Every once in a while, it’s extra nice to be completely, totally, utterly wrong. In the case of Poor Poor Lips, I’m pleased to say that I was completely, totally, utterly wrong. ^_^
I’ll admit that the art style of this manga does not appeal to me. I’ll never get past the hurdle of a 21-year old being drawn like a 6 year old. (I’m clearly a minority in this.) So, when I saw the cover I was quick on the draw to say “Blecch.” But the story itself was really quite cute and for once there was actually an inkling of lesbian identity and everything!
Nako is a poverty-stricken 21 year-old in desperate need of a job. She applies for a job at a jewelry store. When shop owner Ren identifies herself as a lesbian, the competition for the position evaporates, leaving only Nako. Ren asks her if her sexual orientation will be a problem, Nako sensibly replies that she’s not interested, so she doesn’t see any problem.
The comic is a a series of 4-koma strips, and range from beating Nako’s state of poverty to death (as in the strip where she’s about to eat bread crusts for lunch and is mistaken for feeding the birds) and to Ren’s privilege and her orientation. But never in a mean way. Nako’s not entirely naive, but she’s not entirely clueful either, which makes for a nice mix of goofy silly and plain funny.
As this volume draws to a close there’s no actual relationship or anything, but Ren’s become decidedly possesive about Nako these days. They’ve both found a place in their hearts for one another in a not uncomfortable or sexual tension-y way.
This manga isn’t going to break records in sales, but if Yen Press is looking to license a 4-koma series with *actual* Yuri content, this would make a safe bet, I’m thinking.
Art – 6 for me, 8 for people who like the style
Story – 8
Characters – 8
Yuri – 7
Service – 4 (some bathing situations and breast jokes)
Overall – 8
This was one of three series that surprised me this time around. But it was the most pleasant surprise by far considering my assumption that it would utterly suck. ^_^