Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo: Anata To Koibito Tsunagi OAV review
Thanks to fellow yuri aficionado Yi from Listless Ink, learned that the “その花びらにくちづけを あなたと恋人つなぎ“ (Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo: Anata To Koibito Tsunagi) OAV was out.
Based on the first visual novel of the “Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo” series, this anime shows us parts of Reo and Mai’s story. Herein lies a possible inconvenience for some viewers, as due to the limited time span it dives right in the middle of the story.
Although a flashback mid-way does offer a look into how Reo and Mai confessed their love to each other which started their romantic relationship, we’re not given more of their background or past.
Nonetheless this does not detract from the great love story between these two cute characters that is the primary focus of this slightly over twenty minutes long anime.
While I am familiar with the overall “Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo” series, am not that well versed in the different visual novel’s characters and plots, yet was able to follow this OAV fine enough.
Being based on an eroge of course the intimate scenes between Reo and Mai make up a significant portion of the anime.
Considering its origin, it is but normal they included such material in copious quantities, yet do wonder what this anime could have become had they only focused on the characters and story, omitting the explicit scenes altogether.
As Yi also expressed well in her review, the explicit scenes between Reo and Mai are such that they emphasize the girls’ relationship, taking a more gentle approach to what in many hentai else usually seems handled with far less subtlety.
“Shoujo Sect” comes to mind then, there most of the intimate scenes felt as if they were treated as cold, mandatory fanservice distant from the character’s real involvement.
Because here lies the true strength of “Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo: Anata To Koibito Tsunagi“, it’s a wonderfully well executed snapshot of Reo and Mai’s love, using its brief scenes to showcase the girls’ endearing characters and mutual affection. Reo and Mai each get just enough character depth for the viewer to be wooed by their story.
The animation is surprisingly good, while in a few frames here and there flaws can be spotted, the close-ups and significant scenes are well cared for, especially the characters’ facial traits and animation is superb, emphasizing their cuteness.
Also quite glad to see that the animated style for the characters is close enough to the original art by Peko, an artist whose typical style is one of the visual novel series’ defining traits it will no doubt always be associated with.
To fans of yuri and shoujo-ai, definitely recommend this “Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo: Anata To Koibito Tsunagi” OAV though while more mild and well executed in comparison to other similar yuri, do mind it still does have explicit scenes.