Contrary to the original 2015 version and promotional screenshots prior to today, the version by MangaGamer is presented at a resolution of 1600 x 1200, four times the 800 x 600 resolution of past A Kiss For The Petals visual novels. The difference in resolution can be seen below. Click on the image to enlarge.
This post was originally published on 10 January 2017 at 9:27 PM EST.
- Part 1 (December 2015-January 2016)
- Part 2 (February 2016-April 2016)
- Part 3 (May 2016-June 2016)
- Part 4 (July 2016-October 2016)
New Year Greeting 2017
来年も #その花 は、あれこれ企画が進行中ですのよ？
では皆様、良いお年を～ (・ω・)ﾉｼ pic.twitter.com/FOTQncnDsR
— ふぐり屋 (@fuguriya1) December 31, 2016
Praying from the bottom of our hearts for everyone to be in good health, and for yuri to take over the world.
There are only a few hours remaining in the year～
We’ve got lots of plans in development for #SonoHana in the coming year.
We’ll keep doing our best to help yuri take over the world～
Well, everyone, have a great year～ (・ω・)ﾉｼ
Gogyou Nazuna Joins Twitter
Gogyou Nazuna, voice of Kitajima Kaede, joined Twitter earlier this month as @nazuna_gogyo.
— 五行なずな (@nazuna_gogyo) January 17, 2017
Oh, by the way, Anzu Hana-tan already tweeted about this, but it seems like A Kiss For The Petals was in its 10th year, so I went to the Sonohana Collaboration Cafe at the end of the year～♡
The coaster I got was Kaede and Saraヽ(*´∀｀)ノ Heehee.
I don’t know when the Sonohana family got to be so big, but I hope you’ll keep on supporting us♪
On 16 December 2016, Reo-ppoi Radio and Yuricycle Radio resumed from a nine-month hiatus for a special live program on Nicovideo in celebration of the 10th anniversary of A Kiss For The Petals. The two shows broadcast back-to-back for one hour each starting at 7 AM EST. St. Michael Girls’ School uploaded recordings of the shows on YouTube one week after on 23 December.
Reo-ppoi Radio was hosted by Anzu Hana and Izumi Ayaka. During this broadcast, Party Time! was revealed, with the formal announcement including tracklist following three days later. I submitted a letter to this show promoting The New Generation, which was translated to Japanese by Kuma Ichigo.
ご存じのように、その花びらにくちづけを にゅーじぇね！ 英語版がついに先週輝かしくリリースされました。8月のオタコン（オタワで開かれるアニメコンベンション）では、私自身が光栄にも制作発表をさせていただき、発表の準備の時間は1日もなかったのですが聴衆は親切に受け入れてくれました。共に英語化の作業をしたチームは、この制作をとても楽しみました。そして、もっと多くのその花を世界に広めるのを待ち望んでいます。
ごきげんよう、Anzu Hana-san. It is Craig Donson once again.
As you have heard, その花びらにくちづけを にゅーじぇね！ English version was finally released last week to glowing reviews. I had the honor of announcing it myself at Otakon this August, and the audience there treated me kindly even as I had less than a day to prepare. The team I worked with enjoyed producing it very much, and we look forward to bringing even more その花 across the world.
Please wish us luck, and welcome back to the radio.
At 17:07 of the above recording, the letter was read. The following is a transcription of Anzu and Izumi’s reading of this letter and their response, translated by Kuma Ichigo and Ralen.
Izumi Ayaka: It’s been a while since we heard from this one too.
Anzu Hana: Who?
Hana: YEAHHHHHHH! It’s been so long!
Ayaka: It’s from Mr. Craig Donson.
Hana: I say it’s been so long, but it’s only been 10 months.
Ayaka: That’s right.
Ayaka: “Gokigenyou, Anzu Hana-san. It is Craig Donson once again.”
Ayaka: Yes, it’s actually Craig.
Ayaka: “As you have heard, the English version of A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! was finally released last week to glowing reviews.
Ayaka: “I had the honor of announcing it myself at Otakon this August…”
Hana: His career is really moving forward. What’s been happening? I haven’t been keeping up.
Ayaka: He had been a fan though.
Ayaka:”…and the audience there treated me kindly even as I had less than a day to prepare. The team I worked with enjoyed [making a movie (映画化 eigaka)] very much—”
Hana: Making a MOVIE!?
Ayaka: An English version (英語化 eigoka).
Hana: Oh, an English version.
Ayaka: Sorry. It’s not a live action version.
Hana: Ah, I was surprised for a second.
Ayaka: “…and we look forward to bringing even more Sonohana across the world. Please wish us luck, and welcome back to the radio.”
[The letter ends here, continued by the original English text.]
“Gokigenyou, Anju Hanya-shan…”
Hana: Whash ‘dat?
Ayaka: After this is in English, so I can’t read it.
Hana: It’s okay. Wow, it’s been a while!
Ayaka: Thank you!
Hana: He is spreading Sonohana all over the world.
Ayaka: When it’s English, it’s immediately broader.
Hana: Then, it is possible that they will release the “cute” (old) generations’ adaptations, right?
Ayaka: In English?
Hana: The “cute” generations remember how they met too! They each have their own backstory.
Ayaka: That’s right.
Hana: Each couple has their own “Remembering How We Met“.
Ayaka: Yes, yes. I think it’d be good if they have more and more releases.
“Cute Generations” refers to the couples in previous titles, in contrast to The New Generation, and a track in Songworks Extra of that name, an arrangement of the theme song of The New Generation performed by Anzu Hana and Izumi Ayaka as Reo and Mai.
For my contribution to the show, I received a letter of gratitude and a sticker featuring Mai, Reo, Risa, and Miya. Click on the images to enlarge.
Yuricycle Radio followed immediately after, but I have little information on it as I was unable to watch it live.
Product announcement for the drama CD A Kiss For The Petals – Making Up Like Never Before (かつてない仲なおり Katsutenai Naka Naori) translated by Ralen.
It is available worldwide now in MP3 format at the following sites with samples available:
A Kiss For The Petals – Making Up Like Never Before
Reo and Mai have a huge fight?! I hope they make up soon…
Mai has been making her usual commute to Reo’s house, but their stubbornness leads them to a huge fight.
Normally Reo would give in right away, but this time neither one will budge…
Now, after fighting with Mai… Reo is by herself all the time. Mai gets anxious leaving her like that, and even though she tries to secretly watch over her, she can’t help but worry. She asks Reo’s close friends, Eris and Miya to look out for her, but…
Mai and Reo should be full of frisky, romantic yuri goodness. What will become of them?!
Writing: JUN, Hiyoshi Hiyori
Sawaguchi Mai: Izumi Ayaka
Kawamura Reo: Anzu Hana
Title: Making Up Like Never Before
Genre: Yuri Drama CD
Runtime: 71 minutes
Download Version: MP3 file
MSRP: ¥1500 (plus tax)
Available December 23rd (Friday) with plans for distribution on doujin download sites everywhere
System Requirements: Environment capable of MP3 file playback
*The download version includes image files of the CD jacket and label artwork♪
Packaged Version: Tall DVD case (14mm thick)
MSRP: ¥1900 (plus tax)
Available December 29th (Thursday) at Comic Market, with plans for distribution in doujin shops everywhere
System Requirements: Environment capable of audio CD playback
A Drama CD full of yuri goodness, serving as a sequel to the game A Kiss For The Petals – Snow White’s Knight♪
A mushy, sexy, extremely dirty love story featuring Mai and Reo, who attend the Saint Michael Girls’ School, a school for refined young ladies♪
MangaGamer has opened their third annual licensing survey to all readers. The final page asks for up to three license requests, and as with previous years, I highly recommend submitting A Kiss For The Petals titles. By submitting your e-mail address, you also become eligible to win one of three copies of Da Capo III R.
In the 2016 survey, the A Kiss For The Petals series as a whole ranked third in license requests, and The New Generation! was released in November of that year. With many more legacy titles remaining, I implore readers of this site to continue this momentum.
My recommendations for titles to request are, in order:
- Maidens of Michael, my strongest recommendation and the direct sequel to Remembering How We Met as well as the largest title featuring the core St. Michael’s cast;
- Any of Fuguriya’s releases prior to Maidens of Michael, particularly the original A Kiss For The Petals, from which I believe later titles will naturally follow;
- The Angel’s Longing, which features a more mature storyline and was written and illustrated by the same staff as The New Generation;
- From the Day We First Met, the follow-up to Remembering How We Met.
St. Michael Girls’ School announced a music album titled Party Time! in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of A Kiss For The Petals on 26 December 2016. Distribution began at Comiket 91 from 29-31 December 2016.
The album consists of opening and ending themes, a new song featuring most of the core cast, and spoken tracks by Manazuru Kou, voice of Houraisen Rena, regarding the radio shows Reo-ppoi Radio and Yuricycle Radio. A video promoting the album, featuring the track “Thanks To You ~Love Is All Days!~”, includes greetings by the cast of Snow White’s Knight. However, Takako is absent, as her voice actress, Azuma Yui, retired from voice acting on 31 December 2015.
The product announcement page and video were translated by Ralen. The video was transcribed by Kuma Ichigo, and was encoded, edited, typeset, and timed by me.
To close out the 10th anniversary of A Kiss For The Petals, St. Michael Girls’ School and the JAM Akihabara cafe (Twitter: @jam_akihabara) are holding a limited-time themed cafe from 15-31 December 2016. The menu and decor are tailored after the core cast, particularly that of Snow White’s Knight. This marks the first official usage of titles from Yurin Yurin by St. Michael Girls’ School beyond minor references to events from those stories. A number of merchandise items have also debuted at this event.
A description of the cafe and the menu was provided by St. Michael Girls’ School at the Getchu blog. Ralen has translated the blog post, which reiterates information found on St. Michael Girls’ School’s website on the event.
Mai: “Today is the start of the Collaboration Cafe!”
Reo: “It’s going on from the 15th through the 31st!”
Being held at JAM Akihabara!
Good day to you~
Thanks to all of you, the landmark yuri game, A Kiss For The Petals, is now ten years old.
In honor of this tenth anniversary, a limited time collaboration cafe will be opening at JAM Akihabara, a quiet little cafe located on the outskirts of Akihabara.
First, let’s introduce you to the menu.
— Marking (@mkdu_music) November 25, 2016
Following the release of St. Michael’s Music Academy + Side Story, Marking (Twitter: @mkdu_music) has announced a follow-up album, St. Michael’s Music Academy ~Sunset Story~ for release in 2017. Previously teased in the weeks leading to the launch of the St. Michael’s Music Academy + Side Story, the only information available is the above video and a tease of it being Marking’s largest project to date.
St. Michael’s Music Academy + Side Story, Marking’s most current release, is available now at Bandcamp.
— Marking (@mkdu_music) November 25, 2016
St. Michael’s Music Academy + Side Story, a compilation of remixes of A Kiss For The Petals music, has been released today by Marking (Twitter: @mkdu_music) on Bandcamp. The compilation includes re-releases of St. Michael’s Music Academy (originally released on 21 August 2011) and St. Michael’s Music Academy ~ Side Story (originally released on 8 April 2012), and a third disc titled “+” with new tracks, artist commentary, and fan artwork. Each disc is offered on a name-your-price basis with previews available for all tracks.
St. Michael’s Music Academy + Side Story was released in commemoration of five years since the initial release of St. Michael’s Music Academy and the 10th anniversary of A Kiss For The Petals. Additionally, the descriptions for the first two discs are reviews I wrote for them on Petals’ Garden on their initial releases.
The track titled “Time in the Garden” on the + disc was created for an artwork and music anthology of A Kiss For The Petals fanworks titled Sonohana Fan Illustrations, which was sold at Girls Love Festival 9 on 26 May 2013. Marking was approached by Kamibukuro Works to produce a track for the anthology, which was exclusive to it until this release. See the previous post on this album for more information.
St. Michael’s Music Academy + Side Story is available now at Bandcamp.
MangaGamer is publishing translated versions of the countdown voice videos promoting A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! through release day on 25 November 2016. These videos feature two characters from the visual novel in a brief conversation, creating some conversational pairings that are seldom seen in the visual novel proper. Above is the video for 1 day before release. Earlier videos are available in this playlist.
A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! will go on sale tomorrow at MangaGamer.com for Windows, macOS, and Linux.