Yuri Network News (百合ネットワークニュース) – March 15, 2014

March 15th, 2014

YNN_MariKSailor Moon News

This week gave us a lovely leak of important information about the new Sailor Moon anime. Toei had carefully tucked away an image leading to a countdown for the release of anime-related art, but fans have no other hobbies and found both countdown…and art. Once the cat was out of the bag, Toei gave up on the countdown and just released the image. And so, we now know that the new series will be called Sailor Moon Crystal and will be a re-creation of the first arc in which Sailor Moon fights the Dark Kingdom and Queen Beryl alongside of her friends Sailors Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter. I really, really like the new design, tell me what you think in the comments!

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Yuri Anime

The first glimpse of visuals and a commercial for the manga of Sabagebu!, the upcoming shoujo survival game club anime exists in the universe.

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Yuri Game/VN

YNN Correspondent C Banana wants to elaborate on the new “non-hentai visual novel…Flowers (link includes trailer) from group Innocent Grey which is going to be released April 18” which we mentioned a few months ago. CBanana continues: “I can point out that this game has a reasonable likelihood of getting a translation/distribution as the translation/distribution company MangaGamer has worked with Innocent Grey before.  MangaGamer may also be looking for all-ages games because they could get those games on Steam.  Mind you, it would have an increased chance of getting localized if people let MangaGamer know that they’re interested in it.”

Guild Wars 2 gets some really great press about the lesbian romance in the game.

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Yuri Webcomics

Via YNN Corresondent Erin S., we have a pile of adorable girls in love webcomics:
Sara Goetter’s Haircut, with which I could totally identify
Melanige Gillman’s Smbitten: A Ladies Romance With Teeth
and this short story of skateboarding and love by Actual Magical Girl, Homura Akemi

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Maria-sama ga Miteru

Welp, it’s been a good run. Just as the series hits a 15th anniversary, it will be coming to an end with one final Oshaka-sama ga Miteru novel, Hotaru no Hikaru (蛍のヒカル) according to illustrator Hibike Reine.

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Other News

This is a tad old, but that’s my fault. Back in December, the Japanese family court made a really important decision, allowing a transman to be listed on his child’s birth certificate as the father. His wife conceived the child through IVF (in vitro fetilization). The court ruled, “The child can be assumed as the husband’s child even though it is obvious that there is no biological link”. This is a huge step forward and we applaud it. Thanks to YNN Correspondent Ana M who sent it along.

Early Japanese lesbian awareness and advocacy group Regumi is alive and well on the internet. This famous grassroots organization is once again running seminars and promoting health, well-being and community for a new generation of Japanese lesbians. I love the Internet. ^_^

Bitch Media presents the next installment of their comic lecture series about comics, Don’t Be A Dick, with Don’t Be a Dick: How Comics Can Alienate Women and Trans Folks.

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11 Responses

  1. redfish says:

    It was a pretty wtf moment when I happened to read about the trans decision during a flight, in Nikkei Shimbun no less (comparable to Wall Street Journal). I was expecting at least some hand-wringing about Future of Our Children, but it was actually on the front page with nothing much more than a summary of the case and some matter-of-fact prognostication on the future of similar cases.

  2. Darin B says:

    Erica,
    I have a question regarding Merimite. Is the last book, of both series, going to be about her brother? I tried reading/translating their website, but as usual, Google translate makes my head hurt lol

  3. Grisznak says:

    As for new SM design – yes, it looks promising. But I’m still bit afraid, because of the other things. First, it’s gonna be adaptation of the manga, so there’ll be no Nephrite/Naru romance… Second, I see lot of stuff from series like Naruto or Pretty Cure working on this anime. Do you think it’s good? Because I’m not sure.

  4. Jin says:

    Yes, I too worry about the Sailor Moon anime, especially after 桜trick, as well as the current state of the industry in general. I have not read Akuma no Riddle, but I remember she spared the Yuri couple in Loveless who had a happy ending, in an awful BL story no less, so perhaps one can have hope for the anime in April streaming on Crunchyroll. Flowers might be interesting but I tend to be wary of games. If it ever receives your seal of approval I will try it then. I can never say enough about Maria-sama ga Miteru. But, honestly, I do not care about the boys whatsoever, but, that is my choice. Konno-sensei gave us wonderful stories about so many different types of female love. I will always love these novels. By the way, the コミック百合姫 2014年 05月号 cover for YuriHime magazine is pure male otaku gaze. Embarrassing. I wish they would stop catering to those hentai. When they do I will again buy their magazine.

  5. lurka says:

    OK, the whole entire Other News section is all great! :D

  6. Liz says:

    I hope the Sailor moon anime is good! *crosses fingers* YAY a big big step forward for transgender rights

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