That title sounds like it could be anything, but Nitroplus's Omekashi Nikubu Art Product is a collection of illustrations by the Nitro+ Chiral side of the group, who are responsible for such well-loved games as Togainu no Chi (咎狗の血) and Lamento: Beyond the Void. So if these names didn't ring a bell and the opening picture isn't enough, I'll let you know now, this one's targeted at the ladies ;D
Omekashi is a hard to label book; it's available commercially in select shops, A4-sized and has an ISBN. On the other hand, physically it's a doujinshi---24 pages including the covers, which are both illustrated and staple-bound.
It's a pretty interesting idea, especially from a fan's point of view---you get to see your favorite characters from Togainu no Chi and Lamento: Beyond the Void in some very out-of-character clothing (in some cases), and having them "pose" like models. In a way, it reminds me of the portrait books that have come out in the past couple years, like Zero no Tsukaima Louise Portraits or TTGL Yoko Portraits.
All the art work is done by the different members of Nitro+ Chiral, and each takes on only one character---except for Tatana Kana (たたなかな) who illustrates the front and back covers. The rest of the participating artists are Keichi Ogami, Dr. Youkan, Sinya Osaki, Digitaro, Kinrikimantou, Shinov Mimori, Kimi Yanoguchi, NamanikuATK, Daijirou Tsugaru, Nitro-kun, RingoKick, Pehara Paint, and Yupon. That is a lot of aliases ~_~ There are a total of 16 character illustrations, though I do believe Akira from Togainu no Chi appears more than once.
I think this collection really comes across as the artists just having a bit of fun with the characters they've created. And the clothing looks pretty nice too.
- Title: Omekashi Nikubu Art Product
- タイトル: キャラクターグラビア「OMEKASHI」
- Pages: 24 (including covers)
- Release Date: 12/29/2007
- Buy: Nitroplus Direct