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More Miku Love: Beautiful Cosplay

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I love Hatune Miku so I couldn’t resist a little bit more Miku madness after yesterday’s post.

This is some of the best Hatune Miku cosplay I’ve seen, all in glorious HD via Kirinon. Enjoy.

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Happy 4th Birthday Hatsune Miku! Wallpapers

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Some of you might already know that I love Hastune Miku. For those of you unfamiliar with the teal haired songstress she’s a mascot character developed by Crypton Future Media for their virtual singing software Vocaloid.

However Miku has evolved to become much more than that; she really is the first “virtual idol”. Her success has been driven by an active fan community; most of her popular songs were written and produced by fans using the Vocaloid software, not to mention the contribution of artists who continue to create and recreate the Miku persona.

There’s Miku merchandise and even virtual Miku concerts (using 3D projection). Recently advertisements for the Toyota Corolla featuring Hatsume Miku marked her début into the American mainstream, although only time will tell if she’ll be able to garner the same kind of support she’s seen in Japan. Regardless her success has already made her an icon. Happy birthday Miku!

Wallpapers via MikuMix.

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Sweet Nippon: The Work of Yumiko Kayukawa

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Yumiko Kayukawa is a Japanese artist whose paintings combine American pop-culture with a love of nature rooted in the rural Japanese scenes of her youth. The result is a lot of pretty girls and cute animals living in their own sweet paradise.

Check out her official website here.

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Gothic Nouveau by Aya Kato

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Aya Kato is a Japanese illustrator whose ink work combines decorative linework and traditional Japanese ink painting. Her work is reminiscent of Art Nouveau artist Aubrey Beardsley, if Beardsley drew gothic shoujo manga.

A second part features her impressive color works.

You can also check out her official website here.

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Delicate Illustration by Keeggy

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Keeggy is a Japanese illustrator with a distinctive soft and delicate style. Her doll-like characters almost seem to float through the dreamy and surreal images. Lolita and Mori Girl fashions show a definite influence in these works, not only in the clothing but in the complete aesthetic.

You can visit her official website here.

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Nightmare Landscapes in Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an anime that’s revisited the genre of magical girl anime and taken it to a much darker place. This is reflected in the series distinctive art style; while the normal world is depicted in Shaft’s usual clean style, the girls have to enter nightmarish labyrinths to fight witches.

The trouble taken with the art direction really shows and  each labyrinth has its own distinct look and feel. Unexpected elements are combined and brought together in elaborate collage like images that are both beautiful and disturbing. Even things that should be cute or silly, like moustached cotton balls, become sinister in this environment. It’s sweet surreal eye candy.

 

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Comic Heroes and B-Movies: The Work of Boneface

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Boneface combines imagery from video games, comics and b-movies to create beautiful work with a bold, pop feel. He’s gotten a lot of attention  with his portraits of beat up superheroes, but his larger portfolio has a lot of other great works as well.

Check out his official website here.

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Beautiful Girls by Range Murata

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Range Murata is a Japanese illustrator known for the high level of detail and technical skill of his work. He’s also worked as a character designer and done conceptual work for various anime including Last Exile and Blue Submarine No. 6.

Check out his official site here.

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Cute Rooms in Mawaru Penguindrum

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Mawaru Penguindrum is one of this season’s new anime. I enjoyed the first episode, but more than the plot I can’t help but fall in love with the show’s beautiful artwork. The quirky details make the rooms both adorable and believable.

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Recent Works by Junko Mizuno

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I’ve been following Junko Mizuno’s work ever since first being exposed to her work on Japanorama. She’s the queen of the creepy cute or “kawaii noir” and it’s earned her a legion of fans.

These works are from her exhibitions at Gallery  Nucleus including her recent solo exhibition “Flora Delirium”.

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