Miwa Shirow usually releases full black and white illustration doujins, but in the past year there have been two partial color books, one being VVW Vocaloid Visual Works and the other being m3wver.7+ce, a C77 release and the subject of today's review ^^

Hidenori Matsubara Art Works was released in late November 2006, and marked the first art book from this well-known animation artist. Anyone who has seen the anime designs for classics like Ah! My Goddess or Sakura Wars is familiar with Matsubara's art work. Possibly less well-known would be his designs for Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, but all of these are included in the art book.

The Gelatin Summer 2010 issue was a bit lackluster in my opinion, and I suspect my general impression started with the cover art by CHAN X CO. It's cute, but it's not a style that would get me to buy anything ^^;

Annindofu Illustration Works Brilliant Idol is a definitive collection of official art work from THE iDOLMaSTER, covering illustrations from the games, CDs, telecards and the plethora of other merchandise affiliated with the series. Even if you've never played the games, the glamour of the idols will win you over ^^

Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Illustrations CARMINE came out as a limited edition boxed set in March 2009. This giant art book included works from FLCL, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Nadia Secret of Blue Water, Aim for the Top! 2, and .hack//SIGN as well as few original illustrations. While the limited edition art book had a huge price tag of ¥13,000, coming out next month is the standard edition for the much more affordable price of ¥3,150.

Hurry Up!² is a full color collection from REI of the circle REI's ROOM, which was released for COMIC1☆4. It's a pretty standard illustration release from REI; lots of colorful art work, fan art, and her commentaries in both Chinese and Japanese.

Kouga Yun, arguably best known as the illustrator for Loveless and the character designer for Mobile Suit Gundam 00, released her fifth doujinshi illustration collection with the COMIC1☆4 publication TORNADO:5. Though the previous TORNADO volumes were all or mostly rough illustrations, this one is printed in full color, with only four pages of sketches.

Hino Matsuri, author and illustrator of the popular shoujo manga Vampire Knight, released her first art book on July 5th titled Hino Matsuri Illustrations Vampire Knight. Like with most manga illustrations, many of the art works were initially seen only in issues of LaLa magazine and usually heavily covered in text. 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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