Book Review: Mikucolor: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works


Here's another artbook on Hatsune Miku. There are quite a few artbooks relating to Hatsune Miku and it's getting a bit confusing so let's recap first.

First, there's the Hatsune Miku Graphics: Character Collection series of artbooks (CV01, CV01, CV03) which are fan art books. Then there's the Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art series which is sort of a fan art book plus some pages of comics.

Mikucolor is the artbook that features the artwork from the official Vocaloid character illustrator KEI. Publisher Udon translated this book from the original Japanese edition KEI画集 mikucolor that was released in 2012. Anyway, there's not much translation because the text comes from only the index pages with artwork titles and credits.

This is a beautiful illustration book of Hatsune Miku art in KEI's usual dreamy style. They are more painted rather than in the typical anime and manga line art style. The artworks are huge pin-ups featuring mostly the main girl with the turquoise hair, with a bit of Luka, Rin & Len. These are illustrations used for books, magazines, discs and other promotional materials.

You might also remember that KEI also has a personal artbook called KEI画廊 (KEI'S GALLERY). That book is more of character design while for Mikucolor you'll see the characters with background art. So the artworks here have more mood and atmosphere.

There is no significant duplication of content for all the books mentioned. In Mikucolor, you'll notice three pieces that appeared as the cover art for the Hatsune Miku Graphics: Character Collection fan art books.

So overall, it's still a nice book for all Hatsune Miku and KEI fans.

Mikucolor: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

Mikucolor: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works

Mikucolor: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works

Mikucolor: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works

Mikucolor: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works

Mikucolor: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works

Mikucolor: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works

Mikucolor: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works

Mikucolor: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works

Mikucolor: KEI's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works

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