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#1 | Back to Top02-16-2013 03:46:24 PM

HonorableShadow
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New Ikuhara anime!

Have you guys heard about this??

Chu...

That's exciting!  I kind of hope it's Penguinbear but I don't think it is. Who knows though?

(If someone already posted about this, sorry!)

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#2 | Back to Top02-16-2013 04:00:46 PM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

Thanks for the notice, Shadow!

I know the new anime might have nothing at all to do with SKU, but the following

article wrote:

The event will be held at the Revolutionary Girl Utena Art Exhibition in Tokyo in the evening.

warms my heart nonetheless etc-love


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#3 | Back to Top02-16-2013 05:45:30 PM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

Ikunara etc-love
I can't wait to see your new anime.

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#4 | Back to Top02-18-2013 02:18:58 PM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

I still need to watch Penguindrum...emot-keke;; but I definitely wanna check this new one out.

And ahh Utena art exhibition...I wish I could goooo. D:

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#5 | Back to Top03-17-2013 09:25:18 PM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

New Ikuhara anime

When? Where? How? Who? Which? When?

Oh God, FANTASTIC! Can't wait.  I still have to start Penguidrim, though emot-frown I'm so, so busy.

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#6 | Back to Top03-23-2013 05:47:41 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

Chu...

It a anime where a bear turns into a girl and it a yuri anime........

emot-dance this is going to be good in a weird way etc-love

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#7 | Back to Top03-23-2013 06:29:22 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

It doesn't sound like a PD sequel. Kind of disappointed, but I'm sure the series will be amazing either way!

Edit:

According to news from the event today, Yuri Kuma Arashi/Penguinbear is about 2 bears who can transform into humans and live in the human world, but only for 365 days.

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#8 | Back to Top03-23-2013 09:23:12 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

The footage featured a bear that transformed into a girl.

emot-aaa
So is it lily?  Or is it "yuri"?!


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#9 | Back to Top03-23-2013 08:09:53 PM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

Bear Storm? Alright, I'm sold. My first thought immediately goes to the big dipper.

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#10 | Back to Top03-24-2013 07:50:02 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

gorgeousshutin wrote:

The footage featured a bear that transformed into a girl.

emot-aaa
So is it lily?  Or is it "yuri"?!

It's Ikuhara emot-tongue even if it's a pun it's definitely on purpose. So lesbian bears then? I'm down emot-rofl

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#11 | Back to Top03-30-2013 11:12:55 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

Someone on Anime News Network suggests that Yuri Bear Storm would be Ikuhara's take on the following (like how MP is based on the Subway Attack):
Chu...

Let's see if this wild theory would be proven right!


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#12 | Back to Top06-07-2013 10:00:09 PM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

Some more info on Yuri Bear Storm from baidu:

Chu...

作品简介
  百合熊岚
《百合熊岚(ユリ熊岚)》是由几原邦彦监督的原创动画。内容简单来说就是两只熊变成了百合美少女,一部会突然脱掉裙子,似乎365日都能看到内裤的百合杀必死动画。

Intro:

Yuri Bear Storm is original animation from Ikuni.  Basically, it is about two bears turning into yuri bishoujos, its' a hardcore yuri show about girls who will lose their skirts and flash panties for all of 365 days

故事简介
主人公是留着一头白金色长发的美少女红羽。
她讨厌熊,某天因为卡车事故意外救了熊,发怒的她想用自动手枪杀了熊。
那熊的身高差不多是她的两倍。
这是命运的相会不被允许的过错罪恶感等等想法困扰着她。
之后熊变成了叫银子和露露的人类少女,与红羽开始共同生活。
我想早点变成真正的人类,银子和露露如此期望着。[2]

Synopsis:

Heroine is a platinum blonde girl named 红羽 (Red Feather).
She hate bears, one day ended up saving bears from a truck accident, and wanted to shoot them.
The bears are about double her height.
"This is a fateful encounter" "Forbidden taboo" "Guilt" are some thoughts that haunts her.
Afterwards the bears transformed into 银子(Silver-ko) and 露露(Lulu), two pretty human girls, and started living with Red Feather.
"I want to become human soon," such is the bears' wish.


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#13 | Back to Top06-07-2013 10:49:01 PM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

As crazy as that sounds--and make no mistake, that sounds batshit--it still can't be worse than Evangelion 3.33.

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#14 | Back to Top06-07-2013 11:15:10 PM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

I'm as pro-yuri as the next person, but I'm not sure even Ikuhara can get me through a series full of panty shots.


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#15 | Back to Top06-08-2013 02:21:45 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

Ragnarok wrote:

I'm as pro-yuri as the next person, but I'm not sure even Ikuhara can get me through a series full of panty shots.

Same here. I'm sure this could be a good, entertaining show, but both this new info and what I've heard about the footage that was shown at the event in the first place make it sound like it's going to be full of tacky male gaze -- and I already had some issues with the amount of male gaze in Penguindrum. =/

Of course, there's the chance that the info and footage are exhaggerating some things and it won't necessarily be like that, but I'm still a little wary.

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#16 | Back to Top06-08-2013 05:22:39 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

I agree with all this. Sadly, I don't see any change yet at  Chu... ...does anyone else see anything new?
Additionally, is this even superficially related to Nokemono to Hanayome? I couldn't make it too far in that series due to lack of interest, but I remember that Ikuhara wrote for it and it featured a cute girl and a bear.  Maybe he's just added bears to his ever-growing list of strange visual themes.

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#17 | Back to Top06-08-2013 09:45:49 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

MikoG wrote: Same here. I'm sure this could be a good, entertaining show, but both this new info and what I've heard about the footage that was shown at the event in the first place make it sound like it's going to be full of tacky male gaze -- and I already had some issues with the amount of male gaze in Penguindrum. =/

Ikuni appears to still be trying to "balance out" the rosy female gaze he once used in SKU's various BL scenes even after all these years emot-redface

That said, I'm sure Yuri Bear Storm will still exude girl-relevant feels in abundance ala Penguindrum, though I doubt it can rival SKU's level of uncompromising art-for-art's-sake artistry.


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#18 | Back to Top06-08-2013 11:56:27 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

Double post to say that it seems to be coming out this July.


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#19 | Back to Top06-09-2013 12:19:34 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

I think Ikuni has officially jump the shark; at least his previous works had some kind of dignity in regards to their Lesbian undertone with the Exception of SKU Adolescence Apocalypse which was step away from becoming full blown Yuri thanks to the lack of nipples and Etc.
I hope to god this is more than fanservice show because if it lack anything that made his previous work great whether it the Compelling cast of characters that are not completely define by their archetype(Anthy and Akio for example), confusing but compelling storytelling that leaves it to the fans to interpret and just really strong writing.

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#20 | Back to Top06-09-2013 06:59:50 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

Where can we see the footage? Is it available online? I haven't seen it yet.


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#21 | Back to Top06-09-2013 09:17:39 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

HonorableShadow wrote:

Where can we see the footage? Is it available online? I haven't seen it yet.

I tried googling by its Jap title ( ユリ熊岚 ), but cannot even find screenshots, let alone footage emot-frown


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#22 | Back to Top06-09-2013 10:00:56 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

gorgeousshutin wrote:

HonorableShadow wrote:

Where can we see the footage? Is it available online? I haven't seen it yet.

I tried googling by its Jap title ( ユリ熊岚 ), but cannot even find screenshots, let alone footage emot-frown

Aw, that's a shame. emot-frown Thanks for looking though!


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#23 | Back to Top06-09-2013 09:24:47 PM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

Rosesareawesome101 wrote:

I think Ikuni has officially jump the shark.

I gotta say I'm kinda agreeing with you. emot-frown

Ikuhara's body of work outside of SKU really isn't all that glorious storywise. The direction is what he does--and his direction is always fantastic. Penguindrum looked amazing, but psychedelic though it was it didn't quite capture SKU, because that part of SKU that we're all so in love with is the result of a team of people that just clicked together, of which Ikuhara was only one part.

I think, judging by the interviews I've read, that Enokido contributed a lot of the tone that I loved in SKU that's missing in PD, so I almost wonder if I should be following his new work as intensely as we follow Ikuhara's. Ouran High School Host Club was Enokido's work, and despite the reverse-harem premise and overall optimistic storyline, there was that undercurrent of Enokido's...well...darkness, and reflectiveness about people.

I'm keeping an eye out for this and will probably watch it, but Ikuhara does seem to be entering the phase in his career where it doesn't necessarily matter what he does, his name will sell it. I'm not surprised at the yuri premise of the show, but I do think Ikuhara will at least have his own spin on it, perhaps mocking the very fanbase it will draw?


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#24 | Back to Top06-10-2013 03:23:48 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

Penguindrum looked amazing, but psychedelic though it was it didn't quite capture SKU

This is absolutely true, but I still really enjoyed Penguindrum. I had my issues with it, which range from taking sexual abuse lightly to being purposely convoluted for no real purpose (sometimes!), but I had a real blast participating in internet forums with other people wildly theorizing and discussing every minute detail of each scene once a week - and that's the kind of community I enjoy in Utena fandom as well. So I was happy, and I'll always like the series.

As for the new show, I feel like it's too early to judge. The promo PV was apparently fairly male-gaze-y, but I'm willing to wait and see if the trailer matches the show, you know?

there was that undercurrent of Enokido's...well...darkness, and reflectiveness about people.

It's interesting that you say this, because I watched a couple of episodes of that show and dropped it, feeling like it was taking a really dark theme (the real-life Host/Hostess industry) and making cutesy harem jokes of it (for kids!). But this sentence is intriguing and sounds like maybe there's a level I missed by not watching further.

perhaps mocking the very fanbase it will draw?

This would be great, I would watch 100000x.

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#25 | Back to Top06-10-2013 07:51:55 AM

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Re: New Ikuhara anime!

I'm not sure I would be on the look out for Jaws just yet. I love Mawaru Penguindrum as much as I love Utena, I consider both of them to be my absolute favorites. I don't think PD needed to capture SKU, or that was even necessarily what Ikuhara was going for. Of course comparisons were unavoidable, but putting that aside, they're both great series in their own right.

One bad project (which may not actually be bad, since it's not out yet) isn't enough to say a director jumped the shark, imo.

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