Guest Review – Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni at a Glance (PS VITA)

Since I still don’t own a PS Vita, and since I only played the game for like half an hour, I found just the right person to help us out and give us all a little overview of what to expect from this game. So enjoy this little guest post by fellow gamer-girl “NotATsun“. (Or as I like to call her “QuiteATsun” :P)

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Let’s take another look at Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkuni. First of all, the game is actually A LOT more in-depth than just bouncing boobs everywhere (even if that is already super awesome). Well, from the mere look of this game, you might not expect it to be that way at all. Continue reading

Guest Review: Hatukoi Shimai by Caelion

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“Well, love between girls is like a fever – it fades with time.” There’s a whole lot of yuri manga with an all-girls school setting out there. Naturally, many of them picture those as a sort-of carefree paradise for young women who love other women. But how many of them do touch the oh-so-delicate topic of such a paradise being only a phase in adolescence? Let’s take a look at Hatsukoi Shimai – a manga that approaches girls’ love in a slightly different way than the majority.

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[Guest Review by Bigbossbalrog] Visual Novel – Aoishiro

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Title: Aoishiro (Blue Castle)
Developer: Success
Year: 2008, 2009 (PC port), 2016 (mobile port)
System: PS2, PC (PC version contains extra content, including redone CGs, an entirely new route, and other content such as a side-scrolling beat ’em up where you play as Kei from Akai Ito)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Romance, Yuri
Length: 6 routes (Nami, Yasumi, Migiwa, Kohaku, Secret Character, and Grand/Nami route 2, with two small “Gaiden” routes in the PC version). In total, around 65 hours.
Rating: 15+ (Note: Just like its sister game Akai Ito, it should’ve gotten a higher age rating. It’s less dark than Akai Ito, but still has its moments of depressing tragedy and violence)
English Translation: Yes (full PC patch available)

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Aoishiro’s plot begins with the kendo team of an all-girls school (Seijou Girls Academy) going to a summer training camp which is being held at a temple near the eastern sea, Shoushinji. The protagonist, Shouko Osanai (otherwise known as Osa, her pet name), is the captain of the kendo team and is not a normal high school student. Besides being a highly skilled kendo ace, she’s also very serious, has a dry, sarcastic, almost mean sense of humor, and is described by her classmates as having a personality very similar to a grumpy old man. Along with the club manager, Yasumi Aizawa (Zawacchi, as her best friend calls her), the young but skilled Akita Momoko (Momo, as Yasumi calls her), and the graceful, yet deadly, vice captain, Ayashiro Sakurai. They intend to have a productive experience, however, dark memories begin to surface in Shouko’s mind. Memories of red tsubaki flower petals, a young girl, violence, and crimson blood. To add further complications to their summer, a young, doll-like girl (whom they name Nami) washes up on the beach without any memory or even the ability to speak. Shouko must confront her phantoms, as well as deal with a friendly but dangerous Oni-Hunter, a pale girl with a single red eye dressed in ancient clothing, and many other obstacles in her path to discover the truth.
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[Guest Review] Yuri Manga – Sakikusa no Saku Koro by Fumiko Fumi

This time, we have our first guest review by FoxyLadyAyame! Feel free to check out her blog as well~

Title: Sakikusa no Saku Koro
Author: Fumiko Fumi
Length: 1 Volume / 5 Chapters
Genre: Drama, Seinen, Shoujo Ai, Shounen Ai

Buy from Tokyopop (German Edition)

You can also read the first 36 pages for free.

Content Warning: It contains cousin incest (which is legal in Japan), displays of same-sex attraction, verbal bullying, and non-explicit sex scenes including masturbation.

From hereafter, there are spoilers. If you want to avoid them, skip to the bottom of the post.

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[Guest Review by RockTheVogt] Mnemosyne: Mnemosyne no Musume-tachi

Year: 2008
Length: 6 Episodes
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Yuri

Taking place between 1990 and 2055, the story of Mnemosyne covers a lot of ground and tells the tale of Rin Asougi, an immortal woman. The source of her immortality can be attributed to Yggdrasil, a giant tree that releases spores as well as rare “Time Fruits”, orb-like objects that grant special powers to whomever they pass through. Yggdrasil sits in a plane of reality that’s both inside and outside the seen world and isn’t visible by mere humans. The Time Fruits impart abilities based on the gender of the recipient. Females are granted immortality while males are turned into powerful beings called “angels”. The angels may be very powerful, but they have very short lifespans. The immortal women are sexually attracted to angels and can’t resist them. The angels’ sole purpose is to seek out the immortal women, have sex with them, then devour them. This makes angels the mortal enemy of the immortal women.

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[Guest Review by Bigbossbalrog] Visual Novel – Atlach-Nacha

Warning 18 + content

Title: Atlach-Nacha

Year: 1997

English Translation: Not Yet Available

Length: Only one route, but a huge amount of options and ways to approach the story, leading to very dramatically different playthroughs (An average playthrough usually takes about 20-30 hours)

Genre: Horror, Romance, Yuri (Has het as well, though that can be skipped Hatsune-style. The main relationship is pure Yuri.)

System: PC

Gameplay: Very deep choice system. For example, you can choose to avert eating someone or even having sex with them. The game is actually pretty non-linear, so you can choose to do stuff in no certain order.

Developer: Alice Soft

Rating: 18 + (Full-on vivid detailed rape scenes, besides the “regular” eroge content. It’s also extremely violent. For example, one scene depicts Hatsune slaughtering a group of rapists and devouring them. Unlike those horrible rape simulator things, Atlatch-Nacha handles it’s darkness a hundred percent serious.

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[Guest Review by RockTheVogt] – El Cazador de la Bruja

Year: 2007
Length: 26 Episodes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Supernatural, Yuri Subtext

Without spoiling much, the story centers around a teenage girl named Ellis. Ellis’ only remaining memory of her past involves witnessing a murder that she may or may not have committed. After having a bounty placed upon her, Ellis finds refuge with an older woman who used to be referred to as a witch. Ellis then gets the urge to blindly head south and discover the truth regarding her past. Nadie, a bounty hunter, eventually locates Ellis and gets the older woman’s blessing to protect Ellis on her journey. The duo set off to discover the secrets of Ellis’ mysterious past. They ultimately find themselves caught up in a far-reaching scheme with dangerous implications for everyone involved, as well as the entire world. While the backbone of the plot may be somewhat of a cliché, there are enough twists and turns to keep things from becoming too stale and predictable. There is also some comedy strewn throughout, which prevents things from becoming too dark and serious, which is a huge plus in my book.

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