More smexy distractions at work for instant stress relief :D
Ryu & Dr. 2011 Nara Chiharu Calendar 龍＆Ｄｒ.2011 奈良千春 カレンダー
Price: 1.500 (Yen)
Rating: PG (Smexy men hugging each other but SFW)
13 cm x15 cm Desktop calendar with 13 CD-jacket sized glossy postcards of the smexy men of illustrator Nara Chiharu-sensei!
I have been waiting for sensei to release an artbook for the longest time but I guess these lovely postcards will have to do for now. I’ve been a fan of her works and her illustrations for BL novels are simply awesome. A quick check seems to reveal that she has illustrated no less than 50 novels since 2004, including this one of Kuchibiru de Kowasareru 唇で壊される。 BLCD/novel that I’ve reviewed before.
There’s something about the expression that her men have, especially her droopy-eyed semes. They exude a dangerous aura and have a certain charisma that can suck you in. Her ukes on the other hand, have hungry-come-smex-me look which are so… so…delicious. Her men simply ooze sexy! And her illustrated sex scenes in those novels can only be summed up in 2 words.
It is no wonder that she is one of the most sought after BL illustrators in Japan for many years now and was often tasked to illustrate some of the most provocative BL novels in the market, including the infamous threesome BL novel 3 Shake シェイク by 秀香穂里 (that was adapted into an equally nosebleeding BLCD (Suzuki Tatsuhisa + Ken Takahashi Hiroki x Takeuchi Ken) and S&M-themed Kuroi Aijou 黒い愛情 also by the same author that was adapted into a Midorikawa Hikaru x Hirakawa Daisuke BLCD. Chiharu-sensei also illustrated other popular BL novel series like Saki Aida-sensei’s (英田サキ) Esu エスtoo.
Anyway this calendar postcard set contains 13 illustrations from BL novel Ryu & Dr. series by Kifu Kaname-sensei 樹生 かなめ. Seems that the long running series is over 14 volumes already. And it seems to tell the story of a doctor and a yakuza. Please enlighten me if you know better. I’m surprised it hasn’t been adapted into BLCD yet.
The photo shows the package of the calendar.
Unpacked. Calendar side.
Unpacked. Front cover side.
Overview. Well, I kind of like the fact that they separated the illustrations from the actual calendar. Otherwise the illustrations would look “dated” after 2011. Apart from the main cover that was printed with the year 2011 and series title.
The CD casing… hmm… well… is a CD case. It’s like… cheap-looking. It doubles as a desktop calendar stand. I don’t really see how functional that is cos you can’t see the calendar if want to see the illustration ^^;; they definitely lose points with me for the non-packaging. The calendar months can be folded and there are pre-cut dotted lines so that you can easily split and tear them into small name-card sized cards if you want to slip them into your wallet.
Illustrated card flipped over, its a postcard! The size of the postcard is relatively big but an A4 or bigger sized artbook would have been so much better.
Despite being restricted by typical BL novel pose requirements (first found out from Kazuaki sensei’s interview), these illustrations still look very dynamic and creative.
It’s a real pity that none of her 18+ illustrations are included :( Trust me. They are incredibly HOT.
This is taken from cover of 龍の恋、Dr.の愛
龍の宿命、Dr.の運命 and 龍の初恋、Dr.の受諾 Covers
The very first pic was taken from 龍の勇姿、Dr．の不敵 Cover. I really hope she’ll be able to release an artbook in the future :) These postcards are great but I definitely want a full collection of all her works!