Yuri Network News – December 12, 2009

December 12th, 2009

The holiday season is in full force and buying is reaching frenzied heights – which I’m totally for. Let me see if I can help with some good suggestions for holiday gifts, shall I? ^_^

Yuricon News

The Yuricon 2009 AMV contest is heading into final hours. Please get those entries in soon! We have a fabulous art contest coming up so keep your eyes peeled!

The up-to-40% off sale on 100% Yuri from ALC is also coming to a close. Please get any orders in by Monday, Dec. 15 for Xmas shopping.

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Yuri Anime

RightStuf & Nozomi Entertainment announce the ARIA The Origination Collection for March 2, 2010. The set will include the series’ third (and final) TV season, plus the OVA. For more info, downloads, extras and lots of pretty pictures, visit RightStuf’s Aria website.

Sasamekikoto is heading to the end of a successful first season and to celebrate there will be some contest-like thing you might want to know about. I didn’t mention this, you just *might* want to check back on Wednesday. Just sayin’.

No clue what the anime will be about, but Candy Boy‘s Hoshikawa Takafumi is working on a new, unnamed project, along with Seed Project.

I do not know if there is any intention of bringing this to the west, but in Japan, April will see R.O.D. The COMPLETE BluRay Box set. For this, I might *actually* be tempted to buy a BluRay player and a sound system, but it would probably all be wasted on my craptastic TV. :-) (The wife suggests I put all the components on my Yuri Wish List. lol)

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Movie The 1st two-minute trailer is streaming live and online for your pleasure. The movie is due out on January 23rd. I think it looks overall good, with some (sadly inevitable) creepiness.

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Yuri Manga

While we’re on the topic, Digital Manga Publishing has licensed the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS manga and I should probably warn you that Yuri content in that is low to non-existent. If you like Nanoha for itself, it’s good. Don’t go reading it looking for Yuri, you’ll be disappointed.

It’s time for the next issue of Yuri Hime S, featuring “Konohana Link” on the cover and filled with a ton of stuff and even the occasional story about women who like one another. ;-) YHS will hit the streets on December 18.

Kono Koi ha XXX is an anthology of short, PWP stories with Yuri content and sex by an artist who formerly contributed to Yuri Shimai. So you know what you’re in for.

Hayate x Blade Volume 5 is out. I will review it as soon as I can. Trust me – it’s fabulous.

And Nijiburi has been on all the Japanese Yuri lists recently. I’m sure it is relevant to our interests, but I’ve hit the wall on large eyes for the morning. :-)

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Yuri Light Novel

Light Novel Kimi ga Boku wo Doushite Sora ha Aoi no? sounds, gasp! interesting. In a shopping center that was formerly prosperous, a girl finds herself involved in working with (for? as?) a butler to an official, i.e., another girl. The story sounds half typical and half not so much. I might give it a try, just because it has to be better than the LN I’m trying to read right now.

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Other News

From time to time I get requests for suggestions and recommendations for LGBT books. I don’t actually do recommendations of any kind, but I can provide links. I’ll try and do my best to add some good LGBT book links here from time to time. Since it is the holiday season and you may be looking for some LGBT lit other than manga to buy, here are a few sites that may be of interest to you:

GLBT Bookshelf

Bella Books

Bold Strokes Books

Alyson Books

Brisk Press

I hope you find something fun for the LGBTQ-friendly folks in your life. ^_^

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That’s a wrap for this week.

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9 Responses

  1. Psst, it’s BluRay, not Blue Ray.

  2. @A Day Without Me – As you can see, it’s all *very* important to me. lol I’ll fix that right up, thanks.

  3. Sheila says:

    SPOILER

    Gotta love when Hitsugi is fighting Kurea with that song as a background. I hadn’t catch the reference when I read the japanese volume a while ago. Thanks.

    Victory haha

  4. Rosalie says:

    Your Alyson Books link doesn’t work.

  5. @Rosalie Fixed. Thanks for the catch

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’ve tried to enter your art contests a few times before. Never did make it for some reason or another >.< But this time for sure! I have winter break on my side!

  7. Thanks for the link to Bella Books and spreading the word about lesbian stories available.

  8. J says:

    If it affects your interest at all: it is not the main character who serves as a ‘butler’ (at least in Doushite Sora wa Aoi no?). The position of ‘butler’, in this case, is also not what one might expect; it involves the handling of money in place of someone who is unable to, due to their occupation.

    There is definitely Yuri though, and while I can’t say I’ve read a great number of light novels, I’ve read enough to feel comfortable saying Nakazato Mitsuru’s writing is not typical. If one were to summarize the plot and characters of each of his books, they may end up sounding fairly generic – but it’s the details and the execution of his writing that hold the possibility of appeal. I can’t say I have the proficiency to determine whether I would call his stuff ‘well written’ or not though, and I certainly think that there are those out there who would absolutely hate it.

    Incidentally, I personally enjoyed Dorobou no Meijin and Itaike na Shujin more than the Kimi ga Boku wo series thus far. I felt that the protagonists were more self-aware than the heroine of Kimi ga Boku wo. If I were to recommend one of Nakazato Mitsuru’s light novels, it would be Itaike na Shujin. Don’t pay attention to the 続編 in the official site’s summary – it’s so loosely connected that it really, really doesn’t matter whether or not one reads Dorobou no Meijin first (iirc amagasa says approximately the same thing, so I am not alone in thinking this).

    Note: While I refer to Nakazato Mitsuru as male, I am going by information in a profile that he claims readers should question the veracity of.

  9. Tim says:

    DMP licensed the StrikerS manga in 2008, but since there’s been no follow up on it since that and they’ve deleted all mention of it from their site, it seems they’ve dropped their plans to publish it.

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