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Heimin no Kuse ni Namaikina!, Volume 1 (平民癖に生意気な!)

We’ve all read the “other perspective” Light Novel by now, haven’t we? My Next Life as a Villainess, for instance, ends every chapter with the same story from…

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – May 14, 2022

Yuri Anime We knew it was coming, but at last we have confirmation! Top news this week is that Miman’s romantic comedy Watashi no Yuri ha Oshigoto desu!,…

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Futari ha Daitai Konna Kanji, Volume 4 (ふたりはだいたいこんなかんじ)

In Futari ha Daitai Konna Kanji, Volume 4 (ふたりはだいたいこんなかんじ) Ikeda Takashi brings his specific brand of wacky slice-of-life to a fantastic conclusion. In the first three volumes of…

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Soulmate, Volume 1, Guest Review by Laurent Lignon

Welcome to another Guest Review Wednesday and welcome back to Journaliste/Chroniqueur Laurent Lignon! Laurent is going to introduce us to the French-language edition of a Chinese webtoon and…

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Our Teachers Are Dating!, Volume 4

Hayama Asuka and Terano Saki have been together for a while now. Their students think they are adorable, fellow teachers are on their side. In Our Teachers Are…

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – May 7, 2022

I’m going to lead with this once again, because today marks a week of By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga being the…

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Amayo no Tsuki, Volume 2 ( 雨夜の月)

In Volume 1, we met Saki, a high school student who plays piano, and her classmate (and piano teacher’s daughter), Kanon, who is hard of hearing. Kanon is…

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Order By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga Today!

20 years in the making, By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga, is a ground breaking history of the Yuri genre. Factual, funny…

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – Yuri Network News April 30, 2022

Yuri Literature Mark Your Calendars! By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga pre-orders officially open up on May 2! I’ll launch a page…

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – April 30, 2022

Yuri Literature Mark Your Calendars! By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga pre-orders officially open up on May 2! I’ll launch a page…

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The Executioner and Her Way of Life Anime

We’ve been following the Executioner and Her Way of Life Light Novels here on Okazu. (Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3) They are not bad, with…

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Comic Yuri Hime May 2022 (コミック百合姫2022年5月号)

Comic Yuri Hime May 2022 (コミック百合姫2022年5月号) had a few great zOMG moments, so let’s dig right in! “Sasayakuyouni Koi wo Utau” by Takeshima Eku relaxes into festival mode,…

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Sex Ed. 120%, Volume 3

Sex Ed 120% has been a heck of a ride. Informative and highly whimsical, it’s provided a lot of solid information and fair amount of utterly useless information…

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The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady, Volume 1

Anisphia is a very unusual princess. Awakened to knowledge from a life in our world, she has a unique relationship to the magic of her current world. While…

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Birdie Wing -Golf Girls’ Story-

In the world of underground golf, one girl reigns supreme, Eve Aleon, known as the Rainbow Bullet, is alone at the top of Nafrece’s illicit golf betting world.…

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – April 23, 2022

Yuri Interviews This past week got off to an amazing start with a wonderful interview. inori-sensei, creator of I’m in Love With the Villainess, was kind enough to…

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My Idol Sits the Next Desk Over, Volume 3 Guest Review by Luce

Once again, it is my great pleasure to welcome guest reviewer Luce back to Okazu! In volume 1 and volume 2, we met and got to know Sakiko,…

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New on Yuri Studio! S03 E02 Girl Gangs in Anime and Manga

In honor of murata’s Catch These Hands! out now from Yen Press, I take a look at some popular girl gang anime and manga and talk about why…

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Interview With inori, Creator of I’m In Love With the Villainess

Hello and welcome to an exciting interview. Today we welcome inori-sensei, creator of the I’m in Love With the Villainess series. Over the years, I’ve been pleased to…

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – April 16, 2022

Yuri Interview We have some exciting news here on Okazu! Tomorrow, we have an interview with I’m in Love With the Villainess creator inori. I’m super excited for…

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Yuri Espoir, Volume 1

Kokoro has just learned that when she graduates high school, she is to be married to someone to whom her father owes a significant favor. She is not…

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Uyanotsuki, Volume 1 ( 雨夜の月)

Saki loves piano. Or does she? She loves taking lessons with her teacher, she’s sure of that. But her teacher is leaving… In Uyanotsuki, Volume 1 ( 雨夜の月),…

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Gunbured x Sisters, Volume 2 (ガンバレッドxシスターズ), Guest Review by Mariko S.

I’m extremely pleased to welcome back the Okazu Guest Reviewer who takes on series that I’m not going near…Mariko Shinobu! /extravagant flailing of arms/ For a refresher, check…

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Dick Fight Island, Volume 1

Today we’re doing something a little different. I sincerely mean that. too, because while it might seem that Dick Fight Island by Reibun Ike, is as far from…

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – April 9, 2022

Yuri Live Action Idol Factor has released three short trailers for their upcoming Thai Yuri live-action GAP The Series: The “cutie” trailer; the “tears” trailer, and; the &#…

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Watashi no Oshi ha Akuyaku Reijou. -Revolution-, Volume 1 (私の推しは悪役令嬢。-Revolution-)

It’s almost impossible to believe that I have never actually read the Japanese Volume 1 of this series, but it is true. I had read some of it…

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My Idol Sits the Next Desk Over, Volume 2 Guest Review by Luce

In the first volume, we saw Sakiko get over a good part of her shyness and awe of Chihiro, the girl sitting next to her that happens to…

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Hana ni Arashi, Volume 9 (はなにあらし)

We have watched Nanoha and Chidori since they began dating. For a very long time, it was under the radar, but as they look towards a wider future…

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Comic Yuri Hime, April 2022 (コミック百合姫2022年4月号)

Comic Yuri Hime, April 2022 (コミック百合姫2022年4月号) starts off with an evocative cover image. I very much continue to enjoy this year’s cover design, with it’s patchwork of color…

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – April 2, 2022

Yuri Research You’ll forgive me for making this my headline this week. My own book, By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga will…

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Mieri Hiranashi’s The Girl That Can’t Get a Girlfriend Licensed By Viz

Wonderful news today, as online artist Mieri Hiranashi announced that her online manga The Girl That Can’t Get a Girlfriend, an autobiographical manga about her trials as a…

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By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga on sale June 1!

Here is the awesome full cover of By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga! Available June 1 from Journey Press. Art by: Rica…

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MURCIÉLAGO, Volume 17

It has been 2 years since I last reviewed a volume of this manga. Not for any particular reason, just that these two years have been full to…

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Invisible Kingdom, Volumes 1, 2 & 3

One of my goals for 2022, was the get over to my local library and read more comics out of their diverse GN section. Long story short, I…

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – March 26, 2022

Yuri Manga Catch These Hands! by murata is out now from Yen Press and extremely entertaining. I’m glad to have at least one gang girl manga out, since…

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Catch These Hands, Volume 1

Takebe used to be the toughest girl in school, but all her old friends have moved on, are getting married, having babies. She can’t even keep a real…

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Short Break from Okazu

Hello Okazu Readers and Commenters, Patrons and Fans! I’m taking a short break from Okazu this week for a few days, to 1) proofread my book; 2) catch…

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My Wandering Warrior Existence

Kabi Nagata is back once again with a volume of her comic essay work. My Wandering Warrior Existence is quite possibly her best work to date. To begin…

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Translators, Editors and Letterer Roundtable on Youtube

This past winter I facilitated a 4-week workshop for Michigan State University on Japanese Pop Culture and Transmedia translation. Thanks to our sponsor Catherine Ryu and the incredible…

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – March 19, 2022

Yuri Manga My Wandering Warrior Existence, the next autobiographical comic essay by Kabi Nagata, is out from Seven Seas. This look at her relationship to sexuality, gender, and…

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Doujinjo Yuri Anthology ( 同人女百合アンソロジー)

Ichinjinsha’s Doujinjo Yuri Anthology focusing on women create doujinshi, was both fun and a little headache-inducing, much like a full day at a comic market. ^_^ The drama…

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Springtime Lucky Boxes on Okazu!

It’s once again time to help me clear out my office! ^_^ This time we have 3 Lucky boxes! They arefull of comics and manga and poetry and…

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Cocoon Entwined, Volume 4

We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the role of “Prince” around here. But what we have rarely considered is the role as a burden that is…

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Kageki Shojo!!, Volume 2

If you are a fan of all-female musical theater review troupes, then you really don’t want to miss this series by Kumiko Saiko. I reviewed Kageki Shojo!! The…

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Yuri Network News – (百合ネットワークニュース) – March 12, 2022

Yuri Anime Sentai Filmworks has licensed The Executioner and Her Way of Life.This means that it will be exclusive to their HIDIVE streaming service. The anime will be…

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Kase-san and Yamada, Volume 2

Kase-san and Yamada have been dating for a few years now, and while they are both working on building lives for themselves that include each other, their schedules…

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Onna Tomodachi to Kekkonshitemita, Volume 1 (女ともだちと結婚してみた。)

If you are a regular reader here, you probably know how much I like Usui Shio’s recent work in Comic Yuri Hime. I’ve been really happy with Kaketa…

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5 Seconds Before A Witch Falls in Love, Guest Review by Luce

Welcome to another Guest Review Wednesday on Okazu. We welcome back Luce who is taking a look at a collected volume of stories by Zeniko Sumiya that ran…

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Yuri Is My Job, Volume 8

Hime is leaving Liebe. She has resolved that, to stop hurting Mitsuki, (and, as Mai is once again hale and hearty,) she will leave. Yuri Is My Job,…

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Batwoman, Season 3 on CW

Wow. Blah blah blah, I’m not a DC gal, Batman is boring, blah blah. We’ve been through that before. But. This season has convinced me otherwise. I thought…

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