Majimoe Special Selection

October 30th, 2009, 8:43PM by nat | 5 comments

Ohtsuka Mahiro

Though it's a couple of years old, the Majimoe Special Selection (まじもえ SPECIAL SELECTION) still looks awesome by today's standards, with art work by Tokumi Yuiko, Misaki Kurehito, Koge Donbo, Suzuhira Hiro, Chisato Naruse, Naru Nanao, Houden Eizo, Itoh Ben and so many more.

Majimoe Cover Suzuhira Hiro

Tokumi Yuiko Girls Aoi Nishimata

The illustrations appeared in issues of the Japanese magazine Magi-Cu from volumes 24 up until 34, so if you're an avid collector of the magazine, you've probably seen it all. But if you haven't, most of the illustrations haven't appeared anywhere else so it'll be new to you.

BekkankouOhno TetsuyaSasaki Mutsumi

The first 11 pages have cover art work, done by some of the most famous artists who appear in the book. Three covers were done by Aoi Nishimata and feature the girls of Lovely Idol.

Chisato NaruseNimura YujiNimura Yuji

Naruse MamoruKuchuu YousaiTukimori Hiro

The second section in Majimoe Special Selection is from pages 13 to 23 and is titled "Special Illustration Gallery." This section features some game illustrations and some original illustrations. There's original art work by Suzuhira Hiro, Chisato Naruse and Kuchuu Yousei. And there's game art work from Naruse Mamoru with Gift and a Summer Days (School Days) illustration by Gotoh Junji. There are more than than that, but I'm just giving you a general idea of it ^^

Koge Donbo Sugiyama Gensho

COM Hayase Akira

Chisato Naruse Poyoyon Rock

There's a small 8 page Aquarian Age TCG section with art from Koge Donbo, Gensho Sugiyama, and Nanase Aoi, and Poyoyon Rock. I found the more impressive illustrations in this section came from artists I'd never heard of like COM and Hayase Akira.

Tomose ShunsakuMatsuryuMiwa Miwa

KimikissHouden EizoKurafuji Sachi

The next half of the book is a new chapter, featuring anime and game illustrations by a variety of different artists. Some of the anime/games illustrated are Kimikiss, Utawaremono, Yokubari Saboten, Melty Blood, Aim for the Top 2, Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, and ef - a fairy tale of the two -. This section is 35 pages long.

KEITomose ShunsakuShiromizakana

EF Yoshida On Yamasaki Tohru

I found it to be a really interesting selection, mostly because the artists illustrating the series weren't the official artists, so a lot of liberties in character design and style were taken. Some of the many artists in this section are Matsuryu, Tomose Shunsaku, Mikeou, Itoh Ben, Houden Eizo, Yasuyuki Tsurugi, YUG and KEI.

NyosefuKikurageYamino Kenji

Shiken NaotoKantokuKamiya Maneki

The final section of the book are illustrations on a theme. The themes featured are Valentine, Graduation, Mikos & Sisters, Maid, Nurse, Waitress, Swimsuit, Magical Girl, Companion, Cheerleader, and Santa. All of the themes have two illustrations except for Valentine, which has four illustrations. Some of the artists featured in this final section are Yamino Kenji, Kantoku, Miyama Zero, Misaki Kurehito, Higa Yukari, and Kamiya Maneki.

Kurehito MisakiMuroi MakiHiga Yukari

Miyama ZeroTa KahnaUnaji

One of the good things about this book is there are no spreads; every image is featured on a full page, and nothing is cut off or missing. This in my opinion, is the ideal presentation for art work. Even though Majimoe Special Selection is only 96 pages long, it makes great use of every page and for its price of ¥ 2,100 (and cheaper if you find it used) it's worth looking for.



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14 years, 8 months ago


I've got this one, loving it! Pretty nice quality, kawaii girls, very moe~! XD

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14 years, 8 months ago


Oh nice, some gunbuster, don;t really see that too often. Too bad its sold out on amazon.

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14 years, 8 months ago


Actually it says one more left! Grab it while you can!

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14 years, 8 months ago


I am beginning to enjoy these collaboration artbooks more and more... it's nice to have a variety of styles covering a theme to admire, rather than a single artist's take on that theme.

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14 years, 8 months ago


That's a good way to look at it, like Pick & Mix candy, get a little bit of everything! ^^;