Sekai Project had a panel at the 2017 Anime Fest and unveiled several interesting titles, three of which we will be highlighting in this post.
First up is Ebi-Hime’s latest Yuri title, Blackberry Honey. We’ve seen what the lovely shrimp princess could do when it came to a dark drama (Asphyxia), a bittersweet story (Sad Story of Emmeline Burns), slice of life (Strawberry Vinegar) and a sort of mystery-thriller thing (Once on a Windswept Night). Now her highness will grace us with a story about two “ero-maids”.
Set in England during the mid-19th century, Blackberry Honey is a tale about maids, music, and unexpected romance.
The story begins when our heroine, Lorina Waugh, is fired from her previous position as a maid in the stately home of Hartwell. With a large family back in Liverpool to support and a string of unsavoury comments circulating about her rather sudden dismissal, Lorina’s search for a new place of employment leads her to Bly.
Bly is an old, tumbledown building owned by the Lennard family, situated in the middle of the English countryside. Bly is dreary, remote, and isolated, and is veiled under an almost constant downpour of rain.
As might be expected, Lorina hates it immediately.
Forced to work for fourteen hours a day, with little chance to rest, Lorina is bullied by the senior maids and, most embarrassingly of all, by the twelve-year-old daughter of the Lennard family, Lady Constance.
One of the only maids who deigns to speak to Lorina is the mysterious Taohua – but Lorina wishes she wouldn’t. Despite her lowly status, Taohua has her own private bedroom, never goes to church with the rest of the servants, and rarely interacts with anybody. Her aloof, almost cat-like personality, coupled with her peculiar complexion, eyes, and name, have inspired more than a few rumours around the Shropshire countryside that she might be a witch.
Lorina knows she should keep her distance from Taohua, and she wants to most desperately… but maybe there’s a pinch of truth to all the rumours, because she soon finds herself under the older woman’s spell.
Note: Blackberry Honey is an adult (18+) VN and the full version features sex scenes. A censored version with the sex scenes cut will also be available.
Ebi estimates that if all goes well Blackberry Honey will come out sometime this September.
Credits for the OP song:
At the end of the world, sometimes love is the ultimate crime.
Cila, a veteran cop with a sour outlook and anger issues expects nothing more from life besides the smell of ozone, blinding neon lights and the ever-present manhole steam. At least, until a shady friend replaces her broken-down housedroid as a favor.
Advanced, more efficient and remarkably perceptive, unit M.A.R.A. begins to penetrate Cila’s toughened exterior and possibly even heal her new owner’s old wounds – if Cila can decipher the recurring nightmare the process brings. Soon Cila and Mara forge a unique if sometimes uneasy bond.
Unbeknownst to Cila, just as her life begins to find its new normal, the technological giant Velta Labs gets wind of Mara’s existence and takes a mysterious interest in the android.
A war unlike any before it is brewing on the horizon, its players are silently being selected and one android’s fate may spell the difference between peace, war, the blossoming of a new religion, or a technological singularity beyond comprehension.
”Synergia” is a cyberpunk Visual Novel with over 60 backgrounds and CGs, around +20 characters with their own sprites and a 60k words long script.
It looked neat a while back but now it’s bigger and better than ever. Desfinitely a title to keep an eye on. No release date announced yet but I imagine we won’t have to wait long.
Same as it Ever Was is a kinetic novel about a young couple, Dean and Kaitlyn, as they struggle to maintain their broken relationship. One night, Kaitlyn gets bitten by a small, scaley monster with tentacles. Soon, she starts taking on its physical characteristics.
Same as it Ever Was is a surreal experience with occult intrigue, horror, and redemption.
Check out the OPRainfall coverage of all three titles for more info: