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AidaIro Illustrations: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun Artbook Review

AidaIro Illustrations: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun Artbook Review

-Written by: Quinn

I was first introduced to Toilet-bound Hanako-kun via its anime streaming run. The show’s use of bold colors and textures provided viewers with unique visuals and reminded me of the stylings of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. Hanako-kun’s anime is really pretty to look at, not to mention that it has a really good and unique story as well. So make sure to check it out if you haven’t already.

Image from bonuses for buying at specific retailers.

For fans, the Aidalro Illustrations Toilet-bound Hanako-kun provides even more enjoyable eye-candy from the series in the form of promotional illustrations and comic art. First off, the Illustrations section comprises about half of the book and they’re all full color artwork spreads featuring the main cast of characters and then some. There’s minimal text throughout this collection and the good folks at Yen Press did an excellent job of providing captions which translate the kanji within the art itself. The captions are located in out-of-the-way places that don’t interfere with the visuals and I actually missed them the first time I flipped through this book. I absolutely love the vibrant colors and familiar feel of the anime within this section. It’s a real treat.

Moving on to the Comic Art section, there’s a definite shift in focus to the manga and its accompanying promotional materials which were found in Japan. There are collections of dust jacket illustrations from GFantasy Magazine, bonus illustrations consumers received for buying at specific retailers, and chibi character collections of various themes. The majority of this section is presented in full color with artwork of varying sizes.

There is also a section dedicated to bonus manga panels and cards. The text within these black and white pages are translated directly within the artwork. I personally think that this makes for a more enjoyable experience for English speakers as we’re able to smoothly read through the bonus materials just like our Japanese-speaking counterparts.

Image from December 2018 issue, Monthly GFantasy, Mitsuba

One of the nicest things about this entire collection is the condensed index at the back. Not only does it provide a list of origin references for the artwork, but it also contains mini-images of the artwork themselves! There’s no need to flip back and forth from the index to the art on whatever page you’re looking at and this is a huge bonus in my eyes.

Usually I’m not the one clamoring over art books. I’m the one who picks up a manga to read a story and not just look at the pretty pictures, but Toilet-bound Hanako-kun has totally transcended this pesky “reading habit” of mine. I find myself wanting to slow down and just look at the art and that’s a huge win for manga-ka Aidairo… even if it doesn’t sound like it. If you’re a fan of the story’s visuals, in either anime or manga form, you definitely need to add this glorious art book to your collection.

AidaIro Illustrations: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun Artbook

AidaIro Illustrations: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun Artbook

It’s alluring, it’s adorable, it’s in all the colors of the rainbow—it’s AidaIro Illustrations, the Toilet-bound Hanako-kun artbook! Featuring all the color pages published in Monthly GFantasy from 2015-2019, over 170 photos of merchandise and collaboration cafés, and brand-new drawings you can only see here!

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