I know there are a lot of great artists around when it comes to Love Live doujinshi. Actually, thinking about it now, the number seems insane.
Anyway, the one name that pops up in my mind almost immediately when I think about those works, and especially while thinking about one of my all-time favorite couples—namely Nozomi x Eri—is Mushiyaki.
Be it the fact that those works are always cute, funny, and visually stunning, or maybe it’s the fact that I think this artist captures the relationship between the characters just perfectly. Well, certainly the occasional NSFW content helps me enjoy this to a certain degree, too. 😛
Arguably, we could say that Hiiragi Yutaka’s most recent work, the one you see in the picture above, might not be the best, yuri-wise. We get a lot of yuri subtext, and the art is (of course) as beautiful as ever, but I’m sure longtime visitors of this blog know that this might not be the reason why I love this artist so much.
The glorious days of seeing glimpses of Hiyoko and Sato’s love life might be over, but, oh man, the few works we got were simply mind-blowing. Yeah, I know, we all see the pattern. Lena loves some good smut, but I’m arguably very, very picky when it comes to that.
Seeing how much I enjoyed these and still hope for a continuation is the highest praise you can get from me. 😛
Milk Morinaga is considered to be something like the yuri manga queen, and to some extent, I agree with that. Girl Friends has been, and probably still is, one of the greatest yuri manga for many of us.
In my eyes, this masterpiece still hasn’t been topped by too many other manga, and there surely is a lot of competition out there. However, the fact that this one manga is so great doesn’t help the fact that her newer ones can’t really live up to it. I’m still waiting for another one by Milk Morinaga that at least comes close to her two greatest works, Girl Friends and Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry-Blossom Pink.
Nevertheless, this artist knows how to write a good story, and despite the fact that her most recent ones in my eyes can’t live up to my two favorites, it doesn’t mean that her other works aren’t great as well~
Oh, how much I fell in love with this artist over the past few years. First, the glorious Lily Love, followed by one of my of my all-time favorites, Pulse, and then to top it all off, we get Lily Love 2.
I consider all three of those to be some of the greatest works out there. Well, we of course have to admit that this artist likes to draw stories that are more on the (overly) dramatic side. Then again, good drama can make the underlying love story all the better, and Ratana Satis surely proved that to be true.
Unlike Milk Morinaga, this artist always releases works that are on the same level of awesome. In this case, however, I’m still waiting for that one work that will completely sweep me off my feet, and I’m pretty sure that an artist like Amano Shuninta is capable of doing so.
But with that said, please don’t get me wrong. So far, I loved all of what she’s released, and that alone makes her a great artist in my eyes.
Lately, I guess we haven’t see much of her, and I think Touma-kun is probably her most recent work and admittedly not my favorite. However, I’m confident that she’ll soon surprise us with something new and exciting, and I’ll surely be ready for that!
It’s weird. I bet most of you only know Nakatani Nio thanks to having watched or read Bloom Into You.
What I know this artist as, however, is Rireba, which is the name she used while delivering top notch yuri doujinshi, back in the day. Mostly known for her Touhou and Kantai Collection doujinshi, she surely made a big impression on me with titles like Nagi wo Matsu, and, of course, her collection of Touhou stories named Relation Valley.
I mean, Bloom Into You is great and all, but for me, my love for this artist just started way before that. Even to this day, I treasure these works dearly, and I hope that even after the big success Bloom Into You has proven to be, we will still see some more doujinshi of this great artist in the future.
I think I’ve never fallen in love with an artist faster than I did with Minase Ruruu. It took me no more than one of her works to not only fall in love with her art, but also with the way she manages to simply get the story across to the reader.
Her works always show the same awesome themes. We see two girls falling in love, which is quickly followed by some sexiness. The great thing about it is that even though Minase depicts some pretty sexual actions, it usually never crosses the line, and it just teases us in just the right way.
Unfortunately, it’s been a while since Minase released a new yuri work, but I sure hope that it won’t take that long until we’ll get a new one.
I know. This artist hasn’t been active in years now, and I doubt that we will actually see new (yuri) works in the future. Still, I can’t stop hoping that Tokoharu will rise from the dead and bless us with some more of these ultra cute NanoFate doujinshi that I love so much.
Well, in this case, I wouldn’t even mind if this artist decided to draw some doujinshi for completely different pairings as well. As long as they are as adorable as Tokoharu’s previous works, and, of course, stay on the yuri side of things, I’m totally fine with it.
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend checking out works like Sweetest Love, Harmony, or Love Countdown. Actually, just check them all out!
Shinoasa has pretty much stayed at the pole position of many, many of my top ten lists for years now. I guess you could say it was about time someone else took the crown. However, I doubt this artist will ever leave my top three, since even after years, I’m still stunned with how someone can write such perfect stories.
Well, unfortunately, Shinoasa has changed two crucial things over the past few years. One, not all of his/her works are MokouKeine-related anymore. Hell, I even remember one original hetero doujin that was released in the past. Secondly, this artist, alongside many other great ones, seems to have vanished. No more heartwarming MokouKeine works, and in general, no new releases at all, which is a freaking shame.
Maybe this artist is now publishing works under a different name, and maybe those might not even be yuri ones anymore. In any case, I really hope to see Shinoasa return to us in the future.
Are you surprised? Probably not. 😀
I could literally go on a one-hour rant, just going on and on about why I love this artist so much. But let’s not overdo it, and let’s do a simple check-list to see what Nekomura brings to the table here.
- A stunning art style? Check.
- Doujinshi about the best pairing in history? Check.
- Quality NSFW content? Check.
- Heartwarming stories? Check.
- Being able to do both original stories and doujinshi? Check.
- Picking up the right pairings over time? Check.
- Is still an active yuri artist? CHECK!
Hell, this artist is the whole reason why I even fell in love with Akagi and Kaga in the first place, and it is a shame that there is not a thousand more works by her available.
The best part, however, is the fact that Nekomura is still an active yuri artist that can do both original works and doujinshi, and I just love that!
Plus, I saw her in person, and oh boy, she is a cutie. 😛
I wanted to name so many more artists, but I decided for a Top 10, instead of a Top 100.
Just for convenience, here are some of the artists that at least came close to my top ten.