Okay, so really it's all a matter of taste and preference, but my favorite version of Hatsune Miku to come out thus far is the design by Miwa Shirow for the Supercell song Eager Love Revenge (恋は戦争). It's probably a combination of the song and the design that just seals the deal for me.
In fact, Eager Love Revenge (恋は戦争) is so well liked, it was re-mixed a million times, and that's why this book exists. It was originally sold with the Eager Love Revenge re-mix CD during Comiket 76, and as a result, it was really expensive. So I waited a while, and lo and behold, it was eventually sold without the CD making it much more affordable. Because people apparently place a greater premium on CDs than on art work.
Several of these illustrations also appeared in the book bundled with a the CD for Supercell's self-titled album, which was reviewed on Pireze back in spring 2009. The school girl version of Hatsune Miku was done for the song That Second of Slow Motion (その一秒 スローモーション) and the red-toned version is for Liar's Parade (嘘つきのパレード).
Most of the illustrations are done in the style of the art work for Eager Love Revenge (恋は戦争), like the one above. I have seen so many spin-off arts with this style of coloring for Hatsune Miku, and it was all started by Miwa Shirow.
The one on the left has a softer, gentler face than the other Hatsune Mikus in this doujinshi. She appeared on the cover of EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalostar feat.初音ミク. The other is for the song Saihate (サイハテ) which has inspired even more beautiful illustrations on the theme if you search Pixiv for the term.
Some of the other Vocaloids; Kagamine Len and Rin, Gumi and Megurine Luka.
VVW Vocaloid Visual Works is A4 sized and 40-pages in total, of which 10-pages are in black and white. The majority of those monochrome pages are rough sketches, and the others are the inked line arts of the first two Eager Love Revenge (恋は戦争) art works that are in color at the front of this book. The art work on the last illustration above is featured on the postcard Miwa Shirow released with the Comiket 77 doujinshi, except on the postcard they're colored in and not cropped.
It's pretty easy to acquire VVW Vocaloid Visual Works right now, even though there was a mad rush to get it after Comiket 76. So if it appeals to you like it did to me, it's a good time to pick it up ^^
- Title: VVW Vocaloid Visual Works Doujinshi
- タイトル: VVW Vocaloid Visual Works Doujinshi
- Pages: 40
- Release date: Summer 2009
- Buy: eBay