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School girl action pose reference book.

Generally, artists work better when they have a frame of reference. This is why art classes begin by painting a bowl of fruit that’s actually in front of you. It’s a little harder though, when your drawing requirements include people posing in outrageous situations. While there are plenty of resources online that are available for budding artists, sometimes you need something a little more relevant to your muse, thematically.

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We’ve found the perfect reference book for manga artists drawing action sequences featuring school girl heroines. It’s written and compiled by action coordinator and action director Isao Karasawa, who’s responsible for titles such as Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial, Thermae Romae, and Sailor Suit and Machine Gun: Graduation.

This book features a collection of action poses by female models in high school sailor uniforms and blazers as they deal with violent situations in at least three different chapters which include brawling, flying and gun play. You won’t be limited to just girls in school uniforms though, as there are reference photos of the models in swimsuits posing in the same action shots. With less clothing, you’ll be able to see the structures of the muscles and the lines of the body…so it’s easier to draw them.

▼ Bring on the poses!

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▼ They’re still friends, even with that powerful kick to the neck.

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▼ Focus on the way the muscles move!

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▼ Jumping over someone with a gun in hand is an important pose to master.

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▼ Two high schoolers with swords, just like everyday life.

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Published by Genkosha, Freeze Framed Action Pose Shots 01: The Compilation of Female High School Students (瞬 撮アクションポーズ01 女子高生アクション編) can be found in Japanese bookstores for 2,484 yen (US$22.90).

Leave the footwork to us and we will send you a copy of this book.

Source: Artist Database
Images: Amazon JP

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New super flexible doll might be your best substitute for a real-life model

For most artists, drawing something when you have nothing to look at or be inspired by can be tough, but a company called Phicen created  “seamless bendable figures“, to give you that much needed inspiration. Their line-up feature either a fully poseable 1:6-scale ripped guy or busty gal. While neither figure may be especially realistic when you compare their proportions to your average Jane or Joe, they bend at 26 different points and provide a super-realistic look at how muscles, skin, and shadowing look at an almost endless number of angles—ideal for anime and manga artists!

▼ This is practically Lupin’s Fujiko in bendable form, but with “woman secret parts”.

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▼ And a male version for all you artists out there that might need a guy with a prefect six-pack for a reference as you draw the next big shonen manga thriller. (“man secret parts” not included, or possibly sold separately? :O)

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Depending on where you buy them from, each figure costs upwards 12,210 yen for the female and 14,800 yen for the man, but we’re sure that’s still much cheaper than hiring a real-life model for reference or multiple pose packs from Manga no Shiryo.net.

Members of the Japanese art community who have bought the figures seem rather pleased with their purchases, too:

“I went out and bought the Phicen doll everyone’s been talking about to use as a reference. Although it can’t be posed in every single way possible, it’s a lot more flexible than I thought it would be.”

“This seamless figure really is more flexible than you’d imagine it would be. I bought the male figure, but now I’m thinking about getting the female version.”

Of course, even if you’re not a serious artist, we imagine either would provide hours of fun at work as an office toy/decoration.

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Shonen Jump + now taking manga submissions from Japan and abroad in new contest..win $8,200!

 

The publisher of Shonen Jump + is teaming with digital distributor MediBang to hold an amateur manga submission contest. Those who make the cut will see their manga on the virtual pages of the magazine!

Ever thought your genius story idea about a bagel that becomes sentient and does anime-style battle with other pastries for breakfast domination had some real legs, but couldn’t quite get your foot in the door with a publisher? Well, now’s your chance to submit your manga idea to someone that’ll actually give it the chance it deserves.

Shonen Jump publisher Shueisha and digital manga distributor MediBang have teamed to hold a contest beginning this month to choose some amateur manga stories to turn into full-fledged entries in Shonen Jump’s digital cousin, Shonen Jump +.

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According to MediBang, Japanese manga publishers have recently had trouble finding new manga talent, partially because the language barrier has blocked potential non-Japanese creators from getting their works seen in Japan. With the ongoing contest, Shueisha and MediBang hope to change this by offering to localize any foreign works that make the cut into Japanese using Shueisha’s team of professional translators.

Foreign creators hoping to enter the contest are encouraged to use MediBang’s “Medi Paint” digital comics drawing program to draw up a one-shot manga story under 50 pages in length. Then it’s as simple as adding the tag “Jump+ Manga Contest” and your work will automatically be forwarded to the contest’s board of judges.

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Apparently, just two stories will be chosen for publication, with prize money for the first, second and third-place winners set at 1 million yen (US$8,200), 300,000 yen, and 100,000 yen respectively. Additionally, even entrants that don’t make the cut may receive feedback from Shueisha and MediBang if the judges feel the work is strong enough to warrant it, meaning you can add a bagel-on-cronut romance subplot to your story and come back for another crack at the contest next year.

Entries are being accepted until March 17, 2016. Click here for more details.

Source: Internet Watch
Images: Official Website

An anime recipe cookbook-The perfect gift for your cosplaying foodie friends!

Have you ever watched an anime and thought, “Mmm, that food looks delicious?” Then this is exactly the cookbook you are looking for.

Many of our favorite anime characters have a specific dish associated with them. Naruto loves his Ichiraku Ramen and Gintoki from Gintama loves chowing down on his Uji Gintoki Don Parfait. Seeing them eat it time and time again makes us wish we could make the dishes for ourselves at home, and now, thanks to some industrious cosplayers, you will be able to create some iconic anime-inspired dishes thanks to a new cookbook called Animeshi!

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Cosplayer Yohco, who goes by the Twitter handle @veryprettybetty, is the creative force behind this new cookbook that mixes anime characters and their recipes. Even the title of the book is a clever portmanteau that tells you exactly what is in the book, a combination of anime and meshi (“food”).

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The easy, delicious, and cute recipes will bring you closer to the food that you see in anime than ever before. All the preparation and the photography is done by Yohco. She’s also recruited a number of her cosplaying friends to appear in the book with her, perfectly marrying characters and their recipes.

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Animeshi! will be available at Tokyo Big Sight during Comiket 89 on December 31. If you can’t make, you’ll also be able to mail order the book from within Japan through the Animeshi! website. Even if you don’t want to cook any of these meals, it is still a gorgeous cookbook that would look fantastic on your shelf.

Source: Cupo
Images: Animeshi Website

Sword Art Online glasses cut blue light from screens, include awesome extras

A new series of glasses that cut blue light emitted by computer screens features six beautiful Sword Art Online character designs, plus some gorgeous accessories.

Whenever we sit in front of a computer, television, or smartphone, our eyes are hit with blue light that researchers say is bad for our vision and our health. The good news is we can save ourselves from damage with glasses that block the blue light from screens, and now the folks from Sword Art Online are getting involved, with a special release featuring four characters from the hit anime series. Slightly tinted, each pair of glasses retails for 5,680 yen (US$46.96).

 

Using Kirito from the Calibur story arc as its muse, these matte black frames feature a cross and the excalibur on each arm.

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▼ The glasses also come with a beautifully designed cleaning cloth.

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These glasses incorporate the purple, red and yellow colours of Yuuki’s costume and include the bold design from her outfit to capture her brave spirit.

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Every time you wipe your lenses you’ll be reminded of Yuuki’s bravery and the beautiful bond she shared with Asuna.

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Fairy Dance_Asuna model

Inspired by Asuna’s time in Yggdrasil, the World Tree, these glasses have pale pink frames with a red ribbon and flowing hair depicted on each arm.

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You might want to think twice before wiping your lenses at work with this cleaning cloth!

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Fairy Dance_Leafa model

These glasses are perfect for those who like Sylvan girls with strength and beauty. The design features green and white curves with a glimpse of Leafa’s gold bracelet.

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The cleaning cloth has Leafa promoting nature with her pals.

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Kirito appears for a second design, this time with glasses designed around his strength and speed as the Black Swordsman in the Aincrad story arc.

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Kirito and Asuna hang out, waiting to wipe your lenses so you can see them better.

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Asuna also gets a second pair of glasses, this time with a bright red frame that symbolises the white and red “armour” she wears as a member of the Knights of the Blood Oath clan.

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The cleaning cloth will help you regain joy just like Yui did when she connected with Kirito and Asuna in the game.

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▼ Customers who purchase the glasses will also receive one of these beautifully designed soft case to store them in.5

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And for ultimate fans, there’s an ultimate set that includes all six pairs of glasses, along with matching cases plus an extra case and two cleaning cloths exclusive to this set. Available for 34,080 yen, there are only 100 of these boxes available.

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Unfortunately, the designs are currently not available for international shipping, so if you know someone in Japan, coming for a visit, or use our service be sure you pick up a pair while you can. With designs this gorgeous, the limited-edition frames won’t be around for long!

Source and Images: Heart Up Sword Art Online

Bishonen, special collection book

Can’t get enough of bishonen (beautiful boy) manga characters? Look out for the new book, Boy Meets…Graph, featuring work from famous illustrators.

Although you may be unfamiliar with the term bishonen, literally translated to “beautiful boy,” you’ve probably seen bishonen in manga, anime, or even some pop bands. The term refers to those young men that are so beautiful, sexy, and androgynous that they drive female fans into a frenzy.

Realizing the power of the genre, a group of famous manga artists banded together to make a special bishonen and ikemen (handsome man) book of images, featuring profiles and contributions from 79 different manga artists, illustrators, and character designers. There are also pictures drawn specifically for release in this book. All bishonen fans should probably be pretty giddy by now.

▼ Profile page of Ogawa Chise

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Artists who contributed original work for this volume include:

Jiro Suzuki (character designer and artist for MAGiMAGi, Touken Ranbu)
Mitsuya Fuji (Touken Ranbu, character design)
Nao Tsukiji (Adekan, creator)
Nagarenai Tesshu (Ichijinsha gateau, creator)
Shishunki (Touken Ranbu, Gogotai, character design)

Other featured artists include:

Aomiya Kara, Akiharu no Pita, Asashima Yoshiyuki, Arii Memeco, Uda Jo, Enjin Yamimaru, Ogawa Chise, Kazari Tayu, Kamata Misato, Karasuba Ame, Kinako, Kirya Takashi, Kusama Yayoi, Kunimitsu, Kuroyuki, Kokokanata, Kosumi Fujiko, Sagami Waka, Sakamoto Akira, Saki Kaoru, Sazami Ichiya, ZAKK, Shikimi, Shimako, Janome, SHOOWA, Shiroma, Suzu Ken, Sekai Meguru, serori, and many more.

▼ The book has tons of beautiful drawings of beautiful boys.

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Boy Meets… Graph (ボーイ ミーツ グラフ) will hit bookstore shelves (and online store shelves) just in time for Christmas on December 12. The book will be available for 2,400 yen (US$20), which is pretty reasonable, considering that it’s 192 full color, B5-sized pages!

▼ Profile page of Suzuki Jiro

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▼ Profile page of Yamako

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▼ Profile page of Uda Jo

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▼ To make the book extra special, some artists drew special images for clear A4-size file folders, like the three below, available at select stores.

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▼ With your file folder you can get a signed card!

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Cosplay comes to the kitchen with the Cardcaptor Sakura apron

Afraid of spilling something on your favorite anime T-shirts while cooking dinner? Protect your wardrobe the magical girl way!

Unless you happen to live near one of the world’s major anime meccas, like Tokyo’s Akihabara or Ikebukuro, odds are you don’t get all that many chances to cosplay. Sure, maybe there’s a local anime convention you hit up every summer, or perhaps on the rare occasion that your favorite series gets a new theatrical installment you dress up for opening night. Aside from that, though, your costume probably spends most of its time in the closet, waiting forlornly to answer the all too infrequent call of duty.

The ideal situation, then, is an anime costume that’s also practical enough to get some use even when you’re not surrounded by a cadre of otaku, and this Cardcaptor Sakura apron fits the bill perfectly.

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Manufacturer Neowing has done an impressive job retaining the girlish charm of one of Sakura’s signature outfits. The frills have been toned down just a bit to ensure easy movement, and the coverage of the chest area has been slightly expanded for extra protection.

The apron keeps the costume’s femininely oversized large bow at the neckline, and for extra cuteness there’s an embroidered Sealing Wand on the torso, plus an image of card-capturing partner/adorable mascot Kero-chan popping out of the pocket.

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The 80-centimeter (31.5-inch) polyester apron is listed at 5,184 yen (US$43), but Neowing is currently taking preorders through its website here at the reduced price of 4,666 yen, which would save early adopters enough to pay for a back issue of the Cardcaptor Sakura manga. Shipping is scheduled for March.

Source: Nijimen

 Blue ray box Amazon Japan

another great present is this Blue ray Card Captor Sakura Glow card box..now heavily discounted on Amazon jp ¥ 81,900 to ¥ 27,745

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