Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – December 27, 2014

December 27th, 2014


Welcome to the final Yuri Network News of 2014! Before we move on with the news, I want to stop and thank all of you who have sent in Yuri-related news over the past year, my trusted YNN Correspondents – and a special shoutout to our Senior YNN Correspondents, Erin S. and Grizsnak, who have really been pulling out the stops this year. Thanks to all of you – you make this a great Yuri Network!


 Yuri Anime

ANN has the third Yuri Kuma Arashi trailer up for our perusal. A plot seems to have been settled on. A plot idea, anyway. (Crunchyroll adds in some Christmas-themed logos and art from Morishima-sensei and Twitter.)

Back to ANN for this amusing note – DLE is streaming Frogman’s Rose of Versailles parody shorts which are highly amusing.

And again ANN reports Non Non Byori is getting a second anime season.


LGBTQ Comics

Via Jennifer Camper, grab a hold of this LGBTQ comics collection by Side by Side, the first ever of it’s kind in Russia.

Via YNN Senior Correspondent Erin S. we have a webcomic with fairies and witches called Gay Birds by Mariana S. Costa.

Not necessarily LGBTQ, but ass-kicky and interesting, webcomic Princess Retribution has a kickstarter to collect and print all five volumes as a GN.

Japanese TV Talent Ichinose Ayaka, whose public coming out was accompanied by the creation of a manga called Real Bian, has just announced her impending marriage ceremony and a desire for it to *not* be merely a ceremony, but to be accompanied by actual rights. The fight, my friends, is on. It’s going to be a slow one, but this is the opening round.


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Sailor Moon

I am not the only person obsessed with crossing King Arthur and Sailor Moon! Yay! Next time you want a fix of archetypes being all archetypical, check out my Courtly Tales of Crystal Tokyo series and cap it off with Studiodisa’s Holy Avenger Sailor Moon art!

And because I’m in the mood, here’s a link to some Sailor Uranus/Neptune Korra/Asami crossover art by Sleepy Senshi. It’s kind of obvious who the artist thinks is the most confident in each couple. ^_^


Other Stuff

You need this Youtube cut of Japanese female metal bands. I don’t consider them all metal, but some sound pretty darn good.

And I know you need to watch io9’s supercut of Super Sentai heroines transforming. Obviously.

Balogun has put together a nifty list of 10 Black Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists I’d Love to Work With (or work with again)! The art and links are fantastic, go click, read, think, buy, fan at.


Coming up, it’s time for our Top Ten Lists of 2014! I wonder what I’ll write? ^_^


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11 Responses

  1. Ellen says:

    Arthurian, indeed! I prefer to think of Sailor Moon as “The Once and Future Queen”.

  2. Jye Nicolson says:

    I’ll report on Comiket later today. Probably just “it was huge, what the hell, I need to lie down now”. So glad all the original Yuri is on day 1 :)

    • Haha! Day 1 is always – every time – a day to get reacclimated. I crash early and hard on Day 1. I’m not sure I’d like all th original Yuri on the first day, I’d be sure I missed something, while half collapsing with exhaustion.
      I’m looking forward to your report!

      • Jye Nicolson says:

        I was indeed wrecked by the experience, and left after finally securing Takemiya-sensei’s autograph, at about 2:00.

        Takemiya-sensei had a profoundly successful Comiket so far as I can tell, far and away more popular than the other Yuri mangaka. When I arrived at about 10:30, she had a significant queue, easily the longest in the area. I know the score, so I went to join the line by taking the card from the last person, as you do. That person needed to explain to a confused gaijin that this was merely the front section of the line, and I’d need to join the main line, which was politely off to the side so as not to block the other tables.

        A kind person in that line looked after me (and called me senpai, which I found charming). When I finally got to the front I said hello to Takemiya sensei and bought everything she was selling, but I didn’t sare ask her to sign anything with the number of people behind me.

        This state of affairs persisted well past 12:00! I was able to simply go up to Nishi-sensei and Amano-sensei, ask for a signature and have a chat, but not a chance for Takemiya-sensei until much, much later. As a fan of all three mangaka it’s hard for me to speculate why one of them was doing so much better on the day, it might just be Takemiya-sensei’s Love Live doujin was a shrewder pick than Nishi-sensei’s KanColle or Amano-sensei’s Aikatsu.

        Not to imply Nishi-sensei and Amano-sensei weren’t moving books, because they certainly were. Both were lovely, very patient with the gaijin and his halting Japanese. Nishi-sensei signed my copy of Coleur de Bijoux d’Amour, and I was sure to tell her I loved Collectors too. I left my copy of Philosophia in Australia like a fool, so I had to ask Amano-sensei to sign “Ms Kiwi Fruit and Ms Apple”, which she was kind enough to do. Of course I mentioned how much I loved Philosophia and Watashi no Sekai. Hopefully I wasn’t too much trouble for the poor mangaka :)

        And of course I eventually had Takemiya-sensei sign my copy of Omoi no Kakera 3!

        Amongst Yuri circles Hatishiro seemed second most popular, I guess people like animal ears.

        This time I didn’t go crazy buying as I did at COMITIA, but I still picked up a solid little pile of books and helped support my favourite mangaka, so a successful day.

        Comiket in general was completely insane. The scale of it beggars belief even if you’re used to large Japanese doujin events like Reitaisai. I very nearly had my first trip to the Odaiba Gundam courtesy of the line when I finally found the end of it at about 9:00, which of course was only the line to the west hall (and as usual the “line” was ranks twenty or so abreast, and you could see other columns forming in most directions).

        It was great to see a fairly even gender balance amongst attendees and creators. Of course for Yuri the creators skew female and the buyers skew male, whereas the vast tracts of BL remain very much by and for women, but overall it felt like Japanese geek culture has a place for everyone, and everyone turned out. Some gaijin too, from all over the world as near I could tell.

        Not sure I’ll make it back for day 2 and 3, depends on what I can find of interest in the phone book they call a catalogue. He’ll of an experience though, and every manga fan should do it at least once.

        • Great report Jye! If you do get back (and I hop you do, there are treasures to be found on all days) write it up. After the new year (because I have posts for Okazu planned for some days) I’ll gather your thoughts up and post them as an Event report.

          Isn’t the scale of it overwhelming? I love Comiket. It’s enormous and amazing.

          • Jye Nicson says:

            So I started the day by buying a Yuri Yuri doujin.

            That…wasn’t according to plan. I’m not a Yuri Yuri fan, though I do have more time for it than Erica. In particular I think Oomuroke is funnier thanks to older characters showing up more, and I’ve often thought Himawari and Sakurako’s double tsundere routine would be improved by doubling their ages.

            So when I saw a circle had gone with that exact premise my only thought was “Yes, yes, that exactly, let me give you my money.” I haven’t given “Hima Hima Saku Saku ~ 13 years after” a proper read through yet, but from a flick through it looks like the book Namori-sensei should be writing.

            Though I must caution that throwing money at circles just because you approve of the premise – and the premise is usually a ship – will quickly leave you with more doujin than you can feasibly get home. I had to resist “voting” for Chie x Yukiko and other favourite video game pairings (other than the Mimi x Totori I did snap up, because I’m weak to Atelier). The simple fact is that while original Yuri works and our favourite Yuri mangaka loom largest in our minds, they are vastly outnumbered by doujin focusing on existing properties. You have to be discerning, it’s simply not viable to buy everything you like the look of/validates your shipping opinions.

            Particularly if you like series with gentlemen in them. Day two seemed to be dominated by gigantic doujin communities for a smaller number of popular propeties, and despite a spirited showing by Touhou and KanColle, BL had the weight of numbers thanks to Attack on Titan (my word Levi, you have a lot of boyfriends), Yowamushi Pedal and the series with an oni-looking main character whose name I’m struggling to find.

            (It’s difficult to understand the sheer scale of BL and how thoroughly a female space it is until you see it. It’s certainly illuminating from a male perspective, particularly if you want to see what men being objectified by women *really* looks like. And you can understand how a male-dominated approach to lesbians in fiction could be alienating to women. But it’s not the other side of the coin to Yuri – it’s the other side of the coin to moe.

            Either way for good or ill it’s a working example of an enormous community of geek women coming out strong, creating by and for themselves, moving a ton of books and yen. You can’t see it and treat the idea that women are uninterested in geek media and comics specifically as remotely serious.)

            I was also tempted to “vote” for my favourite Persona male pairings but I’m otherwise not into the big BL series so I was fairly safe there. I’m likewise not into KanColle (being trepidatious about it for obvious reasons), so that was a very large section I didn’t need to pay much attention to.

            Touhou was a very different story. I came to Yuri fandom and manga in general via Touhou. My first Japanese con was Reitaisai. I had thought to skip today because I’ll probably just go to Reitaisai again anyway (it lines up with COMITIA and Maiden’s Garden!) but predictably I was kidding myself.

            The Touhou section was very much like taking Reitaisai and stuffing it into a quarter of its normal space. It was incredibly dense with both circles and people (compounded by the miserable weather making the outdoor cosplay areas a chancy prospect). And I spent more than expected, though with excellent results.

            When I first got into Touhou, I didn’t understand how doujin worked, and blithely read a ton of scanlations without the slightest twinge of conscience. As my understanding developed, I likewise developed an instinctual reaction to recognising a circle’s art style from scanlations: wallet comes out, buy absolutely everything they have for sale. A Touhou event can load me down with a lot of paper as a result, but I feel so much better. Everyone I’ve ever met at these events have been lovely, and I’m so happy to become a legitimate customer and support their work.

            Comiket was particularly great because I was able to pick up collections of Miko Miko Suika, Suwakoto! (Awesome Yotsubato tribute/parody) and reprints of some very favourite Personal Colour stories (幼女と少女。。。) that I hadn’t managed to track down at Reitaisai or mangaya.

            Also scored some new Iron Attack! Albums and had a bit of a chat with the guy himself, which brings up an important point: these shows are very much worth going to even if you don’t read Japanese if you’re into a property with a strong music culture. Touhou music is amazing, and was my main draw to my first Reitaisai when I could barely speak a word.

            If anything there were more people there today, and I’m a bit scared for tomorrow. Also as far as I can tell I’m going to be buying Madoka porn from Morinaga-sensei, which wasn’t how I was expecting my holiday to go.

            (The Hentai can be really confronting, but on the plus side it’s always a chunk of the floor you can skip without feeling you’re missing anything. For Morinaga-sensei though…)

            Finally I went to Asagaya for the Marimite exhibition but everything was closed up for new year. I…might make it back on the 9th, we’ll see. Oddly enough there was a lady and an older gentleman wanting to talk to gaijin there and take photos, which was fine but odd given the place was basically shut down?

          • “But it’s not the other side of the coin to Yuri – it’s the other side of the coin to moe.”

            Moe is, in a sense, the other side of the coin to BL, but yes. Also a successful attempt at slashing budget and schedule while still remaining popular with readers. ^_^

            I’m glad you made it back. When I went the last time Day 1 was the BL and parody day, it made for an overwhelming first impression.

            I agree completely about buying doujinshi for the premise!

            Are going to brave Day 3 – Hentai Day? You should. It’s always so interesting and crowded in a way that defies description. ^_^

  3. Jye Nicolson says:

    I did go to “Hentai Day”, and it somehow conspired to have the most intense press of humanity of the whole show.

    And for reasons that are unclear to me, Morinaga-sensei and Hakamada-sensei were right in the thick of it. It’s not that their works were hentai themselves – Hakamada-sensei’s are entirely work safe, and despite a reasonably explicit sex scene Morinaga-sensei’s is certainly not pronography (no more so than Amano-sensei’s…anything, really). But they were right in the crush, surrounded by circles hocking stuff with a much more questionable (but enthusiastic) grasp on anatomy.

    I bought my doujin and beat a hasty retreat. As much as I’d liked to have found out which mangaka was which and let them know how much I’d enjoyed their professional works, it was just an intimidating mass of people.

    There was even significant jostling, unusual for the exceptionally well behaved Comiket crowds, and staff running traffic control in the aisles!

    It wasn’t all Hentai, of course. Vocaloids and original music were huge (I picked up a lot of CROW’SCLAW and Pizuya’s Cell CDs, kind of cool to see them selling on their own fame as opposed to Touhou specifically). Love Live was enormous (work-safe and otherwise). And like the first day some very niche interests were represented – I saw someone selling what appeared to be a moe guide to TypeScript of all things.

    There was a reasonably substantial Fate section, dominated by BL pairings. I probably would have gone a Saber x Iri or Saber x any female character or even Gilgamesh x Iskander but I didn’t see anything that caught my fancy artistically.

    Likewise I really wanted to grab some doujin from Daioki-sensei and Dowman Sayman, but they had serious lines and I can just order sme of their tankobon from home.

    So very hot and tired, despite it being a short stay on a winter’s day, I went home.

    No, I’m not that smart, I went to Akihabara to plug some holes in the doujin collection left by the prodigious productivity of Takemiya-san and others between COMITIA 108 and C87. I’m sure Erica is already well aware of this but a word of advice to others: don’t go doujin shopping in Akihabara during or just after a major event unless you’re willing to endure crowding almost worse than the event itself. These ships are not roomy to begin with, fill them with doujin hunters looking to remedy gaps in their event acquisitions and you have serious traffic problems. I did however manage to pick up Amano-sensei’s “Bombshells”, which collects a few years’ worth of her (slightly insane, where are Red Riding Hood’s clothes?) doujin.

    Some final thoughts/advice on Comiket for those thinking of going:

    – It’s amazing and you should go. The scale of it needs to be seen to be appreciated.

    – I suggest lining up early on at least one day, probably the first. This is mostly to experience the line itself, which is a phenomenon in its own right. You may want to hit the bathrooms at Shimbashi on your way through though, you’re going to be in that line for a while.

    – Otherwise you can show up at 11:00 and skip the lines, though not the crowds.

    – Know what your top picks are and do your best to buy them early. The lines for individual circles can get big fast, and popular circles do sell out. I don’t think that’s a huge risk for most of our favourite mangaka, but Takemiya-sensei definitely seems to be a sell-out risk these days. I’d buy from her as soon as possible, say hello, but come back and have a proper chat/get things signed later. And if you like a popular circle making doujin for a popular property, gods help you.

    – Twitter is probably more useful than the catalogue. Mangaka usually put their table number for their next event in their Twitter name, so you should be able to quickly make a shortlist by scrolling down your Twitter feed.

    – If you are looking for someone in the catalogue, a rudimentary knowledge of hiragana/katakana goes a long way.

    – Likewise, while everybody you meet will be lovely and very patient, and you can certainly get away with very little Japanese, you won’t encounter many fluent English speakers. Every bit of Japanese you can muster counts. Also they will very politely insist that your Japanese is wonderful no matter how bad it is (thanks, Takemiya-sensei ^_^)

    – If you’re asking for signatures, you might want to have your name written down already for the mangaka’s convenience, particularly if you have the sort of name nobody gets right in English either!

    – Have your own bags. You can buy various bags at the event, or get free ones with some purchases, but you’re much better off coming prepared. Most Circles do not have bags to give you.

    – Unless you’re significantly more jaded than I am, prepare to be confronted by the hentai. Just move along, at least this way you can skip a fair chunk of the floor.

    – it is so much hotter inside the halls than outside. For Winter Comiket layers come off and on a lot as you move around. Summer must be brutal.

    – Most people were actually quite smartly dressed. Don’t let the otaku/fujoshi stereotype fool you, it’s probably worth taking some care on your appearance for the event.

    – It’s amazing and everyone should go.

    I’m sure I’ve left out a thousand details but I’m done. Time to go look at mountains, shrines and castles for a while!

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