Yuri News This Week – May 23, 2009

May 23rd, 2009

Yuri Manga

Erin S nabs the headlines with a number of reports today. Starting off, gravure idol Ichinose Ayaka has come out as a lesbian, in manga form. Free previews of chapters of her story, Real Bian are available on her blog. You’ll need to download the reader (of course) which is the second link under each chapter. This is a pretty “Real” story, so don’t expect any typical Yuri tropes.

Erin also points out that the editorial staff of Comic Yuri Hime have a blog of their own now.

Speaking of Yuri Hime, Erin mentions that the Ame-iro Kouchakan Kandan collection is once again delayed, both manga-only and deluxe version w/Drama CD. No details, but now we’re looking at a June street date.

She continues with the news that Kurogane Kenn is slated to do a Yuri one-shot for next month’s issue of Comic High, the same magazine Morinaga Milk’s Girl Friends runs in.

A number of Polish correspondents are eager for you to know that Comix Grrrlz was pleased to recently interview Yuri Manga artist Akiko Morishima. Morishima-san also discusses the interview on her blog. If you don’t read Polish, you can read about it in Japanese. :-)

And last, but never least, Gokujou Drops 2 and Itoshi Otome, both cell phone manga series from Ichijinsha, hit the street on May 18th. Both are available through the Yuricon Shop, of course.


Yuri Anime

Funimation has begun streaming Air Master on their online Funi TV channel. The wonky subtitles have been cleaned up, so the wife and I have been re-watching happily. Cannot *wait* until the DVDs come out!

Johann wanted to share the official, licensed English dubs from the Filipino version of Maria-sama ga Miteru with the folks on the Yuricon Mailing List and I thought you might enjoy them as well. Here’s a link to one of the dubs and you can use the search and related videos to find others. :-)


Snatches of Yuri

Sean likes to share the misery, so he wants you to know that there’s some nasty Yuri in the nasty Volume 1 of Ichiroh. His description? “The rich best friend character lusts pointlessly after the main character.” Well gosh, I know I’m running. lol


That’s a fair load of news for the week, so we’ll stop there while you head out and buy all that and catch up with your reading and watching! See you next week!

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7 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Real Bian looks really interesting from the samples on the website. I don’t know much about gravure idols nor how well-known Ichinose Ayaka is, but I’d definitely like to support her. I guess the manga will be released as a tankoubon at some point, and I really hope it will be available on a website that ships internationally. Please do let us know when you learn more about it !

  2. If it’s available on Amazon JP, it’ll be available through the Yuricon Shop, that’s for sure.

  3. ArcaJ says:

    I’ve been watching Air Master on Crunchyroll since last week. It looks like they too are using the new subs (very pleased about that). Though the sound quality isn’t very good.

    On the news about Ichinose Ayaka; I’ve heard of people coming out in a blog but not in a manga. Has this happened before?


    Arca Jeth

  4. To clarify something about Johann’s video posts/Marimite samplers: they’re dubbed in English, not in Philippine Tagalog (which was once tried by ABS-CBN years ago).

  5. @soulassassin547 Yes, that is why I say they are the English dubs in my report. :-)

  6. Anonymous says:

    In a way, it’s sad to see you so resigned. I suppose the force majeure of marketing imperatives is, as always, an irresistible force. I share your frustration and, paradoxically, one of the reasons I am currently much disillusioned with Yuri is that editors and distributors are utterly incapable of diversifying. I really had high hopes for Mnemosyne, and saw them dashed on the rocks of pedestrian seinen tropes. I suppose you’re right: there is something rotten in the state of Yuri: for every reasonable attempt, there are five SP!s and ten Queen’s Blades.

    Sometimes I think I should find another hobby…



  7. @Anonymous – I am in no way resigned – I am trying to provide alternatives with ALC Publishing. What have you done recently for Yuri?

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