Never underestimate how enjoyable a simple story can be.
Iizuka Senpai x Blazer the Animation is as simple and sweet as possible. A girl who loves a boy shows off her new school uniform, complete with the eponymous blazer, to him. It’s the sweetest vanilla story with fucking under literal covers.
The animation is by T-Rex, a studio well known for great hentai animation. Even it’s simplistic characters designs are alluring. Over-designed characters are one of the overarching problems I have with anime as a whole, especially hentai. With hentai, the simple and classic character designs help with eroticizing characters as archetypes.
The color and art design is extremely well done. Nipples in some hentai are a personal pet peeve of mine, and this hentai hits it on the head perfectly. The perfect mix of softness and… let’s say ‘pinchabilty’. The sort of wooden or chocolate aesthetic is very charming.
One downside is the length — a short one episode hentai coming in at just under sixteen minutes. Personally, I don’t find it to be that horrible of a thing, a much greater sin would be to prolong something with bad pacing and padding. Short and sweet things are one of life’s greatest joys.
After… The Animation is a high school drama between a group of friends where everything revolves around sex. So, somewhat like real high school I guess. A girl is in love with her brother, there’s two love triangles, and secrets abound. And someone fucks a teacher. It’s got all the teen high school drama tropes.
The animation quality veers into somewhat hilariously… awkward, notably in the first episode, but remains consistently serviceable during most of it, especially in sex scenes, so they knew where their efforts should be focused. The second episode is significantly better in both animation and direction.
Aesthetically pleasing, with nice character designs, a nice colour palette, and uncensored, which is always a plus with hentai.
It’s Degrassi: The Hentai, I think. I never watched Degrassi, but it’s the most generic high school drama I can think of. “What are you going to do after graduation” is the question, and the source of the title. The characters are trying to sort themselves out, along with all the dramas of their interpersonal relationships as graduation lingers.
It’s vanilla, with no fetish scenes so enduring that you’d write home about them. There’s an outdoors scene I guess, a character who’s doing porn and apparently into ‘rape play’.
It’s a fairly generic hentai, although I did fine it enjoyable seeing characters in a teen drama actually fuck on screen. Step it up, Degrassi. If something average with fun generic teen school drama is up your valley, check it out.
MoMoKo is a fantastic little love story, but I’m not sure if it’s sufficiently erotic. There’s a sort of music video and Hollywood film sexuality and lust to it, but that leads it away from showing the disgusting and lewd side of fucking–never a cock or a clit to be seen. It’s the same problem I had with Tenkousei, and I just as conflict here as I was there.
The difference between live action porn and “artistic” renditions of sex in Hollywood films is the vague nature. Hentai combines the two so perfectly and erotically–it’s one of it’s true and distinct strengths. MoMoKo is stuck in the Hollywood film version of sex. It uses really pointed and sensual imagery, the vivid light of entry is much more tasteful and subtle than the x-ray of anatomy of current hentai, and a very “music video” imaginary of a rushing waterfall for cumming, but I can’t shake the feeling that it lacks the needed filth of pornography.
Other than that, it’s fun and sexy, that sort of a lighthearted fantasy seduction that one would call love-making unironically, although it does have a rather out of place “rape as comedy” bit for a side character. It’s the story of a sweet aspiring actress who has no qualms about her sexuality, and thinks of herself as the Japanese Marilyn Monroe, as she attaches herself to and ends up falling in love with a salaryman. The animation and art design are pleasant and competent, but it’s age is definitely visible.
For me, it works as a romance with sex, but I’m not sure if it works as porn. I do highly recommend it though.
Remember those ‘motion comics’ they use to make? Where they take the frame of a comic and seemingly just edit it to make it appear animated? And it always looks… wrong? They’ve been made for Watchmen, Astonishing X-Men, and Iron Man — and in 2007 they made one for a hentai.
Except, not only does it carry all the flaws of the halfhearted animation of “motion comics”, they take the lacklustre production value of hentai and don’t even animated simple things like lips.
If you’ve ever been bothered or annoyed by Queen Bee animation standards, this is the next level of hell. It doesn’t even have a professional standards of colouring or line-art. This might as well be a cheap visual novel with some limited fake animation.
The story is relevantly fine, the music hilarious (reminds me of JRPG battle music in some places), and the fetishes are mild. Unless you jack off to jiggling tits with the Photoshop morph tool, skip this.
Rennyuu Tales is “Super Visible Nipples” The Hentai Anime for some reason, and it’s strange. It takes all the worst anatomy and aesthetic choices of the manga it’s adapted from and amps it up ten fold and removes any of the softness. It’s a great example of taking everything bad from the source material while failing to capitalise on the good.
Most of all, it really shows the inferiority of nipples in hentai anime compared to hentai manga. All the sweetness is gone. The nipples are now hard and awkwardly well defined opposed to the softness of the manga. The same with the bodies in general. People like to shit on Queen Bee, but I’d much rather something by Queen Bee with decent character design than this.
The stories are fine, three short unrelated vanilla-ish stories with decent set ups. But they can’t overcome extremely awkward art design.
Whatever brief positive moments it has, it isn’t enoughto recommend it, to anyone.
The images from this review come from the original censored version floating around the net. The current Project-H release is brilliantly uncensored and can be purchased from their site, Amazon, or where I purchased it, bookdepository.
Vanilla Essence is mostly about concealed sex — the act of hiding and having sex in a somewhat public place. Which is a great and underappreciated fetish, in my opinion at least. And a trade focusing on it from a master of hentai manga like Yamatogawa certainly gives it the respect it deserves.
That concealed sex fetish and young vanilla heterosexual love are the two things that tie this set of nine short stories together. All the characters are students, and all of them are either in love or lust with each other. From a character who ventures into the world of voyeurism on fellow students and meets a kindred perverted spirit, to two swimmers who hide and mess around in a pool.
This omnibus of stories was localised by Project Hentai — but not the Project Hentai that was seen in the past. These stories are beautifully uncensored, with higher paper quality and coloured pages than a lot of their previous books. It pretty much a direct response to their competitor FAKKU. Although it doesn’t strive for the absolute one to one comparison with the Japanese release that FAKKU seems to. The more economical nature of Project-H’s books never bothers me though, the biggest highlight of it is the uncensored art. God bless that uncensored art. The only issue to have with this release, I believe, in that typesetting is somewhat dull and routine. I suppose being spoilt by the creativity and flourish of fan projects has it’s downsides.
Yamatogawa is truly a master. His art is mature but cute. Hairless tight vaginas and huge cocks. His art is absolute full of expression, and his background full of detail. This isn’t a book you’ll regret picking up. It’s erotic but sweet, lewd but loving — the very best of vanilla hentai.
[This is a review of the first two episodes as of 5/11/16]
Can you spoil hentai? What if the main fetish that the hentai is pandering to kind of spoiler for how the hentai plays out? Should I speak as vaguely as possible about hentai to avoid it? Oh well fuck it.
This could be a gateway hentai for some people—a passage into some darker elements. This definitely isn’t made or targeted toward vanilla fans though, but the first episode isn’t extreme enough (it isn’t Euphoria for instance) to turn off any fans looking for a first dip into gangbang rape blackmail mindbreak and can live through some light watersports and ugly men. It was fun and degenerate, with the second episode being a highlight.
The very least you can say about Queen Bee as a studio is that they try to maintain the art style of the manga they are adapting, so the art style is cute and clean. Although it’s hard to count that as either a positive or a compliment considering that it seems to be more out of laziness than for a desire of quality. After all, it’s Queen Bee, a studio that uses stretch and skew in lieu of actual animating movement.
Sometimes Queen Bee’s methods even does an okay job of emulating actual animation, but it’s never good enough to fully make you forget that the product you’re watching is subpar.
But man, mindbreak is such a weird concept for a fetish.
Most of the time it’s ‘rape you for five minutes until you start to like it and then end up begging for it’. I suppose it’s negates some of the feeling of guilt from fapping to a rape played completely straight. Maybe it’s a weird combination of that bimbofication fetish people have too. And why is so much of it ugly old men?! This isn’t a judgement of this fetish, because I enjoy it lightly too. I even enjoyed it in this hentai.
If you want to try something a little bit darker, or enjoy molestation, mindbreak or blackmail in porn and don’t mind the budget quality of Queen Bee, give this a shot.