A few years ago, in reaction to the Governor of Tokyo’s restrictive bill on manga, most of the companies that participated in the Tokyo International Anime Festival pulled out and created a new event, The Anime Contents Fair. Well, this year the TIAF and ACF have re-merged, and with the big (and yet, controversial) “Cool Japan” push from the Japanese government, a new event is born – Anime Japan. Anime Japan is happening this weekend at Big Sight in Tokyo. Their website is down for the moment, but you can follow Anime Japan on Twitter.
Both Anime News Network and Crunchyroll both have people on the ground there, so check out both sites for photos and news. I’ll update as it strikes me to do so, but please feel free to mail me links to news you think we really ought to not miss!
Animesols crowdfunding for the 3rd and final set of Riyoko Ikeda’s Dear Brother got off to a strong start, hitting 50% funding pretty easily. They’ve added new functionality – if you were unable to get the first two sets, you can now simply buy them as an add-on to backing on the third set. You have to make the pledge first, before you can get the option, but now you can just buy the first two sets, and help the third set get made at the same time.
YNN Correspondent Grisnak wants you to know that a new Yuru Yuri anime will get a release as an OVA this fall.
He also notes that upcoming Yuri assassin anime Akuma no Riddle has a commercial for you to enjoy.
Australian company Siren Visual has announced licenses for Mawaru Penguindrum and some other great series.
Pony Canyon at Anime Japan ran a Tamako Market event for the upcoming film Tamako Market Love Story.
One of the very first contemporary lesbian authors I ever read was Katherine V. Forrest’s Kate Delafield mysteries.
At the time, (early 90s maybe?) Lesbian mysteries were quite the rage, as they gave characters a chance to be independent investigators, just outside the law or, really, nowhere near it. Of the many, many many authors that were churning out books, only two are people I still want to read. One is Ellen Hart, whose contemporary American cozy mysteries are a delight and Katherine V. Forrest, who is back with a brand new Kate Delafield novel. A LOT has changed since Murder at the Nightwood Bar.
I know what I’ll be reading for my summer reading series this year!
Sailor Moon News
If you know your Myer-Briggs Personality type, and like Sailor Moon, try this chart to find out which Senshi you are. ^_^ Since you are reading this blog, most of you will be INTJ and therefore Sailor Uranus. ^_^
The Sailor Moon Official Channel has released the English language version of the new Sailor Moon Crystal art. We’re keeping fingers crossed for some key visuals to be released this weekend at Anime Japan.
It’s almost hard to imagine, but Fushima Kousuke’s Aa! Megami-sama/Oh! My Goddess manga is coming to an end after 26 years.
Book of Bantorra is being streamed on Hulu. It’s not Yuri, but is in every other way one the best anime I’ve ever watched. It’s effed up, has librarians with super powers, and stars Paku Romi as the sexy, sociopathic head librarian, Hamuts Meseta. (She is the reason I will occasionally say “Must kill Hamuts Meseta” and laugh creepily to myself.) I love the show. ^_^ And I so want a t-shirt that says “Must kill Hamuts Meseta.”
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