While I believe that this artist is mostly known for her most recent work, Citrus, this is definitely not all this artist has in store for us. For those of you who only know Citrus and no other works by Saburouta, you might be in for a surprise.
But let’s still start with her most popular work. Citrus is probably the one work which really boosted this artist’s popularity. We already arrived at Volume 3, which is a lot for anyone who understands just how hard it is for a yuri manga to get more than only one volume. Three is a whole lot in that sense, and it might not even be the last one.
Other than Citrus, Saburouta has only released one more yuri work under this specific name, and that is her adult one-shot Partners, which was featured in Yuri Hime Wildrose magazine last year. Before that, Saburouta was mostly known for her ecchi one-shots featuring heterosexual couples, and in some rare cases, some yuri-ish scenes. Only a few of them have been translated so far, and it’s not that easy to find them online, so if you want to take a look, click here.
As for the surprise I promised a few lines ago, Saburouta has worked on, and also published, yuri doujinshi under a different name, Nekoyanagi Sabu. There is, unfortunately, only one translated work available, but it’s a whole collection with 5 chapters, so it’s actually quite a lot. It’s a Pretty Cure Honoka x Nagisa doujin. If you want to check it out, click here.
It’s quite different from her usual angsty, ecchi releases, since it’s rather cute and light-hearted, but that’s exactly what makes it so good~
Out of all of these works, what I enjoyed the most is definitely Citrus. I guess that’s no surprise at all…. Though I have to admit, and I said this before, Citrus is not that popular just for its story. It is undoubtedly this popular mainly because the art is so gorgeous. As harsh as this sounds, you probably can’t argue with me on that one. It’s simply a fact.
For the short while I’ve known this artist, she became one of my absolute favorite yuri artists, and it’s all thanks to one work.
I have rarely seen better looking characters than Yuzu and Mei, and I think this art style will stay on top of my list for quite a while longer. For me, there is seriously not that much competition out there that could top this art style. However, as for her previous works, I can’t say that the art is really comparable to that of Citrus. We can definitely see that it’s the same artist, but it looks different. Let’s just compare them:
On the left, we see a page out of one of Saburouta’s hetero works, while on the right, we see a page out of Citrus. It is quite obvious that both pages are drawn by the same artist, but the art in the right one looks far more mature and detailed than the left one. I guess this difference is only due to the time gap that lies between the making of these two works, but it’s still worth mentioning it.
Despite the fact that Saburouta has probably released just as many hetero works as she released yuri ones, it is a fact that ever since Citrus has been published in late 2012, she has only released yuri works.
I don’t know how things will develop in the future, but since this artist even mixed up some yuri one-shots in her previous hetero manga, I think we can at least assume that her current yuri manga won’t be the only ones we’ll see from her.
In those works, the yuri is the main theme of the story. Also, and please note that this is my personal impression, it feels as if Saburouta put way more effort in making Citrus than she put in making her previous works. I guess I’m mainly basing this assumption on the fact that the characters, and simply the whole art style, look way more detailed in Citrus and Partners than in any other of her previous works. However, as mentioned above, it could also just be due to the time gap….
Total Enjoyment: 8.5/10
Saburouta hasn’t been around for too long, but even during this short amount of time, she’s developed into one of the most popular yuri artists of the whole year. I don’t know how things will go from here, but I sure hope that we’ll see far more from this artist in the future. A few more one-shots would be a nice start.