Éclair is a yuri manga anthology – or, as it says on the cover, “A Girls’ Love Anthology That Resonates in Your Heart”.
It contains sixteen stories by different mangaka, many of which I imagine yuri fans will be quite familiar with. Yen Press licensed the anthology for an English release.
Full of beating hearts and fluttering feelings, this anthology of girls’ love stories will leave you breathless. With contributors like Canno (Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl), Sakuya Amano (Gosick), and Nio Nakatani (Bloom into You), this collection is sure to satisfy the desire for a sweet love story (or sixteen!).
Those familiar with Bloom into You will probably recognise right away that the cover illustration has been drawn by Nio Nakatani. Also providing colour illustrations inside the book are Non, Yutaka Hiiragi and Sunao Minakata.
Contributing the stories for this anthology are Nio Nakatani, Shiori Nishio, Shuninta Amano, Chihiro Harumi, Canno, Uta Isaki, Sakuya Amano, Mekimeki, Kabocha, Kagekichi Tadano, Izumi Kawanami, Kazuno Yuikawa, Taki Kitao, Hachi Itou, Fumiko Takada and Auri Hirao.
Each story is relatively short, but they all are decent little yuri tales. For me, the ones that stood out most were Nio Nakatani’s Happiness in the Shape of a Scar, Sakuya Amano’s Alice in the Miniature Garden, Mekimeki’s Master for 1/365, Kagekichi Tadano’s Game Over, Taki Kitao’s The Two of Us and Apples, Hachi Itou’s Belle the Rabbit and the Wolf, and Fumiko Takada’s Your Jinx.
Those are just the ones that stood out particularly for me; each story in this anthology is well worth your time. Of course, I’m aware of Nio Nakatani and Sakuya Amano in particular, but its nice to see stories (and illustrations) from artists I am not so familiar with standing shoulder to shoulder with those I do know.
This anthology gives us age gaps, rabbits and wolves, food, a post-apocalyptic romance (or perhaps not…), a birthday, a maid, and music among many other things. There’s plenty here to sink your teeth into, and I imagine those who pick up Éclair will discover a new favourite story.
I will admit that I enjoyed some stories more than others, but I don’t think any contribution to this anthology was bad. Each story has its own charm, and each story is unique enough to stand out.
A collection of stories will generally result in one or two leaving a bigger impression than the others, but ask the readers of Éclair their favourite stories, and I can imagine the response will be fairly varied.
Plenty of excellent yuri content to be found in Éclair, and a very worthy addition to any yuri fan’s shelf.