Yuri Network News – November 20, 2010

November 20th, 2010

Yuri-ish Anime

Taisho Baseball Girls is now on sale as a season box set. While the Yuri was minimal, it was really just an absolutely wonderful series that should be purchased by everyone to show that we LOVE absolutely wonderful series more than we do dreadful crap.

Speaking of dreadful crap we love, Ikkitousen is streaming on Crunchyroll. I don’t know why I  thought it already was, but now it really is. This is the first season, which you may remember gave us Ryofu and Chinkyuu.

Wasting no time with seeing if the first OVA is even popular, there is *already* noise  about a second OVA of Morita-san ha Muguchi, amazing as that is.

While I was gone, Funimation announced that they have picked up the licenses for Excel Saga, Noir, and Bubblegum Crisis 2040 all of which are worthy of your love and money.

I know there’s a few Hourou Musuko fans out there, because you email me all the time, asking me when I plan on reviewing this series. (The answer is…eventually.) The official anime website has two trailers up for you: Trailer 1 and Trailer 2.


Yuri-ish Manga

Continuing its pursuit of a reputation as “publisher of crappy manga that only a creep could love” Tokyopop has listed Kampfer on Amazon. Boggles, doesn’t it?

Out from Yuri Hime Comics is Mugen no Minamo, a series I completely ignore in magazine and out. Giant heads, little kids, drippy looking art AND threadbare content! Whee!

KR Comics offers you A Channel, a 4-koma about hyper, yet doofus-y Ron, stylish Yuuko, straight man Nagi. etc. If you like this type of gag comic, you’ll probably like this one too.

Manga no Tsukurikata, Volume 4 will be out in mid-December.

In a masterful bit of re-purposing, Ichinjinsha is releasing Yuri Hime Wildrose: Remix disc A, which is very likely meant to be a “best of” collection of the Yuri Hime Wildrose volumes.

And last, but not at all least for us, the Reborn Comic Yuri Hime website has undergone a goth makeover, which concerns me a little. I was hoping to move away from the dark and spread some light on the subject of Girl’s Love, but we’ll see what they have in mind. :-)


Yuri-ish Novel

From the admirably twisted mind of Mori Natsuko comes a new novel, Super Otome Taisen, which is absolutely sure to induce howls of laughter. When Angel Lillith appears in the St. Anna dorm of prestigious St. Teresa’s Academy and explains to the girls that God has asked them to use their pleasure power to manipulate a giant robot to fight a giant monster to save the earth…who wouldn’t say yes?  What I like best about Mori-sensei’s stories are that they have both lesbian content and lesbian awareness and are still unimaginably cracktastic. She is my hero.


Other Yuri-ish News 

YNN correspondent Jenna sends in this report of a French book about shoujo/josei manga that at least touches on Yuri. It interests me greatly that they put Yuri under the rubrick of “manga for women,” because of course, it’s not. It *used* to be manga almost exclusively by and for men, until I started pointing out that there were women who read and create Yuri and now it’s mostly by both men and woman for anyone who reads Yuri. But..because I started pointing out ten years ago that there are women who like it too, somehow that got shifted to “by and for women,” which was never what I said, nor what I meant.

So, let’s just say this again – right now, on November 10, 2010, Yuri is created by both men and women for an audience of whoever buys it.  Which makes it more complex to label, capture, identify and sell than Boy’s Love, which is mostly drawn and bought by women. Personally, I think that’s an excellent thing, as it gives us more of a variety in our stories, styles, points of view and far fewer specific genre tropes to deal with. The tropes in a Yuri story are more likely to be the tropes of that particular genre: action, romance, sci-fi, for guys, for girls, etc,.

Anyway, Jenna goes on to note that “a free sample can be found here, which includes the first two pages of the Yuri chapter: http://www.editions-h.fr/Docs/M10ki-3-site.pdf

Thanks Jenna for the heads up – this is exactly why I need the Yuri News Network!

That’s a wrap for this week.

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6 Responses

  1. darkchibi07 says:

    I, for one, approve of this new darker look of Yuri Hime’s website especially if it brings in some variety of plots beyond just school girls fawning each other (still waiting for a lesbian vampire series).

  2. @darckchibi07 Like Carmilla. I prefer to pursue stories that tell stories of adult women who openly like adult women, as opposed to supernatural, robot, other non-human stories that gives people an out on the whole gay thing.

    Plus, I find vampires, death gods and other gothy characters to be kind of dull. So hand to the forehead.

    I’ve never been goth. Too much work for nothing. Give me punk, where at least you get crappy angry 3-chord music that rocks out of all that screaming. :-)

  3. Erin says:

    Though the book itself is about shoujo/josei, the sample of the chapter on Yuri makes it very clear that Yuri has been created by and for both men and women.
    Since Yuri is a part of shoujo/josei history (some of Ikeda Riyoko’s works, for example), it makes sense to me that Yuri would be covered in the collection.

  4. Cris says:

    “It interests me greatly that they put Yuri under the rubrick of “manga for women,””

    My french is rusty but for what I understand from the sample they’re no claiming Yuri is manga for woman. For starter they explain it may target both guys and girls. They just focus on what is targeted to woman (ie: Ebine Yamaji) and on Yurihime, which with its 70% of female audience is practically female-oriented. They also comment on Nobuko Yoshiya wich is shoujo literature, and other early Yuri manga which were mostly female-oriented.

  5. Since the book is about manga for women, it falls under the category. I understand that the books is pretty unbiased, I was just clarifying my position at this time.

  6. BruceMcF says:

    Speaking of dreadful crap we love, Ikkitousen is streaming on Crunchyroll. I don’t know why I thought it already was, but now it really is. This is the first season, which you may remember gave us Ryofu and Chinkyuu.

    Perhaps because its been streaming at Hulu for a while now.

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