Yuri Network News – March 5, 2011

March 5th, 2011

Yuri Anime

Welcome to the “some series never die” edition of the YNN report! Top news this week is German licensing company m4e has re-licensed the Sailor Moon anime for the German market. It’s not that US companies don’t want to license Sailor Moon, we know that. Remember when Funimation looked into it? And I know two others that have, as well. And…it’s not happenin’ right now. I don’t know why it’s not. but I’m going to close my eyes and pray for a moment that we do get a re-release sometime soon. I really want a DVD set of the third season with sound that doesn’t suck. I like to crank it when the Outer Senshi transform. (I’m sitting here watching Sailor Moon S as a I type and *man* does it have lousy art! But I don’t care, I love it anyway and want to see it re-released.)

Also in keeping with our theme this week, Funimation has announced that the release date for the Noir Complete Collection has been pushed back to July.

Back in the 2010’s, Ain’t It Cool Anime News mentioned that a K-ON! movie has been announced with a release at the end of 2011.


Yuri Events – Yuri Artists

If you’re in or near Kyoto, Japan on the 21st of the month, you might want to arrange your day so you can participate in the 5th Girls Love Fes, Yuri doujinshi market, being held from 11:30-4:30 at Plaza  Pio.

For those of you in or near New York on the 20th of the month, consider arranging your day to make a trip to the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD) where Rica Takashima (Rica ‘tte Kanji!?) will be joining Jennifer Camper (Juicy Mother), Diane DiMassa (Hothead Paisan) and Joah Hilty (Bitter Girl) for a slide show and discussion panel called “Dykes Draw the Line.” The tickets are free, but you must reserve in advance.

If you were on Twitter last night, around 11PM EST, you were able to catch Fujieda Miyabi-sensei drawing live on Ustream. It was fun and rather relaxing, to watch him create something before our eyes (and hear him sing along to his background music.) Those of us watching it decided that we desperately wanted to live in a world where he designed all the clothing. ^_^ (He’s on his stream still, as I type this morning, so quick go over and say hi!)

Nakamura Ching-sensei has been working like a madwoman and picking up a number of very interesting gigs, along with her work on GUNJO and Girl’s Jump. One of her recent jobs was to pen a Yuri story for a fashion magazine, commons & sense, issue 140. This appears to be a real fashion mag, full of stuff I find laughably poser-y, but people who read this kind of thing probably take quite seriously. Check out the gallery and decide for yourself. I’ve ordered the magazine and I’ll let you know how it is.


That’s a wrap for this week.

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10 Responses

  1. darkchibi07 says:

    That Yurinahibi blog mentioned about that “commons & sense” magazine and posted some manga snippets. It looks like the manga is translated in English along with the rest of the magazine so this seems to be a good item to import.

    I’ll keep that particular magazine issue in mind.

  2. @darkchibi01 If you check out the gallery page for the issue, you can see a couple of panels from the manga and, yes, they were translated.

  3. Mandy says:

    It was such a treat to watch Fujieda-sensei drawing this morning! But if he was on at 11pm est yesterday and he’s just finished at noon the next day… was he on the entire time? That would be impressive, but I sure hope there was a break or something in-between.

  4. @Mandy – He did take some breaks. But I think from noon to midnight is a pretty normal work day for alot of the manga artists. I see them get up at 8AM their time and often they don’t go to bed until 3 or 4AM.

    If you’ve ever wondered why mangaka seem to break down so often, I imagine that this is probably why – they have no time to rest.

  5. BruceMcF says:

    What a coincidence, I just bought the ADV releases of Noir and Madlax this month.

    Came to just over $50, so free shipping in the US too.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “It’s not that US companies don’t want to license Sailor Moon, we know that. Remember when Funimation looked into it? And I know two others that have, as well. And…it’s not happenin’ right now. I don’t know why it’s not.”

    I saw a rumor, but it’s about the manga, not the anime: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2011/03/tokyopop-lays-off-senior-editors/ (one of the comments)

    “Not even mentioned in the long line of Tokyopop/Mixx blunders is one of their very earliest ones: how they managed to mess up one of the biggest and most profitable licensed properties of the past generation with legally-questionable activity that angered Naoko Takeuchi so much that to this day she has vowed to never allow *any* American publisher to touch her work again.”


  7. @Anonymous – “not even mentioned” perhaps, because it’s a construct of rumor. It could be true, of course, but I don’t see how it is. Sailor Moon was not cocked up by Tokyopop, with the sole exception of the Inner’s names and they weren’t the ones who started that, DiC (which was not an American company) did.

  8. Anonymous says:

    “but I don’t see how it is.”

    Yeah, neither do I. The only way to find out for sure would be to ask Takeuchi Naoko herself!

  9. Felix says:

    Aha, Fujieda Miyabi is one of my favorite mangaka, that will teach me not to check your blog over the weekend. Do you have any idea if this is a regular thing for him or was it a one time deal?

  10. @Felix – I don’t know, but book mark the channel and see if he pops back in. Just keep the time zone in mind. ^_^

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