Rainbow Spectrum: Colors Haimura Kiyotaka Illustrations is a collection of art from Haimura's illustrated light novels, which most notably includes Toaru Majutsu no Index. The art book incorporates both the color pieces and the monochrome works from that light novel in chronological order, with shorter sections from Sprite Spiegel and Maid DEKA.

I neglected to do any research when I first noticed the art book Hetalia Axis Powers Art Book Arte Stella listed on Amazon Japan, but I placed an order anyway. Months later, I'd forgotten the release date, so it was a pleasant and amusing surprise to see the oversized box I would expect for a limited edition art book, along with an interesting selection of bonus items for Arte Stella.

The Lewis Carroll classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland serves often as inspiration for illustrators, and has shown up in more doujinshi than I can name. But it's slightly less often that an artist as talented as ALPHONSE takes on the genre, as he has done for his Comiket 76 release of the same title, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

I was very excited to pick up Fuyuno Haruaki and Ginta's Comiket 79 collaboration GAINAX Girl Mix as I was anticipating both Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt goodness inside. And lo and behold, it's there, and in ways much more creative than I imagined.

Blue Garnet was released for Comiket 79 and marks the 14th original visual book by Miyu, which is quite a feat for a doujinshi artist. Although, perhaps slightly less of a feat considering some of her books are in the 12-page range. But luckily, Blue Garnet is not one of the shorter ones ^^;

Korean artist Tiv's Comiket 79 release Still the Winter Comes Again (それでもふゆはやってくる) is a beautiful collection of both commercial and original color illustrations. If you've been keeping an eye out for Tiv's work, you'll have even seen some of the illustrations in magazines like Megami Creators and art books like Headphone Girls.

U10 is an artist whose work I find, more often than not, as a guest in the collection of others' works. But this time, U10 is the star with U10folio, a full color doujinshi featuring art works that range from Hatsune Miku to the singing group Perfume.

Since it was clear from the title that Nagi Ryou's newest collection would be a archive of website illustrations, I wasn't expecting much in terms of quality or large illustrations. And no doubt having such moderate expectations about BEGINNING S.E.C Website Illustration Archive helped me to appreciate it more, since it turned out to be better than expected. is a blog of anime art book, magazine, and doujinshi reviews. In the mix you'll also find wallpapers, opinions, buying tips and my thoughts on collecting art books.


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