Live Action Yuri
The big news in the world of Yuri this week is the announcement of a Live-Action Maria-sama ga Miteru movie, as announced in this Cobalt Salon ad. (PDF) And there is already a movie website, with the lead actresses listed: Miki Honoka as Yumi and Haru as Sachiko. I note that the leads appear to be teen idols who modeled for young men’s magazines. There are an endless supply of women who become idols and end up doing that kind of modeling – the actresses from the Live-Action Sailor Moon were found through the same route. It pretty much guarantees interest from a male audience for what is otherwise just another chick movie.
And thanks to ANN for ferreting out that Kakera: A Piece of Our Life, the movie based on Erica Sakurazawa’s Love Vibes, will be showing at Raindance and is going to have a UK theatrical release, followed by a DVD release. (Trailer here.)
YNN Correspondent Darkchibi07 notes that Ichijinsha’s Yuri Hime Website has a nice new feature. If you click a volume on the scrolling banner, it leads you to a page on the Ichinjinsha store – if there is a GREEN link on that page, click that and you will be able to read that volume for free with their online e-reader. No, there are no translations – this is after all a Japanese manga, on a Japanese site, for a primarily Japanese market. (I will refrain from once again explaining why fansubs are not really connected to sales and I’ll ask that you please refrain from insisting that if the publisher put time and money into translating an e-edition into English it would somehow translate to better sales. Thanks.)
Takemiya Jin’s collection Girlish Sweet is available for pre-order. I love his work – although I don’t think he’s ever going to surpass his amoral/evil Noriko fan works with any of his original stuff. I keep hoping though!
Three new Ichijinsha comics about which I know nothing are slated for release this month: Kimi Koi Limit, YuriPop and Honey Inferno. I suppose I should actually read the ads in Yuri Hime one day…. Also I note that Raubritter, another Ichijinsha publication was came out while I was in Japan, but although I saw it, I just blanked. For some reason, I remember the cover putting me off.
That’s a wrap for this week.
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