This H-game anime adaptation lacks a linear storyline as it uses the Great Library (what serves as the center of all worlds in the universe for this series) as a framing device to split its storytelling in exploring our female lead, Hatsuki, seeking the whereabouts of her missing friend and love interest Hatsumi traveling through the different book worlds, and the machinations of a villainous young man named Gargantua who is also seeking Hatsumi for his own personal gain.
Based on what I've dug up on this series, Yamibo is a yuri H-game with its focus obviously on romantic developments between Hatsuki and Hatsumi. The anime adaptation's H-game influence is apparent with many of the anime's female characters being well-endowed in breast size and some scenes are seemingly devoted to show off their assets with shower scenes, some suggestive predicaments, being in skimpy attire, or being in stages of undress. Some sexual humor and moments also comes into play at points with the library guardian, Lilith, lusting for Hatsuki at points and it is implied in a few scenes early in the series that Hatsuki is masturbating when thinking of Hatsumi. The majority of these scenes do detract from the story at points since they exist only to titillate the anime's audience.
In regards to story development, it was mostly a mixed bag for me. Yamibo splits its time between Hatsuki venturing into more of the book worlds and more of Hatsumi's back story being fleshed out. I was mostly indifferent to the former's developments since Hatsuki is pretty shallow as a character since she is mostly defined by her brash disregard for anything not involving her love interest and while her venturing in the book worlds offer some intriguing adventures at points, the majority of them did little to catch my interest. Also, I was put off by many of the show's failed attempts at comedy offered since the jokes fell flat and there were several characters who seemingly existed as nothing more than comic relief.
On the other hand, I did get some interest out of any time that the series devoted to exploring Hatsumi's character. She is shown to have a much larger influence in things affecting the Great Library than what it would seem on the surface through her venturing in the different book worlds and this serves to drive Gargantua's actions for much of the show's run.
In regards to presentation, there is not much groundbreaking to it. While many of the character designs are made to be physically attractive and are nicely detailed, it skimps plenty of corners on animation as shortcuts like reused animation frames and still shot are a frequent occurrence in this series, especially during any action scenes with Hazuki.
While having some effective storytelling involving Hatsumi, Yamibo is still mostly a rather forgettable anime title from the 2000s since a good chunk of its H-game and yuri roots can rear their ugly head at points to detract from the story and I was not too invested in Hazuki's part of the anime's story due to the limited depth she had as a character. There are better yuri and shoujo-ai titles to track down than this one.
Rating: 6 of 10
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Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
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