Noriyasu Yamauchi's Tobimono Girls

October 22nd, 2009, 8:43PM by nat | 5 comments

Aika Zero

If you'd asked me a month ago who Noriyasu Yamauchi (山内 則康) was, I wouldn't have had a clue. But his name was the only thing unfamiliar to me, because I'd definitely seen his work; he did the character designs for Agent Aika, AIKa ZERO, AIKa R-16, Stratos 4, Labyrinth of Flames, Megami Paradise and of course Najica Blitz Tactics to name a few. And I think the majority of these shows are most famous for their copious amounts of panty shots. So as you might guess, Tobimono Girls Noriyasu Yamauchi Illustrations is packed with girls, guns, and panties.

Tobimono Cover Flashing

Tobimono Girls is 130 pages in length and A4 in size. The book goes from his oldest works to his newest, starting with Eriko, the Legendary Idol and ending with the illustrations he did for the magazine, Hobby Japan.

Legendary IdolIdol ErikaIdol Erika

I've never seen Eriko the Legendary Idol (アイドル伝説えり子), but if I hadn't seen it in this book, I wouldn't have recognized it as Yamauchi's work. Definitely has that old school flair. This section includes 11 illustrations on 8 pages, so some of the images are tiled on the page.

Megami Paradise text

Though he did the character designs for Megami Paradise, only one illustration was included for this OVA. There is also one page for Atragon, which I've never heard of ^^;

Agent AikaAika Wins!Aika Transform

Aika and the girlsAika and VillianAika Team

Maid on MaidPanty ParadeBikini Buddies

Agent Aika and the spin-off series make up the meat of this book. The original Agent Aika was an OVA series, so many of the illustrations in this section come from the laser disc covers and other media like that. The Aika section has 40 illustrations total, over 18 pages. A lot of pages also have tiled images, but some are too small to appreciate in this section.

Labyrinth of Flames

Labyrinth of Flames gets a quick 4 pages, with 10 illustrations crowded altogether. The updated illustrations from the DVD release are included too.

Najica Team Najica with a Gun

Najica and Lila Najica with Lila

The next 10 pages cover Najica Blitz Tactics. I don't know why, but I really enjoyed that show. It's kind of like a James Bond film, but one of the cheesy ones, like Moonraker. This section only has 11 illustrations (I really thought there would be more) but they all occupy at least half a page or are spread across two.

Stratos 4 GirlsStratos 4Stratos 4 Swimsuit Group

School ClothesSpace SuitsGirls Solo

The Stratos 4 section has a total of 33 images spread over 20 pages, most from the DVD covers and extras. I love the spacesuits for the Stratos 4 girls, but their regular school-type uniform designs are some of the most generic ones I've ever scene. But I bet they'd be quite easy for cosplay!

Aika R-16 Aika R-16 Holding Gun

Aika R-16 Group

AIKa ZERO and AIKa R-16 share 8 pages together, with AIKa ZERO receiving only two pages (with two out of ten images). And that reminds me, at least three of the images in this book aren't safe for work, one of them being in the AIKa R-16 section, but that's really low considering the book has more than one hundred illustrations.

Hobby Japan GirlsHobby Japan PlanesHobby Japan Planes

Hobby Japan Big GunsHobby Japan Girls with GunsGirls and Planes

The last section of the book features the "Tobimono Museum." These are the illustrations Noriyasu Yamauchi has drawn for Hobby Japan Magazine since December 2004, up through October 2009, which was when this book was released. Though I've never bought a Hobby Japan magazine, I have seen art work by other artists for the magazine, and they have the common theme of girls with weapons, though most of them are guns. This is also by far the largest section in the book, with a total of 41 pages. The artist's commentaries for the pictures in this section provides gun details along with the Yamauchi's motivations ^^;

Tobimono Girls IndexInterviewSpecial Contents

The rest of the book consists of a couple of interviews along with a thumbnail index of the art work, and it's all in black and white.

Bend Over

It's not too often you get an anime art work collection like this that really is all images. The presentation could have been better, with fewer pages of small and tiled images, but I think Yamauchi's designs have a simpler look than a lot of anime artists, so you don't really lose a lot of detail. Tobimono Girls is still on sale on Amazon Japan and retails for ¥ 2800.



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14 years, 7 months ago


Old school panstu are the best obviously ^^

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14 years, 7 months ago


Lots of less than full page images, this disappoints me!

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Eu não quero que ela fique prenha

14 years, 7 months ago


I´ve seen some Legendary Idol Eriko, but I never associated the designs to Aika and the like. But, now that I have the info, I can see that the art style is essentially the same.

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14 years, 7 months ago


Aahh thanks for putting a name to an art style I've long loved! AIka was a favourite for me, still is... hooray for curvaceious woman pants!