Pure Yuri Anthology Hirari, Volume 10 (ピュア百合アンソロジー ひらり、 vol.10) hits shelves the end of this month. For the first time probably ever, I like the cover art.
Morinaga Milk’s new series Gakuen Polize (which Ipresume is at least loosely based on an old doujinshi series she drew) is also a March release. Since my Amazon JP order isn’t going to get here for 2 months due to bundling, some of you will read it before me. If you’re interested in a Guest Review, drop me a line!
Adachi to Shimamura (安達としまむら) is a Light Novel that has food and Yuri. I’m there. ^_^ (Thanks to tsuki and kei for the name correction!)
YuriTetsu ~ Shiritsu Yurigasaku Joshikou Tetsudobu (ゆりてつ~私立百合ヶ咲女子高鉄道部) looks vile and it’s from GX Comics, which pretty much guarantees it’s vile, but it does appear to be about schoolgirls who are train enthusiasts…and and it may have Yuri. (Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3) Bruce, if you do get it, you *will* write a review… ^_^
If you’re looking for a legit e-manga site now that JManga is gone, Manga Reborn is still around and is looking darn good. Many of the manga they have up are free to read. Please bear in mind that if you do pay - you are paying for the ability to read and enjoy the content on the site, like Netflix or Amazon streaming services. Like JManga, they have a number of obscure titles and there are some titles that you may be familiar with. They also encourage readers to become translators and editors, so you can roll up your sleeves and get things done the way you want to. Manga Reborn is a legit site – I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the folks who are running it and talking with them. Because some of what they have is also available in English print, you can read, say, the first chapter of Sakuran before you decide to give Vertical Publishing your money (which you should totally do, because it was an amazing manga.) At the moment, they don’t have any Yuri, but that’s subject to change.
Speaking of not Yuri, there are two manga you need to be reading and, while neither are Yuri, that’s just no excuse. ^_^
Moto Hagio’s Heart of Thomas, which is as central to the origin of BL as Shiroi Heya no Futari is to Yuri, has been put out by Fantagraphics (the same company that’s putting out those gorgeous volumes of Wandering Son). It’s a must-read shoujo classic. I’m thrilled we all have the chance to read this in English at last.
Completely different, but no less amazing, Yen Press has given the hardcover treatment to Yamazaki Mari’s wackadoodle classic, Thermae Romae. If you haven’t heard of this one, let me editorialize by saying this is the most bizarre historical manga you will ever read. An architect from ancient Rome is sucked into the bath and finds himself in modern Japan, where he picks up ideas about bath design, bathing and bath culture, which he brings back to ancient Rome. It’s an absolutely fantastic series that I’ve been following in Japanese for a while now.
The commercial for the continuation of To Aru no Kagaku no Railgun is live on ANN. Check it out. The “Sisters’ arc in the manga has little sign of Kuroko or the others, but it looks like the anime will make sure they all get a chance to appear.
And TWO awesome history lessons this week: The first, from Jason Thompson on ANN, a Quick and Dirty History of Manga in the US, and on MTV Geek, Sean Kleefeld’s Part 1 of Fanthropology, which looks at the origin of the concept of “Fandom”. Both of these articles are fantastic reads.
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