Yuri Network News (百合ネットワークニュース) – May 17, 2014

May 17th, 2014

YNN_LissaWhat a week for Yuri fans!

Yuri Anime

Whatever the new Sailor Moon brings us, we’ll always have the original Sailor Moon anime…which Viz has just licensed! For the first time, we’ll be getting all 200 episodes/ 5 seasons of the original anime (so all you Starlights fans will finally get your darlings!) all the movies (of which 2 aren’t bad) an at last, the Super S Specials will get an official release here in the US,  so you’ll all get to experience Michiru saying “A world without Haruka is not a world worth saving.” ^_^ The new release will have new subtitles and dub, so no more cousins. ^_^

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Yuri Manga

The English-language edition of Sasamekikoto, Whispered Words,  hit the shelves this week, with the first omnibus volume containing Volumes 1-3 of the Japanese edition. Volume 2, which is slated for an autumn 2014 release, is already up for pre-order.

If the cover of Manga no Tsukurikata, Volume 8 (まんがの作り方) is not lying (and I am betting it is), a thing might happen. … Nah…

I love the cover design for Takemiya Jin’s game, which hits shelves today. Totally unlike her previous works.

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Other News

Speaking of Sailor Moon, S.H. Figuarts has released the Sailors Uranus and Neptune figurine prototypes.

All-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka has apparently been pretty successful with their game and anime cross-overs and are planning a version of Monkey Punch’s epic Lupin III.

On a much more serious note, the Tokyo Metropolitan government has flexed its legal muscled and demanded the removal of a manga from Amazon’s Kindle platform. Here’s your slippery slope…regardless of your feelings about the content, we have to support its right to exist.  This is exactly what freedom of expression must mean, now and forever.

On the business side, Kadokawa and Dwango, the company that operates NicoNico Douga, are merging operations. IF anything could be said to be an anime media domination move, this is pretty much it.

Filing this under “When you chose not to decide, you still have made a choice” Nintendo dropped the ball when they announced that their new sim-style game Tomodachi Life would not include same-sex relationships. They didn’t mean to make a statement, they said, but ended up making a statement by not doing so. Ultimately they apologized. They can’t change the game that is shipping now, but the option will be considered for the next build.

One of my favorite “5th column” manga magazines, Manga Erotics F (home of Aoi Hana) is closing up shop this summer for good. I’ll hope that they will transition the content style to a new home for wtf  manga and stories that fit nowhere in particular.

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12 Responses

  1. Eric P. says:

    In watching Viz’s trailer, I couldn’t help but notice that they made the Haruka/Michiru image prominent when they advertised the ‘Absolutely Uncut’ part, like as if Viz was telling the fans “We all know very well what this means.”

    With ‘Sailor Moon’, I was genuinely content with just having the manga to see what all the fuss was about, especially after finding out the series itself was 200 episodes total. But then I hear this announcement, and–it’s impossible not to not get wrapped up in the excitement, and I can’t lie to myself that I’m not anticipating the release. Even if I never rewatch the series after the first time, it just won’t feel right not adding this to my library. 2014’s turning out to be a heck of a year!

    • Yeah, I’m just about to write a quick follow up, because of a press release I just received from them. ^_^

    • I’m pleased that Toei had some brains about re-releasing the original anime in English, they had allowed it to be re-released in several European countries previously. I’d like to think they did it on purpose and by delaying here in the US, increasing interest in the new series.

  2. Liz says:

    This is a great year to be Yuri and anime fan!

  3. Greg Carter says:

    Something happening in Manga no Tsukurikata? Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. *wipes tear* That’s a good one.
    And seriously? Eight volumes? Even Seinfeld and his “show about nothing” only had seven seasons. :p

    Whispered Words manga is so good. Read the first one, pre-ordered the second.

    Now if we could get more Sweet Blue Flowers than the first chapter repeatedly. I just bought it from eManga. They better not stop and someone else starts completely over. Like K said in Men in Black, “I’m not buying the White album again.” I will, however, buy every volume that comes after. ^_^

    • BruceMcF says:

      Thanks for reminding me, the next payday is the first one in a long time I can afford to buy a manga … and for Sweet Blue Flowers, I’ll be willing to buy it in three different formats and find out for eManga which one works best for the Nook HD … since they seem to have stopped tracking Nook tablets three years ago with the Nook Color.

  4. Jye Nicolson says:

    I picked up game (and the new Yuri Hime, did I mention I like ChoChoNanNan? I like ChoChoNanNan). As predicted It has a lot of Satomi and Nana, they even get a cute extra chapter.

    It seems COMITIA Kansai is on today, I’ll see if I can get Takemiya-sensei to sign my copy :)

    • Jye Nicolson says:

      Sign get :). Takemiya-sensei was very nice to the silly gaijin, she even remembered me from Tokyo. COMITIA Kansai was a lot smaller than the Tokyo event, but still pretty intense. It’s tough to grasp the scope of the doujin scene without seeing it for yourself.

  5. s says:

    “On a much more serious note, the Tokyo Metropolitan government has flexed its legal muscled and demanded the removal of a manga from Amazon’s Kindle platform. Here’s your slippery slope…regardless of your feelings about the content, we have to support its right to exist. This is exactly what freedom of expression must mean, now and forever.”

    Don’t worry, according to the comments at http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/bbs/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2842022 mangas with “getting fucked by their big brothers doesn’t hurt young girls” messages still have the right to exist in Japan, and the right to be sold to people age 20+ by the companies that actually want to carry those titles instead of just other titles or office furniture or something.

    I wonder how young lesbians in Japan feel about their big brothers being told it’s OK to fuck them…

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