JAM Akihabara Cafe – Party Time Themed Cafe Collaboration (Update 21 February 2017)

This post was originally published on 15 February 2017 at 10:49 AM EST. It was updated on 21 February to add several additional tweets by JAM Akihabara at the end of the post.

JAM Akihabara cafe (Twitter: @jam_akihabara) is holding a second themed cafe event with St. Michael Girls’ School to promote the release of the music album Party Time!, scheduled for release on 22 February 2017. This second cafe will be held from 14-23 February and feature all menu items from the first event.

This second cafe adds three new menu items—two of which are themed after Maidens of Michael—a payment-based raffle for the autographed cardboard standees seen in the previous event, and new coasters by The New Generation artist Aida Takanobu. The information below includes only details for the second event from St. Michael Girls’ School’s website on the event and has been translated by Ralen.


The JAM Akihabara A Kiss For The Petals Collaboration Cafe is back for a limited time, from 2/14 through 2/23.

New Coasters
This time, the Collaboration Cafe is offering six additional coasters featuring six new couples drawn by Aida Takanobu.

Cutout Standee Giveaway Campaign
For every ¥3,000 in sales (includes food, beverage, and merchandise), you will receive an entry ticket.

Standees
01. Nanami and Yuuna
02. Mai and Reo
03. Hazuki and Manami
04. Rena-sensei

For every ¥3,000 spent, you will receive a single entry form.
(each form is good for one entry)
Winners will be informed upon receipt of prize.

New Menu

Dessert

Runa’s Demanded Pancakes – ¥1,000
Full of Takako’s Love!
The heart-shaped wafer cake is made with delicious maple syrup!

Drinks

Maidens of Michael (non-alcoholic) – ¥750
Even a St. Michael’s student can drink it! Appropriate for all ages!
Bursting with the sweet innocence(?) of strawberry and Calpis Soda.

Sweet Flower Garden (cocktail) – ¥850
A head-over-heels grown-up flavor for the teachers! Made with vodka!
It’ll make you forget everything as it all blurs together…


“Sweet Flower Garden” (甘い花園 Amai Hanazono) is the first ending theme in A Kiss For The Petals, first appearing in the visual novel Photograph of Affection.

The following are tweets by St. Michael Girls’ School and JAM Akihabara showing the environment for the second themed cafe.

Continue reading JAM Akihabara Cafe – Party Time Themed Cafe Collaboration (Update 21 February 2017)

Selected @fuguriya1 and @mikajyo_info Tweets January 2017-

This post was originally published on 10 January 2017 at 9:27 PM EST.

This post is a continuation of English translations of Fuguriya (@fuguriya1) and St. Michael Girls’ School (@mikajyo_info) tweets by Ralen from January 2017.

New Year Greeting 2017

Praying from the bottom of our hearts for everyone to be in good health, and for yuri to take over the world.
– Fuguriya

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.

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♪

Taglines from Favorite Games

A lovey-dovey, extremely dirty, romantic comedy full of yuri goodness♪
#TaglinesFromFavoriteGames #SonoHana

A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! updated to version 1.1

Version 1.1 is built in Ren’Py 6.99.12, which adds support for the WebP image format and support for macOS Sierra’s Gatekeeper. The package size has been reduced substantially, from 1,019 MB to 814 MB for the Windows/Linux version. The demo has also been updated with these benefits, with a reduction in size from 227 MB to 163 MB.

Two bugs have been fixed: voice playback is no longer disabled when the text box is hidden or a menu is opened, and the dots-type Climax Timer now respects the maximum lines setting. Several typos and a graphical error in the start of the Nagisa/Rina route have been corrected.

The new version is available from MangaGamer.com. You will need to log into your account to access it.

Music CD: Party Time! (Updated 30 January 2017)

This article was originally published on 31 December 2016 at 10:21 PM EST.

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. Advance sales began at Comiket 91 from 29-31 December 2016, and general release is scheduled for 22 February 2017. An fluffy blanket with the cover artwork is also available as a companion piece.

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.

Update 30 January 2017: An image of the front and back cover art was published by St. Michael Girls’ School, showing the casts of The New Generation and the Angel series on the reverse in chibi form.

Customers who purchased an advance copy from Comiket 91 without this cover are invited to contact [email protected] with a photograph of their disc and a shipping address to receive one free of charge.

Three promotional events are scheduled for the full release on 22 February:

  • Curry Party!Soup Curry Kamui, a specialty cafe in Akihabara, from 5-14 February
  • Taiwan Party!: Fancy Frontier 29, the largest anime convention in Taiwan, from 11-12 February; this is A Kiss For The Petals‘ first official promotional event outside of Japan, excluding MangaGamer license announcements
  • Collaboration Cafe Party!: JAM Akihabara, where a themed cafe was held in December 2016, from 14-23 February

The album and blanket will be available for purchase at Fancy Frontier 29 and JAM Akihabara. In the event that the album and blanket sell out at these events, prior to the general release, a solo performance of “Thanks To You ~Love Is All Days!~” by Manazuru Kou as Houraisen Rena will be released.

Soup Curry Kamui posted an image in the style of the Bikkuriman foil stickers to promote their event, which will be available in limited supply as a free gift to customers. The sticker name is the cafe, Soup Curry Kamui.

Following this, St. Michael Girls’ School published a flyer advertising the menu and location.

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.

Continue reading Music CD: Party Time! (Updated 30 January 2017)

Reo-ppoi Radio and Yuricycle 10th Anniversary Live Broadcast

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.

ごきげんよう、杏花さん。またまたクレイグ・ドンソンです。

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。

幸運がありますように。そして、ラジオに、おかえりなさい。


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?
Ayaka: Greg!
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.”

Hana: “Craig.”
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.

Hana: Yep.

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: Yes.
Ayaka: Right.
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.

Drama CD: Making Up Like Never Before

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…

Synopsis:
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
Artwork: Peko
Voice Performance:
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 2017 Licensing Survey

 

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.

JAM Akihabara Cafe – A Kiss For The Petals 10th Anniversary Themed Cafe Collaboration

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.

Continue reading JAM Akihabara Cafe – A Kiss For The Petals 10th Anniversary Themed Cafe Collaboration

Fanart: St. Michael’s Music Academy ~Sunset Story~ (2017)

Following the release of St. Michael’s Music Academy + Side StoryMarking (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.

Fanart: St. Michael’s Music Academy + Side Story Released

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 AcademySide 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.

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