Mangaka of the Month – Midorikawa Yuki





Pen Name: Midorikawa Yuki (緑川ゆき)

Hometown: Kumamoto, Japan

Date of Birth: 23 May 1976

Her pen name ‘Midori-kawa’ (green river) was given to her by her sister, who named her after one of the rivers in their hometown. It was her older sister who made her start thinking of becoming a manga-ka when she was in middle school. She debuted in 1998 with her one-shot, Coffee Hirari (珈琲ひらり) and won the “Fresh Debut Prize” for the 18th LaLa Manga Grand Prize (LMG). Her first published story, Akaku Saku Koe (あかく咲く声) received Athena Shinjin Taishou by Hakusensha in 1999. Her most popular series, Natsume Yuujinchou (夏目友人帳), has been adapted into an anime with a forthcoming 3rd season July this year.

Midorikawa Yuki chose Hakusensha was due to her interest in some of their published works, such as Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte (Please Save my Earth)and Doubutsu no Oisha-san (Mr. Veterinarian). Some other works and manga-ka that have influenced her are Shinohara Chie’s Umi no Yami, Tsuki no Kage (Darkness of the Sea, Shadow of the Moon) and Mochizuki Karin.

Short Works

1998: Kohi Hirari (珈琲ひらり, collected in Akaku Saku Koe vol.2)

1998Hana Dorobou (花泥棒, collected in Akaku Saku Koe vol.2)

1999: Namae no Nai Kyaku (名前のない客, collected in Atsui Hibi)

2000: Natsu niwa Tameiki wo Tsuku (夏にはため息をつく, collected in Natsume Yujin-cho Vol.7)

2001: Atsui Hibi (アツイヒビ, collected in Atsui Hibi)

2001: Hana no Ato (花の跡, collected in Atsui Hibi)

2002: Samui Hi mo (寒い日も。, collected in Atsui Hibi)

2002: Hotarubi no Mori e (蛍火の杜へ, collected in Hotarubi no Mori e)

2002: Kurukuru Ochiba (くるくる落ち葉, collected in Hotarubi no Mori e)

2003: Hibi Fukaku (ひび、深く, collected in Hotarubi no Mori e)

2003: Hanauta Nagaruru (花唄流るる, collected in Hotarubi no Mori e)

2003: Taion no Kakera (体温のかけら)

2004: Manabiya no Sumi (まなびやの隅, collected in Natsume Yujin-cho Vol.6)

2004: Akatsuki no Majutsushi (暁の魔術師)

2005: Hoshi mo Mienai (星も見えない)


1999-2001 Akaku Saku Koe (v)

2001 Hana Oi Bito (花追い人)

2002-2004 Hiiro no Isu (緋色の椅子)

2003, 2005-current Natsume Yujin-chou (夏目友人帳)


I was randomly looking through some of our stats a few days ago, when I realized that this is our 100th post! Both chungky and I have gone a long way from getting something like an average of 4 visits a day when we first started in October, and we would have never done this well, gotten this far or feel this motivated if it wasn’t for all your comments, your visits and your support. We would just like to take this chance to really thank everyone who’s been following and supporting us!

Thank you!!

So our manga-ka for this month is Midorikawa Yuki! We chose her for quite a few reasons

  1. Her popular series, Natsume Yuujinchou has recently been announced to continue with its third season this July.
  2. It’s the 3rd month of the year, and coincidentally one of her one-shots, Hotarubi no Mori E, was also our third one-shot for the weekend here on MW!
  3. That very same one-shot was announced in LaLa 04/2011 that a movie has been green-lit for this year (and personally I find that it’s one of the best one-shots I have ever read. Ever.)

So anyway, besides all that it was sometime early this month that chungky managed to coerce me to get off my shounen manga ass and go watch some Natsume Yuujinchou. I have not looked back since.

Looking up stuff for Midorikawa Yuki was a really sweet experience. I like how she presents herself as a very average person – it’s only through her works that we see how much of an extraordinary talent she has. I went through some of her translated interviews from luthien-ikari’s LJ blog. You can find the full interviews below;

About Midorikawa Yuki

Natsume Yuujinchou and

About Natsume Yuujinchou getting an anime

AkaiHana’s fan website has also been extremely useful, so go check out these main sources if you want to find out more!

And finally, here are some questions I picked out from the interviews =D

What was your motto when you were a rookie?

‘Don’t cry too much’ and ‘Just one thing is okay, so make sure there is something you can say you have improved on from previous works’, things like that. Now I think the most important thing is to draw what you think is interesting at the time using your instincts, without being too overzealous or over thinking it.

What occupies your thoughts on days you work, and on your days off?

Please tell us what triggered you to create Natsume Yuujinchou.

I wanted to write about a student/teacher relationship between a human and a non human. I thought about what kind of story would be easy to write a series of one shots for, with a setting in which customers could keep coming one after the other. So I decided to make something along the lines of someone being pursued by debt collectors, and that was the trigger. When I tried to think of what youkai might want back instead of money… names naturally came to mind. When I decided to use a maneki neko as the non human, I felt like I could suddenly see the whole story. Since a grandchild being forced to take responsibility for a tragedy brought on by the ignorant actions of his grandmother is quite a painful story, I worried at first whether to take a serious or light hearted approach.

How did you think up the idea for the Book of Friends, a ‘notebook of immeasurable power’?

I made it as a book of loan contracts. It came along in the thought process of something that is important to ayakashi.

How did you feel when Natsume became a talked about work and you were interviewed by various magazines?

I was really grateful. Although I created it with care, I felt it was a small work, so I am very grateful that people took an interest in it. I am greatly moved that I have been able to come this far thanks to endlessly patient support, and it makes me want to work hard to they will speak to me again

Well, that’s it from me now!

-arawr >=3

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