Yuri is My Job Volume 1

Yuri is My Job Volume 1

-Written by: Jenny Lau

A simple read with an ordinary Yuri plot, Yuri is My Job is a passable story. For me, the highlights of the manga were the theme of the cafe and the translation notes on the back the page. The other parts; characters, art, and writing, were just okay. I didn’t find anything unique about the story other than a typically Yuri theme; an older girl admires a younger girl on the inside but on the outside, she acts fickle and rude around her crush. I was a little disappointed in the writing too. The drama in each chapter didn’t seem to coincide to what was going on, making it hard to follow the story. The translation notes help some in that the characters would use certain Japanese words to address their mentors, mentees, and customers. Still, overall, the story’s plot was flat and not particularly interesting.

Besides the plot, Yuri Is My Job still had some cool things. I did enjoy how the cafe’s theme was modeled after an all-girls private high school. Each girl is dressed in a private school uniform and acts accordingly to her “grade” level for the customers she serves. Hime, the main protagonist, accidentally injures a cafe manager named Mai and ends up working at this cafe to cover Mai’s shifts. She is assigned to a second-year student, Mitsuki Ayanokouji, to train to become a perfect cafe servant. The chapters in the manga detailed the cafe job training which, to me, was illustrated and written perfectly. As a former restaurant kid, I related to a lot of the intense customer service training these characters had to deal with and keeping up in the fast-paced environment.

There is a lot of pressure for Hime to be perfect in the cafe especially when her trainer, Mitsuki, has high expectations. The pressure becomes even tenser when Hime develops feelings towards her trainer. Mitsuki is highly skilled at playing the love game with her mentee such as subtle touches on the Hime’s face and close face-to-face conversations in the back of the house. Mitsuki and Hime relationship is a predictable young lesbian love drama that one sees in the Yuri genre.

I know for some this title is not a bad read.I can see how the cafe life in this manga is fun and exciting in another perspective. If you are someone that likes a cute, easy read with interesting cafe work life, Yuri is My Job should make it on your read list.

Yuri Is My Job! Manga Volume 1

Hime is a picture-perfect high school princess—she’s admired by all and never trips up! So when she accidentally injures a café manager named Mai, she’s willing to cover some shifts to keep her facade intact. To Hime’s surprise, the café is themed after a private school where the all-female staff always puts on their best act for their loyal customers. However, under the guidance of the most graceful girl there, Hime can’t help but blush and blunder! Beneath all the frills and laughter, Hime feels tension brewing as she finds out more about her new job and her budding feelings…

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