A Hideous Thing Inside: Pruning the Lily Garden with Yuri Kuma Arashi and Flip Flappers

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While much has been written about Ikuhara Kunihiko’s magnificent unravelling of yuri as a genre, Yuri Kuma Arashi (2015), little has been said about one of its earlier antagonists Yurizono Mitsuko. Despite serving as little more than a footnote in its scathing treatise of those who are marginalized by society’s normative structures, another lily in Arashigaoka’s vast flower garden, she is nevertheless a figure that is worth highlighting for context arguably casts her beyond the superficially clear-cut role. Another in Ikuhara’s long line of the unchosen, Mitsuko serves as the antithesis to the prim and proper delicacies which the genre exudes as she reworks them into tools which offer her an advantage, but more importantly – a means of survival.

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