Since the translation of the first Sengoku no Kuroyuri visual novel was finally picked up again, it is now time for the first review of this title, done by Ibara Miko.
Read on if you want to find out what this game is all about, but be aware of the fact that this review might spoil the story for you.
With that said, enjoy the review~
Genre: Yuri, Futanari, Eroge
Platform: PC (doujin work)
Length: About 8 hours
Developer: Kotoba Asobi
General Info: The 1st installment of the Sengoku no Kuroyuri series is brought to us by a doujin group called Kotoba Asobi. It takes place in the Sengoku period in Japan and shows us one of the darker yuri stories.
This is the darkest yuri game I’ve ever come across, and it’s exactly this kind of yuri darkness that makes me play this game (mostly the second one) over and over again.
The story is about the yuri sadist princess, Saku, struggling to achieve her personal goals in the Sengoku period.
– Helping her brother prosper the Oda family
– Being recognized for her worth
– Having things go her way through her own maintained power in feudal politics
– And most of all, to have her childhood friend and love interest, Yuyu, all to herself
However, when Saku’s brother, Nobunaga, tells her that she is supposed to be married off to a feudal lord in order to maintain peace, she refuses for the simple fact that she can’t stand marrying a man; an argument to which her brother sarcastically replies “If you can make a baby with a woman, then I’ll call off the engagement.”
This comment leads Saku to obtain a mysterious drug from a passerby merchant that makes her grow a penis, and this is where the dark part of this game starts taking form.
With her love interest and childhood friend, Yuyu, near her, she finds herself unable to hold back and rapes Yuyu multiple times throughout the whole game.
After these events, Saku starts walking down a very dark path that she may not be able to return from…
Saku: She’s the protagonist of the Kuroyuri series and the youngest princess of the infamous Oda family. She’s the heroine, Yuyu’s, big sister and also her love interest ever since one fateful meeting between the two families. She is a sadist with a bloodstained past that started when she took the role of the Oda family’s secret interrogator. Her sadistic side is explored to greater extremes as the story progresses. Furthermore, Saku doesn’t want any “filthy” male taking interest in Yuyu, and she views this as something unforgivable that needs to be punished by death.
Yuyu: She’s the main heroine of the Kuroyuri series, and despite the fact that they are not related by blood, she sees herself as Saku’s little sister. She initially only views her big sister as kind and gentle, but this soon changes after Saku’s sudden confession and subsequent assault.
Kazura: Saku’s personal shinobi, commonly referred to as her “guard dog”. She is usually stoic and speaks only when necessary. However, she sometimes quietly reassures Yuyu of her mistresses’ feelings for her and asks her to stay by Saku’s side.
Ibara: Saku’s second shinobi guard. She is mentioned several times in the game, but is never shown and appears off-screen all the time. We only see her in the second installment, in which she even has her own theme. There she appears to be really cheerful, though we can see a darker personality similar to that of Saku, lurking within her.
The Oda Family: The renowned Oda family from the feudal era of Japan.
It is lead by Saku’s elder brother, Nobunaga, who is depicted exactly as they did in the history books. He uses his family’s prosperity, as well as his power over war, to justify his perception of Saku’s biological preference towards women.
He is the one who tells Saku about her future marriage plans to marry to a feudal lord, and he’s also the one who refuses to see just how hard Saku works behind the scenes to not only gain prosperity for their family, but to also gain recognition as an equal to her brother.
We have a beautiful soundtrack of about 6-7 different BGMs in the first game. All tracks are able to enhance the underlying atmosphere of the game, and they create a mood that one could not create with words and pictures alone.
The CG artwork amplifies the impactful and touching moments of the story and also helps the ero-scenes stand out. The characters, as well as the backgrounds are also done really well.
However, I do have a slight warning for you. There are about 4 bad ends in this visual novel, and I’ve seen online that one of them shows Yuyu being raped by Saku’s brother, so be careful.
Like any other visual novel, just read through the story text and select one of the choices given to you. It’s really straight-forward and simple.
Some choices do not affect the story much, while others are only there to change the CGs for the sex scenes. The systematic includes a non-voiced backlog, save and load options, a skip button, and other options like changing the volume of voices or changing the fonts.
Total Enjoyment: 8/10
This sadist Yuri protagonist was a big surprise for me, and it will probably be a surprise for a lot more people. I’ve never seen a sadistic yuri character in visual novels before, so this game showed me yet another joy of the limitless Yuri world.
Also, Saku will do whatever it takes to get things done; raping Yuyu in order to make her hers, killing infidel inferiors in the dark, and even cheating with another girl in front of a crying Yuyu, just to tease her and see that cute heartbroken face. Saku truly brought out the darker sides of Yuri for us to see. Now it’s up to you to decide if you like or hate it.
The second game was released a couple of years ago, and I completed that one too, but for now, please enjoy the 1st Kuroyuri when you get the chance!
Extra: Coincidentally, I gave only 8 instead of 10 for my overall enjoyment, since the third game will probably keep me waiting for another year or two.