News Update: February 2016 – Part II

Find the first part of the February Update right here.

So after just a few more weeks, we’ve gathered enough information to post another news update that is yet again featuring Visual Novel news exclusively.

flowers yuri visual novel

First things first, the biggest news, or more likely the news I’m most excited about is the release of the first demo for the much hyped Visual Novel Flowers -Le volume sur Printemps, as well as an official release date for this little gem.

If you don’t know this one already, here’s a short plot summary:

In the middle of a forest isolated from the rest of the world lies Saint Angraecum Academy, an all-girls school. This is where Suoh Shirahane, a painfully shy girl with a mysterious past, will begin her first year of high school. Follow her as she navigates new friendships within the academy’s special “Amitiė” partner program and attempts to unravel the many mysteries at the academy, including occult rituals and the mysterious disappearance of fellow students, all while trying to pass her classes.

Within the halls of Saint Angraecum Academy, spring warms into summer, as does Suoh’s friendships until they too blossom into something much more.

(Source: Steam)

The release date is set for March 21st, 2016, so you better get ready for this soon. If you’re interested, you can already download and play a free Demo Version on Steam. But be warned, after reading the comments for this demo, I’m pretty sure JAST USA, the ones behind the translation of this, still have a lot of work to do before they can actually release this.

highway blossoms yuri visual novel

Next up, we have two Visual Novels that just got greenlit. In case of the first one, Highway Blossoms, you can vote right here to get it greenlit on Steam.

Here’s a short plot summary:

Developed by Alienworks, Highway Blossoms is a short lesbian (or “yuri”) story set in the American Southwest. After an old gold rush miner’s journal is discovered,
supposedly detailing where he hid parts of his stash, a nationwide craze begins as would-be prospectors try to solve its clues and strike it rich.

Amber couldn’t care less. Wandering the desert in a recently-inherited motorhome, she mourns the loss of her grandfather – indifferent and unaware to the hunt happening around her. It’s not until she meets Marina, a young hitchhiker lost in New Mexico that the girls get swept up in the rush.

A tribute to music and Americana, Highway Blossoms is a linear visual novel experience. With an emphasis on romance and adventure, the game is sometimes somber and sometimes silly. We hope to write a game that both
long-time VN fans and newcomers to the medium can enjoy, as well as a fun contribution to the yuri genre.

(Source:Steam)

catch canvas yuri visual novel

Just like for Highway Blossoms, you can vote for the next one, namely Catch Canvas, to get on Steam right here, so be sure to leave your vote, if you want to play this Visual Novel.

Plot Summary:

Catch Canvas is a indie visual novel being developed by Unwonted Studios and partnered with Razz Art. You may recognize these names from games like No One But You and Starlight Vega.

In Catch Canvas, you start your adventure as you arrive at your uncle’s cabin. Your uncle, a world-renowned artist, has agreed to take you under his wing, and to teach you what you need in order to take your art to the next level. If you do well enough, your work may even be put on display at a prestigious, upcoming art exhibition, known for the instant fame it brings anyone lucky enough to participate.

Once you arrive at your uncle’s cabin, however, you discover that it won’t be so straightforward. Your uncle is nowhere to be found, and he has left you with the task of getting three young girls, all aspiring artists, to finish their Mars sculptures in a mere two weeks! Worse, the girls all seem totally unmotivated, and have no desire to listen to you, a complete stranger.

Can you help the girls finish their sculptures before the deadline?

We here at Unwonted Studios hope you all can help fill our empty canvas!!

(Source: Steam)

katahane yuri visual novel

Next up, we have something particularly exciting for all of the Katahane fans out there. Roughly 10 years have passed since this Visual Novel was first released, and right now, it seems that we might get a remake of this awesome Yuri VN. For more information, check OG-Man’s YuriNation, where I found out about this awesome news~

kindred spirits yuri visual novel steam

And last but not least, I have a few words I’d like to leave regarding everyone’s favorite topic lately, Kindred Spirits on the Roof. So first of all, yes, I’m playing it, and I’m about to finish it during this or next week, so a review is on its way. But that’s not really what I wanted to say.

A few of you guys have asked me if it’s really worth spending about 30 dollars on a Visual Novel like this – so here’s my answer:

YES!!! So far, it is worth every penny I spent on it. 30 dollars might seem a bit much, but the playtime is roughly about 20-30 hours, so it’s of course pricier than VNs like Sono Hanabira. Well, all I can say is, try the demo and decide for yourself. Personally, I can only recommend it.

Buy the game or get the demo right here.

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19 thoughts on “News Update: February 2016 – Part II

  1. yay more yuri VNs on the way also im so excited for flower it comes out on march 20th which is close to my birthday!!!!! which means its a great birthday present along with yoru no nai kuni which actually comes out on my birthday i cant wait!!!!!!

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  2. Flowers news, great news. I'm happy about release date.
    Not bad start of the year for yuri vn enthusiasts.

    And there is more news and hopes, nice ! I heard about Highway Blossoms, Catch Canvas not really, but it doesn't look too bad.

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  3. Wow, is it just me or are we really getting a big surge of new yuri VN? I could swear they weren't coming out that frequently until now. Not that I'm complaining XP

    Thanks for the entry, I'll get the demo of Kindred Spirits and start saving money 😀 this game looks really promising.

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  4. Hope I'm not too late:
    http://luminance.org/flowers/ Some translation issues with demo apparently, I've retweeted some info in EN by other people and spammed on priv chat- I'm planning on checking out for myself but if the comparisons on the site are true (as far as I've seen and translated back to EN myself) then the demo is in a real pit of problems right now.

    Accuracy issues to be precise. Was that phrase excessive? Whatever.

    Also, if I'm not late on this: Winged Cloud and MangaGamer have 'broken up' so the Winged Cloud titles will be removed sometime end of feb? I think. http://www.siliconera.com/2016/02/19/mangagamer-winged-cloud-part-ways-three-months/
    I'm late with this latter one aren't I? ._.

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  5. I'm sure your fans also corrected you as mine did I about the “maybe” in the Katahane remake referring to a Vita version as the PC version is confirmed. Oh well. What Western readers care about is whether it'll get localized one day.

    Hyped for Highway Blossoms!

    Really hoping Catch Canvas at least reaches the $15K goal.

    Of course the biggest concern is that FLOWERS is both given a proper translation and sells well. I'm not losing hope yet but JAST USA still has work to do.

    Hopefully you'll convince Euro fans that Kindred Spirits is absolutely worth the asking price, or at least when a Steam discount pops up. We both know how great it is and its recent popularity is well deserved.

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  6. I'm actually a little concerned about FLOWERS. The demo was a little… disappointing, though only because of the translation.

    I fear that this demo made a lot of people lose interest…

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  7. didn’t know where else to post this, but i’m extremely happy that yuri hime is going monthly now.They said that 10 new serialization are planned and a special announcement. I’m hoping that special announcement is a new yuri anime, maybe even citrus.

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    • I heard that too, though it was first planned to start in early 2016 even. Let’s hope it will actually happen this time~

      Though, we already know that some authors have a hard time getting things done within two months, so let’s also hope that the chapters will stay as awesome as they were before.

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