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Yuri Manga: Nobara no Mori no Otome-tachi, Volume 2 (野ばらの森の乙女たち)

March 22nd, 2011

Welcome back to the melodramatic world of Nobara no Mori no Otome-tachi! (野ばらの森の乙女たち)In Volume 1, we met heroine Hatsumi, her best friend Sakura, who enter a prestigous girl’s school together where they meet the Top Star couple of the school, boyish Izumi and her partner, perhaps lover, Mayuko. Hatsumi has developed strong feelings for Izumi […]

Yuri Manga: Nobara no Mori no Otome-tachi, Volume 1(野ばらの森の乙女たち)

November 11th, 2010

Hatsumi and Sakura are best of friends. They have done everything together for years, including studying for and being accepted to the prestigious Otoha Academy where, because of the wild roses that grow around the school, the students who study there are known as the Maidens in the Forest of Wild Roses. Otoha Academy buildings […]

Yuri Manga: Nobara no Mori no Otome-tachi

October 22nd, 2010

I remember the moment I first discovered desire in shoujo manga. I was reading Sailor Moon, raw, with very little Japanese comprehension, accompanied by a script translation created by a dedicated fan. There was Usagi, our charmingly naive and sweet heroine, in bed, wearing Mamoru’s shirt…and nothing else. It wasn’t explicit, but the art clearly […]

Shoujo Manga Magazine Yuri Watch: Nobara no Mori no Otome-tachi

July 18th, 2010

Hatsumi and Sakura are best friends. Together they have entered Otowa Gakuin, an elite school for girls. Situated in a deep forest the students are known as the maidens of the forest of wild roses (hence, the title.) The star of the school is Izumi and her partner Mayuko, who look and act like a […]

A Survey of Lesbianism and Mental Instability in Yuri

August 28th, 2017

We’ve looked at Yuri’s roots in lesbian social movements and Japanese girls’ literature, but there’s an aspect of our history we haven’t addressed.  Today we’re going to take a look at some series in which lesbianism is linked, either directly or indirectly, with an unstable mental state. There will be spoilers ahead, but mostly for […]