The artbook, titled Girls Planet by Komeshiro Kasu, features mostly original illustrations by the artist. It counts 176 pages in A4 format. Printed – traditionally on high-quality, thick paper.
Kimishima Ao – Bloomin’ (Kadokawa, 2022)
Kimishima Ao is the artist responsible for character designs for many visual novels. Both the more famous ones and the lesser known ones. He has also designed several covers for CD singles. The publication contains a lot of original artwork, but also graphics from, for example, Rewrite (Key), Summer Pockets (Key), Koi x Shin Ai Kanojo and Einstein Yori Ai o Komete.
Konbu Wakame – Soleil (Art Jeuness, 2023)
Konbu Wakame is the artist responsible for, among other things, the drawings in manga such as Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai!, Saikin Yatotta Maid ga Ayashii and Sekai de Ichiban Oppai ga Suki! Although there is a bit of character scrolling on many pages, it is the heroines of these titles that Soleil puts in the foreground. It is, of course, about Jahy in two forms, Lilith and Chiaki. A nice touch is that many of the works depict the aforementioned heroines posing together.
Yabuki Kentarou – “Venus” To LOVEru Darkness (Shueisha, 2012)
Yabuki Kentarou – a creator who probably doesn’t need to be introduced to most. Best known for his record-breaking popular manga To LOVEru. Venus is another collection of his illustrations from the continuation of that series, To LOVEru Darkness.
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun T – Visual Book 1 & 2 (Kadokawa, 2021-2022)
Obie publikacje zawierają oficjalne ilustracje trzeciego sezonu To Aru Kagaku no Railgun prezentujące bohaterki serialu w przeróżnych sytuacjach. Wydane są w formacie A4 i liczą około 80 stron i są oprawione w kolorowe obwoluty oraz obi. Większość grafik wypełnia całe strony A4, w tym sporo ilustracji zajmuje obie strony. Nie mogę zarzucić nic jakości druku oraz papieru.
Akasa Ai – Red Queen (Kadokawa, 2022)
The artbook named Red Queen published by Kadokawa is a collection of original illustrations by Akasa Ai. It counts 128 A4-size pages printed in full color on excellent quality paper. Print quality is impressive – especially when viewing the whole thing live. The publication is divided into eight chapters. The penultimate one shows the author’s creative process, while the last two pages show thumbnails of all the pages.
Hiro – “Akebi-chan Made no Ashioto” (Shueisha, 2022)
Hiro is an artist you can’t pass by indifferently. His drawings have something mesmerizing about them and catch your eye, even when you look at them knowing them perfectly well. When I first saw some manga panels from Akebi-chan no Sailor Fuku a few years ago, I immediately purchased all four volumes that were available at the time.
Xenoblade 2 – Official Artworks Alrest Record (Famitsu / Kadokawa, 2019)
Xenoblade 2 is still my favorite game of all time. You can find my review of the original Japanese collector’s version here, and there I describe in more detail why and take a closer look at how the Western version differs from the original – in every possible aspect. Although the artbook included with the collector’s version is really decently made and shows quite a lot, I couldn’t get past the publication that is the subject of this review.
New Masterpieces of 100 Eshi ver.4 (BNN, 2022)
Another part of the excellent artbook series. A collection of carefully selected title illustrations by one hundred (very well-known and respected) artists. The fourth edition in the series, is again published in B5 format.
Urushihara Satoshi – Cell Works (Movic, 1994)
Urushihara Satoshi is a mangaka and illustrator known for his distinctive style and fondness for highlighting female breasts. His works were the basis for such anime as Plastic Little and Legend of Lemnear. He has also worked on character design for games such as Langrisser and Growlanser.
Tomose Shunsaku – Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e – Art Book (Kadokawa, 2017)
The artbook features illustrations by Tomose Shunsaku, the artist responsible for the drawings for the light novel by Kinugasa Shogo titled Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e, telling the story of a group of students at an elite, private high school. The illustrations thematically include primarily characters from this novel, while further down the page are his original works and characters from other titles.
Momoco – Arietta (Genkosha, 2020)
The artbook titled arietta by Momoco features artwork depicting female characters from series, projects, and games such as Akugyaku Kishidan: Sono Elf, Kyoubou ni Tsuki, Bullet Girls Phantasia, Fate/Grand Order, Fate/Stay Night, Kanpani Girls, Last Embryo, Onsen Musume, Oshiego ni Kyouhakusareru no wa Hanzai desu ka?, Utawarerumono: Lost Flag and original illustrations.