Book Review: LO画集 TAKAMICHI LOVE WORKS (FLOW COMICS)

Warning! This art book contains questionable adult content (or message)!

LO画集 TAKAMICHI LOVE WORKS (FLOW COMICS)

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.

If you're buying, do find out about your country's restriction, if any, on importing this category of books..

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Here are direct links to the book:
Amazon Japan | YesAsia US | CDJapan.co.jp

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Here's the Amazon Japan buying guide for your reference.

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17 Comments

"Anyway, I'm reviewing the

"Anyway, I'm reviewing the book for the art, not the girls."

I don't think that's true at all. By reviewing this book, you are promoting it and it's sales. That means you're supporting the message of those producing the book/magazine. The message is pedophilia. That's disgusting. I don't see how you can flippantly ignore this, especially after your friends voiced concerns.

I love this blog and it helps me find new art books to buy. However, this one makes my skin crawl. The art in this book might be mostly benign illustration in comparison to the content of the magazine, but it means money to an artist who supports a pedophilia magazine. WHO on your blog list would be interested in that??

I wouldn't read a blog that "highly recommended" something that makes me want to hurl. I didn't expect to find that on this blog, and I'm a really open-minded person. I showed this entry to other friends and they were just as horrified so it's not just me OR your friends. Please reconsider this promotion or any promotion of art books like it.

@ Anonymous (not verified) I

@ Anonymous (not verified)
I don't see the problem with it. I draw yaoi (gay guys doin' it with each other) and I draw it knowing exactly what what the response will be.
Sure, it may be a bit out there, and maybe even a tad perverse. But if I draw it well, I like drawing it, and my fans enjoy my work, then there's no issue.

Japanese are not bred like Americans. They're not raised with those stupid shows asking you where the paw print is. "Can YOU see Blue?" They are not raised to be naive.
They're a lot more mature and their work portrays that! I respect them for their no-limits look on art and erotica.
Things that would be outrageous and disgusting for us, are beautiful and fascinating.
They are more open about sexuality and erotica.

I think Parka's review was great, (nice pics, btw) and I think for the purpose of viewing the incredible art, I will be buying this book. Because if I had NO idea about the artist being pedo, I wouldn't have thought the art was for anything related to pedophilia.
Not to turn a blind eye to it, but how an artist chooses to maintain a living is of little concern to me.
There are PLENTY of artist whom drew pornographic (and YES, pedophilia) work as a career before achieving fame in another style.

Aren't you overreacting just

Aren't you overreacting just a little bit? The review was frank, honest and well thought out. The content was not up to the reviewer as was stated many times. Judging from the artwork and risque type themes, this was well played by the reviewer. In my opinion, the japanese culture is much more liberal than the American culture. This does not mean they promote pedophilia, just that they are more liberal with sexuality. I don't promote pedophilia, but there is a difference in the act and violation of a child's body and simply portraying artwork based on children. Would it make it more comfortable to say that many japanese female artists also draw loli girls?

Its the human body. Most of us have the parts and bits that were given to us by nature. It should not be a shameful thing to display it, so long as it is within common and rational sense. How we use our body, depends on who is responsible for it. Judging by the artwork, the style and coloring is absolutely top notch. They did the children justice. What more can you ask for?

I own the book and i like it.

I own the book and i like it. I don't care if the pictures are coming from the cover of a bad magazine, they are great. I am not here to judge the autor's life, but only his art.
Sorry for my english, i'm french.

I don't see what the problem

I don't see what the problem is and why some people are overreacting.
I enjoyed the review, and if weren't for it I would have never found out about this treasure.

All I can say is don't assume the artist is a pedo because of what they draw it's just silly really.
also like they say "Don't mix the 2D world with the 3D world" really!

protip: the magazine itself

protip: the magazine itself is full of warnings about not trying anything funny in real life

there's no difference with something like extreme gore art... other than those involve killing, this involves loving

the art being good is all that matters, there's nothing real about it, it's not even a 3d render

a review is there to let ppl

a review is there to let ppl know about stuff. imagine if you dont read this review and buy that book without this review?

great review, and it looks like you understand Takamichi's trait in art. please dont remove this review so that many ppl can know the content and become aware before buying it

I think a lot of people are

I think a lot of people are overreacting about this pedo thing. When you first go to art class you draw NAKED people all day long. The front, the back, the side and in between it has nothing to do with being sexual at all. It's about honoring the human body and art. The problem lies is how people use what you draw. If the people buying your art work are using it of devious purposes than that's the customers fault. I thought the book was cute.

A little late, but I need to

A little late, but I need to chime in on this:
"Open-minded"? Obviously the people that say this is disgusting don't have an open mind. Art work featuring cute little girls (in a way that could be interpreted as sexually attractive) ("loli") is very commonplace in Japan (relative to America). Admittedly, Takamichi does the covers for an 18+ manga magazine featuring "loli" characters, but that's because the mentality is that 2D (art on screen/paper) and 3D (real life) are completely separate.
Objection-ers tend to think that this is sending the message that pedophilia is acceptable because elements of it are used here, but Japanese do not typically associate it as such because, frankly, it's not real (it's 2D). It's the exact same thing as violent gory video games where you brutally massacre people, become part of a street gang and deal drugs to win. What message is that sending? That it's OK to commit crimes? That it's OK to kill those guys that piss you off? No, because it's just a game. Not the exact same thing? Right, the only difference is that it uses elements of sex instead of killing of human life.

I kind of like the artbook from reading this review, but I'm no pedophile! That's unthinkable. Feels like a crazy witch/communist hunt if someone were to say that to me. Do not mix what you see rendered on screen or drawn on paper with real life. All artists and their publishers *no matter what the content* often remind people of that statement in one way or another. Until people embrace this separation concept, there will always be people that are disgusted by it by taking it seriously (i.e. bringing it into real life). Still happens occasionally for violent art as well.

Anyways, the review is great and objective. You did not make any mistake in reviewing the artbook. Please do not refrain from reviewing any others.
If people don't like it, they can just not look at it. But they shouldn't be accusing people of bad things for liking or drawing *any* certain kind of art.

"For the sake of writing this

"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. "

Meaning Comic LO?

"If you're buying, do find

"If you're buying, do find out about your country's restriction, if any, on importing this category of books.."

It is available on the U.S. iTunes app store.. it's rated 12 + for Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content or Nudity

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