when you want, you can find yaoi everywhere
Minekura-sensei always leaves us guessing. Is Li Touten just being a shit to Tenpou, or is he tormenting Tenpou about his actual relationship with Kenren? I’m a 10K/585 shipper, so I go with the latter, but Sensei never actually tells us.
The other half of this is that Tenpou actually ranks higher than Kenren, but Tenpou prefers not to be in the higher leadership role, and he’s arranged things so that Kenren is above him in the chain of command. Li Touten, who is always trying to grab as much power as possible, can’t understand this at all, so he’s mocking Tenpou about that as well.
You have seen this older discussion on oyce’s LJ about that scene, yes? Litouten’s smarminess here is phrased in interesting ways.
“Kenren Taishou no nyoubouyaku da sou da ga, kimi ga soko made ano otoko ni kodawaru riyuu wa fufu, yahari dan’na no shita ga ichiban kokochi yoi to iu koto ka”
“danna” is “master” in the shopkeeper/bartender/etc. sense, but amongst its alternate meanings it’s also an informal term for “husband”, a flattering term of address for a male customer, or a patron (of a bar hostess, mistress, geisha, etc.); and while “nyoubouyaku” is “right-hand man” or “assistant”, “nyoubou” by itself is “wife” (and “yaku” is “role” or “position”).
If Litouten just wanted to snark at Tenpou about rank, there are other words that could have conveyed the boss/assistant roles without any spousal double entendre. Sensei still doesn’t tell us if his innuendo is actually true, but it seems that the sleazy tone of his leering doubletalk is quite deliberate.
(He also clearly never understood that Tenpou’s “assistant” role to the lower-ranked but more flamboyant general wasn’t just a matter of temperament, but something of a deliberate smokescreen; Kenren was the lightning rod drawing everyone’s attention while pay-no-attention-to-mild-mannered-li’l-ol’-bookworm-me Tenpou tried to figure out the ongoing conspiracies. Crazy like a fox, our Ten-chan!)