Here’s another little yuri visual novel that caught my eye, one made by an English company no less, to check out.
Genres: Fantasy, Ecchi, Yuri
Length: Short, 3-4 hours.
Sakura Fantasy is the third in a series of “Sakura” visual novels developed by Winged Cloud, the other two being Sakura Spirit and Sakura Angels, though SF is the only yuri one of the three so far. Also take note this is Chapter 1 with a sequel planned in July according to VNDB.
As for the plot it’s about a novice knight in training named Raelin whose life changed forever after an unexpected meeting with the mysterious empress Ardena and a shooting star that became the talk of the capital when it crashed nearby one night. Raelin also happens to have a gift called “Farseeing” which allows her to transport her subconscious near other people to see and hear what they are thinking. The other function…take a wild guess.
The story is actually a straightforward one that could easily be greenlit for an anime adaptation, a ” sexy warrior babes in a medieval fantasy world with yuri” show to be exact. Basically an ECCHIMANIA anime. Do not expect an epic tale featuring an epiphany inducing story line with characters that will forever change the way fiction is written. In fact the events within the story’s first part are nothing new. On the bright side what is given is certainly interesting enough to see what will happen next in Raelin’s journey along with her companions/potential love interests.
Each of Raelin’s allies/potential future love interests all follow a certain trope with Keira being the “strict on the outside but caring on the inside” coach, Gwynne the kind ojou-sama bookworm and Ardena the cold and mysterious beauty/benevolent ruler. Raelin herself is a competent and likable heroine. All sexy beasts with secrets to slowly unravel as one would expect from a VN like this.
The gameplay is the standard two/three-choice fare that doesn’t have much effect on the overall plot as this is not the complete product. They serve more to unlock hidden CGs this time around. Speaking of CGs…
Of course Wonder Cloud knows full well what it is the main draw to this VN outside of yuri fans who do not mind this genre. It certainly isn’t the riveting plot that’s for sure. The soundtrack is a solid fantasy setting fare that won’t blow the roof off a joint but doesn’t get annoying. It is also undeniable that the art style is most impressive. Your VN’s main draw are beautiful women, then you better make sure they are pleasing to the eyes. It also helps that the backgrounds aren’t too shabby either. The dialogue works for all the scenarios and are easy to read but again not a work that will win awards. The grammar could also use some work as I noticed a couple of errors here and there but nothing serious. No different than any fan translated games.
As mentioned the VN has yuri elements that serve as a taste of what’s to come in the next chapter. The VN is ecchi but not a hentai despite certain fanservice tropes every now and then.
Overall Sakura Fantasy Chapter 1 is a solid start to what is hopefully a solid yuri VN. The women are neat, the plot is interesting enough to keep the interested wanting more even though the VN isn’t very long. Worth giving a try for players who do not mind ecchi fanservice.
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