The rattling of a train; Quiet loneliness in a new seaside town; A classroom aquarium. And then suddenly, a chance encounter between two solitary girls. These are the panels that introduce us to Nettaigyo wa Yuki ni Kogareru, perhaps the absolute best yuri manga currently being published. A lofty statement, perhaps, especially given its status as a schoolgirl work rather than an adult one – and yet it is difficult to deny its truthfulness. If I were to compare it to another manga, it would have to be the inimitable Bloom into You – but even that can not compare to the subtle elegance contained in this work.
Modernizations and re-adaptations are fast becoming a dominant force in anime, much as in other sectors of the culture industry. While many conclusions can be drawn from that — the need for capital to play it safe so as to ensure profit, the socioeconomic hardship which pushes audiences further into nostalgia, the harmful belief that old things need to be “updated” — the area I’m most interested in investigating is how these new versions of old works adapt to the present climate, specifically, the present political climate. To examine this, I want to take a look at Lupin III Part 5 and 2018’s Gegege no Kitaro. Ironically, these are both shows which have had entries for every one of the last 6 decades but they still serve to paint a great picture of how to do this right.
This post is an edited version of my initial Seabed review. I’d like to think it’s a lot better.
Another season of anime has come and gone, and with it, another crop of anime full of yuri have completed their runs, or at least made significant progress since I last spoke of them. Rather than wasting any time, let’s dive right in. Again, there’ll be minor spoilers where necessary, so use the timestamps in the comments if you wish to avoid those.