Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story (+18) Review – Political Intercourse
Platforms: PC (reviewed)
Release: 29th March 2018
Price: 44.95 (Mangagamer Store)
Review contains explicit content
Eroges are truly interesting visual novels, which manage to come in all sorts of different flavours, despite their overspanning theme of sexual intercourse. Where Kuroinu focuses on delivering a depressing spiral of madness, cuter Nukiges like Imouto Paradise 2 are often nothing more than silly slice-of-life fun. Luckily, there´s much more to discover in the depths of fetish Nukiges, like Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story. As the name implies, everything revolves around the woman´s “Funbags”, in this half sequel to Funbag Fantasy.
After rising to the throne during the first game, the formerly disregarded Lute has finally reached his goal. Unfortunately, the neighbouring nations aren´t too fond of the seemingly perverted idiot now having control over an entire country. So, Fronce, in particular, begin to make their moves along with other ones and our protagonist has to defend both his power and giant harem of well-endowed girls, which will become even bigger now.
How easy would it be to just ignore all these political problems and just focus on Lute embracing his harem? Pretty easy, to admit. Yet, Waffle chose not to create a Nukige with only the goal to provide fap material, instead, they use it as a foundation for a surprisingly complicated constructed story. Where the first game mainly focused its beginning on sexual intercourse between the red-haired hero and his succubus sex slave (if you will), Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story definitely profits from the already established world and characters. The actually very good plot about medieval politics is unique even for visual novels, particularly in such a well crafted, round fashion. We´re immediately presented with the central conflict of Lute being not much more than a typical Nukige man with slightly more brain, as well as the other nation´s hatred against him.
Whoever didn´t pick up on my hints yet, the very core of this sequel is to grow this sex-loving man into a more believable actor. Now confronted with the harsh reality of politics, where the leading countries just wait for the other to become weak, so they can slash him down and take their land, someone who only raised in ranks by fucking women appears like the perfect time to strike. Naturally, we slowly get sucked into Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story´s world of intrigues. Fronce, being a clear homage to France, is the main opposing force. As a kingdom revolving around wealth, culture and tradition, it´s pretty much the opposite of our hero´s attitude. The fact all of them talk in classic English, which can make them hard to understand at times, just doubles down on this premise in a great way.
Actually, seeing how those typical ministers are either stunned by Lute´s behaviour or cultivate more plans to bring him down, just to find themselves outplayed by this inferior enemy is quite entertaining. The whole main cast just feels so out of place in this classic medieval world, that there´s a whole lot of entertainment just from reading their dialogues.
Unfortunately, this also becomes Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story biggest problem throughout the story. Since, primarily, it wants to tell about betrayals and Lute´s fight for power in a believable political environment. So, having a dozen or so women, declaring their love to him in nearly every dialogue they´re part of, somehow breaks the atmosphere at times. Considering how serious some conversations can get, thematising the country´s future and consequences a decision will have on thousands of citizens before suddenly Gladys babbles about how amazing her king is in all the “right” ways because a Fronce minister said something remotely mean. As funny as the characters can get, they seemingly never know when to stop. Except when they´re not on-screen. Though that´s certainly criticism on a very high level.
Where some may have bigger problems with is the focus on Gladys and Emeralia, as the two main women. While there still are a reasonable amount of sex scenes with the other harem members, as well as new additions, Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story definitely wants to grant those two more depth. During the first game, Gladys never came across as someone who´s more than a great commander and who also happens to fall in love with Lute. Now, with the addition of Fronce as the new great enemy, she finally has to tackle her own problems. Due to the fact she was a part of this exact nation in the past, the whole conflict is more of a personal fight for her. By justifying why she´s so obsessed with Lute becomes the biggest source of characterization for both her personality and love. At the same time, not being married to him yet, once again, ensures some minor self-doubts on her end too, which was interesting to see.
Emeralia, on the other hand, was even more of a blank page in Funbag Fantasy. Being often nothing more than just a secretary, her love, in particular, seemed more of a necessity than truly developed. Although any form of character development would have been sufficient to transform her into something more than a cliché nympho, I enjoyed her arc the most. She´s by far not the best girl (that is still reserved for Shamsiel), yet the one I found the least annoying in the story-focused bits. Mainly because she´s pretty much the only one taking the whole political affair seriously, not proclaiming her desire to be fucked by Lute every few lines. On the other hand, everything else about her personality feels somewhat underwhelming, often consisting of clichés and lacking any real kind of surprise.
Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story isn´t your typical Nukige when you can fill 900 words alone with its story. Nonetheless, the main dish of this visual novel is obviously the sex scenes, that circle all around breasts. Since every woman can magically lactate, there´s really no fetish left untouched. From drinking breast milk in every possible position, boob jobs, classic sex and many more, it certainly delivers on its name. However, in exchange, many other fetishes are once again ignored, so don´t expect a too huge variety outside of breasts. While Emeralia´s sex scenes, among others, occasionally deliver on a new kink, the main problem I had with the previous game still persists: It becomes too repetitive. Nothing happens outside of the comfort zone and there are no real interesting ideas mixed in each character´s scenes or in general. After some hours, it often felt like seeing the same kind of scene redrawn time to time again. Maybe I don´t love breasts enough to fully enjoy the experience.
What can be enjoyed without hesitation is the art itself. Typically for Waffle, everything about Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story features some of the best character designs I´ve seen in recent time. Wrapped in a coat of beautifully-drawn high-resolution art, every scene looks simply great and can impress even without the fap appeal. Given, compared to MOONSTONE´s animated, gorgeous art, it still falls short but can outmatch nearly any other developer. Only the translation, which heavily relies on classic English and has some typos too much, isn´t on par with Mangagamer´s previous work.
Anyone with a breast fetish probably picked up Funbag Fantasy Sideboob Story already, if not, just do it, you won´t regret it. Yet, even people without one can still get their share of enjoyment from this Nukige. While the sheer amount of lactation/breasts is something to put up with, Waffle delivered a surprisingly great experience in every other department. Their story about international politics is once again surprisingly deep but can be just as funny. Combined with some great characters and amazing art, there´s a lot to enjoy for pretty much everyone here.
[A Review Code was provided by Mangagamer]