The Winter 2009 edition of KEI's gallery paid tribute to Vocaloids and Voiceroids, both young and old alike. And though that's kind of expected from KEI at this point, there were still tidbits from other popular games and series like Toradora and Love Plus all done in the artist's very recognizable style.
KEI's Illustrations Vol. 05 is a full color doujinshi, and 24 pages in length when counting the covers. The paper it's printed on is slightly grainy in texture, and allows to the water-color style that marks KEI's art work to almost bleed into the pages.
Like I mentioned earlier, this volume includes KEI's renditions of the Vocaloids Kaito, Meiko, Black Rock Shooter, and SF-A2 Miki. There is also a newer one pictured (top right) called Kaai Yuki, who is a singing grade school-er with a red randoseru and all. You can check out a sample song of her here. SF-A2 Miki (bottom left) was originally designed by No More Heroes and Speed Grapher character designer Kozaki Yusuke, but she still fits right in with the other Vocaloids in KEI's style.
A couple of illustrations were of mascot characters from Voiceroids, Tsukuyomi Ai and Tsukuyomi Shouta (pictured above). Apparently, they're voice programs that say what you type in childish voices. You can seen an example of Tsukuyomi Ai speaking below. I find them just a little creepy! ^^;
Rozen Maiden, another favorite of KEI's, is also represented in Illustrations Vol. 05 although only Suigintou is featured this time. Also, Rinko from Love Plus gets an illustration along with Yoshino Shimazu from Maria-sama ga Miteru, which seemed a bit random since the series is long gone... Or maybe he's just getting hyped for the live action version :3
While all of the illustrations in the front part of the book are printed full page, towards the end there are three pages of smaller stacked images. They are for the most part online illustrations that weren't intended for print so they were smaller in native resolutions. KEI's Illustrations Vol. 05 really delivers quality work again. This is one of the few doujinshi illustration series that I can still count on to be impressive (and in color!) ^^
- Title: KEI's Illustrations Vol. 05
- タイトル: 画 Vol.05
- Pages: 24 (including covers)
- Release date: 12/31/2009
- Buy: Toranoana