Dragon Magazine isn't something I regularly purchase, and it's not about to become one. So I figured it's best to do a little write-up on it while it's still relevant to my interests, as it's unlikely I'll be buying another one in the future. If you're at all curious about what's in an issue of Dragon Magazine, here's your chance to see.
But first, here's the reason I bought the January 2010 issue of DRAGON Magazine: this adorable Seitokai no Ichizon Nendroid figure of Kurimu Sakurano. It amuses me that I wouldn't seek out this figure on its own, but the fact that it comes as an "extra" to a magazine makes me want it. I guess that free gift psychology really works on some people... or just me ^^;
She's smaller than a regular Nendroid, but just as adaptable. Well, she would be if I had bits to interchange her with. And it's a possibility; the Dragon Age Magazine (ドラゴンエイジ 2010年 01月号) coming that came out today includes the gym uniform version of Kurimu Sakurano. But I don't think I'll be getting it, since I have nothing to group with it ~_~
There are a surprising amount of figures coming with magazines this month. The Dengeki Bunko January issue (電撃文庫 MAGAZINE (マガジン) 2010年 01月号) includes a magazine exclusive figure of Index from Toaru Majutsu no Index. Young Ace January issue (ヤングエース Vol.6 2010年 01月号) came with a Rei Ayanami figure. And the Newtype January 2010 (ニュータイプ 2010年 01月号) issue will come with a Haruhi figure, which is part of a set with Mikuru and Yuki you can complete when you buy The Sneaker and Shonen Ace February 2010 issues (which both come out this month on 12/26).
So, with all that said, back to the magazine! Dragon Magazine itself is a magazine that features light novels much in the way that other magazines feature monthly manga. It's arranged so there are a some color illustrations proceeding the novel parts, that are mostly black and white. The front of the magazine however, covers some anime series that have sprung from light novels. In this case it's Omamori Himari (おまもりひまり) and Seitokai no Ichizon (生徒会の一存).
Though I'm not terribly knowledgeable about the light novel scene, I was really impressed to see so many artists I'm familiar with through doujinshi and other projects also illustrate for these novels. Tenmaso illustrates for one called RPG W(・∀・)RLD, and Rui Kousaki is in there for one called Hi no Kuni, Kaze no Kuni Monogatari (火の国、風の国物語). There are also illustrations from Youta, Mutsuki Hinata, Kira Inugami, and Izumi Sakurazawa to name a few.
It's good to see art work from Izumi Sakurazawa that doesn't include inumimi girls ^^; The light novel she's illustrating for is called Tetsuwan Raider (テツワンレイダー). Also featured is art work from Sanbasou, Toko Hinamatsuri, Takahiro Yashima, and Kurogin with Chrome Close Chronicle, which based on costume alone looks related to Chrome Shelled Regious, but I don't know for sure ^^; Mebae is also featured with the series GENEZ, though the newer one Shugadaku (シュガーダーク 埋められた闇と少女) which is really well reviewed and won the Sneaker Award, was just advertised.
There's also section that's geared specifically at girl readers, with the traditional romance themed light novels. There are color illustrations from Kasukabe Akira, COMTA and Yuzu Mizutani.
The majority of this magazine is black and white, even though I'm not really including those pages in the photos since they are for the most part text. But to get a better idea of the text to color ratio, this issue is 476 pages long and out of that, maybe 50 pages are printed in color. So, basically, don't buy this for the art work, even though there is a surprising amount of nice stuff ^^; Buy it for the extras! XD