Summer may be over, but let’s remember the nice weather by checking out the anime that epitomizes what summer is all about, Harukana Receive~
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!
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.
Every once in a while, you find an anime that ends up surprising you in the most pleasant of ways, and this past summer season, there was one such anime: Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight. I think it can best be described as the cure for the common idol anime, although these aren’t idols we’re talking about here. They’re stars~
It’s that time of the year again, so enjoy our First Impressions of the 2018 fall anime season that just started~
And the second big yuri title hits the screen and the yuri community is going crazy. For good reason though! What we’ve seen so far is some solid animation, some top notch voice acting and an adaptation following its source material so strictly that I just can’t see how this could possibly go wrong. If you wanna read my full first impression, I listed all of my thoughts right in this post.
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.