18723Re: Ichigo Mashimaro yuri (a disturbing trend?)
- Aug 24, 2005--- In Yuricon@yahoogroups.com, "atheniag" <anilesbocon01@h...> wrote:
> So I'm going to stop arguing with myself and just admit that itsgot yuri. There. Okay? Sheesh.
>Not to be a killjoy, but methinks our enjoyment of IM is rather bad on
a political level.
Far be it from me to deride IM for what it is, since the "kiddy krush
on the babysitter/piano tutor, etc" is certainly a yuri story that is
far from overdone, and makes a nice change by being cute AND due (not
to mention something a few of us can relate to)... but I'm gonna have
to deride IM for what it represents: the persistant loligasming of
yuri to make it popular.
Perhaps it's just the fact that I'm hopelessly addicted to the daytime
soapy drama that is DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR (available in paperback and
webcomic) and it's plethora of 30/40-something cool dykes, but it's a
stark contrast in character and timing when compared to the Yuri Of
The Month that is Ichigo Mashimaro; a series of prepubes and the yuri
It's a cliche that there just isn't enough yuri out there (... period)
that features grown up consentors in favour of teenybopper
schoolgirls, but it all comes down to what's popular and what's cool.
Series like Marimite and Mai HiMe are turning yuri into more than
just a fashionable genre (this year's fad), and giving yuri a chance
at some well-deserved recognition. However, in order to achieve true
popularity (and thus survive it's fad status), yuri neds to market
itself to the greater anime-viewing public. That means men. That
means young men. That means loli time.
Heck, even ROD TV couldn't get by with just the Yokimo/Nenene thang,
and had to prop up the Anita/Hisa-chan couplehood to give the series
it's token loli (yes, I love these two gals too. I attack what I
love). Now with all these yuri series out there featuring a glut of
schoolgirls, we now have to watch yuri characters de-aged even
further. Cue Ichigo Marshmellow.
Yes, we love the antics and we raise eyebrows (and grin slyly) at
Slam-Ko's behaviour with Nobue, and a possible "Best Friends" thing
with Megane-Ko & Gaijin-Ko... but still, is THIS where we have to go
for yuri these days? Prepubes? We've watched our yuri couples grow
younger and younger, and now there honestly isn't anywhere else to go.
Is this really happening because yuri is trying live beyond it's 15
minutes of fame, and doing what it must to survive... or am I reading
way WAY too much into all this?
Aside from Devil Lady (which I haven't watched), I'm struggling to
find anyone older than schoolgirls.
On top, we have...
Yomiko dragging Nenene, Nancy and Maggie in a big yuri sack,
Then the teens...
Kurumi & Saki
Mirielle & Kirika
The Battle Athletes
Priss & her sassy sexaroid
Haruka & Michiru
Utena & Anthy
The Marimite crew
The HiME rangers
The Angelic Layer gladiators
Pita-Ten's Misha & Shia
Which brings us to Junior High...
The Alien 9 gals
Anita & Hisa
Sakura & Tomoyo
And now the latest from kindergarten...
A disturbing trend, or much ado about nothing?
(Goes back to rewatching IM. Heh-heh... Slam-Ko got slammed again. I
love Miu so much!) ^_^
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