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Happy Birthday Hino Rei

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Official Sailor Mars Fan BookThis year for Sailor Mars’ birthday, I scanned in her special character guide, Nakayoshi Official Hino Rei Fan Book, published by Kodansha in 1996. The book is filled with lovely and rare images of the Fire Senshi, and provides an extensive look into her character. It covers the adventures of Sailor Mars from Season One through Season Three of Sailor Moon.

I find it particularly amusing that the book mentions the "love triangle" between Hino Rei, Kumada Yuuichirou, and Tenoh Haruka. The special images the periodical includes of Hino Rei/Sailor Mars are especially beautiful, and I took the time to connect the two-page spreads, so people can use those images as wallpapers. There is also an interview with Hino Rei’s voice actress, Tomizawa Michie, at the very end. This book is a "must-have" for all Sailor Mars fans. I scanned in the original Japanese version of the book, but it was also published in English by the company TokyoPop. Sold on Ebay and Amazon.

Happy Birthday Book Vol. 1PALE LILAC & EASY

Included in this Sailor Mars update, is a short doujinshi by Pale Lilac and Easy, titled Happy Birthday Rei Hino (B.D. Book Vol. 1). Pale Lilac (Ohmori Madoka) and Easy (Izumi Shou) are relatively famous among Sailor Moon doujinshi collectors. Ohmori Madoka and Izumi Shou were both production assistants of Takeuchi Naoko, when she was working on the Sailor Moon manga. In fact, both ladies were featured in the Sailor Moon Infinity Artbook (Look here and here).

Pale Lilac is the more popular choice among the two ladies, because her art style is very similar to Takeuchi Naoko’s. Many fans consider doujinshi by Pale Lilac to be an extension of the original Sailor Moon manga due to the physical similarities. Unfortunately, Pale Lilac’s works are very hard to find and for this reason, Sailor Moon doujinshi by her are considered prized items for even non-doujinshi collectors.

Happy birthday to Hino Rei and please enjoy the scans, everyone!
Nakayoshi Official Hino Rei Fan Book: [ View in Gallery || Download ]

“Hana no Ato” Movie Premiere

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Yesterday, actress Kitagawa Keiko made an appearance at the premiere event of her new movie Hana no Ato, wearing a gorgeous Spring themed kimono painted with sakura. Prior to filming, she underwent six months of physical training for the fighting scenes in the movie. When she saw the incredible amount of people that showed up to express their support, Keiko was extremely touched and her eyes became misty with tears. Afterwards, previously rumored boyfriend (Shuntaro Miyao) and other cast mates presented her with a sakura-shaped cake. Keiko was so happy, her smile was beaming from ear to ear.

( See more pictures from the Hana no Ato premiere )

Mika Ninagawa has attitude…

Monday, May 18th, 2009

…and apparently so does Keiko Kitagawa (22). I’m SUCH a Mika Ninagawa fangirl. She’s one of my favorite Asian photographers, next to Leslie Kee—both of whom I really wanted to photograph Keiko. So when Keiko blogged about the amazing, talented, photographic color genius, Ninagawa— I nearly died! Drawing inspiration from the 60s pop art movement with bold colors and big hair, Ninagawa transformed her into quite the character. I’m impressed; almost didn’t recognize her! O_O

While it’s definitely not the style for everyone (and Ninagawa is never concerned about that) as a fan of graphic design, pop art, and (almost) all things photographically over the top this photo shoot turned out really well. I sincerely hope they collaborate in the future; we could eventually be looking at a full fledge photo book!