Do not read this if you are under 18.
Some of you might wonder why I chose to review 2 Visual Novels at once. Answering that is simple. Both games display the same main couple and since “Aishisa no Photograph” is the continuation of “Watashi no Ouji-sama”, I think it’s more convenient to just review them together.
Status: Both Translated
Genre: Eroge, Yuri, Romance, Incest
Kaede Kitajima: Kaede is a very shy and introverted girl trying her best to not stand out from everyone else. Unfortunately she was (again) elected to become the class representative and in addition to that, her relationship with Sara makes her stand out even more.
Sara Kitajima: Over the years Sara has become a quite popular teen model who is often busy with work. Despite that Sara became a cheerful and very straightforward girl that always speaks her mind and wears her heart on her sleeve.
Other (minor) characters take part in the story as well, but they are mostly so unimportant to the plot, that they are just named “Girl A/B/C”. Other than that, we have some guest appearances of characters from the other Sono Hanabira games as well.
Oh and I totally forgot to mention, Sara and Kaede are cousins.
Do I care that they are related? Nope.
I think it’s no big deal, but then again, as a yuri fan it wouldn’t even bother me if they were sisters.
|Related or not, they’re still cute~|
Watashi no Ouji-sama tells the story of Kaede’s and Sara’s reunion after the two of them were separated when they were still little. While Kaede almost forgot about the time they spend together as children, Sara developed some strong feelings for her cousin that still remain, even years after their seperation. And even though she had to move, she never forgot about “her Prince”, as she calls Kaede and returned to Japan, just so the two of them could be reunited.
But it seems they both have changed quite a bit. Back then, Sara was an insecure child and a crybaby who was often bullied, while Kaede always defended her and chased away anyone that might hurt her cousin. Now their roles seem to have changed. While Sara became a famous teen model, Kaede turned into a pretty shy girl. But even though they might have changed quite a bit from back then, they somehow still remain the same.
Aishisa no Photograph continues just where the first game left off. The two of them live together and now share a quite loving (and longing) relationship with one another. We mainly get to see how their relationship further develops, but this time with some small obstacles lying in their path.
So as you can see, the plot is pretty light, there’s not much drama and I think that’s perfectly fine for a series like this. What we get is a cute romance with some nice comedy elements and on top of that a lot of enjoyable sex scenes.
Sound and Voice Acting: 7/10
There’s not much I can say about the music either. The tracks are the same as in every other SonoHana game and so far I enjoyed them. The voice acting on the other hand is a factor of high importance to me. If the voices don’t fit the characters, the whole game will be spoiled. Fortunately Sono Hanabira comes with some very enjoyable voice acting. I especially liked Kaede’s voice. It just fits her perfectly. Same goes for Sara, but in her case I think it’s noticeable that the voice actress actually had to disguise her voice a little. I usually don’t notice something like that and it didn’t really bother me either.
It’s not like I’ve played a lot of other Visual Novels, so I can’t really compare its art to many others. But here’s what I can say about it. The characters look stunningly beautiful, rich in detail, colorful and in general very appealing to the eye. Same goes for the background. We can definitely see that they put a lot of work in creating these beautiful pictures and that’s one of the many reasons why these games are so very enjoyable.
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It’s a fact that Sono Hanabira never disappointes me when it comes to the display of sex and we get to see quite a lot of those scenes in each game. I’ve already said that a few times before, but let me repeat myself once more. Sono Hanabira delivers pure yuri, no males, no sex toys, just two girl making love with one another.
But let me still warn you, while all the scenes are quite lovely, especially their first time comes off a little rape-ish I would say. Not in a way of violently forcing someone to have sex with you, rather like pushing someone down by surprise and taking advantage of the situation. Ah well it’s not like Kaede really tried to make Sara stop, so I guess that’s ok.
Other than that it’s worth mentioning that these two are the only couple that manages to somehow reverse their positions. Usually we have one character that always initiates intimacy and one that only rarely takes the upper hand. At first, Sara is the one bluntly throwing her feelings and desires at Kaede, but their roles change throughout the game, and they kind of balance each other out, which is quite nice for a change.
|Some cosplay action~|
Just like all the other Sono Hanabira games, these 2 as well, provide you with around 2-5 hours of playtime. You can’t really influence the outcome of the games even though you get around 3 choices to make. But no matter what you choose, the ending will eventually be the same. As you can see this is pretty simple but I don’t mind that since it goes well with the story, that is pretty light to begin with.
Total Enjoyment: 8/10
These two games are definitely not my favorite Sono Hanabira titles. Anata to Koibtito Tsunagi and Tenshi no Hanabira Zome are for example better in many ways. However, only because I liked some others better doesn’t mean I disliked these two. In fact, I loved them, just like all the other Sono Hanabira games. The only thing that probably reduced my enjoyment a little is yet again the pace of the story. Watashi no Ouji-sama definitely wasted no time in (physically) pairing Sara and Kaede up, which might not be a problem for most of you, but I guess I’d prefer it a little slower.
All in all I would say this is a must play for all Sono Hanabira fans and in general for every yuri fan who is not bothered by the display of (quite explicit) sex between cousins.