I finally got around to playing the fourth visual novel from Fuguriya’s Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo series.
Hanabira 4 centers around the yuri cousins from Watashi no Ouji-sama (Hanabira 2). Aishisa no Photograph (Photograph of Precious Love) continues Kaede and Sara’s story…
I actually quite enjoyed the plot this time. Kaede has become one of the most popular sempais because of Sara’s makeover, which was simply taking off her glasses and letting her hair down. Sara, in all her jealous insecure cuteness, drives the plot along rather humorously. I particularly enjoyed watching her stalk Kaede because she suspects Kaede of an affair.
Further, when the school newspaper manages to capture a rather knightly picture of Kaede, the journalist asks the yuri pair for their permission to print it. Kaede is cautious of all the attention and fans she will be getting. On the other hand, Sara is totally blown away by her ouji-sama, and permits the printing of the photograph in return for 10 copies for herself. Of course, the next day, Sara becomes completely regretful and fears that some fan will steal Kaede from her.
Sara’s modeling career also plays a rather major part in this sequel. Sara always comes home from work with various costumes, and her different approaches in getting Kaede to join her for some cosplay action are simply great.
The plot thickens one day when Sara comes home from work late and feeling extremely depressed. It turns out she has made some dismal mistake during modeling, and is feeling extremely defeated. Kaede tries to cheer her up through…
The plot reaches a really sweet climatic ending with Kaede’s proposal to Sara.
I had expected the plot to become just mere transitional events that progresses the ecchi scenes from one to another. (I guess not unlike the writings and images of this post… does anyone actually read the words rather than just skiming through the pictures?) However the plot actually has more substance than I thought.
Also, there was an ending theme! In the previous games, the game always seems cut off, but now there is an ending song.
On a side note, I actually like Kaede a lot more without her glasses… I guess glasses just are not my thing. Also, her chests seem to have gotten really really large…
I just completely love Sara though. She is too cute.
In case you have not noticed, Hanabira is not work safe and is not for kids.
With that said, as always, I will link a download for the game or the CG set if enough people ask for it. Also, as always, very importantly, I only post these for sampling purposes. Please do buy the real copies of the game if possible. I bought mine in Taiwan and it was fairly cheap and 110% worth it. I think they can be found online too.
Download for the the game: Hanabira 4 – Beloved Photograph | Aishisa no Photograph
Download for the CG set: Sono Hanabira 4 – Beloved Photograph CG set
The English translation patch is out: Sono Hanabira 4 – Beloved Photograph English patch
Don’t download if it’s not appropriate for you… and drop a comment if you enjoyed it. ^_^
Reviews for the other Hanabira
A Kiss for the Petals | Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo [Hanabira 1]
A Kiss for the Petals – My Dear Prince | Watashi no Ouji-sama [Hanabira 2]
A Kiss for the Petals – Joined in Love with You | Anata to Koibito Tsunagi [Hanabira 3]
A Kiss for the Petals – Beloved Photograph | Aishisa no Photograph [Hanabira 4]
A Kiss for the Petals – The Joy of Loving You | Anata wo Suki na Shiawase [Hanabira 5]
Kuchibiru to Kiss de Tsubuyaite [Hanabira 6]
Amakute Hoshikute Torokeru Chuu [Hanabira 7]
Tenshi no Hanabira Zome [Hanabira 8]
More information on the Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo series