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BL Mangaka Kizu Natsuki at Manga10

Kizu Natsuki: From Doujinshi to Industry

Like many popular Boys Love mangaka, Kizu Natsuki started as a doujinshi artist. Selling her Hetalia, Kuroko no Basuke and Haikyuu!! works under the name Gusari at events like Comic Market, Kizu Natsuki made a name for herself through her sensitive exploration of love and friendship in fanworks.

Kizu Natsuki visited the exhibit on January 13, 2017 for a special signing. Like many mangaka at Manga Ten before her, Natsuki signed the wall of the exhibit.

In 2013, Kizu Natsuki made her manga industry debut in Be x Boy DX (Libre Shuppan) with Yukimura-sensei to Kei-kun (雪村せんせいとケイくん) and has since produced memorable Boys Love series Given (ギヴン) and Links (リンクス). Given ranked #7 Best Series by online Boys Love news and review website chil-chil.net. Additionally, the drama CD adaptation of Links ranked #4 Best BLCD (Boys Love CD) in 2017.

To celebrate the fourth volume of Given, Kizu Natsuki’s original manga, and the fifth anniversary of her debut, Manga10 held the Given Illustration Exhibit. The exhibit ran from December 29, 2017 to January 21, 2018, and it was a rare opportunity to see Kizu Natsuki’s work in person.  

Thanks to our friends at Manga10, Torico’s manga event division, Manga Planet had the opportunity to take photos for Manga Planet readers. 

Given by Kizu Natsuki follows the story of Satou Mafuyu and Uenoyama Ritsuka, high school students brought together by music.
Flowers to celebrate Kizu Natsuki’s career greeted guests to the exhibit along with a special illustration of the four main characters of Given.
On the right guests could see pages from the manga, and on the left guests could see the how the manga was created from rough draft to final product.
Illustrations hung from the ceiling and the wall.
Manga10 recreated a key concert scene for fans at the exhibit.
Satou Mafuyu, the series protagonist, grapples with his past through music.
Illustrations and pages from the manga hung on the walls for fans.
Aki Akihiko, the drummer in Given, stands in Shibuya. Anyone recognize where this is?
Kaji Akihiko, Nakayama Haruki, Uenoyama Ritsuka, and Satou Mafuyu are bandmates drawn together by music…and love?
Satou Mafuyu and Uenoyama Ritsuka grow together in the pages of Given.
The exhibit captures Kizu Natsuki’s style through framing and lighting.
Satou Mafuyu’s middle school friends join this illustration of the band.
Satou Mafuyu and Uenoyama Ritsuka make up the main couple in the manga. But, will the other characters get together too?
Satou Mafuyu finds his voice after a traumatic experience with love.

Up Close and Personal with Given

Fans can see the manga pages up close.

Let’s Not Forget the Goods

At the exhibit, guests could buy the latest volume of Given along with other BL manga.
The exhibit offered ample limited time goods based on the manga series.
The exhibit offered ample limited time goods based on the manga series.
Mafuyu’s cute Pomeranian dog became the memorable and expressive mascot character for the manga.
Even though these look like part of the exhibit, these rail passes were goods offered at the exhibit.
The most memorable good was the manju based on each of the main characters.


If you are interested in other BL manga events in Tokyo, be sure to read our articles on the Explore Your Wild Side at the Remnant and Pendulum Fair at Kinokuniya,  Embrace Ten Count at the Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Store Kizu Natsuki at Manga10, and the Yoneda Kou’s Op: The Colourless Days of Yoake Itaru Book Fair@Shosen.


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