Tenshi no Hanabira Zome opens with the delicate sounds of bristles softly brushing against paper. Surrounded by admirers, Shizuku is a skilled calligraphy writer focused on her art in silence. She is perfect in almost every way: beautiful, smart, athletic, artistic, and well-mannered; she is an ideal modern day yamato nadeshiko complete with an impeccable, stunning princess cut. Yet, as she finishes her words and leaves her classmates to their idol chatters, Shizuku wonders about the sense of missing in her heart. This opening scene sets the elevated elegant tone for the rest of the visual novel.
The following day, she meets a gorgeous transfer student of Japanese and European descent, Eris. Upon seeing her, Shizuku feels something she has never felt before—a tense anxiety in her rapidly beating heart. Could it be? Love?
Yes, of course! The eighth installment of the yuri visual novel series, Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo, is just as predictable and sweet as the earlier ones. Shizuku, as a highly regarded model student, is tasked with showing the new student, Eris, around school. After a few conversations, lots and lots of adorable, teeth-numbing moments follow. Tenshi no Hanabira Zome is driven mostly by the fluffy eromantic fantasy of girls’ love.
Although the story is nothing special, there is some interesting dynamic between the two girls. Eris has a very direct personality; she tends to indulge freely in her curiosities and desires, whether that desire is about school life or Shizuku’s private parts. That Eris is unknowingly very flirtatious, even seductive, adds even more to the fun sexiness. This is especially highlighted next to the uptight Shizuku, a perfectionist who values proper lady-like form. The couple’s interaction often involves minor scoldings of an “indecent” Eris by a posturing Shizuku.
This relationship of course also easily lends itself to the girls’ interactions in the bedroom. Over the course of the visual novel, Eris would slowly break down Shizuku’s barriers and help her to discover her sexuality. In doing so, Eris would help Shizuku to open herself up more to her own feelings (mostly through opening her legs to Eris).
Underlying this sexually-charged relationship, there is actually some subtlety in the girls’ emotions. Perhaps because the visual novel is presented through Shizuku’s perspective, her character is especially nuanced compared to Eris. For example, Tenshi no Hanabira Zome plays with the idea of love and jealousy from a fascinating angle. Shizuku at various moments feels envy toward Eris. She misses being at the center of attention before Eris’s arrival; yet, she, as all the other students do, feels a strong attraction to this foreign blonde. Shizuku’s feelings for Eris wavers between love and jealousy. And, she is unsure whether she is annoyed at Eris’s popularity because she wants her fans back or because she wants to possess Eris’s sole attention. This confusion leads to her occasional uncontrolled outbursts at Eris, for which she would often later regret.
This layer of emotional detail is what makes Tenshi no Hanabira Zome so enjoyable. Like many of the others yuri games in the Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo series, plot grinds to a halt right after the confession, and the story becomes mostly just sex, sex, and more sex. The stagnant progress, however, is kept fresh by the emotional development of the girls. After all those scenes—like the one in the classroom, while bathing, on the garden bench, in the nurse’s office, on futons, in gothic lolita dress, and in kimonos—Shizuku is finally able to be more honest with herself.
Oh, Shizuku, you tsundere!
Eris, on the other hand, remains a fairly two-dimensional character. We learn little about her other than a few personality traits and superficial background information. However, maybe that is part of her charm—an enigmatic foreign beauty for us to admire. Either way, Tenshi no Hanabira Zome does not really go that deep into her character, leaving that job to Shizuku’s fingers and tongue instead.
Still, Eris is probably one of my favorite—if not the favorite—girl in the entire series simply because of her character design. Yes, it is her large luscious volumes of wavy hair. Further, the aesthetics of Tenshi no Hanabira Zome has that extra factor to make it an especially classy and enjoyable visual novel. The traditional architecture, the calligraphy, kimonos, Shizuku’s hime-cut, and Eris’s luxurious hair are all my favorite things. For something that is meant to titillate, its playing directly into my fetishes makes this an extremely pleasurable experience. I love it!
And again. Oh my gosh! That hair. ♥
- I realize the subject of this post is more suited for a mature audience. If you are not comfortable with this, I apologize sincerely. You might want to check out my other safer posts (basically any posts not about Sono Hanabira).
- Fuguryia has announced a sequel to Shizuku and Eris’s story will be released in late September. (Thanks for the heads up, AXYPB!)
Reviews for the other Hanabira
- A Kiss for the Petals | Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo
- A Kiss for the Petals – My Dear Prince | Watashi no Ouji-sama
- A Kiss for the Petals – Joined in Love with You | Anata to Koibito Tsunagi
- A Kiss for the Petals – Beloved Photograph | Aishisa no Photograph
- A Kiss for the Petals – The Joy of Loving You | Anata wo Suki na Shiawase
- A Kiss for the Petals – Whisper with Lips and Kisses | Kuchibiru to Kiss de Tsubuyaite
- A Kiss for the Petals – Sweet Enchanting Kiss | Amakute Hoshikute Torokeru Chuu
- A Kiss for the Petals – Petal-Colored Angel | Tenshi no Hanabira Zome
- Amakute Otona no Torokeru Chuu
More information on the Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo series