After the success of our List of Yuri Anime Kisses (and after a few suggestions that we start up a yuri hentai kisses list), we finally thought it might be a worthwhile idea to do a hentai kisses AND Western animation kisses AND video game kisses AND visual novel kisses list. Are we crazy for trying to make the definitive yuri/lesbian kisses list? Probably… 😀
But there are some rules regarding what kisses we’ll accept, so let’s go over them real quick.
• Despite expanding our search, we’re still not including live-action kisses. Maybe that’s something that can come in the future to another list, but right now, we won’t include those.
• Since video games are interactive and rely on player input, we’ll be limiting what we’ll accept. We won’t include every kiss between your sim and their neighbors or other kisses that you can do as many times as you want. I don’t even know if games exist (besides The Sims) that’ll let you kiss whoever you want, but if they do, we’ll have to omit those. 😛
• Like it is with the anime kisses list, kisses in quick succession will only count as one. We won’t include every kiss from a makeout session, and either enough time has to pass between the kisses or dialogue has to break up the sequence.
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~
Lena’s Best Yuri Anime: Bloom Into You
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~
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.
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.
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.