Warning! This art book contains questionable adult content (or message)!
Takamichi is the cover artist for Comic LO (成年コミックエルオー, Seinen Komikku Eru Ō), a Japanese erotic manga magazine featuring prepubescent, early pubescent and highly juvenile-looking girls. It's published by Akaneshinsha. LO画集 TAKAMICHI LOVE WORKS is the collection of cover art from issue 1 to 50. Each is published full page on low gloss paper, with the opposite page showing the small magazine cover.
Well, the art is amazing, the technical part. Takamichi uses outline only for the characters, the background is painting without outline. Together with the pastel colours, it gives a soft feeling to the piece of illustration. It's digital painting most of the part.
For the sake of writing this review, I browsed through an online copy of the magazine — so you don't have to. The magazine is really hardcore to the max. The covers are extremely mild by comparison. Basically, the cover art says nothing about the content, which perhaps is good in a way. It's like great photography that doesn't convey anything sexual. There are six illustrations with nudity and they are not engaging in any activity besides posing cutely.
The book ends with a novel which I have no idea on the content since it's all in Japanese. There's also a section on how the 50 covers are created, provided with photo references used, layouts and (Japanese) commentary.
When I showed this book to my friends, one was going "There's something wrong with this book" and the other "This is some dark stuff. I don't know, man..." Anyway, I'm reviewing the book for the art, not the girls. I bought the book without any prior knowledge of the content, artist or publisher. I was just curious why it was rated highly on Amazon Japan – must be those pedophiles(!), and the cover art look like it's from those chibi anime.
Recommendation? Only if you can look pass the pedophilia message.
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