The first Revolutionary Girl Utena box set is hitting the streets soon – get your preorders in on RightStuf to work towards some unnamed great extra when you pre-order all three sets. Here’s the Amazon link, if you prefer to go that way.
Also from Rightstuf, a new webpage, pre-order link and trailer for Sora no wo to, Sound of the Sky.
YNN Correspondent Komatsu-san says that the new issue of Comic Yuri Hime is pretty good. His favorites were the stories by Takahashi Mako, about older women, and Takemiya Jin’s story. I will chafe at the bit until my copy comes in….
Manga no Tsukurikata, Volume 5 is headed our way at the end of June. (I was so very, very tempted to put this under the Snatches of Yuri category, let me tell you!)
Snatches of Yuri
I have absolutely no idea what this is about, but Love Pheromone No. 5 (ラブフェロモンNo．5 ) is considered Yuri by the Japanese blogs and looks like it could be good or really horrible. It’s a Yuri / high school girl / phone manga.
Oh god, another interview with me. If you’re not absolutely done to death with that, or are willing to read my answers to a couple of slightly different questions about fandom and social media, drop by Fanboy.com. Don’t you just love the irony? ^_^
Our written archive of personal histories relating to Yuri is now online, with the first two sets of essays! Enjoy the Q&A with Morishima Akiko-sensei from the 2005 Yuricon in Tokyo program book, in English and Japanese, and an essay from Katherine Hanson, yesterday’s Guest Reviewer. These, and all the other essays will be on the What Yuri Means to Me Project page on Yuricon.com. (Some files are PDFs.) You’re welcome to send us your own history with Yuri – this is an ongoing project and we’d love to hear what Yuri means to you, too!
Other Yuri News
You remember Tadeno Eriko, creator of WORKS, right? Well, she goes by the name Mizuki Monika now, and she’s part of Lesbian Erotica, a, duh, lesbian erotica circle. They’ve got a Youtube channel and some of their manga has been made into video-manga. Her high school Yuri story, Ai to Kai to ka is on the channel and it (and some of the others) are definitely worth a look! Some of their stuff is NSFW, so be warned.
So, in my Solution to the Scanlation Solution, I proposed a new idea for the manga industry – one run by and for creators and fans. I pretty much knew that it couldn’t be built by anyone who has to license work – it had to come from the folks who create manga and anime. When I heard of J-Comi, a Japanese creator site conceived of by Akamatsu Ken (Love Hina, Negima,) I was fairly certain that that was going to be the first site to embrace my vision. And so it has, with a program to absolve downloaders from guilt by legitimizing scanned manga. Now, J-Comi has a new translation feature. This is the future and the manga creators know it.
When I pointed out on Twitter that this was the first entry to my vision of the future manga industry, Nakiyoshi Tomino said that he would be the second. Online Mag Xenocross will be available in June, (with at least one Yuri-ish looking story,) all proceeds are going to a children’s welfare charity.
This is it – the first wave of our future guys. I can’t wait to see where it all goes. Isn’t it exciting?
That’s a wrap for this week.
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