Yuri Manga: Comic Yuri Hime (コミック百合姫), January 2013

January 24th, 2013

Once again, the cover of Comic Yuri Hime (コミック百合姫) tells a story. The January issue’s story, which is helpfully titled “Love Story”, provides flashbacks to Mad magazines of old, as the cover and inside cover offer *4* pages of story with the fold.

This issue was primarily interesting for the various ways in which so many of the stories explored the typical tropes of schoolgirl Yuri with abandon. And I mean that – artists are really just going nuts within the same few basic ideas. Girls are still transferring into elite schools, where they encounter the star of the school…but none of the typical things one might expect are happening. The star of the school is not who she seems, murders occur, things are being smashed and thrown and kisses are hard, sometimes, and gentle sometimes. Characters are enigmatic, cheerful, angry, polite and crazy. This issue is not, really, in any way a great reflection of life, but that isn’t my point. My point is…wow there’s a lot of *stuff* going on in this magazine!

And once again “Fu~Fu~” wins the universe as Sumi decides that she and Kina ought to, y’know, have matching rings. Oh god this series is so cute! Kinana agrees that matching rings would suit them well…and she suggests that the next thing on the menu ought to be a wedding ceremony. ^_^ Squee!

This issue was a really nice selection of stories of girls and women in a variety of relationship from utterly dysfunctional to happily ever after. Exactly what I want in an anthology. ^_^

Ratings:

Overall – 8

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  1. Anonymous says:

    “And I mean that – artists are really just going nuts within the same few basic ideas.”

    Does anyone go super duper nuts with the same few basic ideas? Including *how* minors transfer into elite secondary schools in the first place?

    Imagine some Story A beginning not on the first day of school but on filling out applications at home…

    …with a teen girl and her parents talking about how since she’s lesbian the whole family thinks a girls-only school will be better for her…

    …and about how Elite Girls’ School X has better academics than Elite Girls’ School Y so no way will the parents fork over ¥¥¥ for EGSY tuition…

    …and then this heroine shows up at the school where they encounter the star of the school but none of the typical things one might expect are happening…

    ;)

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