A Lovely Day With Yuri-Sensei

May 10, 2012

Keiko Kinoshita – DMP / Digital Manga Guild – 2012 – 2 volumes

I won’t lie, I read this a few times. I loved both of the Yuri-sensei books. The second volume here isn’t quite as good as the first, but it’s still ridiculously addictive, and a good follow-up to Yuri-Sensei Is In a Good Mood Today as Well. I wish there were printed volumes of both.

The premise here goes over some well-traveled BL tropes: Muguruma (an editor for a literature magazine) takes on another writer, and of course he is a ridiculous flirt that tries to split up Muguruma and Yuri. There’s also a potential marriage for Yuri, a meddlesome wealthy mother, and some wavering from Muguruma. Are the rumors about Yuri true? Is he a notorious playboy that’s only using him as a temporary diversion?

Sakura, Muguruma’s other author, was more-or-less what made this volume feel slightly off compared to the last. He’s so over-the-top. Compared to the slow character building that went on in the first volume, it’s a bit jarring to have him move in so fast here. He also definitely turns the mood upside-down. I didn’t dislike him, and I still thought this was an awesome volume of manga, but his presence definitely changed the mood.

As for the plot devices the characters run through… I was a little disappointed that they followed such tried-and-true BL drama, but on the other hand, I liked the characters so much that I wound up enjoying the stories. Watching Yuri get jealous over Sakura, who he is also good friends with, never got boring, and Sakura was so different from the other two that it was fun watching them react to him. I don’t mean to criticize it too much, because it was still very good. These two volumes were up with my absolute favorite DMP releases. If you’re looking for something good to read on eManga, and enjoy slow character-centric stories that take their time with the romance, these are the books for you.

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