Thus far, Miman’s Yuri is My Job! has been an enjoyable series with a memorable premise. It stars a group of high school girls who work together at a theme cafe known as Liebe Girls Academy. There, they play students at a fictional, idyllic academy who serve their patrons with smiles and over-the-top sweetness while acting out mock-friendships with one another. The closest pairs of girls even receive their own title: Schwestern. This leads to some conflict in Vol. 3 as Kanoko gets jealous that Mitsuki gets to be Schwestern with Hime, who Kanoko has unspoken romantic feelings for. Another employee, Sumika, picks up on Kanoko’s jealousy and decides to confront her directly. All of this is exacerbated by the Blume selections, a competition where each cafe employee is nominated for the vaulted title of Lady Blume. So, is this volume good?
This volume does a lot to flesh out Kanoko and Sumiko, which is great. The prior two installments focused almost exclusively on Hime and Mitsuki, so this is the first time the other girls really grow into main characters in their own right. At first glance Sumiko seems like your typical timid character with a huge crush, but the flashbacks toward this volume’s end add a lot more context regarding her feelings for Hime. The two girls let each other see sides of themselves that they’d never let anyone else see, and that are even in stark contrast to their public personas. The nuance with which Miman develops her characters continues to be one of the manga’s strong points. We also get some hints about negative experiences in Sumiko’s past that are sure to be explored with more depth in future installments. All in all the pacing of the character work here is great, building off volumes 1 and 2 while also building anticipation for volume 4.
The series continues to fully commit to its premise and themes. Everything about how Liebe Girls Academy is portrayed really sells the facade that the employees are, in turn, selling to their customers. The manager’s pep talks are believable in the worst way, and the little acknowledgements of how stock and food prep works adds a sense of authenticity to the setting. This is also one of the most notable examples I’ve ever seen of media depicting all the fabrications inherent to customer service establishments and employees. So much of what’s portrayed here is terribly relatable, and Miman does a good job capturing all the nuances and shades of truth and falsehood.
Art-wise, this volume is a mixed bag. Nothing here looks outright bad. The line-work is fairly clean throughout, and the character’ facial expressions and body language effectively convey their emotions. There’s also plentiful use of classic shojo-style patterns that are pleasing to look at and match the over-the-top, idyllic image of the academy. Unfortunately, while all this is serviceable, there aren’t a lot of images that really stand out. The page compositions seldom get very creative, and details sometimes blend together a bit. The contrasts between foreground and background elements aren’t so poor as to become confusing, but nothing really pops either.
Overall, Yuri is My Job Vol. 3 is another enjoyable installment in the series. Kanoko and Sumika get some great charactet development, and the manga’s unique setting continues to be used to good effect. The art doesn’t do anything out of this world, but it’s perfectly serviceable and doesn’t get in the way of the plot at all. All in all, this book duccessfully builds up momentum for Vol. 4.
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