One of the oft-noted things about the Japanese anime market right now is that it is focusing more and more on small fetishes and off-center stuff, because the audiences there who like that kind of thing (like, say, giant breasts) are more likely to pay for anime when it’s targeted to them.
Hence, Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o for which a brand new adult anime is being launched in 2010, based on the popular Yuri sex game. (And I find myself amused to note that even the Japanese fans on 2chan don’t want the same people who did Shoujo Sect to work on this. lol They are all very happy that the folks who made Strawberry Panic! the classic it is, are on the team.)
The economics of fetishism don’t hold for the western audience, though. High school and college age men who are the most likely to watch these anime are the statistically least likely to pay for them. So although Media Blasters has licensed Queen’s Blade here, I really wouldn’t expect them to do well with it. Perhaps it’s time for them to develop a streaming model too. Of course, I *hope* I’m wrong and that all of the fans of QB shell out enough money to make it a success, because I always hope that every licensed series is a success. :-)
Also coming up in 2010 is yet another fetishy series, the third series of Shin Koihime†Musou: Otome Tairan. If the first two seasons have done well on Crunchyroll, expect to see it there.
Will the non-fetishy Yuri audience get a new anime to enjoy? No news as of yet, but remember, we are heading into an even-numbered year and the likelihood seems low. Even the Yuri Hime editors are pulling for an anime of their most moe, least interesting series.
Speaking on Yuri Hime comics, Apple Daydream Volume 2 is available, as is Yuri Wildrose, Volume 4.
Yuri Anthology Comic Lily Volume 2 is slated to hit the virtual shelves some time this month.
Looking forward a little bit, Tsubomi Volume 5 will be out in February.
Snatches of Yuri
Otome Kakumei Ayame no! Light Novel Series takes place at a private girl’s school! It involves the school idol and memory loss! And it has Yuri!
And Harenochi Cinderella manga takes place private girl’s school! Involves the school idol and an average girl! And has Yuri!
Konohana is about a girl and her robot and has egregious ass and breast usage, from Champion Red, beloved by women-haters everywhere.
Other Yuri News
It’s my great pleasure to welcome the Lirica Cafe into our Yuri Network. Lirica is a Japanese doujinshi circle that emailed me recently and I have to tell you – I’m already impressed with their art! I look forward to learning more about them. Visit their site and let us know what you think. ^_^
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