For Fancy Frontier 18, CARNELIAN released another volume of her series, Benigyokuzui Taiwan Version 02. After the impressive full-color Benigyokuzui Taiwan Version 01 the second volume feels like an even greater disappointment. Though it's also described as "full-color", in reality every other page features a line-art version of the accompanying illustration.

Sometimes when I order things, I don't pay attention to the size on the listing. So when I received CHANxCO's Minibon 2 (ミニボン2), filled with Wooser, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Steins;Gate illustrations, I also gained a more vivid understanding of what 120mm x 120mm really looks like ^^;

I have an inkling Haruse Hiroki came up with the title Life of Negentropy considering the previous, interestingly titled Mimesis, from the last Comiket. Life of Negentropy is a Comiket 80 release by Haruse Hiroki and Tiv features art from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and actually includes several notable guest artists in the collection.

Hayate the Combat Butler! Girls GRAPHICS Hata Kenjirou Illustrations is a really out-dated collection of illustrations. Released to coincide with the film premiere of Hayate the Combat Butler! Heaven Is a Place on Earth, Girls GRAPHICS seems set on invoking your nostalgia for the series, but not as eager to impress you with newer works.

Shigeto Koyoma is probably better known for his mechanical designs in shows like Star Driver Kagayaki no Takuto or the ending sequence for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt than as the character designer for HEROMAN. But HEROMAN's Joey Jones holds a special place in his heart, and for that he released YELLOW, even though it was rumored that "making doujinshi for the show was prohibited."

NATSUHIME is the successor to the now defunct GELATIN Magazine, offering basically exactly the same thing but with more nudity and racy comics. Judging from this first volume, it seems like it's going to head even more in that direction; half of the comics feel like they were intended for the June issue of GELATIN that was canceled at the last minute, and just don't fit the new more adult theme.

For some reason, I was prepared to not like Indico Lite Key ― Mitha Illustrations mostly because I anticipated there would be an abundance of older illustrations since this is Mitha's first art book. So I would venture to say that it's actually a pretty good art book overall, though it could be the case of a combination of lowered expectations with mediocrity.

Queen's Blade continues to push the envelope with the release of it's newest art book, Vanquished Queens. Vanquished Queens consists entirely of new illustrations of the Queen's Blade girls getting owned, all by the original character artists for each girl. 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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