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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – June 17, 2017

June 17th, 2017

Yuri Research

It is with great pleasure that I announce the publication of my article On defining yuri in Transformative Works and Culture, no. 24 in which I take a definitive look at why any definition of “Yuri” cannot be definitive.  ^_^

As I’ve said elsewhere, if you spot a mistake in the article kindly do not tell me. I am already quite nauseous from looking at it over and over. ^_^ My sincere thanks the folks at TWC, who were absolutely lovely guiding me through their (to my mind labyrinthine) processes. I cannot imagine having to do that professionally, I’d absolutely lose what little grip on sanity I already have. I have sincere sympathy for academic researchers who need to publish regularly.

If you need to write a piece of research on Yuri and are looking for  resources, check out the Yuri Essays Page on Yuricon! And if you have written a piece of Yuri-related research, we’d love to host it. 

 

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Yuri Manga

Yay! The three chapters of Denise Schroeder’s Yuri Manga Before You Go is available as complete  e-book from Sparkler Monthly.

 

LGBTQ News

Check out this new clip from the Queer Japan documentary amplifying the voices of artists, activists, community leaders, and everyday LGBTQ+ people in Japan. You can support this movie on their Gofundme page.

 

Other News

ANN reports that Moto Hagio’s vampirish, BLish fantasy Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan)  will be getting a Takarazuka show in 2018.

Comic Natalie has posted a discussion between Takashima Hiromi, creator of the Kase-san series and Satou Takuya, director of the Asagao to Kase-san animation clip

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – June 10, 2017

June 10th, 2017

Yuri Manga

At last the first volume of Sweet Blue Flowers by Takaoa Shimura fro Viz is available for pre-order! The book has a mid-September release date.

Don’t forget that After Hours by Yuhta Nishio is hitting shelves next week. Don’t miss this admittedly rare adult-life Yuri manga.

In Black Lily to Shiroyuri-chan ( ブラックリリィと白百合ちゃん) Lily is a top student at an elite school for girls. Then she meets Shiroyuri-chan.

The folks at ANN have been reviewing manga like maniacs and at least two, After Hours, Volume 1 and My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness fall into our wheelhouse. Take a look at what people who are not me think!

 

Anime News

I don’t think there’s going to be any Yuri in it, but ANN has the news that upcoming  Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection movie has a new trailer and I can’t help hoping. ^_^; It looks fun anyway. Lots of magical battles and that’s what we like best, right?

NTR: Netsuzou Trap, will have a July 5 premiere. Once again I point out that, despite lesbian sex, it’s not Yuri. The plot is two girls cuckolding their boyfriends and no one is happy. Ever. We’re not going to review it here on Okazu, so you’re on our own.

 

Event News

My trip to Yurithon, August 4-6 in Montreal, Canada is official and booked. I’m a “Special Guest” and hope to be doing a bunch of panels and giving away all sorts of random crap for good questions. ^_^ Please stop by and say hello! 

ANN also reports that Anime Expo will be hosting a premier of the Card Captor Sakura Clear Card Arc prologue anime. What fun!

The Annecy International Film Festival will be screening a special program covering 100 years of Japanese animation at their event, according to ANN. That sounds awesome.

 

LGBTQ News

In honor of LGBTQ Pride month, folks are pulling out the stops on great lists of LGBTQ content to read!

Tor/Forge has published What to Read After Watching Yuri!!! On Ice by Lianne Sentar (of Seven Seas and Chromatic Press)

Don’t forget the comic version of Queers in Comics Conference, by Maeve MacLysaght. It’s pay what you want, so go grab a copy!

Patrice Caldwell put together 25 New Queer YA Books To Read This Spring and Summer for Autostraddle.

Before we wrap up, I just want to point out that the top 4 books on Amazon’s Yaoi, Gay & Lesbian comic category are LGBTQ, not BL or Yuri. Admittedly, 2 are My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness (Print and Kindle are#1 and #2 in the category!) This is followed by My Brother’s Husband, which I hope to review this week. The third is Love is Love which, given that we’re up against the one-year memorial of the Pulse nightclub shooting, is not surprising. 

This year, we’re back to protest during Pride, and we’re going to need our community more than ever, Here’s wishing us all a great Pride month!

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – June 3, 2017

June 3rd, 2017

Yuri Visual Novels

Several Yuri VNs are on sale over at Denpasoft right now. The demo for the obviously 18+ Alpha’s Adventures is free and includes demos of all the paths, according to the description. If this appeals to you, do let us know how the demo looks.

Also on sale are Highway Blossoms and Love, Guitars and the Nashville Skyline. I enjoyed the former when I played it, and have heard nice things about the latter. 

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Yuri Events

Girl’s Love Festival is happening in a few hours in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, and Morishima Akiko-sensei has created the doujinshi that I felt was the most obvious thing *ever* that needed to exist. Check out her Yuri Yuri on Ice! doujinshi on Pixiv. (And if you’re going to GLF, pick me up a copy? Thanks!) If you’ve been wondering where she’s gone, the answer is…online. Her work has moved to mostly digital. Amazon JP won’t allow non-JP addresses to get Kindle books, but don’t worry, her work is available on other platforms as well, like Kobo, Renta! and Comic SeeMore (which I’ve used). Check out her comic novel in collaboration with Nanbu Kumako, Sasayaki no Kiss on Jimdo.com, for all the links.

 

Yuri Anime

Crunchyroll has added Serial Experiments Lain which, as I found during a recent rewatch, held up a lot better than I had expected! Check out my reviews of Volume 1 and Volume 2.

 

Yuri Manga

Kurosaki Rendou’s Yuri stories from Rakuen Le Paradis magazine have been collected into a volume, Kanojochuu (彼女中). His art is always kinda ugly, the characters look strung out, the sex is messy and the stories gross. but he has a niche. ^_^

My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness is *still* heading up the Yaoi, Gay & Lesbian Manga category! Rock on you folks buying it!

 

Other News

Matt Thorn has put together a terrific primer on the “Magnificent Forty-Niners,” the women responsible for much of what we think of as shoujo (and BL) manga. This is a great read about manga history and these still-current masters of the medium!

The new photos of the next Sailor Moon musical characters, Sailor Galaxia and the Animamates on ANN made me squee. ^_^ Please, powers that be, let Lead Crow and Aluminum Siren have a moment. Please.

Another lesbian couple had a Disney Princess wedding at Tokyo Disneyland. Still meaningless, but pretty. BUT, back here in the real world, the city of Sapporo in Japan is now allowing same-sex marriage certificates. That makes six places in Japan. (And today, my Facebook feed included a letter from a Japanese store manager who told a customer to never come back, after receiving a complaint about a couple of men holding hands in the store.) Steps forward.

 

Resistance News

The Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, NY is hosting an exhibition called Graphic Activism. The opening is June 15, from 7-9PM. “Graphic Activism features a selection of posters, newsletters, and zines from the largest collection of lesbian materials in the world. Comprised of posters from across the United States, this exhibit celebrates lesbian arts and artists, including Leslie Feinberg’s Passing Fancy: Passing Women in Their Own Words and Rivers of Honey, a NYC-based Woman of Color Arts Cabaret, and addresses such topics as gay teen suicide and AIDS activism.”

 

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – May 27, 2017

May 27th, 2017

Yuri Manga

Big news on the next volume for the Kase-san series! July will see the fourth volume of the manga, Apron to Kase-san. (エプロンと加瀬さん。) and a special edition will be bundled with a Blu-Ray with the animation clip and booklet. Yeah, I know which one I’m getting. ^_^

It looks cute, and the description says it’s a “Yuri Love Comedy,” but don’t let Black Lily to Shiroyurichan (ブラックリリィと白百合ちゃん ) fool you, it’s a Young King Comics series. I expect it won’t be as bad as a Champion Red series, but call me skeptical. ^_^;

Via YNN Senior Correspondent,, this cute comic First Date by Trianglart.

Web Comic Ryu (the online edition of manga magazine Comic Ryu) has launched a Yuri furry comic, Mofu Kano no Pot-pourri, which looks kind of cute. 

ANN has a revolutionary report – Revolutionary Girl Utena is getting a new manga chapter in the September issue of Flowers magazine!! The new chapter will drawn by original artist Saitou Chiho. Be-papas isn’t dead yet, apparently, because Crunchyroll News reports that Utena musical score-writer, J.A. Seazer, has a new album coming out with bonus Utena tracks played by Seazer himself. A friend of mine once described Utena duel songs as “a magical cookbook on acid.” ^_^

 

Other News

Via YNN Correspondent Louis P (via Matthew P) this fabulous and fascinating Guardian article on Wu Tsang, the trans artist retelling history with lesbian kung fu.

 And another from Erin S., Autostraddle has this amazing article – Drawn to Comics: 15-Year-Old Maggie Thrash Interviews Herself in This Brand New Exclusive “Honor Girl” Excerpt.

Both Comics and Resistance news – Hazel Newlevant is spearheading a worthy Kickstarter – Comics for Choice: Anthology for Abortion Rights.

 

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – May 20, 2017

May 20th, 2017

Get ready for some great reading!

Yuri Manga

In the wake of the buzz for My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, let’s not forget the other notable series out in English this year. A couple of folks have commented to me recently that they are tired of schoolgirls and moe. Of course I sympathize. But let me also recommend to you a soul-healing schoolgirl series, Kase-san by Takahashi Hiromi, if you aren’t already reading it. I’ve reviewed the first book, Kase-san and Morning Glories and the second book Kase-san and Bento is hitting the shelves this week. Yes, it’s about schoolgirls, but there’s something real and relatable about it in a way that I rarely see in schoolgirl Yuri.

And, to this point, we have some very exciting news about the Kase-san series! The fourth collected volume (the first since Pure Yuri Anthology Hirari went out of print in 2014) has been announced! Apron to Kase-san. (エプロンと加瀬さん。) is slated for a late July 2017 release date.  There’s so much significance about this news. It’s the first Yuri manga series that has continued to be successful with no print magazine, that has been not just wrapped up online, but is actually getting multiple digital venues for new releases – and of course, has that wonderful animation clip, which the production company has intimated might lead to bigger and better things. Thanks to our Special YNN Correspondent Verso S for keeping us up to date on this news and thanks to Shinsokan and Seven Seas for investing in this series!

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The 6th volume of Canno’s hit, Anoko ni Kiss to Shirayuri wo (あの娘にキスと白百合を ) was really quite interesting and, is now available on the Yuricon Store (along with the other titles mentioned here.) One of the strengths of the series is that the relationships are all very different. This isn’t just a matter of  pairing all the couples up, but that relationships – especially love – can be very complicated.

Minamoto Hisanari’s flight of fancy, Kanaete! Yuri Yousei ( かなえて! ゆりようせい) about the Yuri Fairy who grants Yuri couples their wishes, has now been collected into a volume of it’s own. It’s ridiculous and adorable. ^_^

Now Loading…! by Mikanshi was a short, but pleasant, look into adult life at a independent game development company that ran in Comic Yuri Hime and is now collected.

Almost defying belief, the seventh volume of Kuzushiro’s gag comedy set in the Heian-Kyo, the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Kimi no Tamenara Shineru, Volume 7 (姫のためなら死ねる ), hit shelves this month.

 

Yuri Anime

Ichijinsha has made it pretty plain that they are never going to animate anything we consider good Yuri here at Okazu. ^_^; For people who prefer dysfunctional, abusive, not-really Yuri, NTR: Netsuzou Trap and Citrus anime are launching this summer and for people who enjoy Yuri with animal-eared girls, they’ve announced Konohana Kitan, the one series that they never got rid of from Comic Yuri Hime S, according to ANN. (In the meantime, those of us who find functional human women who fall in love with one another appealing, get nothing. Grrr.)

 

Other News

ANN reports that the final Sailor Moon Musical, -Le Mouvement Final-, has been announced for autumn 2017, with the return of a former Sailor Moon as Sailor Cosmos.

This is something to stay aware of – an important case in the Netherlands was decided upon this year that makes fansubs illegal.

Fansubbers, of course, maintain that they are doing a Good Thing by allowing millions more people to enjoy films and TV shows that they might not otherwise be able to understand. BREIN, however, asserts that subtitles are mostly used by people who download pirated media, and thus fansubbers are not only violating copyright themselves but also inciting piracy and damaging the market.

The Dutch court sided with the IP owners, stating that “subtitles can only be created and distributed with permission from the rights holders. Doing so without permission is copyright infringement, and thus punishable with either jail time or a fine, depending on where you live.” The emphasis is mine, but Ars Technica has the full report and it’s worth reading. 

Nippon.com reports on ground-breaking manga translator Frederick Schodt, who spoke at the Japan Foundation’s Tokyo office on his four decades of work in manga and about his his newest work, The Osamu Tezuka Story

 

Know some cool Yuri News you want people to know about? Become a Yuri Network Correspondent by sending me any Yuri-related news you find.Emails go to anilesbocon01 at hotmail dot com. Not to the comments here, please, or they might be forgotten or missed. There’s a reason for this madness. This way I know you are a real human, not Anonymous (which I do not encourage – stand by your words with your name!) and I can send you a YNN correspondent’s badge.

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