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Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Manga Review: Ebisu-san and Hotei-san


Title: Ebisu-san and Hotei-san
Author: Kizuki Akira, Satou Nanki
Release: Monthly
Status: Finished
Genre: Yuri, Slice of Life
Art: A
Originality: A
Story: A
Characters: A
Humor: B
Action: B

Impression: This is the story of two women who after having made bad impressions on each other become coworkers some time after their first meeting. One puts on an outwardly cold, serious and reserved demeanor while the other does just the opposite with her cheery, flippant and outgoing personality. The eponymous characters gradually develop a rather unconventional relationship over time with the more extroverted one slowly coming to terms with the fact that her sentiments towards the other had unknowingly gone from outright resentment to begrudging affection and then finally, genuine love for her. Basically it’s a yuri story between a Kuudere and a traditional Tsundere. It’s a got a quite a bit more depth than the usual plotline that most yuri manga go by and that elevates it’s quality a level above the usual fare. It’s a yuri manga where the build-up strays away from the usual conventions most authors of this genre abide by but the pay-off is all the better for it.

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