Happy New Year of News from the Yuri Network! Oh my goodness, do we have an *amazing* pile of news for you. ^_^
2017 is going to be the Year of Yuri Manga! Get your wallets out and keep them out, because there is so much Yuri manga coming out in English this year, I’m going to give it to you in pieces so you don’t overload. ^_^
Viz Media is putting out the most gorgeous 2-volume hardcover art box set of the Revolutionary Girl Utena manga.
This set is a collector’s dream – with the entire manga series (which differs considerably from the anime, be warned) by Chiho Saito and Be-papas, color pages, and a full-color poster.
If you never had a chance to read the manga when it came out originally in the 2000s, here’s your chance to have it all in one place and looking good. ^_^ The set ships at the end of February.
From Seven Seas, we have the Kindred Spirits on the Roof Complete Collection. This omnibus includes the two side-stories that take place at Shirojou (Side A and Side B in Japanese.) Characters from the Visual Novel will, of course, make an appearance.
Morinaga Milk’s Hana and Hina Afterschool is a return to her tried and true formula of a sweet, somewhat naive girl who meets a slightly more worldly girl. But the story is going in some interesting directions. Volume 1 is available for Pre-order and will be shipped in mid-March.
Also from Morinaga Milk, comes Secret of the Princess, an interesting little one-shot about a bad experiment gone completely right. This will be available just in time for a Valentine’s Day present for your own Yuri-loving Princess. ^_^
Yen Press is also joining the Yuri rush, with Murcielago, Volume 1. I’m very interested to see what people who are not me think of Yoshimura Kana’s “violence Yuri” series. This is hitting shelves at the end of this month.
We’ll wrap up this week’s round up with Seven Seas’ Bloom Into You, Volume 1, the English edition of Nakatani Nio’s blockbuster (250,00 copies sold – that’s extraordinary for a Yuri manga), Yagate Kimi ni Naru.
You know what to do! Get yourself a lot of great Yuri manga!
From YNN Correspondent Brennan B, we have news of “a really interesting manga called Shimanami Tasogare (しまなみ誰そ彼,) about a young gay teen who moves to a small town and becomes part of the local LGBT community. It’s not Yuri but one of the major characters is one half of a lesbian couple and she gets a whole chapter devoted to her backstory. I haven’t seen a lot of manga explicitly deal with homophobia and bullying like this so I just wanted to recommend if you ever get the chance!”
Today I want to offer up two links as a dose of hope and defiance.
First of all, if you like podcasts, I recommend The Fourfiftyone, Podcast for the Resistance. Run by Summer Brennan, Jonathan Mann and Jesse Hirsch, this is my go-to for feeling not alone, not hopeless and not giving up.
Art is resistance, I said, and Elisa Chavez, the Poet in Residence at the Seattle Times Review of Books has penned a poem, Revenge, that is exactly what I mean. Expect more of this…create more of this.
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Thanks to all of you – you make this a great Yuri Network!