It’s been a while since the last Interactive Post, huh? And while this one might not be one from back when we made that poll, when we asked you what you would like to see most, rest assured that we won’t forget about these either.
This post was actually inspired by a comment by none other than Rock The Vogt, and you can read it right here. In this comment, I was simply asked what my ideal visual novel would look like, and while trying to answer this question, I found myself wanting to say waaaay more than the short version I forced myself to go with.
So, in short, what this post will be about is asking the question what my—and later also what your—ideal yuri work would look like, not actually focusing on the story itself, but rather the parameters to make whatever story ideal to you.
For me, even though I probably get most excited about yuri anime, I’d have to go with a visual novel here. I guess you could say I don’t have the greatest imagination, so even if I love simply reading a book or a story, I always prefer media that feature pictures to help with my lack of imagination. A manga or even picture book would work, but then again, I like to immerse myself into a story, and having music, possibly voice acting, and some more color added to the mix, simply makes a story more immersive for me.
You could say that an anime or possibly even a movie adaptation would work best for that then, but given my ideal genres, or let’s say, rating for the story, I think an anime or movie version simply wouldn’t work as well as a visual novel. Plus, I just love being able to decide for myself where a story is going, and probably only visual novels or well-written stories would enable you to make the decisions, given that anime and movies are already planned out for you, leaving no room for your own direction.
Since I don’t want to use this post to write down a script for a possible story, I’d simply like to feature the genres of what I know I would enjoy most, while also giving the story a content rating, such as PG-13 or whatever.
When it comes to genres, I’m a huge sucker for romances. Yuri romances, to be more precise. I don’t much enjoy too much drama and would rather keep that on the lower end. I usually do enjoy themes like time travel and fantasy, but while I do like them in many forms, they usually overshadow the romance, which is why I don’t think I wanna go with these for my ideal work. A university setting or work life setting would be ideal in my eyes, as I think the school setting is simply used too much, and given my age (26), I simply can’t identify with high school students anymore, and I prefer reading a story about characters around my own age.
When it comes to the rating of my ideal story, I think I’d have to go with NC-17, for sexual content. Big shock, I know. 😛
Now, the reason why I don’t think a rating like this works for movies or anime is simply because it would then be considered porn or hentai, and even if this works in rare occasions, once the sex is added, it often overpowers the story. Furthermore, shows like this are doomed to air during times where literally almost no one is awake anymore anyway and thus the budget suffers, too.
With visual novels, this is not much of an issue, as you can simply turn the sexual content off or on, depending on your liking. A free 18+ patch, like ones featured in many recent yuri VNs would work as well, enabling your work to get a different rating and adding the NC-17 stuff as optional content.
So in short, my ideal genres would be: Yuri, romance, romance, romance, university or work-life setting, easy-going, and NC-17.
Given that my ideal story would be featured in a visual novel, I’ll answer by giving an estimated time in minutes/hours.
I guess you could say the longer the better, right? Though, I think given that my ideal story would not feature much drama, you shouldn’t drag the story out for too long. I think a playtime around 5 hours would probably work best, with an additional hour of content in case you decide to get the adult patch ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).
There are a lot of ways to answer this, since this is a way of making your story more unique and adding features depending on the media type you decided for.
Since I went with a visual novel, the special feature I’d like to add would be being able to direct the story yourself by adding choices that actually influence the story and the possible endings. I’d like to have some deeper layers added in than what we mostly see today in yuri visual novels, actually making the choices affect the story and making more than only two endings possible. This would also encourage people to play the game multiple times to reach all the possible endings, making it a unique experience every time. And even if I’m not a fan of drama, I guess some should be mixed in too, in order to at least implement some bad ends.
Furthermore, as featured in recent yuri VN Love Ribbon, I’d like to add in some animated CGs for key moments to make the story feel more alive, as well as voice acting. Since I’m not a big fan of English, or even worse, German voice acting in visual novels, I’d go with a Japanese dub with English subs. Of course, gorgeous art and stunning background music would also be a must, but that would of course raise the production costs.
As mentioned above, I don’t want to use this to post story scripts, just some general ideas on what you enjoy most storywise.
I guess, to appeal to a larger group of people and to justify a larger amount of episodes or chapters, we’re often met with drama to the max, sometimes even levels that are so unrealistically high that we just can’t help but frown upon it. Well, for some people, this is a must to enjoy a story and find it interesting. For me, however, it’s often more of nuisance. Let’s take Citrus, for example. Some drama can make a story more compelling, but too much just drags it out for too long. Plus, it simply gets in the way of the romance, and while a 12-episode anime could focus on the romance for the whole run of the show, the added drama can reduce the amount of actual romance we get by a whole lot.
So yeah, my ideal story would feature little to no drama, with the full focus set on romance and nothing else. Just two girls meeting and falling in love; how that happens is not even that important. I guess I don’t mind a slow burn story with some obstacles thrown in their way, where the romance takes a while to bloom. In fact, that makes the key moments on their way even more enjoyable. Over the top drama, angst, and hardship, however, can stay out of it for the most part.
Some might call it boring, but I think the story would feel wholesome, relaxing, and simply happy, without any drawbacks. Maybe that’s not exactly realistic to some of us, but well, it’s there for entertainment anyway, so that’s not an issue for me. So yeah, we haven’t seen this setting too much in anime—more often in visual novels or short manga—and I’d definitely like to see some change in that department.
- Visual Novel Love Ribbon – Minus all the drama towards the end
- Visual Novel Series Sono Hanabira – With some actual plot and less of a focus on the sex
- OVA Asagao to Kase-san. – With more episodes and a story that starts from the point where they first meet, instead of when they are already a couple
- The Kase-san manga – With more sex… 😛
- The Girl Friends manga – With less drama towards the end
Well, I could go on and on, but let’s just stop here, before the list gets too long.
So without going too much into detail or boring you to death with in-depth story ideas, I tried to list what I think would make a good yuri work, or more so my ideal yuri work.
Now, if you’re interested in sharing, it’s your turn to let us know what you’d enjoy most. Feel free to use the questions I worked with: