I’ve been anticipating the arrival of this book for a while and I’m happy it’s finally here! It is so beautiful!
Her art struck me from the first time I saw it. I think it’s interesting in general–she has such a way with facial expressions and body language–but I was really taken by how unconventional her style was for BL (which is how I initially came to know of her). But regardless of genre, her art stands out, even beyond the line work, her palettes are amazing. Subtle and dreamy; deceptively pedestrian; fun and cheerful; and unexpected and startling. And so many more along her very nuanced continuum of expression. From cover to cover, this collection is lovely. Even with my commitment to limiting the number of physical items I buy, this was a no-brainer. I had to have it.
Some storytelling artists–even ones that I like–draw in a style that could be universal. You could pair it with any writer’s work and it would be fine. Yamashita, on the other hand, I think her words and art are the best for each other. For example, I sometimes feel, when I look at her art, I can hear the characters’ words–even characters of stories I’ve never read. And the other way around; I can read her words and imagine a character she would create to say them. The number of artists that I feel that way about can be counted on one hand.