Black Yagi to Gekiyaku Madeline, Perfect Volume (ブラックヤギーと劇薬まどれーぬ 完全版)

October 21st, 2016

downloadIn 2012, Ohsawa Yayoi had her big break in Yuri with the collection Black Yagi to Gekiyaku Madeline, which I reviewed here on Okazu.  It was a short story collection that had some good and less-good stories, but the one that stood out was the oddball title story, which then went on to a sequel, Strange Babies, which I also reviewed in 2013.

Now we are here in 2016 and Ohsawa-sensei’s original volume has been re-released, with additional content in Black Yagi to Gekiyaku Madeline Perfect Volume (ブラックヤギーと劇薬まどれーぬ 完全版).

The cover image got my hopes up immediately, with Yagi and Mado-chan as adults, and they are contrasted nicely by the color page inside. Unfortunately for me, the cover art is unsupported by the new content. Boo….

The stories from the original remain exactly the same, wrapping up with the story of two net idols who couldn’t be more different if they tried. Original chapters follow their first date out in public as a couple, on which Yagi brings along her Baphomet just in case and how Kokoto and Arisu end up at their school. I found this chapter frustrating for all the reasons watching Arisu pine after Kokoto were frustrating in Strange Babies.

I had hoped that we’d get a chance to see Yagi a little older and more self-assured and Mado-chan post cute idol phase, but I guess I’ll just have to use my own imagination.


Art – 8
Stories – 7
Characters – 8
Yuri – 8
Service – 2

Overall – 8

The one thing we do get is a quick glimpse at just how much Ohsawa’s art has improved. Just contrast the cover with that color page and the difference is amazing. In the last 4 years, she’s really gotten better. I want to see a story about that couple…

Yuri Manga: Lily Love (English)

October 20th, 2016

llev1In 2015, it was my sincere pleasure to introduce you to a Thai Yuri manga artist by the name Ratana Satis, when I first reviewed her story Lily Love. Because the book was in Thai, my understanding of the story was rudimentary. But as the plot was a fairly standard “Story A”, it required little stretch to follow. Donut, a young woman in college, falls for her next-door neighbor, a lesbian known as Mew.

Now, with the help of the translation team the Three Musqueeteers, Lily Love is available in a printed volume in English. Because I pre-ordered, the English language volume came with a bookmark, a postcard and a pin featuring the main characters, Donut and Mew. The cover has a different image than the Thai version, the same filmy wrapper, which makes the image look dream-like, and a lovely fold-out color image of the protagonists.

The English translation is quite good, and I’ll go so far as to say that it helped smooth some of the rough edges of the story a bit.  It’s still very much a basic girl-meets-and-falls-for-girl story, with a heavy hand on the “but we’re both girls!” stick, however, Donut’s naivete is not hard to swallow, as she’s well-established as a pretty naive person right from the start. And her friends make her coming out way more than tolerable. They are all kind of cute, in fact.

Additionally, the book has translation and cultural notes, and a few pages of added sketches. Ultimately, it’s a really nice addition to any Yuri collection.

If you’d like to check the series out before you buy this volume, it’s all available on the Three Musqueerteer’s tumblr. If you enjoy it, do support the artist and translators by picking up a copy. This is your Yuri ecosystem, it’s important to get the money flowing through it.


Art – 9
Characters – 8
Story – 7
Yuri – 7

Overall – 7 and I look forward to more.

Although my scores are up from the Thai original review, nothing at all has actually changed in the story. I think I’m just in a mellower mood today. ^_^

Satis’ next Yuri series to be published, Pulse, is  currently up for pre-order on the Musqueerteers’ site, as well. I’ve pre-ordered and will be sure to let you know how it is!

Yuri Visual Novel: A Little Lily Princess (English) Guest Review by Brian T

October 19th, 2016

It is my very sincere pleasure to welcome a brand new Okazu Guest Reviewer to our ranks today! Happy Guest Review Wednesday and welcome to @NetbrianT, a long time Yuri-fan and all-around hoopy frood.  This seemed like a perfect way to celebrate the opening our our new Yuri Games& Visual Novel page on the Yuricon store. ^_^

So please give him your attention and take it away, Brian!

Note — this review has spoilers for The Little Princess:

The VN A Little Lily Princess is a Yuri adaptation of the 1905 novel The Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, put out by Hanako Games. Before playing this game, I was not familiar with the original story (I’ve since read the book) — my first exposure was the anime Souko no Strain, a rather broader adaptation involving giant robots and time dilation.

The main character of A Little Lily Princess is Sarah Crewe, a refined British girl sent to a boarding school, but is forced to work as a scullery maid for the school when her father dies and leaves her with nothing. Part of the game is a verbatim retelling of the original, and then it’s expanded on by adding in fleshed out arcs for the original characters. Each character has their own set of scenes, which are chosen via a time management mini-game (the minigame is easy enough that you effectively choose the desired result.) After you view enough of their scenes, you’re locked into that character’s route and ending.

The game works as Yuri in interesting ways. Some of the character routes develop romantically, though you spend the majority time is on the friendship side of the relationship. More uniquely, the Yuri genre as a whole was heavily influenced by fiction of this era, such as Secret Garden or Anne of the Green Gables. In fact, this was my favorite element of the game — it tickled me pink to see how much of the book was practically Yuri already! The original story, which the game brings out wonderfully, functions as a Yuri prototype — between the foundations of the genre in things in “a place meant only for us” or specific enduring tropes like secret tea parties, it fits perfectly.


One of the best points of the game are the character-specific routes, and how well the VN added real depth to the foundations the book gave. Lily Princess does an excellent job reworking the story, and is especially good at matching the prose style of the original. The tone, too, is carried over — visual novels are well-suited for the introspective style that emphasizes an inner monologue. The melancholy of the second half almost works too well, as my tastes are firmly in the camp of the happier and more upbeat. The artwork was adorable, and the soundtrack fits the story perfectly.

The game’s biggest flaw is in the time management mini-game. It works fine during the first half, but once you have locked in a route, there’s no further decision-making, so it’s just busywork. After the first playthrough, it’s even more cumbersome, which hurts in a game that assumes you’ll replay to see different routes. Storytelling-wise, the area I’m most torn about is the ending — the game compresses much of the buildup from the source material, so it ends up overly abrupt.

You select activities for each week, which raise different attributes. Those attributes are spent viewing individual character routes

You select activities for each week, which raise different attributes. Those attributes are spent viewing individual character routes


Overall, I liked the game quite a lot — if you’ve read the book, your enthusiasm for that will almost certainly carry over to the game! The game took me about three to four hours to complete for a single route, and six hours total for all six routes.

Art: 7
Story: 8
Characters: 8
Service: 1
Yuri: 4
Overall: 7

Erica here: Thank you Brian for the excellent review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the VN. 

And thanks to Hanako Games for providing us a review copy. We’re much obliged!

Light Novel: Miniskirt Space Pirates, Volume 7 Souhaku no Dokuroboshi (ミニスカ宇宙海賊7 蒼白の髑髏星 )

October 18th, 2016

minisuka7When we left Captain Marika and the Bentenmaru crew at the end of Volume 6, she had just fought another, formidable, pirate ship to a standstill and forced them to run. In Miniskirt Space Pirates, Souhaku no Dokuroboshi, Volume 7 (ミニスカ宇宙海賊7 蒼白の髑髏星 ) Marika is visited by a representative of the Imperial Government’s Intelligence Division, Nash.

Nash makes Marika an eyebrow-raising offer….would the Bentenmaru like to be part of the Imperial Navy’s war games?  I admit I re-read this bit a few times to make sure I got it right.  War games? Yes, War games. The Navy is about to gear up for their annual war games and this year they want to integrate pirates into the scenario. Marika asks the crew and they are in.

Now that that’s settled, Nash confides to Marika that he’s actually there for two things. Yes, the government wants the Bentenmaru’s participation, but the Intelligence Division needs Marika’s help, as well. Captain Miura Grant of the Chimera of Scylla, the ship fought by the Bentenmaru and her allies, has escaped off to the Pirate’s Guild HQ, the Skull Star. No Imperial agents have ever been able to infiltrate this base. With Marika’s help, Nash wants to finally be able to gather intelligence.

We learn that Nash and Corrie, the Bentenmaru’s electronic warfare specialist, have a history. Nash implies it’s more that just friendship, but I’m inclined to believe Coorie more. She insists on coming along and Gruier demands a place, as Marika has promised  to let her join the crew of the Bentenmaru, or so she says to Lynn, who comes out and  asks to join after graduation. Marika demurs, but I think Lynn’s reasoning is sound. She knows she’ll be working for Jenny eventually, and wants to get some experience first. She could learn a lot from Coorie, so that makes sense all around.

So Gruier, Marika, Coorie and Nash take the Silent Whisper (the prototype cloaked ship Jenny gave to the Bentenmaru) and head off after the Chimera of Scylla. When they catch up, Marika asks Captain Miura Grant to give her entree to the Pirates’ Guild HQ, which is an asteroid that looks like a giant floating skull. Miura agrees. Marika and the gang meet Miura’s older sister Maira, who runs the Queen of Love, a hot pink whorehouse pirate ship.  Maira is taken with Marika and offers her Gruier and Coorie several opportunities for dressup scenes. While Nash defects to to Miura’s ship, Marika takes the opportunity, with help from Maira, to forge a treaty with the Pirate’s Guild. So there, Nash. In your face.

Again, again, again, what I like best about this series is watching Marika being a really excellent Captain. She forges an alliance with the Pirate’s Guild. Hah! How awesome is that!

In the beginning of the novel Ririka asks her whether she’ll continue pirating after graduation and she doesn’t really have an answer. Maybe, probably not? But at the end of this book we want Marika so desperately to be a full-time pirate. She’s so good at it! With Jenny as an industry contact, Princess Gruier Serenity on her crew, she’d be the best pirate captain ever. She already is.

Illustrations have become even more perfunctory than before. This should just be a novel and stop pretending to have pictures.

I read this book in digital format on Bookwalker Global, but it is also available in print.

I’m going to stop pretending that I may or may not read the next book. Obviously, I will.


Overall – 9

I even liked the stupid dress-up scenes this time.

Yuri Games and Visual Novels on the Yuricon Store!

October 16th, 2016

ILYiconWe’ve hit a point this year where were have enough English-language VNs and sims that it’s absolutely worth collecting them in one place. To that end I’ve added a Yuri Games & Visual Novels page on the Yuricon Store.

Now the Yuricon Store is home to the most comprehensive listing online or off, of Yuri Manga in Japanese and in English, Digital Yuri Manga, Yuri Anime on DVD or BD, Yuri Light Novels, Yuri Drama CDs, Yuri Goods and Yuri Games!  And we’re adding more all the time.

The new category is fully searchable, by Developer, Name, or genre focus. Links are available to physical copies and digital where they both exist. So have some fun on Yuricon’s new Yuri Game & Visual Novels page.