Yuri Network News – October 8, 2011

October 8th, 2011

Yuri Manga

The next issue of Hakusensha’s Rakuen le Paradis (楽園 Le Paradis), which hits shelves on October 31, has another guest story by Hayashiya Shizuru-sensei – and looking at this splash page for the magazine, it looks cheerfully Yuri.

YMM Correspondent Komatsu-san wants us to know that French Publisher Taifu is doing a GIRL FRIENDS trivia contest to celebrate their Yuri release. (The page in French, but not that hard to figure out.)

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Digital Platforms News

JManga has Hitohira from Aurora publishing as part of their offerings. JManga also focused on GIRL FRIENDS this week, which is available in English on their site – there is a preview of the first few pages available for free with an account. Right now you have to have a subscription to the site to buy from them, but they’ve dropped some manga prices down to about half – so you can get all of Volume 1 of Morinaga Milk’s adorable Yuri manga for $4.99 for a limited time. I hope you will all support their English releases of Yuri manga, because the more they sell – the more they will pursue Yuri. (I have asked them about allowing ad hoc purchases and also sent them a list of Yuri titles they should pursue and found them in general to be very responsive and professional. In fact, when they did the one day focus on GIRL FRIENDS, I was very pleased at the synopsis of the story. It was appropriate and not at *all* pandering or obnoxious. Let them know what titles you want to see, they are listening!  I expect pretty great things from them as time goes on.)

Akamatsu Ken’s digital site JComi has posted some of the  manga restricted by the new Tokyo Law. The site, and the manga, are in Japanese.

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Yuri Anime

For those of you who liked the hot mahjong action of Saki, a new Saki spinoff, Saki Achiga-hen, is in the works.

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Other News

Cover artist for the new Comic Yuri Hime, and artists for BL series Starry Sky, Kazuaki, has a fetching artbook available on Amazon JP. Kazuaki Artworks: カズアキ

Last week for my column Magazine no Mori on Manga Bookshelf, I take a look at the eclectic manga magazine @Comic Bunch.

The Director of Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, is publishing a prequel book for the story, known as Beginning Story.

Melinda Beasi adds to the conversation about manga on the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s site with a chilling discussion on why the manga community can not just stand by while Brandon X goes to jail for manga or doujinshi he wanted to read – check this amazing essay out on the CBLDF’s website.

YNN Correspondent Catherine D has started a really exciting new project. She’s hoping to create Vocabulary lists to help fans learn Japanese as they watch the anime. She’s begun her project on the Crunchyroll Forum – Vocabulary lists and she very much hopes some folks will join her project. Right now she’s working on Sasamekikoto and Moribito.

And one last note from the Yuri Network – YNN Correspondent  YNN Correspondent Ransui-san on Twitter points out that this weekend is the kickoff for the Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. If you’re in or around Tokyo and manage to get to see any of the festival, please do report back. We’d love to hear about it.

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That’s a wrap for this week.

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3 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Just writing to mention that Urobuchi Gen was the writer of PMMM, not the director (who was Akiyuki Shinbo).

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I know it isn’t Yuri, but I really wanted your view on the Mardock Scramble novels and Anime film, as it still touches on many serious issues like molestation, rape and prostitution, and in the anime film they have the girls life put on ‘trial’ and later she has a release of pain and rage reminding me of anger issues explored in victim’s counseling. Even a brief thought would be very appreciated. Thank you.

  3. @Anonymous – I haven’t watched or read any of it and have no plans to. Therefore, I cannot comment.

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