Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, and as I have done for the last few years, I’m taking a few moments to express (out loud where other people can hear it!) how thankful I am for some things.
This year I would very much like to begin by thanking Nozomi/Right Stuf, Seven Seas, Kodansha, Media Blasters, Dark Horse, Sentai Filmworks, Viz, Vertical, and Yen Press for their various Yuri and Yuri-friendly series in the past year. 2011 was a very good year for reboots and re-releases of older series.
I would like to thank Rica Takashima, Takami Koka, and Yorico Murakami for their continuing assistance with the Rica ‘tte Kanji!? Omnibus project. Especially Takami-sama. ^_^ We’re still on track for a 2012 release and I think you’ll be very pleased and surprised at what we have planned.
Thanks to Yuricon staffers and my dear friends, Serge, Sean, Bruce, Donna and Kelli. Traveling to new and exciting cons is always best when it’s a group trip. ^_^
Very special thanks to all my Okazu Guest Posters this year: Mara, George R, Felix, C Banana, Bruce, Katherine H, Hafl, John B, Ayra, each and every one of you has helped this blog become the resource it is. My very sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you.
Of course I must thank all my Okazu Heros and Superheros! I quite literally could not do this without you. Thank you all for your kindness and generosity, your support of Yuri and of Okazu. And for friendship, which none of you are required to give, but all of you do in great measure.
Always, always I want to thank you, my dear Okazu Readers. You push me to be a better blogger, critic and commenter all the time and for that, I thank you. You yell at me, make fun of me, but I am so pleased and proud to know that my comments fields are the opposite of a cesspool. Your wit and insight help me understand more about the topics I cover here.
Always foremost in my thoughts, I want to thank my wife, who not only puts up with this nonsense, but actively encourages it. I love you with all my heart.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Happy Thanksgiving Day, whether you celebrate the day or not.