Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo OVA: Delicious Yuri Joshikousei Action
Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo: Anata to Koibito Tsunagi
To Kiss That Flower Petal: Becoming Your Lover
Gentlemen, this is how you title an eroge series.
NSFW, in case you haven’t gotten it by now.
As a guy, I understand the problems guys face when they watch movies such as Titanic, or Lost in Translation, or Black Swan. At some point (probably 7 seconds after the main female lead appears) is that they forget the plot/drama/art for the porn, or as close to it as it can get in a cinema film.
This is also why most porn films have stupidly shallow/puerile plots. “Oh hello, you’re here to teach me piano OH YES YES AHHHH.” Because you’re watching for the sex, not to educate yourself on the fundamental difficulties of competently playing Chopin’s Prelude in A Op. 28, No. 7 within an hour.
However, every now and then, you come across a sex scene that makes you feel dirty for getting aroused by it. A sex scene between two people who obviously have some sort of deep, non-sexual (and I stress the importance of this), romantic connection.
Actually, this is the first time I’ve felt dirty, and I’ve seen
So yes. Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo. Where the title is stupidly erotic, but also mindcrushingly innocent and pure.
This is Reo Kawamura. She’s short, dishonest with her feelings, has issues with her lack of a bust, and is in general a typical tsundere.
Think Taiga, but with about 25% of Taiga’s hostility.
And this is Mai Sawaguchi. Responsible, hardworking, confident, looked up to and admired by her peers and juniors (she’s one of the top three most admired onee-samas in the school).
The episode opens with Reo lying in bed with a fever, which, according to her, is because of the awesome sex she and Mai had in the infirmary the previous day.
Which, in case you haven’t figured it out, was the awesome lesbian sex scene before the opening title that I was referring to.
Reo spends a little while alternating between obstinately blaming Mai for her fever and wishing that Mai was by her side. And surprise surprise…
… Mai appears.
As expected, Reo firmly denies that she was feeling lonely. Mai notices that Reo is looking rather red, and bends over to check her temperature…
If Reo didn’t have a fever then, she certainly has one now.
I obviously can’t put it in, but there’s some seriously romantic and touching piano music that starts playing around now.
Okay, I just realized that to screencap every single moe moment in this ova is an exercise in futility. That, and I’m seriously lazy.
In summary: Reo tries to brush Mai away by saying she’s thirsty, and Mai complies by taking a sip of water and feeding it to Reo mouth-to-mouth. Then Mai says that Reo ought to change her clothes and offers to sponge her down while she’s at it. Reo goes tsundere again, Mai gives her a kiss. Then there’s a flashback to the day before.
You want screencaps?
(I-It’s not like I posted these screencaps for you, dummy!)
Now we can move on to the flashback.
Apparently they only got together the day before.
In the flashback, Mai is still all student representative respectable. Which makes her naughty side all the more enticing.
This is some moe shit. Seriously.
Reo’s running away from Mai because she thinks her love is unrequited; Mai chases after Reo but says that she’s willing to stop if she’s a bother; Reo says Mai’s not the bother, she is, and follows it up with a Mai no koto suki nandamon!; Mai is all shocked; Reo goes on about how Mai should just leave her alone…
And all the while that damn romantic piano music is playing.
And they somehow end up in the infirmary, where Mai says that she likes Reo too. Reo, of course, remains stubbornly doubting, so Mai says she’ll prove it.
One more for the road.
And I will only give you three screencaps of awesome infirmary sex because I HAVE DIGNITY.
But seriously, the lines they say are kinky and erotic as hell.
“Soon, your body will grow warm, and you’ll forget that you’re cold.”
“All of the the sensitive spots on your body are really cute.”
“No, I wanna make you feel good!”
And so on. What the hey. They’re bickering about who’s cuter even as they go beyond the foreplay. Phew.
So back to the sponge bathing. And since now we know that Mai isn’t the reserved, uptight, conservative model student that she portrays…
…it doesn’t take long to go from this…
Then there’s another cute moment in which Reo pushes Mai away.
“You don’t want to kiss me?”
“That’s not it! … I just don’t want to get you sick.”
“I wouldn’t mind catching a cold if it’s from you, Reo.”
A bit more teasing, then they finally give in.
I suppose what I like about this is that they’re not rushing straight to sex. Reo’s shivering, so Mai just hugs her for a while. Sure, they’re both naked, and obviously going to go on to do it, but this little bit of affection is just one more moe bit to make you HNNGH and not fap.
But of course, the sex does happen. BUT ONLY 3 SCREENCAPS I SAY.
Oh wait, here’s one more.
Ahem. Moving on…
Mai catches the fever from Reo. Although I dare you to say that it was not worth it.
So now Mai’s stuck at home while Reo’s off to school.
Reo comes back and cue another moe as hell conversation in which she says she can’t do anything alone, so hurry up and recover, baka.
The cherry on top is the realisation that Mai is actually quite insecure despite her aggressive and confident manner, which makes this couple all the more HNNNGH inducing.
“I’ll be by your side until you get well.”
“Until my cold gets better? So… You won’t be with me after that?”
“I’ll always… Even after your cold gets better… And anyway, you won’t be able to leave me even if you wanted to!”
Phew. I’m done. I don’t know how the other guys do it, but taking screencaps is killing me. That and this is a particularly HARDDD anime to review, if you catch my drift.
Still, this is the kind of moe crap that I like, and if I could I’d buy the whole Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke Wo eroge series. It’s all yuri though, (which isn’t a problem for me). Although I think the Reo and Mai pairing appeals to me the most.
So I realise that ultimately in this post, I’m underplaying the pure romance parts for the hot sex parts. Which is kinda sad. Because really, this series i.e. the eroge, is more romance than wild animal sex.
Incidentally, there’s this little miniseries of more Reo and Mai, titled “Reo x Mai Diaries”. I’m not going to review it, since it’s a visual novel style conversation thing.
But if you’re the type who wished that Ritsu and Mio went further than K-On! depicted, this slice-of-life schoolgirl romance series is probably for you.
UPDATE: For more info on the Sono Hanabira series, head over to AXYPB World. AXYPB-san does more justice to it than I ever could.