illustrations

Anime artist illustrates the difference between Japanese schoolgirls now and ten years ago

It turns out that high school girls look and act very differently now compared to a decade ago.

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Japanese lingerie models show off all the gorgeous details from the unique collection.

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Japanese artist creates short manga about heartwarming act of kindness on the train

Two foreign passengers are the star characters in this true story that touched the heart of a Japanese commuter.

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Collection of Taiwan Schoolgirl Uniforms is much more than a simple picture book

It’s got tons of uniforms and girls and it also acts as a flip book!

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Tubes, Sieves, and Boxes: Three ways of dealing with stress, according to Japanese Twitter artist

One variety proves to be particularly common among online commenters.

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Artist illustrates amazingly accurate representations of Pokémon anatomy【Pics】

Read on to find out what kind of skeletal structure, lifespans, and breeding habits Pokémon would likely have if they were real.

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Japanese vocaloid Hatsune Miku celebrates her birthday with amazing illustrations from fans

The virtual birthday cards she’s been receiving online show the popular virtual idol in a number of poses and scenarios.

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“150 Years of Japanese Uniforms” illustrated encyclopedia is now on sale

These gorgeous illustrations of workers’ uniforms over the past century and a half is sure to charm lovers of seifuku [uniforms] everywhere!

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Illustrated Japanese Twitter debate asks if loving someone means letting their pain hurt you too

Does loving someone mean taking all of her pain/extremely sharp chest spike into your heart?

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Google’s Go-playing AI has been turned into a beautiful, moe-ified anime character

Her most recent depictions show the AI’s heartbroken face when “she” lost to Lee Se-dol.

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Sailor Moon girls appear as samurai and ninja in five-piece character art collection

Samurai Moon and Ronin Jupiter are just two of the characters to appear in this impressive series.

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Japanese Twitter artist illustrates six differences between imagined ideals and reality for women

From sneezes to panties, it’s not always like some people expect.

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Kobayashi Kiyochika expertly captures light and shadow in these gorgeous ukiyo-e prints 【Art】

If you love art, you’ll definitely want to check out Kobayashi’s prints!

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David Bowie drawn by Final Fantasy illustrator Yoshitaka Amano

David Bowie’s creative genius even inspired works by a legend of the Japanese video game industry.

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“Painter x Lyrics: Flower Edition” art book turns music lyrics into gorgeous illustrations

Lovers of Japanese music and art rejoice, because the second volume of the Painter x Lyrics (絵師×歌詞) art book series went on sale on November 20!

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Pikachu joins cast of Sesame Street and Disney characters in satirical look at fame and celebrity

We’ve seen Pikachu’s skeleton and Disney princesses as flirty pin-up girls but now it’s time to see all our favourite childhood characters take a walk on the wild side with this nightmarish trip down memory lane.

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Johnson Ting’s vision of the future is full of well-armed, gorgeously illustrated soldiers & cops

It’s been a big year for Johnson Ting, one of Malaysia’s most celebrated artists. The concept designer won an award as one of his home country’s top ten young artists and a toy company is even releasing a figure based on his work. Despite all this and working as a designer for numerous high-profile companies, he’s managed to also post a host of gorgeous illustrations, paintings and CG images for the whole world to see. This is work that simply must be shared!

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Illustrator creates beautiful “Bicycle Boy” watercolour series inspired by Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli, Japan’s famed animation house, has a remarkable talent for captivating audiences around the world with inspiring storylines and loveable characters. What really brings them all to life, however, are their animated backgrounds; beautiful palettes of light and shade and inky hues that draw us into their magical worlds and have us never wanting to leave.

There’s one background illustrator in Tokyo who knows just how to recreate the atmosphere of a Studio Ghibli movie and now he’s bringing out the beauty of Japan’s narrow roads and suburban landscapes in a series of illustrations entitled “Bicycle Boy”. Using a real-life setting from Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart, the picturesque journey of a boy and his bike through the streets of Japan is so beautiful we’ll happily follow him wherever he goes!

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Japanese employment site reimagines web developers, accountants, and more as anime RPG heroes

Career arcs in Japan used to be simple. You finished school, got a job, and worked there until it was time to retire. Along the way, you were paid a salary calculated strictly on the basis of how long you’d been with the company.

That’s not necessarily the case anymore, and as more and more Japanese switch employers, and even industries, they need a baseline from which to evaluate the pay of potential posts, which is where Japanese website Kyuryo Bank comes in. Yes, Kyuryo Bank has all the salary-related numerical data and progression charts you’d expect, but it also has something truly unique: awesome anime-style illustrations of professions ranging from public accountant and lawyer to web designer, pro blogger, and yes, even “chicken sexer.”

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“Photos” of Hatsune Miku watching herself perform on TV are strangely adorable

Music Station is well-known in Japan for its weekly music performances featuring new and popular artists from both Japan and overseas. The program recently entered its 30th year, which was celebrated with a special 10-hour show called Music Station Ultra Fest. The show featured numerous performers, from Momoiro Clover Z to Koda Kumi to X Japan, as well as fan favorite Hatsune Miku.

Inspired by the event, fantasy artist Shu Mizoguchi decided to tweet a pair of “photos” of Hatsune Miku at home watching herself perform on TV! Check out his CG models and more of his fabulous artwork below!

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