The big news in Yuri anime is the upcoming series Yuri Kuma Arashi, visioneered by Ikuhara Kunihiko with character designs and manga drawn by a favorite Yuri manga artist, Morishima Akiko. Slated for an early January release, we’re getting tantalizing glimpses of characters and setting as we get closer.
A second Promo Video has been released – watch it on ANN, they’ve provided a text translation of the words, as well. Everything looks adorable as expected. But, I feel some trepidation. While the manga and the anime do not appear to be the exact same story, this is typical for Ikuhara’s work and doesn’t bother me. But when I open the pages of Birz magazine where the manga is running and see the characters presented like this (click to enlarge):
I can’t but help feel I’m being made fun of. Is the problem merely that the audience for Birz is presumed to be bottom-feeders? I don’t know. ^_^;
Interestingly, the manga for Mawaru Penguindrum runs in Birz as well and Ikuhara is using two different aliases for the two manga projects. O_o
Moving on – if you, like me, haven’t had the heart to watch the second season of Psycho-Pass, YNN Correspondent Katherine H. has written in to assure us that Shion and Yayoi’s relationship is, thus far, intact. “Mika, the new Inspector who started her job at the end of season 1 and you might remember as the ponytailed girl from the girls’ school arc who Yayoi comforted, loathes latent criminals but has a thing for Yayoi. Yayoi seems to like her, but in a “you’re like a little sister to me” way (like when she pats Mika’s head when giving her some advice), and is still with Shion. The most recent episode compelled me to report on this season because it shows Yayoi and Shion discussing work in their bedroom after having obviously had sex again. Here’s hoping they continue not to die. lol” ^_^ Katherine has promised us a full series review when it is over.
Komatsu-san over at Crunchyroll News reports that the first six Pretty Cure movies are getting a Blu-Ray release for the first time in Japan. PreCure fandom has certainly proven their long-term loyalty!
Komatsu-san also has a report about the Maria-sama ga Miteru anime 10th anniversary event being held this month through the new year in Asagaya Anime Street in Tokyo. The complete series Blu-Ray box set is being released on December 19th. If you’re going to be around Tokyo in the next few weeks, do consider writing up a report for us!
Turning to ANN once more, Bamboo Dong helps us express our inner magical girl with Card Captor Sakura makeup kit and “magical girl” costume patterns from McCalls. (For the folks who don’t know McCalls, they make patterns for people who sew their own clothes or costumes. When I was growing up, practically every house had a few random McCalls patterns strewn around the sewing machine.)
The Prism Queer Comics Press Grant is open to applications. Every year, Prism awards the Grant to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. Applications are open until March 2015
Three LGBT Gamers Talk About Queering Geek Culture, including the fabulous Zan Christensen of LBGTQ Comics Publisher Northwest Press on Bitch Magazine.
Autostraddle has put together an amazing list of 25 Queer and Trans Women Comic Creators to Support – we’ve featured a bunch of them here on YNN!
And a new focus for us here, Priya’s Shakti is a “augmented reality” comic from India that teams up a human woman and a goddess to fight back on behalf of rape survivors. Scroll down and watch the trailer. This looks really interesting!
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