Sadly, this was not that manga.
Yuri-iro Rasen, (Lily-colored Spiral) is pretty well named. It’s not really a Yuri manga so much as an H-manga with Yuri flavoring.
The first two stories involve the not-particularly creative use of school classrooms, infirmaries and schoolgirls with penises. It’s not that these are bad stories, it’s just that they are not good, either. The art is pretty meh, and the sex worried me a bit. Kind of the worst of Yuri and BL all rolled up together into one very not good thing.
The next several stories involve an anxious girl, her boyfriend’s confusingly vague hints about sex play and her far more imaginative female friend who offers to help her figure it all out. In the first chapter, Takaki’s boyfriend says he likes “abnormal” sex which, after Takaki and Mura explore a few options, turns out to be nothing more than “without socks.” When he suggests a little “cosplay” Mura explains what “costume play” really means as she helps Takaki find her inner maid. All he meant, however, was that he wanted Takaki to wear her school uniform. Finally, when he asks if they can do it outside, Takaki objects – mostly so he doesn’t realize she’s wearing long underwear. Mura decides to teach her the joys of outdoor sex anyway, so they both end up with colds. Takaki’s clearly meant to be seen as an idiot for staying with the guy, since he has such a limited imagination.
The last stories involved animal-eared lolis so, while they are Yuri, I simply refuse to read them as a matter of principal. The idea of them having sex is just about as exciting to me as watching two stuffed animals on top of one another and considerably more repulsive. I abstain, courteously.
Art – 4
Story – Other than the slightly amusing middle arc, 3, the slightly amusing middle arc, 5
Characters – 3
Yuri – 9 for sex, 1 for everything else that makes Yuri appealing.
Service – at least four different kinds of 10
Overall – 3
I had Yuri-iro Rasen on my list of Yuri to look for when I was in Tokyo and I didn’t actually expect to find it, so it surprised me when I did. I was slightly more surprised when I read it, since I was reminded that one of the core identifiers of “LFB“-ness is that something like this passes for “good Yuri.” Ignore the other reviewers, they are wrong. ^_^ This manga is firmly on the “crappy crap” side of the board. Once again, having low expectations is likely to save your sanity.