Sparkler Monthly is a friendly kind of English-language manga magazine. And the folks at Chromatic Press, think you’ll like it back, if you get a chance to know it. So they are making all back issues of Sparkler Monthly completely free to read in hopes that they’ll be worth a Happy Meal/month from you. They have several Yuri shorts, and stories guaranteed to appeal to the Utena fan aesthetic, as well a fair chunk of BL. This is our own homegrown women-focused josei manga industry. Help your local manga ecosystem. Build your future industry, support comic artists, read great comics. Support Sparkler Monthly! ^_^
Blast from the past, Bubblegum Crisis has been put out by licensee Animeigo as an Ultimate Blu-Ray edition. It’s probably a good chance that this is the last release this classic series will see here in the west. Chris Beveridge takes a look at the set on Fandom Post. It’s tempting, but my old DVDs work so I’m hard-pressed to justify replacing them. If you’ve never seen this series, it’s definitely worth watching once. (In early Yuricon days, Priss was voted best anime lesbian which absolutely enraged fanboys. It was the first of many opinions Yuricon fans had that enraged fanboys and made us, for many years, the enemy. ^_^ Good job us.)
Comic Natalie reports that the first Yuri Kuma Arashi DVD and BD disks are hitting Japanese shelves in March, and will include original illustrations by Morishima Akiko-sensei. Crunchyroll has a look at manga artist Tanemura Arina’s artistic tributes to the series.
Fandom Post reports that Bandai Visual has added another older title to their Hulu properties, Tsukikage Ran. It wasn’t really Yuri, but there was plenty of fodder for fanfic, if you take my meaning. ^_^ What the series does have, however, is a cool, competent, broken female warrior lead. It’s nice to see it back in circulation and as a 13-episode series, it’s a fun watch.
ANN tells us that the theme songs to the upcoming Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vivid anime will be performed by Tamura Yukari and Mizuki Nana. And Crunchyroll has the promo visuals with Vivio and her friends Rio and Corona.
From Komatsu-san on Crunchyroll, a commercial video for the Yuru Yuri OVA release on Blu-Ray/DVD and a live event from last year.
On Magazine no Mori, I take a look at a now-discontinued magazine, Waai!.
Just FYI, the full pilot for the not-optioned 2011 Adrian Palicki Wonder Woman TV series has been made available online. ^_^
ANN reports that a musical digest video promo for the second new Sailor Moon Musical – Petit Etranger – is available for the watchin’.
The New Yorker looks at pre-war Berlin as a “Gay Capital”. History buffs take a look! Also of interest to LGBTQ history buffs, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin talk about what it was like to be gay in the Civil Rights movement. Just remember, at the time, gay people had no right to be gay, to have relationships, to keep their jobs. Crossdressing was a punishable offense We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a long way to go.
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