Today I’m focusing on some of the interesting stuff I’ve found to read because, I know there are some of you who, like me, want to read this stuff! For a list of research articles, opinion pieces, interviews and essays relevant to Yuri research, visit the Yuricon Essays Page, where you will see that we keep an ever-growing list of on- and offline discussions of Yuri, LGBTQ topics and other essays of tangential interest. If you’re doing Yuri research, please do keep us in the loop, we’re want Yuricon to be the resource for Yuri scholarship.
Writing of Interest
Mark McLelland, Kazumi Nagaike, Katsuhiko Suganuma, and James Welker have a new book on BL manga, Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan, which will be of interest to those of us doing research in manga.
Not really Yuri related, but this article sent to me by a friend looks interesting: Lesbian identities and everyday space in contemporary urban Russia
If you’re looking for a place to throw your donation money this holiday season, Solomon Fletcher has created a Women, POC, Queer and Trans Creators Patreon Masterpost, so you can locate women, creators of color, queer and trans-run Patreon campaigns.
Yuri (or Yuri-ish, or we’re keeping our fingers crossed) Anime
The second season of Sailor Moon Crystal has been given the go sign, according to ANN. We’ll be getting the ‘R’ season, which focuses on Chibi-Usa, and introduces Sailor Pluto. Here’s hoping that the intensive marketing will support the third series, as well. ^_^ FWIW, while Chibi-Usa is annoying in the second arc, I think the manga Chibi-Usa is slightly more sympathetic than the original anime version.
Those of us waiting for the Sailor Moon Crystal Blu-ray, will find the art significantly touched up from the TV broadcast. Kotaku has some side by side images so you can see the changes.
Car company Subaru and Gainax teamed up a while ago for a short web anime, Houkago no Pleiades. Well, ANN has the scoop that this whimsical little magical girl series is getting a TV anime. The first promotional video is up on YouTube.
Comic Natalie reports that the OP for Yuri Kuma Arashi, “Ano Mori de Matteru,” will be sung by newcomer – and home-recording artist – Bonjour Suzuki. For a listen, check out YouTube.
Live Action News
The Japanese Yuri Live Action Movie Schoolgirl Complex is available with English subtitles on Amazon Video. I reviewed that back in February 2014, but you may wish to watch it first, then read my review, so my opinion doesn’t influence you. ^_^
This last piece of news is not Yuri at all, but I’m ridiculously excited about it nonetheless. Oddly enough, my wife and I were just talking about Shimizu Reiko’s cracktastic series Kaguya-hime, (which I reviewed in 2004 and again when it ended in 2005,) and her art, which is unnaturally gorgeous, when I saw this news report by Komatsu-san on Crunchyroll. that Shimizu-sensei’s series Himitsu – Top Secret is getting a live action film adaptation. No actual humans can ever be as pretty as her art, but I’d very much like to see this. ^_^
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