So, I am not sure how many of you remembers dear Readers, but there was a time when I shared some news about a new yuri series titled ‘Lily Girl’ but as you can guess, I totally forgot about it! The reason I did had to do with the fact that I thought it would be a real series. A Web Series but a series none the less. Well, it is a series, by definition, in that it does have three different parts/episodes but also a series it is not. Well, not the type of series I was expecting. And so I waited and waited for the actual series to drop but it never did. I then came to the hurtful truth!
There would be no more than what we have on YouTube already. On the official channel there, there are some teaser videos and three longer parts about the three different ‘couples’. Those videos are not longer than 6 minutes. I have already watched them all a long time ago but I thought they were only teasers of what was to come – which I was waiting for. What I was waiting for never came and so this week while I was cleaning up my drives I came across those videos and it occurred to me that this was all we would be getting. It was all that was promised.
And so that is why I am now writing about this short, very short series. Three episodes in total, all 5 minutes more or less and now is the perfect time to write about them I think, because these little episodes are the epitome of a challenge. They are on that line of where most won’t know if it is yuri or simply friendship. In fact those who are not yuri fans will only see friendship while the ones with yuri on the brains will see nothing but yuri.
Actually speaking of which, I wish to take this opportunity to put the definition of YURI on this site. It has occurred to me that I have not even thought of doing that before. I kind of took it for granted that those who came to visit this site were already familiar with the terms ‘yuri’, ‘girls love’ or ‘shoujo-ai’. And so I am going to do it here.
What is ‘YURI’ exactly?
Same-Sex Relationships Between Women!
Content Depicting Love OR friendship close to love, Between Women.
These definitions are courtesy of the Japanese Wikipedia page which I came across when I googled – ‘yuri tte nani?’ I am not sure why I need to but I will point out the part at ‘ friendships close to love’! It has been like that since far back when I first got into yuri, and by far back I mean the ShoujoAi.com days. In those days Shoujo-Ai was all the rave because it was the term we most associated with ‘pure yuri’. The term ‘yuri’ back then was used to describe the extreme content where it was obvious that female homosexuality was happening. This of course included the likes of porn or hollow yuri in these so called Idol DVDs that were kind of a soft porn anyway.
These days we have forgotten all about ‘Shoujo-Ai’ even though Japan still use it with ‘Girls Love’. Now everything is called yuri which confuses most people who think that yuri is all but normal romantic relationships except between women only, which means that things like unrequited crushes or non END-GAME relationships are usually not considered yuri!
Why can’t there be different types of yuri? Just as there are different species of Lilies (Flowers), it is only natural that there should be different kinds of yuri. Different kinds of love, different kinds of connections and relations. It all makes common sense. Also you might notice that out of all the lily flowers, the one most used as the signature representation is the purest of them all – the white lily.
To me, and I think it should show my tastes in yuri, that flower choice is very telling. I prefer ‘pure’ yuri compared to the heavy and dense one served on the silver platter. There are of course some exceptions like Fingersmith/The Handmaiden but let’s be real here, that is the epitome of quantitative yuri. There is awesome plot, awesome characters and most of all, it has the thing I look forward to most in stories – from zero to hero (or in this case, from the two characters never having met or having zero feelings for one another to them turning into soul mates. Ahgassi has this in spades. Seriously, if there is one fandom I can always give as an example on how to write stories it is Fingersmith/Ahgassi!
Anyway that does it for the explanations. Let’s move on onto Lily Girl.