After having been a contributor to several volumes of Pure Yuri Anthology Hirari, and the second Yuri Shoujo Anthology, Miman-sensei now has landed with Comic Yuri Hime, with this collection of shorts, Kimiiro Shoujo (キミイロ少女) (also available on Kindle for JP customers).
The title piece, “Kore ha Nisemono,” sets the tone of the collection – it’s going to be all schoolgirls, most Story A. Nothing objectionable, nothing outstanding. A sempai and kouhai in photography club pretend to be a couple, to protect themselves from being upset when they have to part. Not surprisingly, that bit doesn’t work out, so they don’t part.
My favorite story of the collection is the second. This time we’re focusing on track, where a girl finds herself moved and ultimately motivated by her crush’s focus on running.
A girl can’t figure out why a classmate is so damn nice all the time, and another girl struggles to make her feelings plain to a friend. A girl enjoys every single moment with a friend while they can be together.
And, finally, as the sempai and kouhai from the first story face spending a night together, they both come to terms of the not-at-all-fakeness of their feelings.
The stories broke no new ground, but were a pleasant enough read. The one truly notable thing about the book was the author’s note, in which Hirari and Yuri Hime are anthropormophized and Hirari leaving is portrayed as a sudden breakup. Having been cast away by Hirari, the author’s tough love friend Yuri Hime-san complains about Miman-sensei’s moping about not being able to have a tankoubon. “Tankoubon, tankoubon, that’s all you ever go on about. Fine, I’ll get you into a tankoubon already.” “Yuri Hime-saan~~!” The author’s note concludes with the most romantic, sunset bedecked, dramatic embrace of the whole collection. ^_^
Art – 8
Story – 7
Characters – 6 Probably the weakest link. No one has any depth. They are their one-line description
Yuri – 8
Service – 1
Overall – 7 A solid, stolid Yuri collection.