Siskel and Co. would give it two thangs up!
Tentacles! Bondage! Rape! Human degradation! All those (and
more!) yummy hentai anime staples...are not present in this
two volume title. Sorry. If that's what you're looking for,
look elsewhere ya sick pervert (oh yea, I'm a sick pervert
too...damn)! If however, you are looking for an awesome, bloody,
action packed sex-travaganza...well, then this ain't for you
Koihime is a charming and funny story about childhood promises
not meant (or allowed) to be fulfilled infused with colorful
characters taken straight from Japanese folktale and myth.
Ever hear the story of the snow princess? Well suffice to
say she is nowhere near as frigid as you might be led to think...which
reminds me, I should mention right away that it is one of
the most sexually explicit titles that I've seen, if not THE
most explicit title available now. The characters have HAIR
fer goodness sakes! No, I don't mean on top of their heads...ahh,
now ya get it?
Anyways, a few technical points about Koihime... First of
all, it is fairly recent title. Thus (for hentai) it is of
quite high quality. I watched the DVD versions, and the images
were very crisply drawn. The art style is bright and colorful,
maybe even a little surreal in its depiction of a beautiful,
peaceful Japanese countryside. I liked the character designs,
I think I remember one person mentioned the main character
resembles the guy from Golden buy, what with his pony tail...and
he's right. The girls are all very cute, and uniquely drawn,
each with their own unique sway in personality. For example,
Anzu is petite, bubbly, and somewhat childish whereas Suzaku
is the violent, hotheaded tomboy. What they all have in common
however is that they all have a major thing for the main character
Musashi.... that lucky punk. Anyway, not even the fact Musashi
can't remember ANY of the girls stops him from getting any
action. Why can't he remember four girls he used to be close
friends with in his childhood? Better to find out for yourself.
Finally, I have to commend the ending. A little surprising,
and not really sad, but...well, find out what I mean.
To sum up Koihime, it has all the ingredients for a highly
recommended hentai titlea working plot and story (amazing!),
good quality visuals and character designs...and really really
explicit sex. Notice I used two "really"s. Yes,
it's like THAT. Bon appetit! :)