March 12th, 2017
Lady Lady!! 30th Anniversary
Lady Lady Party Princess
This year of 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Lady Lady!!, a Toei Dôga (Toei Animation)-produced animated series which is based on Yoko Hanabusa’s well-known manga Lady!! Thirty years ago, the anime began to be broadcast on TV in Japan from October. It was televised from 19:30, the competitive time for TV stations because, for example, many TV viewers were watching Mezon Ikkoku (Juliette je t’aime in French) at that particular time.
Lady Lady Pop-Up Picture Book
Although its audience rating was not high, Lady Lady!!-related toys and merchandise sold quite well and the toy company wanted another series of this anime. Thus, Hello! Lady Lynn was produced and started in 1988 about one month after Lady Lady!! ended, changing broadcasters and voice actors. Lady Lynn toys vary from dolls to pop-up picture books. Lynn dolls, including Yumemiru Lady Lynn (above, with a Lady Lady!! picture book) and Lady Lady Party Princess, sold well and became favourite toys for many little girls. Among many kind of the Lady Lynn toys, Hôseki no Basha Pearl Dresser (horse-drawn-carriage-shaped music box) is the most luxurious toy which appears in the anime of Hello! Lady Lynn (Episode 32). Many of the Lady Lynn toys are now very much praised by collectors as extremely kawaii (pretty) toys.
Hoseki no Basha Pearl Dresser
Lady lady in our hearts
Most of us love the old anime lady lady and how much we longed for the Japanese release on DVDs or bluray.
Since the beginning lady lady was never released on DVDs. We want to show Toei studio that there are many fans out there who still love lady and would like to watch it in Japanese.
I need your help please spread this topic and tag it as #ladyladyinourhearts in all social networks. So that our voice can be heard.
I really appreciate every single contribution to this matter from the bottom of my heart.
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Hanabusa-sensei has been a prolific manga artist since she debuted in 1978 with “Koi wa Happy Snow ni Notte” in an extra issue of the monthly Hitomi magazine. She is well known for her shôjo manga Lady!!, which was serialised from 1986 to 1991 in the Hitomi magazine and adapted into two anime series, Lady Lady!! and Hello! Lady Lynn, and one film version of Lady Lady!!
As a prominent, popular mangaka of shôjo manga, Hanabusa-sensei took on the challenge of a new genre: mystery and horror mangas, in which her works constantly appeared in periodicals like Monthly Horror M. Afterwards she began to work on another new genre, that is romance comics for young women, a manga adaptation of romance novels from all over the world. And then, with much anticipation, Lady Lynn!, the sequel to Lady!!, finally appeared serially in the Roma x Puri (Romantic Princess) magazine, of which the publication was sadly discontinued.
Currently, attending manga exhibition events abroad such as Japan Expo and Japan Touch in France from time to time, Hanabusa-sensei is continuing to publish romance comics, most of which appear in the Harmony Romance magazine.
Yoko Hanabusa greets fans at the tea party of her debut 30th anniversary as a manga artist on May 3rd, 2009 (Tokyo)
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Lady Lady fans are holding a campaign for the Japanese-language DVD release of Lady Lady!!, a Toei Dôga-produced anime based on Yoko Hanabusa’s manga Lady!!, which was first broadcast in 1987 in Japan. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to negaistar for letting us post her blog content about the campaign.
Hanabusa-sensei’s ema (votive picture tablet) was displayed at Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan during the first week of January, 2017. The tablet shows a lovely picture of Little Lynn with pink ribbons.
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Milk Miracle, vol. 1
Hanabusa-sensei’s shôjo manga Milk Miracle is a romantic comedy about a junior high school girl named Milk who encounters a ghost. The manga was serialised in Akita Shoten’s Hitomi magazine from 1984 to 1986 and its comic book consists of 5 volumes. The volume one (above) was published on March 1st, 1985.
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