Yurikan Miel (百合缶 Miel) is the second in a trio of Yurikan ~something~ Yuri anthologies. The first was Yurikan Feuille, with opening story by Morinaga Milk-sensei. Yurikan Miel doesn’t bring that much star power to the floor, but it’s not entirely worthless, either.
The cover is pretty effective Erica-repellent. Two baby-faced female-shaped creatures with disproportionately sized breasts did not give me a good feeling about the contents. But the first story, “Rabu＊Buri” was a silly and over-long single paragraph about a Princess in love with her female knight, which made me feel more kindly, until the totally un-sexy sex scene. So, now I was in a 50/50 mood.
A story or two passed without much notice, but…then!
We reach “Hyoko Zumai” and all was right with the world once again. This tells the story of a couple who have moved to the big city together; one a first-year college student and the other a newbie in a company office. The story shows how they grow from ugly ducklings into beautiful swans, and lo and behold! I loved this collection. This short was absolutely worth reading. The stress of their situations didn’t threaten their relationship, per se, but the lack of communication between them did.
This story was a lovely little break into realism from an anthology that otherwise pretty much stayed firmly mired in “I like her but she doesn’t like me the same way,” territory, with some really un-sexy sex scenes.
Everything variable, but overall, probably a 6.
“Hyoko Zumai” was worth the price of admission, though. I’m glad I read that story and will keep an eye out for others by Fujimori Yuyukan.