Yuri Network News – April 23, 2011

April 23rd, 2011

Yuri Manga

Deb Aoki of Manga.about.com brings good news with a short, but very targeted, interview with Kodansha USA about the localization of the new Sailor Moon and Codename: Sailor V editions.

My wife is going to laugh when I read this to her, because she’s been saying all along that this would happen: Kakifly has announced that the K-ON! manga will continue, in two magazines. One magazine will contain the college life adventures of Yui and the gang, while the other manga will follow Azusa, Jun and Ui’s remaining high school years.

If you’re following the adventures of two college-age women living a cheerful life of poverty in Flat and Flow, Volume 3 is out. (ふらふろ)

The May issue of Mangatime Lovely will include a Yuri story by Uso Kurata called  “Itsuka Ouji-sama ga.” (いつか王子様が)

Save your yen for June when Volume 14 of Hayate x Blade hits the shelves! I promise you will not be disappointed. Based on a tweet by Hayashiya Shizuru-sensei, it looks like a special edition with booklet will be available.


Yuri Anime

Section 23 has added the third season of Hidamari Sketch, Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu, to their summer release schedule.

YNN Correspondent George R. has written in to say that in Episode 3, some Yuri has been unnaturally and artificially injected into Hanasaku Iroha: “Jiroumaru, the author staying at Kissuisou, provides more complications as well as the first Yuri in the series. How many series offer you lame slash fiction about the girls in the series. In this case, it’s just a glimpse at an ero-novel featuring the girls together in the bath. Jiromaru is writing it to try to pay his bills. Some folks will find this a jarring turn-off, I just had to laugh at this way of showing his inadequacies. His personality is an interesting mix of arrogance and insecurity.”


Snatches of Yuri

Young Gangan magazine has a collected volume that Yuri Japanese lists call Yuri. I have no idea what to expect, except that Young Gangan kinda never makes me happy. The collection is Oshieshirabusu (オシエシラバス) If you get it, let me know how it is. ^_^

Fans of Manga no Tsukurikata will be excited to hear that in late June an original Manga no Tsukurikata doujinshi will be published by the author, according to a tweet by a Comic Ryuu editor.

I know, I know, you were just dying for the day when Mikarun X, Volume 7 is out. Well, here you go.


Other News

As I mentioned Thursday, I was honored to be invited to participate in a post-mortem on Tokyopop on ANN’s ANNCast.  I’m pretty certain that Zac, Lissa and I ripped open every seam of poor Tokyopop’s shroud and well-critiqued the dead company’s thread count and stitching of the bed curtains, “rings and all.” It was a great conversation, many thanks to Zac and Lissa for the opportunity!


That’s a wrap for this week.

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5 Responses

  1. BruceMcF says:

    After some trepidation after hearing online that Hanasaku Iroha ep3 had descended into lame fan service, I was surprised to discover that ~ while it was indeed an artificial injection ~ it was far from unnatural, as the reason for writing of the Yuri ero fantasy was an effort to “pay the bill”.

    As a subtext commentary on the insertion of the portrayal of the ero scene into the series, it was quite droll.

    If it promised to be an ongoing thing, I would be quite annoyed ~ and indeed if it becomes a regular thing, I will become quite annoyed ~ but the conclusion of the episode’s drama suggests that it won’t be.

  2. BruceMcF says:

    Oh, and by the same subtext, also suggests that there will be absolutely no Yuri in the actual inn, except for artificial and contra-plot scenes imagined by some onlookers.

  3. George R. says:

    @BruceMcF Exactly. And thanks for your words, you put it better than I. I may have had a little less trepidation when watching ep 3, but fully agree with you: The only Yuri in the series will be of the type we saw here. But even without the Yuri, I’m quite enjoying the show.

  4. Senbei says:

    I was surprised that when the ANN discussion turned to licenses that needed to be rescued .hack// wasn’t mentioned. Doesn’t TP own like a dozen spinoffs? Am I mistaken in thinking they were doing well with them (I’ve seen shelves and shelves of them in the local library teen section) or was this another case of wacky Stu-vision?

  5. @senbei – Frankly, there’s no simple way to know what was selling well. We don’t really know anything about the liquidity of Tokyopop, whether any title was actually selling “well” or whether that had any or no relationship to the decision to close the division.

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