Yuri Network News – January 14, 2012

January 14th, 2012

Happy first YNN report of the New Year! It looks like there’ll be a lot of shiny fun for Yuri fans of all persuasions this year. Today we’ll catch up on some anime trailers and the like.

Yuri Anime

Looking forward to Black Rock Shooter anime? Check out the trailers on the official website. (I’m really hoping that this series looks half as good as all the figurines for this series, which tempted me mightily over the New Year holiday in every single store.)

The Smile! PreCure commercial has aired, take a look here.(NicoNico Douga is iffy, so if you have an account there, try logging in to see it.) The “difference” this time is that they are going with a team right out of the box, rather than two to start, then adding in a new character at intervals. They are also going with extra super teeth-grittingly cute names. I think they are punishing the adults who watch the series. Cure Happy, Cure Smile. Ugh. ^_^

Of great interest to me, the first Jormungand anime trailer is up on ANN, with the pleasant bonus of Itou Shizuka as Koko (She was Nadie in El Cazador de la Bruja and Rei in Maria-sama ga Miteru.) She’s a perfect choice for the role, I couldn’t be happier. And, while I say this knowing I should be careful what I wish for, I hope they leave the Valmet-Koko service in, because I like it. ^_^

Probably no more Yuri than its predecessors, but by Yuri-friendly Nanzaki Iku, Queen’s Blade: Rebellion is slated for a spring release.

Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, A Channel and Yuru Yuri are all getting second seasons of anime.


Yuri Manga

JManga is now offering Morita-san ha Mukuchi for your reading enjoyment! The Yuri is very light in this series, but the overall story is enjoyable enough that it’s worth a read.


Other News

Manga Erotics F magazine announced a line of toys this year, including an Ah-chan figurine, for fans of Aoi Hana.

And for those who like to take their Yuri in game form, the trailer for the upcoming Madoka Online Browser game is streaming.

I was joking on Twitter a few days back, about which series has been the most over-merchandised series of 2011. The top three suggestions were One Piece (which has got to have hit some kind of saturation point in Japan by now…there are no stores of any kind without One Piece *somethings*) K-ON! and Madoka.

My three favorite random branded items seen for these are:

Axe has One Piece body spray available, I can’t imagine what Luffy or Chopper body spray could smell like and I never tried to find out…

K-ON! themed “Fuwa Fuwa Time” cotton candy in a bag at Lawson.

Madoka men’s trunk underwear.

So, yeah, these three win.


That wraps it up for this week.

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11 Responses

  1. @Anonymous – Yes, thank you. I’m waiting to hear something substantive on it.

  2. Jenny says:

    Queen’s Blade? Really? As horribly objectifying as that series is?

  3. @Jenny – Not sure what you are asking, quite. Nanzaki Iku, who become popular as the artists for doujinshi circle Doropana Tours, drawn Shizuru x Natsuki stories, and who has drawn many a Yuri story for the Yuri Hime Wildrose and Girls Love series is the creator of the Queen’s Blade manga series.

  4. Mary says:

    Nice roundup. Indeed looking forward to BRS. I really want a Black Gold Saw, she’d look good next to my dolls. THose figures are pwetty.

    (What, you aren’t too old to have dolls at 30!)

  5. Jenny says:

    I guess I’m just surprised that you like the series. I admit that I haven’t watched it, but all the images I’ve seen from it have women of horribly unrealistic proportion, in amazingly fan-service settings. I don’t mind a little of either of those things, but when it seems to be the entire focus of the series, I am leery.

  6. @Jenny – I don’t like Queen’s Blade. It is, however, of interest to the Yuri-liking audience, just as Black Rock Shooter is, with about as much Yuri.

    @Mary – You are definitely not too old to have dolls. My wife and I were very, very tempted by the Figma BRS and Dead Master figurines.

  7. @Jenny – For my opinion of Queen’s Blade, check out my review of it: http://okazu.blogspot.com/2010/12/queens-blade-anime-volume-1-english.html

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just saw the R.O.D. lonk. Anybody here have any idea why Yomiko is sitting in a steel drum?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the excplanation!

    (go to read it)

    Oh good grief. Lameass fanservice like the embarassing stuff that made the manga worse than the anime (did the anime come second? nioce to see it be an improvement). With an added bonus of the sinking feeling I get about lots of water sloshed above an apartment (OK, maybe it’s above her own apartment, but I still got fresh memories of stupid leaks through my ceiling, my buddy’s ceiling, etc.).

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