Nakamura Asumiko “Doukyuusei” Fanbook
It arrived!! * w *)/ My Nakamura Asumiko Doukyuusei fanbook! It’s very pretty—admittedly thinner than I was expecting but it’s also in hardcover and very high-quality.
Obviously I’m not going to share the entire book (you’ll have to buy it for that—no excuses!!) but I figured I would talk about some of my favorite parts.
It comes with stickers! I already heard from all the bloggers I follow, but I didn’t really know what the stickers would look like until they arrived. Very cute! ;A;) Except I’ll never actually play around with them since I wouldn’t want to damage them sobbb.
These are the first two intro pages of the book. While I would have loved more different illustrations, one thing I really like about how this book was handled is that they space out of illustrations really well and let them speak for themselves. So often in an illustration or art book it’s just page after page after page of pictures without any extra space, which makes it easy to skip or ignore certain images without realizing it. But the way this book is set up gives you room to fully enjoy every single illustration.
Goooooorgeous. ;; It’s so hard to say which is more beautiful—Nakamura’s colored illustrations or just her black & white linework.
Some of my favorites for her color illustration. There are a million more and they’re all beautiful but like I said, I didn’t want to take pictures of everything. orz
Sajou and Kusakabe’s growth charts. Ahhh such cute children! ;; Also Sajou is so cute in a gakuran.
There’s a lot on Nakamura Asumiko’s art process. I’m sure you’ve all seen the videos of Nakamura’s digital coloring technique, but this also includes her off-computer watercoloring as well as her process for paneling her comics. It’s kind of crazy to see her create such delicate lines.
There are also parts of the book that just talk about stuff Nakamura likes, such as books and decor, etc.
A short, cute all-color comic about them sleeping side-by-side until Sajou wakes up and admires Kusakabe.
Sajou and Kusakabe’s sticker adventure!
Then there’s an entire section on merchandise haha. Most of it is just the free c/w stuff through OPERA.
After that is a short comic about Kusakabe and Sajou’s first meeting through Sajou’s POV. Evidently he had already taken notice of Kusakabe just because of his fluffy, fluffy hair. Which supposedly reminds him of a lot of fluffy, cute animals.
Then at the end is one last short comic, this time about them spending time together drinking warm drinks. (Sajou is a badass who likes his coffee black, and Kusakabe admires that about him while sipping on something sweet.)
and then finally, Nakamura Asumiko’s thanks and commentary along with a very pretty illustration.
Like I touched on before, I was kind of hoping for some new illustrations but that disappointment is my own fault for assuming the book would be bigger. Though I am still sincerely disappointed that there is only one picture of Sorano—the one of his bookmark. orz But there is almost no Hara-sen to speak of either, and he actually is a character from Doukyuusei, so I shouldn’t whine too much. Maybe at some point later, if Sora to Hara (doubtfully) ever gets as popular as Doukyuusei/Sotsugyousei, that couple will be showcased in a book as well!
While a lot of people are probably hoping this is kind of like a full Nakamura Asumiko artbook of sorts, it’s definitely exactly what it says—a fanbook for the Doukyuusei series. So don’t get your hopes up for any non-related information or artwork. However, as a fanbook of the series it’s very beautiful and does its job. I know I am definitely going to spend my day rereading all three books from the series.