Author: Kizuki Akira/ Satou Nanki
Length: 1 Volume (5 chapter)
Scanlation Group: Lillilicious
Genre: Romance, Drama, Slice of Life, Yuri, Bullying
Hotei is neither a very efficient worker nor does she really take her work seriously. One day Ebisu Mayo is transferred from the main office to the branch that Hotei works in and from that day on things start to change. Not only does Ebisu work twice as much and twice as efficient as any other office worker there, she also refuses to socialize with others more than necessary and never works overtime. Of course her behavior doesn’t gain her the best reputation, but even though Hotei hates her just as much as all the other coworkers do, she’s the only one finding out about the real Ebisu and soon finds herself feeling terribly sorry for her childish behavior.
I don’t really understand why stories like these are so rare. It doesn’t always have to be two school girls falling in love with each other. In fact it’s really nice reading about (slightly) older women and a romance happening at work rather than in school.
So did I like the story? Oh yes I did!
And even though I usually hate it when such interesting stories only come with so few chapters, I can still say that the length of this manga is perfect. It starts out strong, stays interesting and ends just at the right time.
It’s funny how just from their first brief introduction, I immediately disliked both of the main characters. Hotei seemed to be a two-faced bitch that talks bad behind people’s back and really doesn’t take her work seriously, while Ebisu behaved like she didn’t care about anything and did her best to make everybody hate her. What great first impressions and what an interesting start!
I’m pretty sure there are many people who drop stories just because the main characters don’t immediately appeal to them. In this case, I think you should probably not act too quickly, because the more we get to know the characters, the more their sometimes stupid behaviors will make sense to you. So in the end we see that Ebisu seems to be having enough problems at home already to really worry about her reputation at work and Hotei… Well she tends to act like a bitch because she’s been humiliated by Ebisu before and furthermore she’s a pretty insecure girl to begin with.
The one thing that I probably liked most about this manga is Hotei’s mental development. First she’s the one most eager about bullying her new workmate and she does it not only to compensate for being less efficient at work than Ebisu but also to take revenge on her. But after she finds out about Ebisu’s little secret, she starts feeling remorse and tries to stop acting like an underaged jerk and actually helps her workmate out a little. And simply because she’s too proud to openly admit her wrongdoing, she starts acting like a complete tsundere whenever there is an opportunity to atone for her prior behavior. It’s really cute seeing her try so hard but even though you might think her actions will bring the two of them a little closer, one of them immediately crushes your hopes by falling back into old patterns and acting like a complete ass again. Their relationship really is one hell of a roller coaster ride.
This is not really one of my all time favorite yuri manga. It just didn’t leave a big enough impression on me, which is why I think this is one of those manga that you will probably easily forget after you’re done reading it. Still I pretty much enjoyed reading this one, not only for the fact that a story like this is very refreshing but also because it was really well done and I absolutely loved how Ebisu and Hotei’s relationship developed.
Total Enjoyment: 7/10