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The Circle name Keiyaku no Kuroneko literally means 'Contract of Black Cat', or 'Black Cat's Contract'. It's quirky, but doesn't really explain the direction for their art. Delicious lineless artwork with a strange gothic lolita twist and a touch of art deco. Themes of war-time rural Japan decorated with beautiful floral motifs.

There is a lot more Keiyaku no Kuroneko artwork out there, but it has been impossible to get my hands on it. Some of these are 'similar' but with 'variant' colours. Therefore, I am sad to say that this is the only KnK work that I have to share.

Out of interest, animekritik from The Rabbit Reich has posted translations of the text on these binsen. Check it out HERE! And Here! It's pretty nifty!!

MATURE CONTENT WARNING!
Some images have a strong bondage theme. Therefore they have been separated into 3 categories:
Universal Rated (images suitable for all age groups)
Adult Content (contains mature themes only)
Combined (both the previous sets in one download).



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saikusa
25th-Feb-2009 01:29 pm - Scans: Binsen from CHALK Karasu


This time the Circle is CHALK Karasu. The art is filled with waif like figures full of sharp angles & jagged edges. Moody, sultry, mysterious & gothic little posers.

This is only a small sample of what CHALK Karasu has to offer. I have managed to purchase more, and will hopefully scan then in future.




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decadent
25th-Feb-2009 11:56 am - Scans: Binsen from Good Luck!!


Binsen. Japanese stationery. Letter paper, but with artistic designs you wouldn't want to write on them.

Doujinshi. Self-published work. Often sold to other fans.

Circle. The name by which a person or group of people are know. Like saying 'studio', but without the budget.

So the Circle is Good Luck!! The artist is Waka Ayako. And the art... is beautiful!

This is by no means a complete catalogue. In fact this is only a minor taster of what Good Luck!! are capable of. I have received some new pieces but have not gotten around to scanning those yet. So if they prove popular, I'll post some more in future.

The monochrome images are usually the reverse side of the colour image which precedes it. The exception to the rule are those on the fourth row of the Preview, and the very last image.

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lazy
24th-Dec-2008 09:56 pm - Scans: Binsen from Fantastique


Binsen. Japanese stationery. Letter paper, but with artistic designs you wouldn't want to write on them.

Doujinshi. Self-published work. Often sold to other fans.

Circle. The name by which a person or group of people are know. Like saying 'studio', but without the budget.

So the Circle is Fantasique. Fantastique produce & sell binsen with drawings of insanely cute & wide-eyed girls.

This is by no means a complete catalogue. In fact this is only a minor taster of what Fantastique are capable of. There are a few duplicates where the image was printed in different colours. Also, I've received some new pieces so I need to get around to scanning those for another batch in future.

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tranquility


The official Mugen No Junin postcard book from Afternoon magazine by Kodansha. Sadly the stress of being scanned proved too much for the binding, and the whole thing has fallen apart. Therefore these scans have a personal sadness, as well as a love for Hiroaki Samura's art.


Please note that the symbol on the back of Manji’s kimono is NOT the swastika that has come to represent the anti-semitic movment of the Nazi’s during the Second World War. The story of Blade of the Immortal is set around 200 years before the Nazi party was established. The symbol has roots in many cultures & religions as a ward to protect from evil; in particular Manji wears the Buddist symbol which is also called Manji.

Write up taken from the "About The Translation" page inside every issue:

-The Swastika-

To be precise, the symbol generally used by the Japanese Buddhists is the suavastika, which moves in a counterclockwise direction and is called the Manji in Japanese.

The arms of the swastika, which point in a clockwise direction, are considered a solar symbol. It was this version (the hakenkruez) that was perverted by the Nazis. The suavastika generally stands for the night, and often for magical practices.


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saikusa



A variety of A5-sized pin-ups. With a wide range of scenes, settings, characters and pin-ups, there is bound to be at least one or two that appeal to you

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hyper
A Marvellous Christmas present for xerox_kitty & anyone else who likes old US comics.




The complete set of 150 trading cards from 1995, published by Fleer Corp.

Based around the X-Men & X-Related comics of the mid '90s. Check out the old skool team line-ups, cheesy villains, and ridiculously curvaceous pin-up art!!


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lazy
2nd-Aug-2008 02:01 pm - Icons: Miwa Shirow General Artwork
It's my birthday so it's my turn to post something! I finished this claim for 100variations a few weeks ago. It's such a fun challenge, everyone should try it!! Apologies for using the same style banner XD



100variations
Artist: Miwa Shirow
Number of icons completed: 100/100
Credits: saikusa_taisen, Manga Translation & Resource Page


Usual Rules Apply:
~ Comments make me smile.
~ Please remember to credit me in the Comment box.
~ Upload the image(s) to your own photobucket/tinypic/wherever account. Hotlinking is rude & thoughtless. There's no excuse for it.

Preview:

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( Tricyclic Loyal Retainer )
blue twins
1st-Aug-2008 10:21 pm - Scans & Audio: DOGS Drama CD


The first Drama CD based on Miwa Shirow's 狗-DOGS-. This is an audio re-telling of the four origin stories with scans of the insert-booklet as distributed by 集英社 (Shueisha Publishing Co Ltd). This belongs to xerox_kitty who is happy to share, but wary of piracy. Therefore please remember to support Miwa Shirow by purchasing the CD at your earliest convenience.


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saikusa