2018 Okazu Patreon Campaign!

8 events, 5 posts a week, 40% more patrons – we’re now able to pay Guest Reviewers – 2017 was amazing year for Okazu!

And we expect an even better 2018, with new goals and a new reward for all patrons on Patreon!


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Get a Glimpse at the ‘Big Book o’Yuri’ by subscribing to Okazu on Patreon!

We’ve hit major milestone in what has a working title of the “Big Book o’Yuri” – the definitive book on history, influences, key series, definitions, and random things related to Yuri that Erica wants to write about, etc, etc. This project, which is going to cover approximately 100 years of the genre we love is halfway done! Yay!

In honor of this momentous occasion, we’re offering our first-ever “Patron Only” content! Get this glimpse of the definitive on Yuri book by subscribing to Okazu on Patreon! All patrons who are subscribed at any level will get a peek behind the screens at some of the newest content on October 8th. Your patronage makes it possible for me to do the work of writing what will be the most comprehensive book about Yuri ever. Every dollar helps and will get you a look at brand-new, non-public content.

Subscriptions over $5/month get a badge and mention on the Okazu Hero Roll, chances at special patron-only Lucky Boxes and our sincere thanks!

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Why We Call It “Yuri” on Anime Feminist

A brief article for the Anime Feminist blog, discussing some of the words used to describe manga and doujinshi with female same-sex couples and why Yuri creators and fans decided specifically on the word, “Yuri” during a conversation in a cafe in Tokyo in 2005. (Also, capturing oral history, so we don’t lose it in the depths of Internet rumors.)

Why We Call It Yuri has been added to the Yuricon Essays Page links.


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Yuricon at Yurithon!

Please join us August 4-6 in Montreal, Canada for Yurithon, part of the Otakuthon event. I’ll be joined by some of my senior staff and dearest friends (but not all, and we’re really going to miss those of you not there!) and we’re doing a bunch of panels. I’m bring a bunch of stuff to give out as prizes, so come with your best questions ready!

Here’s where you can definitely find us!

Friday: 5:00pm-6:00pm: The Secret History of Yaoi and Yuri
In this presentation, I trace the artistic and literary roots of some of the common tropes of Yuri and BL.

Saturday: 1:00pm-3:00pm: Must Read/Must Watch Yuri
This is our “flagship” panel – 90 minutes of Yuri anime and manga. We’ve brought animation clips and and tons of stuff to watch and read. Prizes are primary for this panel. Bring it on!

Saturday: 7:00pm-8:00pm: A Yuri Otaku in Japan
We’re going to give you the Yuri-focused downlow on getting to Japan, staying there, shopping there and going to events there. Want to know where to get Yuri? Join us and find out.

Sunday: 1:00pm-2:00pm: “Yuri Court”
This is a silly game I made up on the spot for a con Sunday. ^_^ Participants will “present a case” for a Yuri being Guilty (of being crappy) or Innocent (by being good) and a panel of judges (not just me, so don’t worry that I’m gonna slam your decision. There’s three of us, I can be outvoted. ^_^) will decide on a verdict. I hope to have some prizes left to offer folks for this game.

If you’re an Okazu reader or a member of the Yuricon community, please introduce yourself. I want to meet you all and thank you in person. ^_^

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Yuri Essays Page Renewal!

To assist in Yuricon’s ongoing mission to disseminate information and research about Yuri, we’ve updated and slightly redesigned the Yuri Essays page!  Broken links have been fixed, and new resources have been added, as well, to keep this page a one-stop-shop for all the Yuri-related research extant in English. Links to full-text articles exist where they are available.

You can much more easily find essays by category:

And of course you can always use the site search to find something specific.

If you have a Yuri-related essay you’d like us to include on this page, please do contact us!



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New Yuri Essay by Erica

On Defining Yuri by Erica Friedman, in Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 24., June, 2017.

Erica looks at the term yuri,  as both descriptive and divisive, shaped by creators and industry and by different audiences within fandom. The story of yuri is the story of a genre driven forward and backward between conflicting requirements and heterogeneous audiences.

Check out the Yuri Essays page for other writings, interviews and videos of Yuri discussion and research.

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Yuricon Manga and Comic Events 2017 Calendar

Yuricon founder Erica Friedman’s appearance schedule for 2017. New events will be added as they are confirmed.

(Events in which it is confirmed that I’ll be participating in are in bold.)

MoCCA Arts Festival, April 1-2, 2017. New York City, USA. (80% confirmed that I’ll be there on Saturday.) Read the Event Report!

Queer & Comics – April 14-15, 2017. San Francisco, CA, USA. I’ll be participating and moderation panels. Read the Event Report!

Toronto Comics Art Festival – May 13-14, 2017, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I’ll be helping out with moderation. Read the Event Report! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Yurithon – August 4-6, 2017. Montreal Quebec, Canada. I’m a Special Guest,so expect me to be paneling and hanging around. ^_^

Flamecon – August 19-20. New York City, NY, USA.  I’ll be there as Press, so hanging around, talking to folks.

AnimeNYC – November 17-19, 2017 , New York, NY, USA. Tired of being lost in the throngs at New York Comic Con? Looking for a NYC event that focuses on anime and manga? Check out AnimeNYC, at Javits Center. Three days of only anime and manga content, with the entire Sailor Moon English voice cast! I’ll be there as press.

If you want me at your event, please get in touch asap, you can see that the year fills up pretty quick these days. ^_^


If you want me at your event, please get in touch asap, you can see that the year fills up pretty quick these days. ^_^


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Alt Manga, Queer Manga – Telling Our Own Stories on Youtube

iWith many thanks to the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, the entirely of my lecture Alt Manga, Queer Manga – Telling Our Own Stories s now available on the Yuricon Essays Page.

Learn how queer creators and fans’ desires gave birth to queer manga genres Boys’ Love, Yuri and gay manga!



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Event: Yuri Lecture at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on 1/19

Join Yuricon founder, Erica Friedman at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI on Thursday, January 19, 2017 , 12:00-1:30 PM in Room 1636 School of Social Work Building for the Center for Japanese Studies Noontime Lecture Series.

Alt Manga, Queer Manga: Telling Our Own Stories will cover the history of LGBTQ manga in Japan and the west, and delve into the issues of fan interpretation of commercial manga.

Please contact the CJS at the above link for seating availability.

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Yuri Games and Visual Novels on the Yuricon Store!

ILYiconWe’ve hit a point this year where were have enough English-language VNs and sims that it’s absolutely worth collecting them in one place. To that end I’ve added a Yuri Games & Visual Novels page on the Yuricon Store.

Now the Yuricon Store is home to the most comprehensive listing online or off, of Yuri Manga in Japanese and in English, Digital Yuri Manga, Yuri Anime on DVD or BD, Yuri Light Novels, Yuri Drama CDs, Yuri Goods and Yuri Games!  And we’re adding more all the time.

The new category is fully searchable, by Developer, Name, or genre focus. Links are available to physical copies and digital where they both exist. So have some fun on Yuricon’s new Yuri Game & Visual Novels page.


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“The Secret History of Yaoi and Yuri” at Flamecon!

FlameCon_logo-1-300x66Erica will be bringing her guerilla “history of Japanese literature” panel to Flamecon 2,  New York’s queerest comic event, which will be held in Brooklyn, New York on August 20-21.

The Secret History of Yaoi and Yuri 
Saturday August 20, Room C

Another chance to talk to an LGBTQ crowd about Japanese queer media, and give folks a chance to see the evolution of Yuri and BL through their literary and artistic roots.

Prizes will be available for good questions, so bring your best!

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A [Very] Brief History of Yuri video on the Essays Page

The full text and graphics of Erica’s short 100-years-in-6-slides presentation for the Tokyo Rainbow Pride event, Tokyo Comics Showcase, Vol. 1, is now available as a Youtube video!

Follow Erica through the origins of Yuri in the ‘S’movement, through mid-century angst and late-20th century magical girls, right up to the present and the Yuri genre in all of it’s messy components!

Check the video out on the Yuricon Essays page. It makes a great place to start from if you want to educate folks about Yuri. And contact us if you’d like to use the content for your own Yuri Panel!

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Gay/Lesbian/Yuri/BL/Bara Manga Discussion at Rainbow Pride Week in Tokyo

Yuricon founder Erica Friedman will be participating in a discussion of Gay/Lesbian/Yuri/BL/Bara manga in Tokyo on May 3rd as part of Rainbow Pride Week events.

The discussion will be at the Aisotope Lounge ( in Shinjuku Ni-choume on May 3rd, from 13:00 – 16:00, with guest manga artists Tagame Gengoroh and Nakamura Kiyo (who wrote GUNJO as Nakamura Ching) and Chairman Satou Yasuki.

Erica will be presenting a brief history of Yuri in the first half and acting as “commentator” in the second half discussion with the manga artists.

5月3日 13:30~16:00

第一部 性指向をめぐる日本の同性間表現の過去・現在・未来

第二部 性指向をめぐる表現、コミュニティの外へ内へ


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New “I Love Yuri” Designs on the Yuricon Store!

Some exciting news for the Yuricon Store! We have two brand new “I Love Yuri” designs up on our Yuri Goods page.

Get these fun and stylish designs on men’s and women’s t-shirts and other apparel, phone and tablet cases, mugs, and even soft fluffy pillows to hug. Apparel items can be customized in different colors or cut.

Rainbow Lily original design for Yuricon by Ali KhanOur two new designs are the Comic Panel design by Althea Keaton and the Rainbow Lily design by Ali Khan. These two talented artists have been longtime “Friends of Yuri”…and friends of mine. ^_^

Both designs are perfect for anime cons, Pride events or any time you want to proudly share your love of Yuri and support for the LGBTQ community!

Thanks to both our artists for their fantastic work.

You can get all our original “I Love Yuri” designs on the Yuri Goods page, along with other non-media items, such as toys and accessories. Check out the Yuricon Store for the largest listings of Yuri Anime, Manga and Drama CDs. Thanks to our Yuricon patrons, you’re able to search in English and Japanese for your favorite authors and series. ^_^ When you’re looking for all the Yuri to choose from, start on the Yuricon Store!

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New Thesis on Yuri by Verena Maser on Yuri Essays Page

ILYiconNew on the Yuricon Essays page, we have Beautiful and Innocent: Female Same-Sex Intimacy in the Japanese Yuri Genre – PhD thesis by Verena Maser, examining the relationship between media content, its production, and its reception in Japanese popular culture in regards to Yuri. (Full text article available at linked page.)

Yuri scholarship is really starting to build up. If you know of or have written an article on Yuri, Yuri fandom or anything to do with Yuri, let us know, we’d love to link to your work!

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New Yuri Thesis on the Yuricon Essays Page

With many thanks to James Welker, we’re pleased to have added a new essay on Yuri –
Finding the power of the erotic in Japanese yuri manga a thesis by Sarah Thea Arruda Wellington to our Yuri Essays page.

We have linked to the abstract, but the full-text is also available from the abstract page. You can find this article in the Lectures and Articles on Yuri, Feminism, Fandom, Gender and Lesbian Themes section of the Yuri Essays page!

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Yuricon Store Grand Opening!


Yuricon Mascots Yuri and Midori would like to welcome you all to the  new Yuricon Store, the one-stop shop for Yuri Anime, Yuri Manga, Light Novels, Literature, Goods and more.

If you are new to the Yuricon Store, take a moment to read this description of the categories, vendors and features. Our favorite feature is the new search tool which accepts artists, titles, publishers in English and Japanese.

To celebrate our Grand Opening, and Yuricon’s 15th birthday(!), we’re running two contests for you!

Creative Contest

Are you creative? We’re holding a very special contest just for you!

Any creative endeavor that includes our mascots Yuriko and Midori makes you eligible for this contest! Fanfiction or fan art will be published here on the site, AMVs will be featured on Yuri Studio (must be Youtube compliant to be eligible), cosplay, comics or other creative efforts are welcome and will be featured on our blog. Send us any creative effort and be entered for an Amazon Gift Card.

Submissions should be mailed to yuricon at gmail dot com. For pictures, size is up to you, but it ought to be emailable and we’d appreciate a minimum 300 dpi resolution, in case the design is so amazing we want to put it on things like t-shirts. (All images you submit become property of Yuricon, but,we’ll always ask for reproduction permission first. ) For AMVs, send us a link to the video. No pornographic scenes or explicit sex, please.

The cover email must include:

Your Name
A Current Email You Actually Check
Your Age You must be 14 or older to enter

Entries should be received by August 31, 2015. Winners will be announced in September.


Open Contest

This contest is easy. Just pick any item at all on the Yuricon Store and write a review of the item! Send us the Review and you’re entered!

Reviews have to be better than 6th grade book report. “I liked this, it was good,” won’t be accepted. Give folks an honest assessment of the series or volume or item. And, let’s be real here – this is meant to be fun for all of us, so if you’re excoriating a bad series, you’d better be funny, okay? ^_^

All reviews will be submitted for approval before being made live. Acceptable reviews will net you an entry in the contest. Multiple reviews will not get you more chances, but the judges are notoriously biased and multiple awesome reviews might. ^_^

The cover email must include:

Your Name
A Current Email You Actually Check
Your Age You must be 14 or older to enter

Entries should be received by August 31, 2015, Winners will be announced in September.

We’re looking forward to your entries and welcome your thoughts on the new Yuricon Store!

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Read “Japan: Fertile Ground for the Cultivation of Yuri” by Rica Takashima from Eureka’s Current State of Yuri Culture issue!

The third article from Eureka Magazine’s “Current State of Yuri Culture ” issue, December 2014 is now online and available for all Yuricon readers! Check out public artist Takashima’s  commentary about women’s place in Japan, and how it gave birth to a new genre…not always from a place of love in Japan: Fertile Ground for the Cultivation of Yuri on the Yuricon Essays page!



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How Does Japan Treat Gay People?

We get this question from time to time in lectures and panels. Today on Slate, Erica has a chance to give it the nuance it deserves, touching upon the importance of media and political representation as indicators of social acceptance.

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See what’s New on The Yuricon Store!

We are approaching the end of Phase 1 on the new Yuricon Store, in which we backfill all the Yuri from past years that is still available. It’s slow work (and full of decisions like “there’s 1 copy left of this on Amazon JP, do I bother listing it?) but we’re getting there!

If you want a quick bookmark or feed to check to see what we’ve recently added, thanks to our beloved and talented webmaster, Lissa Pattillo, you can now do that easily: is text only, but you’ll be able to see quickly what was added.

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