A day after it was reported that MangaGamer and Particle’s Lilycle Rainbow Stage!!! was held up in Valve’s review queue, the digital distributor decided to ease up on their banning of anime visual novels, and they allowed Lilycle Rainbow Stage!!! to release on the Steam store for $24.99. During the first week of release the game is discounted by 20% off, so you only have to pay $19.99 for it.
The yuri visual novel is a cutesy, all-ages story about several groups of girls who are in love with one another. The novel unfolds the stories using a calendar, as players are able to experience each tale and see how the romances blossoms between the girls.
On March 14th, 2019, MangaGamer had initially announced that due to unforeseen circumstances the game was delayed from its initial release. Usually when this happens the games end up getting rejected or outright banned. In some cases Valve will request a developer to censor their game, like what happened with Niplheim’s Hunter.
In other cases, like Moe Reversi, even censoring the game wasn’t enough. It was still banned even after all of the ecchi content was removed.
For Lilycle Rainbow Stage!!!, it doesn’t sound like MangaGamer had to remove anything, but then again there was nothing to remove.
Much like Food Girls or Hello, Goodbye, the game has no sexual content and is the all-ages version of the game. Unlike those other two games, though, Lilycle Rainbow Stage!!! actually did manage to get through Valve’s review process without being banned. This is actually a rare occurrence for a game like this, because usually when Valve holds up a game in the review process a few days later or a week later or even a couple of weeks later the game ends up getting banned.
Why Valve decided to hold up Lilycle Rainbow Stage!!! in the first place is something only they could answer. Unfortunately they don’t disclose the details of the review process publicly.
You can pick up a digital copy of the visual novel right now from the Steam store or you can support MangaGamer directly by purchasing a digital copy from the MangaGamer store page.
(Thanks for the news tip StarKitsune)