This is the first week in a while that there hasn’t been loads of Yuri news.
Everyone is at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, and while there are tons of announcements coming out in manga, none of it has been Yuri. It’s interesting to note that while Yuri manga is exploding in Japan, it has become nearly moribund here in the US. Lack of sales is a factor, of course. There’s just nothing we can do about being a buying audience of 2000 people. When we’re a buying audience of ten times larger, we’ll be able to see more, I have no doubt. Luckily for us, Yuri anime is doing reasonable well right now here in the west and we can look forward to more on the way this year!
In the meantime, let us wallow in the wave of Yuri manga coming from Japan. :-)
First and foremost, Ichijinsha’s email newsletter insists that Ame-iro Kouchakan Kandan hits the streets today. (Last night my time.) We’ll see if Amazon JP agrees. ;-) If so, expect to get your Manga only edition or Deluxe edition with Drama CD shortly.
Slated for an August 18th release, look forward to the second volume of cellphone manga, Hanjuku Joshi by Morishima Akiko. No link is available to a pre-order through the Yuricon Shop, but I’ll get that up as soon as it is available.
And it looks like there’ll be a Yuri Wildrose 4 coming up in September.
Snatches of Yuri
Although I have glanced through Tenbin ha Hana to Asobu the internal jury is still out on whether it’s Yuri, or just vampire-y. Schoolgirls, vampire-ishness, Yuri-ishness, Mangatime CR.
Watashi no Taisetsuna Tomodachi by Hakamada Mera is, simply by being about schoolgirl friends and being by Hakamada Mera, going to have at least a *little* Yuri. Anything else is inconceivable!
Another Action Comics comic (the same company that does Mera’s work and brings you Morinaga’s Girl Friends) is Minna Musical! which at first glance looks typical fannish tropes that pass for Yuri (female teacher drooling over those long-gone gym bloomers) and general wackiness. The cover’s probably closer to truth in advertising than most. ^_^
For those of you who loved Manatsu Labyrinth, Volume 2 is now out. More sweaty mostly-obscured female bodies not quite being Yuri, I imagine.
To end this on a low note, try Roku Injima no Ero-Neko. It’s porn. You want a plot, you’re on your own.
A much-delayed redesign of the Yuricon website is underway at last. I’m sorry it has gone so long without one, there’s just only so many things a person can do in a day.
One of the first things that had to be done was that Yuri Studios has now been moved over to YouTube. It is not a perfect solution. Some music is embargoed, some countries can’t see all the videos, but we really had to do it. It had gotten too large to manage with the current structure. And now it will be easier to add/favorite AMVs made by you, the Yuri AMV makers of the world. :-)
If you are making a Yuri AMV, I hope you’ll consider adding “Yuri Studios” to the credits, and letting us add it to our current line-up! We’ve already gotten a new Strike Witches AMV since this AM when it went live. ^_^
Please don’t send links to videos you don’t own – and if you own any of the ones we do have up and have a better version than the one we linked to, or would like it to live directly on our channel, or want us to link to your version of it, please let me know!
My apologies for any inconvenience in viewing or listening. It’s the best solution for the moment, and I hope you’ll support it.
That wraps up the Yuri Network report this week. As always, you’re welcome to become a Yuri Network correspondent by sending in reports of new Yuri manga, anime, and related news to anilesbocon01 at hotmail dot com. We’ll look forward to sharing your Yuri news with everyone!