Great news, everyone. We’ve got the first giveaway of the year for you, and it’s none other than recently released yuri visual novel Heart of the Woods by Studio Élan~
After such an awesome year where yuri fans were able to witness major yuri anime adaptations from the likes of Citrus, Bloom Into You, and even Asagao to Kase-san., it’s time to look into the future and see what 2019 has in store for us.
Admittedly, 2018 spoiled us big time, probably not so much with a lot of major visual novel releases, but definitely when it comes to anime. I guess there’s just no way the new year can get anywhere close to that. Still, even now, we already know of quite a few anime releases that we should get excited for in 2019!
Just like every year, we’ll of course pick our favorites of what 2018 had in store for us. And just to make it a little more interactive for your guys as well, we’ll let you decide for your winners in these categories in next weeks post, so please look forward to that~
Now, without further ado, here’s our picks for 2018~
Did you guys expect me to pick Citrus? Actually, I thought so too, but then Bloom Into You just hit so hard that I just have to go with that one instead. I’m still all for cute Yuzu going crazy over stoic, emotionless Mei, but oh man, how can you resist the charms of Touko and her cute ways of showing her love?!
Yeah, Yuu is all fine, but damn. It was definitely Touko—and not to forget Sayaka—who rather made the show for me. And while I might have rooted a little for these two instead of the more obvious couple, the blooming relationship between Touko and Yuu was a pleasure to witness as well. It just felt like a breath of fresh air, something that has never been done before quite like that, and I enjoyed the living hell out of it. So needless to say, I’ll probably re-watch this quite a few times and most likely enjoy it just like the first time. That’s how good this one is~
Honorable Mention: Citrus
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.
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.
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.
What? A third Yuri News Update in September?! That’s just crazy! Well, crazy, but also pretty awesome, seeing that even this week, we have A LOT to cover. So let’s get right to it.
First up, there’s only a few more weeks to go until the anime adaptation of Bloom Into You will hit us. So just in time, we’ve been blessed with another preview. Enjoy!
In case you didn’t know, it’s that time of the year again. The time when hundreds of developers join the cause to create more games that feature relationships between women. Of course, we’re talking about Yuri Game Jam.
Content warning – NSFW images ahead!
Surprisingly, even after the huge news post from only a week ago, there’s more to cover~
First of all, just a few days ago, eyephon‘s yuri visual novel Sisterly Bliss ~Don’t Let Mom Find Out~ has been released and is available for download over at MangaGamer. It’s currently up for $24.95.
In the rare case that you haven’t heard of it yet, have some more information.
Ichika and Futaba are so close it even surprises their friends and family at times. Ichika, the diligent, stubborn older twin, and Futaba, the childish, sociable younger twin, are an inseparable pair.
But there’s more to their love for each other than first meets the eye.
Growing up, the two did everything together. No matter where they went, the twins were never apart. And even now that they’ve grown up, their personalities diverging and leading them to different hobbies, they’re still as close as can be. For Ichika, the responsible big sister, looking out for childish, spoiled Futaba has become an everyday occurance, both at home and at school.
But one day, worried that the twins are growing too close, their mother chastises them, explaining that there’s a difference between being supportive of each other and being codependent. Regardless of how close they are, she says, they can’t stay together forever. With that admonition, the twins’ relationship begins to change.
Lurking beneath Ichika’s wish to see Futaba happy is a different feeling, one that torments her. A desire that cannot be fulfilled. And as their relationship changes, Futaba grows restless, seeing her wish to always be by Ichika’s side drifting further and further away.
What awaits these twins, who harbor feelings stronger than mere sisterly love? What form will their relationship take, and what conclusion will their story reach?