Yuri Network News – April 17, 2010

April 17th, 2010

Yuri Anime

Media Blasters has announced that Queen’s Blade will get a dub track. Because you’re watching it for the great dialogue. lol (Oh, and a quick note to those of you who know and care about Media Blasters, Chet and John are still there and say hi.)

Other Yuri News

YNN Correspondent ashi pointed out that the Crunchyroll Newsletter addressed the question “Why is there more Yuri these days?” Yuricon Mailing List Member Jacob summed it up well when he said, “Maybe it is because such relationships are more accepted. Maybe because it sells. But probably both.”

However…based on the conversation about “Fufu” on 2chan, I would say that same-sex relationships are nowhere near being accepted in Yuri fandom. The channel was split between people who insisted that Yuri and lesbian are the same (which they clearly are not) and those who said plainly that they don’t want lesbians in their Yuri. Which leaves – there’s more Yuri because it sells.

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Yuri Manga

Tsubomi 6 is out next month and the next issue of Comic Yuri Hime is out now. This is the issue in which Morinaga Milk makes her reappearance with a color illustration. It also has the return of Ame-iro Kouchakan Kandan for those of us who have missed it.

Also coming from Ichijinsha is Yuri Hime Selection 2. The first volume of this was a collection of random stories and one-shots from Yuri Shimai that didn’t have enough chapters to be collected into a volume by one artist. I’d assume that this second volume is the same for Yuri Hime stories.

And while we’re on an anthology kick – new Yuri Anthology Hirari is also out this month.

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Snatches of Yuri

Award winning author Asakura Takuya has written a 2-novel series about two women who meet again after 15 years and find that their feelings for one another have, if anything, grown more intense. Old Friends Volume 1 and Volume 2 might appeal to the more adult readers among us.

A live action movie called GL – Little Witches Labyrinth looks just about as pandering as a non-porn can look. I would not expect quality.

Nekokami Yaoyoruzu is a cat-eared lolicon god comedy from Champion Red Comics, about a cute god who lives in a shrine in a little town’s antiques shop.

Another novel series that seems of interest is Kimi ha Boku wo about a town with a thriving shopping center and two girls that live there. Volume 2 is especially Yuri-riffic, but if I tell you why, it’ll spoil volume 1. ;-) If you can read the book, you can read the synopsis on Amazon JP.

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Other News

I was not able to attend MocCCA’s festival this year, but the last time I did, I wrote about a very talented woman named Margot Dabaie. Well this year, her book The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories: Growing Up Christian Palestinian in America made the “best comics from the 2010 MoCCA Art Festival” list on the New York Daily News! Congrats Margot!

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That’s a wrap for this week.

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7 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    An English dub of Queen’s Blade? Sounds like a recipe for comedy gold. : D

  2. Senbei says:

    I have YH Selection v.1, and I think it’s wonderful (Sunao Minakata not withstanding). Featuring my two favorite Yuri artists, the stories are brief but definitely enjoyable. I really hope they pick some wonderful stories this time around too!

  3. Cryssoberyl says:

    “I would say that same-sex relationships are nowhere near being accepted in Yuri fandom.”

    “those who said plainly that they don’t want lesbians in their Yuri.”

    While I’m not in the least doubting your word, things like this never fail to absolutely blue-screen my mind with the illogical hypocrisy on display.

    At least there was an equal amount of the other opinion which, if not truly accurate, is at least more accepting.

  4. darkchibi07 says:

    I’m trying to wrap my head around on this “don’t want lesbians” in Yuri. Is that mean they want some sort of ambiguity maintained or something?

  5. @darchibi07 – It means that they want young girls, with no real sexual identity, who do not want rights as a couple, or words that describe them.

  6. darkchibi07 says:

    Geez, if that doesn’t sound like an utterly wallbanging moment, I don’t know what is. -_-

  7. BruceMcF says:

    There’s the idea of moe as a feeling of protectiveness … and then, it seems, there is an empty sim-game type simulcra of that. Just like real bread and Wonder Bread, the target audience for the empty simulcra is probably easier to cater to.

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