New masterpieces of 100 Eshi

January 5th, 2014 Leave a Comment

A very big THANK YOU to BNN, Inc for sending me this copy of illustration book for a review.

About BNN, Inc

BNN was founded in Tokyo, in 1985. Since then BNN has published more than a thousand books and numbers of magazines. BNN specialises in illustrated books such as computer graphics and graphic design books that inspire creativity in a wide range of readers.

The wait is finally over! After four years, the sequel to 100 Masters of Bishojo Paintings has been published.

This book includes the newly-evolved Bishojo (beautiful young girl in Japanese) and Bishonen (beautiful young boy) illustrations created by 100 Eshi (illustrators in this genre) who pursue the original “MOE” style from all types of Japanese pop culture such as doujinshi (independently published comics), light Novel (Japanese young-adult novel), Animation, Game, and Manga.

Again, Range Murata has done real magnificent work on the book’s cover design — the same cover girl as seen in the 1st volume. She looks more mature and ladylike now, depicting that four years have passed.


The title of this book has been changed to include both Bishojo and Bishonen. However, thank goodness most of them are still Bishojo. :)

One of the highlights in this volume would be the inclusion of brilliant light novel and “Vocaloid” illustrations, besides works from the realms of cartoons, comics and computer games. Within a short span of four years, many drawing techniques and talents have evolved to form the new perspectives of Japanese Pop-culture world that we know today. What I also love about this new volume is that, 70% of the Eshi in the book are new and it encompasses both Japanese illustrators and talents from around the world.

I’ve taken a few random shots of the pages to give you some glimpses of the magnificent works done by some of the Eshi. Again thanks to BNN, they used some special inks for this 2nd volume which makes all the illustrations look more vivid and bright.

Unknowingly, I’ve again picked the works of Komeko Amazio, a graduate of Musashino Art University. Born in Chiba, Amazio-san has done illustrations for paperbacks, hardcovers, magazines, novels, children’s literature and game productions which include console games, social network games and social applications).


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Being known as Wingheart, he is a fledgling illustrator who works on character designs and illustrations. Do check out his recent light novel called "Hatsukoi Continue".


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Living in Kanagawa, Eihi mainly works on illustrations of books and book covers such as the "2Weeks" series published by Seikaisha Fictions (STAR SEAS COMPANY) and "Reverse/End" published by Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko (KADOKAWA SHOTEN PUBLISHING CO.,LTD.).


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Simply love these girls with long lustrous black hair — beautifully illustrated by Kina Kazuharu. He works on book illustrations, pictures and game animations.


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These breath-taking illustrations were done by Tsunako. She is an illustrator and computer game artist of Idea Factory Co., Ltd. Her masterpieces include "Chojigen Game Neptune" series (IDEA FACTORY Co., Ltd.) and "Date A Live" series (FUJIMI SHOBO CO., LTD) and so on.


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Born in Sendai in 1971, Tony started his own business as an illustrator after working at an advertising agency and a game manufacturer. Recently, he was involved in various kinds of production such as the representative of a computer game manufacturer and as an animator. But now, he focuses on illustrating — including the character design of role-playing game "Shining" series (SEGA).


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Kurehito Misaki is a freelance illustrator. He works in various fields such as book illustration, computer game animation, etc. His masterpieces include "Saenai Kanojo no Sadatekata" (FUJIMI SHOBO CO., LTD), "Arata Narusekai" (IRUMA HITOMA, ASCII MEDIA WORKS), "Queen’s Blade Grimoire" (HobbyJAPAN CO.,LTD.), etc.


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In my opinion, this sequel of illustration book is definitely worth keeping as it continues showcase the works of talented Eshi. It also serves as a gem that will provide inspiration to both amateur and professional artists.

Do you like what you have just seen?

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So, what are you waiting now?

Get a copy and experience the beauty and style of the paintings in the book. :)

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