Bruce P has written me with what well may be the piece of news that is the *most* interesting to me. He tells us that the Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou (Yokohama Shopping Log) manga is being reprinted in Japan. Why is this interesting to us? Because Kodansha USA is finally up and running…and they’ve started with two old classics, Akira and Ghost in the Shell. (Interestingly, they’ve reprinted Dark Horse’s editions, and in the case of the latter title, used the censored version, so no gratuitous lesbian sex for Americans from Kodansha.) I’m not saying that YKK being reprinted in Japan has any direct bearing on Kodansha USA…just that now would be an exceptionally good time for them to consider it.
In any case, Bruce P. says, “the first two volumes will be released on 10/23. This is great news since many of the original volumes are no longer available through Amazon.co.jp. Now if only they would reprint the art book.” Here are links to the reprinted Volume 1 and Volume 2.
Shelia was the first of several to point out that Nakamura Chin, creator of Gunjo, has a short story collection out called Chinman. If you love her art, as I do, I hope you’ll support her work.
Also, Sheila and Erin both mentioned that there is yet *another* Yuri anthology planned, called Comic Lily, while the publisher who put out Sakuraike’s work’s new anthology has changed it’s name to Yuri Shoujo – and it appears to be planned for a November 19 release at Comitia, so not necessarily a bookstore release. We’ll see.
Waaahhh. Such drama over a title.
Here are some recent and upcoming manga releases:
Comic Yuri Hime Magazine
Gokujou Drops 3 by Mikuni H.
Otome Senshi Lovely 5 by Jonouchi Nene
Honey Quartet by Tokoro Kemeko
Also on December 4th Mori Natsuko will be releasing a new novel called Futari no Hitori Asobi.
And Yuri Hime Wildrose 4 is due out in December.
George and I are on the same page, wanting to let you know about some Yuri anime this season. Kampfer is not going to win any awards, but there is a strain of Yuri running through it, as a country might say there’s a strain of virus running through it. :-)
Also no less ridiculous, but somehow more fun, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun has a major Yuri character, played for laughs and pathos.
Also, George and several others noted that first episode of Hidamari Sketch x365 Tokubetsuhen aired last week.
I also want to say – when are we gong to see a Yuri anime from Ichijinsha? They were the one who unleashed Loveless on the world. I think it’s time for them to provide us with the same kind of virality. Here’s today’s question – which Ichinjinsha (Yuri Hime, Yuri Hime S, Comic YH) series would *you* like to see as an anime?
This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure of moderating a Queer Manga Panel at NYU as part of their Pride month. The panelists were Ivan Velez Jr., June Kim, Hiroki Otsuka and the always fabulous Mari Morimoto. One of the attendees, James Leung, did a great write-up of the panel, so I’ll let him tell you all about it on his blog, Random Access Information.
And last, but very much not at *all* least, I want to draw your attention to an amazing piece of investigative reporting by YNN correspondent Bruce McF. This is not Yuri, but it is *huge*. Because of some interesting circumstances, Bruce began to look at where pirated streaming anime was served from and he uncovered the fact that the largest percentage of illegally streaming anime in America is served from properties owned by Rupert Murdoch. Go read the article – it’s absolutely fascinating.
Rupert Murdoch is the Biggest Pirate of the US Anime Market.
Well, we began with a Bruce and we ended with a Bruce. That’s a wrap for the week!
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