Yuki Midorikawa (緑川ゆき Midorikawa Yuki, born May 23, 1976) is a Japanese manga artist.
Birth Place: Kumamoto, Japan
Zodiac: Gemini 🙂
The surname of her pen name was chosen by her sister, and is the name of a river in Kumamoto. It means ‘Green River’(* 1). Midorikawa-sensei loves her home town, and she often takes inspiration for the names of her characters from places around where she lives(* 2). You can see clearly that she was influenced by the landscapes of Kumamoto when drawing the scenery we have come to love in Natsume Yuuijinchou, and the anime staff used Kumamoto as a reference for the landscapes we see in the anime. So some of these beautiful places are closely based on real locations! As a result, fans have travelled to the area in order to see these places in person, to feel their favourite series come to life. This sort of travel is known as ‘Seichi Junrei’, or just ‘Junrei’ – it means ‘pilgrimage to holy places’.
She is primarily known for her shōjo manga works on the magazines LaLa and LaLa DX, published by Hakusensha.
She began to seriously pursue her manga career starting in middle school. Her most successful work has been Natsume Yūjinchō, which has been made into three anime series in 2008, 2009, and 2011. The manga sold over 5 million volume copies by the sale of volume 12.
- In 1998, she won the 18th LMG Fresh Debut award for her debut work Coffee Hirari.
- In 2000, she won an award by Hakusensha (白泉社アテナ新人大賞デビュー優秀者賞) for Akaku Saku Koe
- 1998 Kohi Hirari (珈琲ひらり, published in Akaku Saku Koe vol.2)
- 1998 Hana Dorobou (花泥棒, published in Akaku Saku Koe vol.2)
- 1999 Namae no Nai Kyaku (名前のない客, published in Atsui Hibi)
- 2000 Natsu niwa Tameiki wo Tsuku (夏にはため息をつく, published in Natsume Yuujinchou Vol.7)
- 2001 Atsui Hibi (アツイヒビ, published in Atsui Hibi)
- 2001 Hana no Ato (花の跡, published in Atsui Hibi)
- 2002 Samui Hi mo (寒い日も。, published in Atsui Hibi)
- 2002 Hotarubi no Mori e (蛍火の杜へ, published in Hotarubi no Mori e)
- 2002 Kurukuru Ochiba (くるくる落ち葉, published in Hotarubi no Mori e)
- 2003 Hibi Fukaku (ひび、深く, published in Hotarubi no Mori e)
- 2003 Hanauta Nagaruru (花唄流るる, published 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, published in Natsume Yuujinchou Vol.6)
- 2004 Akatsuki no Majutsushi (暁の魔術師)
- 2005 Hoshi mo Mienai (星も見えない)
Some of her works haven’t yet been collected in volumes, but it’s possible that they will be in the future.
- Akaku Saku Koe (あかく咲く声) (1999-2001)
- Hana Oi Bito (花追い人) (2001)
- Hiiro no Isu (緋色の椅子) (2002-2004)
- Natsume Yuujinchou (夏目友人帳) (2003, 2005-ongoing)
- Natsume Yujin-cho Official Fan Book – Natsume to Yujintachi (“Natsume and his friends”) (夏目友人帳公式ファンブック−夏目と友人たち−) (Jan. 2009)
- Natsume Yujin-cho Official Nyan Book – Nyanko-sensei Yujincho – (夏目友人帳公式ニャンブック−ニャンコ先生友人帳−) (Jul. 2009)
- TV anime Natsume Yujin-cho Tsuiso-roku – Atatakai Jikan – (TVアニメ「夏目友人帳」追想録−あたたかい時間−) (Sept. 2009)
Note: Zoku means “following” or “continuation” and San means “Third” or “Three”.
Writing letters to Midorikawa sensei
It’s possible to send letters to Midorikawa sensei to this address:
Ms. Yuki Midorikawa
Editional Office of Monthly LaLa
2-2-2 Awaji-chou Kanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
(via wiki & natsumenoyuujin.net)