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Is Yaoi and Yuri manga harder to license ?
Posted 3/8/15 , edited 3/8/15
I look into the library of manga here and notice zero yaoi and yuri. Why is that ? I look and find all kinds of genres except those 2. Are this type of manga harder to license or there other reasons as to why ?
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Posted 3/8/15
^ Probably because most yaoi and Yuri titles are rated 18+ and most anime and manga on this site are not.
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^ Probably because most yaoi and Yuri titles are rated 18+ and most anime and manga on this site are not.


I read a lot of manga here and I can tell you there really hardcore stuff here.
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Posted 3/8/15
Yeah, I know. So have i. But they usually aren't rated 18+.

At least with Yaoi, most of those are contracted out to companies like DMP who release their manga through Amazon.
Posted 3/9/15 , edited 3/9/15
Maybe CR is not interested in those genres? I haven't checked their licensed manga but do they have hentai? because yaoi and yuri fall into that category (18+)...if they have hentai, they should also have yaoi and yuri.

I haven't seen a good variety of licensed yuri manga, at least not as much as yaoi:


English-speaking countries:
Yaoi manga are sold to English-speaking countries by companies that translate and print them in English. Companies such as Digital Manga Publishing with their imprints 801 Media (for explicit yaoi) and June (for "romantic and sweet" yaoi),[32] as well as Kitty Media, and Viz Media under their imprint SuBLime. Companies that formerly published yaoi manga but are now defunct include DramaQueen, Central Park Media's Be Beautiful,[19] Tokyopop under their imprint BLU, Broccoli under their Boysenberry imprint, and Aurora Publishing under their imprint Deux Press. Yaoi Press, based in Las Vegas and specializing in yaoi that is not of Japanese origin, remains active.[citation needed] According to McLelland, the earliest officially translated English-language yaoi manga was printed in 2003, and as of 2006 there were about 130 English-translated works commercially available.[79] In March 2007, Media Blasters stopped selling shōnen manga and increased their yaoi lines in anticipation of publishing one or two titles per month that year.[80]

Among the 135 yaoi manga published in North America between 2003 and 2006, 14% were rated for readers aged 13 years or over, 39% were rated for readers aged 15 or older, and 47% were rated for readers age 18 and up.[81] Although American booksellers were increasingly stocking yaoi titles in 2008, their restrictions led publishers to label books conservatively, often rating books originally intended for a mid-teen readership as 18+ and distributing them in shrinkwrap.[29] Diamond Comic Distributors valued the sales of yaoi manga in the United States at approximately $US six million in 2007.[82] By December 2007, there were over 10 publishers in North America offering yaoi materials.[8


I forgot to mention GuiltPleasure which is yaoi/doujin made in US (not Japan) and sold internationally.
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Posted 3/9/15 , edited 3/14/15
I can't speak for Yaoi, as it isn't a passion of mine, but as a yuri fanboy, there is a lot of good yuri being published by Seven Seas. Other than that company and Aoi Hana, which DMP has e-published the first volume of, there isn't a whole lot of yuri being published by US publishers. (If there are titles I am unaware of, I would be very happy if people would point them out...)
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Posted 3/9/15
It's not harder it just not popular enough for companies to want to license them. People are so against homosexuality that they just don't want to see it. Once this world can fully accept it then maybe just maybe we can see more yuri or yaoi manga 18+ or not.
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Posted 3/9/15 , edited 3/14/15
Totally reminded me of this.

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Posted 4/21/15
Like the people above my comment bubble have said, definitely not hard to license but selling and marketing for the genre can be very difficult. The sexual content contained in the majority of yaoi publish is a big no-no for a site such as this one.
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Posted 4/23/15
Yaoi and Yuri usally can be bought pretty easy online, but in book stores etc they can pretty much never be found.
Especially in a country that is against gay marriage, they don't wanna "spread the disease"


But my country have a "no tolerance" policy any manga. You cant even find normal stuff like Naruto or One Piece in book stores.
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I'd just like to point out that the volume of sales would end up being lower for Yaoi/yuri, because the fandoms are smaller than for something more mainstream
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Zensunni wrote:

I can't speak for Yaoi, as it isn't a passion of mine, but as a yuri fanboy, there is a lot of good yuri being published by Seven Seas. Other than that company and Aoi Hana, which DMP has e-published the first volume of, there isn't a whole lot of yuri being published by US publishers. (If there are titles I am unaware of, I would be very happy if people would point them out...)
I've only seen Morinaga's Girl Friends, Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry-Blossom Pink, and Citrus on the shelves. Have you seen others as I cannot think of any but those 3.


Takuzami wrote:

Yaoi and Yuri usally can be bought pretty easy online, but in book stores etc they can pretty much never be found.
Especially in a country that is against gay marriage, they don't wanna "spread the disease"


But my country have a "no tolerance" policy any manga. You cant even find normal stuff like Naruto or One Piece in book stores.
That blows, which country is this?
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I wish more Yuri titles would be licensed and brought on CR ( Though I prefer to purchase hard copies ). I'd also like to throw out there that Sasameki Koto is licensed by One Peace Books as Whispered Words in 3 omnibus volumes. Anyone who sees them should totally pick them up!
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Posted 4/24/15 , edited 4/25/15

Un_Chat_Noir wrote:


Zensunni wrote:

I can't speak for Yaoi, as it isn't a passion of mine, but as a yuri fanboy, there is a lot of good yuri being published by Seven Seas. Other than that company and Aoi Hana, which DMP has e-published the first volume of, there isn't a whole lot of yuri being published by US publishers. (If there are titles I am unaware of, I would be very happy if people would point them out...)
I've only seen Morinaga's Girl Friends, Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry-Blossom Pink, and Citrus on the shelves. Have you seen others as I cannot think of any but those 3.

Some of them might be harder to find, since they were published several years ago, but here is a list of the Yuri titles other than the three you listed:
First Love Sisters - Story by Mizuo Shinonome | Art by Mako Komao - Published 12/15/2007
Gakuen Polizi - Story & Art by Milk Morinaga - Volume 1 published 06/17/2014. Volume 2 just came out this month.
The Last Uniform Volumes 1 and 2 - Story & Art by Mera Hakamada - Volume 1 published 07/24/2007
Strawberry Panic manga and light novelsStory by Sakurako Kimino | Art by Takuminamuchi - began publishing in 2007
Voiceful - Story & Art by Nawoko - Published 12/15/2007

Sure, it is a gender-bender yuri, but:
Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl - Story by Satoru Akahori | Art by Yukimaru Katsura - Started publishing in 2006

While it isn't always listed as Yuri, Funimation puts it under that genre for the TV version of it so:
Venus vs Virus - Story & Art by Atsushi Suzumi - began publishing in 2007

Also, not Yuri by nature, but still containing significant yuri sub-plots in the original series:
Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace - Story & Art by Tatsuo Sato - Volume 1 comes out on 08/25/2015




Kicchu wrote:

I wish more Yuri titles would be licensed and brought on CR ( Though I prefer to purchase hard copies ). I'd also like to throw out there that Sasameki Koto is licensed by One Peace Books as Whispered Words in 3 omnibus volumes. Anyone who sees them should totally pick them up! :D


Yes! I had forgotten that Whispered Words was One Peace Books and not Seven Seas...

Another major player that I forgot to mention earlier is ALC Publishing, the publishing arm of Yuricon. They published several manga, though not for a few years. They had an anthology called Yuri Monogatari, of which there are six volumes, Rica 'tte Kanji!?, and Shoujoai Ni Bouken: The Adventures Of Yuriko and Saiyuu no Ryouko, which were written by Erica Friedman, the founder of Yuricon and one of the reviewers of all things yuri that I go to if I wonder how good a series is, and are available online.
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