Kumiko Kayukawa’s art hits a number of my buttons, with attractive female (often with weapon) surrounded by animals (often of the cute, fluffy variety,) obake and youkai, all with a Princess Mononoke feel.
There is sense of violence in her art, but the female is not passive, nor is she rampaging. It often feels like she’s protecting, playing, even relaxing with the creatures around her. It’s poster art enough to be instantly appealing to pop culture fans, but has some Ukiyo-e roots showing.
The book is available from ZERO+Publishing by direct purchase. If you’re looking for a unique gift for the female-focused Japanese culture fan in your life, this will probably make a splash.
Overall – 9
Chick with weapon, cute animals, pop art and echoes of Ukiyo-e. I like it lots. ^_^