Carnelian's newest release Benigyokuzui Vol. 25 is decidedly fan art centric, featuring her versions of popular characters such as Ranka Lee and Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier along side Bayonetta and many more. And unlike many of Carnelian's previous Benigyokuzui volumes, it's A4 in size and printed on glossy pages instead of the usual textured pages.
Carnelian's Bayonetta fan art appears a couple of times in this 26-page collection. The cover art is re-printed on the inside without text, but there is also another illustration of Bayonetta in a more "dominating" pose in one of the two page layouts.
More from Nyan Koi! This doujinshi has an illustration on every other page type of layout. On one page you'll see the full illustration, and on the page directly next to it, you'll see the same illustration either cropped or zoomed in with Carnelian's artist commentary over it. I'm not a fan of it, but I'm definitely getting used to seeing it in her releases.
Even with my whining, I was still happy to see so many new illustrations for this book. More Sheryl and Ranka and others from the recent seasons like Hitagi Senjougahara from Bakemonogatari, but also Yomi from Azumanga Daioh! I take it that's because of the belated box set released last year, but it's still nice to see.
One of my favorites above, Rei Ayanami with the Alice in Wonderland style. Carnelian also included an illustration of Link from Legend of Zelda looking weirdly ravished, an effeminate illustration of Kazuma Ikezawa from the movie Summer Wars, and a very adult illustration of Naoto Shirogane from Persona 4 that made this doujin R18. The Link and Kazuma illustrations quickly remind me why I don't like Carnelian's male illustrations---they're just too feminine.
Benigyokuzui Vol. 25 ends with an illustration from Testament Sphere, and the credits page with a sketchy Para-sol art work. In total there are really only 14 illustrations on these 26 pages, so if you're the kind of person who measures pictures per dollar, this one isn't for you. Like with most Carnelian doujinshi, it was released at Comiket 77, but not resold in the in the shops afterward, so you have to hunt it down on either Yahoo Japan Auctions or maybe get lucky with Mandarake.
- Title: Benigyokuzui Vol. 25
- タイトル: Benigyokuzui Vol. 25
- Release Date: 12/31/2009
- Pages: 26
- Buy: Yahoo Japan Auctions