appeared to me to be the zOMG! moments of a person’s anime/manga interest. As it turns out, there was a huge western component to it that had to be cut out for space. The original exhibit was much larger and talked more about the evolution and convergence of visual culture and zeitgeist to make an explosion of concepts that defy cultural hegemony to create a kind of translocal modernism. (Words from Ueno-sensei one of the lecturers the night I attended.) It might seem a tad pretentious, but if you take a moment to parse it – so exactly right. :-) I want to thank translator Mari Morimoto for asking me to accompany her.

I got to meet Roland Kelts of Japanamerica, who did a very very good job of speaking to an audience that was half Japan Society members with no understanding of anime or manga and half anime and manga fans with no understanding of Japanese art.

Lastly for today, Riyoko Ikeda has been awarded the French Legion of Honor for her efforts promoting French history through Rose of Versailles. Hopefully that will inspire everyone involved to get that movie completed already!

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It’s also Einstein’s birthday today and White Day, so take a moment today to celebrate art and science, math and language and the power of the human mind.

See you next week. :-)

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6 Responses

  1. Rinu says:

    You are invited to join Rica Takashima…plenty of Yuri anime on the TVs!…
    Oh noes, why am I not American and can’t be there? Hehe, no, just kidding but it sounds like neat event. Good luck.

    …the doujinshi circle Sakuraike will be…
    Yay, I am going to feed my piggybank more. Great news. I guess it would be wise to wait and buy all planned things together later. Aw, only the mere imagination of holding the package makes me want to drool.

    Moonphase says that there may be Sasamekikoto anime.
    I keep my fingers crossed.

    It’s also Alfred Einstein’s birthday today, so take a moment today to celebrate art and science, math and language and the power of the human mind.
    Yeah, I’ll definitely celebrate science today, lol. *returns to her studies*

    It were nice Yuri news this week, thanks for letting me know :).

  2. J says:

    It appeared to me to be the zOMG! moments of a person’s anime/manga interest.
    Couldn’t have put it better myself.
    I found the inclusion of two examples from 4°C was odd, in such a limited selection.
    I was pleased by the inclusion of something from Shinkai, but surprised by their choice.

    The section on video games was also lacking any apparent rationale.

    As it turns out, there was a huge western component to it that had to be cut out for space.
    How unfortunate. I found that portion to be much more informative. I had a clear sense of progression as I walked through it, as well as some idea of why each artist or work had been included in the exhibit.

    The original exhibit was much larger and talked more about the evolution and convergence of visual culture and zeitgeist to make an explosion of concepts that defy cultural hegemony to create a kind of translocal modernism.
    Interesting. Apparently the fact that they were making this point went right over my head.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I know I’m damn late, but why no mention of ‘Drama CD Rakka Ryuusui’?

  4. @Anonymous – Questions starting with “Why?” or “Why not? can always be answered with one of three answers. 1) I did not know about it. I am not omniscient and rely heavly on other people to tell me things so that I can share as much information as possible; 2)I knew and forgot/haven’t gotten there or; 3) I don’t think it’s news.

    Instead of asking “why no mention of a thing?” it would be ever so much more helpful if you would simply *mention* a thing. Then I will know about it too, and can tell other people. Thanks.

  5. Anonymous says:

    @Erica
    Sorry about that, it’s my idiosyncratic speech. Wasn’t trying to imply that you’re omniscient. :)

    Anyway apparently last year there was a Rakka Ryuusui light novel that was released in July last year.

  6. @Anonymous – I was being idiosyncratic right back atcha. Thanks for the new news, I’ll add that to this week’s report!

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