Yuri Doujinshi: Liquorice

June 2nd, 2010

Last year, I had the pleasure to read Crême Brûlee, a doujinshi by a Dutch BL/GL circle, Open-Minded. It was an even greater pleasure to receive a copy of this year’s book, the all-Yuri Liquorice.

The folks at Open-Minded are true to their name. There are few limitations in this book. There is no attempt to draw “manga” but instead one finds a collection of stories that range so broadly that they are quite impossible to summarize in a word or two. This, I think, is a wonderful thing.

As with all anthologies, both art and stories vary widely. What I like best you may not and vice versa. (I am still amazed that there were people who did not adore “Grass” from Yuri Monogatari 6, as I consider it to be one of the best stories I’ve ever published in every way….) So far – I am not completely done with the volume, preferring to read it a little bit at a time, just as one might eat the sweet it’s named for – my favorite story is a completely context-less short in which two robots make love so fiercely they destroy each other. Who? Why? We’ll never know.

The true strength of Liquorice is not in the execution but in what it aspires to be. Not a copy, not “like” anything, it’s a genuinely original work. I can’t tolerate the flavor licorice, but I’ll gladly savor Liquorice over and over again.

Overall – 8

My heartfelt thanks go to the fine folks at Open-Minded for the copy of the book, and my genuine wish for their continued success.

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One Response

  1. Mara says:

    “I am still amazed that there were people who did not adore “Grass” from Yuri Monogatari 6,”

    Perhaps they did not know it was a continuation of “Until the sun sets, then rises again” from YM5.

    Regardless that it is no excuse for whoever said it.

    I would agree with you that those are fantastic stories, even read on their own or out of order or on the moon.

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