Artbook: Hoshino Lily Illustration Works (星野リリィイラスト集 宝石廻廊)

March 1st, 2016

512FZ5ajRUL._SX352_BO1,204,203,200_You can always tell when I love an artist to distraction…I buy their artbooks. ^_^ I have so many that I never tell you about for lack of Yuri, like One Rainy Day by Wakamatsu Kaori – another artist whose postcards you may have gotten in a Lucky Box. Today we’re going to talk about Hoshino Lily, whose art exploded across your screen with her utterly gorgeous work on Mawaru Penguindrum.

Hoshino’s art is reminiscent of Saitou Chiho’s work, so you can totally see why Ikuhara pegged her to work on Penguindrum. The same long, gorgeous bodies, the same sensuality, but a completely different sensibility and color palette.

In Hoshino Lily Illustration Works (星野リリィイラスト集 宝石廻廊), this “Gallery of precious stones” includes work for advertising, color pages from manga magazines, anthologies and Comiket catalogs. There’s a fair amount of BL in the collection, a sprinkling of Yuri and straight couples and/or groups.  She’s great at implying intimacy without nudity.

If you enjoyed her sprawling figures and sensual atmosphere in Penguindrum, you’ll find this an enjoyable collection, as I did. ^_^


Overall – 9

We’re at the portion of my pile where almost all I have left are novels and miscellany. ^_^ My next order is weeks away, so if there’s a perceptible slowdown in reviews, don’t fear, there’s more to come. I’m about 2/3 of the way done with the Heartcatch Precure novel, and it’s better than expected.

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4 Responses

  1. Liz says:

    Nice! I love art books. Thanks for getting me in Maria Watch over us, I bought on their art books and I love it!

  2. Oliver says:

    I’m thinking this may be a better find than an actual manga of Lily Hoshino’s? I recently read “Alone In My King’s Harem” and appreciated the artwork while the stories not so much. I know there is a new multi-volume manga out from Kodansha Comics by her so perhaps that will offer more narrative value. She’s the character designer for the upcoming Style Savvy: Styling Star game for the Nintendo 3DS so that is why I recently became interested in her works.

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