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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – November 11, 2017

November 18th, 2017

Short news report today, as I’m on the floor of Anime NYC.

LGBTQ Manga

Seven Seas has two big license announcements so far this week. As we previously covered, Kabi Nagata’s sequel comic My Solo Exchange Diary  continues her struggles with life and, I’m pleased to report that they have also licensed Riyoko Ijkeda’s LGBTQ comic Claudine!, which I have many times noted can be validly read as either a story of a butch lesbian or a trans man. I very much look forward to seeing this in English!

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Live-Action News

Comic Natalie has a report of a new Revolutionary Girl Utena Musical making its way on stage in March 2018.  As  one of the few who remembers the musical from the early 2000s, this news made me cringe and laugh. Hopefully this one is not nearly as excruciating. ^_^ And, in one of those maddening mis-timings that plague me, There is a Revolutionary Girl Utena exhibit at Tobu in Ikebukuro that will close the day before I arrive. Yes, I’m vexed. (-_-);

 

Other News

Prada is honoring the work of female comics creators and illustrators with a new fashion line.

 

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – November 11, 2017

November 11th, 2017

Revolutionary Girl Utena News

As Shoujo Kakumei Utena hit’s its 20th anniversary, (about which I have written a retrospective), a new 2-volume reprint is hitting shelves from Shogagkuan in Japanese (You can read a preview here and see the covers here) and of course we have gorgeous Viz deluxe 2-volume set in English.) Figma is also weighting in with their Utena figurine.

LGBTQ Comics

YNN Correspondent Laura C.  says that Jpop announced an Italian edition of Shimanami Tasogare! She’s not sure if they’ll actually carry through, though, so fingers crossed.

The Maiden Voyage is a lesbian-lead pirate story picture book for kids that sounds like it ought to be on all our holiday wish-lists. ^_^ 

And while you’re adding that, make sure you include Elizabeth Beier’s The Big Book of Bisexual Trial and Errors, which I have sitting here and cannot *wait* to read! Here’s a review on Comicsverse, in case my enthusiasm isn’t enough to convince you to run out and get it.

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Yuri Manga 

Crunchyroll News has a report on Writer x Writer, the new manga series by Fukami Makoto, running in Mangatime Kirara Forward magazine. I wouldn’t normally say that cover art is indicative of Yuri, but Fukami is and combined with the fact that it’s a Mangatime Kirara magazine story, I’d give it a 75% chance of being or having Yuri.

 

Yuri Anime

According to Komatsu-san on Crunchyroll, Lantis’ official YouTube channel has posted a four-minute full music video of  the OP theme for the ongoing TV anime adaptation of Sakuya Amano’s Yuri manga Konohana Kitan.

 

Other News

Laura C also noted that Lucca Comics, the biggest comic convention in Italy and Star Comics said there is no date for Sailor Moon Eternal Version because Takeuchi-sensei wants it to be the most faithful possible to the original This echoes some comments I’ve heard from Viz, as well. So as 25 years approaches for Sailor Moon, it’s obvious that Takeuchi-sensei’s got firm hold of the reigns of her masterwork. That makes me happy. Laura also says that Dynit announced the Kill La Kill anime. Great news out of Italy.

Crunchyroll News also has a very interesting report on the positive impact of legally licensed streaming on anime production in Japan. And it has the news that My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, among a few other manga has made Amazon’s Best Books List.
 

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – November 4, 2017

November 4th, 2017

Yuri Manga

We’re starting today with some excellent news out of Italy from YNN Correspondent Laura C! She has these items to share: 

A new edition of Sailor Moon is being published by Star Comics. They call it Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon New Edition, in 16 volumes which should include the short stories and Sailor V. They also announced the Eternal Edition (12 volumes ), but no date has been announced.

Star Comics will also be releasing the Harmony manga next March. 

Murcielago started in May for Panini Comics. 
 
Italian fans are getting a new edition of Versailles no Bara (Rose of Versailles) which should include the new volumes.

Il marito di mio fratello (Otouto no Otto) hit the shelves last week from Panini Comics. Laura believes it’s the first proper “gay” manga to be published by a major comics publisher. It will be released in omnibus in 2 softcover volumes. 

Thanks for the news, Laura, this is really terrific!

The editorial team behind Rakuen Le Paradis (楽園 Le Paradis) magazine announces two new Yuri series:  from creator Kazuma Kowo will be a reprint of her Yuri Hime story Junsui Adolescence (my review of which you can find here on Okazu) and Preparat by Shigisawa Kaya in Volume 25 and 26.

Whoa! Via Comic Natalie prolific manga creator Nakamura Asumiko is turning her sights on Yuri with a new series Mejirobana Saku (メジロバナの咲く)! Also starting in Rakuen Le Paradis, Volume 25. Guess I’m getting that volume. 

Let me editorialize here for a moment. I’d been reading Rakuen Le Paradis since it began publishing. I especially like the early volumes of this quarterly when they had a weird, uncomfortable mix of BL, Yuri and straight manga all for adult women. Since the beginning, it included comics by Nishi UKO, quite possibly, my favorite manga artist ever, and a number of other Yuri titles, including runs by Hirao Auri, Hayashiya Shizuru, Mizutani Fuuka and others. 

Once Nishi UKO’s stellar series Collectors wrapped up, I moved my reading over to Bookwalker, because I just am out of room for magazines and I won their giveaway of $100 gift certificate, so I filled my Bookwalker box up with light novels and magazines. But the next several issues had no Yuri, or BL and was basically wholly straight romance and sex. I don’t mind that, however the fetishes weren’t mine. It had sort of settled down and hadn’t settled into my niche. So I decided to drop the magazine without prejudice. The last issue I read was Volume 24. … …. And here we are 3 months later, and I’m going to have to keep reading the next volume. Seriously, what happened there? Did a metric ton of people kill their subscriptions or something? I’m not complaining, but it does seem like interesting timing. ^_^

 

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Yuri Anime

ANN has the dub trailer for Viz Media’s release of Sailor Moon Crystal 3rd season.

From Crunchyroll News, Funimation has announced the dub cast for Konohana Kitan. (As of time of publication, Crunchyroll is down, but I hope they will fix their problems quickly. Just be warned.)

 

LGBTQ News

Maiden, Mother, and Crone: Fantastical Trans Femmes is a Bedside Press anthology of new fantastical short fiction by trans women and trans feminine writers curated by celebrated poet and author Gwen Benaway. They are taking submissions until December 15th, so get those stories in!

The Yodogawa section of Osaka has passed a pro-LGBT ordinance. It confers no legal status, but indicates that the section of town will respect LGBT people.

 

Other News

If you like beautiful Yuri artbooks, take a look at Shilin’s newest offering FANTASIA.

Over on Oh No They Didn’t on Livejournal(!), Zyuranger takes a look at the 5 Best and Worst Animators on the original Sailor Moon anime.

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Yen Press Announces Éclair: Ananta ni Hibiku Yuri Anthology License

October 30th, 2017

Some absolutely fabulous news from the folks at Yen Press today – they’ve licensed Éclair: Ananta ni Hibiku Yuri Anthology

Beating hearts and fluttering feelings. An anthology of girls’ love stories to leave you breathless. With contributors like Canno (Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl), Sakuya Amano (GoSick), and Nio Nakatani (Bloom Into You), this collection is sure to satisfy the desire for a sweet love story (or sixteen!).

This anthology is the first of several (read my review on this first volume) and is slated for a Spring 2018 release! 

You can read the press release on the Yen Press blog.

Thanks Yen Press for licensing more Yuri! Looking forward to seeing this in English.

 

 

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – October 28, 2017

October 28th, 2017

Yuri Manga

Strawberry Fields wo Mou Ichido (ストロベリー・フィールズをもう一度) is a new series about a first love starring a girl who loves otome games and another girl “with a secret.” (Bets that the secret is that she voice acts in otome games? ^_^)

Eureka magazine is continuing it’s look at Yuri pioneers. After the Ikuhara Kunihiko retrospective issue in September, they are rolling out an issue looking at Aoi Hana/Sweet Blue Flowers creator Shimura Takako’s work in the November issue. (ユリイカ 2017年11月).

 

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Events 

The Asagao to Kase-san team will be present at the Pony Canyon booth at the Animate Girl’s Festival on November 3rd in Ikebukuro, with original clear files and other goods. AFAIK, this is the first Yuri series highlighted at the AGF, which tends to focus on pretty boy series.  I’ve got fingers crossed they’ll have some of those clear files left when I get there a few weeks later!

I’ll be presenting a lecture on Queer Manga at Harvard on November 9th. 

The first AnimeNYC will be held November 17-19 at Javits Center in New York City. I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday as press. I have to bail on Sunday because I’m immediately heading out to….

Comitia 121 and the Kaigai Festa for international comics is going to be held at Tokyo Big Sight on November 23rd! I can’t wait! Comitia is the awesome all-original doujinshi event and I’ll be able to see a bunch of old friends at the TCAF-supported International pavilion for the Kaiga Festival.

I logged into Facebook the other day and found myself invited to a whole new comic show in Tokyo – Comic Art Tokyo 2, at Temple University’s Tokyo campus.  Well sure, why not! I’ll be there. 

If you’re interested in having me talk at your school or event, please contact me. I think we’re going to call 2017 full, but I still have room in 2018 although the spring is already filling up.

 

LGBTQ Comics

Geeks Out has a high-level look at queer comix by Devin Whitlock which is worth reading. Out of the Closet and Into the Costume: A History of Queer Comix.

Marvel’s new TV series Runaways will include Karolina Dean, a lesbian character. Pink News has this article and a roundup of other queer Marvel characters, like Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarock and America Chavez, who has her own series.

 

LGBTQ Japan 

Here’s a nice step forward: 700 students attended a LGBT career fair in Tokyo. Companies who are trying to take steps to increase diversity actually reaching out to queers students. Awesome.

Women’s Stories Site has a series of translated interviews with LGBTQ folks from Japan to talk about life there as a LGBTQ person, accompanied by some very lovely art.

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