Kase-san and Morning Glories is a bit of a flavor of the moment insofar as yuri manga is concerned, but in case you haven’t managed to learn much about it yet…
Yamada is a fairly shy high school girl who prefers to spend her time gardening than on social activities, while Kase is athletic and popular. But their paths start intersecting more and more after Yamada finds Kase watering the morning glories she planted at the school and has been tending ever since. The two become friends, and Kase helps Yamada train for an upcoming school race as the latter begins to wonder about how she feels about the other girl.
There’s been a whole slew of yuri coming out in English as of late, and this is, hands down, the most charming of the lot. Although it follows the well-tread path of schoolgirl yuri, and utilizes some familiar types in doing so, there’s a lot to like here. Yamada and Kase are both such nice kids, and they so clearly enjoy each other’s company, that they’re easy to root for. And, speaking of enjoying each other’s company – this was a pretty rare example of a schoolgirl yuri tale wherein the two girls are shown to be physically interested in one another in a way that is subtle and doesn’t feel like it was done for fanservice purposes (although, I do question the likelihood that someone like Kase would be wearing a non-sports bra under her track uniform). Granted, this also came into my hands with perfect timing, as, two days before I’d reflected upon finishing a (thematically heavy) book, I reflected that what I really wanted to read next was a cheery story about happy queer kids. There is a small bit in here of Yamada’s classmates being unpleasant to her, but its brief and Kase saves the day in a way that was absolutely perfect.
Seven Seas does a solid release here, with a crisp printing and nary a typo in sight. The translation reads smoothly, too, and does a good job of capturing the “voices” of the cast.
Anyway, I’m eagerly awaiting the next volume, as I’m dying to spend some more time with these two. Seven Seas, if you MUST stick to schoolgirl yuri, more stuff like this and less like Citrus, please! Highly recommended for yuri lovers, especially if you could use a little bit of sweetness in your life. Now let’s just all cross our fingers that the MV they’re making is only pre-figuring a full-blown adaptation!