My sincere apologies for my recent silence. This week has just been like that. I’ll probably have to resort to guest reviews for the next few days but, I’m going to pound at least one review out this week, so I don’t feel as if I’ve abandoned you all.
Of the series currently running in Yuri Hime S, there are about two I really like. “Really like” as defined by “I will spend money on this series.” One of them is “Otome-iro Stay Tuned,” by Fujieda Miyabi. No surprise there. The second, for no real reason that I can pinpoint, is Otome Kikan Gretel (オトメキカングレーテル).
As Volume 1 opens, it is the near future. Because of an infestation/invasion by the Formica, horrible little bugs that turn into great big beasties, sugar is forbidden. At a girl’s school this is far worse than a curfew. Still, Mikoshima Yuu looks forward to her beautiful school days at St. Millefeuille Girl’s School. I presume the name is meant to be ironic.
And irony is exactly what awaits poor Yuu, as she is scooped up by beautiful Nagi, then almost immediately seduced into a kiss. Yuu is not objecting, mind you, it’s just all going very quickly – when they are attacked by a Formica. Yuu surprises everyone, not least herself, when she drops the gargantuan attacker like it’s a fruit fly.
And so, Yuu’s dream beautiful days of life and possibly love at school become a comedic nightmare.
Not only is she paired with highly sexualized Nagi, she has been teamed with truculent Mari, whose powers are really pretty impressive, but she’s too passive-agressive to really be likable. Yuu faces trials and tribulations designed to bond the three of them as a team, explore the scope of her power and throw her into endless service-filled situations. Like, in order to activate Yuu’s power, she has to deep kiss Nagi or Mari and in order to bond them together, Yuu, Mari and Nagi share a futon. zOMG.
It’s not like this book is genius or anything. It’s stupid, when you think about it. And it’s full of the usual service – big breasts perched uncertainly in bras and clothes too small for them, panty shots, sloppy kisses, etc., etc. But, I dunno, for some reason I like this one.
Art – 7
Story – 8
Characters – 8
Yuri – 7
Service – 7
Overall – 8
No rhyme or reason to my likes and dislikes, is there? How maddening for you. lol