Sleeping Beauty Mita Yume (スリーピングビューティーの見た夢) is a collection of shorts by Yotsuhara Furiko, originally published in Comic Yuri Hime.
In the first story, an upperclassman’s kiss brings about a violent reaction. But it’s not because Tsukasa doesn’t like Akira – it was because she does.
“Shirogami” tells the poignant story of a girl who has lost her memory, and the friend who turns out to have been more.
This is followed by a cute look at a shut-in and her younger, more outgoing girlfriend. This is a tad pat, but it was darn cute. I’d like to see more of these two.
Being touched by another person can be like a magic spell – I think we all know that. In the next story, Nasu realizes that she’s been bewitched by her friend Suszushiro for years.
In “20, 21” class ranking for suitability as a boyfriend/girlfriend gives way to love, and makes ranking meaningless, as our lover is always number 1 in our minds.
Finally, we see the story of “Shirogami” from Takako’s side, as she loses and regains her precious relationship with Minaho.
I felt through all of these stories, that there was a lot of talent and a lot of passion here. Something about Yotsuhara’s work really touched me, although I can’t tell you exactly what. There was just an “it” factor to it that made these stories – especially Shirogami and “6 1/2 Tatami” – stand out from the rest of the pack.
I’m hopeful that we’ll see more of Yostuhara’s work and keeping my fingers crossed that one day we’ll see something longer and really chunky from her.
Art – 7
Story – 6-8
Characters – 6-9
Yuri – 8
Service – 1
Overall – 8
I think this collection is a good place to begin and look forward to more as her work develops.