Web novel: A Kiss For The Petals – Michael’s Villainess (Updated 21 November 2017)

This post was originally published on 24 October 2017 at 12:24 AM EDT.

Update 21 November 2017: Fuguriya has posted the profile of Kitajima Sayuri, also known as Houjou Sarasa. She is Sara’s mother, Kaede’s aunt, and the first parent of a main character to make a full appearance.

Fuguriya started publication of an online novel series titled A Kiss For The Petals – Michael’s Villainess (その花びらにくちづけを ミカエルの悪役令嬢 Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo – Michael no Akuyaku Reijou) on Pixiv on 6 October 2017. It stars Inatori Kurara, one of several new characters illustrated by Aida Takanobu first introduced in Getchu on 28 October 2016.

The novel begins as the consciousness of a 29-year-old office lady displaces that of Kurara in a visual novel titled A Pair of Strangers (ふたりのエトランゼ Futari no Étrangères), and her efforts to avert that story’s conclusion that sees Kurara’s expulsion from St. Michael’s. As of this writing, A Pair of Strangers is currently a fictional work for the novel. Whether it is the title of an actual upcoming product is yet to be determined.

Starting on 23 October, Fuguriya posted tweets containing first full-color illustrations of the new characters in this story. The images are translated below by Ralen.

The latest in the Petals series, the short story, “Michael’s Villainess,” is currently being serialized on Pixiv~♡
Today, we’ll be giving you a synopsis, as well as introducing our protagonist, Kurara.
*You can read the story here♡
https://www.pixiv.net/novel/member.php?id=17394070

“A Kiss For The Petals – Michael’s… Villainess?!”

Synopsis:
I used to be a 29-year-old office lady who loved yuri, but somehow I suddenly found myself in the Petals universe…
Now, I’ve been reincarnated as a St. Michael’s student?!

“Ahh?! It’s Yuuna-sama and Mai-san… and over there’s Kaede-chan♡”

I was in a frenzy over seeing all the characters I admired…
But then I realized I was in the body of Inatori Kurara, the character introduced in the latest Petals work, “A Pair of Strangers.” That’s right… Kurara was the one who teased and bullied our heroines until she was ultimately thrown out of St. Michael’s…
She was the villainess?!

(Largish ribbon)
“St. Michael’s students have a ‘yuri backstage pass’…”
“There’s no way I’ll let myself be thrown out of this paradise!”

Inatori Kurara (稲取眩蘭)
A first year student at the Saint Michael Girls’ School junior high facility, a so-called “pure” Michael’s girl, having attended since kindergarten.
Her true identity is… a 29-year-old office lady who loves yuri, reincarnated(?) into the Petals universe, and presently vowing to “raise her popularity!” by being helpful and studying hard, in the hope that she can somehow avert the story’s ending where Kurara is expelled from St. Michael’s.
As a hardcore yuri fan, she’s particularly fired up about collecting (spying on) each couple’s yuri scenes.

Kurara shares a family name with Inatori Akira (稲取晶) from the Angel subseries, also illustrated by Aida Takanobu. Akira starred in the third title in that series, The Angel’s Promise. Relations between Kurara and Akira, if any, are currently unknown.

It’s Udou Eiko, childhood friend and hanger-on of the protagonist of Michael’s Villainess, Kurara~♡
Her charm points are her wide, angular eyes and cat’s mouth.
*You can read the story here♡
https://www.pixiv.net/novel/member.php?id=17394070

Image:
(Teasing cat’s mouth)
“The old Kurara-sama’s queen-like behavior was lovely too…
But the way she shines as bright as the sun now makes me love being around her.”

Udou Eiko (宇藤英子)
In the same grade as Kurara, and one of her hangers-on. She always holds her position behind Kurara, and to the right.
A daughter of a subsidiary of Kurara’s father’s company, she and childhood friend Ikue have been Kurara’s entourage since they were in the St. Michael’s kindergarten together.

In the game, “A Pair of Strangers,” she admired Kurara’s pushy and domineering behavior, following her lead. She was a real devil.
Kurara calls her, “The cat-like half of my power duo.”

It’s Enobi Ikue, childhood friend and hanger-on of the protagonist of Michael’s Villainess, Kurara~♡
Her charm point is the way she carries herself with a vague sense of ennui.
*You can read the story here♡
https://www.pixiv.net/novel/member.php?id=17394070

Image:
(Parted in the back)
“Yes, just being able to be near Kurara-sama is an exceptional honor.”

Enobi Ikue (栄野比郁枝)
In the same grade as Kurara, and one of her hangers-on. She always holds her position behind Kurara, and to the left.
Along with Eiko, she’s been part of Kurara’s entourage since they were in the St. Michael’s kindergarten together. She adores Kurara as both an admired and respected companion.

She think it’s a good thing the way Kurara’s been treating students other than the two of them more kindly, but at the same time, it makes her feel kind of lonely.
Kurara calls her, “The ennui half of my power duo.”

The image gives the reading いえのびいくえ “Ienobi Ikue” for her name, rather than “Enobi Ikue” in the tweet text, but this is likely a typo.

It’s Tozawa Maki, student council officer and close friend (one of few) of the protagonist of Michael’s Villainess, Kurara~♡
Her charm points are her bare-minimum height and the way she carries herself like an adult.
*You can read the story here♡
https://www.pixiv.net/series.php?id=888431

Image:
(Under rim glasses)
(Ribbon-style barrette)
“I-It was nothing more than, you know… I was just so moved by Sayuki-sama’s attitude! It’s nothing like that!”

Tozawa Maki (登沢真紀)
A first-year annex student attending on scholarship. She’s the student council secretary and one of Kurara’s best friends, although in a different class.
Admitted because of her humble roots and academic ability, she feels a sense of competitiveness with the “pure” St. Michael’s girls, and was particularly vigilant when she fist met Kurara (based on rumors about her being domineering when she was in the elementary school), but now they’re open around one another and speak casually, with a close, comfortable friendship.
She’s serious and a hard worker, although she’s troubled by her short stature and childlike physique.
She tries to look more grown up with her glasses and hair tied up, but she still gets treated like a kid all the time because of her height.

Maki was first shown in a tweet from Fuguriya dated 25 December 2015. Her profile was posted in a tweet dated 19 January 2016 and she appeared in A Kiss For The Petals Revolution! Rinagisa (voiced by Izumi Ayaka) and the second chapter of the Revolution Prologue as a secondary character. She was introduced as a third-year student of the St. Michael’s annex and the former president of the student council. These details, along with the appearances of Yuuna, Kaede, and Mai in the prologue, establish Michael’s Villainess—and, by extension, A Pair of Strangers—as taking place two years before both Maidens of Michael and The New Generation. However, this is at odds with the profiles of Inatori Rushia and Houjou Sarasa below.

It’s Inatori Rushia, the older sister of the protagonist of Michael’s Villainess, Kurara~♡
She’s an easygoing girl who’s the polar opposite of Kurara… but she’s totally in love with her little sister.
*You can read the story here♡
https://www.pixiv.net/series.php?id=888431

Image:
(Same ribbon as her sister)
(Hair is cut straight across)
“It’s fine, this is just sisterly skinship. It’s practiced all over the world.”

Inatori Rushia (稲取琉幸)
A junior at the St. Michael’s main campus and Kurara’s older sister. Although they’re biological sisters, her hair is darkish-blonde.
A so-called “sis-con,” she loves Kurara♡ She’s heavily into skinship activities like bathing with her sister and holding hands, even at school.
She didn’t appear in the game, A Pair of Strangers, but her character was mostly established.
She dotes on Kurara to make up for their overly-strict mother, which resulted in Kurara becoming the villainess that she is.
She’s in the same class as Kirishima Shizuku, and the two share a close friendship.

This image is the first illustration of the uniform of the main St. Michael’s campus by Aida Takanobu. Additionally, as a junior in the same class as Shizuku, this contradicts the above speculation that Michael’s Villainess is set two years before the first full visual novels, as this detail would place it one year before.

At present, this profile is published on Pixiv, rather than Twitter.

It’s Houjou Sarasa, the famous actress cast in the TV commercial for Kurara’s father’s company, INATORI~♡
Her true identity is… Sara-chan’s mother and Kaede-chan’s aunt.
*You can read the story here♡
https://www.pixiv.net/series.php?id=888431

Image:
(Eyeshadow at the outer corners)
“You know, my daughter will actually be attending St. Michael’s starting next year.”

Houjou Sarasa (北条更紗)
A nationally famous actress who was cast in a commercial for Kurara’s father’s company, INATORI. Kurara is such a huge fan that she used her position as the president’s daughter to attend the filming, so the two are acquainted.
She has a gentle personality, with a penchant for mischief. She’s a cute, beautiful woman who youthful looks conceal her age.
Her real name is Kitajima Sayuri (北島紗百合), Sara’s mother and Kaede’s aunt (the younger sister of Kaede’s father). She’s divorced from her husband from the business world. She’s also an alumna of St. Michael’s.

Introduced in chapter 9, Sarasa is the first parent of a main character to make a full visual appearance in the series. Her profile was illustrated by Aida Takanobu, but Kaede and Sara were designed by Peko. Her given name “Sayuri” uses the kanji for yuri 百合 as used by the genre.


There have not yet been any announcements regarding visual novels featuring Kurara or other characters illustrated by Takanobu, including Noel and Takai Sakura. However, it should be noted that the visual novel A Kiss For The Petals – Sweet Melting Kisses was first published as a web novel and later adapted into a full product, eventually to be integrated into the storylines of the other main couples in Maidens of Michael. This is only speculation and is to be treated as such until further information is made available.

Remembering How We Met updated to version 2.1; The New Generation! updated to version 1.3

Ren’Py version 6.99.13 was released on 29 October 2017 with significant performance improvements. On 30 October 2017, A Kiss For The Petals – Remembering How We Met and A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! were updated to versions 2.1 and 1.3 respectively. Both have also undergone further image data optimization. In the PC builds, Remembering How We Met has been reduced from 228 MB to 222 MB, and The New Generation! from 807 MB to 726 MB.

These new versions are available on MangaGamer.com, though you will need to log into your MangaGamer account. Remembering How We Met is also available on Steam.

Official announcement: A Kiss For The Petals – Maidens of Michael (Updated 6 February 2018)

Update 26 January 2018: MangaGamer has announced A Kiss For The Petals – Maidens of Michael is scheduled for release on 22 February 2018 at a price of $34.99. Pre-orders are now open on MangaGamer.com at a discounted price of $31.49. See this post for more information.

Update 6 February 2018: A demo version is now available from MangaGamer.com. It includes the first few chapters of the common route and excerpts of one love scene from each couple’s storyline.

MangaGamer has announced an English localization of A Kiss For The Petals – Maidens of Michael at Otakon 2017. The flagship release of Yurin Yurin is the first full-scale visual novel in the A Kiss For The Petals series, and the first to introduce the couple of Risa and Miya.

As with previous releases, I will serve as localization supervisor and editor. It will be available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Further information on the release will be added to this post as it becomes available. Screenshots are available on MangaGamer’s website for the title above.

The press release from MangaGamer is below.

Picking up from the famous, original A Kiss for the Petals titles, Maidens of Michael reintroduces the five couples fans have grown to know and love while expanding on their story, sharing many new months worth of development as their relationships lose their freshness and encounter the hardships of long term love. As these ten girls learn how to manage life and love, grow, and support each other, a new budding couple is introduced as well.

Continue reading Official announcement: A Kiss For The Petals – Maidens of Michael (Updated 6 February 2018)

DVD: Reo-ppoi Radio DVD 06

Product announcement for Reo-ppoi Radio DVD 06 translated by Ralen.

A lovey-dovey, extremely dirty web radio series full of yuri goodness♪

Brought to You by a Certain Reo-ish Person
A Kiss For The Petals Web Radio Show Volume 6♪

The Web Radio Broadcast, brought to you by “Reo,” from the Fuguriya game series, A Kiss For The Petals, is now on DVD!

It includes episodes 31 through 36, plus episode 36.5, an original broadcast brought to you by a certain regular Mai-ish person!

This one also features a certain Sara-ish person, and a certain Principal-ish person!
Someone’s been bitten by the producer bug again♪

*Please be aware that this is not a music CD.

Cast:
Reo-ish person voiced by Anzu Hana
Mai-ish person voiced by Izumi Ayaka
Sara-ish person voiced by Uri Satsuki
Principal-ish person voiced by Kyoudou Sana

Illustrations: Aida Takanobu

Genre: Yuri Radio DVD
System Requirements: Environment capable of playing video DVDs
Total Runtime: 241 minutes
Size: Tall-sized DVD case (14mm thick)
MSRP: ¥1500 (plus tax)
Release Date: Advanced release at Comic Market 92
Available in doujin shops everywhere August 8th (Friday)

Redacted☆
(A portion has been omitted at R’s behest)
*Tee-hee* *I’ve said too much*
-The Staff-

↑Mystery Back Cover Comic

DVD: Reo-ppoi Radio DVD 05

Product announcement for Reo-ppoi Radio DVD 05 translated by Ralen. See also the post on Reo-ppoi Radio DVD 04, which was announced simultaneously.

A lovey-dovey, extremely dirty web radio series full of yuri goodness♪

Brought to You by a Certain Reo-ish Person
A Kiss For The Petals Web Radio Show Volume 5♪

The Web Radio Broadcast, brought to you by “Reo,” from the Fuguriya game series, A Kiss For The Petals, is now on DVD!

It includes episodes 25 through 30, plus episode 30.5, an original broadcast brought to you by a certain regular Mai-ish person!

This volume is jam-packed yet again, with the debut of a certain Sara-ish person, and a discussion about the creation of the radio show’s theme song!

*Please be aware that this is not a music CD.

Cast:
Reo-ish person voiced by Anzu Hana
Mai-ish person voiced by Izumi Ayaka
Sara-ish person voiced by Uri Satsuki
The Spirit of Calpis Soda voiced by ?

Illustrations: Peko

Genre: Yuri Radio DVD
System Requirements: Environment capable of playing video DVDs
Total Runtime: 241 minutes
Size: Tall-sized DVD case (14mm thick)
MSRP: ¥1500 (plus tax)
Release Date: Available in doujin shops everywhere February 12th (Friday)

I’m on the phone right now☆
(A portion has been omitted due to the caller being a private citizen)
-The Staff-

↑Mystery Back Cover Comic

DVD: Reo-ppoi Radio DVD 04

Product announcement for Reo-ppoi Radio DVD 04 translated by Ralen. See also the post on Reo-ppoi Radio DVD 05, which was announced simultaneously.

A lovey-dovey, extremely dirty web radio series full of yuri goodness♪

Brought to You by a Certain Reo-ish Person
A Kiss For The Petals Web Radio Show Volume 4♪

The Web Radio Broadcast, brought to you by “Reo,” from the Fuguriya game series, A Kiss For The Petals, is now on DVD!

It includes episodes 19 through 24, plus episode 24.5, a retrospective discussion hosted by Reo-ish and Mai-ish persons!
It’s the first DVD full of yuri goodness in ages!

*Please be aware that this is not a music CD.

Cast:
Reo-ish person voiced by Anzu Hana
Mai-ish person voiced by Izumi Ayaka
Sara-ish person voiced by Uri Satsuki
The Spirit of Calpis Soda voiced by ?

Art & Comics: Peko

Genre: Yuri Radio DVD
System Requirements: Environment capable of playing video DVDs
Total Runtime: 241 minutes
Size: Tall-sized DVD case (14mm thick)
MSRP: ¥1500 (plus tax)
Release Date: Available in doujin shops everywhere January 15th (Friday)

I’m still short and flat, even though I’m a senior…
What should I do to get bigger?
-The Lion

↑Mystery Back Cover Comic

Remembering How We Met Version 2.0 – Japanese and Chinese Languages, New Features Added

A Kiss For The Petals – Remembering How We Met has been updated to version 2.0 on Steam and MangaGamer.com. Version 2.0 is a significant update, introducing new features, the original Japanese script, and new translations in Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

Simplified Chinese version

When you start this new version for the first time, you will be asked to select a language. This will affect all in-game text, including menus. It can be changed at any time from the System menu, the fourth option on the title screen and the last option on the left side of the in-game text box.

Several features first introduced in A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! have been added to this version:

  • The ability to adjust the opacity of the text box freely.
  • The option to render text with a shadow or outline, which can be changed independently of the text box opacity setting.
  • An option to pause the text when a full-screen CG is shown. By default, it will pause until the user clicks.

These options are available in the second page of the System menu.

Japanese version

Version 2.0 is built in Ren’Py 6.99.12.4, which features optimizations with the Steam overlay. It is available via Steam now and on MangaGamer.com, though you will need to log into your MangaGamer account to access the latter.

A Kiss For The Petals – The New Generation! updated to version 1.2

Version 1.2 is built in Ren’Py 6.99.14, which includes bugfixes that affect some non-English systems and optimizations. This version corrects typos and a rendering error that causes fantasy scenes to not display properly. Redundant background data was also removed, resulting in a smaller package size than the previous version.

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

Songworks and Cute Generation Available for Download on Gyutto.com

Songworks cover

The music album Songworks – A Kiss For The Petals Complete Album and the extra track Cute Generation are now available for download on Gyutto.com. Gyutto is one of the few Japanese online stores that accepts orders made with international credit cards.

Though the website is in Japanese, automated Google translation will be sufficient to guide you through the ordering process. Users of Google Chrome can right-click on the page to translate it to their own language, but Firefox users can download an add-on such as S3.Google Translate for the same functionality. The Google Translate website may not work properly due to the age verification cookie required to access the product pages.

Originally released on 11 February 2015, Songworks includes opening and ending themes from visual novels published by Yurin Yurin, tracks from previous singles published by Yurin Yurin, and a recording of a live session by Anzu Hana at Girls Love Festival 11. The track Cute Generation is an arrangement of the opening theme of The New Generation performed by Anzu Hana and Izumi Ayaka. It was originally included in the expanded release Songworks Extra, released on 18 December 2015, which included the original album and a second disc containing the track. It is available as a separate purchase on Gyutto.

Also available at Gyutto is The New Generation Opening Theme Single. Find it and other music CD releases by St. Michael Girls’ School on Gyutto.com here.

A list of A Kiss For The Petals products available for sale to international buyers is maintained at the Buying Guide on this site.

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)

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