Note: This review considers Hiiragi's Hiyoriegeta, Soiree, Yellow Drops and Crochet Rest.
Reviewing any sort of creative medium with total objectivity is near-impossible. Perceptions of art style, settings, storylines and characters are typically going to be influenced by previous experiences, and how entertaining something is depends a lot on preconceptions, mood and viewer comfort. One could argue that hentai is even more difficult to score objectively when it tends to have a very specific target audience (or fetishist) in mind.
I'll get it out of the way; I love yuri—especially lovey-dovey, vanilla-sweet yuri. In 2014, Yutaka Hiiragi released a series of doujin works which really spoke to
my love of girls' love. The four titles (chronologically: Hiyorigeta, Soiree, Yellow Drops and Crochet Rest) are simple and straightforward, each showcasing an intimate encounter between the series' costars.
Following the standard formula for yuri pairs, Hiiragi's little series matches Sato, a stoic prince, to Hiyoko, a squeamish girly-girl. Neither character will stand out from the droves of their peers, but both are well-designed and (per title) drawn consistently. Their quipping and kissing air on the side of pleasant.
Smooth gray shading and wide lines compliment the cute scenes of Hiyorigeta and Soiree, whereas Yellow Drops and Crochet Rest feature sharper contrast and narrower lines. Both styles look nice, although it is a very noticeable change. Proportions and panels all check out fine, never hard to follow or feeling too cluttered. The simple backgrounds seen in the opening and closing pages of each work are phased out in the lewder pages, presumably to keep things in focus.
While wholly predictable and doing nothing to explore new territory for the yuri genre, Hiiragi's 2014 doujinishi are oozing with puppy-love and cute, tasteful (certainly by hentai standards) art. If vanilla yuri is your thing give the series a look.
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