When it comes to Visual Novels, my knowledge is pretty limited, since I have just not spent that much time on playing many. Of course, part of the reason why I haven’t done so is the fact that there are simply not that many translated Visual Novels available that trigger my interest, so my knowledge is almost solely limited to Yuri VNs.
In this post, I decided to write about my experiences with Yuri Visual Novels, tell you which ones I liked the most, and also name some yuri titles for you that are either already translated or that are being worked on right now. And finally, I would also like to list just a few of the most interesting looking Yuri Visual Novels that still no translation group has picked up yet.
Please note that by clicking the titles, you’ll get redirected to either the game’s VNDB entry or in some cases, my own review of the game.
1. First of all, which more or less popular yuri titles have already been fully translated?
I have already reviewed numerous SonoHana titles, played all of the translated ones, as well as (attempted to play) some of the still untranslated ones. To not make this too long, let me just tell you this much: This series deserves all its popularity, and it is without a doubt the most popular Visual Novel series of this genre. With great characters, sweet and romantic stories, and an art style that will just blow you away, I can definitely understand why people love these games so much. Oh, and let’s also not forget about the fact that these are H-games. Pretty damn great ones at that.
If you’re a yuri fan of legal age and haven’t played these yet, you should definitely catch up on that as soon as possible. Seriously, you’re missing out!
Katahane is not a pure yuri title like all the SonoHana games are, but since the two (or four) yuri characters also happen to be the main characters, you can pretty much call this a Yuri Visual Novel.
So how much did I like this? A lot!
It’s not just a carefree game in which you only experience a short romance. This one comes with a huge story, a lot of different characters, and even two story arcs that are intertwined. As mentioned above, I haven’t played all that many Visual Novels, but this one feels far more like a game than the SonoHana ones do, since in this one you can actually interact with the story, and even change the outcome and perspectives.
Finally, as 2016 moves along, we’re getting showered with new, official Visual Novel releases, with this one being my absolute favorite. It’s pure Yuri, it’s cute, it’s heartwarming, it’s funny, and it even has sex involved. Basically, it can’t get any better. Now if we add in just the right kind of characters, numerous adorable yuri pairings, and an amazingly fitting art style as well as soundtrack, what do you think we end up with? That’s right, the perfect Yuri Visual Novel. I seriously have no other words for this one.
A Sono Hanabira game without sex? Is that even possible? Oh yes, it is!
This is the first officially translated SonoHana title, focusing fully on Miya and Risa’s story. It’s slightly different from the usual SonoHana games, though it’s just as great. I guess the missing sex can be an issue for some of us, but bear with it. It’s still cute and entertaining beyond belief~
This Visual Novel was going to be released on March 21st, 2016; but it was delayed. This one is highly anticipated, since it’s one of the most hyped and beautiful-looking Visual Novels that will finally be released in English.
I can’t say that much about the game yet, but I am already pretty damn hyped~
Short and bittersweet are probably the two most fitting words to characterize this short Visual Novel. It’s very simple and feels rather like a short story, in which some sound effects were added, as well as a few pictures, but don’t be fooled. As simple as this Visual Novel looks, it’s still great.
I think I’ve never been drawn into a story like Lonely Yuri drew me in. I seriously lost track of time when playing this one, and even though it only comes with roughly 2 hours of play time, these 2 hours went by in what seemed to be only minutes.
Yet another Visual Novel which got an official English release in 2016. It sure seems as if Yuri VN fans are getting it all this year, which is amazing.
In case of this VN, I still haven’t played it, but I will very soon.
I have unfortunately still not finished this one, which is no real surprise, since all the errors that keep popping up whenever I try to play the game for longer than just a few minutes just annoy me (no worries, this is just a problem I have to deal with).
But what I’ve seen so far feels like a mix of amazement about the quality of this game and, unfortunately, boredom.
I’ve played around 1 or 2 hours, and up until now, nothing that interesting has happened, and I just keep waiting for either some nice yuri moments or some more action to happen. I’ve also read that the yuri in this one is not that heavy, which is a pity, since I believed this game would be totally heading into this direction. Ah well, let’s just see how things will continue on.
I have not played this game yet, but plan to do so, whenever I feel like it.
Also haven’t played these yet, but themes such as “sexual slavery”, “BDSM”, and “yuri rape” somehow make me not want to play these at all, but let’s see.
I have mixed feelings when it comes to this one. It was neither bad, nor was it good. It just felt like a stringing together of sex scenes with just a tiny bit of a plot involved. Still, this Visual Novel was pretty entertaining, for the short while it lasted.
I started playing both of the games and completely stopped after only a few minutes. So needless to say, I didn’t like them, or at least the few things I got to see, but maybe it would have gotten better if I just played a little more? Either way, I won’t find out. But that doesn’t mean that these are bad games, just take a look for yourself.
Waiting for Steam Greenlight:
So out of all the mentioned Visual Novels, which is my favorite?
Most, if not all of the titles I listed are Eroge, and when it comes to this, I think I’m quite picky. The art has to be at least enjoyable to a certain degree. If there is voice acting, the voices need to fit the characters, but most importantly, I just can’t stand violence, or even worse, rape. If a Visual Novel comes with rape, I just can’t play it, or I would at least skip these scenes. But if we now add in some other themes, such as sex toys or H-scenes that involve more than only two people, then I’ll just completely lose interest.
With this in mind, I’d like to show you how YurinYurin answers the question “What is Sono Hanabira”:
Harems of female protagonists, sex toys, simulating male genitals, dick-girl transformations, gender bending, and entanglements with males, to say nothing of grotesque depictions of bodily fluids or depressing plot developments, are all completely absent. (http://petalsgarden.axypb.net)
And this little quote here sums up many of the things that I just don’t want to see, which is why Sono Hanabira is such a great Visual Novel series in my eyes.
Needless to say, one of the games of this series happens to be my favorite and to not drag this out for any longer, let’s just name it:
But other than the already translated Visual Novels, there are far more pure yuri ones. So before listing them, let’s just split them into two categories….
2. Visual Novels that are either being translated right now or that will surely get a translation one day:
Judging from the YuriProject Wiki, the translation for some of the games hasn’t started yet, but I have high hopes that they’ll all receive a translation one day.
The translation for the first one has already started, but is currently on hold. Unfortunately, I can’t reach the translation group, which is why I have no idea how far they got or whether they are still working on it.
And another project that no one knows whether anyone is really working on it….
On the YuriProject Wiki it says that there is no translation progress yet, but a while ago, I also announced that another translation group has picked this one up. But other than that, I can’t really get my hands on any more information, which is pretty unfortunate.
This is one of the titles that I’m looking forward to the most. Just look at the cover, and you already know that it will be great~
Maybe someone can help me with this one. Somewhere, I’ve read that it already has a translation, but I can neither find the translation, nor can I find where I got that information from again….
The CGs that are already released look gorgeous. It’s rare to find better looking CGs than this game has to offer, and it’s even a pure yuri VN, so I’m even more hyped.
I highly recommend you to take a look at this game. It looks soooo good~
And now, let’s come to the still untranslated Visual Novels.
In this category, I’m pretty sure that I won’t even be able to name half of the yuri titles that should be mentioned here, since there are really a lot of different ones. So here you have some of the titles that I either came across recently or that I’m eagerly waiting to be picked up by a translation group or licensing company.
3. Still untranslated yuri Visual Novels:
If you have additions to make, feel free to tell me, so I can add some more titles to the list.