There’s a lot to cover in this Yuri News Update, so let’s get started~
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard about the amazing news that Bloom Into You is getting an anime adaptation.
Unlike some other recent yuri anime adaptations *cough* Netsuzou TRap & Tachibanakan Triangle *cough*, an anime studio with some respectable titles under its belt will be handling this in TROYCA (Aldnoah.Zero, Re:Creators, and Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru).
When we last checked in, this was a leak that had yet to be confirmed, but it’s now official, and October is when this is set to premiere. If you remember, last year, Bloom Into You won our Yuri Tournament to decide which yuri manga was most deserving of an anime adaptation, so I think it’s safe to say that all of you folks who voted for it are responsible for this. Thanks. 😉
Next up, don’t look now, but yet another yuri manga is getting an anime adaptation!
The manga in question is Oshi ga Budoukan Ittekuretara Shinu, and admittedly, I’m not familiar with it at all, but it does have the “Shoujo Ai” tag on Baka-Updates, so that has to count for something, right?
Here’s the synopsis, in case anyone else is as perplexed as I am. 😀
ChamJam is an indies idol group that is active in the Okayama Prefecture. A fan, who goes under the name of “Eripiyo,” supports the least popular member Mana Ichii. Eripiyo is so obsessed that she uses her all of her money to buy merchandise, and wears a red jersey as her school uniform. She also gets nose bleeds during live performances because she loves Mana so much. Until Mana gets to perform at the Budoukan venue, Eripiyo’s full idol otaku life continues.
I have no idea what to expect, but hopefully this isn’t just some yuri bait, and after the Netsuzou TRap and Tachibanakan Triangle anime adaptations, you have to wonder if this will be yet another short-form anime of iffy quality that’s rushed out the door…
On the bright side, the manga seems to have been well-received, with a score of 8.50 on MyAnimeList (even though that’s only from 10 users), and if you’re familiar with the manga, let us know a little bit about it in the comments~
We go from some potentially exciting news, to some potentially depressing news.
Several developers and publishers have recently received an ultimatum from Valve, the owner and operator of the uber successful PC digital distribution platform Steam: remove sexual content from your games, or they’ll be removed from the Steam store.
Lupiesoft, MangaGamer, and Sekai Project have since said that they’ve been contacted by Valve and been notified that their games are being re-evaluated for content and are no longer in danger of being outright pulled from the Steam store in the immediate future. They’re not totally in the clear just yet, but at least this is a good first step to getting a fair shake.
It seems as though Valve’s policies regarding sexual content on Steam are written in crayon on the back of a napkin, because we’ve gone from games with sexual content being pulled from Steam Greenlight, to games like Kindred Spirits on the Roof given the go-ahead to release on Steam uncensored, to numerous other “adult” games also following suit, to this sudden backpedaling on Valve’s behalf.
Many of these developers and publishers are said to have run their titles by Valve and have been given clearance, but Valve apparently now has other ideas. Curiously, all of the games that have been flagged seem to feature anime-style artwork, yet other games with nudity and sexual content remain free to do business on Steam, so what gives?
Fan-favorite Kindred Spirits on the Roof is one of the titles that’s been threatened, but, of course, there are other avenues in which games like this can continue to be sold. It’s already encouraging to see MangaGamer and JAST USA open their doors and offer their platforms to others, and if this situation ends badly for the publishers and developers in question, I wouldn’t be that surprised to see others follow suit.
Still, removal from the dominant PC digital distribution platform would no doubt have an adverse effect on the bottom line of these publishers and developers, and a dev from Lupiesoft has stated that Steam accounts for a whopping 80% of their revenue, so this is a very big deal for the creators of these games.
Censorship is a tricky subject, and after all of the progress that visual novels have made, something like this threatens to undo some of that progress. Here’s to hoping that this whole situation gets resolved in a fair manner.
And that’s a great segue to this next story. We’re starting to see game publishers and developers branch out and offer their titles on digital distribution platforms other than Steam.
MangaGamer and Sekai Project have announced that they’re bringing some of their visual novels to GOG, a digital distribution platform that, unlike Steam, sells games that are DRM-free. At this point, none of the titles added are yuri visual novels, but MangaGamer says that they’re working closely with GOG to bring nine more titles to the platform, including Kindred Spirits on the Roof and Sono Hanabira: Maidens of Michael.
But it’s not only GOG that’s getting in on the action. Fakku—the largest English-language hentai publisher in the world—is also a beneficiary of this, as they’ve recently added yuri visual novels The Menagerie and The Stargazers to their games offerings.
No matter what happens regarding the Steam drama, it’s great that these publishers and developers are creating new retail partnerships and finding other avenues in which to sell their games to the masses. It’s truly a win-win for creators and gamers alike~
Keeping with the positive visual novel news, during the 2018 Anime Central convention, it was announced that Tsui Yuri is finally getting an English translation, courtesy of MangaGamer.
Sisterly Bliss ~Don’t Let Mom Find Out~ (which is a hilariously awesome title, by the way) is the game’s new name, and even though we don’t yet have a release date for this, it’s yet another welcome addition that I’m sure yuri fans will enjoy.
In more visual novel news, it’s been a couple of years since its release, but Highway Blossoms: Remastered has finally landed, bringing with it full English voice acting, a remastered soundtrack with three new tracks, some remade CG’s, and more Steam achievements, among other things.
The update is free to owners of the original or $12.99 on Steam for those who have yet to pick it up. You can get it right here~
Keeping the positivity going, we’ll be seeing A LOT more of one of 2017’s biggest surprises, Princess Principal.
It’s been announced that six, yes, SIX, sequel films will begin hitting theaters starting in 2019. And these won’t be compilation films either. They’re brand-new works that pick up where the anime left off, so this is huge news for fans of the series.
This anime came out of nowhere and proved to be a breath of fresh air in the action genre, but the best part? That would be Ange x Charlotte. If you weren’t already on the PriPri bandwagon, there’s still room, so welcome aboard~
If you’ve been holding out on owning the DVD set of Strawberry Panic in favor of the inevitable Blu-ray version, you’re time has finally come.
Right Stuf has listed the set for pre-order, with the release set for June 26th. It’s great to see an all-time yuri classic get the Blu-ray treatment, so if you’ve got some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, this seems like a worthwhile investment. Now, let’s do the same for some other yuri classics!
Last but not least, we have a little something extra to hold us over until the Kase-san OVA debuts next month. A new visual has been unveiled, which somehow makes the wait seem even longer…
Pretty nice, huh? We’re only a few weeks away from the big day (June 9th, so mark your calendars), and it’s still a little surreal how great this year is shaping up to be for yuri fans. The only thing that could make 2018 even better is this OVA being a massive success that leads to a full-blown TV anime. Oh, and a Girl Friends anime adaptation. That, too. 😛