How A Manga Artist's Style Changed Over Four Decades

How a Manga Artist's Style Changed Over Four Decades

Nothing stays the same. As time passes, we change. And if you are a manga artist, that could mean the way you draw does too.

Picture: Yu Yabuuchi

Manga artist Yu Yabuuchi published her first manga Boin de Gomen! in 1983 issue of Ciao magazine when she was only 13 years old.

Since then, Yabuuchi has continued to draw shojo manga, a genre which is aimed at young girls and which often features characters with the biggest eyes imaginable.

Previously, Kotaku has shown how specific characters have changed over time. Here, we get to see how a body of work evolves.

Yabuuchi uploaded this image to Twitter, showing how she's drawn her manga characters over the decades, right up to her latest series Dolly Kanon, which got its own 3DS game last November in Japan.

How a Manga Artist's Style Changed Over Four Decades

Picture: Yu Yabuuchi


    I dunno, my favorite is somewhere between 1991 and 1994

    I wonder in which year between 2000-2008 she finally lost her trademark missing lower lip for open mouth expressions.

    Another manga which shows this change quite clearly is Hayate no Gotoku. The style of both the storytelling and the art has changed dramatically over the ten or so years the manga's been going for.

    A good read. Would recommend.

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