Taimanin Yukikaze (対魔忍ユキカゼ, Official Homepage) by Black Lilith follows the misadventures of two taimanin (‘anti-demon ninjas’) as they take an assignment to impersonate prostitutes, but ultimately succumb to the training. It’s focused particularly on one of the taimanin, Yukikaze.
It’s got a pretty high amount of CG, as well as ‘fake animation’–I mean that it will quickly cycle two images to give the appearance of animation (e.g. penis in, penis out). It’s a poor substitute, and it was a little annoying, to be honest. I generally prefer animation-free VNs, though, since the animations are generally much lower-quality than the still images, and I’d rather have high-quality still images than low-quality animation.
But enough of that.
The plot, as is pretty common, is just an excuse for Yukikaze to undergo sexual ‘training’, which consumes the bulk of the (short) story. It wasn’t precisely my cup of tea, but if you like to see the heroines broken and forced to be addicted to sexual pleasure, this VN may be right up your alley.
The artwork is fairly good:
“But wait,” you say, “weren’t there two taimanin? There are two on the cover.” There are, but you’d scarcely know it. The other, Rinko, is pretty much nowhere in the game–more on that in a minute. From the moment I saw Yukikaze’s sprite, I didn’t particularly care for her character design, but I figured that I liked Rinko a bit better (unrealistically large breasts aside), so it’d be worth a shot. So, I dutifully played through the game, seeing CG after CG featuring Yukikaze, but not a whisper of Rinko. Not even on subsequent play-throughs, as I tried the other options. There should, I thought, have been plenty–the game’s website isn’t shy of showing them.
They even have CG featuring both Rinko and Yukikaze.
Hmm. But what’s with the black bars? Well, it’s the answer to the missing CG, in fact. A point in the story in one of the endings (or perhaps more, but I gave up before getting them all) is that the two taimanin are being recorded and the images put up on a website. When you’ve completed the game, a menu option opens on the title screen to view this (in-game) website, where you can find Rinko’s CG.
Well, my conclusion: the art is fairly good, and they certainly don’t make you work for the CG, so if you like the look of Yukikaze or the sound of the story (or both), then you might like Taimanin Yukikaze. And if you like Rinko and don’t mind going through the game to unlock her CG, you might find it worthwhile, too. For me, though, it was just another nukige, and one that committed the sin of failing to meet my (already low) expectations. It’s also got a bit of a netorare element to it, which I don’t especially care for, but, again, if you like that sort of thing…
Well, it is what it is.
Update: This game makes it seem like your choices don’t matter much (and they don’t), but there are several endings. For those who don’t want to puzzle out what to do to get the ‘good’ ending (or the others), here’s a walkthrough for Taimanin Yukikaze. It’s in Japanese, but it should be pretty obvious what you’re meant to do. Any queries may be posted in the comments here.
Update redux: There’s now a Taimanin Yukikaze anime! Follow the link for details.