Category Archives: Commentary

My personal analysis of elements in the series. As these are subjective and formed with an incomplete knowledge of the series, they are subject to change and debate.

Houraisen Rena

A Kiss For The Petals – Maidens of Michael (Michael no Otome-tachi) is now available for pre-order at Getchu for 7,980¥ (currently $101.99 USD, €82.93 EUR, £65.42 GBP). This page lists sample images, story information, and descriptions of the characters. These reflect what is currently known from Yurin Yurin’s website and other sources, but the latter has a piece of information not seen anywhere else.

The character listing on Getchu lists 13 characters. Of the 12 currently known, no new information was given. However, at the bottom of the list is an entry for an unillustrated character named Houraisen Rena. Her profile has been translated below by Procyon.

蓬莱泉 麗奈
Houraisen Rena 

A new teacher at St. Michael’s. Runa’s older sister and Takako’s former tutor. Stylish and stunningly beautiful — the perfect girl. Outgoing and easygoing. Although she’s blunt and untidy, for some reason she has the kind of likeable personality that’s impossible to hate.  An alumnus of St. Michael’s, at the time, the teachers all praised her for being a well-behaved lady. But in actuality, she was chasing skirts left and right, regardless if they were seniors or juniors. It’s rumored her lovers numbered at nearly a hundred.

Runa’s sister has had considerable influence over both Takako and Runa and is indirectly responsible for all aspects of their relationship. As of Sweet Grown-up Kisses (Amakute Otona no Torokeru Chuu), she still has much to answer for. Despite this, she has yet to be seen or heard in the visual novels, save for one line of narration. The image above comes from the web serial that Sweet Enchanting Kisses was based on and is the only known image of her (right). Her appearance in this new visual novel may change entirely, if she is to be visually seen at all. Note also the order of the characters on Getchu. Takako and Runa are ostensibly the fourth couple, yet they have been listed last so they could be grouped with Rena on the bottom.

"You don't bother me at all."

Comparison of Joined In Love With You and the OVA [Updated 29 Mar 2011]

This post contains spoilers for the visual novel and anime OVA titled Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo – Anata to Koibito Tsunagi and should not be read without familiarity of both. In the interest of keeping this blog work-safe, no explicit images will be shown. This post will be updated as more material is explored. Readers are encouraged to debate any points presented here.

The OVA released on 30 July 2010, three years after the visual novel it was based on, takes a number of liberties in plot, characterization, and setting due to it telling an original story. Despite these changes, it was well-received with many fans wondering when the next episode is scheduled for release. However, the deviations that the OVA made from the source material are great enough that they warrant examination should the next episode continue their story. For the purpose of this examination, the fansub released by UFW will be used as a reference, although it was released under the name “Becoming Your Lover”.
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I can’t control myself

I really want to see an episode featuring the first six characters voiced, if not all ten of them. What circumstances would lead to a sleepover between these six?One of the most commonly spoken phrases in this series is “我慢出来ない,” which can be literally translated to “I can’t control myself.”  The most visible way dominance is asserted in this series is through glomping and holding the partner down to play with them.  That they declare that they just can’t keep themselves from doing so implies that they instinctively express sexual desire whenever incited by cuteness or a declaration of love.  St. Michael’s Girls’ Academy presumably teaches manners and ladylike conduct, but little payoff is ever seen of these lessons.  The relative self-restraint of each character can be approximated this way, from greatest to least:

  1. Nanami, Kaede, Reo
  2. Takako, Shizuku, Runa
  3. Yuuna, Sara, Erisu
  4. Mai

The refinement of each character can be ranked like this:

  1. Yuuna, Runa, Shizuku
  2. Kaede
  3. Nanami, Reo, Takako, Erisu
  4. Sara, Mai

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Roles in My Dear Prince [Updated 15 Nov 2010]

The dynamic between Kaede and Sara is a unique one.  Whereas the other couples are clearly defined in terms of dominant/submissive, the placement of roles is not so concrete in their case.  The order of dominance between each couple can be diagrammed this way:

Nanami ← Yuuna
Kaede ↔ Sara
Mai → Reo
Takako ← Runa
Shizuku ← Erisu

Most of the pairs are stable in terms of dominance, with one character always looking up to another (sometimes literally).  For example, Nanami is always the one looking up to Yuuna; the dynamic never reverses due to their different, unchanging societal positions within the school.  In the omake track of Zutto Issho no Natsu (ずっといっしょの夏), “Mai & Reo’s Sonohana Omake Corner”, Reo angrily questions why she is always the uke to Mai’s seme, and asks if she can be the seme for once. Mai plainly and sternly answers that that will never happen, simply because it’s destiny.  By contrast, Kaede and Sara change places often within their story.  They could even be considered as equal to one another at many points, which none of the other couples save for perhaps Erisu and Shizuku can be said to have for any considerable length of time.  Continue reading