There is no ZOM 100 this week, so how about an extra series review 😉
- Titles: WataYuri, Café Liebe
- Genre: Comedy, romance, kinda yuri but you know…
- Episodes: 12
- Studio: Passione, Studio Lings
Hime is adorable, isn’t she? She might be the cutest girl you’ve ever seen. She’s always smiling, always nice, and super friendly with everyone. She’s pretty much perfect. And let me tell you, it’s exhausting pretending to be such a good girl all the time. But what choice does she have? How else is she going to land the perfect, extremely rich, guy and live in comfort and luxury for the rest of her days. And this would have worked out just fine if Hime hadn’t accidentally bumped into Mai one day and knocked her over. Now that Mai has hurt her arm (it wasn’t even that big a bump!?!) Hime has to help her out at the maid café she works for and be adorable there too! Which isn’t easy with all the weird cosplay and pretending to be in a shoujo manga. And what’s the deal with the big angry girl? Just because she’s beautiful and all doesn’t mean she has to treat people so rudely, right!!!
I actually started reading Yuri is my Job. I quite liked the first volume. I thought it was sweet and funny and continued on with the manga up until volume 5 and then I just kind of stopped. It didn’t get bad or anything but I just slowly lost interest The story seemed to be going in circles a little bit and there were some serious diminishing returns so I didn’t feel the need to collect the manga anymore… This said, when I saw that an anime adaptation would be airing, I was actually pretty excited about it. I like anime a lot and this seemed like a very good candidate for animation.
Yuri is my Job looks pretty good. I have to admit I quite like the character designs which is what is doing most of the heavy lifting here. The backgrounds are fine but not particularly inspired and there are few of them. You’re not likely to be charmed by the vistas. Even the dream sequences of the school aren’t that impressive and most of the time, the backgrounds fade away altogether. The animation is similarly fine but modest. It’s hardly a liability in this context but it’s not a draw either.
What I will give a nod to is the shoujo sparkles. There are plenty of them and it’s those classic flower strew frames with tones of sparkling stars flying through the scene. It’s super nostalgic and I loved it every time. And I haven’t even watched many classic shoujo. Somehow it just feels like what classic shoujo should look like. And that gave the show a bit of visual charm it really needed.
The voice acting was decent. Hime really did sound particularly cute. I can’t speak for the dub but the Japanese voice actress was hamming it up n the best way possible!
Story & Characters
Ok, so like I said, I pretty much went into Yuri is my Job knowing what would happen. I was mostly hoping that in the adaptation to animation, there would be something added that I would enjoy more than I did in the manga. And you know what, there was!
I can’t really explain it. If I was to be perfectly honest here, Yuri is my Job is sort of a middling anime. It’s fine in just about every respect. The characters are likable but not particularly developed or interesting in my opinion. Just sort of people you might meet. The premise is cute but also a little cliché and the plot is … fine. There aren’t enough jokes or even funny moments to call it a comedy (despite the fact that I did just that!), it doesn’t lean into the cutesy stuff to really be a moe title and the romance is really light. It’s also sort of old school in that regard where all the lesbian relationships are implied and aside from Kanoko, no main character is actually ever confirmed to have romantic feelings for a girl so it’s more of a shipping show.
None of that is actually bad. I mean I would have liked more fleshed-out characters but for the purposes of this story, they weren’t strictly necessary. Ultimately though, what you are left with is a show that doesn’t have much staying power. It’s inherently watchable and I think a lot of people would enjoy it at least on some level, but as soon as you stop watching it, there’s nothing that stands out enough to make it stick in your memory. It’s just one of those shows that you can file away with all the other ones of those shows. I’m probably not making myself very clear.
Ok, instead of trying to be a big objective reviewer and all, let me tell you about my experience. Let’s leave the manga out of this for now and just talk about the anime. From the very first episode, I enjoyed watching Yuri is my Job. I really did. It was pleasant and I was often in a good mood after a couple of episodes. But I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.
You see, one of the things I really liked about Yuri is my Job is that it’s undemanding. I don’t need to think too deeply about any aspect of this show. It’s really not that deep bro. And if you’ve been here before, you know that I think way too deeply about most anime. But Yuri is my Job is one of those anime that let’s me just zone out a little. The story is very easy to follow and doesn’t do anything unexpected. The characters being a little shallow means that I had them figured out pretty much from the start and they stick to their archetypes. It’s a show where you can step away from the screen and not feel like you’ve missed anything.
It may sound like I’m damning with faint praise here or even no praise at all, but it’s all a matter of perspective. It depends on what you need at the time. If I wanted a deep whirlwind romance that would touch my heart then obviously this isn’t going to provide that feeling. If I wanted to engage my brain and really give my mind a workout… again not for me. But what I wanted was a little show with cute characters to help me start off my day right, when I work out at 5:30 am. And boy oh boy, Yuri is my Job sure did the…job. It was the perfect show for that. And you know, that’s its own kind of special.
I’m starting to sound like I drank a bit too much tea at the salon here. Let me wrap it up. In the end, if you have watched a bit of anime, I suspect that Yuri is my Job is exactly what you think it is. I hope that helps!
You might like this anime if:
If you feel like watching a standard yuri-light anime with cute designs!
My favourite character:
Mai! She’s the most fun!
A Long Island Ice Tea – what? It’s tea!
- Every time we hear Hime’s inner dialogue – take a sip
- Every time anyone switches personalities – oh my!
- Every time anyone says schwestern – raise your glass
- Every time the customer ahh and coo – join them
- Every time there’s a flashback to the characters as kinds (younger kids) – take a sip
- Every time there are tears – there there
- Every time a lady blushes – scandalous!
- Every time Kanoko gets jealous – take a sip
- Every time there are shoujo sparkles – take a sip
- Every time anyone reads a book – take a sip
- Every time anyone has crazy eyes – be worried
I save all my screencaps on my Pinterest and you can find more there if you are interested. But I still like to show you a few in the post. If you’re like me, screencaps are something that really helps you decide to watch an anime or not.