Title: Love Ribbon
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!
Zoey (left), Iris (right)
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.
Let’s start off this post by just saying the following: I wasn’t surprised.
The previews looked promising, the voice actresses they went with seemed pretty damn fitting, and the manga itself is already one of the best ones out there. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, they could have delivered some low-quality animation, given that many if not most yuri shows usually don’t have the budget to come with anything more than what we consider to be just “okay” visuals. But in this case, from what we’ve seen so far, that’s not quite it. Well, they didn’t deliver anything outstanding, but something solid, like what the previews promised us. In fact, I’m very pleased not only with the animation quality, but with the character design as well. They really made sure that the art style presented in the manga would shine through even in the anime, and I seriously love that.
Tamamusi, or Tamamushi, is a yuri artist that has been around for quite some time and is probably known very well throughout the whole yuri community. Known and loved for her comedic yuri works, she made a name for herself, and not only for her more recent work Bright And Cheery Amnesia.
Back in the day, we mostly saw new works in form of her infamous original one-shots, which were usually heavy on comedy and involved all kinds of genres like age gap and high school love, and more often than not, they came with a focus on sexual elements as well. However, almost none of her works are full blown NSFW and rather feature some lighthearted ecchi content that is mostly tightly intertwined with the plot.
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.
Title: Blooming Sequence
Artist/Author: Lee Eul
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Yuri
Status: Ongoing (Currently 51 Chapters)
Seowoo, president of the film club, is standing outside in the rain, a welcome break from the noisy and chaotic bar behind her, when a girl with orange hair stumbles out the doors and practically into her arms. Then she begins singing “Dancing in the Rain” while… dancing in the rain. It’s a minute encounter, really, but Seowoo has seen the greatest romances bloom from the smallest moments in the movies. So when Hayoung shows up to join the film club, Seowoo – who’s not even sure what she herself is feeling – finds her heart skipping a beat.
After having finished reading Citrus, this is seriously like a breath of fresh air: a realistic, non-ecchi, slow-paced romance about girls over the age of 18. Nice!