Yuri Visual Novel Review – Love Ribbon

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Title: Love Ribbon
Developer/Publisher: Razzart Visual
Length: About 5 hours
Genre: Romance, Incest, Yuri


Stepping up their game from having “just” some pseudo incest as seen in Citrus, for example, we’re now  exploring a more… let’s call it intense territory with Love Ribbon, featuring the romance between two actual sisters. And what a roller-coaster ride of a story this was!

We’re introduced to our main character, Iris, who is in the middle of getting ready to transfer into a new school and finally live on her own. Just when arriving at her new home, her dad, however, decides to drop the bomb and tell her that she would not only be living with someone else, but she would be living with her own sister – whom up until this moment, Iris had no idea even existed. When said sister, Zoey, then arrives, she literally gives Iris hell for no apparent reason. What a nice way to start out this romance!

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Zoey (left), Iris (right)

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Guest Review – Yuri Visual Novel: Sisterly Bliss by Rokaria


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So, for my first guest review, I’ll review a title that has been mentioned on the site before and has been on my radar ever since. Sisterly Bliss -Don’t let mom find out- is its full title, but I’ll be referring to it as Sisterly Bliss to save keystrokes. I will try and keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, but I will talk about a couple of the endings, so take that into account before reading.

Art

Let’s start with the most standout thing for me. The artwork here isn’t as detailed as some other visual novels, but Sisterly Bliss uses this to its advantage. It certainly looks unique amongst the sea of other visual novels. This limited art style allows for flexibility and allows its characters to express a wide array of emotions and expressions—some not entirely pleasant—without breaking any immersion. The simplistic style allows for some incredibly beautiful CGs. Entirely though use of shading, a scene can be as detailed or simple as the artists want it to be.

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A wonderfully delicious breakfast.

The art style also contributes to a few choice scenes to make them more… creepy. There is some rather disturbing imagery down some of the routes, and the art enhances the intended feel of these scenes.

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[Guest Review by shrikes] Visual Novel Review: Wolf Tails

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Title: Wolf Tails
Developer: Razzart Visual
Length: 2 – 6 Hours

Synopsis: Moving far away from civilization, you hoped to live a life of solitude in a snowy cabin. Just as you begin to adapt to your peaceful new life, you discover an intruder; a wolf-girl, alone and shivering in your storeroom. Fearful for her life, you take the girl in for the night, offering her a place to stay until she recovers.
Once she has recovered, however, the wolf-girl shows no sign of leaving. In fact, she seems quite content to move in.
Soon after, yet another wolf-girl shows up, loudly accusing the “Princess” of running away from her duties to the pack. She wants nothing more than to bring the Princess back home with her and restore order – and despite your best wishes, you’re now stuck in the middle of it.


Story: 7/10 & Characters: 8/10

Firstly, perhaps full disclosure is in order: I love kemonomimi and think it’s a crying shame that we don’t see more of that in yuri. Perhaps we should find a way to get Itou Hachi to make his own visual novel…
Also, I’ll try and keep this review spoiler-free.

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Guest Review by Mai88: Kotonoha Amrilato Visual Novel

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Do you speak the language “Juliamo”?

In this guest review, I’ll be talking about the yuri visual novel Kotonoha Amrilato. It’s a game that caught my interest the moment it was announced and has the special title of “The First Japanese Game I’m Playing Completely Through”. Overall, it’s a pure and sweet game with its own fun moments and quirks.

Thank you, YuriReviews, for this opportunity, and thanks a lot, Altair from The Zärtlichkeit du Yuri for proofreading and giving me many pieces of advice!

About this game: This visual novel is only available in Japanese, as of this review, and there’s no sign of a localization yet. It was released on August 25, 2017 (physically), with a digital release on Windows and Android on December 22, 2017. The iOS version is planned for release sometime in 2018.

Seeing how they keep releasing stuff for this, a localization is not impossible. I’ll keep this review as spoiler-free as possible.

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Yuri Visual Novel Review: Highway Blossoms

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It admittedly took me a while to finish this one, though I finally did, and even though I regret not having slowed down even more to enjoy this one a little longer, I’m happy I can finally talk about this with you~

Story: 8/10 and Characters: 7/10

Set in the American southwest, two girls, Marina and Amber, set their sails to take part in the big gold rush that has been triggered by the discovery of an old gold rush miner’s journal that talks about having bountiful treasures hidden around the area. Picking up the lost hitchhiker Marina, Amber more or less willingly gets herself involved in a life-changing adventure.

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Visual Novel Review – Starlight Vega

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Release Date: April 14th, 2016
Developer: Razzart Visual
Publisher: Sekai Project
Length: About 5-10 hours
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Yuri, Ecchi

Story: 9/10 Characters: 9/10
After more or less unwillingly moving into her grandfather’s old house, Aria , the protagonist of the story, starts hearing weird noises. While exploring the house and trying to find the source of these uncanny sounds, Aria and Melody, her best friend, stumble upon an intriguing-looking gem that Aria can’t help but touch, unleashing a sexy demon from another world by doing so. Since Aria and their new demon friend Lyria end up being stuck together thanks to the powers of what is called a Lifelink Stone, the three are forced to cooperate to get rid of the magic that’s keeping them bound together.

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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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