As we all know by now 2014, or “The Fifth Age of Yuri” as I dubbed it at the start of the year, has been amazing so far. I say “so far” because it will thankfully continue this Winter and hopefully onward. Once again I am borrowing a page off of the great Michirumagazine‘s playbook and sharing a very interesting survey with my English speaking fans. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask the doods and peeps of the yuri nation to participate in a survey consisting of 9 important questions that everyone is free to answer or not answer. I am very interested in hearing what everyone has to say about the third age of yuri because I think it has been amazing so far but there is more to it than simply a one word opinion of the year. With that I leave to you the nine questions that I will guide everyone to answer and, again, you are all free to accept or deny answering the questions. If some participants have trouble answering the questions or cannot come up with an answer they are free to skip the question. Here are some guidelines:
- Again participants are free to accept or deny answering the questions. If some have trouble answering the questions or cannot come up with an answer you are free to skip the question. HOWEVER, the one question that requires an answer is #1.
- Make sure to number all your answers so I can tell which questions were answered by how many participants because I plan on discussing them sometime in January.
- Most of the questions may be answered with either an open answer (Further elaboration on the written answer) or a closed answer (Just the written answer with no further elaboration). Some of the questions have additional options that are explained.
Ready? Let’s begin.
#1: How would you rank the state of yuri in the animanga industry? Participants are free to write an open answer with further elaboration on the question or pick one of the five closed answers below.
#2: Which yuri manga has felt the most satisfying to read this year?
(Note that the manga does not need to have begun publishing this year. It can be a manga that began publishing sometime before 2014 BUT it has to either have ended publication this year or be an ongoing one.)
#3: Which anime with yuri content has felt the most satisfying to watch this year? (Like question 2 the anime does not necessarily need to have premiered in 2014. It could have aired in 2013 and have ended this year. You can use any anime with Grade 1 to 5 yuri content in your answer.)
#4: Rank the following yuri media formats in a top 5 or top 10 manner or for participants who are ordinal and up to the challenge, rank all the below from favorite to least favorite. – One-shots – 4-koma – Manga – Light Novels – Fanfics – Fanarts – Doujinshi – TV Anime. – O.V.A.s – O.N.A.s – Anime Movies – Live-Action – Drama CD’s – Music Videos/AMVs – Visual Novels – JRPG’s – Yuri in other Video Game genres
#5: Mention which of the below genres (or a combination of the below choices) participants would like to see more future anime with yuri content be produced about. Action, Martial Arts, Adventure, War, Science-Fiction, Comedy, Sports, Drama, Fantasy, Gakuen, Historical, Idols, Magical Girls, Mechas, Mystery, Police, Slice of Life, Super Heroes, Horror.
#6: Describe the type of yuri relationships participants would like to see more of in future yuri works Use the below typology to help form a description.
Typology: amount of physical intimacy, personalities, character archetypes, age, occupation, sexual preference (straight, lesbian, bisexual, other), social status.
#7: What are participants’ least favorite trends in yuri anime or manga?
(Check out the highlighted text for more details on most of the below mentioned trends.) Bad end, male interference, incest, “Best friends” angle, excessive fanservice, yuri stereotypes, emo lesbians, betrayal, shows not “crossing the subtext line”, superficial yuri. (Participants may also mention a trend not included among these examples if they so choose.)
#8: What past anime or manga (pre-2014) would participants like to see future works of? Examples of future work: new season, remake, movie, live-action, spin-off, other.
#9: What anime or manga in 2015, that participants are aware of. are they most excited for?
As previously mentioned this is a survey to better understand how nation members feel about the current state of yuri media. The results will be discussed in January. Thank you to everyone who chose to participate and I look forward to reading your responses.