Back when we scooped the release of this book two weeks ago it called out to me with the irresistible siren song of glorious 2D bishoujo ecchiness. Ensembles of doujin artists such as this don’t just grow on trees; they need to be coaxed and coerced to join forces by a power no less mighty than… well, the promise of a quick buck from Toranoana, which is no doubt what they received in return for services rendered. If you like Ikkitousen, doujinshi, scantily clad girls, or Ikkitousen doujinshi featuring scantily clad girls, you will certainly want to check this out.

Product Type: official doujin fan book
Circle: Toranoana Corporation
Page Count / Size / Type: 36 / B5 / full color
Publisher: Toranoana
Price: 1,050 yen (tax included)
Availability: Toranoana


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As we discussed back when we introduced the book the status of this item as “doujinshi” is questionable in most aspects other than production (it’s offset printed on standard B5 stock similar to what you’d see in any other full color doujinshi) and distribution (sold exclusively via Toranoana’s doujinshi distribution outlets, namely its online mail order service and its brick and mortar stores).

One could argue the finer points of semantics and discuss the ramifications of this for the business and economics of the 2D industry as doujinshi and their parody subjects grow increasingly closer together (an official Godannar doujin was apparently produced to partially fund the production of the show’s second season), but in the face of all this Ikkitousen fanservice at a certain point I have to stop thinking with my brain and start thinking with another, more primitive organ.

This is a really, really nice volume. While short at only 36 pages it contains work from many artists I admire immensely, and a few I consider among my personal favorites; the thought that my purchase helped support them in their work is no small consolation for the steep cover price (steep by comparison with bona fide artbooks; it’s pretty average for a 36-page full color doujin).

There’s really not much more to say in a review of the book in terms of production; it is what it is, and if you like what you see here I’d heartily recommend tracking it down. Unfortunately it seems that while the book was in stock at Tora earlier today it is now unavailable for order from their online shop; Yahoo Auctions via proxy may be the only remaining bastion of hope for those who missed the initial preorder.

This is a foolishly optimistic desire knowing the Japanese love of the limited, but here’s hoping some of these illustrations make it into a mass-produced official Dragon Destiny artbook down the road.