A young, nervous editor is one his way to visit one of his authors. It's the height of summer, yet Muguruma-san is carrying hot roasted sweet potatoes, because Yuri-Sensei has asked for them and the whims of a capricious and celebrated mystery novelist must be indulged or he won't deliver his manuscript in time...
Thus begins a series of vignettes depicting the growing relationship between the author and his editor that makes up the first of Keiko Kinoshita's two books about Yuri-Sensei. Yuri- Sensei likes to tease Muguruma who is painfully desperate to do well in his first job. But the young editor is unsure of himself and, uncertain how to deal with his author's fickle moods. Is he just being used - or is there more to Yuri-Sensei's teasing?
On the surface, this manga might come across at first as nothing more than a light-hearted tale of seduction. But because this is Keiko Kinoshita, everything is understated, yet tellingly depicted. Set after the end of World War II, there are occasional hints of darker undercurrents underlying the wry humour that give the story a unique and bitter-sweet quality. Kinoshita-Sensei's delicate artwork is beautifully observed - and especially good when it comes to bringing her characters to life: check out the way she conveys the subtle alterations in facial expression in a conversation that begins innocently enough but soon begins to move into deeper, uncharted waters.
This is by far one of Digital Manga Guild's best e-book offerings - with an excellent translation/editorial/lettering from the team Purple Prose Killer and is highly recommended for readers who look for touching, believable character interaction and exquisitely drawn artwork in their yaoi (it's 18+.) I would so love to own this - and its sequel - in a printed version as well (Big Hint to DMG!)
And - how could I forget to mention Heizo, Yuri-Sensei's black cat? A must for cat lovers too.