“Kikan S” Illustration Magazine No. 32


“Kikan S” is a popular Japanese illustration magazine released quarterly ( in March, June, September and December ), and contains a superb collection of the latest art work from the top illustrators and comic artists working in Japan. Browsing a copy is a great way to be introduced to new and upcoming artists, as well as staying in touch with the latest news and development in the Japanese comics/animation industry. Every issue comes with a pull out poster illustrated by Range Murata. ( image above )

The theme for this issue is “(of things) mysterious and strange/fantastic” – Several guest artists paint their interpretation of the theme in the few illustrations below.






(below) This month’s featured anime is “Hipira-kun”, and upcoming film by renowned background artist/art director Kimura Shinji; see the amazing background art he created for “Tekkon Kinkreet” and “Steamboy“.



(below) Art work from the manga “Aoi no Exorcist”. I can’t say I’m too familiar with this one, folks who read this do tell us more. :]



(above) Animator/concept artist Tatsuyuki Tanaka ( of “Cannabis Works” fame ) gives a “masterclass” on animation. ( below) An interview with the ever popular illustrator/concept artist Range Murata, where he mentions an upcoming publication/collection of his art works, now that’s great news, always.




(above Art work by regular contributors Pinfan ( see a review of their art book “Sweet Days here ) and Tanji Yoko. (below)


Kikan S magazine, being a periodical, gets limited prints so do purchase your copy early. Once the issue is sold out, you won’t be able to get it anymore as the publisher does not do reprints.

“Kikan S Illustration Magazine No. 32? details :

– Dimensions –11.6 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
– Softcover, 185 pages
– Full color / b & w
– Comes with fold-out Range Murata Poster ( see top image )

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