Yuri Magazine News
Based on the number of magazines that are covering Yuri and GL, I think we can say that Yuri is just about the new Black. There was Davinci last week and this week:
YNN Correspondent Katherine reports that the September 2009 issue of Manga Erotics F is going to be a “special edition” Aoi Hana issue with some bonus Aoi Hana content by Shimura-sensei! Plus, according to the Aoi Hana website Goods Page, an Aoi Hana official guidebook will be coming out in September. The street date is September 4, but I don’t see an entry on Amazon JP for it yet.
George R. also wants you to know that the September issue of Newtype has an 8-page article on “Girls x Girls!” about how relationships between girls are now the rage in anime. (Now!?!) He says “They start with K-On! pointing out that it led the “Girls Anime Movement” in ’09, but that this century has seen an unpredicted rise of “bishoujo anime” or “moe anime” in contrast to the previous harem anime. For K-on!, they discuss the relationships between the main girls as, “laughing, crying, spending time together in a warm, firm friendship.”
Aoi Hana is used as an example of “Sincere Love” between girls, pointing out that Maria-sama ga Miteru brought this to the fore for modern fans, and also discussing some of the attraction of a pair of girls compared to a hetero-couple. They also call out couples in Kannazuki no Miko, Strawberry Panic, Natsu no Arashi and Sasameki Koto as examples.
Kanamemo shows “Comical Bonds”, where “girls activities are loved by the god of laughter.” A friend saw this and the previous and commented, “Oh, we’ve got dramatic Yuri and comical Yuri.” Here they call out couples in Kore ga watashi no Goshujinsama, Ichigo Mashimaro, Hidamari Sketch, and Bamboo Blade.
KITTY GIRL-AND shows “Admiration able to be born from strife,” where the line is blurred between joining forces to fight and fighting for the sake of love. Here they call out couples in Card Captor Sakura, Kiddy Grade, Strike Witches, and Ga-rei Zero.
To Aru Majutsu no Index is used to show “Girls anime has endlessly broadening possibilities,” where they talk about other ways “Girls Anime” can turn. Here they call out couples in Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru, Maria+Holic, Saki, and Taisho Yakyuu Musume.
Finally, Sengoku no Basara takes the last two pages to make the point that “relations between guys are fine too.”
In KC Dessert, a manga magazine targeted toward older teen girls that often has sexual relationships and deals with relationship “issues,” there are a number of Yuri and related stories these days. At least one deals with a MtF Yuri love story. Here’s a link to the September Special Volume.
Well, not that it’s brimming with Yuri or anything, but YNN Correspondent George R. reports that a third season of Hidamari Sketch appears to be on the way.
Other Yuri News
AnimeVice has subbed clips of the recent Phonix Wright Takarazuka show. Avoid the “chicks playing guys?!???? It’s unpossible!” comments and enjoy the clips.
Snatches of Yuri
This is here because I honestly can’t remember if I posted it yet – Maria-sama ga Miteru: Little Horrors is out and filled with stories about characters that are not “our” Yamayurikai, with a Yamayurikai wrapping.
Man, if Degurai didn’t look so repulsive, I’d probably get it, because it sounds like crack. Girls’ school, crazed lesbians, food…something like that.
Corpse Party – Blood Covered looks less Yuri than horror, but if you like that mixed with moe, it could hold high appeal for you.
That’s a wrap for the week.
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