Book Review: Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1


Here's another artbook on the popular singing Vocaloid Hatsune Miku.

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1 is actually the English translated version of the Japanese edition 初音ミクGraphics VOCALOID ART&COMIC that was released in 2010. This is part of the Hatsune Miku Graphics series of books.

Earlier, publisher Udon has also released another artbook called Hatsune Miku Graphics: Character Collection CV01 - Hatsune Miku Edition.

So what's the difference?

Both are fan art books that focus on turquoise hair Hatsune Miku. It's just the type of illustration that's different.

CV01 features only pin-up style illustrations and splash pages.

Vocaloid Comic & Art also features pin-up illustrations and splash pages from fans and prominent artists, additionally there are also other artworks in the form of comics (pages and the 4-panel type), 3D character designs from video game, merchandise art on DVDs, screenshots from the music videos.

There are more variety of artworks featured here. It's a mixed bag as well. The fan art illustrations and other graphics are beautiful. There are official designs for Miku, Rin, Len and Luka from illustrator Kei. Also nice are the URL links provided to the music videos featured in the book, so you can actually check out the actual animation and song.

However, I did not enjoy the comic pages and the 4-koma (4 panel) comic strips as much. There are three separate stories for the comic pages which I felt are too short to have any punch. The 4-panel comics is rather cute but you need to like the lame type of humor. The comics took up 40 pages. This is a 128-page paperback.

If you just want Hatsune Miku illustrations, I suggest going with Character Collection CV01 - Hatsune Miku Edition.

If you want more, or look at the different graphics created, you can supplement with Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1.

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The book's a review copy from Udon Entertainment.

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1 is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP) and Book Depository)

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

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