iAI☆MADONNA zine review:n/a    Leser Auswahl (2017-06-19)

Hiya!

Long time no review, but honestly, this is gonna be a shitty one since I'm just not feeling it and this will mostly be written in such a disappointed tone but I'll try to get to the point and portray the GOOD parts of the zine.

First off, AI☆MADONNA (愛☆まどんな) is a Japanese pop artist that typically paints and uses posca markers. I've rarely seen them do digital art, but they do all types of media regardless! They're mainly a traditional artist that creates murals and paintings of cute girls in a distinct style that looks messy and jagged at first sight, but if you look closely, the illustrations are soft and contain alot of personality in each character. They also create artwork and merchandise for famous idol groups such as Dempagumi.inc and Bandjanaimon to name a few.

I really love her artwork, so when I saw this zine on surugaya, I leaped over it without a second thought, but now I wish I had. I thought this would contain a number of her art pieces but it covers very, very few of them. It's entirely my fault though--I did not look up the information of this zine beforehand. And once I did, I found out it's a zine that contains gravure shoots of models and fans wearing her merchandise, as her way of saying thanks to them--this was created. Which in a way, is a very beautiful thing for an artist to do, and I admire her for that, but when I see G R A V U R E I stay away since that's not my thing, lol. That's just me though! Maybe ya'll like that stuff and that's totally okay.

So a warning: This review will contain real life girls in panties as well as suggestive art. They will be put under a spoiler to avoid trouble. This review may not be for you if you don't like original character art. The characters the artist draw are original, they are not from any anime or manga. Also, if you don't dig modeling, then this is definitely not for you.

And before we go on to the zine let us end this intro with a quote by the artist themselves:

"~2D beauty girls drawn by ai☆maddonna sending love all over the world~"

The name of the zine is, 愛キルYOU♥ (Ai Kill You / Love Kill You)

Cover:
https://68.media.tumblr.com/e507fbb9940dd2995340e8e388ae9355/tumblr_orrea3Mmjr1u3s3i7o1_1280.jpg

Back:
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I had seen these next 3 images last year I believe, when she was promoting her merchandise (the tights they're wearing). I didn't really get any reaction out of this, but once I saw it again in this book, I think I appreciated it much more than when I had first seen it. Maybe I'm over thinking it, but the way I see it is that Ai Madonna chose to use a model who wasn't the usual--the cute thin girl, but rather a model who shows the consumer that anyone can wear these damn tights no matter what the hell you are. You're an old man? No problem! You can wear them! You're not a cute girl? No problem! You're really hairy and have a beard? No problem! If you like it, think it's cute, then you should feel confident like these individuals who modeled them. You can pull them off despite whatever your physical appearance may be. Wear whatever the hell ya want woo. That's my opinion though!

https://68.media.tumblr.com/48711bb1616efff207d4eef052f7e68c/tumblr_orrea3Mmjr1u3s3i7o3_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/ae738a88dfbb66582e5f0c999025e013/tumblr_orrea3Mmjr1u3s3i7o4_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/c9be59870a787523f23717204518823b/tumblr_orreieAScK1u3s3i7o5_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/325be9121b31dc698e6b3d3957dc9e71/tumblr_orrea3Mmjr1u3s3i7o5_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/663d550752aa71044c4ce112640f6fab/tumblr_orrea3Mmjr1u3s3i7o6_1280.jpg

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https://68.media.tumblr.com/63d36791ac43ffdb5b30b7029268a7c3/tumblr_orreieAScK1u3s3i7o10_1280.jpg

Really love all the vibrant colors she uses.
https://68.media.tumblr.com/00eb1b73b6b64800ba27f00e88af4db6/tumblr_orrea3Mmjr1u3s3i7o9_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/fdea394dbe52b3408a2a3a5568ccfc93/tumblr_orrea3Mmjr1u3s3i7o10_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/ed7b473e08466600d212f8f5d333c352/tumblr_orrf2s1Jsa1u3s3i7o2_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/9da4267194e97e830f688b9be83b20fa/tumblr_orrf2s1Jsa1u3s3i7o1_1280.jpg

This is my favorite illustration.
https://68.media.tumblr.com/2865b5e5fbd51630cc7b8feef19c25c8/tumblr_orreieAScK1u3s3i7o4_1280.jpg

A short preview of Ai Madonna at work! I like the last panel because one can see how the bystander's all, "uh, what's this big lady doing here..." lol
https://68.media.tumblr.com/773744f2c46ba33e7b04e5468c069bba/tumblr_orreieAScK1u3s3i7o1_1280.jpg

So this is where the zine gets ehhhhhh for me. The theme of this shoot, I have no idea, and I'm not gonna over analyze this lmao, but I just want her to please put her panties back up.
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ramen...and???
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The ending pages of the zine show possibly hundreds of compiled images of her fans wearing her merchandise.
https://68.media.tumblr.com/d64b3e8355f20caf4024303676fe1be7/tumblr_orreieAScK1u3s3i7o8_1280.jpg

https://68.media.tumblr.com/51d914d720f0e02e364f4757a1b6e533/tumblr_orreieAScK1u3s3i7o6_1280.jpg

End.
https://68.media.tumblr.com/ac887f29e1e84a30abbc5943a50831db/tumblr_orreieAScK1u3s3i7o7_1280.jpg

Last few thoughts:

I appreciate the theme and message of this book--a book for fans and the appreciation Aima has for them. BUT, I would love it if she could release a zine or a book of her art only, since that's what I love to see the most. The few art snippets were a treat though, since I hadn't seen a few of them before (like the one where all the girls are sitting in a train!). But again, would love to have seen more of them!;; In the end, the zine is fine, except the gravure (for me), since I'm not an avid fan of it. Soooo, note to self: do your research beforehand so you won't buy something you'll regret lol.
seriously I'm looking to sell this will someone please buy it (´;д;`)

If you're interested in her artwork, please check out the links below:
Official site: [ext link ]
Official online Shop: [ext link ]
If you are somehow interested in purchasing the same zine: [ext link ] (since it's not on surugaya anymore)
Twitter: [ext link ]

Thanks for reading if you did lol and I don't expect any comments from this at all since it's sort of a niche hobby lmao, but I appreciate any comment/question you may have, if any. 'Til next time.

and a small shoutout to noctisity for helping me buy this from surugaya! thanks again!☆

Other reviews:
✻Kaze to Ki no Uta Art book Review Le Poème du Vent et des Arbres: (mfc link)
✻Old Xian's Art Collection: (mfc link)
✻Takarai Rihito "Mirror": (mfc link)

Kommentare (4)

1Vor 2 TagenMaakieMaakie
Thank you for this review! Some pictures were quite...unique. xD But I think it was a nice mix of art and fashion!
1Vor 5 Tagen (Vor 5 Tagen)tacholatachola
this is such a gorgeous art book, im in love with her illustrations (´。• ᵕ •。`) ♡ great review!! GJ
2Vor 5 TagenBah-RooBah-Roo
Her art style is really cute!

It's interesting to see reviews like this, thanks for sharing :)
1Vor 6 TagenKirenisaKirenisa I am a collector!
very nice review!

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