Yuri News this Week – July 4, 2009

July 4th, 2009

What a week for Yuri fans!

Yuri Anime

The top story this week is, of course, that the Aoi Hana anime is not only available on, but is “simulcasting” an hour after its Japan TV debut on, Crunchyroll.com. If your country is not blocked, you can watch it for free, but a small subscription fee will get you a better stream, higher definition and more options. The anime has received critical acclaim so far, from both fans and reviewers. Smart folks on the Yuricon Mailing List like Katherine, have identified preorders available for the DVDs on Amazon JP and like Sal, noticed that it looks to be running 11 episodes. Here’s hoping it does well enough to garner a second season.

I was chatting with @Funimation on Twitter and they let me know that the projected release date for El Cazador is autumn 2009 and Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne is sometime in spring 2010.

Speaking of 2010, Right Stuf/Nozomi (@AnimeToday on Twitter) has announced that the 4th season of Maria Watches Over Us is slated for a 2010 release. They also announced the licenses for Aria the Origination and the Arietta OVA to be released together in one set. Also Right Stuf is planning a line of Aria lithographs, which Gia Manry of Anime Vice explained as coming out one at a time until there’s no money left in our pockets. :-)


Yuri Manga

Erin S mentions on her LJ that Fujieda Miyabi has nothing in this month’s issue of Yuri Hime, but that he’ll be back in October’s issue. To me, this says that we’ll finally get that Ame-iro Kouchakan Kandan tankoubon. It’s pretty common for the mangaka to take a break the month of the collection release. I’m sure we all hope so! (This just in – Ichijinsha Mail Magazine has a release date for Ame-iro of July 25th, so there ya go.)

Bruce P wrote me to tell me about the summer Yuri-themed issue of a magazine called Kikan S (Esu). He says, “There are articles (principally author interviews and artwork examples) on a selection of Yuri manga: Aoi Hana, Sasame Kikoto, Manga no Tsukurikata, and Otome Keki. There is also an article about Anise magazine, in one sidebar of which I was pleased to see them show the cover and give publishing info on Rica’tte Kanji. Another sidebar describes the evolution of the word Yuri. The original illustrations in this issue are also mostly Yuri, though some of them are, in the unfortunate tradition of Kikan S, pretty skeevy. Artistic, but skeevy.”

Lastly, if you’ve been wondering where Gunjou went, since it hasn’t run in Morning 2 magazine in a while, I can assure that it is live and well! I haven’t reviewed it, because honestly, the climax chapter was so raw and beautiful that I haven’t been able to deal with it in words. I know that sounds melodramatic, but it’s totally true. It was 72 pages of some of the best manga I’ve ever read and when I was done, I was wiped. Then the series took a few months off, I assumed it was because of the Morning International Comic Contest. It turns out I was wrong about that, but Gunjou returned to the magazine for issue 23 – which is the important bit. If you do like Gunjou, I hope you’ll write Morning 2 and let them know. It’s important to communicate these things to the editors and publishers.


Yuri Drama CD

And really quickly, links are now up for the 4th Special Maria-sama ga Miteru CD and the newest Drama CD (and the first in a long time) Tears of the Rosary!


I was going to get caught up on “Snatches” this week, but with so much real news, I think I’ll leave it at that. It’s a really wallow-worthy week, don’t you think?

As always, if you’d like to share news with the world, please feel free to email me at anilesbocon01 at hotmail. dot com and share!


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6 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yuri na Hibi mentions a two-volume Sakuraike collection going on sale on July 17 and provides Amazon links, the first of which is here : http://tinyurl.com/o3gd9t
    Is this the Tact collection you mentioned in an earlier news post?
    Both products have the same name on the Amazon page, but they seem to be two distinct releases.

  2. There’s no specific information on that link – it literally says “collected works” and there’s no author or name. I’ll take a look when I get a second and let you know.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, the title isn’t very helpful, but since the date and circle name given on Yuri na Hibi coincided with the info you gave, I thought it might be it.
    Still, if it indeed turns out to be a collection of shorts by Sakuraike, it’d be great news.

  4. ArcaJ says:

    Hi there! Thanks for all your hard work Erica. Those Aria lithographs sound like a great buy for me. Hopefully the El Cazador and Mnemosyne sets won’t be too expensive. (2009 is going to be murder on my account) By the way, have you heard what kind of goodies RightStuf will include with the Marimite season 4 pre-ordrs? (wants hair ribbons)


    Arca Jeth

  5. Anonymous says:

    Also streaming on the crunchyroll this season Kanamemo: http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-531248/kanamemo-1/
    For this one you do have to wait a week if you want it free, but re: crunchyroll subscriptions really aren’t all that expensive.
    It’s definitely kindof cliched and silly, but I found the first episode to be a cute, fun time anyway. The Yume/Yuuki interaction is quite cute.

  6. Donald says:

    Yay 4th season Maria! We’ll learn the answer to the burning question, Touko or Kanako?

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