Two episodes ago we told you to go check out Erica Friedman and her blog Okazu, but much like a rogue outlaw space idol singer this Most Dangerous Erica has come to us so that we can talk about the 2018 yuri anime Kase-san and Morning Glories.
Introduction (0:00 – 39:35)
On Saturday, April 6th 2019 we’ll be doing a retro anime videogame charity stream on Gerald’s Twitch channel starting around 1 PM Eastern or thereabouts. Here’s a VOD of last year’s, to give you an idea. We are once again raising money for War Child UK as part of RE-PLAY, and while we won’t rake in those big Yogscast bucks, every little bit helps. Gerald will be making another brisket.
But that’s not what this segment is about! We talk to Erica about her myriad of accomplishments as far as bringing information about yuri to the English-speaking anime fanbase for over 20 years and counting! Sailor Moon and Utena discussion will ensue throughout. Please note that a yuri Bodhisattva does not attain “yuri Buddhahood.” Rather, they become “the lesbian Go Nagai.” Erica’s run conventions, publishing companies, a really comprehensive blog as linked to above, and of course panels to the point where for years we (okay, just Daryl) associated her raw power level with the Mike Awesome theme song, which we would have used as her intro music here except Mike Awesome has been dead for several years. Also, she may or may not have once upon a time had the same hair as Mike Awesome.
Promo: Right Stuf Anime (39:35 – 42:10)
The wait is over, as Seven Seas Entertainment has now released all five volumes of the Kase-san manga from which this anime is derived. We also recommend getting your preorder in for Gundam: The Origin – Chronicle of the Loum Battlefield Collection and the Limited Edition of Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Part 1. But, since there’s currently a Sentai Filmworks sale going, you may want to grab the entirety of the original Armored Trooper VOTOMS TV series plus compilation films for $29.99.
Review: Kase-san and Morning Glories (42:10 – 1:27:59)
This review is almost “pulling a Gerald” since it’s a title that is, so far, not licensed for release in the United States with no legal streaming availability for which we’re all just going to talk about how incredibly great it is. What’s more, the link that we ordered it from (Amazon JP) currently lists it as out of stock with a restock estimate of “1 to 2 months.” That said, even if you import it from Japan it is NOT outrageously expensive since it’s a Pony Canyon release (plus you get a bunch of nice extras), and it DOES include a professional quality English subtitle track. This one hour OVA/theatrical anime adaptation of Hiromi Takashima’s manga from roughly Volume 3 on (available both in print and digital) is quite different from so many other yuri anime in that it begins at the point where most of them conclude, and between its narrative focus and stellar production values Erica declares this a must-see and own. Kase-san and Morning Glories has screened at multiple anime conventions in the US, so a domestic release seems a question of “when” more than “if.”
- The original Youtube music video made as a precursor to this film
- Erica has, of course, written about this OVA and manga series quite a bit already