I don’t usually post anything that can be remotely construed as NSFW, but there’s a screenshot of a naked lady (kind of tame and not particularly ero, though) later on in this post. You have been warned. :D
So… I really like visual novels as a medium. It’s very versatile, and I inevitably compare every single visual novel I come across to Aoishiro, probably the first real visual novel I played, and probably the best. So it’s slightly disappointing that way when you think about it — you’ve already seen the best of the best, and nothing else really measures up.
That doesn’t stop me from looking, though — so when I saw that there was a new (yuri) VN coming out on this Japanese yuri blog, I felt kind of compelled to check it out, at least.
Seisai no Resonance is the newest work from Yatagarasu, and if their previous (sort of) yuri title (Yamiyo ni Odore -Witch wishes to commit the Night-) is anything to go by, the folks at Yatagarasu kind of really like yuri and combat-type stories (with an in-game real-time combat sort of thing). (Er, and they seem to be into doing other, more ‘hardcore’ niches as well, but I haven’t played those and they seem not to have any bearing on these two works, so we’ll leave it as is. From what I’ve seen, the two yuri titles are more on the vanilla side of things.)
Anyway, back to SnR — the story basically goes like this.
Takadou Kanae (the redhead pictured above) travels to an isolated (fictional) Japanese island called Otofuse in order to search for her mother. Her mother mysteriously disappeared after returning to her hometown island, and is now considered legally dead as seven years have passed without anyone hearing from her. Unable to accept her death, Kanae heads off to the island by herself to search for the truth behind her mother’s disappearance, convinced her mother would not willingly leave her behind.
Even before she reaches the island proper, an attempt is made on her life by a mysterious blue-haired girl (below) who refuses to divulge or explain anything beyond the fact that Kanae is not welcome to Otofuse-jima.
Their struggle escalates, and the blue (purple?)-haired girl throws her off the ferry to leave her to drown:
Kanae is then rescued from certain death by a blonde woman who not only seems to know her despite being the first time they’ve met, but who earnestly goes out of her way to help Kanae. Kanae herself feels a strange connection to the blonde woman, as the woman eeriely reminds her of her mother.
The woman, Katakura Mirai, tells Kanae that she is an acquaintance of her mother’s — and in order to find and meet her, Kanae must become a miko by participating in a battle/competition with seven or eight other girls, also candidates as being chosen as one of two mikos that year to take part in an annual ritual to cleanse the island of Impurities.