Mousou Hello Work
I thought I would actually post about something that isn’t BL release covers for once haha. Mousou Hello Work was actually released late last December but at the time I wasn’t sure exactly what it was so even though Ogura Muku was in it I figured I’d just leave it in my backlog wishlist. However, a month or two later I happened to come across the website for the book while looking up a mangaka and I decided then that I had to have it. Mousou Hello Work is a black and white illustration book on the theme of “jobs”. If you don’t know what Hello Work is, you can read more about it here on Wikipedia.
It’s set up similar to Moe Danshi Gatari. It’s not a BL artbook, necessarily—it only has quite a few BL mangaka as guest illustrators. In the book they do a full-body illustration of their job of choice with an explanation of the outfit, and then on the opposite page they also illustrate a mini comic with explanations of the job and why they picked it. It’s not as fancy and beautiful as Moe Danshi Gatari but it’s still a really fun, cute book and it’s packed with great artists.
First, Kazuaki’s full color illustration for the book. It includes an army personnel, a bartender and a salaryman.
Speaking of salarymen, actually, not shockingly in a book full of BL mangaka the first illustration happens to be the much-loved BL archetype. By Hakutou Noriko.
Sugihara Chako’s worker of choice is a pâtissier.
Probably my favorite in the whole book, Ogura Muku’s is a ‘hotel man’. I’m not really sure what she means by that–the manager or the bellhop or the owner? Or perhaps an all-purpose man who does all of the above?
Yamada Shiro, on the other hand, is a fan of fashion models.
It’s all about the studious and hard-working secretary for Joukou Shiyu.
As someone who is quite partial to photography, I really like Fujiwara Ryou’s adorable cameraman illustrations. I had actually never heard of her before but I find her art very pretty.
Yamada Maya’s is ‘dragqueen’ haha. Very cute illustration, and a choice very befitting Yamada Maya.
Haji Fuchiko!! Her worker of choice is a public health doctor.
For Tsutomu (and many others haha) it’s all about the voice actor.
Followed closely, of course, by a job I personally adore and respect: the mangaka. By Orishima Kei, another mangaka I had previously never heard of.
Yet another artist who is new to me: Haluori. Male daycare providers are always adorable, only made cuter by her fluffy art style.
Shiina Ayumi shows her appreciation for doujinshi event staff.
Hideyoshico’s (Hide Yoshico? Hideyoshiko?) choice is a surgeon. You’ve definitely got to respect someone who can do that job while looking ravishing.
Hiiragi Nozomu’s ode to the detective. Looking mighty scruffy.
Unsurprisingly, Kijima Hyougo’s illustration is for a very testosterone-infused job: the boxer. I love her cutesy muscle men.
Yamada 2choume decided to illustrate a mafia man. I hadn’t realized that was a legitimate job choice haha.
Mayami chose a very cutesy job: idol! For those who don’t know, idols are Japanese celebrities who perform a bunch of different talents (but generally aren’t necessarily that great at any of them, truthfully, since it’s more about personality and appearance than ability) and often dress in ridiculous frilly outfits and dance in sync and look kind of ridiculous yet somehow endearing. This one makes me laugh because the illustrations are just so fitting.
Kitazawa Kyou chose another type of musician who is perhaps more about actual talent than performance: classical violinist.
Kawai Hideki’s ‘phantom theif’ is quite fancy-looking if I do say so myself.
Sakamoto Mano! *w*/ Her job of choice is ‘demon king’ haha. Obviously, we’ve gotten into the more fantastical jobs at this point. Sakamoto draws a very dashing demon king, if I do say so myself.
Anyway, that’s it for the illustrations I’m going to share here!! The book is very fun to look through (I haven’t even properly tried to sit down and read anything yet, even) so I definitely recommend it. Aside from the ones I already posted there are lots of really amazing artists and interesting jobs and lots of cute humor all around.