Takumi Inoue “Queen’s Gate – Kanu” artbook
Been a while since a “Queen’s Gate” publication caught my eye, but considering this latest book features Kan’u Unchou, one of my favorite characters from “Koihime†Musou”, had to take a closer look into it.
Takumi Inoue (井上巧) created the illustrations for this “Queen’s Gate – Warrior God Of Shu Kanu” (クイーンズゲイト 蜀の武神 関羽) book, after having previously contributed the art for the “Queen’s Gate – Dizzy” book.
The artist managed to render Kan’u well, perfectly capturing her proud demeanor and fierce gaze in those pages that showcase martial poses. In more ecchi images, her shocked, blushing facial expressions is spot on.
While I do like Takumi Inoue’s art style, can’t help but wonder what it might have been like if Katagiri Hinata (片桐雛太), who created “Koihime†Musou” art for Baseson, would have provided the art of Kan’u for this book instead.
Fans of “Ikki Tousen”, another franchise loosely based on the ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’ stories, may be disappointed it is not the Kanu from that particular manga that’s featured in this book, but instead Kan’u aka Aisha from the “Koihime†Musou” visual novels.
Do like Kanu from “Ikki Tousen” but always had more of a soft spot for this incarnation of Kan’u like we also saw her in the various “Koihime†Musou” anime seasons, including “Shin Koihime†Musou” & “Shin Koihime†Musou Otome Tairan”. Prefer her visual styling and characterization more.
Considering this is a “Queen’s Gate” battle book where like in the original “Queen’s Blade” books, the main goal is to enjoy illustrations of shapely maidens and other babes in alluring outfits battling it out, most often it will feature the girls conveniently experiencing a state of partial undress or torn clothing.
Of course, this book is no different. Hence, next to many dynamic action poses where Takumi Inoue managed to convey a lot of graceful martial movement in still renderings of Kan’u, it is spiced up with plenty of images where Kan’u's outfit suffers auspicious tearing or other wardrobe malfunctions.
Keeping that in mind, must stress that this book is not suitable for all audiences and may not appeal to all. Though it is worth to note that nothing explicit is ever shown, most images are ecchi to a degree and some are just very suggestive.