Naru Nanao & Kokonobi's Twilight Cherry Blossoms, released for COMIC1☆5, re-packages illustrations from earlier doujinshi releases as well as some posters from Dengeki Moeoh (電撃萌王) in a shiny new book.
Design-wise, Twilight Cherry Blossoms has an interesting look, with a more square shaped format, textured covers and golden inlaid decoration pages. It's still B5-sized in height, and about 50-pages.
Most of the illustrations are fit to page in height, though not in width. The only part that gets a bit repetitive are the nine pages dedicated to Kokonobi's cover character, and her clothing designs by layer and color. And conveniently, pages are labeled either Kokonobi or Naru Nanao, depending on whose illustration is pictured. Even though there are subtle differences, it looks like they wanted to take out the guess work for this collection!
The art work in Twilight Cherry Blossoms really jumped around time-wise. The last section of the book is mostly illustrations from 2005, although they look as polished as the works Kokonobi and Naru Nanao put out now. But that may be because they were originally calendar illustrations ^^; Naru Nanao & Kokonobi's Twilight Cherry Blossoms is a nice collection overall, though probably better for folks who don't mind the occasional art flashback ^^
- Title: Twilight Cherry Blossoms
- タイトル: 宵桜
- Pages: 50
- Release date: 05/01/2011
- Buy: eBay