Kazuaki Artworks is not really a “Yuri” Artbook. It is an artbook full of attractive female and male figures draped artfully across mostly members of the same sex. Kazuaki is probably best known for work on the reverse harem with BL-ish elements series Starry Sky, but based on the art in this book, Kazuaki’s portfolio is full of work for Light Novels, as well. In addition, when Yuri Hime and Yuri Hime S merged and the magazine moved to bimonthly format as Comic Yuri Hime, the first 4 issues featured Kazuaki’s art. (The cover of this collection is from Comic Yuri Hime, in fact.)
This collection is published by the anime/manga goods chain Mandarake. The largest chunk of the book is the art for the multi-volume Lens and Diabolic (レンズと悪魔) light novel series. Some of the pictures have notes in the appendix, but this is not a major focus.
I have to say, I find Kazuaki’s style very appealing. Girls and boys are drawn as attractive, not-quite-of-this-world-ly, with hints at popular anime and manga character tropes. It’s colorful, approachable and unrealistic all at once.
The collection contains some, but not all, of the Comic Yuri Hime art, and a lot of other works, some of which include fetching young women near one another and occasionally, touching. This is not an artbook one gets because one is looking for Yuri – it is an artbook one gets because one likes this artist and the Yuri is just icing on the cake. ^_^
Art -YMMV, but for me, it’s 9
Many thanks to Okazu Superhero Dan P. , who sponsored this item off the Yuri Wishlist on Amazon JP! I will treasure the book – and I hope you enjoyed the review. ^_^